Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (Subclass 870)

Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (Subclass 870)

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. This is a temporary visa. This visa does not lead to permanent residence.

Applications to become an approved Parent Sponsor opened on 17 April 2019. Applications for the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870) open on 1 July 2019. 

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  • Requirements
    • You must have an approved Parent Sponsor before this visa application can be lodged
    • You must apply online for this visa
    • This visa application must be lodged within 6 months of the Parent Sponsor approval.
    • You must be outside Australia when you apply for the visa, unless you have Permission to Apply inside Australia (but not in immigration clearance).


    With this visa

    • You can reunite with children and grandchildren
    • Visit Australia for up to 3 or 5 years
    • Visit up to a maximum period in Australia of 10 years
    • You cannot work in Australia


    Include family

    • You cannot include family members in your visa application

  • Eligibility
    • be the biological, adoptive, step-parent or parent in-law of the Parent Sponsor
    • be aged at least 18 years of age
    • You must have an approved Parent Sponsor to apply for this visa.
    • Meet the health and Character requirement
    • Stay only temporarily in Australia
    • You must have and maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance to cover any unforeseen medical treatment you might need while you are in Australia.
  • Cost

    This visa costs from:

    • AUD 5,000 for a visa of up to 3 years; or
    • AUD 10,000 for a visa of up to 5 years.

    You pay for this visa in 2 installments. The first installment is paid at the time of submitting the application.

    The second installment payment is paid when requested.

  • Processing times

    Processing times are not yet available for this visa.

    It is expected processing times will be available approximately three months after applications open on 1 July 2019.

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