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884 Visa – Contributory Aged Parent Visa Temporary

Indah Melindasari MARN 0961 448
Updated July 2023
884 Visa - Contributory Aged Parent Visa Temporary

If you are a settled Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen and have parents in their pension age, now they can apply for a Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 884) to stay temporarily in Australia. With this temporary visa, they can apply for a Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 864) visa for permanent residency, so that’s why they cannot stay longer by extending this temporary visa. This visa lets your parents live in Australia for up to 2 years, work and study in Australia, without government support.

Age Requirements for 884 Visa

Period within which a person was born Pension age Date pension age changes
From 1 July 1952 to 31 December 1953 65 years and 6 months 1 July 2017
From 1 January 1954 to 30 June 1955 66 years 1 July 2019
From 1 July 1955 to 31 December 1956 66 years and 6 months 1 July 2021
From 1 January 1957 onwards 67 years 1 July 2023

Other Basic Eligibility Criteria for 884 Visa

Other being in the pension age, you must also meet below requirements:

  • be sponsored by your child who is above 18 years of age
  • if your child is under 18 years of age, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organisation
  • meet the balance-of-family test
  • meet the health and character requirement

Basic Eligibility Criteria to be a Sponsor

The sponsor must meet below requirements:

  • be an Australian citizen/Australian permanent resident/eligible New Zealand citizen
  • be settle and usually residing in Australia

As a sponsor, you are obliged to provide support in terms of accommodation and financial assistance for the 884 visa holder during their 2 years stay period in Australia.

Benefits of Holding a 884 Visa

You will get the following benefits while holding a 884 Visa:

  • live in Australia for 2 years
  • work and study in Australia, but you will not receive government support
  • apply for 864 visa to get Permanent Residency status

Be noted that you can’t extend your stay by applying for the same visa. You may consider applying for 864 visa to extend your stay or other substantive visa.

Can I include family members?

You can include family members, for example, your spouse or your de facto partner, your child who is not married or in a de facto relationship.

Cost for 884 Visa Application 2023

ONEderland Consulting agent fee starts from $4,500 AUD up to $6,000 AUD.

While the visa fee paid to the Department of Home Affairs is $33,895 AUD, you can pay in two installments for this. You pay the first installment in the amount of AUD 4,765 when you apply, then you can pay the second installment in the amount of AUD 29,130 when there is a payment request from the Department of Home Affairs.

Be noted that the above fee might change in July every year

Processing Time and Assessment Process for 884 Visa

There are more applications for these visas than there are openings each year. As a result, these programmes may require a long processing time.

Based on current planning levels, it may take at least 12 years to process a new Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa application.

Processing of your application can require more time if:

  • You don’t fill it out correctly, you don’t provide all the required papers 
  • additional information is needed from you, and/or 
  • it takes a while to validate your information.

If you do not pay the appropriate visa application fee, the Department of Home Affairs will not be able to process your application. If this is the case, they will let you know and, if required, send your application back.

Also, the Department of Home Affairs evaluates applications for this visa in two stages:

  • Verify eligibility before deciding whether to accept or reject the application.
  • When a spot opens up, keep evaluating the application and make a choice.

Make no plans to remain in Australia permanently until your visa has been approved. If your visa is granted, the Department of Home Affairs will notify you in writing.

Where should I apply from?

You must apply in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, also be in Australia when the Department of Home Affairs decides on your application.

That also applies to the family members included in your application.

Remember that when you apply for this visa while on a temporary visa, there must not be a “No further stay” 8503 condition attached to your visa or else you will not be able to apply for this visa unless this condition has been waived.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa – Subclass 884 Visa Frequently Asked Questions

ONE derland Consulting managing director and also registered migration agent with MARN 0961 448 is here to answer your questions!

  1. If I apply for the visa, will I get the bridging visa?
    • Generally, you should apply for this visa before your substantive visa expires.
    • This will generate you a valid bridging visa to remain in Australia, while waiting for your visa decision.
  1. What is the difference between visa subclass 864 and 143?
    • The difference between these 2 visas is in the processing time and the age requirements.
    • The processing time for visa subclass 864 is faster than visa subclass 143.
    • The visa subclass 864 also has a specific age which should be at the pension age (67 years old), while for visa subclass 143, there’s no specific age requirements.
  1. Should I apply the visa onshore?
    • The visa application should be made onshore.
    • The applicant should be inside Australia when applying for this visa and when the Department gives the decision.
  1. Can I include the family members?
    • Yes, you can. The family members would need to satisfy the character and health requirements as well.
  1. How long is the processing time for this visa application?
    • There is no exact period for this visa’s processing time. If you do not fill the application correctly, it might give a longer time for the Department to give you the decision.
  2. As the sponsor, should I provide the Assurance of Support (AoS)?
    • For visa subclass 864, yes, your sponsor might be asked to provide this Assurance of Support (AoS) as a legal commitment to repay the Australian Government any welfare payments made to a visa holder or family who come to Australia with them.

5 Steps to Apply for a subclass 884 Visa

First step: Check your eligibility and visa requirements

Before applying for this visa, you have to check your eligibility and make sure you have met all the requirements for the application.

Some of the basic requirements are that you must meet the balance-of-family test and you must be sponsored by an eligible child who is a settled Australian citizen, Australian Permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand citizen.

Second step: Collect All Documents

After making sure you meet all the criteria, it’s time for you to collect all the documents needed for the 884 Visa application. You must prepare all documents including documents belonging to family members who also participate in the 884 Visa application as well as documents from your sponsor.

Third step: Submit a Visa 884 Application

After all the documents are ready, you can submit the 884 Visa application. Please note that the 884 Visa application must be made by submitting all hard copies of the required documents. All of these documents must be sent by post to the Parent Visa Processing Center in Perth. You can find the address of this office on the application form for visa 884.

Also, you must pay the first payment of this visa fee before sending all documents to the office address concerned.

In this process, there will be two stages of assessment, namely:

  • First, the Department will check your eligibility. If you meet all the criteria and your documents are complete, then your application will be added to the queue list. Otherwise, your application will be returned or rejected
  • Second, if your application has entered the queue list, your application will enter the next assessment process when a place is available.

If you have another parent visa application and you have not received the outcome for that application, then you must withdraw the application at the same time that you apply for 884 visa. You can withdraw the application by completing Part B of Form 47PA Application for a parent to migrate to Australia.

Fourth step: After 884 Visa Application is Submitted

At this point, the Australian Department of Home Affairs will continue the process of assessing your 884 Visa application. The Australian Department of Home Affairs will send requests for additional documents or information when required. They will also send a request for the second installment payment of the visa fee when they are ready to make a decision on your 884 Visa application.

All of these notifications will be sent via email. So, make sure you always check your email regularly.

Fifth Step: Final Decision for Visa Application 884

When the Department of Home Affairs makes a decision regarding your application, you must be in Australia but not in immigration clearance. The Department of Home Affairs will communicate their decision to you in writing.

If they grant you a visa, they will inform you of the following:

  • the number of your visa.
  • the day your visa begins and the conditions of your visa

If they reject your visa application, they will notify you in writing and reveal to you:

  • the reason they rejected the visa
  • whether you have the right to have the decision reviewed

If they reject your application, the application fee will not be refunded.

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