Australia Temporary Residency Contributory Aged Parent Visa Visa Subclass 884

Application Fee:


AUD $33,285

Processing Time:


• 75% of applications: 12 months • 90% of applications: 18 months

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The visa subclass 884 is the Contributory Aged Parent Visa that allows aged parents of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australian temporarily. With this visa, the applicant can live in Australia for up to 2 years, do business or job and study in Australia, and apply for a permanent Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864).

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia


Who is it for

This temporary visa, subclass 884, lets the aged parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen stay temporarily in Australia.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

How to qualify

To be eligible, you must:

  • have an eligible child who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • be an aged enough to receive the Australian aged pension (65 years or above)
  • be inside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply for 884 visa and when the DHA makes the decision
  • not have previously submitted or hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 870) visa when applying for this visa
  • Pass the balance of family test.
  • You must both satisfy the character and health requirements.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia


The process

Step 1

Check your eligibility

If you are an aged parent of an Australian PR or citizen or eligible New Zealand Citizen, you must be aware of the balance of family test. You must know clearly what this really means. A parent meets the balance of family test if:

  • at least half their children and stepchildren are eligible children, or
  • there are more eligible children than children living in any other single country

Step 2

Gather your documents

This visa application requires a number of documents including documents for any partner or dependents who might be applying with you. At the time of visa lodgment you also need to submit documents of your sponsor.

Step 3

Apply for the visa

During your application lodgment, you must be in Australia. This visa must be submitted as a paper based application. You will be unable to apply for this visa if you have already applied for or hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (subclass 870) visa.

The following forms are the most important forms to submit during visa lodgement.

Complete the form in English.

You must pay the first instalment when you apply. For payment options see how to pay.

You can’t lodge your applications for this visa in person. You can send your application by post to the Parent Visa Processing Centre in Perth, Australia.

Step 4

After you apply

You will be notified by email if your visa is finalized and approved. If the immigration officer requires additional documents, you will also get notified.

Step 5

Visa outcome

When the DHA makes your visa decision, you must be in Australia. You will see the following things in your visa grant notification:

  • your visa grant number
  • the date your visa starts
  • your visa conditions

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

The document needed

Other relevant documents must be submitted with your application.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Government Fees

Cost of Contributory – Aged Parent (Temporary) visa 884

This visa costs from AUD 33,285. There is an additional charge for each family member who applies with you.

You must pay the first instalment when you apply and the second instalment must be paid when you will be asked to pay.

The visa fee will increase for adding additional family members.

There will be some other fees for medical, police check and documents notarization.

You can use the Visa Pricing Estimator to know exactly what your visa will cost. Note that the estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Additional information

Processing Time

  • 75% of applications: 12 months
  • 90% of applications: 18 months