Immigration Law | Contributory Parent Visa Application

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The temporary contributory parent visa subclass 173 and the permanent contributory parent visa subclass 143 are included in the main parent visas. The Contributory Parent Visa Application charge is significantly higher than other parent visas since its processing time is faster which is approximately 2-4 years. On the other hand, the processing time of the non-contributory parent visa is up to 30 years.

Temporary Contributory Parent Visa Application (Subclass 173)

The parents of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens are allowed to live, work and study in Australia for up to 2 years under the subclass 173 visa. The visa holder can apply for the permanent parent visa subclass 143 in a span of 2 years. The Immigration Law Firms in Sydney remind applicants that the temporary subclass 173 visa is not a prerequisite for the permanent subclass 143 visa. The visa application and lodgement can be done onshore or offshore, but, it is necessary for the applicant to be offshore when the visa is granted.

The applicant for the subclass 173 visa must have the following in order to be eligible: a child who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens, have a sponsor, meet the balance of family test, have a proof of financial capability to support and provide all health and character requirements.

A sponsor is required for every Temporary Contributory Parent Visa Application. Generally, it could be the applicant’s child (or child’s spouse or de facto partner) except for an applicant’s who is under the age of 18. In such conditions, the relative or guardian of the child, the cohabiting spouse of legal age (18 and above), a relative of the cohabiting spouse, can be the sponsor if the child is not yet 18 years old or in a community organisation.

In order for the visa to be granted, it is required for the applicant to undergo the balance of a family test and it is mandatory. The applicant must have at least half of their children living in Australia on a permanent visa or most of their children are permanently living in Australia, not in other countries are required to meet the balance of the family test. Children with temporary visa are considered as living outside Australia. The balance of the family test not only includes the applicant, but also their partner’s children (including stepchildren and adopted children. Immigration Law Firms in Sydney ensure that the visa application and lodgement is in order by fulfilling the balance of the family test.

A signed assurance of support must be fulfilled by the potential sponsor. This includes an agreement to provide the applicant and any member of their family unit included on the visa application, support, accommodation and financial assistance for at least 2 years.

A medical examination and a police check from all countries visited and lived in for 12 months or more are required for the applicants in order to meet the health and character requirements.

A signed Australian Values Statement that confirms the applicant’s adherence to the laws of Australia and respect to the Australian way of life will be required from the applicant.

For instance, any outstanding debts to the Australian government must be repaid or a schedule for repayment should be negotiated by the applicant prior to the visa grant.

Permanent Contributory Parent Visa Application (Subclass 143)

Parents of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens are allowed to live permanently in Australia with the subclass 143 visa.

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