Permanent Residency in Australia for older parents is possible through the Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864).
What is a Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864)?
This permanent resident visa allows parents of an Australian Citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand Citizen who is settled in Australia, to live in Australia.
Applicants must be in Australia when they apply for this visa and when the visa is granted. As this is an onshore application, applicants who apply for this visa are entitled to a bridging visa to remain in Australia until a decision is made on the application.
Who would a Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864) be suitable for?
A Subclass 864 Visa would suit you if you hold a Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 884), or:
- you are in Australia
- you have a child who is an Australian Citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident or an eligible New Zealand Citizen, and are sponsored by that child
- your sponsoring child has been a lawful resident in Australia for at least two years
- your sponsoring child provides in writing a commitment to provide support for you (as the visa applicant) for the first two years of your residency in Australia
- you meet the balance-of-family test. This means that at last half of your children live as permanent residents in Australia, or more of your children live as permanent residents in Australia than in any other country
- you meet the age requirements (please see below)
- you meet the health and character requirements of the Australian Government
- you are prepared to pay much higher visa application charges for faster processing
What are the Age Requirements?
Men must be older than 65 years of age to apply for Subclass Visas 864.
The age requirement for women varies, depending on when you were born:
- If you were born before 30th June 1947 you can apply at the age of 64
- If you were born between 1st July 1947 and 31st December 1948 you can apply when you are 64.5 years of age
- If you were born after 1st January 1949 you can apply when you turn 65.
When can you expect your Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864) to be approved?
The processing times for the Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864) can be found at the:
Australian Immigration and Border Protection Website
How do you apply for a Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864)?
Aus Visa Specialists has successfully processed many parent visa applications for Australian sponsors and their parents. As our client you can expect outstanding service and support. If you are interested in applying for one of the parent visa options, we can certainly help you. Simply contact us today.