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Contributory Parent Visa – Subclass 143 Visa Requirements and Application Process in 2023

Indah Melindasari MARN 0961 448
Updated July 2023

Subclass 143 Visa is a permanent parent visa that lets a parent who has a child that is a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to move to Australia. The holder will be given access to medicare, apply for citizenship eventually and sponsor family members.
Here’s all the key information you need to know about applying for subclass 143 visa in 2023.

What is a Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143?

The contributory parent visa subclass 143 is a permanent parent visa, this visa can be applied for directly offshore or onshore for holders of the temporary 173 visa.

Besides being reunited with your child, this 143 visa provides many other benefits for you as the parent if the visa is granted, such as: 

  • you can work and study in Australia, you can also 
  • enroll in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare.
  • sponsor other family members to come o Australia
  • travel back and forth to Australia as many times as you want for 5 years
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if you have met the requirements

143 Visa Application as Retiree

You can apply for 143 Visa as retiree, if:

  • You had an Investor Retirement (subclass 405) or Retirement (subclass 410) visa as of 8 May 2018, or you had previously held one.
  • Between 8 May 2018, and the day you applied for a Parent visa, you did not hold any other substantive visas.

If you apply for 143 visa as a retiree, below benefits will apply:

  • You are exempt from the balance of family requirement.
  • You do not require a sponsor or an assurance of support.

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

Who Can Be A Sponsor For Subclass 143 Visa?

Most of the time, the main criteria to be able to sponsor a parent for subclass 143 visa is their child who is settled in Australia as a citizen, permanent resident or eligible New-Zealand citizen and over the age of 18. This generally means the child must have been living in Australia as a lawful resident for 2 or more years, however this can include time spent on a temporary visa.

As the sponsor you will need to ensure that your parent meets the balance of family test meaning that a majority of your parent’s children live in Australia as settled residents whether as a PR or citizen.

  • The sponsor is the child’s spouse or de facto partner who is at least 18 years old.
  • For child is under the age of 18:
    • His / her spouse who is at least 18 years old.
    • An Australian organization, with which your child has some sort of relation.
  • If the child and their spouse are under 18: A relative or guardian of your child or your child’s spouse who is at least 18 years old.

How Much Subclass 143 Visa Cost?

Parent Visa Fee to The Department of Home Affairs 2023

The Contributory Parent 143 visa costs you from $48,365 AUD (As of July 2023) per applicant that will be paid in 2 instalments. There is also an additional charge for each family member who applies with you.

You have to pay the first instalment of $ 4,765 AUD when you apply, and you can pay the second instalment of $43,600 AUD 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.

Be noted that the above fee might change in July every year.

ONE derland Consulting Agency Fee

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

Can You Apply for the 143 Visa In Australia?

When you apply for the Contributory parent subclass 143 visa, you can be inside or outside Australia. However, there are some conditions that you must note:

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

Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143 Processing Time 2023

The number of openings each year for these visas is not enough to meet the demand. As a result, these programmes may require a long processing time.

Based on current planning levels, it might take at least 12 years to process a new Contributory Parent visa application.

Processing of your application can require more time if

  • You don’t fill it out correctly, 
  • you don’t provide all the papers the Department requires, 
  • the Department needs additional information from you, and/or it takes a while to validate your information.

If you do not pay the appropriate visa application fee, we will not be able to process your application. If this is the case, we will let you know and, if required, send your application back.

Also, be noted that the 143 visa application is divided into two stages:

  • Firstly, the Department of Home Affairs will check the eligibility of your application, they will add yours to the queue or refuse your application.
  • Secondly, they will assess your application further and make a decision.

What is Assurance of Support (AoS)?

Along with the visa application fee an Assurance of Support must be given in the payment of a bond of $10,000 AUD for the main applicant and AUD 4,000 for any adult secondary visa applicant.

This will be refunded, minus any debts owed to the government, 10 years after you have entered the country as a holder of a contributory parent visa.

Do You Wish to Stay in Australia on A Permanent Basis?

If you are a parent of an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia, the Contributory Parent (Permanent) Visa Subclass 143 will allow you to permanently live in Australia.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143

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

  • Can I visit Australia when my 143 visa application is still in process?
    • This 143 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.
  • 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.
  • Can I include family members after I have lodged my 143 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.
  • 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.
  • Should I apply for this 143 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
  • 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.

Contributory Parent Visa 143 Five Steps Process

Check your eligibility

There are many requirements for contributory parent 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.

If you have an existing Parent Visa application and you have not received the decision for the application, then you must withdraw that application at the same time as you lodged your visa 143 application. See below details:

Gather all documents required

If you have met the requirements, it’s time to collect all required documents. 

You must provide all documents including that of any dependents or partners you may be applying with. Your sponsor’s paperwork is also required.

If you hold a 173 visa or your 173 visa ended in the 28 days immediately before you apply for 143 visa, you won’t need to provide the general documents that the Department usually requires.

However, if you have any changes in your circumstances, you must provide the documents accordingly. 

Lodge your application

Once all documents have been gathered, you can lodge your application.

The 143 visa is a paper-based application. Meaning you must post all required documents and accompanying forms to the Parent Visa Processing Centre in Perth. You can find the address on the form. 

You must also pay the first installment of the Visa application fee before you post the application.

Also, be noted that the visa has two stages in receiving your application:

  • Firstly, the Department of Home Affairs will check the eligibility of your application, they will add yours to the queue or refuse your application.
  • Secondly, they will assess your application further and make a decision.

After visa application lodgement

If your application is accepted and put in the queue, the Department of Home Affairs will continue the assessment process accordingly. 

The Department of Home Affairs might request you to provide additional documents and information. They will also inform you when you need to pay the second installment of the Visa application fee. 

If you have any changes in your circumstances, i.e. changes in your passport or residential address, you must inform the Department of Home Affairs.

Visa Outcome

Since 24 March 2021, the Department of Home Affairs might make a decision for your 143 visa application in Australia, if:

  • the application was submitted before March 24, 2021, and
  • On March 24, 2021, the applicant was in Australia, and
  • the visa is issued before the concession period expires, and
  • At the moment the visa is issued, the applicant is in Australia.

If you don’t meet the above criteria, you must be outside of Australia when the decision is made on your application.

If your visa is granted, you will be informed the following:

  • the number of your visa.
  • the day your visa begins and the conditions of your visa

If your application is refused, you will be informed the following:

  • the reason we rejected the visa
  • whether you have the right to have the decision reviewed

If your application is refused, the application fee will not be refunded.

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