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

Read our general information and document checklists in relation to these visa categories below. Contact us directly for specific advice.
Overview

Sponsored Parent (Subclass 870) (Temporary Parent Visas)

This 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. A parent can apply for further visas to visit up to a maximum period in Australia of 10 years and does not contain work rights.

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Target Market
  • Parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens who do not meet the balance of family test or do not want permanent residence
Sponsor requirements
  • be 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 a minimum salary of $83,454.80 per annum
Visa requirements
  • be in or outside of Australia (but if in Australia the applicant must have permission to apply from the Minister)
  • be the biological, adoptive, step-parent or parent in-law of the Parent Sponsor (there is no balance of family test or Assurance of Support requirements for this visa)
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have an approved Parent Sponsor
  • must meet health and character requirements
  • have, or have access to, enough money to support yourself while you are in Australia
  • have a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily
  • have and maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance whist in Australia
  • not have an outstanding debt to the Australian government
Visa Documents

Sponsored Parent (Subclass 870) (Temporary Parent Visas)

The actual documents you require are dependent on your particular circumstances including (but not limited to) your family members, your health and character, and your identity. Your Hannan Tew advisor will provide you with a link to the Hannan Tew portal which will set out the specific documents required.

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Identity
  • Copy of passport bio data page
  • Proof of name change (if relevant)
  • police clearances from any country you have lived in for 12 months or more in the last 10 years
Family members
  • Copies of passport for each child
  • Full birth certificate for the child listing out names of both parents
  • Adoption papers or court orders (if applicable)
  • If child is over 16, police clearances for any country where the child has lived for more than 12 months
  • If child is over 18, proof that the child has been financially dependent on you (e.g. bank statements showing transfers) and evidence of continued
    attendance at school (e.g. academic transcripts)
Temporary Parent Visas

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Sponsored Parent (Subclass 870) Visa?

The Sponsored Parent Visa (Subclass 870) is a temporary visa that allows parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, and eligible New Zealand citizens to visit the country for 3 to 5 years. The visa application changes associated with obtaining a sponsored parent visa is AUD5,000 for a 3-year validity period and AUD10,000 for a 5-year validity period. Generally, parents must be outside of Australia at the time they make the application. Permission to apply from within Australia can be requested, but will require approval from the Minister.

How long can I stay in Australia with the Sponsored Parent (Subclass 870) visa? Can I extend my stay?

This is a temporary visa, which can be granted for 3 years or 5 years depending on the request and lodgement fees paid in the initial application. For the 3-year visa, you can expect AUD5,000 in lodgement fees. The 5-year visa will cost AUD10,000 in lodgement fees. 

Australian visas can’t be “extended” in the ordinary sense, but visa holders who wish to extend their stay can apply for a further visa application for another 3 or 5-year period. New visas are not automatically granted and you must once again meet the relevant criteria. Note however, that the total period of time applicants can hold a Sponsored Parent (Subclass 870) visa is 10 years.

What is the processing time associated with Sponsored Parent (Subclass 870)?

According to the Department of Home Affairs, 90 per cent of Sponsored Parent (Subclass 870) visas are processed within 5 months. Processing can take longer than anticipated if the application is filled out incorrectly or all required documentation is not included. To reduce the chances of delay, double-check your application to ensure all questions are answered correctly and all materials included before submission.

Can I work in Australia with a Sponsored Parent (Subclass 870) visa?

No. Sponsored Parent (Subclass 870) visa holders are not authorised to work in Australia with this visa. Other visas such as TSS visas or permanent residence visas are required for non-citizens to legally work in Australia.

Notwithstanding the above, Sponsored Parent (Subclass 870) visa holders are permitted to engage in unpaid work such as providing childcare for family members or volunteering with charitable organisations. Note however, that they should not perform unpaid work in a commercial or family business environment. If you work unlawfully in Australia on a Sponsored Parent (Subclass 870) visa you will be in breach of your visa conditions and the visa will be liable for cancellation. Contact us at [email protected] if you want further information about your proposed plans in Australia, or require assistance to obtain work authorisation.

What are the eligibility criteria for a Sponsored Parent (Subclass 870) visa?

Eligibility criteria for a Sponsored Parent (Subclass 870) visa are that:

  1. You are outside of Australia at lodgement (unless you have permission to apply onshore from the Minister)
  2. be the biological, adoptive, step-parent or parent in-law of the Parent Sponsor (there is no balance of family test or Assurance of Support requirements for this visa)
  3. be at least 18 years of age
  4. have an approved Parent Sponsor to apply for this visa (the sponsor must be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who has been usually resident in Australia for four years AND have a minimum salary of $83,454.80 per annum)
  5. must meet health and character requirements
  6. have, or have access to, enough money to support yourself while you are in Australia
  7. have a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily
  8. have and maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance whist in Australia
  9. not have an outstanding debt to the Australian government

Can I travel to and from Australia with this visa?

The Sponsored Parent (Subclass 870) is a multi entry visa. This means that travelling to and from Australia whilst the visa is active is permissible. There are no restrictions on the number of times you can travel in and out of the country during the active term of the visa. The Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system provides visa details and conditions and can be used prior to travel to verify your visa status. 

Disclaimer

The information contained here is offered for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or give rise to an attorney-client relationship between you and our firm. The information: (i) must be regarded as a practical guide for general information and not a process guide for determining the specific immigration requirements of the countries covered, (ii) should not be a substitute for a more indepth analysis of applicable facts and circumstances conducted by competent professionals, and (iii) does not represent an opinion from Hannan Tew or any of its agents with regard to the laws of any of the jurisdictions concerned. The information does not guarantee the outcome or approval of any particular immigration application.

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