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Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

Introduced on 1 July 2019, the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870) offers parents an avenue to reunite with their children and grandchildren in Australia. This visa addresses concerns about limited Parent places in the migration program and extended waiting periods for permanent parent visas. Notably, taxpayers are exempt from additional costs arising from the parents’ stay, including health care and social security. To qualify, parents need an approved sponsor and must meet requirements for health insurance and financial support.

This visa grants parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens a valuable opportunity to visit Australia for up to 10 years. The process comprises two stages: sponsor approval and parent visa application. Sponsor approval is a prerequisite for the parent’s application. The visa category allows for 15,000 annual placements and does not lead to permanent residency.

At Migrate 2 Oz, we’re here to make this journey easy for you. Our team helps you understand the eligibility requirements, gather the necessary documents, navigate the online application process and keep you in the loop with regular updates. You can rely on us as your trusted migration partner, giving you the confidence to explore this opportunity with ease.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Visa Overview:

Overview of the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)
  • Stay: Up to 3 or 5 years
  • Can apply for further visas to visit up to a maximum period in Australia of 10 years
  • Processing Times: Vary based on application percentile
  • You can visit Australia for the specified period but cannot work there.
  • Fees and requirements are subject to change so please be sure to contact us and check the official Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.

Eligibility for Parents:

To be eligible for the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870), a parent must:
  • Be a biological, legal, step-parent, or parent-in-law of an approved Parent Sponsor.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have an approved Parent Sponsor.
  • Have met any previous visa obligations.
  • Be outside of Australia for at least 90 days if they previously held a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa, unless they receive a special invitation from the Department.
  • Not have engaged in disallowed payment practices for visas.
  • Provide evidence of access to sufficient funds, indicating financial support.
  • Have a genuine intention to stay temporarily in Australia.
  • Provide evidence of valid health insurance.
  • Meet the necessary health, character, and national security criteria.
  • Not have any outstanding public health debt to the Australian government (unless they’ve made arrangements to repay the debt).

A parent is eligible to apply if they have at least one child living in Australia. However, each household can sponsor a maximum of two parents for this visa at a time.

Criteria for Australian Sponsor:

Australian Sponsor must meet the following criteria:
  • must satisfy the sponsor/parent relationship requirements
  • 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


Travel Considerations on the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)
  • Can travel to and from Australia while the visa is valid.
  • This visa allows parents to stay in Australia for up to 5 years at a time, but they can apply for a second visa of another 5 years after a short period outside Australia.
  • The maximum cumulative stay is 10 years.

Application Process:

The application Process:

1. Eligibility Check and Sponsor Approval: We’ll ensure that you meet all the eligibility criteria and have an approved Parent Sponsor.

2. Document Assistance: Our team will help you gather all the necessary documents, including identity, health, character, and sponsorship details.

3. Online Application: We’ll complete the online application with the Australian Government on your behalf.

4. Payment Handling: Our service includes handling the application fee payment in two parts.

5.  Stay Informed: Throughout the entire process, we’ll keep you informed about your application’s progress and provide updates. Once the visa outcome is determined, we’ll promptly share the visa grant details with you.

Benefits of the new visa:

The benefits of the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)
  • Allows for a significantly longer stay period than a Visitor visa.
  • Temporary visa, does not lead to permanent residence.

Number of places available:

The number of allocated places available for the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)
  • Up to 15,000 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas may be granted each program year (from 1 July to 30 June).

Visa extension process and requirements:

Visa extension process and requirements for the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa in Australia:

According to the official website of the Australian Department of Home Affairs, if you hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa, you’re granted a stay in Australia for up to 5 years. If you wish to extend your stay, you can apply for a second visa of the same type, which would allow another 5-year stay, culminating in a total potential stay of 10 years.

However, there are certain conditions to be mindful of:

1. Gap Period: Before being granted the second visa, you must spend at least 90 days outside of Australia following the expiry of your initial visa.

2. Health & Character: Ensure you meet both health and character requirements.

3. Visa Conditions: It’s essential to adhere to the stipulated visa conditions, which include not engaging in paid work and maintaining valid health insurance.

4. Respect the Law: During your stay, respect the laws of Australia, and if you travel, ensure you comply with the regulations of the countries you visit.

Our experienced migration agents at Migrate 2 Oz are here to assist you throughout the application process. Simply complete our Free Online Assessment to get started. We understand the complexities of Australian immigration laws and will ensure your application is submitted accurately and on time. Contact us today to get started on your journey to visit your loved ones in Australia.

Want to find out if you qualify to apply for an Australian parent visa?

Our free online assessment form is quick and easy for you to complete. We will provide free advice on your visa eligibility, visa options, and the next key steps.