Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173 and 143)

The Contributory Parent visas (subclass 173 and subclass 143) enable parents whose children are Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens, to live in Australia. The subclass 173 visa is a temporary arrangement valid for two years and cannot be renewed. Applicants may transition to the subclass 143 visa within two years of their stay on the 173 visa to secure permanent residency in Australia.

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For these visa applications, the sponsor must be the applicant’s child living in Australia. If the child is below 18 years old, sponsorship can also be provided by:

  • The child’s spouse, who should be at least 18 years old and a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • A relative or guardian of the child
  • A relative or guardian of the child’s spouse, provided the spouse is not yet 18 but is a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • A community organisation

Note: In cases where a community organisation acts as the sponsor, the immigration department demands clear evidence of the relationship with the applicant or a written commitment from the organisation’s senior representative to support the applicant(s) once they arrive in Australia.


Visa Benefits

If you have a contributory parent 173 visa, you can:

  • Live, study, and work in Australia for a period of two years
  • Benefit from Medicare, which covers health-related costs in Australia
  • Make multiple trips to Australia over a two-year period starting from the visa grant date

If you possess a contributory parent 143 visa, you are allowed to:

  • Reside, study, or work in Australia without a time limit
  • Receive health benefits through Medicare
  • Apply for Australian citizenship once eligibility criteria are met
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence in Australia
  • Leave and return to Australia as often as needed for five years following the issuance of the visa


Eligibility Conditions

For Subclass 173

  • Your child is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or a qualified New Zealand citizen.
  • Your child has been a lawful resident of Australia for at least two years.
  • You require a sponsorship.
  • You need to satisfy the balance of family test.
  • You need to meet health and character standards.

For Subclass 143

  • You must be a holder of the Contributory Parent (Temporary) (subclass 173) visa.
  • You must adhere to all requirements linked with the temporary contributory parent visa (subclass 173).


Required Proof of Relationship for Visas (Subclass 143 and 173)

Ensure to provide certified copies of:

  • Birth certificates to establish identities
  • Family book that records family relationships
  • Marriage certificates (if applicable for child’s spouse sponsorship)
  • Legal guardianship documents (if the sponsor acts as a guardian)
  • Additional valid proofs demonstrating the relationship between sponsor and child

For sponsors that are community organizations, provide:

  • Organization’s registration certificate
  • Authorization proof for an individual to conduct operations on behalf of the organization, such as from the board or management committee
  • Proof of financial readiness to assist the applicant upon their arrival in Australia


Including Family Members in Your Visa Application

You may add the following family members to your visa application:

  • Your spouse or partner
  • Your or your partner’s children, including stepchildren


Medical and Police Verification Requirements

All applicants and their dependent family members must:

  • Complete medical tests within 12 months prior to applying for a visa to fulfill health criteria
  • Provide a police clearance from each country lived in for more than 12 months over the past ten years


Australian Values Statement

Individuals aged 18 and older must sign an Australian values statement as a pledge to follow all Australian laws.


Financial Obligations to the Australian Government

You are required to clear any outstanding debts to the Australian government or have an agreement in place to repay them before receiving your visa.


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

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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
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