This is a temporary visa that lets a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen move to Australia. The applicant must be outside Australia while applying for this visa.
Contributory Aged Parent is temporary visa that lets a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen move to Australia. The applicant must not have already applied for or hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 870) visa when applying for this visa, or if the applicant held such a visa then has left Australia since that visa ceased to be in effect.
The visa holders have full work rights to work anywhere in Australia.
If you have dependent children, they can also be included in your application.
The application for contributory aged parent (temporary) visa is assessed in 2 stages. In first step, eligibility is checked and either add the application to the parent visa queue or refuse it. If application is added into a queue then continue assessing the application when a place becomes available and a decision is made. Don't arrange to move to Australia until you are granted the visa.
Contributory Parent Visas are lodged outside Australia. Where as Contributory Aged Parent visas can be lodged while the applicant is in Australia. Which means applicant for visas in contributory aged parent category will be granted a bridging visa and can stay in Australia while their application is under processing.
Base Application Charge: A$4225; Additional applicant charge for any other applicant who is at least 18: A$2110; Additional applicant charge for any other applicant who is less than 18: A$1060. Second installment (payable before grant of visa): A$29130; for any other applicant who is less than 18: A$2095.
Standard Stream: Currently applications queued till May 2016 are being processed.
You cannot apply for this visa if you have already applied for or hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Subclass 870 Visa.
Contributory Aged Parent Visa Subclass 173 is usually processed to grant consideration stage faster than Parent or Aged Parent category visas (Non Contributory Parent Visa) as they are accorded a higher processing priority and there are more visa places available. This arrangement recognises that applicants for visas in the Contributory Parent category pay a significantly higher second visa application charge (VAC) as a contribution to their ongoing health costs. The main differences between the Parent and Contributory Parent category visas are: Significantly higher second Visa Application Charge, Higher Assurance of Support bond, Longer Assurance of Support bond period and Higher cost with shorter wait option.
You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor who seek theirs parents pr Australia. Usually you would be sponsored by an eligible child. If your child is under 18, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organisation, and your sponsorship must be approved before you can be granted the visa. If you apply for this visa as a retiree you don't need a sponsor.
You must meet the balance-of-family test. You meet the balance of family test if at least half of your children and step-children are eligible children, or there are more eligible children living in Australia than in any other single country. If you apply for this visa as a retiree you don't need to meet the balance of family test.
You must be able to obtain an assurance of support. An assurance of support is to assure that you will not have to rely on government assistance after you enter Australia on this visa. The assurance is for you and any family members who come to Australia with you on this visa. The Department of Home Affairs will let you know when you need to provide the assurance of support. You must be able to obtain an assurance of support, unless you apply for the visa as a retiree. If you apply for the visa as a retiree, you don't need an assurance of support.
The eligibility for permanent parent visa Australia is to be given only to parents who have close ties to Australia. The Balance of Family test is designed to determine the extent of the parent's links to their children in Australia and ensure only those with close ties to Australia are eligible for parent visas.
The balance of family test is concerned with the numeric distribution and geographical location of the children of the applicant and the applicant's partner and, if applicable, of the former partners of either the applicant. The test does not consider qualitative matters such as the closeness or the breakdown of the parent-child relationships or cultural factors dictating which child should take care of an aged parent.
A parent will meet the balance of family test if at least half of the parent's children and step-children are "eligible children" or there are more "eligible children" than children living in any other single country. In short, "eligible children" include Australian citizens; Australian permanent residents usually resident in Australia; or eligible New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia, compared to children who are resident in any other one country.
The children counted for the purpose of the balance of family test include all children and step-children of the parent or the parent's spouse or de facto partner. No assessment of the nature of the parent-child relationship is necessary. Children of the applicant (that is, the applicant who needs to satisfy primary criteria) born outside a partner relationship, such as a casual, polygamous or from one or more concurrent partner relationships, the primary applicant's children (natural and adopted) are counted in the balance of family test as such children are still children of the applicant. However, children of partner of the applicant born under any kind of relationships described above are not counted in the BoF test.
Deceased children are not counted in the balance of family test. In case of applicant's partner's polygamous or concurrent relationships, the partners cannot be recognised as a spouse or de facto partner, and therefore none of the partner's children can be counted in the balance of family test.
The requirements that the sponsor must meet at the time of application for the visa for which the sponsored person has applied are that the sponsor must be the child of the applicant; is an Australian citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident or an Eligible New Zealand citizen; and is settled and usually resident in Australia.
Assessment of settled at time of visa application can be considered met unless there are significant extended periods of absence prior to making the visa application (for example, the sponsor has been absent from Australia for two years immediately prior to the date of application, and is outside Australia at the time of application).
At time of decision, there are three categories within which a sponsor can meet the ‘settled’ requirement:
Category 1: If the sponsor has been lawfully resident in Australia for two years, (as at time of visa application) (discounting short trips outside Australia for up to four months), this is generally considered to be a ‘reasonable period’. A sponsor could come within this category even if they are outside Australia at the time the visa application is made.
Category 2: If the sponsor is currently in Australia but has been outside Australia for more than four months in the two-year period immediately preceding the date the visa application was made, they must provide some documentary evidence showing that they are currently settled in Australia.
Category 3: If the sponsor is not in Australia, and has not been in Australia for the full two years preceding the application (discounting short trips to Australia under four months), they must provide some documentary evidence as to the reason for the absence and establish that they meet the ‘settled’ requirement.
The evidence for being usually resident somewhere may be seen in a variety of factors, including; maintaining a home in a particular place, going to work there, owning property, business or other interests there, having family and other ties in the place. Absence from a place at a particular time does not automatically mean it is not a person’s usual residence, as the person may have already established usual residence there in circumstances where their absence is still consistent with having usual residence in that place.
1. Identity documents such as passport, birth certificate, proof of name change such as marriage or divorce certificate.
2. If you have ever changed your name then name change evidence.
3. Provide an overseas police certificate from every country, including your home country, where you spent a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years since you turned 16, any military service records or discharge papers if you served in the armed forces of any country.
4. Passport size photographs.
5. Medical examinations.
6. If you applied for a different parent visa, for which a decision has not yet been made, then you must withdraw that application at the same time that you apply for this visa.
7. Your application must be sponsored (Form 40 Sponsorship for migration to Australia) by an eligible sponsor, unless you are applying as a retiree.
8. Evidence that you meet the balance of family test by how you are related to each child, evidence of each child's country of permanent residence and evidence that your child should not be included in the balance of family test (for example, their death certificate). You don't need to meet the balance of family test if you are applying as a retiree.
9. Provide an assurance of support when you are asked for it. You don't need to provide an assurance of support if you are applying as a retiree.
10. For every dependant under 18 years old who is applying with you, provide identity documents; evidence of your relationship with them such as a birth or marriage certificate; and character documents, if applicable. If you are applying as a retiree you can't include your children, or your partner's children, in your application.
11. To be included in your visa application as a dependent child, your child must be; under 18 years, or over 18 years of age but not yet turned 23, and dependent on you or your partner, or over 23 years of age; and unable to earn a living to support themselves due to physical or cognitive limitations and dependent on you or your partner.
12. Complete Form 40 Sponsorship for migration to Australia and give the completed form and all other documents to the applicant to lodge with their visa application.
Proof that you are a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen related to the main applicant.