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How to successfully sponsor your parents to Australia with a Subclass 143 visa in 2021

In 2021, Australia will only approve only 4,500 Family visas. Therefore, when applying for a Subclass 143 visa, the processing time would be much longer. But the 143 visa provides many appealing benefits for the applicants. That’s why even though the rate of receiving a visa grant is lower compared to that of in 2020, people still opt for this visa.

To increase your chance of your Subclass 143 visa approval, you should keep reading the following information in this article.



What is a Contributory Parent visa – Subclass 143?

A Subclass 143 visa allows you to stay in Australia as a permanent resident. When having a Subclass 143 visa, the applicant is allowed to stay and live in Australia with their family and relatives as a permanent resident.


Nowadays, among all the Family visas, people tend to choose Parent visas including a Subclass 864 visa, a Subclass 103 visa and a Subclass 143 visa.


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What is a Subclass 143 visa?


The benefits of of a Subclass 143


Subclass 143
Residence benefits
    • Staying in Australia as a permanent resident
    • Applying for Australian citizenship
Free entries benefits Getting multiple travels between your country and Australia within 5 years. After that you can ask for an extension of your Resident Return Visa – RRV
Studying and working benefits
    • Having unlimited hours to work in Australia.
    • Studying in Australia
Sponsor family member benefits Having the ability to sponsor your family members to come to Australia if they meet all the DHA requirements
Social security benefits Receive an Australian’s medicare. However, while your visa is being processed, you cannot receive this benefit yet.



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Benefits of a Subclass 143


The requirements of a Subclass 143 visa


The sponsor
    • Must be the child of the applicant
    • Must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
    • Over 18 years old. If under 18, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organisation
    • Must meet the health and character requirements
    • Provide financial proofs that you can take care of the applicants for the first 2 years
The applicant
    • Meet the balance-of-family test (there are more eligible children living in Australia than in any other single country)
    • Must meet the health requirements
    • Must meet the character requirements


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Requirements to apply for a contributory parent visa


Step by step of a Contributory Parent visa – Subclass 143

  • Step 1: Checking if you meet the requirements.
  • Step 2: Making the application and paying the first instalment.
  • Step 3: Your application is processed and placed in a queue.
  • Step 4: Paying the second instalment at the time of decision.
  • Step 5: Being granted a visa


This process may look easier but in reality it’s really complicated. With our 10 years of experience, VEM has seen many avoidable in several clients’ applications. These would cost them more time and money to apply for a visa.


That’s why you should contact VEM soon from the start to make sure everything is carefully prepared. Also Mr Phong Cao (CEO of VEM) who is licensed by the Australian Government (MARN: 1577877) can give you proper and accurate advice.

The cost of a Subclass 143 visa

The visa application fee is divided into 2 instalments. You will need to pay for your first instalment when lodging your visa application.

The payment of the second instalment is paid at the time of decision. Each family member who applies with the applicant will also have to pay for the visa application fee.


Types of charges and fees The amount of money (AUD)
For the visa applicant For the accompany member
First instalment 4,255
    • Over 18 years old: 1,425
    • Under 18 years old: 715
Second instalment 43,600
    • Over 18 years old: 43,600
    • Under 18 years old: 2,095
Assurance of Support 10,000 4,000

Note: The fees listed above do not include a 1.4% surcharge.


Everytime there’s any changes in the Australian migration laws, the cost for visas will also change. Usually, the visa costs have a tendency to increase. Therefore, the fee for a Subclass 143 visa may also increase.


Mr Phong Cao is also a member of the Australian Migration Institute (MIA: 12648). This allows him to stay up-to-date with the latest changes in the laws. Because of this, Mr Phong Cao will know exactly what your visa application needs.

Processing times of Subclass 143 visa


According to our 10 years of experience of working as an Australian migration agent, the processing times for a Contributory Parent – Subclass 143 visa are usually around 3 to 4 years. However, this time can vary depending on your specific case.


When working with VEM, your 143 visa application will be accurately and legally complete before lodgement. Additionally, your papers will be carefully and professionally translated.

To help you visualize what it would be like working with VEM, check out the table below


Stages Responsibilities of VEM
Before application Mr Phong Cao considers you and your family case then gives advice.
Documents preparation
    • Mr Phong Cao update you the latest news of the Australian Migration laws and what documents you should prepare
    • Assist you in filling in your visa application.
    • Translate your papers into English (if your documents are in languages other than English).
While the visa is being processed
    • Follow the process of visa procedures.
    • Update the stages of the visa process to you.
    • Provide free service for a Visitor visa so that the applicants can temporary travel to Australia to visit their family.
Arriving in Australia VEM will continue to help sponsor another family member if you want.


Frequently asked questions

Can I have more than one sponsor to apply for a Subclass 143 visa?

ABSOLUTELY. You can have more than one to sponsor as long as the sponsors meet the requirements of this visa.

Are there any income requirements to be the sponsor of this visa?

The answer is YES. Basically, the sponsor must have an income of at least 40,000AUD before tax (per annum). However, it depends on the sponsor(s)’s circumstances that the income must be higher.

Can I apply for a Subclass 143 visa if my application for a previous Visitor visa was refused?

If you are not clear about your visa circumstances, book an appointment with one of our migration consultants for advice.

Will COVID-19 affect the processing time of my Subclass 143 visa?

Until now, the COVID-19 pandemic only affects short-term visas such as Visitor visa. Thus, you don’t have to worry too much about this problem right now.

Can 2 sponsors sponsor for one Subclass 143 visa at the same time?

Parents can totally be sponsored by their children. All the children can sum up their income to provide financial proof.

Are there any requirements about the minimum income of the sponsor?

Depending on the case of each sponsor and the assurance of support, the minimum income required will be different.

Where can I apply for a Subclass 143 visa?

You can apply onshore or offshore. If applying within Australia, the applicants must make sure that their current visa doesn’t prohibit other visas application. Also, you need to be outside of Australia when a Subclass 143 visa is granted.


Being able to reunite with family members has always been a dream of many migrants including Australian migrants. There are several other family visas for you to choose from.

Contact VEM today so that our professional consultant can support you as soon as possible.

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