About Contributory Aged Parent Visa Subclass 143 By Australian Migration Agent Sidra Shahab


You may be eligible to apply for Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143 if you are a parent of settled Australian Permanent residents, Australian citizens or eligible New Zealand citizens. Your child could be a biological child, step-child or adopted child. This is a Permanent resident Visa and gives you the right to live in Australia for an indefinite period.

Please note that there are at least (6) six more parent visa categories, and we recommend familiarising yourself with each of the Visa options you may have.

Advantages of Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143 (Onshore)

  • It is a permanent resident Visa for 5 (five)
  • You can live in Australia indefinitely.
  • You can apply for RRV to extend the Visa whenever required.
  • You are eligible to apply for citizenship subject to fulfilling the citizenship criteria.
  • Relatively quick processing time as compared to other types of parent Visas.
  • Travel to and from Australia as many times as you like.
  • Can apply for an Australian health system like medicare.
  • Can work and study in Australia
  • Can sponsor or include in the application another eligible family member.
  • Parents can get the bridging visa while they wait for the decision of Subclass 143.

Disadvantages of Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143 (Onshore)

  • It is an expensive Visa.
  • Balance of family test is required.
  • Assurance of support is required.
  • You can not apply this visa if you hold or have applied for Subclass 870.


What is Contributory?

The parent who wishes to become a permanent resident of Australia with this pathway needs to contribute to the Australian economy in the shape of a Contribution fee. This is one of the reasons this Visa is expensive because generally, parents had not contributed to the Australian economy in the form of Taxes or in other ways.


Cost, Visa fee, and Duration of the Visa

The cost of Subclass 143 is relatively high. However, the Department will adjust the Visa if you hold or have held a Parent Visa subclass 173 in the past.

The total cost is AUD 47,825.00 for a single applicant paid in installments.

You can live in Australia for an indefinite period being an Australian permanent resident.

Cost comparison between Subclass 143 and other types of parent Visas

This is the most suitable Visa for parents who wish to live in Australia as permanent residents.

If you wish, you can apply for a two-step visa process. That is, to apply Subclass 173 first (temporary) and then apply Subclass 143.

You may wish to visit the hyperlink for a complete comparison of costs for all types of Parents Visas.

Assurance of Support up to AUD 14000.00 bond may be asked for up to (10) ten years.


Processing Time for Subclass 143

The current processing time is approximately (03) three to (4) four years, depending on the queue with the Department of home affairs for parents visa category.


Requirements and Eligibility Criteria for Subclass 143 Migration agency

Requirements & Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must have an eligible child as an approved sponsor who must be a settled Australian Permanent resident, Australian citizen or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • A child must sponsor the parent unless the application is applied under Retirement Pathway. The sponsor’s approval is required from the Department of home affairs.
  • Parents canbe in or outside of Australia at the time of lodgement of Visa.
  • Any other member of the family unit included in the application must be inside or outside of Australia at the time of lodgement of an application.
  • Parents or any member of the family unit included in the application must not be on any Visa that has no further stay condition unless a waiver is applied.
  • Must Clear Health Check (Health examination)
  • Must Clear Character checks (Police Clearance certificate)
  • Have to meet the balance of family test.
  • Not have had a visa canceled or a previous application refused.
  • The applicant must not have already applied for or hold a Subclass 870 Visa, which is another type of parent Visa to live in Australia for (3) three to (10) ten years.
  • Must read and sign the Australian Values Statement.


Application Process for Subclass 143 - Migration Agent Melbourne

Application Process for Subclass 143

  1. Check your eligibility whether you are fulfilling all the requirements for this Visa.
  2. Check whether you can pay the fee as and when required.
  3. Gather all documents, including sponsor documents
  4. Apply for the Visa and pay the first installment to the department of home affairs.
  5. Your application will be part of the queue when lodged in an entirely correct way.
  6. Applicants must wait for a place or Visa spot to become available.
  7. Applications will be assessed again when a place becomes available.
  8. The second installment must be paid before Visa is granted.
  9. Once the visa is granted, the applicant and the sponsor should know his/her rights and obligations.


Restrictions after the Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143 is granted

  • You should not be disruptive and engage in violence.
  • Must not engage in any criminal conduct.
  • You and any other applicant in your application must obey Australian Law.


Extension and renewal of the Visa

You can stay in Australia for an indefinite period of time. You might need to apply for RRV after 5 years unless you are not an Australian citizen.


Visa Label

The Department will digitally map or link your Visa to your passport. The Visa label is not required on your passport.


Travel Permissions

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you like while the Visa is valid.


Sponsor ship refusal or Visa Refusal

There are many factors that need to be considered to avoid Sponsor approval application or Visa refusal, including but not limited to:

  • Accuracy of the information
  • Completion of the documentation as per the Department’s requirements.
  • Incomplete documents.
  • Not fulfilling the eligibility criteria.
  • Not fulfilling the character, health, and financial requirement.
  • Location criteria at the time of lodgment or at the time of decision.
  • Any other reason that the Department may consider your application.


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