The Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 173) allows parents to live in Australia with their children for 2 years.

What is a Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 173)?

This is a temporary visa (provisional visa),  and is for parents of an Australian Citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident or an eligible New Zealand Citizen.

You can be inside or outside Australia when you apply for this visa, but you must be outside of Australia for the visa to be granted. You are not entitled to a bridging visa even though you may be in Australia when you apply for this visa.

This visa allows you to live in Australia for up to two years. This visa cannot be extended or renewed. If you wish to apply for permanent residency, you must lodge your Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143 before your Subclass 173 Visa expires. By choosing the Subclass 173 Visa option first and later applying for the Subclass 143 Visa, you could spread the costs of the Contributory Parent Visa over those two years.

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Who would the Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 173) be suitable for?

A Subclass 173 Visa would suit you if:

  • you have a child who is an Australian Citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident or an eligible New Zealand Citizen, and are sponsored by that child
  • your sponsoring child has been a lawful resident in Australia for at least two years
  • your sponsoring child provides in writing a commitment to provide support for you (as the visa applicant) for the first two years of your residency in Australia
  • you meet the balance-of-family test. This means that at last half of your children live as permanent residents in Australia, or more of your children live as permanent residents in Australia than in any other country
  • you meet the health and character requirements of the Australian Government

When can you expect your Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 173) to be approved?

The processing times for the Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 173) can be found at the:
Australian Immigration and Border Protection Website

How do you apply for the Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 173)?

The visa application, assessments and payments for Contributory Parent Visas are involved and if you wish to transition to a Subclass 143 Visa (permanent visa) you need to follow a strict time schedule. Aus Visa Specialists has the expertise needed to help you submit a successful application.