SUBCLASS 173

Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa

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This visa allows a parent to stay with their children who are permanent residents.

This temporary visa lets a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen stay temporarily in Australia.

This visa grants you the following privileges:

  1. You can live in Australia for up to 2 years.
  2. You can work and study in Australia; however, government support will not be provided.
  3. You can enrol in Medicare, Australia’s public healthcare scheme.
  4. You may apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).

You can spread the cost of the Contributory Parent (subclass 143) visa over several years by applying in 2 steps:

  1. Apply for the temporary Contributory Parent (Temporary) (subclass 173) visa.
  2. Apply for the permanent Contributory Parent (subclass 143) visa.

Eligibility Criteria

You are ineligible if you have already applied for or hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (subclass 870) visa.

This visa includes the following criteria:

  1. You need sponsorship from an eligible sponsor, typically an eligible child. If your child is under 18, alternative sponsorship by a relative or community organisation is possible. Approval is required for the sponsorship.
  2. You and your family members applying with you must meet the health requirements. Other non-migrating family members may also need to meet this requirement.
  3. Sign the Australian values statement if you are 18 years of age or older, confirming your commitment to respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws.
  4. You must meet the balance-of-family test. You satisfy the balance-of-family test if:
    • At least half of your children and stepchildren are eligible children.
    • More eligible children are living in Australia than in any other single country.
  5. You and your family must have paid back any money owed to the Australian Government or have a formal arrangement in place to repay it.
  6. Your immigration history is considered, and you may be ineligible if you had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused.
  7. The granting of this visa is in the best interests of the applicant aged under 18.

Inclusion of Other Family Members

When applying for this visa, you have the option to include other members of your family. It's essential to provide details for all family members, regardless of whether they intend to migrate or not. Even if your partner is not applying for the visa with you, their information must be included in the application.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet specific health and character requirements. Additionally, those family members who do not plan to come to Australia may still be subject to health and character requirements.

Newborn Child

In the case your child is born after you apply, there are procedures to follow.

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