Parent Visa

Subclass 173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa

The Temporary Parent Visa 173 is a permanent visa that allows the parent of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen to move to Australia.


  • Have a sponsor
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government
  • Meet the balance-of-family test
  • Meet the character requirement
  • Meet the health requirement
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
  • Sign the Australian Values Statement
  • You cannot apply for this visa if you have already applied for or hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (subclass 870) visa


2 years

Processing Time

64 months

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    The Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 173) allows the parents of the eligible individuals to live in the country temporarily. However, there are no provisions to renew or extend the Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa. The applicant has to meet the balance of family test criteria to secure this visa type through his eligible children.
    The Subclass 173 is structured for the parents of:

    • Australian citizens
    • Permanent residents of the country
    • Eligible New Zealand citizens

    Applying for a Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa Subclass 173

    The Subclass 173 Contributory Parent Visa permits an applicant to travel and stay in Australia with their children, who are eligible sponsors for a period of up to two years. It’s a temporary visa that can be converted into a permanent visa (subclass 143) later.

    The subclass 173 visa allows cost spreading, meaning the applicant can pay the cost of the permanent visa in parts over a couple of years. The applicant can make the visa application twice; once for the Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa, and then for the Contributory Parent (Permanent) Visa. For more information on the requirements of the Contributory Parent Visa, please speak to Southern Stone subclass 173 immigration agents.

    The subclass 173 visa is a temporary parent visa, allowing the applicant to live in Australia for a period of two years. Once this visa is granted to the applicant, their visa period begins from the date they enter the country. This temporary visa permits multiple entries, meaning the holder can travel in and out of the country as many times as they want. The visa also permits work and study in the field that interests the applicant.

    The Australian Contributory Parent Visa holder is eligible to enrol for the government’s healthcare system.

    Who Is Eligible to Apply for a Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa Subclass 173 ?

    To apply for the subclass 173 visa, the applicant must have a child who is a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

    It is essential for the applicant of this visa to meet the balance of family test, meaning at least half of their children must be living in Australia, or more of their children must live in Australia than any other country.

    The applicant of the subclass 173 visa must meet the requirements of the Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA) health and character.

    To secure this visa, the applicant is required to have an eligible sponsor. The sponsor of the applicant takes the responsibility of fulfilling their financial requirements during the stay. The sponsor can be an eligible child who is 18 years or older. If the eligible child is under 18, the sponsor can be:

    • The child’s spouse, who is 18 years or older
    • A guardian or relative of the child or child’s spouse
    • A community organisation that is associated with the applicant

    The applicant’s child must be living in Australia lawfully for a minimum of two years. To secure a favourable outcome for the subclass 173 visa, it is essential to have complete knowledge of this visa category. We recommend you to book an appointment with our 173 visa consultant to receive a favourable outcome for this visa. We also offer other parent visa consultant like contributory parent visa 143, 864, 804, and 115.

    The candidate must ensure that they have no pending debts towards the Australian government. However, if there are any, they must take the necessary steps to repay them. Also, it’s the duty of the candidate to assure that they and their family members abide by all Australian laws and fulfil all visa conditions specified. To secure a favourable decision for the Contributory Parent Visa, it’s necessary to meet all requirements.

    Procedure For Applying for a Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa

    Own A Valid Passport

    To apply for the subclass 173 visa, the candidates have to mention that they and their family members (those included in the application) hold a valid passport. If there’s a need to, they must apply for a new passport. For the subclass 173 visa, the family includes:

    • The candidate’s partner
    • The candidate’s partner’s child or stepchild

    Once the visa is granted, the family is permitted the same benefits as the applicant.

    Collect Documentary Evidence

    The next step in the procedure for applying for the subclass 173 visa is to collect all the relevant documentary evidence to support your application’s facts. This is a list of the required documents:

    • Birth certificates
    • Marriage certificates
    • Guardianship documents (if the sponsor is a guardian of your child)
    • Documents showing the family association
    • Lawful agreements and registration certificate (if the sponsor is an organisation)
    • Evidence showing financial ability to support the applicant
    • Medical certificates
    • Health certificates

    Some other documents may also be required depending on the applicant’s condition and the visa application status. We suggest you speak to our registered subclass 173 immigration agents to get detailed information on the documents required.

    Fill the Application Form Accurately

    It is the duty of the applicant to ensure that all the details provided in the application form are genuine and supported by adequate documentary evidence. There should be no contradictory information in the application form.

    The duly filled application form has to be submitted to the DHA along with the required fee. If the fee isn’t paid in full, the application will not be considered. After the subclass 173 visa application has been submitted, the decision will be communicated to the applicants via a letter that will be sent to their registered postal address. In case of rejection of an application, the reasons for the refusal will be provided to the applicant.

    If your visa application is rejected, the probabilities of securing a new visa are reduced. We at Southern Stone know the value of living with your parents, and hence we provide the required assistance for you to secure a favourable outcome for the Contributory Parent Visa.

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    There are many ways in which our 173 visa consultants will guide you through the complex immigration process. Other than this we also offer partner visa, skilled independent visa, subclass 190, employer sponsored visa and more. Our agents will provide accurate information on the visa categories and their requirements, so the chances of you securing the visa successfully increases. Please schedule an appointment with our visa agents to understand the visa 173 processing time and requirement clearly.

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