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864 Visa – Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Permanent)

Indah Melindasari MARN 0961 448
Updated February 2023
864 Visa - Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Permanent)

864 Visa or Contributory Aged Parent Visa is one of Australia’s permanent parent visas. This visa allows the aging parent to live, stay and work in Australia for lifetime while receiving Medicare and travel with no restrictions. In general, the applicant must be sponsored by their children who are an Australian citizen/Australian permanent resident/eligible New Zealand citizen.
Check the below requirements if you want to know more about this visa.

Brief Introduction to 864 Visa

Subclass 864 Visa Australia is well known as Contributory Aged Visa in Australia. This visa is intended for the elderly parent of a child who is an eligible Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen and wishes to remain in the country for a lifetime. This visa is one of your pathways to be a permanent resident, work and study in Australia with your family members.

What You Can Do with This Visa

You are able to work, live and study in Australia permanently.

You would also be able to travel to and from Australia for 5 years but you need to have an RRV (Resident return Visa) so you can re-enter the country as a permanent resident.

You get government support as in Medicare and no travel restrictions.

Visa 864 Criteria and Eligibility

The basic eligibility that you must meet are:

  1. You must have a child that is an Australian citizen or Australian Permanent Resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, and has stayed in the country for 2 years.
  2. You are old enough to receive a pension in Australia (65-66 years; based on their years of birth) this pension age will gradually change every July in a year.
  3. This visa is unavailable for you who have already applied for a temporary sponsored parent visa or visa 870 in Australia.
  4. You can intend to be sponsored by a non-sponsored Permanent Parent Visa.

Furthermore, you must also meet below criteria to be granted a 864 visa:

  1. You must meet the basic eligibility first.
  2. You must meet the family balance test *
  3. You must have a sponsor, if there are any situation’s change you can check it here.
  4. You must meet the health and character requirements in Australia
  5. You must make sure that this is in the best interest for your child under 18.
  6. You must have an assurance of support, you can check the details here.
  7. You don’t have any debt with Australia’s government

* Apparently, if you are a previous holder of (Temporary) Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 884) visa, you can apply for the subclass 864 visa as a two-step process as with visa 884 as your first application.

Read more: Contributory Aged Parent Visa Temporary (Subclass 884)

Age Requirements for Visa 864

Period within which a person was bornPension ageDate pension age changes
From 1 July 1952 to 31 December 195365 years and 6 months1 July 2017
From 1 January 1954 to 30 June 195566 years1 July 2019
From 1 July 1955 to 31 December 195666 years and 6 months1 July 2021
From 1 January 1957 onwards67 years1 July 2023
Table Age Requirements for Visa 864

Check further about age pension: Age Pension | Department of Social Services, Australian Government

Validity Period

This visa is a permanent visa that you can use for a lifetime.

Therefore, if you include members of the family, you can include them in the application when you apply.

You must include your partner’s details even if they aren’t applying for the visa with you.

They must meet the health and character requirements for visa application in Australia.

Sponsor Requirements

There are specific sponsor criteria to being responsible for the applicant Contributory Aged Parent Visa.

  1. You must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
  2. You must be able to provide for your sponsored applicant and the additional applicant that they bring in for a two-year period after the visa is granted, assuming you provide them with support, accommodation and financial assistance.
  3. If the situation changes, you must be able to ensure that your sponsored family and relatives are aware of all terms that you can check here.
  4. You must provides the assurance of support (AoS)

Visa 864 Cost 2023

This visa cost from AUD 47,955 (for 2 part installments)

The cost for the main applicant is AUD 3,770

The cost for a dependent applicant 18 years old and above is AUD 1,880

The cost for dependents below 18 years old is AUD 1,090

There are four conditions which have a different cost/fee; you can learn more about them here: Fees and charges for visas

Visa 864 Processing Times

Processing times for this visa might take several years because this type of family visa is in high demand.

Based on Australia’s Immigrants Departments, visa 864 processing times could be changes for these reasons:

  • Changes in planning levels
  • How many visa applications are submitted
  • How many applications are withdrawn or refused
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal remits
  • Ministerial Intervention cases
  • Changes to processing directions

There is no exact how long the processing times for Contributory Aged Visa (subclass 864), it depends on the limited queuing, but apparently this visa is included in the processing priorities (with highest priority first) as outlined in Ministerial Direction 80 as per 19 November 2022.

There are apparently details of their limited queueing and lodging of applicants that began on September 30, 2022.

Read more: Parent visas – queue release dates and processing times

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Visa 864 Australia

ONE derland Consulting managing director and also registered migration agent, Indah Melindasari, B.Com (MARN 0961 448) is here to answer your subclass 864 visa questions!

  • What if my parents are here already but with the tourist visa and they want to make the contributory aged parent visa?
    • Your parents can apply for the 864 visa as long as they have met the eligibility. You must also make sure that your parent’s Visitor visa does not have condition 8503 – No Further Stay imposed.
  • What is the difference between visa 884 and visa 864?
    • The main difference is that visa 884 is a temporary visa which means the visa will allow your parents to stay in Australia temporarily. Meanwhile, the visa 864 is a permanent visa which means your parents can stay in Australia indefinitely.
  • What are the consequences when I applied for this visa in Australia but it is granted when I’m outside Australia?
    • There is no consequences. As long as the visa has been granted, you will automatically be an Australian permanent resident and you can use the visa to travel.
  • How do I know that my visa application is refused?
    • The Department of Home Affairs will let you know through a written decision which is usually sent to the appointed email address. So, make sure to check your email regularly.

Four Steps Applying for Visa 864 Australia

Before Lodging Application

Check your passport’s validity. You may consider to get help from a professional for the applications.

Gather all documents

Collect all required documents to prove that you have met the criteria, including your identity, character, your balance family test, all of your legal policies applications, certified copies and relevant information. If you include your family members (spouse and/or children), you must gather the same documents to prove that they have met the specific criteria for visa dependent.

Lodge your application

864 visa applications need to be applied on paper. Do not apply when you are a holder of visa 870. You and your additional family members must be in Australia and not in a immigration clearance when lodging the application.

Visa outcome

The visa might be granted when the applicant is outside Australia during the concession period.

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