On the 1st of July 2019 the government has introduced a new sponsored parent visa subclass 870. The visa provides parents with a new pathway to temporarily reunite with their children and grandchildren in Australia. The Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa provides an additional option for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents who wish to visit family in Australia for longer periods.
The visa responds to community concerns about the limited number of Parent places in the migration program and associated lengthy waiting periods.
Visa applications must be lodged within six months of sponsorship approval and cannot be lodged until a sponsor has been approved. The Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa allows for a significantly longer stay period than a Visitor visa. However, it is a temporary visa and does not allow for permanent residence in Australia like a permanent Parent visa. Up to 15,000 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas may be granted each program year
The visa application charge is:
- $5,000 for a visa of up to three years’ duration; or
- $10,000 for a visa of up to five years’ duration.
- The visa application charge is payable in two installments, with one payment at time of application and the remainder paid prior to visa grant.