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Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 143)

Overview

This visa lets you:

  • Indefinite stay in Australia.
  • In Australia, you may work and study.
  • Enroll in Medicare, Australia's health-care and expense-reimbursement programme.
  • For permanent residence you can sponsor eligible relatives.
  • Travel back and forth between Australia and other countries.
  • Seek for citizenship in Australia (once residence requirements have been met).

Main criteria

For people who have children living in Australia as permanent residents or citizens for a minimum of 2 years, the Australian Department of Home Affairs operates a Parent Visa.

The applicant must meet what is referred to as the balance of family test in order to qualify for this visa.This criteria says that the applicant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident with at least half of their children in Australia or more of their children in Australia than any other nation. In the balance of family test, all the children, including step children and adopted children of both parents are included.

You must sponsor one qualified individual in addition to the family test balance, generally your kid, and fulfil the health and character criteria.

Visa types

Subclass 143 – This is a perpetual visa known as a “Contributory Visa”. The initial price is 4,225 US dollars for the first and 1,425 US dollars for the spouses. The second instalment, however, is $43,600 for every applicant.The visa takes around 3.5 to 4.5 years and is a permanent visa for authorisation.

The great “contribution” of money required for the second instalment is to counter rights given to the Visa Holder under permanent residency, such as health care, which the regular Australians have not been taxing for their lifetime.

Subclass 173 – A temporary visa of $2,850 and $1,425 for spouses with initial Australian government fees. The second instalment of $29,130 should be payable before the visa is approved. The processing of this visa takes about 3 to 3.5 years. A temporary visa of 2 years is issued to the applicants. An extra $19,420 must be paid before the visa expires and subclass 143 must be applied for.

In all circumstances, the second payment is only requested once each applicant has completed health and character examinations and the AoS (Assurance of Support, see below for AoS information) has been submitted with the Australian government. A second instalment will never be paid if a visa is not issued. Second instalments are never refundable.

Fees

The visa fees are as follows; notice that all payments are charged in the amount of AUD and the fees of the VisaEnvoy are fully payable before the application is lodged.

VisaEnvoy Professional Fee – Contributory Parent Visa (Permanent- SC143) $4,500

Application Fee – Main Applicant (at time of application)*

Dependant Application Fee (Spouse)*

$4,225 +

$1,425

2nd Visa Application Charge (at time of decision)* Main Applicant

2nd Visa Application Charge (at time of decision)* Spouse

$43,600 +

$43,600

*1.4% Credit card surcharge applies.

As previously said, if you want to stagger the procedure, you can apply for the Temporary Parent Visa (subclass 173), which is valid for two years, before applying for the Permanent Visa. The benefit is a cheaper second VAC cost of $29,130. A second payment of $19,420 is due two years later at the permanent stage. The first step of the procedure takes 3 to 3.5 years, while the second stage takes another 12 to 18 months. However, after the first step is accepted, the visa applicant can live in Australia as a category 173 visa holder.

Fees for the subclass 173 > subclass 143 pathway are as follows:

VisaEnvoy Professional Fee –Contributory Parent Visa (Temporary-SC173) $4,500

Application Fee – Main Applicant (at time of application)*

Dependant Application Fee (Spouse)*

$2,850 +

$1,425

2nd Visa Application Charge (at time of decision)* Main Applicant

2nd Visa Application Charge (at time of decision)* Spouse

$29,130

$29,130

VisaEnvoy Professional Fee –Contributory Parent Visa (Permanent- SC143) $2,000

Application Fee – Main Applicant (at time of application)*

2Dependant Application Fee (Spouse)*

$370 +

$190

2nd Visa Application Charge (at time of decision)* Main Applicant

2nd Visa Application Charge (at time of decision)* Spouse

$19,420

$19,420

*1.4% Credit card surcharge applies.

Assurance of support (AoS)

There is also an AoS that must be paid at the time of choice. This is presently $14,000 for two candidates. The bond is returned 10 years after you arrive in Australia as a contributing parent visa holder, less any obligations owing to the Australian government.

Length of stay

Permanent Visa 143 Processing time.

If you are above the age of 65, the Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864) may be more advantageous since you will be able to stay in Australia while your application is being processed.

Medicare

You can enroll in Medicare if you have filed for a contributory parent visa (143 visa) and already hold a temporary 173 or 884 visa.

Make an appointment with one of our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne now for a no-obligation briefing on your visa possibilities.

Processing time

It takes around 38 to 39 months to process for a Parent Visa (subclass 143).

Limitations on sponsorship

If you hold or have held certain visa and certain circumstances apply to you then you might not be able to be a sponsor.

Circumstances that affect processing times

We evaluate applications on an individual basis, and actual processing timeframes may vary owing to particular conditions such as:

  • If you have submitted a full application with all the supporting materials.
  • How quickly you react to any requests for further information.
  • How long it takes to execute the necessary checks on the given supporting information.
  • How long it takes to acquire additional information from other authorities, especially on health, character, and national security needs.
  • How many spots are available in the migration program for permanent migration visa applications?
  • The time required to attend a Citizenship Ceremony or get a Citizenship Certificate for citizenship applications.