Contributory Parent Visa
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 queuing arrangements, the applicants enjoy much faster processing time when compared to other non-contributory equivalent parent visas, namely Subclass 103, but at a significantly higher cost.
Criteria for grant
The applicants must be sponsored by a child who is a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen; and
They must satisfy the “Balance of Family” test; and
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?
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
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.
Subclass 143 is payable in 2 instalments:
Base application charge: $4,155
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18: $1,400
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18: $705
Second instalment: $43,600
Applicants currently holding the subclass 173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa will be charged the following rates instead:
Base application charge: $365
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18: $185
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18: $90
Second instalment: $19,420
Note that the combined cost of Subclass 173 and 143 visas is not necessarily cheaper than the total for a direct application for a Subclass 143 visa. The advantage utilising a Subclass 173 visa in this process is that it allows the cost of permanent residency to spread over multiple years.
Prior to the visa(s) being granted, sponsors must provide a bond to be held for 10 years:
Sponsorship of single parent: $10,000
Sponsorship of two parents: $14,000