Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143)
What this Contributory parent visa lets you do
This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this Contributory parent visa:
You have to pay more for Contributory Parent visas than for most other visas. This is because many families wanted a faster visa process and were prepared to pay a higher contribution towards their family members’ health and welfare costs in Australia. Visa charges cannot be waived or reduced.
You also have the option of applying for a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173), which provides a two-stage pathway, allowing the costs of Contributory Parent migration to be staggered.
If you have been granted a Tourist visa (subclass 676) or Visitor visa (subclass 600) visa through ministerial intervention, contact the Parent Visa Centre by email to discuss your circumstances.
If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. Your visa is linked to the passport number you use in your application, and you should advise the department of immigration and border protection if your passport changes.
The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.
The visa application charge for this Contributory parent visa is paid in two instalments.
You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments and police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.
You will also be asked to organise an assurance of support, which includes a bond, before your visa can be decided.
The information in this section applies to you if you or your family members already have a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173).
If you or your family members already have a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173), you do not need to provide documents to show:
You need to provide documents only if your circumstances have changed.
If the child who sponsored you for your Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) has died, you could be eligible for a sponsorship concession. In this case, contact the Parent Visa Centre in Perth via email. More information about sponsoring is available in the ‘Sponsors’ tab.
If one of the following applies to you, you will pay a reduced first instalment of the visa application charge. No reduction applies to the second instalment of the visa application charge:
For more information see fees and charges for visas.
You might be able to get a permanent Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 143) if you either:
You must be sponsored by a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. For most applicants, your child or your child’s spouse or de facto partner will need to sponsor you.
If your child is younger than 18 years of age you can be sponsored by:
You will need to provide:
More information about sponsoring is available in the ‘Sponsors’ tab.
You must meet certain health requirements. The results are usually valid for 12 months. Do not arrange a health examination until the department of immigration and border protection ask you to.
This also applies to all the members of your family unit included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until the department of immigration and border protection ask you to.
This applies to you and all members of your family unit listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
If you are older than 18 years of age, you must sign an Australian Values Statement to confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws. The statement is included in the visa application form. You must have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book before you sign the statement.
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this Contributory parent visa can be granted.
You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.
The balance-of-family test measures your ties to Australia. You meet this requirement if either:
You must meet this requirement to be granted this Contributory parent visa. It cannot be waived, even in compelling or exceptional circumstances.
The table below gives some examples of families with different numbers of children and whether they would pass the balance-of-family test.
|Total number of children||Number of children usually living in Australia||Number of children usually living in countries other than Australia||Meets balance of family test|
|Country A||Country B||Country C||Country D|
The department of immigration and border protection do not assess the nature of your relationship with your children.
If you do not know where your children are, the department of immigration and border protection consider that they are in the country in which they were last known to live.
To be counted as usually living in Australia, your children must be one of the following:
If your children are in Australia on a temporary visa (such as a Student visa), they are counted as usually living outside Australia.
Your and your partner’s children, including stepchildren and adopted children, are counted in the balance-of-family test, unless they:
A stepchild is either:
Stepchildren born from polygamous or concurrent relationships are not recognised in Australia and so they cannot be counted in the balance-of-family test.
You can include the following people in your visa application at the time of lodgement:
For detailed information regarding who you can include in your application see including family members in your application.
The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.
Members of your family unit must be able to show that they meet health and character requirements.
You should include your partner in your Contributory Parent visa application unless there are compelling reasons (other than financial reasons). There might be limits on any subsequent Partner visa application if:
This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).
You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.
Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.
You must complete an application form:
Applicants who hold or have held a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) must complete:
Your sponsor must also complete:
For each member of your family unit aged 18 years or older, (whether they are migrating or not) you must also complete:
The forms must be completed in English. You must provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge when you apply.
Lodge your application by post or courier to the Perth office – attention the Parent Visa Centre.
You can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
If you have an unfinalized application for any other type of Parent visa – for example, a Parent visa (subclass 103) – and want to switch to this Contributory parent visa, you must withdraw the other visa application at the same time or before you apply for the Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143). Further information is available on the application forms:
Please refer to preparing your application, for information on:
After you have lodged your application and documents, the department of immigration and border protection will acknowledge that they have received your information.
The department of immigration and border protection process applications for this Contributory parent visa in date of lodgement order and according to the planning levels set in the Migration Programme each year. Given the ongoing strong demand for this Contributory parent visa processing times might vary between programme years.
Once a case officer has been assigned, the department of immigration and border protection assess your application to check whether you still qualify for this Contributory parent visa (including health and character requirements).
If you qualify for the visa, the department of immigration and border protection ask for the assurance of support and the second instalment of the visa application charge. The department of immigration and border protection then make a final decision about your visa application.
You will be granted a Bridging visa if you are the holder of a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173), the holder of a Tourist visa (subclass 676) or Visitor visa (subclass 600) granted through ministerial intervention, or a member of the family unit of a Contributory Parent (Subclass 173) visa holder. In all other cases, you will not be granted a Bridging visa to stay in Australia.
If you apply for this Contributory parent visa from outside Australia, do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa. Wait for a decision from the department of immigration and border protection before you leave your job, sell your home or book your travel.
You can provide more information to the department of immigration and border protection, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:
The department of immigration and border protection could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, they can make a decision about your application using the information that they have.
If another person gives the department of immigration and border protection information that could result in you being refused a visa, the department of immigration and border protection will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.
You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.
You must tell the department of immigration and border protection if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.
Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount. If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:
If you do not provide the department of immigration and border protection with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.
You can send these forms electronically to your case officer via firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can withdraw the application at any time before the department of immigration and border protection make a decision. To do this, send the department of immigration and border protection a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. If you know it, you should also include the number the department of immigration and border protection gave you when you applied – this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.
Applicants who are 18 years of age or older must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.
You can send your signed letter of withdrawal to your case officer via email@example.com.
Note: Charges are usually not refundable if you make a decision to withdraw your application.
A person or organisation must also give you an assurance of support. They can be your sponsor or another person. Up to three people can agree to give you a joint assurance of support.
An assurance of support is a legal commitment to give you financial support so that you do not have to rely on social security payments. The assurance covers you and any family members included in your application.
An assurer must:
If the assurer is an organisation, a higher bond is required for each application.
The bond is refunded ten years after you are granted this Contributory parent visa. Any debts to the government are deducted from the bond and only the balance is refunded. Becoming an Australian citizen does not release the bond earlier.
The department of immigration and border protection will tell you how and when to lodge an assurance of support after they receive your visa application.
More information about the assurance of support and how much you need to pay is located on the Department of Human Services website.
If the visa is granted, the department of immigration and border protection will let you know:
If the visa is not granted, the department of immigration and border protection will let you know:
You need to provide documents to support your application for this Contributory parent visa. The department of immigration and border protection can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.
Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless the department of immigration and border protection specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.
Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.
If you already hold a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) and your circumstances have not changed since you were granted that visa, pay the visa application charge and provide only the following documents:
This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any member of your family unit who has also been granted this Contributory parent visa:
You will not automatically receive the age pension or social security payments in Australia. You will have to wait:
You could qualify for a Special Benefit payment from the Department of Human Services if you suffer a major change of circumstances that is beyond your control. Any payments you receive might be recoverable through your assurance of support for up to ten years after your arrival or the grant of your visa whichever is applicable to your circumstances. This 10-year period is not waived if you become an Australian citizen.
You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
You can sponsor your parent for this Contributory parent visa if you are:
If you are younger than 18 years of age:
As a sponsor, you must give a written undertaking to provide support for your parent(s) for their first two years in Australia. This also applies to any family members who came with your parent to Australia.
During this period, you must provide:
If you have also provided an accepted assurance of support for your parent, you are responsible for repaying to the Australian Government any social security payments they might have received during the 10-year period after their arrival in Australia or after they have been granted the visa in Australia, whichever applies. This also applies to any family members who came with your parent to Australia.
Source: The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Please visit www.border.gov.au to get updated information.
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