Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143)

Overview

A subclass 143 Contributory Parent Visa allows holders to:

  • live, work and study in Australia indefinitely
  • travel freely to and from Australia for a period of five years
  • access Australia’s public healthcare system, Medicare
  • sponsor for permanent residency any relatives that might be eligible
  • if otherwise eligible, apply for Australian citizenship


Primary criteria

The Australian government’s parent visa criteria require that an individual applying for this visa must have a sponsor who can demonstrate that they are “settled” i.e. they have been legally residing in Australia for at least two years.

Applicants will also be expected to successfully meet something called the balance of family test to be eligible for this visa. The balance of family test requires that half or more of the applicant’s children should be resident in Australia, or that more of their children are resident in Australia than in another country. The test includes all children, biological or adopted, as well as any step-children.

Applicants must be sponsored by their child living in Australia, and both the applicant and their sponsor will be expected to meet the Australian government’s health and good character requirements.

Contributory Parent Visa types

Subclass 143 (Permanent) – This visa is permanent and also sometimes called a “contributory” visa. The fee for the first application is AUD 4,765, with a further fee of AUD 2,380 for a jointly-applying spouse. There is then a second, larger charge for each applicant of AUD 43,600, which is intended to be a contribution towards the benefits (such as access to healthcare) that permanent residency in Australia affords.

Subclass 173 (Temporary) – This visa is tempoarary and comes with an initial fee of AUD 3,055 for the main applicant, and AUD 1,530 for any spouse attached to the application. Once a decision has been reached but prior to the visa itself being issued, applicants must pay a charge of AUD 29,130. A two-year visa will then be issued, which can be converted into a permanent subclass 143 visa subject to a further application fee and additional surcharge of AUD 19,420.

Waiting times for new applications for both subclasses of Contributory Parent visa are extremely long. At present, we estimate that it could take as long as 12 years for eligible applications to be granted even once they have been assessed by Australian authorities.

Fees

Permanent Parent Visa fees and charges are summaried below.

Please note those fees charged by Australian government authorities are subject to change. All VELawyers fees must be paid in full before your visa application is submitted.

VELawyers Professional Assistance Fee – Contributory Parent Visa (Permanent- SC143) AUD 4,500
Application Fee for Main Applicant (payable on application)*

Application Fee for a Spouse (payable on application)*

AUD 4,765

AUD 1,605

Second Visa Application Charge (payable on affirmative decision) for Main Applicant*

Second Visa Application Charge (payable on affirmative decision) for a Spouse*

AUD 43,600

AUD 43,600

*1.4% credit card surcharge applies.

If you wish to spread out the process of obtaining a permaneny contributory parent visa, it is possible to apply first for the temporary subclass 173 visa, which lasts for two years, and then apply for the permanent subclass 143 visa. The main advantage of this is the lower second Visa Application Charge of AUD 29,130, though please bear in mind the further payment of AUD 19,420 that is required when converting to the permanent visa.

The full schedule of fees for individuals seeking to take the subclass 173 > subclass 143 pathway is below:

VELawyers Professional Assistance Fee – Contributory Parent Visa (Temporary-SC173) AUD 4,500
Application Fee for Main Applicant (payable on application)*

Application Fee for a Spouse (payable on application)*

AUD 3,055

AUD 1,530

Second Visa Application Charge (payable on affirmative decision) for Main Applicant*

Second Visa Application Charge (payable on affirmative decision) for a Spouse*

AUD 29,130

AUD 29,130

VELawyers Professional Assistance Fee – Contributory Parent Visa (Permanent- SC143) AUD 2,000
Application Fee for Main Applicant (payable on application)*

Application Fee for a Spouse (payable on application)*

AUD 420

AUD 215

Second Visa Application Charge (payable on affirmative decision) for Main Applicant*

Second Visa Application Charge (payable on affirmative decision) for a Spouse*

AUD 19,420

AUD 19,420

*1.4% credit card surcharge applies.

Assurance of Support (AoS)

In addition to the above fees, applicants will have to arrange for payment of an Assurance of Support (AoS) bond, which must be paid after a decision to grant the visa has been made. The cost of an AoS for two concurrent applicants is currently around AUD 14,000.

The full amount of this bond will be refunded after the applicant has been in Australia for ten years after entering the country on a contributory parent visa, unless any outstanding debts to the Australian government need to be deducted from the total.

Length of stay

​Permanent

Healthcare

Applicants for a permanent subclass 143 visa who are already living in Australia on a subclass 173 or subclass 884 visa are entitled to enrol in the Australian public healthcare system, Medicare.

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Permanent Parent Visas

  • Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)
  • Contributory Aged Parent visa (864 visa)
  • Contributory Parent (Migrant) visa (subclass 143)
  • Parent (Migrant) visa (subclass 103)

Temporary Parent Visas

  • Sponsored Parent 870 Visa
  • Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)
  • Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884)

Related

To determine whether you or a loved one might be eligible for this visa, please complete our Parent Visa assessment form. VELawyers are industry leaders with trusted migration agents and immigration lawyers in Melbourne, and offices across Australia.