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Subclass 884 Visa - (Onshore)

Who Can Apply For This Visa?

The Contributory Parent - subclass 884 visa (Temporary) allows elderly parents of eligible children to settle in Australia temporarily.  Eligible Australian children – who are at least 18 years old and have been living in Australia for at least two years as Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens – can Sponsor their aged parents on this visa.

If the Sponsoring child is not yet 18, then the following can sponsor the parent(s) of that child:

  • A child’s spouse (if the spouse is at least 18 years old and is a settled eligible Sponsor); or

  • A guardian or a relative of the child (if the guardian/relative is at least 18 years old and is a settled eligible Sponsor); or

  • If the spouse is also under 18 years of age, then a guardian or a relative of the child’s spouse who has turned 18 and is a settled eligible Sponsor); or

  • A community organisation. (Proof of commitment to support the applicants upon their arrival in Australia will be required.)

A Contributory Parent - Subclass 884 visa has shorter processing and 'queuing time' as compared to certain other parent visas. However, an applicant for this visa will have to pay a significantly higher visa application fee (also known as ‘contribution').​

Main Benefits of This Visa​

  1. Live, work, and study in Australia for up to two years.

  2. Enrol in the world-class Medicare scheme.

  3. Travel to and from Australia as many times as you like during the validity of your visa.

  4. Include your eligible family members in your application.

  5. Apply for Contributory Aged Parent – Subclass 864 visa to stay in Australia permanently as an Australian Permanent Resident.


What do You need To Qualify For This Visa?​

  • When applying for this visa, you must not hold or have applied for a Sponsored Parent - Subclass 870 visa.

  • You must be in Australia when making an application for this visa.

  • You must be eligible to receive an Australian-aged pension (66 years 6 months).

  • You have an eligible Sponsor/child who is a settled Australian citizen or a Permanent Resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

  • You must be able to satisfy the ‘balance of family’ test.

  • You meet the health and character criteria.


​​Your Potential Questions Answered For You

  • Subclass 884 visa application is a ‘paper application’ that must be completed and sent to the Department’s Parents’ Visa Processing section, Perth.

  • Once a subclass 884 visa is granted, the visa holder cannot stay in Australia by extending or reapplying for this visa. However, the Applicant may be eligible for another visa, for example, a permanent Contributory Aged Parent - subclass 864 visa.

  • If you are in Australia as the holder of a valid visa (for example, a Visitor visa) and you make a Contributory parent (subclass 884 or 864) visa application, you may be granted a 'Bridging Visa A'. A ‘Bridging Visa A’ allows you to remain lawfully in Australia while the Department processes your subclass 884 visa application.

    • An Applicant will have full work rights once their Bridging Visa A comes into effect.

  • Applicants (parents) can include their dependent children in their Contributory Aged Parent visa application. However, included children must ideally be under 18 years of age at the time of decision. It is unlikely that a dependent child who is 23 years or older will be granted a visa as an ‘additional applicant’.

  • Unlike Sponsored Parent - subclass 870 visa. The sponsor does not need to meet any certain income threshold.


Cost of This Visa​

AUD $ 33,355​

In contrast to a Parent Sponsored (subclass 870) visa, there is no fee for the Sponsor to pay for a Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 884) visa.​

Note: at the time of lodging a subclass 884 visa application, the Applicant will have to pay only the base application charges (also known as ‘first instalment’) as follows:

  • Main Applicant: AUD 4,225

  • Any additional applicants – 18 years and over: $2,110 (per Applicant).

  • Any additional applicants – 18 years and under: $1060 (per Applicant)

The following amounts in ‘Second Instalment’ are payable before this visa can be granted:

  • An Applicant who was less than 18 at the time of application and is still a dependent child of the main Contributory Aged Parent visa applicant – AUD 2,095

  • AUD 29,130 (each Applicant)

Where a ‘Second Instalment’ is required to be paid before the visa grant, the visa will not be granted unless the required amount has been paid. The visa may be refused unless the amount owing is paid within the required period.


Estimated Processing Time

Approximately 5 – 6 Years.

(The assessment of applications for a subclass 884 visa occurs in two stages. At stage 1 – the eligibility of the visa applicant is assessed. Depending upon the assessment, the application either proceeds to be ‘queued’ or refused. At stage 2 – the Application continues to remain under assessment until a place becomes available and a decision may be made on the application).

The Department of Home Affairs will likely send you a letter or email with the estimated processing time of your Contributory Agent Parent visa.


See our Blogs On This Visa To Learn More

  • Search ‘Contributory Parent Visa’, ‘Parent Visa Australia’ or ‘subclass 884 visa' on our Blogs Page.

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Should you wish to discuss your circumstances and options with us, please feel free to Contact Us. We are here to help you with your Parent visa application.


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