Contributory Aged Parent Visa – Subclass 864

Contributory Aged Parent Visa

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864): With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

Travel to and from Australia for 5 years

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date you are granted this visa. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:

  • you will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • you might also want to consider Australian citizenship. If you become an Australian citizen, you don’t require a visa to enter Australia. You will need to apply for an Australian passport and use it to leave and re-enter Australia. See more about eligibility requirements and current processing times for Australian citizenship

To see when your travel facility ends, use VEVO.

If you hold a Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (subclass 884) visa

You can apply for the subclass 864 visa as a two-step process by first applying for a Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (subclass 884) visa. Applying for the subclass 884 visa and then the subclass 864 visa allows you to spread the cost of the visas over a number of years.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864): How long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely.

For citizenship purposes, your permanent residency starts on the day you are granted the visa.

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply.

You will be required to include details of all your family members, whether they are migrating or not, in the application form.

If you have a partner, include their details in your application even if they are not applying for the visa with you.

Family members who apply for the visa must meethealth and character requirements. Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meethealth and character requirements.

Newborn child

Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864): Cost

This visa costs from A$ 47755. There is an additional charge for each family member who applies with you.

You pay for this visa in 2 parts called instalments.

Pay the first instalment when you apply. Pay the second instalment when the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs ask you to.

You might also have to pay other costs for each applicant for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Use the Visa Pricing Estimator to work out what your visa will cost. The estimator does not consider the second instalment or other costs.

See more about visa fees and charges.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864): Apply from

You must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply and when the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs decide on your application.

Any family members who apply for the visa with you must also be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864): Processing times

Applications for this visa are subject to capping and queueing.

Your application might take longer to process if:

  • you do not fill it in correctly
  • you do not include all the documents the Department of Home Affairs needs
  • it takes the department of Home Affairs time to verify your information

The Case Officers at the Department of Home Affairs can’t process your application if you don’t pay the correct visa application charge.

Family migration visas are in high demand. It might take several years for this visa to be granted.

Assessment

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs assess applications for this visa in 2 stages.

  1. Check eligibility and either add the application to the queue or refuse it.
  2. Continue assessing the application when a place becomes available and make a decision.

Don’t arrange to move to Australia until the grant the visa.

Learn more about the Parent visa queue and processing priorities.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864): Your obligations

You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864): Visa label

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

Have a sponsor

You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor.

Usually you would be sponsored by an eligible child. If your child is under 18, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organisation.

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs must approve the sponsorship.

If your sponsor dies

If you hold a Temporary Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 884) visa, you might still be eligible for this visa if your sponsor dies.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864): Be this age

 

You must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864): Meet health requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet health requirement.

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864): Meet character requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet character requirement.

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864): Sign the Australian values statement

​If you are 18 years of age or older, you must:

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864): Meet the balance-of-family test

You must meet the balance-of-family test. You meet the balance of family test if:

  • at least half of your children and step-children are eligible children, or
  • there are more eligible children living in Australia than in any other single country

See examples of how the balance-of-family test is applied.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864): Have assurance of support

You must be able to obtain an assurance of support.

An assurance of support assures the department of Home Affairs that you will not have to rely on government assistance after you enter Australia on this visa. The assurance is for you and any family members who come to Australia with you on this visa.

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will let you know when you need to provide the assurance of support.

Learn more about assurances of support.

Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government

 

If you or any family members owe the Australian Government money, you or they must have paid it back or have an approved arrangement in place to pay it back.

Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

 

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia.

Best interests of the child

 

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will not grant this visa if it is not in the best interests of an applicant under 18.

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/contributory-aged-parent-864#Overview