Contributory Parent visa 143

Contributory Parent visa

This permanent visa lets a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident of Australia or eligible New Zealand citizen move to Australia.

find out if you are eligible

Stay

Permanently

Cost

From AUD47,755

With this visa you can

  • move to or stay in Australia as a permanent resident
  • sponsor eligible family members to come to Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

You must

  • be outside Australia when we decide your application
  • have an eligible child who is a settled Australian citizen, Permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand citizen, unless you are applying for the Retirement Pathway
  • meet the balance-of-family test, unless you are applying for the Retirement Pathway or hold a Subclass 173 visa
  • have an Assurance of Support, unless you are applying for the Retirement Pathway
  • not have a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 870) visa when applying for this visa

Note: A concession to allow visas to be granted to applicants in Australia would be extended to eligible Parent visa applicants during the COVID-19 period.

With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your family members to come to Australia
  • travel to and enter Australia for 5 years
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

Travel to and from Australia for 5 years

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date we grant this visa. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:

  • you will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • you might also want to consider Australian citizenship. If you become an Australian citizen, you don’t require a visa to enter Australia. You will need to apply for an Australian passport and use it to leave and re-enter Australia. See more about eligibility requirements and current processing times for Australian citizenship

To see when your travel facility ends, use VEVO.

If you hold a Contributory Parent (Temporary) (subclass 173) visa

You can apply for the subclass 143 visa as a two-step process by first applying for a Contributory Parent (Temporary) (subclass 173) visa. Applying for the subclass 173 visa and then the subclass 143 visa allows you to spread the cost of the visas over a number of years.

You have already met the balance of family test.

Apply for a Parent visa (subclass 143) as a retiree

If you apply for the subclass 103 visa as a retiree you don’t have to:

  • meet the balance of family test, or
  • have a sponsor or an assurance of support

How long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely.

For citizenship purposes, your permanent residency starts on the day:

  • we grant the visa if you are in Australia
  • you enter Australia on this visa if you are outside Australia

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply.

You are required to include details of all your family members, whether they are migrating or not.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements. Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health and character requirements.

If you apply for this visa as a retiree, you:

  • can include your partner when you apply provided they are also a retiree
  • can’t include your children in your application

Cost

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

You pay for this visa in 2 parts, called instalments.

Pay the first instalment when you apply. Pay the second instalment when we ask you to. 

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the other costs.

Apply from

You can be inside or outside Australia when you apply for the visa.

If you apply in Australia, any family members who apply with you 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 we decide on your application

You must be outside Australia when we decide 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.

Processing times

We don’t provide processing times for this visa. Applications for this visa are subject to capping and queueing.

Your application might take longer to process if:

  • you do not fill it in correctly
  • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

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

Family migration visas are in high demand. It might take several years for this visa to be granted.

Assessment

We assess applications for this visa in 2 stages.

  1. Check eligibility and either add the application to the queue or refuse it.
  2. Continue assessing the application when a place becomes available and make a decision.

Don’t arrange to move to Australia until we grant the visa. We will let you know in writing if we grant you the visa.

Estimate how many applications are ahead of yours in the queue with the Parent Visa Queue Calculator.

Your obligations

You and your family members must meet all visa conditions and obey all Australian laws.

Visa label

We will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

Apply as a retiree

You can apply for a Parent visa (subclass 143) as a retiree if:

  • on 8 May 2018, you held or had previously held an Investor Retirement (subclass 405) visa or Retirement (subclass 410), and
  • you have not held any other substantive visa between between 8 May 2018 and the date you applied for the Parent visa

If you apply for this visa as a retiree:

  • you don’t need to meet the balance of family test
  • you don’t need to have an assurance of support
  • you don’t need a sponsor

Have a sponsor

You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor for this visa.

Usually you would be sponsored by an eligible child. If your child is under 18, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organisation.

We must approve the sponsorship.

If you apply for this visa as a retiree you don’t need a sponsor.

If your sponsor dies

If you hold a Temporary Contributory Parent (subclass 173) visa, you might still be eligible for this visa if your sponsor dies. To see if you are still eligible, email the Parent Visa Centre at parents@homeaffairs.gov.au

Meet the balance-of-family test

You must meet the balance-of-family test. You meet the balance of family test if:

  • at least half of your children and step-children are eligible children, or
  • there are more eligible children living in Australia than in any other single country

If you apply for this visa as a retiree you don’t need to meet the balance of family test.

If you hold a Contributory Parent (subclass 173) (Temporary) visa, you have already met the balance of family test.

Have assurance of support

You must be able to obtain an assurance of support.

An assurance of support assures us that you will not have to rely on government assistance after you enter Australia on this visa. The assurance is for you and any family members who come to Australia with you on this visa.

We will let you know when you need to provide the assurance of support.

You must be able to obtain an assurance of support, unless you apply for the visa as a retiree.

If you apply for the visa as a retiree, you do not need an assurance of support.

Meet the health requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our health requirement.

We might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Meet the character requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our character requirement. 

We might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government

If you or any family members owe the Australian Government money, you or they must have paid it back or have an approved arrangement in place to pay it back.

Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. 

Sign the Australian values statement

​If you are 18 years of age or older, you must:

  • have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book
  • sign an Australian Values Statement that confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws

Have health insurance

If you apply for this visa as a retiree, you must maintain adequate health insurance until you are granted a Parent visa. Your insurance should cover you for medically necessary treatment, including transport.

Reciprocal healthcare agreements

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from Services Australia about reciprocal healthcare agreements.

Best interests of the child

We will not grant this visa if it is not in the best interests of an applicant under 18.

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Contributory Parent Temporary visa 173

Contributory Parent visa - Temporary

This temporary visa lets a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen stay temporarily in Australia.

Stay

2 years

Cost

From AUD31,930

With this visa you can

  • live in Australia for up to 2 years
  • work and study in Australia (you will not receive government support)
  • apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143) visa

You must

  • be sponsored by an eligible child who is a settled Australian citizen, Australian Permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand citizen
  • meet the balance-of-family test
  • meet all visa conditions and follow Australian law
  • not have a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 870) visa when applying for this visa

Note: A concession to allow visas to be granted to applicants in Australia would be extended to eligible Parent visa applicants during the COVID-19 period.

With this visa you can

  • live in Australia for up to 2 years
  • work and study in Australia (you will not receive government support)
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143)

Apply for a Contributory Parent (subclass 143) visa

You can spread the cost of the permanent visa over a number of years by applying in 2 steps:

  1. first, apply for the temporary Contributory Parent (Temporary) (subclass 173) visa, then
  2. apply for the permanent Contributory Parent (subclass 143) visa

How long you can stay

This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for 2 years.

The visa period starts on the date you enter Australia after you are granted the visa.

The visa is granted with multiple entry. You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want within two years.

Stay longer

You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending or reapplying for this visa. You can apply for a different visa.

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply.  

You will be required to include details of all your family members, whether they are migrating or not, when you fill out the application form.

If you have a partner, include their details in your application even if they are not applying for the visa with you.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements. Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health and character requirements.

Newborn child

Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply.

Cost

This visa costs from AUD31,930. There is an additional charge for each family member who applies with you.

You pay for this visa in 2 parts called instalments.

Pay the first instalment when you apply. Pay the second instalment when we ask you to. See more about visa fees and charges.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the other costs.

Apply from

You can be inside or outside Australia when you apply for the visa. You must be outside Australia when we decide on your application.

If you apply in Australia, any family members who apply with you must also be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply. If you apply outside Australia, any family members who apply with you must also be outside Australia when you apply.

If you apply for this visa in Australia while on a temporary visa with a no further stay condition, your application will be invalid, unless you apply for a waiver of this condition.

Processing times

We don’t provide processing times for this visa. Applications for this visa are subject to capping and queueing.

Your application might take longer to process if:

  • you do not fill it in correctly
  • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

We cannot process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. We will notify you if this is the case and if necessary return your application.

Family migration visas are in high demand. It might take several years for this visa to be granted.

Assessment

We assess applications for this visa in 2 stages.

  1. Check eligibility and either add the application to the queue or refuse it.
  2. Continue assessing the application when a place becomes available and make a decision.

Don’t arrange to move to Australia until we grant the visa. We will let you know in writing if we grant you the visa.

Estimate how many applications are ahead of yours in the queue with the Parent Visa Queue Calculator.

Your obligations

You and your family members must meet all visa conditions and follow Australian laws.

Visa label

We will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

Have a sponsor

You must be sponsored for this visa.

Usually you would be sponsored by an eligible child. If your child is under 18, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organisation.

We must approve the sponsorship.

Meet the balance-of-family test

You must meet the balance-of-family test. You meet the balance of family test if:

  • at least half of your children and step-children are eligible children, or
  • there are more eligible children living in Australia than any other single country

Meet the health requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our health requirement.

We might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Meet the character requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our character requirement.

We might also ask that other family members meet the requirement.

Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government

If you or any family members owe the Australian Government money, you or they must have paid it back or have an approved arrangement in place to pay it back.

Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. 

Sign the Australian Values Statement

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must:

  • have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book
  • sign the Australian Values Statement to confirm you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws.

Best interests of the child

We will not grant this visa if it is not in the best interests of an applicant under 18.

Contributory aged Parent visa 864

Contributory Aged Parent visa

This permanent visa lets the aged parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen stay in Australia.

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Stay

Permanently

Cost

From AUD47,755

With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia as a permanent resident
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare

You must

  • be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply for the visa and when we decide on your application
  • have an eligible child who is a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia
  • not have a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 870) visa when applying for this visa

With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

Travel to and from Australia for 5 years

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date we grant this visa. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:

  • you will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • you might also want to consider Australian citizenship. If you become an Australian citizen, you don’t require a visa to enter Australia. You will need to apply for an Australian passport and use it to leave and re-enter Australia. See more about eligibility requirements and current processing times for Australian citizenship

To see when your travel facility ends, use VEVO.

If you hold a Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (subclass 884) visa

You can apply for the subclass 864 visa as a two-step process by first applying for a Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (subclass 884) visa. Applying for the subclass 884 visa and then the subclass 864 visa allows you to spread the cost of the visas over a number of years.

How long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely.

For citizenship purposes, your permanent residency starts on the day we grant the visa.

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply.

You will be required to include details of all your family members, whether they are migrating or not, in the application form.

If you have a partner, include their details in your application even if they are not applying for the visa with you.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements. Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health and character requirements.

Newborn child

Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply.

Cost

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

You pay for this visa in 2 parts called instalments. 

Pay the first instalment when you apply. Pay the second instalment when we ask you to.

You might also have to pay other costs for each applicant for health checks, police certificates and biometrics

Use the Visa Pricing Estimator to work out what your visa will cost. The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs.

Apply from

You must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply and when we decide on your application. 

Any family members who apply for the visa with you must also be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply.

Processing times

We don’t provide processing times for this visa. Applications for this visa are subject to capping and queueing.

Your application might take longer to process if:

  • you do not fill it in correctly
  • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

We can’t process your application if you don’t pay the correct visa application charge. We will notify you if this is the case and if necessary return your application.

Family migration visas are in high demand. It might take several years for this visa to be granted.

Assessment

We assess applications for this visa in 2 stages.

  1. Check eligibility and either add the application to the queue or refuse it.
  2. Continue assessing the application when a place becomes available and make a decision.

Don’t arrange to move to Australia until we grant the visa. We will let you know in writing if we grant you the visa.

Estimate how many applications are ahead of yours in the queue with the Parent Visa Queue Calculator. 

Your obligations

You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.

Visa label

We will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

Have a sponsor

You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor.

Usually you would be sponsored by an eligible child. If your child is under 18, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organisation.

We must approve the sponsorship.

If your sponsor dies

If you hold a Temporary Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 884) visa, you might still be eligible for this visa if your sponsor dies. Email the Parent Visa Centre at parents@homeaffairs.gov.au to see if you are still eligible. 

Be this age

You must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia. 

Meet the health requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our health requirement.

We might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Meet the character requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our character requirement.

We might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Sign the Australian values statement

​If you are 18 years of age or older, you must:

  • have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book
  • sign an Australian Values Statement that confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws

Meet the balance-of-family test

You must meet the balance-of-family test. You meet the balance of family test if:

  • at least half of your children and step-children are eligible children, or
  • there are more eligible children living in Australia than in any other single country

Have assurance of support

You must be able to obtain an assurance of support.

An assurance of support assures us that you will not have to rely on government assistance after you enter Australia on this visa. The assurance is for you and any family members who come to Australia with you on this visa.

We will let you know when you need to provide the assurance of support.

Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government

If you or any family members owe the Australian Government money, you or they must have paid it back or have an approved arrangement in place to pay it back.

Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. 

Best interests of the child

We will not grant this visa if it is not in the best interests of an applicant under 18.

find out if you are eligible

Contributory Aged Parent Temporary visa 884

Contributory Aged Parent visa - Temporary

This temporary visa lets the aged parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen stay temporarily in Australia.

Stay

2 years

Cost

From AUD33,285

With this visa you can

  • live in Australia for up to 2 years
  • work and study in Australia (you will not receive government support)
  • apply for a permanent Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 864) visa

You must

  • have an eligible child who is a settled Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • be old enough to receive the Australian aged pension
  • be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply for this visa and when we make our decision
  • not have a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 870) visa when applying for this visa

With this visa you can

  • live in Australia for up to 2 years
  • work and study in Australia (you will not receive government support)
  • apply for a permanent Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864)

Apply for a Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 864) visa

You can apply for the permanent subclass 864 visa as a two-step process by first applying for a Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) subclass 884 visa. Applying for the subclass 884 visa and then the subclass 864 visa allows you to spread the cost of the visas over a number of years.

How long you can stay

This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for 2 years.

The visa period starts on the date we grant the visa.

Stay longer

You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending or reapplying for this visa. You can apply for a different visa.

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply. 

You will be required to include details of all your family members, whether they are migrating or not,  in the application form.

If you have a partner, include their details in your application even if they are not applying for the visa with you.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements. Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health and character requirements.

Newborn child

Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply. There is also an additional charge for each family member who applies with you.

Cost

This visa costs from AUD33,285. There is an additional charge for each family member who applies with you.

Pay the first instalment when you apply. Pay the second instalment when we ask you to.

There is also a charge for any family member who applies for the visa with you.

You might also have to pay other costs for each applicant for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Use the Visa Pricing Estimator to work out what your visa will cost. The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs.

Apply from

You must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply and when we decide on your application. 

Any family members who apply for the visa with you must also be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply.

If you apply for this visa in Australia while on a temporary visa with a no further stay condition, your application will be invalid, unless you apply for a waiver of this condition. 

Processing times

We don’t provide processing times for this visa. Applications are subject to capping and queueing.

Your application might take longer to process if:

  • you do not fill it in correctly
  • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

We can’t process your application if you don’t pay the correct visa application charge. We will notify you if this is the case and if necessary return your application.

Family migration visas are in high demand. It might take many years for this visa to be granted.

Assessment

We assess applications for this visa in 2 stages.

  1. Check eligibility and either add the application to the queue or refuse it.
  2. Continue assessing the application when a place becomes available and make a decision.

Don’t arrange to move to Australia until we grant the visa. We will let you know in writing if we grant you the visa.

Estimate how many applications are ahead of yours in the queue with the Parent Visa Queue Calculator.

Your obligations

You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.

Visa label

We will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

Have a sponsor

You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor.

Usually you would be sponsored by an eligible child. If your child is under 18, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organisation.

We must approve the sponsorship.

Be this age

You must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia.

Must not have a no further stay condition

The visa you currently hold must not have a no further stay condition on it.

See your conditions in VEVO.

Meet the health requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our health requirement.

We might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Meet the character requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our character requirement.

We might also ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Sign the Australian values statement

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must:

  • have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book
  • sign an Australian Values Statement that confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws

Meet the balance-of-family test

You must meet the balance-of-family test. You meet the balance of family test if:

  • at least half of your children and step children are eligible children, or
  • there are more eligible children than children living in any other single country

Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government

If you or any member of your family owe the Australian Government money you or they must have paid it back or have a formal arrangement to pay it back.

Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. 

Best interests of the child

We will not grant this visa if it is not in the best interests of an applicant under 18.

 

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