BALANCE OF FAMILY TEST
To be an eligible contributory parent, at least half your children must live in Australia, or more children live in Australia than any other country.
Step-children are included in this test, but any children that are no longer legally part of your exclusive custody are not.
For an example of the balance of family test in action, visit the Home Affairs webpage.
You must be sponsored by an eligible person, which must be an Australian permanent resident, citizen or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Sponsors must be reviewed by government before the application can proceed. Most sponsors for a contributory parent visa are children.
However, if your children are under 18, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organisation
- You must pass the character and health requirements.
- You must obey all Australian laws during your residency.
- You must obtain assurance of support; a paid bond and document that proves you aren’t at risk of relying on government support.
- You must have paid back any debt owing to the Australian government, if any.
- You must have not had a visa previously cancelled.
- The application must be in the best interests of the children living in Australia (if under 18).
Applying for the 173 visa requires an application fee of $2,595 + additional fees for every additional applicant, varying on their age. Once the application has been granted, $29,130 is required from each applicant.
If you’d like to apply for the permanent contributory parent visa (143) at a later date, another $19,420 will be required if the application is granted. For a greater overview of the costs and your various options, we recommend visiting the page on parents visa costs.
IS THIS VISA RIGHT FOR ME?
A 173-visa application suits a parent of an Australian resident who would like to receive the full benefits of Medicare, and the ability to work and travel. If you’re after a permanent 143 visa, the 173 visa offers more flexible payment by staggering the costs. If you’ve already got a de facto partner or spouse living in Australia, another option would be an onshore or offshore partner visa application.