864 Visa: Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864)

The subclass 864 contributory aged parent visa is similar to the 143 contributory parent visa; however, it is designed for applicants who are above pension age.

Australia’s pension age has been increasing from 65 to 67 years. It will continue to increase by six months every two years. It will stop increasing on 1 July 2023 at 67 years.


Do you qualify for a visa?

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This means that parents will be eligible for the 864 visa on different dates depending on birth date. If you were born between 1 January 1954 and 30 June 1955, you are considered of pension age on 1 July 2019. For those born between the dates of 1 July 1955 and 31 December 1956, pension age is 66 years and 6 months, so 864 eligibility would only kick in on 1 July 2021. Finally, parents born on or after 1 January 1957 must have turned 67, meaning 864 eligibility only starts on 1 July 2023.

Applications for this visa subclass are made onshore and applicants can remain in Australia on a bridging visa during processing. Applicants have full work rights on the bridging visa.

The subclass 864 is a permanent residency visa.

To sponsor you, your child must be an Australian permanent resident (settled for over two years), an Australian citizen or an eligible citizen of New Zealand.

Depending on your situation and you wish to spread costs, you can apply directly for the subclass 864 visa or apply for the subclass 884 temporary aged parent visa first and wait two years before applying for the 864 visa.

Are 864 visa applicants covered by Medicare?

Once the visa is granted, you can enrol in Australia’s Medicare program.

During the processing time, you may be able for some parts of Medicare if you’re from a country that has a reciprocal healthcare deal with Australia. Alternatively, you can purchase private health insurance.

Can partners be included on 864 applications?

Yes. A partner can be included on this visa type.

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Wondering whether you meet the visa requirements? Contact us today for a free eligibility check.

Am I eligible for an 864 parent visa?

Your eligibility depends on a number of factors, including:

  • Passing the balance of family test
  • Meeting health / character requirements
  • Having an eligible sponsor
  • Meeting pension age requirements
  • Having someone to provide an assurance of support
  • Financial means to make the contributory payment
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