Contributory Parent Visa Application
The Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143) is a permanent visa that lets a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to move to Australia. When granted, the visa allows its holder to enter Australia without obtaining a travel exemption.
In order to apply for such a visa, the applicant must:
- Be outside of Australia at time of grant (However, if the applicant is already in Australia but is unable to leave the country due to Covid-19, the visa may still be granted);
- Have an eligible sponsor who is a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen;
- Meet the balance of family test unless applying for the Retirement Pathway or hold a subclass 173 visa;
- Have an Assurance of Support, unless applying for the Retirement Pathway;
- Not be a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (subclass 870) visa holder;
- No major health issues;
- Good character;
- Not have any debts to the Australian Government;
- Not have had a visa cancelled or refused; and
- Have health insurance.
The balance of family test means that half (or more than half) of the applicants’ children and step-children need to be living in Australia.
Furthermore, the sponsor must:
- Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen for more than 2 years;
- Have been living in Australia as an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen for more than 2 years;
- Pass the income test in 1 of last 2 financial years;
- Pay an Assurance of Support for the applicants parent(s).
There is no age limit for the applicant for this class of visa.
Finally, this visa can be applied for over one or two stages. It is usually cheaper to apply for it in one stage, however some applicants may want to take advantage of earlier access to Medicare if applied for over two stages.
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