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Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173 and 143)

The Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173 and 143) visa allows parents to live in Australia if their child is an Australian citizen,Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. The contributory parent 173 visa is a temporary visa which allows the applicant to live in Australia for two years. This visa cannot be extended or renewed, however applicants can apply for Contributory Parent (subclass 143) (within 2 years of living in Australia on 173 visa) if they wish to live permanently in Australia.

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The applicants of both the visas must be sponsored by their child living in Australia. If the child is less than 18 years of age, applicants can be sponsored by:

  • A child’s spouse (who must be at least 18 years of age or more and a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen)
  • A relative or guardian of child
  • A relative or guardian of child’s spouse if the spouse has not turned 18 but is settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • A community organisation

Note: If a community organisation is sponsoring the applicant, the immigration department needs a valid proof of relationship between the organisation and applicant or a written agreement from the senior representative showing an approval to support applicant(s) after their arrival in Australia.

Benefits Of The Contributory Parent Visa

Being a contributory parent 173 visa holder, you can:

  • Live, study and work in Australia for 2 years
  • Get health coverage from Medicare (Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses)
  • Visit Australia frequently for two years from the date visa is granted

Being a contributory parent 143 visa holder, you can:

  • Live, study or work in Australia for indefinite period
  • Get health coverage through Medicare
  • Apply for Australian citizenship after fulfilling the criteria
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • Leave and revisit Australia for five years from the date visa

Eligibility Criteria

For Subclass 173:

  • Your child is Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • Your child has been living in Australia lawfully for at least 2 years
  • You have a sponsor
  • You meet the balance of family test
  • You meet health and character requirements

For Subclass 143:

  • You must hold a Contribute Parent (Temporary) (subclass 173)
  • You must abide by all the criteria applicable to temporary contributory parent visa (subclass 173)

Relationship Evidence Requirements for Both Visas (Subclass 143 and 173)

You must have certified copies of:

  • Birth certificates
  • A family book showing relationships
  • Marriage certificates (if the sponsor is partner of a child)
  • Evidence of guardianship (if the sponsor is guardian of a child)
  • Other acceptable evidence that shows relationship between the child and sponsor

If the sponsor is community organisation, there must be:

  • Certificate of registration
  • Evidence of authority given to the representative of organisation to operate on behalf of organisation like the board or management committee’s authority
  • Evidence of financial capacity to support you when you arrive in Australia

Family Members in the Visa Application

You can include following members in the visa application:

  • Your partner
  • Your or the partner’s child/step child

Health and Character Requirements

You and all the dependent family members must have:

  • Medical examinations done within 12 months of lodging a visa application to meet health requirements
  • Police certificate from each country you’ve lived in for more than 12 months in the past ten years

Australian Values Statement

If you are more than 18 years of age, you must sign an Australian values statement to provide assurance that you’ll abide by all the Australian laws.

Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no or arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian government before the visa is granted.

Applying from 173 visa to 143 visa, the applications charges would be:

How this price is calculated

Product Quantity Price
CA143 Contributory parent – holds 173 1 325.00
Additional Applicant Charge 18+ 1 165.00
GST 0.00
Total AUD 490.00

Applying directly for 143 visa, the applications charges would be:

For information about payment option, go to How to pay

Product Quantity Price
CA143 Contributory parent 1 3,695.00
Additional Applicant Charge 18+ 1 1,245.00
GST 0.00
Total AUD 4,940.00

DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is only for general understanding and does not
constitute legal advice. We recommend consult a Registered Migration agent for further information or check with Department of Home Affairs at  https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/contributory-parent-temporary-173 and https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/contributory-parent-143 .

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