Contributory Parent visas for Australia
While they are an expensive option, they are processed faster than the alternative (non-contributory) option. You may also apply for the temporary contributory visa first, and then transition to the permanent contributory visa after two years – this will allow you to spread the costs.
What are the details of the Contributory Parent visa categories?
The contributory parent visa subclasses are:
- Sc 173 temporary visa and Sc 143 permanent visa, available to parents of any age.
- Sc 884 temporary visa, and Sc 864 permanent visa, available to those of pension age.
Parents can choose to apply for a temporary visa first which will be issued for 2 years and then transition to the permanent visa where the higher application fees will be payable – this will allow them to spread the visas cost over 2 years. Or alternatively parents can apply for a permanent residence visa upfront.
Holders of a temporary Contributory Parent visa can
- live in Australia for up to 2 years
- work and study in Australia (you will not be entitled to government support)
- enrol in Medicare, Australia's public health care scheme
- apply for a permanent visa in due course
Holders of a permanent Contributory Parent visa can
- stay in Australia indefinitely
- work in Australia for any employer or be self-employed
- study in Australia as a domestic student
- receive free or subsidised health care at publicly funded health services (Medicare)
- receive free education at state-run primary and secondary schools, and subsidised fees for domestic students at private schools and tertiary institutions
- be a sponsor for eligible relatives to come to Australia
- if eligible, apply for Australian citizenship