Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884)

Features

This visa lets parents of a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia temporarily.

If you are granted this visa and want to stay in Australia permanently, you can then apply for a Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864).

Applying for this temporary subclass 884 visa before the permanent subclass 864 visa lets you spread the costs of your migration over a number of years.

Eligibility

You must:

  • have a child who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • be old enough to receive the Australian aged pension.

At least half of your children must live in Australia or more of your children live in Australia than any other country.

Length of stay

​Two years

Cost

From AUD
32,900

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The process

Processing time

75 per cent of applications processed90 per cent of applications processed
Unavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

Last updated 18 September 2017 (for month ending ​31 August 2017)

Processing times vary.

For more information read Global visa and citizenship processing times

Eligibility


Your child in Australia

You must have a child who is a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Sponsor

If your child is under 18.

A sponsor can sponsor more than one parent for this visa.

Sponsors have financial and other responsibilities.

Age

You must be old enough for the age pension in Australia.

More information about the age pension is available on the Department of Social Services website.

Balance-of-family test

    You must meet the balance-of-family test. Either:
  • at least half of your children live permanently in Australia
    or
  • more of your children live permanently in Australia than in any other country.

Health

You must meet our health requirement.

Character

You must meet our character requirement.

Debts

You must have repaid, or have arranged to repay, any outstanding debts to the Australian government.

Cancelled visas

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia.

The visa

What you can do

    This visa lets you:
  • live in Australia for up to two years
  • work and study in Australia (you will not receive government support)
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for two years from the date the visa is granted.
  • apply for a permanent Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864).

You cannot extend or re-apply for this visa.

Cost

From AUD 32,900

The visa is paid in two parts, called instalments.

You might also have to pay other costs such as those for health assessments, police certificates and biometrics.

Use the Visa pricing estimator to estimate the cost of your application.

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Note: The estimator does not calculate additional costs.

Location

You must be in Australia when you apply for this visa and when a decision is made.

How long your visa lasts

The visa lasts two years.

The visa starts on the date it is granted.

Extending your stay

You cannot extend or re-apply for this visa.

If you want to stay in Australia permanently, you can apply for a Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864) before your subclass 884 visa expires.

Family

You can include your partner and your or your partner’s child or step-child in your application.

Family members who are granted the visa have the same rights and can do the same things as you.

Your obligations

You and your family members must comply with Australian laws.

You can find your visa conditions in VEVO.

Follow these steps

  1. Before you apply

    Tourist visa (subclass 676) and Visitor visa (subclass 600) visa holders (Ministerial Intervention only)

    If you have been granted a Tourist visa (subclass 676) or Visitor visa (subclass 600) visa through ministerial intervention, contact the Parent Visa Centre by email to discuss your circumstances.

    Email: parents@border.gov.au

    Make sure you have a passport

    To apply, your passport does not have to be valid but it must be your most recent passport.

    However, to be granted the visa, your passport must be valid.

  2. Gather documents

    Prepare your documents

    • Translate all non-English documents into English.

      Translators in Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

      It is preferable that translators outside Australia are accredited in their country. If they are not accredited, they must endorse the translation with their full name, address, telephone number, and details of their qualifications and experience in the language being translated.

    • Provide original police certificates.
    • Provide certified copies of all other documents (including non-English documents and English translations) - do not send the originals.
    • Make sure you have all of your sponsor’s documents and their completed sponsorship form.
    • Provide a document only once, even if you are using it as evidence of more than one criterion.
    • Keep a copy of your completed application.
  3. Apply

    Apply for the visa on a paper form

    You must be in Australia when you apply for the visa. You must have a passport.

      You must complete:
    • Form 47PA Application for a parent to migrate to Australia (525 kB PDF)
      Your sponsor must complete:
    • Form 40 Sponsorship for migration to Australia (251 kB PDF).

    Forms must be completed in English.

    All documents must be provided and the application fee paid when you apply.

    You can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

    Send your application by post or courier to the Perth office in Western Australia - attention Parent Visa Centre.

    If you have an existing Parent visa application

    If you have applied for a different parent visa but it has not yet been decided, you must withdraw that application at the same time that you apply for this visa.

    Complete Part B of Form 47PA - Application for a parent to migrate to Australia (525 kB PDF).

  4. After you apply

    If your current Australian visa expires

    When you lodged your application, you were granted a bridging visa. The bridging visa will come into effect only if your current visa expires. A bridging visa lets you stay in Australia while your subclass 884 visa application is being processed.

    More information is available about bridging visas.

    Travel

    You can travel outside Australia while your visa is being processed but you must let us know. This is because you must be in Australia when the visa is decided.

    Note: If you are not in Australia when the visa is decided, the visa will be refused.

    If you hold a visa that is not a Bridging visa

    If your visa will end while you are outside Australia, you should apply for and be granted a Bridging visa B (BVB) before you depart Australia. A BVB will let you re-enter Australia.

    If you hold a Bridging visa

    Holders of a Bridging visa A should apply for and be granted a Bridging visa B (BVB) before they depart Australia. A BVB will let you re-enter Australia. You cannot apply for a BVB outside Australia.

    Holders of a Bridging visa C are not eligible for a BVB.

    More information is available about bridging visas.

    Pay the second instalment

    Pay the second instalment. when we tell you to. We will send you an invoice for the instalment after you have met all other requirements for the visa. You must pay the instalment to be granted the visa.

    Provide biometrics

    You might be asked to provide biometrics (fingerprints and photo). We will let you know if you need to provide them.

    Have health checks

    You might need to have health checks. We will let you know if you need them.

    More information is available about health checks.

    Provide character documents

    Your sponsor and family members that are 16 years old or older and are applying for the visa with you might also need to provide the documents.

    Attend an interview

    We might ask you to attend an interview.

    Send more information or documents

    If you did not include all documents when you applied, send them as soon as you can.

    We might also ask you to provide more information.

    Add family members

    You can add family members to your application before a decision is made. Complete and send us Form 1436 - Adding an additional applicant after lodgement (364 KB PDF) with evidence of your relationship and the family member’s passport.

    Newborn children
      If your child is born after you lodge your application but before a decision is made, send us:
    • a completed Form 1022 - Notification of changes in circumstances (266 KB PDF)
    • the child’s birth certificate
    • the child’s passport, when obtained.
      When we receive the form and birth certificate:
    • the child will be added to your visa application
    • we might request a health check for the child
    • if the child was born in Australia, they will automatically be granted the same visa you held at the time of their birth.

    If you are eligible for the visa, we will need a copy of your child’s passport before decision.

    There is no fee to add a newborn child to your application.

    Tell us of changes

      You need to tell us of changes if:
    • there are any changes to your circumstances, for example, change of address or telephone number
    • you made a mistake on your application
    • you need to provide more information
    • you want to withdraw your application.

    More information is available at the Tell us of Changes tab.

Tell us of changes

Changes to your circumstances

If there are any changes to your circumstances before you are granted the visa, let us know

More information

If you did not send all documents with your application, send them as soon as you can.

We might also ask you to provide more information.

Mistakes on your application

Tell us if there are any mistakes in your application.

Complete Form 1023 - Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99KB PDF).

Withdraw your visa application

You can withdraw your visa application at any time before we make a decision.

Complete Form 1446 - Withdrawal of a visa application (375KB PDF) or email a letter of withdrawal to parents@border.gov.au.

    The letter must include your:
  • full name
  • date of birth
  • file reference number or client ID.

All applicants who are 18 years or older must sign the withdrawal request.

Withdraw your sponsorship

Sponsor applications can be withdrawn at any time before we make a decision on the visa application.

    Your request must be made in writing and include:
  • your full name
  • date of birth
  • the number we gave you when you applied, if you know it - this could be a file reference number or client ID.

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