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How to successfully receive a Sponsored parent visa (temporary) – Subclass 870

Unlike other Family visas, a Subclass 870 visa applicant doesn’t have to meet the balance-of-family test (there are more eligible children living in Australia than in any other single country). That’s why this visa is an ideal choice for many migrants.



What is a Subclass 870 visa?

An Australian Sponsored parent visaSubclass 870 is a temporary visa that allows parents to stay in Australia temporarily with their children who are an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.


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What is a Sponsored Parent (temporary) Visa?


The benefits of a Subclass 870 visa


Subclass 870
Residence benefits
    • You can visit Australia for up to 3 or 5 years per visa
    • You can re-apply for further Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas to visit up to a maximum period of 10 years in Australia
    • You cannot stay in Australia longer by extending this visa.
    • You must apply for another visa that will allow you to remain in Australia such as Subclass 143, Subclass 173, Subclass 103, Subclass 864 and Subclass 804 visa.
Free entries benefitsGetting multiple travels between your country and Australia within 5 years.
Social security benefitsHave access to insurance for foreign tourists OVHC.


This 870 visa is quite different from Subclass 143 visa and Subclass 173 visa. While both the 143 visa and 173 visa let you join the Australian Medicare program, the Subclass 870 visa doesn’t.

Moreover, if your Subclass 870 visa has a no further stay condition on it, you are not allowed to lodge for a permanent residence while staying in Australia.

On the other hand, the processing time is pretty fast. That’s why this visa is still considered an ideal choice for many families.

Here at VEM, we are committed to helping our clients reach their final migration goal which is becoming an Australian citizen. After working with us for the Subclass 870 visa, we’ll continue to assist you to apply for your permanent residence in Australia.

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


The sponsor
    • Must be the child of the prospective visa applicant (or the child’s spouse or de facto partner).
    • Must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
    • Must be at least 18 years of age.
    • You have not been unlawful or held a bridging visa (other than a bridging visa A, B or C) during the last 4 years.
    • Must pass the income test (your taxable income for the most recent completed taxable income year prior to the date of lodgement of the sponsorship application, must be at least equal to, or greater than AUD83,454).
    • Can only sponsor for the maximum of 2 people in a specified period of time.
The applicant
    • Meet the balance-of-family test (there are more eligible children living in Australia than in any other single country)
    • Must meet the health requirements
    • Must meet the character requirements


A Subclass 870 visa doesn’t allow the applicant to include additional family members. Thus, that family member must apply for a Subclass 870 visa independently.

With more than 10 years of experience, VEM has helped many clients achieve their Australian dreams.

After becoming a permanent resident, VEM would continue to consult and assist you to sponsor other members of your family with different visas such as a Child visa – Subclass 101 and Adoption visa – Subclass 102.

To know whether you satisfy the requirements for a Subclass 870 visa, contact VEM for professional and detailed advice based on your specific case.


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Requirements to apply for a Sponsored Parent (temporary) Visa


Step by step of a Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa – Subclass 870

  • Step 1: Checking if you meet the requirements.
  • Step 2: Making the application and paying the first instalment.
  • Step 3: Your application is processed and placed in a queue.
  • Step 4: Paying the second instalment at the time of decision.
  • Step 5: Being granted a visa

Mr Phong Cao (CEO of VEM) is licensed by the Australian Government (MARN: 1577877). That’s why he must follow the visa processing process of each of his clients and he must be responsible for his own consultancy. Hence, when working with VEM, you’ll know exactly the stages of your application process and be assured that our advice will be honest and abide by the Australian laws.

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

The sponsorship application fee is 420 AUD. The visa application fee is from 5,000AUD to 10,000AUD (not including 1.4% surcharge) and divided into 2 instalments.

For the first instalment, you only need to pay 1,020AUD. The second one will depend on your duration of stay:

  • 4,070AUD for 3 years.
  • 9,1600AUD for 5 years.

In addition, you may need to pay for your health and police checks.

Processing times of a Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa – Subclass 870

Your visa processing times will depend greatly on the accuracy of your documents and papers. Specifically,

Subclass 870
75% of applications are processed within4 months
90% of applications are processed within5 months


Overall, Subclass 870 visa’s waiting time is quite short compared to other types of Parent visas. However, if your documents are not properly prepared, this may result in longer processing time or even visa rejection.


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Processing time of a Sponsored Parent (temporary) Visa


In order to prepare the necessary papers for your application, make sure you contact VEM for accurate consultancy.

Moreover, the Australian migration regulations are updated constantly. Mr Phong Cao is a member of the Australian Migration Institute (MIA: 12648), so when working with VEM, clients will also be informed about any new changes or adjustments.

Notes about a Subclass 870 visa

  • Cannot work during your stay.
  • Cannot extend for a longer stay but can leave Australia and reapply for this visa.
  • Cannot include family members.
  • Not required to meet the balance – of – family test.
  • Do not need to pay for Assurance of Support.

This is a great opportunity for parents to reunite with their children, especially when they do not meet the requirement of balance of family tests for a parent visa.

Increase your chances of getting a Subclass 870 visa grant

The Australian Department of Home Affairs only approves about 15,000 Subclass 870 visas. This is great news for every migrant. Nevertheless, earning a spot for your parents is no easy job.

If you have any further questions about your case, call VEM now for immediate support. We promise to provide the most suitable solutions for you and your family.

Frequently asked questions

Can I apply for an Australian citizenship after my Subclass 870 visa expires?

No, you need to become a permanent resident first before becoming a citizen.

My mother 's Visitor visa expires next month. I want my mother to stay here longer with me due to COVID-19. Which visa should I apply for? A Subclass 870 or another Visitor visa?

If your mother’s visitor visa does not have a condition called “no further stay” and must have a compelling and compassionate reason she can apply for an Australian 870 visa. Otherwise she should apply for another subclass 600 visitor visa.

Can I choose the length of my stay in Australia during a period of 3-5 years?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. The time that you’re allowed to stay will be specified on the visa grant. The Australian Government will take into consideration 2 factors when deciding the length of your stay.

How long does the applicant wish to stay?

When will the sponsor stop sponsoring for the applicants?

Where should the applicants be when the visa is lodged and granted?

Normally, you have to be offshore when you apply for a visa and when you receive a visa approval as well. Although there are some exceptions that you’re allowed to apply for a Subclass 870 visa onshore.

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

The answer is yes. You must leave Australia for 90 days prior to the application. However if you’re allowed to stay in Australia when re-applying, you don’t have to leave here.

This is a very complicated case. Contact VEM for more detailed instructions.

Can I stay permanently in Australia with a Subclass 870 visa?

Of course not. This visa allows you to stay for a period of time. If the applicants can fulfil the requirements then they can absolutely be eligible for a permanent resident.


VEM’s headquarter is Perth, Australia. Hence, you are guaranteed to receive support even while you’re in Australia. This is always a plus point when the successful clients give their reviews about our services.

When choosing VEM as your migration agent for a Subclass 870 visa, we’ll help you plan out your entire migration pathways. We hope this article is helpful enough for you. Don’t hesitate to contact VEM if you have any further questions.


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One thought on “How to successfully receive a Sponsored parent visa (temporary) – Subclass 870

  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

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