The Subclass 870 visa is a temporary visa which allows a parent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen visit Australia for up to three (3) or five (5) years.
It provides parents and grandparents with a pathway to reunite and spend time together, in Australia, for a continuous period of up to five years.
Places available for Sponsored Parent Visa
Up to 15,000 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas may be granted each year, ensuring reunions are possible for many families. This will make a big difference to many Australian families.
The 870 Visa is a two-step process:
Apply and have approved Parent Sponsor before you can lodge an application for the visa
Lodge your visa application within six (6) months of the sponsorship approval
Eligibility for 870 visa subclass
To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be:
the biological, adoptive, or step-parent or parent-in-law of the parent sponsor,
who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen
There is no balance of family test or Assurance of Support requirements for this visa.
Subclass 870 visa Requirements
Sponsors must meet the following criteria:
sponsors will need to have a taxable income of at least $83,454.80
the sponsor/parent relationship requirements (ie: a parent must be the biological, adoptive, or step-parent of the sponsor and a step-parent can only apply if they are still in a married/de facto relationship with a biological parent of the sponsor)
be aged at least 18 years of age
be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who has been usually resident in Australia for four years
have met any prior sponsorship obligations
have no adverse information unless it is reasonable to disregard the information
have no debts to the Commonwealth or public health debts unless appropriate arrangements have been made for payment
a minimum household income threshold (based on the income of the sponsor, or the combined income of the sponsor and their spouse/partner and/or another child of the parent)
provide police clearances for any country they have spent more than 12 months cumulatively in during the past 10 years
authorise information to be shared with the visa applicant.
Sponsors must also agree to comply with sponsorship obligations in relation to the parent(s) they are sponsoring.
Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa applicants must:
be sponsored by a person who is an approved parent sponsor
be at least 18 years of age
provide evidence of access to funds
provide evidence of health insurance
not have an outstanding public health debt (unless appropriate arrangements have been made to repay the debt)
satisfy health, character, and national security requirements
A parent sponsorship will cease:
if the sponsor’s permanent visa is cancelled
if the sponsor dies
if the sponsor withdraws their sponsorship
if the sponsored parent does not apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa within six months of the sponsorship being approved
the day that the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa ceases.
However, some sponsor obligations will continue after the sponsorship ceases, including the obligation to pay any outstanding health debts incurred by the visa holder in Australia, even after their visa has ceased.
Processing times will be dependent on a number of factors, including the number of applications lodged and whether an applicant provides all required information with their application.
How much does it cost the temporary 870 subclass visa?
In addition to a sponsorship and visa application fee; the second visa application charge will cost migrants $5000 per applicant for a three-year visa and $10,000 per applicant for a five-year visa.
How is the temporary parent visa different to other parent visas?
Unlike permanent Parent visas, there is no Balance of Family Test requirement for this visa, meaning a visa applicant is not required to have more than half of their children residing in Australia.
You can apply for further visas to stay up to a maximum of ten (10) years on this visa.
There is no work rights on this visa.
Does the Temporary Parent Visa lead to PR?
This visa does not lead to permanent residency.
Would you like to know more about your prospects for a visa?
Eligibility is the most important step in determining whether a person may meet the legal criteria for a visa application and one consultation could save you money.