CONTRIBUTORY PARENT VISA APPLICATION

If you are an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or eligible NZ citizen, you may be eligible to sponsor your parent/s to live, work and study in Australia under the Contributory Parent Visa.

 

Contributory parent visa migration program consists of about 11% of the sponsored family visa programme. The department has made 7,175 places available for applicants applying from within and outside Australia for this financial year (2017-2018).

 

Contributory Parent visas are not subject to queuing arrangements therefore, applicants will not be provided with a queue date.

 

As every case is different it is important that you are aware of all your options.

 

The Contributory Parent Migration Programme Comprises:

 

  1. For elderly applicants who are old enough to be granted Australian aged pension
  • Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa – subclass 884 visa
  • Contributory Aged Parent (Permanent) visa – subclass 864 visa
  1. For all other applicants
  • Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa – subclass 173 visa
  • Contributory Parent (Permanent) visa – subclass 143 visa

 

The Core Requirements of the Contributory Parent Visa Migration are Similar:

 

In order for your parent/s to be eligible for the Contributory Parent visa, you must be an Australian Citizen, permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen who is settled in Australia.

 

Definition of ‘settled’:

  • Australian Citizen, permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen who have been living in Australia for at least two years
  • Australian citizens can reduce this for three months if there are compassionate and compelling circumstances.

 

A Sponsor can sponsor more than one parent for this visa.

 

Contributory Parent Visa Migration Sponsor

 

You can sponsor your parents to live, work and study in Australia but you must be:

  • 18 years old or older
  • If you are under 18, your parent/s may be sponsored by the following if they are 18 years old or older:
    • Your spouse or de facto partner
    • Your relative or guardian
    • Your relative or guardian of your spouse or de facto partner

OR

  • Your parents can be sponsored by a community organisation if:
    • There is a relationship between the organisation and you
    • A senior representative of the organisation agrees for their organisation to sponsor your parents
    • The organisation is lawfully established in Australia and the organisation has been actively operating in Australia for at least one year
    • The organisation has the capacity to meet its financial commitments

 

Financial Responsibilities for Contributory Parent Visa Migration

 

As the sponsor you must provide, as needed, the following for your parent/s and any family members included in the visa application:

  • Support
  • Accommodation
  • Financial assistance

 

You Must Satisfy the Balance of Family test

 

In order to sponsor your parent/s, your family (you and your siblings) must meet the Balance of Family Test.  You cannot waive this requirement.

 

Applying in one or two stages for the Contributory Parent Visa Migration

 

You can apply for the permanent contributory parent visa and pay the full fee in one go or apply through 2 stages to split the costs.

 

The 2-stage process is applying for the temporary contributory parent category first, then the corresponding permanent contributory parent visa.

 

The temporary contributory parent visa is valid for 2 years and provides access to Medicare and full work rights. Before the temporary contributory parent visa expires, your parent/s must apply for the corresponding permanent contributory parent visa.

 

The temporary contributory parent visa cannot be extended or renewed.

 

Health Requirements

 

Applicants must meet health requirements. The department may also ask that member of your family unit who is not included in the application to also meet the health requirements.

 

Please note: you will only need to provide this when the department requests for it.

 

Police Clearance

 

Applicant/s must meet character requirements. Police certificates must be provided from countries you have lived in and any other supporting documents.

 

Please note: you will only need to provide this when the department requests for it.

 

The applicant/s must not have any outstanding debt to the Australian government.

 

Including family members

 

Your parent/s can include family member/s in the application. Family member/s can be:

 

  • their partner (married or de facto – same sex or opposite)
  • their or their partner’s child or step-child

 

Important facts about each of the Contributory Parent Visa Migration:

 

Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa – subclass 884

Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa – subclass 173

o   Your parent/s must be at pension Age: about 65 and six months in Australia (maybe older depending on when they were born). 

o   Visa granted for 2 years from the date of visa grant.

o   Live and work in Australia for up to 2 years.

o   Enrol in Medicare.

o   Can study but no governmental support.

o   Your parent/s can travel to and from Australia as many times as they want for 2 years from the date of visa grant.

o   Apply for the permanent visa subclass 864 visa before this visa expires.

o   Must be in Australia when applying and when a decision is made.

You CANNOT extend or re-apply for this visa.

o   Visa is granted for 2 years and starts on the date you enter Australia on this visa. 

o   Live and work in Australia for up to 2 years.

o   Enrol in Medicare.

o   Can study but no governmental support.

o   Your parent/s can travel to and from Australia as many times as they want

for 2 years from the date of visa grant.

o   Apply for the permanent visa subclass 143 before this visa expires.

o   Can be in or out of Australia when apply.

o   MUST be outside when a decision is made.

You CANNOT extend or re-apply for this visa.

Contributory Aged Parent (Permanent) visa – subclass 864

Contributory Parent (Permanent) visa – subclass 143

o   Your parent/s must be at pension Age: about 65 and six months in Australia. 

o   Permanent visa once granted.

o   Permanent visa starts on the date it is granted.

o   Must be in Australia when applying and when a decision is made.

o   Stay in Australia indefinitely.

o   Work and study in Australia.

o   Enrol in Medicare.

o   Travel to and from Australia for 5 years (after which they will need to apply for a Resident Return visa).

Age Pension and social security payments are not available automatically. They will have to wait:

–       Two years for most social security payments.

–       Ten years for age and disability pension payments.

o   Permanent visa once granted. 

o   Permanent visa starts on the date that it is granted.

o   Stay in Australia indefinitely.

o   Work and study in Australia.

o   Enrol in Medicare.

o   Travel to and from Australia for 5 years (after which they will need to apply for a Resident Return visa).

o   Can be in or out of Australia when applying.

o   Can be in Australia when the visa is decided if the following applies to you:

–        hold sc. 173 visa;

–        held tourist visa sc. 676 or visitor visa sc. 600 which was granted through ministerial intervention at the time of application;

–        you are a member of the family unit of a sc. 173 holder;

–        you hold a bridging visa.

In ALL other cases, they must be outside when the visa is decided.

 

For Contributory Parent Visa application fee see here.

 

Contributory Parent Visa Migration Processing:

 

  • The department processes application in date of lodgement order and according to the planning levels set in the Migration Programme each year
  • Strong demand for the Contributory Parent visa category means visa processing times may vary between programme years
  • Contributory Parent visas are not subject to queuing arrangements therefore, applicants will not be provided with a queue date

 

For more recent processing time see HERE.

 

Assurance of Support must be provided BEFORE the visa is granted. The department will request for this before visa grant.

 

Contribution to Government for Contributory Parent Visa Migration

 

  • must be provided BEFORE the visa is granted. The department will request for this before visa grant.

 

Applicants Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa – subclass 173 Contributory Parent (Permanent) visa – subclass 143 Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa – subclass 884 Contributory Aged Parent (Permanent) visa – subclass 864
Main Applicant AUD 29,130 If hold sc. 173 = AUD 19,420 

If applying for sc. 143 directly = AUD 43,600

AUD 29,130 If hold sc. 884 = AUD 19,420 

If applying for sc. 864 directly = AUD 43,600

Dependent Child AUD 2,095 If hold sc. 173 = Nil 

If applying for sc. 143 directly = AUD 2,095

AUD 2,095 If hold sc. 884 = Nil 

If applying for sc. 864 directly = AUD 2,095

 

Contributory Parent Visa Migration Infographics

173 and 143 LATEST 884 and 864


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Contributory Parent Visa FAQ

What are the differences between Contributory and non-contributory Parent visas?

 

The core requirements for both the parent category and the contributory parent category are similar. However, there are key differences and these are:

  • Applicants applying for the parent (non-contributory) category have a significantly longer wait for applications to be finalised (it can take up to 30 years or more)
  • Applicants applying for the contributory parent category are accorded a higher priority for processing
  • Applicants for a contributory parent visa pay a substantially higher second instalment of the visa application charge (per person) and a larger assurance of support (AoS) bond with a longer AoS period.
How do I pass the balance of family test?

 

The balance of family test requires that at least half of your children live permanently in Australia, or that more of your children live permanently in Australia than in any other country.

In order to be considered as “living permanently” in Australia, your children must be:

  • Australian citizens
  • Australian permanent residents who are usually resident in Australia
  • eligible New Zealand citizens who are normally resident in Australia.
Do I have to provide an Assurance of Support?

 

Yes. This requirement cannot be waived in any circumstances.

All permanent Parent visa applicants must provide an AoS before a visa can be granted.

Can I sponsor my partner after I have been granted the Contributory Parent visa?

 

If you have been granted the contributory parent visa on or after 1 July 2009, you will not be able to sponsor a Partner visa or prospective marriage visa applicant until at least 5 years have passed since you were granted your visa.