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  1. Guest

    Contributory Parent Visa

    Thanks everyone for your input in my last query, just scraping myself off the floor. I never appreciated how much a CPV would cost, far more than we could afford, which has left me totally deflated, there is no way that we can join our beautiful family in Oz. My husband is 64 this year and I am 59 this year, is there any other way we can emigrate. Never realised is would cost £47673 to join them, thought it was £30000 which was bad enough.
  2. Good afternoon to you, My son, his wife and children are currently awaiting their visa to emigrate to Perth. As he is our only child we are wanting to emigrate also. My husband is 63 and I am 58 years old, and we have been told after several enquiries that we would have to wait for about 10+ years before we can emigrate under parent visa. Hence the contributory Parent Visa. First of all how much will it cost us going on a Contributory Parent Visa and how long will we have to wait to apply once our son has got his visa. Secondly we would like to purchase a house when we eventually get to Australia, how long will we have to wait and will we be entitled to claim first time buyer assistance of $7k. Will we be able to get a small mortgage if necessary, we both have occupational pensions and state pension from July 2011. Many thanks
  3. Hi, just about to complete and submit form 47pa with 1st payment. Can anyone tell me when the 2nd instalment falls due. Would be good to know as early retirement looms and timing is critical, don't have the £40k laying around. Also be good to know best route for any payment e.g. transfer into my daughters account in Oz and she pays, any idea. I also see that the charges are adjusted on 1 July each year and based on how sterling is heading the charges are likely to go up. Do they take an 1yr average on how the dollar performs against the pound over previous year...any idea. Starting from scratch so apologies for all the questions, any help appreciated, cheers.
  4. Can anyone tell me if the $10,000 assurance of support for CPV is per parent or per application ie. $20,000 in total or $10,00 in total? Many thanks in advance!:wubclub:
  5. Hi There, My Mom want to apply the 173 congributory parent visa and stay with me in Australia. I wonder if I can be a sponsor, the followings are my situations: 1. I have got my Permanent Resident Visa for 2 years. 2. I am now a full time research student and do some causal jobs in University. I have a little more than 20,000 per year non-taxable scholarship as the main source of allowance. 3. I have only one sister so the familly balance requisite can be fulfill. Now I wonder can I be a qualified sponsor for my Parent? If so, my Mom can apply this UT 173 visa. If not, She will wait untill I graduate and find a job? Many thanks! Jack
  6. :confused: Please can someone help as we are very confused! We (that's me, hubby plus our 2 kids) arrived in Oz on a subclass 119 permanent residency visa on 2nd February 2009 and, thankfully, are very happy with our new lives down under. However, my poor parents who we had to leave behind are desperate to join us. When we first arrived, we were of the understanding that they couldn't lodge their contributory parent visa subclass 143 application until we had lived here for a period of 2 years. However, during their holiday here over the Christmas period my Dad decided to phone DIAC to enquire when they could start the ball rolling. He phoned on two separate occasions and spoke to two different members of staff who both stated that it was not necessary for them to wait until we have lived here for 2 years and told him that there was nothing to stop them applying once back home in England. On the strength of this information, Dad made contact with a migration agent, only to be told that he thinks the information Dad was given by DIAC is wrong and that they do need to wait the two years! :arghh: So who is right?! If there is anyone out there who can shed some light on this very confusing matter, we would be very grateful to hear from you. Many thanks. Tracy :wacko:
  7. Hi all! I am new to this forum but I guess it is one of the best I have visited so far. It offers lots of valuable first-hand insight from open-minded people which is precious. I wonder whether anyone here could shed some more light for me onto applying for the 143 Visa (Migration of a Contributory Aged Parent). I am thinking of sponsoring my mom who is in Greece and lives by her own. So the more time passes by, the more I am worried about how she is going to cope without me. I've been here for almost 8 years, well settled (started my own business 3 years ago, now own my own house and a commercial property) but last year I also enrolled in Medicine full-time, so my income has dropped from 270K to about 50K this year and that's likely to be even less next year (as my course is getting more intense). I still have 4 years to go before I graduate. My mom has her own property overseas which could easily cover all the costs involved to bring her over here and she would still have enough left to live on but before we proceed with the application I wonder what chances of it being successful I am looking at.. I had a very good income last financial year but this is going to be steadily dropping over the next 4 years while I am studying. How the fact that I am not running my own business full-time anymore might impact on my chances of not/being approved as her sponsor? I have enough assets in the bank for 2 people to live on but are my full-time studies likely to be a problem here? Does anyone know of similar cases please or how would you handle this? And does anyone know what is the current waiting period from lodgement of the application untill it is processed (and the Assurance of Support assessment is required)? How many months/years that is likely to take? Thanks for your help!
  8. phyllis71

    parent contributory visa question

    Hi can anyone tell me what does Medicare cover. My husband needs medication for high blood pressure, and eyedrops for glycoma. Merry xmas to all.:spinny:
  9. Hello, I received this update today about processing times: Current processing times for applications are: Contributory Parent visa categories (subclasses 143 and 173), it is currently taking approximately 15 months from lodgement date until the case is allocated to a case officer. As the present time April 2008 application are being assessed. Once the case is allocated to a Case Officer, the application will be assessed and outstanding documents and information will be requested if required. Generally, processing times range from 3 to 6 months. Cheers, Veronika
  10. Guest

    Contributory Parent Visa 143

    My mother in laws visa was in the queue at 110, then it went down to 40, now the queue calculator is saying that there are no applications lodged on that date! We thought this must be good news as the application must now be being processed, but our Migration Agent has told us this isn't the case and that the queue calculator is not to be believed. Has anyone had a case officer allocated recently, how long did you wait to get to this point? Does anyone have any idea how long visas are currently taking from lodgement to granted. Can my mother in law come on a 12 month temporary visa whilst hers is being processed? Any info would be gratefully received as it is like pulling teeth to get any info from the agent!
  11. Hi All The "split visa strategy" which has been available for CPVs hitherto is to be blocked with effect from 1st July 2009. Please see the following links: Amendments in relation to Contributory Parent visas and split applications - Agents Gateway Go Matilda - Your Gateway to Australia - News DIAC's announcement, made today, states: It will make the call harder to judge. Some Parents will wait for 5 years, with the CPV holder making regular trips to Oz, probably with a view to moving to Oz permanently about 6 months before the initial travel period expires on the CPV 143. Once in Oz they would probably make an onshore application for the Spouse visa. However a lot of Parents will decide against this idea, I suspect. I would like to thank George Lombard for alerting me to this change. George's website is here: Visa Info | George Lombard Consultancy Pty. Ltd. George e-mailed me asking me to post the announcement because the Poms in Oz server was down earlier when George tried to access PiO in order to post the information himself. George has started a thread about this on British Expats, which is here: Contributory Parent Visas - the end of the split family loophole : British Expat Discussion Forum Best wishes Gill
  12. Guest

    More contributory parent visas

    Hi All The Aussie Budget for 2009/10 confirms an extra 1,000 places in the Contributory Parent Scheme for 2009/10. The current quota is 6,500 CP scheme visas a year. The quota is divided into: 5,900 places for offshore Contributory Parent 143 & 173 visas 600 places for onshore Contributory Aged Parent 864 & 884 visas Please note that the divvy-up between the Offshore and Offshore visas has not yet been announced. When the overall Cap was applied in 2008 the figures showed that applications for the onshore visas did not exceed demand for them. The "queue" is really for the offshore visas. So as yet we don't know how many new offshore CPVs will be available from 1st July 2009 but any increase alters the waiting time, even if only a little. Budget 2009-10 - Migration Program: the size of the skilled and family programs Cheers Gill
  13. Guest

    Contributory Parent Visa 143

    I have been recently granted a permanent resident visa 886 (state sponsored). My parents consider applying the contributory parent visa 143, and I am going to sponsor to them. However, I am somewhat confused with the term ‘settled resident’. I am concerned about the application would be refused because I am not an eligible sponsor for my parent. Some background information below: I have undertaken full time secondary and tertiary studies from May 2001 to Nov 2008 on Australian student visa. I started working part time in an engineering consultants company in Melbourne as an engineer assistant from July 2006 to Dec 2008, and become a full time engineer since Jan 2009. I was granted my permanent resident 886 on 20 April 2009. I have a car with market value AU$15000 and renting a property in Melbourne. I am the only child of my parents. Based on all these facts, I would consider myself as a settled resident in Melbourne. Please! Can any one give me some guidance on this? I want my parents come to join me ASAP.
  14. Hello all....first post and its actually on behalf of my mother in law who has recently initiated an application for a contributory parent visa. I'd be grateful for any advice please. She has engaged the services of a migration lawyer in Sydney, who have informed her that they need to investigate the implications of her step children on her application. She has 2 natural daughters - one is a permanent resident in sydney and the other - my wife - is in the UK. Her husband died three years ago and he has 3 children (grown up and in UK) from a previous marriage. Are the three step children still classed as step children now that her spouse has died. She has not remarried. if they are, then presumably this means she is ineligible for a CP visa? Thanks in advance for any information - the migration lawyer is investigating but it would be useful to get other perspectives on this. It is particularly significant as I am currently applying for a 176 visa and hopefully plan to be in Australia with my wife (her other daughter) in a couple of years time. If she cannot go, it may affect what we decide to do. Thanks and apologies for a long first post!
  15. Hi friends, I am currently citizen of Aus, living in Australia for 5 years. I am only child to my parents who are 62, & 55. Planning to apply for Contributory Parent visa. If some one can advise me over few following questions, it will be of gr8 helpp to us. Option-1: My parents both apply offshore Contributory Temp parent visa (173), and in 2 weeks time they will apply tourist visa(676) noting of the CPV application and ask for 12 months stay. So they travel to Aus and they can extend there stay after 12 months to wait for dicision on CPTV and have quick travel to say Fizi and return. Then I will apply for CPV-143 onshore and that gets me time to save more money for 2nd installment. Option2 : What are chances of one parent apply for CPV and other as spouce visa. Is it complicated? An agent here says he can do this and save me $30,000. his fees are $6,000. Problem is he doesnt explain procedure, and I am not knowing complications in the process. Can you advise me is there any trick like that? & how it works. Option3: If my parents apply for 676 tourist visa, and wait for visa label to confirm the 8503-no further stay condition is there or not? If no condition is applied, they will travel to Aus and cand they lodge onshore CPTV (173)? On other hand if the 8503condition applies they will make CPTV (173) application offshore and 15 days later travel to Aus. What is the best option. If any one knows about his, please guide me on this... Gill I think you can help me with this situation.... Thanking you... Vatnal
  16. Hi there...this is the first time I have posted as we are just starting our planning for our move this year so apologies if I get it all wrong Was hoping you might be able to help with a few queries before we apply for this visa for my 80 year old mother. I am an only child. My husband( australian Citizen by birth) and myself ( Perm resident) and our 2 daughters are currently in the Uk but moving to Australia permanently this year. We have been back in the UK after only 4 months in Australia in 2005 as my dad became very ill and subsequently died. We support my mum in every way apart from financially although I am power of attorney for her. questions 1. Will I need to be over in Australia and settled before we put in the application? mum is terrified of being left alone in the UK as she has no family and only ever sees us( not the worlds most sociable person!!!!). I am assuming after then it is at least a two year wait. what can we do while she waits as two years will be an eternity for her. 2. Should I try to become a citizen so the wait to apply is shorter. I initially had perm residency by virtue of being an accountant and then coincidently met my Australian husband in the UK. hence I think I might be able to apply under the rules of time spent overseas with a spouse but not sure as my visa is not due to us being married 2. The only other concern we have is that we intend for her to live with us and to care for her. However we are very aware that we do not know what the future holds for her. If she was to require nursing home care we know that in the UK she uses up virtually all her assets and then the state intervenes and cares for her when she has about $30k left. what is our position as sponsers in Australia if this were to happen. On this visa when her assets run out are we then responsible for her fees. In the Uk they can be about $2000 a week which is what happened to my dad and we cannot pay this with a young family. We would hate to bring her out and then send her back to the UK as we cant pay her nursing fees. Is she entitled to care home funding on this visa if this was to eventually happen to her as a perm resident. We hope this doesnt happen but we want to be sure of the facts before bringing her with us. we are confused as to whether medicare entitlement means she also has care home funding or whether such funding is under centerlink which appears she doesnt ( although it is not mentioned on the AOS exclusions). many thanks in advance for any help you can give on any of the points laura:v_SPIN:
  17. Welcome all and thank you for reading this post... we seem to be getting some conflicting info on Visa Costs so perhaps you guys can help?. My parents want to move to Oz. Therefore, is the total main cost of the visa (as per Immigration site is 1st instalment $1420 2nd instalment $32 725 plus aos bond of AUD 14,000 plus other misc stuff like police checks, meds etc, Are these prices for one parent or both? Thank Nick
  18. Guest

    Contributory Parent Visa

    Hi everyone..... my wife and I are new to this forum idea...so we have applied for a parents visa on 1st Nov.2006 and wondered if anyone can give us any clues as to how long it is currently taking?
  19. Hello All Not good news, I am afraid. Alan Collett of Go Matilda has spoken with the POPC again in the last day or two and he has amended his recent article about CPVs as a result. Alan's updated article is here: Go Matilda - Your Gateway to Australia - News The major points are reproduced below: - Close to 3,000 CP visas have been granted thus far for this 2008/09 program year, against a total allocation of just under 5,900 visas for the whole 2008/09 year. - A further 1,900 visas are at the stage of having been assessed by case officers. - This leaves around 1,000 further visas to be included in the 2008/09 program. We are advised that these will come from applications lodged in August, September, and October 2007. - Assuming no increase in the number of visas available for 2008/09 applications lodged from October/November 2007 will therefore be looking at visa grant during the next program year (2009/10). Clearly the exact lodgment cut off date is unknown at this stage. - The Department of Immigration already has sufficient applications on hand to fill the 2009/10 Contributory Parent program (again, assuming no increase in the number of available visas). - Applications lodged from now on can therefore reasonably anticipate a 2 year wait, with visa grant taking place during program year 2010/11. Contributory Parent visa applicants whose visas will not be granted during the 2008/09 program year can anticipate the introduction of formal queuing procedures before the end of the year. More details about the queuing process are here. Hmmmm. Let us hope that the Government can see its way clear to increasing the Quota again with effect from 1st July 2009. Best wishes Gill
  20. Hi All Lately I have mentioned Alan Collett's possible "split visa strategy" for Contributory Parents a few times on here, which has led to loads of people asking about it. During 2007, a bird told me that this idea had been suggested to him. I had never heard of it, so I asked Alan Collett whether he knew anything about it. He very kindly contacted DIAC at very senior level and got to the bottom of the query. Alan then produced a factsheet about it, which is reproduced below (without the kind permission of the author but Alan pretty well said everything in the factsheet in a PiO thread that was running at the time so I am sure he won't mind, lol!) The figures that Alan gives are the costs for a CPV in the 2006/7 Program Year and Alan was using the exchange rate that was applicable in May 2007, but apart from that his statements remain accourate as at the time of starting this thread. However it is a loophole in the present legislation and those can be blocked very quickly should Canberra choose to take action to close it. Here is the text of the factsheet: GO MATILDA - THE GATEWAY TO AUSTRALIA CONTRIBUTORY PARENT MIGRATION OPTIONS AS TO VISA STRATEGY FOR SPOUSES AND DE FACTO COUPLES As those seeking the grant of a Contributory Parent visa will know, the Visa Application Charges and the Assurance of Support Bond make the Contributory Parent visa a fairly expensive pathway to permanent residency. For example, using the Visa Application Charges and Assurance of Support Bond amounts applicable for the year ended 30 June 2007, and assuming an application by a couple is made for the grant of a permanent Contributory Parent visa immediately: Initial visa application charge – A$1,340 (for an offshore visa application) Second visa application charge – A$29,330 x 2 = A$58,660 Assurance of Support Bonds – A$10.000 plus A$4,000, or A$14,000 TOTAL - A$74,000 An alternative strategy is for one of the couple to seek the grant of a Contributory Parent visa, and to then sponsor the spouse or partner for the grant of a Spouse visa. The costs then become: 1. For the Contributory Parent visa Initial visa application charge – A$1,340 (for an offshore visa application) Second visa application charge – A$29,330 Assurance of Support Bond – A$10.000 For the subsequent Spouse visa Visa application charge – A$1,340 TOTAL – A$42,010 This alternative strategy offers a saving of some A$31,990 (or about UK£13,400). We have spoken with the Department of Immigration’s Perth Offshore Processing Centre, which handles all offshore Contributory Parent visa applications, and they have confirmed that: The “split visa strategy” is an option that is permitted by migration law and policy The Department of Immigration is aware of the loophole in the migration legislation, and has no present plans to change the position The Department of Immigration does not disadvantage applicants who apply under the “split visa strategy” So what are the potential drawbacks of the “split visa strategy”? The partner or spouse of the individual applying for the Contributory Parent visa must also pass health and character checks. This potentially introduces additional costs, as they will also be required for the Spouse visa application. Health issues might arise for the Spouse visa applicant before the grant of the grant of the Spouse visa, meaning a Spouse visa is not granted because of a new medical condition. Death of the sponsoring spouse prior to the grant of the Spouse visa (though we anticipate that the surviving spouse would then usually apply for the grant of a Contributory Parent visa). A change in migration law or policy, such that (say) the Spouse visa applicant has to pay a higher Visa Application Charge if s/he is sponsored by the holder of a Contributory Parent visa, or an inability on the part of Contributory Parent visaholders to sponsor a spouse or partner. It should be noted that the Department of Immigration can change policy or legislation at short notice – and should action be taken to address this loophole applicants may find the total visa application process takes a materially longer time as compared with the time it would take for a single CP visa application to be processed. An additional fee payable to the migration advisor who is handling the Spouse visa application. If applying from offshore, the need for the Contributory Parent visaholder to validate the CP visa before being able to sponsor. This means additional costs of travel to Australia and more delay in the couple being able to make a permanent move to Australia. In summary, a “split visa strategy” is an option for parent couples seeking permanent residency with a potentially significant cost saving available in the order of A$30,000. However, changes to migration policy and/or legislation may be introduced by the Department of Immigration at short notice that could lead to a significant delay in the ability of both individuals being able to make a permanent move to Australia. Please contact Go Matilda if you wish to discuss the above more fully. Go Matilda can be contacted by email on info@gomatilda.com, by telephone on 02380 488777, or by writing to us at Enterprise House, Ocean Village, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 3XB. If you are in Australia contact us by email on info@gomatilda.com, by telephone on 03 9935 2929 or by writing to us at PO Box 467 Belmont, VIC 3004, Australia. Author: Alan Collett, Registered Migration Agent & Managing Director of Go Matilda. Go Matilda - Your Gateway to Australia - Visa, Tax and Financial Planning for Australia My own views are these: 1. The idea has now been "road tested" on several British CPV applicant couples. Not one of the couples whom I am in touch with has opted to risk it. Universally they have told me that they would rather pay the extra money in return for certainty and security on Day One. Obviously, though, I am only in touch with a comparitively small number of applicants and prospective applicants. Go Matilda's own experience might differ from mine because they "know" far more CPV applicants than I do. 2. This is a strategy which should be regarded as nothing more than a potential bonus or windfall towards the end of the process of applying for a joint CPV for both husband and wife. I believe that a joint application should be made and it should be made on the assumption that no money saving will be possible. The thing to do is to investigate the legal position shortly before the CO requests the Assurance of Support. If the loophole has not been closed by then, well & good. A decision about whether to attempt the split visa strategy can then be made at that point but not before then. 3. In every case, start with a joint application because it is much quicker, easier and less messy to withdraw one Parent from it than to add a second Parent to it at almost the last minute. 4. Unless the applicants and/or their children are completely confident of making the necessary legal enquiries of DIAC and getting the law right at the relevant time, this strategy should NOT be attempted without prior consultation with a Registered Migration Agent who can convince you that s/he understands all the potential ins & outs of it. If you are in any doubt about whether a given Agent really understands it and/or whether s/he is really willing to make the necessary last-minute legal checks with DIAC on your behalf, then instead consult a different Agent who CAN convince you of his/her understanding and thoroughness, for your own protection. 5. If you decide to attempt it then make arrangements for the CPV-holding Parent to travel to Australia to validate the CPV as soon as possible after the grant, and have your RMA lined up with a completed and ready Spouse application so that s/he can launch the Spouse application on behalf of the second Parent literally within a week of the CPV Parent's arrival in Oz. Speed would be very valuable in this situation so please do seek expert help to get everything ready beforehand. Your Agent can write a suitable covering letter to DIAC pulling all the various threads of the strategy together and s/he can also argue with DIAC should the latter try to spit their dummy when they see the Spouse application! 6. Expect the Spouse visa application to take longer to process than Spouse applications usually take. It is very possible that the DIAC office handling the Spouse application will decide to send for the CPV file before making a decision on the Spouse application. All completed visa application files are sent to somewhere in Oz for storage (I know not where.) Getting a file retrieved from storage and sent to another office is probably not a swift process. Best wishes Gill
  21. I have 2 aged parents... and being an only child i am now thinking of how to get them over here for their last years... dad was born in 1916 and mum 1920.... if they came over on a holiday visa could we apply for this whilst they are here?... would this aged parent visa be the way to go or can anyone else give any other ideas or visas we can try? thanks min x:wubclub:
  22. Hi All Alan Collett of Go Matilda has said this morning that the grant of further Contributory Parent and Parent have been suspended until further notice. Alan's news article about this is here: Go Matilda - Your Gateway to Australia - News The current quota for visas is 1,000 a year for non-contributory Parents and 3,500 visas for Contributory Parents. It seems that DIAC have granted as many as they are permitted to grant for the 2007/8 Program Year, which ends on 30th June 2008. I am shocked, to be honest. I was expecting them to shut the door but thought it maybe wouldn't have to happen till perhaps April or May. They are only half way through the Program Year at the moment, after all. Best wishes Gill
  23. Hi All In an act of blatant plagiarism, I have nicked a thread from British Expats, started by George Lombard of Austimmigration in Sydney. The text is below: In a substantial departure from previous practice, DIAC has released details of new fees to apply from 1 July (normally this information is not released until just before the increase applies). The most important point of note is that contributory parent second instalment payments are not being increased, eg for one parent applying for a subclass 143 visa the second instalment will still be A$31555 (plus the Assurance of Support). The major relevant fees and increases are as follows: A$190 becomes A$195 (except 457 applications which increase to A$250) A$1390 becomes A$1420 A$2060 becomes A$2105 If lodging your application around the end of this month, bear in mind that a valid application requires the correct fee to be tendered. Cheers, George Lombard __________________ Migration Agent Registration Number 9681945 george[at]austimmigration[dot]com[dot]au www.austimmigration.com.au PO Box 257 Summer Hill NSW 2130 Additionally the fees for subclass 676 tourist visas will rise from their current $75 per person to $100 per person. With my thanks to George Lombard for providing the information. Best wishes Gill
  24. Had a request today from DIAC for the BIG money for Visa. It will be issued to us in July if we send the Cash!! Is anyone able to tell us the best way to get it to them, they are talking credit cards or Bank cheques, we are wondering what their exchange rates would be and also Bank charges ( our Bank is HSBC ) Pam
  25. There has been an update on the number of Contributory Parent visa allocations for the year 2007/2008. On 3 April 2008 Chris Evans Minister for Immigration & Citizenship determined the numbers were as follows: Contributory Aged Parent (Residence - class DG) - 300 Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary - class UU) - 29 Contributory Parent (Migrant- class CA) - 2,521 Contributory Parent (Temporary- class UT) - 650 This totals 3,500 which unfortunately looks like no increase to the current years allocation.
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