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 new pathway to reunite and spend time together through having the opportunity to visit Australia for a continuous period of up to five years.
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:
To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be:
There is no balance of family test or Assurance of Support requirements for this visa.
Sponsors must meet the following criteria:
Sponsors must also agree to comply with sponsorship obligations in relation to the parent(s) they are sponsoring.
Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa applicants must:
A parent sponsorship will cease:
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.
The new parent visa will cost migrants $5000 for a three-year visa, $10,000 for a five-year visa.
Along with visa fees, children will have to bear the financial burden of healthcare for migrant parents, with sponsors legally required to act as a financial guarantor for any outstanding public health costs incurred by the visa holder.
The sponsorship application fee is $420.
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.
This visa does not lead to permanent residency.
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