fbpx

Sponsored Parent 870 visa

SPONSORED PARENT 870 VISA

The 870 temporary visa lets a parent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen visit Australia for up to 3 or 5 years.

Process

  • Once a sponsorship application has been approved, a sponsored parent will be able to apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa.
  • Then parents can apply for the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa.
    • Visa application must be lodged within 6 months of sponsorship approval

Goal

The visa provides parents with a new pathway to temporarily reunite with their children and grandchildren in Australia, while ensuring that taxpayers are not required to cover additional costs. The visa responds to community concerns about the limited number of Parent places in the migration program and associated lengthy waiting periods.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be:

  • the biological, adoptive, or step-parent of the sponsor,
  • who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Benefits of this visa

The visa allows parents to remain in Australia for a longer period of time, up to five years at a time without departing. It provides an alternative option to Visitor visas which only allow shorter periods of stay. Parents are still eligible to apply for Visitor visas and/or permanent Parent visas.

Number of places available

Up to 15,000 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas may be granted each program year (from 1 July to 30 June).

The 15,000 cap has been set by the Government in recognition of the challenges of an ageing population, as well as the overall budget impact of older migrants. The limit also reflects the Government’s priority of providing visa pathways for children and partners of Australians, as well as the need to target young skilled migrants to maximise the economic benefits of migration.

If the cap is reached in a program year, no further visas will be granted until the next program year commences on 1 July.

The visa and existing pathways

The Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa replaces the Visitor visa concession that existed for parents of Australian citizens/permanent residents to stay in Australia for longer periods.

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.

The new visa provides a pathway for existing Parent visa applicants to travel to Australia temporarily to spend time with their children and grandchildren while their permanent Parent visa application is being processed.

Potential applicants are in the best position to determine which visa is most appropriate for their own circumstances, noting that each visa has different requirements, visa application charges, conditions and stay periods.

 

870 VISA SPONSORSHIP

The information below applies to sponsors of Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas, not other kinds of sponsors, such as work visa sponsors.

Only two parents per household can be sponsored for this visa at a time. The limit allows more households to sponsor a parent and reflects the potential costs a sponsor will be required to meet.

Eligibility

Sponsors must meet the following criteria:

  • sponsors will need to have a taxable income of at least $83,454.80 – it can be a combined income of partners
  • 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.

Sponsorship obligations

parent sponsor will be required to meet obligations including:

  • providing financial support and accommodation for their parent in Australia
  • keeping records and providing them to the Department if asked. For example evidence of income. This obligation ends two years after the day the person ceases to be a sponsor
  • advising the Department when certain events occur. For example if they are charged with a crime. This obligation ends the day after the person ceases to be a sponsor
  • paying outstanding public health debts incurred by their parent in Australia. The obligation ceases if the relevant health authority advises the debt has been repaid, or acceptable repayment arrangements have been made. However, this obligation will continue if there are outstanding health debts, even after the parent who incurred them has departed Australia.

If an obligation is breached, the Department can consider:

  • cancelling the sponsorship. This means any existing sponsored visa holders must either find another sponsor or depart Australia
  • barring a sponsor. A bar prevents a sponsor from sponsoring further parents for a period of time.

If the parent incurs public health debts in Australia and these are not paid, the party owed the debt will be able to pursue the sponsor, through the Courts if necessary, to have the debt repaid.

Sponsorship validity

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.

Sponsorship cost

The sponsorship application fee is $420.

Sponsoring other kinds of visas

Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa sponsors will also be able to sponsor other types of visa holders if they meet the requirements of that sponsorship (for example a work visa sponsor for a Temporary Skill Shortage visa, or sponsor for a Sponsored Family Visitor visa).

A sponsor can lodge an application to vary their sponsorship which will allow them to sponsor a different (new) parent.

The new parent must also be a parent or step-parent of the sponsor or their spouse/partner. If the sponsor already has two sponsored parents, they will need to withdraw their sponsorship for one parent and that parent must either leave Australia or apply for and be granted a different visa before an application for sponsorship variation can be lodged.

Sponsors who wish to sponsor two new parents must lodge a new sponsorship application.

870 VISA APPLICATION

Visa eligibility

Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa applicants must:

  • be sponsored by a person who is an approved parent sponsor
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be outside Australia (unless invited in writing to apply by the Department), for at least 90 days if the applicant holds or has previously held a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
  • not have engaged in payment for visas conduct
  • 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.

Family Balance Test

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.

How long you can stay

The visa allows parents to stay in Australia temporarily for a period of up to five years at a time. A parent must be outside Australia for at least 90 days before being eligible to apply for a further Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa. A parent will be able to hold visas up to a total stay in Australia of 10 years, reflecting that the visa is a temporary visa and does not lead to permanent residence.

Parents who have held Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas for the cumulative maximum 10 year period must either depart Australia or apply for another visa that will allow them to remain in Australia. They will not be eligible for grant of a further Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa.

Processing times

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.

Success Stories Straight from Clients

“We Deliver Experience”

    amrit singh
    amrit singh
    2024-01-09
    Good services and polite staff members
    Naveen Dheer
    Naveen Dheer
    2023-12-21
    Very brilliant service , all team members are very helpful and thank u to all staff members for cooperation and for support. Thanks a lot
    Harpreet Singh Sidhu
    Harpreet Singh Sidhu
    2023-12-21
    The consultation given to me regarding my US tourist visa was very professional. I was very misguided from almost every place but finally found trust here
    Shruti Sharma
    Shruti Sharma
    2023-12-19
    I had very gud experience with journey group. Maheep sir guided me with the best path and ravneet mam was so helpful in my visa lodgement process. Both were available everytime to answer my queries. I highly recommend everyone to choose them for immigration cases. Thank u journey group
    Navpreet Kaur
    Navpreet Kaur
    2023-12-19
    Amazing team!!!! Guided throughout the process. Highly recommend to anyone struggling with any type of visa issues whether visitor visa for family , TR, PR etc
    Faisal Mirza
    Faisal Mirza
    2023-12-14
    Choosing Journey Group as my immigration agent was the best decision I could have made. Their professionalism,responsiveness, and genuine care for my success were evident throughout the entire process. Mr. Maheep patiently answered all my questions, addressed my concerns, and provided invaluable guidance, making the entire journey feel less daunting. I am incredibly grateful for their expertise and support, which ultimately led to my successful 189 visa grant.
    iftakhar sarwar
    iftakhar sarwar
    2023-12-14
    Thank you very much for the help . I applied uk visitor visa and successfully they submit my visa . I got my visa and I am happy their service . They are professional and I recommended them
    Ifaaz Murshideen
    Ifaaz Murshideen
    2023-12-13
    The journey group did a great job through the whole process of applying for my mom’s visa. So grateful for all their help.
    Prabhjot Kaur
    Prabhjot Kaur
    2023-12-13
    Amazing Team! Thank you all for your support and professionalism. I have lodged my parents and brother’s visa and I can highly recommended them. Easy to communicate, answer my calls on time even after hours. It was a long journey for my brother after two refusals he got approved only with the guidance from Journey group. With out them, I couldn’t never make it. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!