Updated: Feb 29, 2020
A new Parent Visa subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa will be available from 17 April 2019.
The new visa allows parents to remain in Australia for a longer period of time, up to five years without leaving Australia. It provides an alternative option to Visitor visas which only allow shorter periods of stay. While the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa allows for a significantly longer stay period than a visitor visa, it is still only a temporary visa and does not allow for permanent residence in Australia like a permanent Parent visa.
To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be the biological, adoptive, or step-parent of the Australian sponsor. The Australian Sponsor must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Only two parents per household can be sponsored for this visa at a time, it allows them to live in Australia for the period of the visa. There is no minimum or maximum age limit for the parents.
Other features of the visa include:
No Balance of Family test will be applied'No work' conditions are mandatoryRequire private health insuranceMust provide evidence of access to funds
There is a quota for this temporary Parent visa. Up to 15,000 Sponsored visas may be granted each program year (effective July 1st). On a first come, first served basis, when the quota is reached no further 870 visas will be granted until the next program year commences.
If you are parent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen, who are at least 18 years of age, then you may be eligible for this visa
Sponsorship: Your children must have been approved as parent sponsor within the previous 6-months. You also must be outside Australia when you Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa application is submitted to the department for consideration.5-year visa: The parent and the child (your sponsor) should provide evidence of financial status, access to funds and evidence of health insurance.Character: Health, character, and national security requirements are a part of this parent visa. The parent may be required to attend a medical assessment. The parent is not permitted to reapply for this visa for periods greater than 10 years. In addition this visa is not a pathway to permanent residency in Australia.Upon grant, this parent visa is valid for five years and will allow the holder to remain in Australia for the full period without departing. To re-apply for a further five-year visa the parent needs to depart Australia for a period of at least 90 days.
The sponsorship application charge is $420 AUD. Whilst the visa application charge ranges from $5,000 AUD (for a visa of up to three years’ duration) to $10,000 AUD (for a visa of up to five years’ duration). Instalments are available, with the first instalment at time of application and the remainder is paid prior to the visa being granted. This will help the parent/child to plan ahead with the financial requirements of this visa.
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