The Australian Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) introduced the contributory aged parent (permanent) visa (subclass 864) for pensioners who have children living in Australia as a permanent resident or citizen. When granted is permanent residency for pensioners whose children live in Australia. Through this visa you are entitled to stay in Australia indefinitely, apply for Australian citizenship, receive Medicare (Australia’s public healthcare scheme), Work and study in Australia and be a sponsor for your relatives.
The contributory aged parent (subclass 884) visa (temporary), when granted gives you 2 years residency in Australia, where you can work/study and allows you to apply for the permanent contributory aged parent (subclass 864).
If you enter Australia under a valid visa i.e., a visitor (subclass 600) visa, you can apply for a contributory parent visa (subclass 884/864) onshore. Once you apply for a contributory parent visa (subclass 884/864) you can be granted a bridging visa A (BVA). A BVA allows you to remain onshore for the duration of your application.
In order to apply for this visa, the applicant must meet the requirements of the “balance of family test (BFT)” this assesses that the applicant/s must have at least half of their children living in Australia, settled as an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or that majority of your children live in Australia than any other country. This includes stepchildren and adopted children of both parents.
An Assurance of Support is essentially a bond with the Department of Human Services. It is an additional cost paid by the sponsor at the time of decision, for two applicants this is an estimated cost applicants $14,000. This is an agreement that financial support will be provided to the applicant/s to settle down in Australia and in circumstances of financial hardship so that there isn’t a dependency on government income (Centrelink). This amount is paid to the Department of Human Services and is an agreement to re-pay the Department of Human Services for any income support provided. The amount is repaid (minus debt to the Australian government) four years after the contributory aged parent (permanent) visa (subclass 864) is granted.
Initial fee is $3,770 for the primary applicant and $1,880 for any additional applicants.
Second instalment for each applicant $43,600
Initial fee of $3,770 for primary applicant $1,880 for any additional applicants.
Before the visa is granted the second instalment of $29,130 is required to be paid for each applicant. Before the expiration of this visa, you are required to pay an additional $19,420 and apply for permanent visa (subclass 864).
In all cases when applying for a subclass 884 temporary visa the second instalment of payment is only called for after each applicant has passed health and character tests and the Assurance of Support Detail (AOS) has been lodged with the Australian government.
In no circumstance will an applicant be charged the second instalment and visa not granted. However, second instalments are non-refundable in all cases.
Check the estimated processing time for 864 and 884 visas here.
Both the holders of a Subclass 864 and Subclass 884 visas are eligible for Australia’s public-health cover (Medicare).
If you’ve applied for a temporary contributory parent visa (subclass 884) you may be entitled to a Medicare card. However, if you’ve applied for the permanent contributory visa (subclass 864) without holding a valid temporary contributory visa (subclass 884) you’re will not be eligible until your permanent Contributory visa (subclass 864) is granted.
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