Contributory Aged Parent Visa Subclass 884 (Onshore) – Temporary
The contributory aged parent visa, Subclass 884 for short, is a temporary residency permit that allows older parents (mostly 65+ Years old) to live in Australia if they have an Australian child who can sponsor them.
This type of temporary resident visa cannot be extended or renewed like the rest of the regular visas; it only lasts two years and then expires. However, there’s no need to worry about this expiration as the parents can apply for a new visa Subclass 864 (Permanent), which is a permanent type of Visa.
You must be very careful that the application for Subclass 864 (permanent) must be applied before the expiry of the temporary visa Subclass 884.
Advantages of Contributory Aged Parent Visa Subclass 884
- Has a pathway to apply for a new Visa Subclass 886 after the expiry of this Visa.
- Apply as a two-step process, first to apply Subclass 884 and then Subclass 886 for Permanent Residency.
- Can work and study in Australia.
- Parents can include members of the family unit in your application.
Disadvantages of Contributory Aged Parent Visa Subclass 884
- Can live in Australia for a maximum of two years. However, a new Visa 886 can be applied that is a permanent Visa.
- Can not apply for this Visa if the applicant has applied or holds Subclass 870 Visa.
- Parents will not receive Government Support.
- It is an expensive Visa.
Cost, Visa fee, and Duration of the Visa
The total cost of this Visa is AUD 33,355.00, and the validity of the Visa is for two (2) years.
Cost comparison between Subclass 884 and other types of parent Visas
This is the most suitable Visa for someone who wishes to take this as the first step on the pathway to permanent residency. The first step is Subclass 884, and the second step would be Subclass 886.
You may wish to visit the hyperlink for a complete comparison of costs for all types of Parents Visas.
Assurance of Support AUD 14000.00 bond may be asked, returned after 10 years.
Requirements & Eligibility Criteria for Subclass 884
- The applicant must have an eligible child as an approved sponsor who must be a settled Australian Permanent resident, Australian citizen, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
- The applicant should be old enough to receive the Australian old-aged pension. (65+ years in most cases)
- Parents must be in Australia and not be in immigration clearance at the time of lodgement of Visa or at the time of decision about this Visa application from the Department of home affairs.
- Any other member of the family unit included in the application must be inside Australia at the time of lodgement of an application.
- Parents or any member of the family unit included in the application must not be on any Visa that has no further stay condition unless a waiver is applied.
- Must Clear Health Check (Health examination)
- Must Clear Character checks (Police Clearance certificate)
- You must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia.
- Have to meet the balance of family test.
- Not have had a visa canceled or a previous application refused.
- Must meet the balance of family test.
Restrictions after the Visa is granted
- You should not be disruptive and engage in violence.
- You must hold adequate health insurance throughout your stay in Australia.
- You must leave Australia before the expiry of the Visa.
- Notify the Department of a change of details like name, address, phone number, email address, or passport change.
- Must not engage in any criminal conduct.
- You can not include other family members in your Visa application.
Extension and renewal of the Visa:
This Visa is for two years only and cannot be renewed or extended. You can, however, apply to Subclass 886.
Visa Label for Contributory Aged Parent Visa Subclass 884
The Department will digitally map or link your Visa to your passport. The Visa label is not required on your passport.
You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you like while the Visa is valid.
The end of Subclass 884 Visa
Your parent visa can end because of one of the following reasons:
- If the validity dates specified on your Visa is expired.
- It is canceled by the Department of Home affairs due to any reason.
- If the sponsorship is withdrawn and the new sponsor is not found.
- If the sponsorship is canceled by the Department of home affairs.
Sponsor ship refusal or Visa Refusal
There are many factors that need to be considered to avoid Sponsor approval application or Visa refusal, including but not limited to:
- Accuracy of the information
- Completion of the documentation as per the Department’s requirements.
- Incomplete documents.
- Not fulfilling the eligibility criteria.
- Not fulfilling the character, health, and financial requirement.
- Location criteria at the time of lodgment or at the time of decision.
- Any other reason that the Department may consider your application.