143 Visa – Contributory Parent Visa

Subclass 143 Visa is a permanent parent visa that lets a Non-Australian parent who has a child who is a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to move to Australia.

Please remember that before applying for this parent visa, you must be a temporary Australian citizen first by applying for the Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173).

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Written by Indah Melindasari, B.Com
Updated May 2020

Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143 Brief Overview

Besides being reunited with your child, this visa provides many other benefits for the parent if the visa is granted.

For example, you can work and study in Australia, you can also enroll in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare.

Other benefits included are that you can sponsor other family members to come to Australia, and you can travel to and from Australia for five years.

If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility, you need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return visa. With RRV, you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

Since this visa lets you stay in Australia indefinitely, if eligible, you can apply for Australian citizenship. If you become an Australian citizen, you don’t need a visa to enter Australia.

You will need to apply for an Australian passport and use it to leave and re-enter Australia.

If you held or had previously held an Investor Retirement (subclass 405) visa or Retirement (subclass 410) visa on 8 May 2018, and have not held any other substantive visa between 8 May 2018 and the date you applied for the Parent visa, you can apply for this visa as a retiree.

If that is the case, you don’t have to meet the balance of family test or have a sponsor or an assurance of support.

Besides that, you can include your partner when you apply provided as a retiree, provided they are also a retiree, but you can’t include your children in your application.

How Much 143 Visa Cost?

Parent Visa Fee to The Department of Home Affairs

This visa costs you from AUD47,755 per applicant. There is also an additional charge for each family member who applies with you.

There are two instalments for this visa. You have to pay the first instalment when you apply, and you can pay the second instalment when The Department of Home Affairs asks you to.

Besides the above payment, you might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics, if there is a request for your application.

ONEderland Consulting Agency Fee

Our agency fee costs around $4,500 AUD – $6,000 AUD plus GST for each applicant, depending on the case complexity.

Condition of the 143 Visa Application

When you apply for the visa, you can be inside or outside Australia.

When you apply in Australia, and you have any family members who apply with you, they must also be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply.

If you apply outside Australia, any family members who apply for the visa with you must also be outside Australia when you apply.

If you are applying as a retiree you must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply.

You can be inside or outside Australia when the Department decides on your application.

You must be outside Australia when the Department decides on your application unless you hold or held a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) or substituted Visitor visa (subclass 600) before lodging your application.

When you apply for the visa, you can be inside or outside Australia.

When you apply in Australia, and you have any family members who apply with you, they must also be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply. If you apply outside Australia, any family members who apply for the visa with you must also be outside Australia when you apply.

If you are applying as a retiree you must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply. You can be inside or outside Australia when the Department decides on your application.

You must be outside Australia when the Department decides on your application unless you hold or held a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) or substituted Visitor visa (subclass 600) before lodging your application.

143 Visa Processing Time

Unfortunately, there is no definite time for this visa process as this visa process is subject to capping and queueing.

For your application to go smoothly, ensure that you have filled out all the forms correctly, and you have included all the required documents, in addition to that, please ensure that you have paid the visa application charge in the correct amount.

Contributory Parent Visa 143 Assessment

This visa application is divided into two stages:

Firstly, the Department of Home Affairs will check the eligibility of your application, they will act to queue or refuse your application.

Secondly, they will assess your application further and make a decision.

Please do not arrange to move to Australia until your visa is granted because the Department of Home Affairs will let you know the decision of your application.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143

ONEderland Consulting managing director and also registered migration agent, Indah Melindasari, B.Com (MARN 0961 448) is here to answer your subclass 143 visa questions!

  1. Can I visit Australia when my application is still in process?
    • This visa application takes a long processing time and it depends on case complexity.
    • While waiting for the decision, however, you may apply for a visitor visa that allows you to stay temporarily in Australia.
  2. How long does 143 visa take to process?
    • The Department doesn’t provide processing times for this visa.
    • Applications for this visa are subject to capping and queuing.
    • The estimated processing time for this visa is between 3 – 3,5 years for the first stage and 12-18 months for the second stage.
  3. I have an adoptive mother and my biological parents, can I apply for all of them?
    • Only one set of parents per household (that is maximum two people) can be sponsored for this visa at a time. So, you may wait until one application is decided, then you can apply for another application.
  4. Can I include family members after I have lodged my visa application?
    • Basically, you can add them such as your partner or your or your partner’s child or step-child in your visa application, but remember to read again the details of your visa grant as it is varied in each applicant.
  5. Is it possible for an adopted or step child to be counted in the balance-of-family test?
    • Sure, as the balance-of-family test counts children, including step-children and adopted children of both parents. However, among these children, at least half of them must be Australian citizens or Australian PR.
  6. Should I apply for this visa onshore or offshore?
    • You can be in or outside Australia when applying for visa application.
    • You must be outside Australia when the Department gives you the decision, unless you’re holding visa subclass 173 or visitor visa subclass 600 prior to your visa lodgement.
  7. How much is the visa fee for 143 application?
    • The visa fee for the main applicant is AUD 47,755 and this can be paid into 2 instalments.
    • The first instalment should be paid prior to the visa lodgement, while the second instalment will be paid once the Department ask you to pay.
  8. As a sponsor, should I need to provide Assurance of Support (AoS)?
    • Yes, as this is the permanent visa, you might be asked to provide this Assurance of Support (AoS) as a legal commitment to repay the Australian Government any welfare payments made to a visa holder or family who come to Australia with them.

143 Visa Five Steps Process

Check your eligibility for the visa

There are many requirements for this visa, for example, you must have a child who is a settled Australian citizen, Permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, and they must be eligible to sponsor you.

Other than that, you must meet the balance-of-family test, and have an Assurance of Support. You must gather all the required documents, the valid documents and accurate information.

Apply for this visa

Once you have met all the criteria and requirements, you need to start preparing documents and apply for Remaining Relative Visa (subclass 115). When applying, you need to be outside Australia, as well when the decision is made.

This application is a paper-based application and has to be posted (with correct pre-paid postage) or couriered to the Parent, Child and Other Family Processing Centre. You will pay the second instalment once requested.

First assessment of your application and placed in a queue

Once it’s submitted, the Department will assess your application and place it in a queue. Since the department does not provide processing times for this visa, you must ensure that you have provided all the required documents and filled out the forms correctly.

The Department can’t process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge, they will notify you if this is the case and, if necessary, return your application.

Second Assessment

After the place for your application is available, then the Department will assess your application again.

In this stage, they will continue assessing your application, and will ask you to pay the second instalment of the visa.

Please don’t arrange to move to Australia because you must be outside Australia when the application is decided.

Your 143 visa is granted.

Once the visa is granted, you directly become an Australian permanent resident.

With this visa, you can sponsor family members to come to Australia, and you can apply for Australian citizenship, if you are eligible.

In addition to that, you can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date of your visa grant.

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