Contributory Parent Visa

Subclass 143 Direct Pathway

Subclass 173/ 143 Transition Pathway

Subclass 143 visa allows Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens to sponsor their parents for permanent residency. As the contributory category of parent visas are not subject to significant queuing arrangements, the applicants enjoy much faster processing time when compared to other non-contributory parent visas of the equivalent conditions, namely Subclass 103, but at a significantly higher cost. As at 30 January 2022, the fees are structured in the following terms:

  • First Instalment of the 143 Visa Application Charge, payable upon lodgment of the visa application.
    • Primary applicant: $4,225
    • Additional adult applicant charge: $1,425
  • Assurance of support, 10 year bond payable between lodgment and decision.
    • Single adult applicant: $10,000
    • Two adult applicants: $14,000
  • Second Instalment of the 143 Visa Application Charge, payable immediately before the visa grant.
    • $43,600 per applicant

The total cost for two (2) parents is $106,850, including the visa application charge and the ten (10) year assurance of support bond. The hefty second instalment is not payable should the visa application be unsuccessful.

It is possible to divide the second instalment by applying for a temporary parent visa (Subclass 173) first and later transitioning to Subclass 143 within two (2) years of the Subclass 173 visa grant. In this instance, the chronology of costs would resemble the below:

  • First Instalment of the 173 Visa Application Charge, payable upon lodgment of the visa application.
    • Primary applicant: $2,850
    • Additional adult applicant charge: $1,425
  • Second Instalment of the 173 Visa Application Charge, payable immediately before the visa grant.
    • $29,130 per applicant
  • First Instalment of the 143 Visa Application Charge, payable upon lodgment of the visa application.
    • Primary applicant: $370
    • Additional adult applicant charge: $190
  • Assurance of support, 10 year bond payable between lodgment and decision.
    • Single adult applicant: $10,000
    • Two adult applicants: $14,000
  • Second Instalment of the 143 Visa Application Charge, payable immediately before the visa grant.
    • $19,420 per applicant

In this transition pathway, the total cost for two (2) parents is $101,935 + a 10-year bond of $14,000, spread out over approximately eight (8) years.

Applicants must apply either Contributory Parent visa from within Australia and be in Australia to be granted the visas. Whilst waiting for the outcome, the applicants will receive Bridging visas, permitting them to remain in Australia for the several years it will likely take for their applications to be determined by the Department.

Criteria for Grant

  • The applicants must be sponsored by a child who is a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • They must satisfy the Balance of Family test.
  • They can be in or outside Australia, but a bridging visa is not issued based on the visa application.
  • They must not have any other pending parent visa application.

Balance of Family Test

Only living children are counted in this test. If the location of a child is unknown, they are assumed to be in their last known location. The test can be summarised in the following terms:

Are at least half of the applicant’s children eligible children living in Australia?

Or

Are there more eligible children living in Australia than in any other single country?

Common scenarios in which the test is passed include where:

  • 1 eligible child resides in Australia with 1 other child in another country;
  • 2 eligible children reside in Australia, and 1 other child in country A, 1 other child in country B;
  • 3 eligible children reside in Australia, 2 other children in country A, and 2 other children in country B

The first test is satisfied in the first two examples. In the third example, more children are in Australia than in any other country, thus satisfying the second test.

Relevant Public Interest Criteria

4001, 4002, 4003, 4004, 4005, 4009, 4010, 4020, 4021 and 4019 (if applicable). 

Relevant Special Return Criteria

5001, 5002 and 5010

Visa Conditions

The visa must specify the date for first entry. Additionally, the following conditions may be imposed:

8502: The holder of the visa must not enter Australia before the entry to Australia of a person specified in the visa.

8515: The holder of the visa must not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entering Australia.

Application Fee

Subclass 143 visa is payable in the following terms:

  • Base application charge for the primary applicant: $4,225
  • Base application charge for an additional secondary applicant who is at least 18 years old: $1,425
  • Base application charge for an additional secondary applicant who is younger than 18 years old: $715
  • 10 Year Assurance of Support Bond for the single applicant: $10,000
  • 10 Year Assurance of Support Bond for both parents: $14,000
  • Second application charge: $43,600 per applicant

Transition pathway of Subclass 173 and 143 visas attracts the charges in the below chronology:

  • 173 visa application fee for the primary applicant: $2,850
  • 173 visa application fee for an additional secondary applicant who is at least 18 years old: $1,425
  • 173 visa application fee for an additional secondary applicant who is younger than 18 years old: $715
  • 173 visa application fee prior to the visa grant: $29,130 per applicant
  • 143 visa application fee for the primary applicant: $370
  • 143 visa application fee for an additional secondary applicant who is at least 18 years old: $190
  • 143 visa application fee for an additional secondary applicant who is younger than 18 years old: $90
  • 10 Year Bond for the single applicant: $10,000
  • 10 Year Bond for both parents: $14,000
  • 143 visa application fee prior to the visa grant: $19,420 per applicant

The total cost of the transition pathway is not cheaper than the direct Subclass 143 visa application. The advantage of the transition only allows the cost to be spread over longer time.

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