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This is a permanent visa for older parents of settled Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens. One applicant must meet the age criteria for Aged Pension in Australia.

Read our general information and document checklists in relation to these visa categories below. Contact us directly for specific advice.
Overview

Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) / Contributory Aged Parent (Subclass 864)

These visas are for older parents of settled Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens who pay a higher application fee for faster processing. The temporary component is optional as a two year visa which enables the parents to spread the costs of the application fee over a number of years. At least one parent must meet the minimum age for aged pension in Australia.

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Target Market
  • Aged Parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens
Sponsor requirements
  • must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizens
  • may be required to provide an assurance of support
Visa types
  • Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884)
  • Contributory Aged Parent (Subclass 864)
Visa Requirements
  • must be inside of Australia at time of application and decision (may grant bridging visa )
  • have an eligible sponsor
  • meet the balance of family test
  • have an assurance of support
  • meet health and character criteria
  • have no debts to the Australian government
Visa Documents

Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) / Contributory Aged Parent (Subclass 864)

The actual documents you require are dependent on your particular circumstances including (but not limited to) your family members, your health and character, and your identity. Your Hannan Tew advisor will provide you with a link to the Hannan Tew portal which will set out the specific documents required.

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Identity
  • Copy of passport bio data page
  • Proof of name change (if relevant)
  • police clearances from any country you have lived in for 12 months or more in the last 10 years
Forms
  • parent visa application form (Form 47PA)
  • sponsorship application form (Form 40SP)
Balance of family test and relationship to sponsor
  • assurance of support
  • evidence of relationship to sponsor (e.g. birth certificate)
  • proof that the sponsor is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen (e.g. citizenship certificate, passport)
  • evidence regarding the balance of family test (e.g. birth certificates and evidence of each child’s permanent residence)
Family members
  • Copies of passport for each child
  • Full birth certificate for the child listing out names of both parents
  • Adoption papers or court orders (if applicable)
  • If child is over 16, police clearances for any country where the child has lived for more than 12 months
  • If child is over 18, proof that the child has been financially dependent on you (e.g. bank statements showing transfers) and evidence of continued
    attendance at school (e.g. academic transcripts)
Aged Parent Visas

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) visa?

The Contributory Aged Parent program is for older parents of settled Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens to eventually obtain permanent residence. The Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) is an optional 2 year provisional visa which enables applicants to spread the overall costs of the application fee over a number of years en route to eventual permanent residence. Visa holders do not receive government support whilst in country holding this visa. However, holders of this visa also can work and study and eventually obtain permanent residence through the Contributory Aged Parent (Subclass 864) visa.

What are the eligibility criteria for the Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) visa?

There eligibility criteria for the Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) visa is as follows:

  • must not hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (subclass 870) visa
  • have an eligible sponsor (a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen, where settled usually means residence in Australia for at least 2 years)
  • must be old enough to qualify for the age pension in Australia
  • meet the balance of family test
  • have an assurance of support
  • meet health and character criteria
  • have no debts to the Australian government

There are additional requirements for eventual permanent residence through the Contributory Aged Parent (Subclass 870) visa.

What is the processing time and how does capping and queuing affect it?

At present, the Australian government is not providing processing times for the Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) visa. Our current caseload shows that visa applications are usually processed within 3-4  years. Unfortunately, the Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) visa applications are subject to capping and queuing, which means a limited number of visas are granted during each migration program year. Once the limit is reached, no more visas are considered until the following year commences. Queue orders are fixed, so it is not possible to give certain applications priority over others.

How long can I stay in Australia with the Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) visa?

The subclass 884 is a temporary visa that is granted for a duration of 2 years. Ordinarily, an applicant would apply for the permanent component of the Contributory Aged Parent program, the Subclass 864 visa prior to this visa expiring.

Can I extend the Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) visa?

No. It is not currently permissible to extend the terms of the Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) visa. Individuals who wish to stay longer in country must apply for a new visa.  Ordinarily, an applicant would apply for the permanent component of the Contributory Aged Parent program, the Subclass 864 visa prior to this visa expiring.

Can I include family members on my application?

It is possible to include your partner, child, stepchild, or your partner’s stepchild on your Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) visa application. If approved, family members will have the same rights and responsibilities as the primary visa applicant.

Disclaimer

The information contained here is offered for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or give rise to an attorney-client relationship between you and our firm. The information: (i) must be regarded as a practical guide for general information and not a process guide for determining the specific immigration requirements of the countries covered, (ii) should not be a substitute for a more indepth analysis of applicable facts and circumstances conducted by competent professionals, and (iii) does not represent an opinion from Hannan Tew or any of its agents with regard to the laws of any of the jurisdictions concerned. The information does not guarantee the outcome or approval of any particular immigration application.

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