Contributory Aged Parent Visa 884 (Temporary)

 

This visa enables an elderly parent of an Australian citizen, holder of a permanent visa or an eligible New Zealand citizen to join the family in Australia temporarily. Contributory Aged Parent Visa 884 is the first stage of a two stage visa application which can lead to a permanent visa if the applicant applies for Contributory Aged Parent Visa 864 within two years of this visa grant. This visa has a higher application fee and is an option for aged parents who wish to avoid the long waiting processing time of up to 30 years in a traditional Aged Parent Visa 804.

 

Who is eligible:

  • You must have reached the age where you are eligible for an age pension in Australia. The pension age has been gradually increased from 65 (for men and women born before 1949) to 67 for those born after 1 July 1952.
  • Elderly parent who has one or more children living in Australia who are Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens.
  • At least half of your children are living permanently in Australia.
  • You will need a family sponsorship to apply for the Contributory Aged Parent Visa 884. Sponsorship can come from any of the following persons:
  • Your child
  • Your child’s partner
  • The guardian or family member of your child
  • The guardian or family member of your child’s partner
  • A community organization

 

What you can do with the Visa:

  • Live in Australia up to two years
  • Travel in and out of Australia for two years
  • Work or study in Australia (will not be subsidized by the government)
  • Eligible for Medicare (the healthcare system subsidised by the Australian government.
  • Apply for a permanent Contributory Aged Parent Visa 864 within two years before the visa expires
  • Cannot extend or re-apply for this same visa.

 

Obligations of sponsor:

  • Your sponsor is required to provide a letter of undertaking to all adequate support in terms of accommodation, finance and all relevant moral support for the two years of your stay in Australia.
  • These obligations must cover all financial support for you and any accompanying family members.

 

Contributory Aged Parent Visa 864 (Permanent)

 

The Contributory Aged Parent Visa 864 is the second stage of the Contributory Aged Parent Visa which allows the holder to remain permanently in Australia with the family. It is the same visa type as the traditional Aged Parent Visa 804 except that it involves a higher application fee to avoid the long waiting processing time of up to 30 years in the traditional Aged Parent Visa. This is a permanent residence visa which comes after you have already held the temporary Contributory Aged Parent Visa 884.

 

Who is eligible to apply for the Visa:

  • You must have reached the age where you are eligible for an age pension in Australia. The pension age has been gradually increased from 65 (for men and women born before 1949) to 67 for those born after 1 July 1952.
  • You must have at least one child living in Australia who is an Australian citizen, a settled permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • At least half of your children are living permanently in Australia.
  • You will need a sponsor to apply for the Contributory Aged Parent Visa 864. Sponsorship can come from any of the following persons:
  • Your child
  • Your child’s partner
  • The guardian or family member of your child
  • The guardian or family member of your child’s partner

 

What you can do with the Visa:

  • Reside in Australia permanently
  • Travel in and out of Australia for five years
  • Work or study in Australia
  • Eligible for Medicare (the healthcare system subsidised by the Australian government.
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • Apply for citizenship when eligible

 

Obligations of sponsor:

  • Your sponsor is required to provide all adequate support in terms of accommodation, finance and all relevant moral support for the first two years of your stay in Australia.
  • These obligations must cover all financial support for you and any accompanying family members.
  • An Assurance of Support (AoS) must be placed with the government for you and your dependents for ten years.

 

Assurance of Support

An Assurance of Support is a guarantee provided to the Australian government that migrants will not have to depend on any assistance from the government in the first two years while living in Australia. This assurance can be provided by one person, an organization or up to three persons in a joint assurance of support.

Assurers who are individuals are obliged to:

  • pay a bond for every adult applicant aged 18 years and above:
    • AUD 10,000 — for the main applicant
    • AUD 4,000 — for each adult family member included in the application.
  • reimburse any recoverable social security payments made to you in the first two years of living in Australia including any payment made by Centerlink or any support covered by the AoS

 

If the assurer is an organisation, the bond will be larger.

An AoS can last for up to ten years for Contributory Parent Visa and two years for most other visa where the AoS is required. The AoS is in effect on the date of visa grant if the applicant is inside Australia or the date of entry into Australia if the visa holder is outside Australia. Upon maturity of the AoS, the bond payment less any debts owed to the Australian government is refunded to the assurers.  The lodgement of AoS is usually required after the visa application has been assessed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Types of Assurance of Support (AoS)

There are two types of AoS namely the mandatory AoS and the discretionary AoS.

Mandatory AoS must be paid before a visa can be granted and it cannot be waived in any circumstances. In such case, a financial bond must be lodged by the assurer. The following permanent visas applies:

  • Parent (AUD5,000 main applicant, AUD2,000 secondary applicant)
  • Aged Parent (AUD5,000 main applicant, AUD2,000 secondary applicant)
  • Contributory Parent (AUD10,000 main applicant, AUD4,000 secondary applicant)
  • Contributory Aged Parent (AUD10,000 main applicant, AUD4,000 secondary applicant)
  • Aged Dependent Relative (AUD5,000 main applicant, AUD2,000 secondary applicant)
  • Remaining Relative (AUD5,000 main applicant, AUD2,000 secondary applicant)

The bond payment is applicable for applicants aged 18 and above.

For AoS of AUD10,000 is applicable for each application if the assurer is an organization.

Discretionary AoS may be required if the applicant is perceived to be a risk of being a burden to the Australian community. Considerations taken into account would include the education, skills, employability, English language ability and age of the visa applicant and sponsor. In most cases, an AoS bond is not required for visas with a discretionary AoS.