884 – Contributory Aged Parent visa (Permanent)
The Contributory Aged Parent (Permanent) visa is the second stage of a 2-step process for getting permanent residence in Australia.
To qualify for this visa you must already hold a Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 884), and/or satisfy the eligibility criteria.
The immigration authorities have a capping system that applies to Contributory Aged Parent visas. This means you may have to wait in a queue until more visa places are opened. There are no specific guidelines as to how long the waiting period is.
- Visa Applicants
- Visa Holders
If you have one or more children in Australia who are eligible to sponsor you, you may qualify for the Contributory Aged Parent visa pathway.
It is important that you continue to satisfy the eligibility criteria as you will be re-assessed upon applying for this visa.
A Contributory Aged Parent (Migrant) visa enables the applicant, their partner and dependent family to reside in Australia on a permanent basis.
If this visa is granted the applicant may:
- work or study in Australia
- apply for healthcare through Medicare
- sponsor eligible family members for permanent residence in Australia
To be eligible for a Contributory Aged Parent visa the applicant and the sponsor must meet the eligibility requirements for this visa.
- the applicant must have a child who is an Australian citizen, or
- a permanent Australian resident, or
- an eligible New Zealand citizen
The sponsor must be a child of the parent applying for this visa and must be resident in Australia on legitimate terms. An eligible sponsor is either an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand resident.
If the applicant’s child is not eligible to sponsor the applicant, the applicant may be sponsored by the following persons:
- the sponsor’s partner
- guardian or family member of your child
- guardian or family member of your child’s partner
- a community organisation
Initially you may be required to undergo a health examination, however if an examination has already been carried out you are not likely to have to undergo further examinations.
All men aged over 65 years can apply for a Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864).
Please use the table below to determine whether you are eligible:
|Minimum age||Birth date as on passport||When you can apply (earliest date)|
|63||Before 30 June 1944||From 30 June 2007|
|63.5||1 July 1944 ‐ 31 December 1945||Between 1 January 2008 ‐ 30 June 2009|
|64||1 January 1946 ‐ 30 June 1947||Between 1 January 2010 ‐ 30 June 2011|
|64.5||1 July 1947 ‐ 31 December 1948||Between 1 January 2012 ‐ 30 June 2013|
|65||1 January 1949 and later||From 1 January 2014 onwards|
If this visa is granted, the applicant and any additional family member must comply with all Australian laws.
The sponsor is required to assist the applicant and their family members and help them settle in Australia by providing the following:
- moral support
- adequate accommodation
- financial support
The sponsor must provide a written undertaking and must accept the responsibility of supporting the applicant and any additional family members for the first ten years of residency in Australia.
Assurer of Support
The assurer is obliged to:
- give sufficient financial support so that you or any accompanying family members do not have to rely on any government support, and
- reimburse the Australian government for any recoverable social security payments, this includes payments made by Centrelink to you and any others covered by the Assurance of Support
- pay a refundable security bond before the visa is approved
Assurance of Support
An Assurance of Support (AoS) is a legal undertaking by the sponsor, family relative, an organisation, or any other person who may be eligible to be an assurer, to repay certain social security payments to the Australian Government which has been paid to a person or their family members applying to migrate to Australia during their AoS period.