Subclass 864 Parent Visa


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Subclass 864 Contributory Aged Parent visa.

The subclass 864 visa is a permanent visa.

The cost of the subclass 864 visa, in 2021, is from $47,825. This is payable in two instalments.
The immigration website has a ‘Visa Pricing Estimator’ to allow you to work out what the first instalment will cost. But note: The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs.

The 864 visa allows the aged parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to:

  • stay in Australia as a permanent resident.
  • work and study in Australia.
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia’s public health care scheme.

You must

  • have an eligible child who is a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia. (even though you will not receive a pension).
  • not have already applied for or hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 870) visa when applying for this visa.

Subclass 864 Processing times.

Immigration do not currently provide processing times for this visa, and applications for this visa are subject to capping and queueing.

The do provide a Parent Visa Queue Calculator, that can estimate how many applications are ahead of yours in the queue. However, this calculator has been out of action for some time.


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Some information on times can be found at Parent Visa Queue Release Dates.

In September 2020, immigration did say: “new Contributory Parent visa applications lodged that meet the criteria to be queued are likely to take approximately at least 58 months to be released for final processing.” At that time there were 3,447 subclass 864 applications in the queue.

Subclass 864 Sponsor

The sponsor of a subclass 864 visa must be a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

The sponsor must agree to support the applicant and their family for their first 2 years in Australia.

The sponsor must apply using Form 40 ‘Sponsorship for migration to Australia’.

Source immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/contributory-aged-parent-864

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