Contributory parent visa (subclass 143)

Features

This visa lets parents of a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia permanently.

You could apply for the Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) before this visa. Applying for the temporary visa and then this permanent visa costs more but the costs are spread across the two visas over a longer period of time.

You could also apply for a Parent visa (subclass 103). The subclass 103 visa costs less than this visa but there can be long waiting times of up to 30 years.

Eligibility

You must have a child who is an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

At least half of your children must live in Australia or more of your children live in Australia than any other country.

Length of stay

Permanently

Cost

From AUD
19,750

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The process

Processing time

75 per cent of applications processed90 per cent of applications processed
36 Months38 Months

Last updated 18 September 2017 (for month ending ​31 August 2017)

Processing times vary.

For more information read Global visa and citizenship processing times

Eligibility - all eligibility

Your child in Australia

Your child must be a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Sponsor

    You must be sponsored. Usually, this will be your child who must be:
  • 18 years old or older
  • a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

If your child is under 18.

If your child who sponsored you for your Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) has died .

A sponsor can sponsor more than one parent for this visa.

Sponsors have financial and other responsibilities.

Assurance of Support

You must be able to obtain an Assurance of Support

Health

You must meet our health requirement.

Character

You must meet our character requirement.

Debts

You must have repaid, or have arranged to repay, any outstanding debts to the Australian government.

Cancelled visas

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia.

Additional eligibility - if you do not hold a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)

    Note: You do not have to meet these additional eligibility requirements if:
  • you currently hold a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)
  • your Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) ended in the 28 days immediately before you apply for this visa.
  • your subclass 884 visa ended more than 28 days before you apply for this visa but you can show compassionate and compelling reasons to be considered to still hold the visa.

Balance-of-family test

You must meet the balance-of-family test. This means that:

  • at least half of your children live permanently in Australia
  • or

  • more of your children live permanently in Australia than in any one other country.

The visa

What you can do

This visa lets you:

Information about social security payments.

Cost

From AUD 19,750.

This visa is paid in two parts, called instalments.

You might have to pay other costs such as those for health assessments, police certificates and biometrics.

You must also be able to obtain an Assurance of Support, which includes a bond.

Use the Visa pricing estimator to estimate the cost of your application.

Visa pricing estimator

Note: The estimator does not calculate the second instalment or other costs.

Location

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for this visa.

Find out where you can be when the visa is decided.

How long the visas lasts

This is a permanent visa – it lasts indefinitely.

The visa starts on the date it is granted.

Family

    You can include in your visa application:
  • your partner
  • your or your partner’s child or step-child.

Family members who are granted this visa have the same rights and obligations as you and can do the same things as you.

Your obligations

You and your family members must comply with Australian laws and your visa conditions. You can find your visa conditions in VEVO.

Travel

You can travel in and out of Australia as many times as you want for up to five years after the visa is granted.

Follow these steps

  1. Before you apply

    Tourist visa (subclass 676) and Visitor visa (subclass 600) visa holders (Ministerial Intervention only)

    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.

    Email: parents@border.gov.au

    Make sure you have a passport

    To apply, your passport does not have to be valid but it must be your most recent passport.

    However, to be granted the visa, your passport must be valid.

  2. Gather documents

    Prepare your documents

    • Translate all non-English documents into English.
      Translators in Australia must be accredited. Contact the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.
      It is preferable that translators outside Australia are accredited in their country. If they are not accredited, they must endorse the translation with their full name, address, telephone number, and details of their qualifications and experience in the language being translated.
    • Provide original police certificates
    • Provide certified copies of all other documents (including non-English documents and English translations) - do not send the originals.
    • Make sure you have all of your sponsor’s documents and their completed sponsorship form.
    • Provide a document only once, even if you are using it as evidence of more than one criterion.
    • Keep a copy of your completed application.
  3. Apply

    Apply for the visa on a paper form

    You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa. You must have a passport.

    • If you hold a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) or your subclass 173 ended in the 28 days immediately before you apply for this visa complete:

      Form 47PT - Application for migration to Australia by a Contributory Parent (Temporary) or Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa holder (390 kB PDF)

    • If you do not hold or have not held a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173), complete:

      Form 47PA - Application for a parent to migrate to Australia (525 kB PDF)

    • Your sponsor completes:

      Form 40 - Sponsorship for migration to Australia (251 kB PDF).

    Forms must be completed in English.

    All documents must be provided and the application fee paid when you apply.

    You can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

    Send your application by post or courier to the Perth office in Western Australia - attention Parent Visa Centre.

    If you have an existing Parent visa application

    If you have applied for a different parent visa but it has not yet been decided, you must withdraw that application at the same time that you apply for this visa.

      Complete either:
    • Part C of Form 47PT - Application for migration to Australia by a Contributory Parent (Temporary) or Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa holder (390 kB PDF)
    • Part B of Form 47PA - Application for a parent to migrate to Australia (525 kB PDF).
  4. After you apply

    Current Australian visa expires

      If you applied in Australia, you were granted a bridging visa when you lodged your application if:
    • you held a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)
    • you held a Tourist visa (subclass 676) or Visitor visa (subclass 600) granted through ministerial intervention
    • you are a family member of a Contributory Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 173) visa holder.
    • The bridging visa will come into effect only if your current visa expires. A bridging visa lets you stay in Australia while your subclass 143 visa application is processed.

      In all other cases, you were not be granted a bridging visa and you cannot apply for a bridging visa to stay in Australia. This is because you must be outside Australia when the visa is decided.

      More information is available about bridging visas .

    Travel

    If you applied in Australia

    If you hold a visa that lets you be in Australia when your visa is decided, you do not have to tell us if you want to travel outside Australia.

    Visas that let you be in Australia when a decision is made are listed under Location in the Learn About tab.

    If you hold a bridging visa

    Holders of a Bridging visa A should apply for and be granted a BVB before they depart Australia. A BVB will let you re-enter Australia. You cannot apply for a BVB outside Australia.

    Holders of a Bridging visa C are not eligible for a BVB.

    More information is available about bridging visas.

    If you applied outside Australia

    Do not make arrangements to travel to Australia permanently, leave your job or sell your home until we advise you in writing that you have been granted the visa.

    Provide biometrics

    You might need to provide biometrics (fingerprints and photo). We will let you know if you need to provide them.

    Have health checks

      You might need to undertake health checks if:
    • you hold a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)
    • your subclass 173 visa ended in the 28 days immediately before you apply for this subclass 143 visa
    • your subclass 884 visa ended more than 28 days before you apply for this visa but you can show compassionate and compelling reasons to be considered to still hold the visa.

    You will need to undertake health checks if you do not hold a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173).

    More information is available about health checks.

    Provide an assurance of support

    You will need to provide an assurance of support when we ask you to.

    More information is available about assurances of support.

    Pay the second instalment

    Pay the second instalment when we tell you to. We will send you an invoice for the instalment after you have met all other requirements for the visa. You must pay the instalment to be granted the visa.

    Provide character documents

    Your sponsor and family members who are 16 years old or older and applying for the visa with you might also need to provide the documents.

    Attend an interview

    We might ask you to attend an interview.

    Send more information or documents

    If you did not include all documents when you applied, send them as soon as you can.

    We might also ask you to provide more information.

    Add family members

    You can add family members to your application before a decision is made. Complete and send us Form 1436 - Adding an additional applicant after lodgement (364 KB PDF) with evidence of your relationship and the family member’s passport.

    Newborn children
      If your child is born after you lodge your application but before a decision is made, attach to your ImmiAccount:
    • a completed Form 1022 - Notification of changes in circumstances (266 KB PDF)
    • the child’s birth certificate
    • the child’s passport, when obtained.
      When we receive the form and birth certificate:
    • the child will be added to your visa application
    • we might request a health check for the child
    • if the child was born in Australia, they will automatically be granted the same visa you held at the time of their birth.

    If you are eligible for the visa, we will need a copy of your child’s passport before decision.

    There is no fee to add a newborn child to your application

    Tell us of changes

    You need to tell us of changes if:

    • there are any changes to your circumstances, for example, change of address or telephone number
    • you made a mistake on your application
    • you need to provide more information
    • you want to withdraw your application.
    • More information is available at the Tell us of Changes tab

Tell us of changes

Changes to your circumstances

Tell us if there are changes to your circumstances after you lodge your application but before a decision is made.

Send more information

If you did not send all documents with your application, send them as soon as you can.

We might also ask you to provide more information.

Mistakes on your visa application

Tell us if there are any mistakes in your application.

Complete Form 1023 - Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99KB PDF).

Withdraw your visa application

You can withdraw your visa application at any time before we make a decision.

Complete Form 1446 - Withdrawal of a visa application (375KB PDF) or email a letter of withdrawal to parents@border.gov.au.

    The letter must include your:
  • full name
  • date of birth
  • file reference number or client ID.

All applicants who are 18 years or older must sign the withdrawal request.

Withdraw your sponsorship

Sponsor applications can be withdrawn at any time before we make a decision on the visa application.

    Your request must be made in writing. Include:
  • your full name
  • your date of birth
  • the number we gave you when you applied, if you know it - a file reference number or Client ID.

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