Australia & South Africa

Contributory
Parent Visa

sc143 Permanent Visa and
sc173 Initially a Temporary Visa

Sc143 – With this visa you can  

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your family members to come to Australia
  • travel to and enter Australia for 5 years
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

Travel to and from Australia for 5 years  

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date we grant this visa. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:
 

  • you will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • you might also want to consider Australian citizenship. If you become an Australian citizen, you don’t require a visa to enter Australia. You will need to apply for an Australian passport and use it to leave and re-enter Australia.

 
If you hold a Contributory Parent (Temporary) (subclass 173) visa
 
You can apply for the subclass 143 visa as a two-step process by first applying for a Contributory Parent (Temporary) (subclass 173) visa. Applying for the subclass 173 visa and then the subclass 143 visa allows you to spread the cost of the visas over a number of years.
 
Apply for a Parent visa (subclass 143) as a retiree
If you apply for the subclass 103 visa as a retiree you don’t have to:
 

  • meet the balance of family test, or
  • have a sponsor or an assurance of support

    How long you can stay

    This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely.
    For citizenship purposes, your permanent residency starts on the day:

    • we grant the visa if you are in Australia
    • you enter Australia on this visa if you are outside Australia

     

    Include family

    You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply.

    You are required to include details of all your family members, whether they are migrating or not.

    Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements. Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health and character requirements.
     
    If you apply for this visa as a retiree, you:

    • can include your partner when you apply provided they are also a retiree
    • can’t include your children in your application

     

    Newborn child

    Contact our office to determine the requirements if your child is born after you apply.

    Cost

    This visa costs from AUD47,755. There is also an additional charge for each family member who applies with you.

    You pay for this visa in 2 parts, called instalments.

    Pay the first instalment when you apply. Pay the second instalment when we ask you to.

    You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
     

    Apply from

    You can be inside or outside Australia when you apply for the visa.

    If you apply in Australia, any family members who apply with you must also be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply. If you apply outside Australia, any family members who apply for the visa with you must also be outside Australia when you apply.

    If you are applying as a retiree you must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply. You can be inside or outside Australia when we decide on your application
    You must be outside Australia when we decide on your application, unless you hold or held a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) or substituted Visitor visa (subclass 600) before lodging your application.

    Processing times

    We don’t provide processing times for this visa. Applications for this visa are subject to capping and queueing.

    Your application might take longer to process if:

    • you do not fill it in correctly
    • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
    • it takes to verify your information

    We can’t process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. We will notify you if this is the case and if necessary return your application.

    Family migration visas are in high demand. It might take several years for this visa to be granted.
     

    Assessment

    We assess applications for this visa in 2 stages.

    1. Check eligibility and either add the application to the queue or refuse it.
    2. Continue assessing the application when a place becomes available and make a decision.

    Don’t arrange to move to Australia until we grant the visa. We will let you know in writing if we grant you the visa.
     

    Your obligations

    You and your family members must meet all visa conditions and obey all Australian laws.
     

    Visa label

    We will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

    Contact the office for more information

    Sc 173 – With this visa you can

     

    Apply for a Contributory Parent (subclass 143) visa

    You can spread the cost of the permanent visa over a number of years by applying in 2 steps:

    • first, apply for the temporary Contributory Parent (Temporary) (subclass 173) visa, then

    apply for the permanent Contributory Parent (subclass 143) visa

    How long you can stay

    This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for 2 years.

    The visa period starts on the date you enter Australia after you are granted the visa.

    The visa is granted with multiple entries. You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want within two years.

     

    Stay longer

    To stay longer you must apply for a different visa, if not applying for the sc143.
     

    Include family

    You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply.

    You will be required to include details of all your family members, whether they are migrating or not, when you fill out the application form.

    If you have a partner, include their details in your application even if they are not applying for the visa with you.

    Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements. Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health and character requirements.

    Newborn child

    Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply.

    Cost

    This visa costs from AUD31,930. There is an additional charge for each family member who applies with you.

    You pay for this visa in 2 parts called instalments.

    Pay the first instalment when you apply. Pay the second instalment when we ask you to.

    You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
     

    Apply from

    You can be inside or outside Australia when you apply for the visa. You must be outside Australia when we decide on your application.

    If you apply in Australia, any family members who apply with you must also be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply. If you apply outside Australia, any family members who apply with you must also be outside Australia when you apply.

    If you apply for this visa in Australia while on a temporary visa with a no further stay condition, your application will be invalid, unless you apply for a waiver of this condition.

    Processing times

    We don’t provide processing times for this visa. Applications for this visa are subject to capping and queueing.

    Your application might take longer to process if:

    • you do not fill it in correctly
    • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
    • it takes us time to verify your information

    We cannot process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. We will notify you if this is the case and if necessary return your application.

    Assessment

    We assess applications for this visa in 2 stages.

     

    • Check eligibility and either add the application to the queue or refuse it.
    • Continue assessing the application when a place becomes available and make a decision.

    Don’t arrange to move to Australia until we grant the visa. We will let you know in writing if we grant you the visa.

    Your obligations

    You and your family members must meet all visa conditions and follow Australian laws.