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Contributory Aged Parent Visa Subclass 864

Navigating family reunification in Australia, the Aged Parent Contributory Visa (Subclass 864) stands out as a vital pathway for older parents.

This visa allows them to live, work, and enjoy healthcare benefits permanently alongside their children who are settled Australian residents

What is the Contributory Aged Parent Visa-Subclass 864?

The Aged Parent Contributory Visa, specifically the Subclass 864, is a permanent visa for older parents who have reached pension age and wish to migrate to Australia to join their children who are already settled as Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens.

This visa is designed to allow parents to remain in Australia indefinitely, with the opportunity to work, study, and access Medicare, the country’s public healthcare scheme.

Visa Requirements for the Contributory Aged Parent Visa – Subclass 864

Visa requirements for the contributory aged parent visa 864 are-

 Sponsorship: Applicants must be sponsored by an eligible child living in Australia. If the child is under 18, a spouse, a relative, or a community organization may sponsor the applicant.

Age Requirement: Applicants must be old enough to be eligible for the Australian age pension.

Balance-of-Family Test: At least half of the applicant’s children must reside permanently in Australia, or more children must live in Australia than in any other single country.

Health and Character Requirements: Applicants and any accompanying family members must meet certain health and character requirements.

Assurance of Support: Applicants must have an assurance of support to ensure they will not rely on government assistance.

Benefits of the Contributory Aged Parent Visa- Subclass 864

Benefits of contributory aged parent visa 864 are-

 Permanent Residency: The visa allows parents to live in Australia indefinitely.

Work and Study Rights: Visa holders have the freedom to work and study in Australia.

Medicare Access: Eligibility for Medicare provides access to health care services.

Sponsor Relatives: The opportunity to sponsor other relatives for permanent residency. 

Citizenship Pathway: Eligibility to apply for Australian citizenship, subject to meeting residency requirements.

Bridging visa:Applicants applying onshore in Australia with a valid visa, such as a Visitor visa, and you apply for a Contributory Parent visa (subclass 864), may receive a Bridging Visa A (BVA). This BVA allows you to stay legally in Australia during the processing period of your visa application.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa 864 Processing Time

Contributory aged parent visa 864 is subject to capping.

Capping’ means there is a maximum number of visas that can be granted each migration program year.

Once that number is reached, no more visas may be granted that year. All remaining visa applications will remain in the ‘queue’ until a place becomes available in a future program year.

Applications for the Contributory Parent visa submitted before June 1, 2018, have been assigned a queue date based on their submission date. However, for applications submitted on or after June 1, 2018, they will be evaluated first, and once they meet the initial criteria, a queue date will be assigned.

As of 30 September 2023, contributory parent visa applications have been queued up to May 2017.

The anticipated processing duration for new Contributory Parent visa applications is approximately 12 years.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa Subclass 864 Cost

The 864-visa cost is-

 The fee is split into two instalments, with the first payment due at the time of application and the second payment required before the visa is granted.

 The first instalment is $4,765 for main applicant, $2,380 per additional applicant charges 18 and over is $2380 and $1,1195 additional applicant charge for applicant under 18.

 The second instalment is $43,600 per applicant.

The cost is less for the applicant who was holder of a contributory aged parent visa 884.


Should you wish to discuss your circumstances and options with us, please feel free to contact our migration agents in Perth. We are here to help you with your Parent visa application.

Frequently Asked Questions

In case you don’t find an answer to your question, feel free to consult with one of our agents.

The 173 143 visas are open to parents of all ages applying from offshoreor onshore, while the 864 visas are specifically for older parents who have are over the pension age

Yes, this is a permanent visa referred to as a “Contributory” aged parent visa.

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