Bringing my Mother to Australia | Parent Visa (Subclass 143)

"Navigating the maze of eligibility criteria and gathering the necessary documentation was a project, even for someone with years of experience in immigration matters like myself. It underscored the importance of seeking professional guidance and support to ensure every aspect of the application was meticulously addressed."

In this heartfelt article, our very own Case Manager, Nathan Kang, shares personal experience in securing a Parent Visa for his mother. He provides insights on how they manoeuvred past immigration challenges and shares valuable advice to those considering a similar path for their parents.

Embarking on the journey to secure an Australian Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 143) for my mother wasn’t just a bureaucratic process; it was a rollercoaster of emotions and unforeseen challenges that ultimately led to a heartwarming reunion on Australian soil.

As a Registered Migration Agent myself, I felt it was even more daunting, but at the same time appreciative for the opportunity to be able to truly understand the extent of emotions our clients go through.

Back in June 2017, when I first decided to set out on this path, my mother, content with the comforts of her life in China, couldn’t quite fathom the idea of uprooting herself at her age. Little did we know then, life had other plans in store for us.

As the only child of my mother, my bond with her has always been unbreakable, forged through a lifetime of shared experiences and unwavering support. With the passing of my stepfather, the responsibility of being her primary support, particularly emotionally, became glaringly apparent to both of us. Despite her initial reservations, she soon realised that Australia held the key to our continued togetherness.

Becoming an Australian citizen in September 2016 was a proud moment for me, but it also came with its own set of challenges, particularly concerning international travel and residency rights to China. The inability to hold dual citizenship or permanent residency in China for myself meant that ensuring my mother’s presence in my life required navigating the complexities of Australian immigration laws to secure residency rights for her in Australia.

Her visits to Australia in late 2018 and again in late 2019 were eye-opening experiences for her. However, it was the unexpected circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic that truly solidified her decision to make Australia her permanent home. She was planning to return to China in February 2020 after her 2019 visit but was trapped by Covid until April 2021. Amidst the chaos and uncertainty, our bond grew stronger as we navigated the challenges together, finding solace in each other’s company and the laid-back lifestyle that Australia has to offer.

Securing the Subclass 143 visa was no easy feat. Navigating the maze of eligibility criteria and gathering the necessary documentation was a project, even for someone with years of experience in immigration matters like myself. It underscored the importance of seeking professional guidance and support to ensure every aspect of the application was meticulously addressed.

Reflecting on this journey, I would like to offer a word of advice to those considering a similar path: start early and act decisively. The landscape of parent visa processing times is ever-changing, with wait times stretching longer than ever before. Seeking professional assistance early on can make all the difference in realising your family’s dream of reunification.

In April 2024, after six years and ten months of perseverance, the Subclass 143 visa for my mother was finally granted, marking the beginning of a new chapter in our lives.

Welcoming my mother to her new home in Australia fills me with immeasurable joy and gratitude and I am so grateful to have her in my life, close to me in Australia.

Would you like to be the next recipient of a successful visa grant? Click here to start the process.

Before any immigration advice can be provided, we must hold an initial consultation which will attract a fee of $385.

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