BALANCE OF FAMILY TEST
To be an eligible contributory parent, at least half your children must live in Australia, or more children live in Australia than any other country.
Step-children are included in this test, but any children that are no longer legally part of your exclusive custody are not.
For an example of the balance of family test in action, visit the Home Affairs webpage.
You must be sponsored by an eligible person, which must be an Australian permanent resident, citizen or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Sponsors must be reviewed by government before the application can proceed. Most sponsors for a contributory parent visa are children.
However, if your children are under 18, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organisation
- You must pass the character and health requirements.
- You must obey all Australian laws during your residency.
- You must obtain assurance of support; a paid bond and document that proves you aren’t at risk of relying on government support.
- You must have paid back any debt owing to the Australian government, if any.
- You must have not had a visa previously cancelled.
- The application must be in the best interests of the children living in Australia (if under 18).
Applying for the 884 and 864 visas requires an application fee of $3,855 + additional fees for every additional applicant, varying on their age. Once the application has been granted, $29,130 is required from each applicant.
If you’d like to apply for the permanent contributory parent visa (143) at a later date, another $19,420 will be required if the application is granted. For a greater overview of the costs and your various options, we recommend visiting the page on parents visa costs.
IS THIS VISA RIGHT FOR ME?
The contributory aged parent visas suit applicants over the age of 65 who have children in Australia and would like to receive Medicare benefits. It entitles you to pension benefits at a later date, but contributory payments are required to offset this. One way to stagger the payments is to apply through the temporary two-year visa (884) and then move to the (864) visa.
If you aren’t over the age of 65, the 143 – permanent and 173 – temporary contributory parent schemes might best suit you. Alternatively, if you’ve got a spouse or de facto partner who’s a permanent resident or citizen living in Australia, you may be able to apply through one of the partner visa schemes. The noncontributory aged parent visa – 804 is also available.