Australia Permanent Contributory Parent (Class CA) (Subclass 143) Visa
Contributory Parent (Subclass 143) visa is unlike other Parent visas, this visa has a shorter processing and queuing time. However, to enjoy this benefit, the visa applicant has to pay a much higher visa application fee or contribution to the Department of Immigration (Department of Home Affairs).
You can sponsor your parent for Contributory Parent (Subclass 143) visa to live permanently in Australia if you have been living in Australia for at least 2 years (“settled”) as an Australian citizen or permanent resident or an eligible NZ citizen.
Your parent may not be required to be sponsored if he or she holds a Contributory Parent (Temporary) Subclass 173 visa (click here to learn more about Subclass 173 visa). Or was the holder of a Subclass 173 visa and is the holder of a substituted Subclass 600 visa when applying for Contributory Parent (Subclass 143) visa and the sponsor has died, and there is no other sponsor. Similarly, if your parent on 8 May 2018 held or the last substantive visa since last entering Australia was an Investor Retirement Subclass 405 or Retirement Subclass 410 visa, will not need to be sponsored.
Who can sponsor?
To be able to sponsor your parent, you must be over 18 and a settled Australian citizen or permanent resident or an eligible NZ citizen. However, if you are under 18, your cohabiting partner (spouse or de facto partner) who is over 18 and a settled Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen can sponsor your parent. Otherwise, your guardian or a community organisation may also sponsor your parent. Click here to learn more.
If your parent is in Australia but does not hold a substantive visa, your parent must lodge a valid application for Contributory Parent (Subclass 143) visa within 12 months of becoming an unlawful non-citizen.
Balance of Family test
In order to be eligible for the Contributory Parent (Subclass 143) visa, at least half of your siblings must reside permanently or are usually residents in Australia. This is known as the Balance of Family test.
How much contribution?
Contributory Parent (Subclass 143) visa allows your parent to avoid the long processing time (queuing time reduced to between 2.5 and 3.5 years), you or your parent will have to make a contribution or pay an additional visa application fee (known as 2VAC) of $43,600 per applicant. However, you can spread the 2VAC by applying for Contributory Parent (Temporary) Subclass 173 visa and after 2 years apply for the permanent Contributory Parent (Subclass 143) visa. You are also required to provide a 10 years Assurance of Support (click here to learn more), that is $10,000 for the first applicant and $4,000 for secondary applicant.
If your parent is eligible to apply for a Contributory Parent (Subclass 143) visa, he or she can be in (but not prevented by section 48 from applying) or outside Australia when lodging the visa application. If your parent is in Australia when lodging the visa application, the Department of Immigration would not generally issue a bridging visa to allow your parent to stay until a decision is made on the visa application.
Contributory Parent (Subclass 143) visa is a permanent visa and is valid for 5 years from the date of grant (click here to learn more about RRV 155 visa).
Australian migration law is complex and difficult to understand, contact our immigration lawyer for a consultation (fee applies) to help you decide if you are eligible to sponsor your parent for this visa (click here to find out how an immigration lawyer or registered migration agent can help you). You may also refer to our FAQs for answers regarding visa application or visa cancellation by clicking here.
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