Subclass 864 Contributory Aged Parent or Contributory Aged Parent Class DG Subclass 864 visa: Who can & How to apply
The Subclass 864 Contributory Aged parent visa is for eligible children to sponsor their retired parents to live permanently in Australia. They must be settled, that is, have been living in Australia for more than 2 years, Australian citizens or permanent residents or eligible NZ citizens.
You can only apply for the Subclass 864 Contributory Aged parent visa if your age (or date of birth) fall within the following ranges:
- from 1 July 1952 to 31 December 1953 – 65 years and 6 months; or
- from 1 January 1954 to 30 June 1955 – 66 years; or
- from 1 July 1955 to 31 December 1956 – 66 years and 6 months; or
- from 1 January 1957 onward – 67 years.
In short, you must have reached a pension age or retirement age (click here to learn more).
There is a cap or limit on the number of Subclass 864 Contributory Aged visas allocated each year. There is a waiting time for this visa, and you will have to make a contribution of approximately $47,755 to shorten the queue for a parent visa.
You must be in Australia to be able to apply for the Subclass 864 Contributory Aged parent visa. However, you must hold a valid substantive visa which is not a Transit 771 visa (or last held a Transit 771 visa) (click here to learn more). If you do not hold a valid substantive visa, you will have to satisfy the Schedule 3 requirements, unless you have withdrawn an application for an Aged Parent Subclass 804 visa (click here to learn more).
If you have made a valid application, you may be granted a Bridging visa to allow you to remain in Australia until your visa application is finalised.
Parent must be sponsored
You must be sponsored by 1 of your over 18 Australian citizen or permanent resident or an eligible NZ citizen children. If your sponsor is under 18, you can be sponsored by your child over 18 cohabiting partner, or your child over 18 guardian or relative, or an community organisation.
However, you do not need to be sponsored for the Subclass 864 Contributory Aged parent visa if you hold 1 of the following visas:
- Temporary Contributory Aged Parent Subclass 884 visa (click here to learn more); or
- previously held a Temporary Contributory Aged Parent Subclass 884 visa and is now holding a substituted Visitor Subclass 600 visa, and the person who sponsored you for the Temporary Contributory Aged Parent Subclass 884 visa died before your visa ceased, and there is no other sponsor available.
Balance of Family test
If you are making a direct application for the Subclass 864 Contributory Aged Parent visa or you do not hold a substituted Visitor Subclass 600 visa, you will need to pass the Balance of Family test or BoF test.
You will pass the BoF test if at least half of your eligible children are usually residents in Australia.
After you have lodged your application for the Subclass 864 Contributory Aged Parent visa, you may change your sponsor if he or she died before the Department of Immigration (Department of Home Affairs) make its decision on your visa application.
Assurance of Support
Your sponsor will be required to provide an Assurance of Support (AoS) of $10,000 for the main applicant and $4,000 for any other applicants above 18 (click here to learn more). The AoS must be maintained for 10 years.
Australian migration law is complex and difficult to understand, contact our immigration lawyer for a consultation (fee applies) to help you apply for this visa or to decide if this is the best visa for you (click here to find out how an immigration lawyer or registered migration agent can help you) . You may also refer to our FAQs for answers regarding visa application or visa cancellation by clicking here.
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