VISA FOR CONTRIBUTORY PARENTS (SUBCLASS 143)

Overview

This visa allows you to do the following:

  • Indefinite stay in Australia
  • In Australia, you can work and study.
  • Enroll in Medicare, Australia’s health-care and expense-reimbursement program.
  • Relatives who are eligible for permanent residency can be sponsored.
  • For five years, I traveled to and from Australia.
  • seek for citizenship in Australia (once residence requirements have been met)

 

The most important criteria

The Australian Department of Home Affairs offers a Parent Visa to those who have children who have been permanent residents or citizens of Australia for at least two years.

To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must pass a test known as the balance of family test. This requirement specifies that at least half of the applicant’s children must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, or that more of their children live in Australia than in any other country. The balance of family test includes both parents’ children, including stepchildren and adopted children.

You must be sponsored by a qualified individual, generally your child, and complete the health and character standards in addition to the balance of family test.

 

Types of Visas

Subclass 143 — Also known as a “Contributory” visa, this is a permanent visa. This is due to the fact that the first applicant’s application fee is $4,155, and the spouse’s application price is $1,400. The second installment for each application, however, is $43,600. The processing time for this visa is approximately 3.5 to 4.5 years, and if approved, it is a permanent visa.

The significant “Contribution” of money required for the second instalment is to compensate for the advantages granted to visa holders under permanent residency, like as health care, which they have not contributed to as ordinary Australians have throughout their lives through taxation.

Subclass 173 – This is a temporary visa that costs $2,800 for the first year and $1,400 for the spouse. The second instalment of $29,130 must be paid before the visa will be granted. The processing time for this visa is approximately 3 to 3.5 years. A two-year temporary visa is issued to the applicants. They must pay an extra $19,420 and apply for the permanent visa subclass 143 before this visa expires.

In all situations, the second installment of funds is only required when each applicant has passed health and character examinations and the AoS (Assurance of Support) has been filed with the Australian government (see below for AoS details). A second instalment will never be paid, and a visa will never be granted. In all situations, second instalments are non-refundable.

Fees

The following are the fees for Permanent Parent Visas; please note that all payments are in Australian dollars and that Global Vision Migration fees must be paid in full prior to the submission of your visa application.

Global Vision Migration Professional Fee – Contributory Parent Visa (Permanent- SC143) $4,500
Application Fee – Main Applicant (at time of application)*Dependant Application Fee (Spouse)* $4,155$1,400
2nd Visa Application Charge (at time of decision)* Main Applicant2nd Visa Application Charge (at time of decision)* Spouse $43,600 + $43,600

*There is a 1.4 percent credit card surcharge.

As previously said, if you want to stagger the process, you can apply for a Temporary Parent Visa (subclass 173) for two years and then apply for a Permanent Visa. The benefit is a $29,130 cheaper 2nd VAC charge. A second payment of $19,420 is due two years later at the permanent stage. The first stage takes 3 to 3.5 years, and the permanent stage takes another 12 to 18 months. The visa holder, however, can live in Australia as a subclass 173 visa holder once the first stage is accepted.

The following are the fees for the subclass 173 > subclass 143 pathway:

Global Vision Migration Professional Fee –Contributory Parent Visa (Temporary-SC173) $4,500
Application Fee – Main Applicant (at time of application)*Dependant Application Fee (Spouse)* $2,800 + $1,400
2nd Visa Application Charge (at time of decision)* Main Applicant2nd Visa Application Charge (at time of decision)* Spouse $29,130$29,130
Global Vision Migration Professional Fee –Contributory Parent Visa (Permanent- SC143) $2,000
Application Fee – Main Applicant (at time of application)*Dependant Application Fee (Spouse)* $365 + $185
2nd Visa Application Charge (at time of decision)* Main Applicant2nd Visa Application Charge (at time of decision)* Spouse $19,420$19,420

*There is a 1.4 percent credit card surcharge.

Assurance of Assistance (AoS)

There is also an AoS that must be paid at the time of decision. This is presently $14,000 for two applications. Ten years after you visit Australia as a contributing parent visa holder, the bond is reimbursed, less any obligations owed to the Australian government.

Duration of stay

​Permanently

The 143 visa takes a long time to process.

If you are over 65 years old, the Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864) may be better suitable for you because it allows you to stay in Australia while your application is processed.

Medicare

You can enroll in Medicare if you’ve applied for a contributing parent visa (143 visa) and already have a temporary 173 or 884 visa.

Make an appointment with one of our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne today for a no-obligation briefing to learn more about your visa possibilities.

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