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

Unlike other Family visas, a Subclass 870 visa applicant doesn’t have to meet the balance-of-family test requirement. It may be a good option for parents to be able to live with their children while waiting for the outcome of their permanent resident parent visa. Let’s read on to be fully informed about the Subclass 870 visa.



What is a Subclass 870 visa?

A Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa – Subclass 870 is a temporary visa that allows parents of an Australian citizen/ permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia for 3 to 5 years.


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


    • To stay in Australia for up to 3 to 5 years per visa.
    • To re-apply for this visa a second time.
    • Can be in Australia while waiting for the outcome of subclass visa 143, 173, 103, 864, or 804.
Multiples entriesCan travel in and out Australia any time within the visa validity.


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The benefits of a Subclass 870 visa


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


The sponsor (children)
    • From and over 18 years of age.
    • Must be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
    • No criminal record.
    • Must pass the income test (taxable income is AUD83,454 per year).
The applicant (parent)
    • Must buy health insurance.
    • Must meet the health and character requirements.
    • No criminal record.
    • No debt to the Australian government.


Contact VEM for further assistance. Our professional consultant will help you to choose a suitable migration pathway and be well-prepared to apply for the visa.


Responsibilities of visa 870 holders

    • The sponsors must provide housing and financial support when the applicant lives in Australia.
    • The applicants must comply with all visa 870 conditions and comply with Australian laws.


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Responsibilities of visa 870 holders


Steps to apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

    • Step 1: Check if you meet the Subclass 870 visa requirements.
    • Step 2: Prepare the documents and apply for visa 870.
    • Step 3: Provide additional documents (if required).
    • Step 4: Receive Subclass 870.


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Steps to apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa


You can apply for the visa yourself but if you need assistance, it is recommended that you should use services provided by registered migration agents.


The cost of a Subclass 870 visa application


Fee (in AUD)
First instalmentAUD1,145
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.


The Subclass 870 visa cost tends to increase every financial year. Contact VEM for the update.


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 within68 days
90% of applications are processed within5 months


Subclass 870 processing time could be longer than the time frame if your application is not logged properly. You should make sure to lodge a “ready made decision” application for its best outcome. Contact VEM if you need further assistance.


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Processing time of a Sponsored Parent (temporary) Visa


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.


Contact VEM for further assistance! Our registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877) and member of Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648) will legally advise and help your visa application well-prepared for the best possible outcome.


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

  1. 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

  2. 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

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