Contributory Parents 143 Visa

Like many other parent visa categories, parent visa 143 is subject to capping and queueing. However it is the most popular visa category for parents who want to join their child or children to migrate to Australia.

This visa is a permanent visa to allow you and other applicants to stay and live in Australia indefinitely.

As can be seen from its name, contributory parent visa 143 requires the applicants to make “contributions” (money) to Australian government as security bond or social entitlement to be paid to the visa applicants in case they need in the future.

Eligibility for this visa

Applicant for contributory parent visa subclass 143 needs to meet the following criteria to apply for this visa.

Have a sponsor in Australia

Applicant must have an eligible sponsor who is an Australian citizen or PR to sponsor you. Your sponsor, normally your child must be over 18 years of age. They need to lodge a separate sponsorship application and get it approved before your visa can be granted.

Meet the Family-Balance-Test

  • At least half of your children are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens who are usually resident in Australia. Or
  • You have more children living in Australia as Australian citizens, Australian PR or eligible New Zealand citizens or in any other countries.

Have Assurance of Support (AOS)

Before the visa can be granted, the Department would ask applicant to obtain an assurance of support from a third party. The purpose of this AOS is to ensure you won’t reply Australian government for financial assistance after you entre Australia.

The person who provides assurance of support is called the assurer and the person who receives the assurance, that is the visa applicant or the migrant, is called the assuree. The assurer is different from the sponsor, but the sponsor can also be the assurer if he or she is eligible to provide the assurance of support.

For details of the requirements for an AOS, please visit our Assurance of Support page.

Other requirements to be met

Other requirements for a parent’s visa application include: the health, character, health insurance and signing the Australian values statement etc.

Processing Time

According to the Australian Department of Home Affairs’ website, there is no specific processing time for Contributory parent, Contributory Aged Parent and Aged Parents visa applications.

However in practice, the current processing time for a Contributory Parent visa subclass 143 can be up to 5 years. Normal Parent visa applications (non-contributory parent subclass 103) can be up to between 11-30 years.