Part of the ‘Contributory’ category, this visa requires a significant financial contribution to access priority processing above the other Parent categories. This is a permanent visa that allows the parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen to move to Australia. The key criteria of this visa include:
This visa is also subject to capping and queuing, in terms of when it will be processed, however it takes priority over the other parent visas. Please see latest processing priorities by the department : Processing Priorities. With visa fees from $47,825 per applicant, plus an Assurance of support for up to 10 years of $10,000 for one or $14,000 for two applicants, this visa requires significant investment. These charges are at time of grant, so visa applicants can feel relieved to factor in processing times and to start saving until the Second Visa Application Charge (VAC) is asked.
To spread the significant cost of the 143 visa, over a longer period of time, the Department of Home Affairs have provided the option to split it into a ‘Temporary’ Parent 173 visa that leads into obtaining the permanent 143 visa.
Subclass 173 Contributory Parent Temporary Subclass 143 Contributory Parent Permanent
This Subclasss 173 visa is a temporary visa that allows the parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand stay temporarily in Australia. The key criteria of this visa include:
This temporary parent visa is granted for two years with a lower second visa application Charge (VAC) of $31,980 per applicant and allows the visa applicants more time to save. After two years on the temporary parent visa parents can transition to the Permanent Subclass 143 Contributory Parent Visa, currently at a cost of $19,420 per applicant. Overall, the two stage process works out more expensive than if you apply directly for the permanent visa but allows more time to gather the expensive visa fees. The permanent visa needs to be applied prior to the expiry of the temporary visa to allow parents to remain in Australia.