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How to successfully apply for a Subclass 870 visa – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

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Explore the Subclass 870 visa — an alternative for parents wanting to live with their children in Australia, bypassing the balance-of-family test. Discover why this temporary visa is a beneficial choice while awaiting permanent residency outcomes. Dive into our comprehensive guide for complete Subclass 870 visa insights.

What is a Subclass 870 visa?

The Subclass 870 visa, also known as the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa, offers a temporary residency option for parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens. 

It allows parents to live in Australia for extended periods, typically up to 3 or 5 years per visa application, without needing to satisfy the usual balance-of-family test required by other parent visas. This visa helps parents to reunite with their families in Australia while awaiting the outcome of their permanent residency applications.

Notably, parents can reapply for this visa a second time to be able to stay in Australia for up to 10 years.

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What is subclass 870 visa

The benefits of a Subclass 870 visa

The Subclass 870 visa, or Sponsored Parent Temporary visa, offers several key benefits:

  • Extended Stay: Allows parents to reside in Australia for up to 3 or 5 years per visa application, facilitating longer periods with family.
  • No Balance-of-Family Test: Unlike other family visas, it does not require parents to meet the balance-of-family test, simplifying eligibility criteria.
  • Multiple Entries: Permits unlimited travel to and from Australia during the visa validity period, ideal for family visits and flexibility.
  • Volunteering: While primarily for family reunification and without work rights, incidental volunteering activities are permitted.

These advantages make the Subclass 870 visa an attractive choice for parents seeking extended time with their families in Australia without the usual immigration barriers of a vistor visa.

You may also explore an alternative and more economical option: the Visitor visa (Subclass 600). For further details, please contact VEM.

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The benefits of a Subclass 870 visa

The requirements of a Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa – Subclass 870

The Subclass 870 visa (Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa) has specific requirements that applicants must meet:

  • Sponsorship: An eligible sponsor (typically a child of the parent) must sponsor the visa applicant and provide financial support. The sponsor(s) must have at least $83,454.80 in taxable income.
  • Health Insurance: Applicants must maintain adequate subclass 870 health insurance for their stay in Australia.
  • Genuine Temporary Stay: Applicants must demonstrate genuine intent for a temporary stay in Australia.
  • Health and Character: Applicants must meet health and character criteria.
  • Volunteering: While primarily for family reunification and without work rights, incidental volunteering activities are permitted.

For further assistance, please reach out to VEM. Our team of professional consultants is here to assist you in choosing the optimal migration pathway and ensuring thorough preparation for your Australia visa application.

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Steps to apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

To apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (Subclass 870), you will follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Check sponsor eligibility: Ensure the sponsor meets the income requirement of at least $83,454.80 in taxable income.
  • Step 2: Prepare supporting documents: Gather necessary documents such as proof of identity, health insurance, and evidence of financial capacity.
  • Step 3: Submit application: Pay visa application fee and lodge the visa application online through the Australian Government’s immigration portal, attaching all required documents.
  • Step 4: Health and character checks: Complete health examinations and provide police clearance certificates if required.
  • Step 5. Wait for decision: Await a decision on your visa application. Subclass 870 processing time may vary, so monitor your application status regularly.
  • Step 6: Visa grant: If approved, receive your Subclass 870 visa grant notification. Ensure you understand the 870 visa conditions and comply with them during your stay in Australia.
  • Step 7: Travel to Australia: Once the visa is granted, plan your travel to Australia within the validity period of the visa.
  • Step 8: Arrival in Australia: Upon arrival, adhere to Australian laws and regulations, and enjoy your time with your family as per your visa conditions.

These steps outline the process for applying for a Sponsored Parent Temporary visa, ensuring a smooth and well-prepared application experience.

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Steps to apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

The cost of a Subclass 870 visa application

The subclass 870 Parent visa cost varies depending on the length of the stay you are applying for. Below are the latest cost updated by the DHA:

Fee (in AUD)
First instalmentAUD1,180
Second instalment
    • Stay up to 3 years: AUD4,590
    • Stay up to 5 years: AUD10,325

Note: The Subclass 870 fees listed above do not include a 1.4% surcharge.

In addition, you need to pay for other fees regarding health examination, biometrics collection and police clearance check.

Processing times of a Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa

Subclass 870 has the shortest processing time than any other Parent visas:

  • 50% of applications are processed within 3 months
  • 90% of applications are processed within 7 months

Processing times for the Subclass 870 visa can extend beyond expected durations if applications are not properly lodged. To optimize your chances, ensure your application is submitted correctly for a “ready-made decision.” For further guidance, contact VEM for expert assistance.

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Processing time of a Sponsored Parent (temporary) Visa

Contact VEM for further assistance! Our registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877) and member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648) will provide legal advice and expert support to ensure your visa application is meticulously prepared for the best possible outcome.

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By: Peter Phong D Cao – Registered migration agent

(MARN: 1577877, MIA: 12648)

Frequently asked questions

What are the reasons for my Subclass 870 being cancelled?

Your visa will be cancelled if:

  • The sponsor (children) is revoked permanent Australian residency, passed away, or withdraws sponsorship.
  • The visa holder does not comply with the condition applied to the visa.
What must the applicants be when applying for visa 870?

The applicant must be offshore when applying for and being granted the Subclass 870.

I have stayed in Australia for 5 years with a 870 visa. Do I have to leave Australia to re-apply for another 10 years?

Yes. You need to leave Australia at least 90 days before re-applying for visa 870.

Can I apply for Australian citizenship with visa 870?

No, you cannot because this is a temporary visa.

Must I come back to my home country after 10 years of staying in Australia?

In general, visa 870 allows you to stay in Australia for up to 10 years. However, if your 870 visa doesn’t have a “no further stay” condition you may consider applying for another visa if you meet the requirements.

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2 thoughts on “How to successfully apply for a Subclass 870 visa – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

  1. Gladys says:

    Good morning. My widowed mother is 82 years old. Relatively in good health. We want to apply for an 870 visa for her. Would her age be a concern? Thank you for your help

  2. Mike McDonald says:

    Hi, the Subclass 870 Visa sounds hopeful regarding my circumstances. I’m wondering whether, although I’d not be able to work in Australia during my stay under this Visa, would it be possible to earn my income through overseas activities, run online from home in Australia? In other words, a home based online business with overseas customers, or perhaps home based online employment with an overseas employer?
    Kind regards, Mike

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