Subclass 864/884

Subclass 864/884 - Contributory Aged Parent Visa

Subclass 864 is a permanent aged parent visa that enables eligible parents of an Australian citizen, Permanent Resident or Eligible New Zealand Citizen to live in Australia, indefinitely. 

Subclass 864 can be applied directly, or split into two application, by initially applying for Subclass 884. Subclass 884 is a temporary residency application for eligible parents of an Australian citizen, Permanent Resident or Eligible New Zealand Citizen to live in Australia.

Benefits of Contributory Aged Parent Visa

Eligible for Bridging Visa

Allows for travel in and out of Australia

Access to Medicare from Lodgement

Eligible for Citizenship

Sponsor Eligible Family Members to Australia

Pathway to Permanent Residency

Parent Visa Eligibility

To be approved as a Subclass 884 visa, you must:

  • be sponsored by an eligible child who is a settled Australian citizen, Australian Permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand citizen;
  • Be over 67 years or over;
  • meet the balance-of-family test;
  • meet all visa conditions and follow Australian law;
  • not have already applied for or hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 870) visa when applying for this visa;
  • Meet health and character requirement; and
  • Must not have a no further stay condition in their current visa.

To be eligible for a Subclass 864 application, you must:

  • have an eligible sponsor child who is a settled Australian citizen, Permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand citizen, unless you are applying for the Retirement Pathway.
  • Be over 67 years or over.
  • Meet the balance of family test
  • Have assurance of support
  • Meet health and character support
  • Have eligible health insurance. 

How do I 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

A child is an eligible child if they are:

  • an Australian citizen, or 
  • an Australian permanent resident usually resident in Australia, or
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia

Any other child of the parent is an ineligible child.

More eligible children living in Australia than in any other single country

Children are not counted if they:

  • are deceased
  • have been removed from their parents' exclusive legal custody by adoption, court order or operation of law
  • are registered by UNHCR as refugees and live in a camp operated by the UNHCR
  • live in a country where they suffer persecution or human rights abuse and can't be reunited with their parents in another country

Parent visa to Permanent Residency

Apply for a Subclass 884 Visa

To begin your parent's permanent residency journey, you begin with by applying for a Subclass 884 aged Parent Visa.

Pay the Second Instalment of Subclass 884

Before the visa is granted the second instalment of $29,130 is required to be paid. 

Apply for Subclass 864 - Permanent Parent Visa

You are eligible to apply for the Permanent Parent visa after the successful grant of Subclass 884.  Once the 864 is granted, you will become a permanent resident in Australia. 

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    We are happy to answer
    any queries you may have

    What is an assurance of support?

    An Assurance of Support is a legal agreement you make with the Department to help someone get a visa to live in Australia. It is the sponsor’s promise to pay the Department back for any income support the Department give them.

    Will I receive the Assurance of Support back?

    The bond is refunded ten years after you enter Australia as the holder of the contributory parent visa, less any debts owed to the Australian government.

    Do I have access to Medicare if I apply for Subclass 884/864?

    If you’ve applied for a Subclass 884/864, you can enrol for medicare.

    When do I have to pay for an Assurance of Support?

    Assurance of Support is generally payable after each applicant has passed health and character tests. 

    My parent is over 65. Should I apply for Subclass 143 or 864?

    If you are over 65 years old, we recommend the Contributory Aged Parent Visa, as it allows your parent to remain with you while their application is being processed.

    Summary of cost estimates
    for your application

    We have summarised a cost estimate for a Parent Visa application as below.

    864 Visa

    AUD 47,825

    The visa application fee is split into two stages.

    Assurance of


    Paid directly to the Government agency that collects the Assurance of Support.

    Medical and Police


    Paid directly to the agency that conducts your health and character checks

    Parent Visa COVID-19 Concessions

    If you have applied in Australia for a Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 864) visa and

    • you applied for the visa before 24 March 2021 and
    • you were outside Australia on 24 March 2021


    your visa can be granted while you are outside Australia if you meet all other visa criteria during the COVID-19 concession period.

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