Subclass 870 – Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa


Subclass 870

This visa issued to the parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents, allowing them to live in Australia for a maximum of ten years.

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What is Subclass 870 Visa

Do you have any children or grandchildren staying in Australia who are permanent residents or valid citizen of the country? Or are you related by birth to an eligible New Zealand citizen? If you wish to come together with your progeny, the Department of Home Affairs of Australia provides a visa that makes it possible for a temporary period. The Subclass 870 visa is a temporary visa which allows a parent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen visit Australia for up to three (3) or five (5) years.

It provides parents and grandparents with a pathway to reunite and spend time together, in Australia,  for a continuous period of up to five years.

Certain restrictions accompany the Sponsored Parent Visa Subclass 870. The applicant is not permitted to work in Australia or be a part of any extremist group or activity that threatens the Australian community or any other community in Australia. The applicant will also have to apply online for this visa, maintain adequate health insurance, and leave before the visa period expires.

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Requirements Of Temporary Parent Visa 870

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To apply for the Parent Visa Subclass 870, you must meet the following requirements.

  • You must provide certified copies of your Passport.
  • Providing a national identity card will also be necessary. If there is any name change proof, submit that, too.
  • If the Department of Home Affairs gives sponsorship approval, they will provide you with a Permission to Apply letter, which you will be required to attach along with the application.
  • Character documents are one of the most essential 870 Visa requirements you must submit. Ensure you obtain clearance certificates issued by the Australian Federal Police and police departments of all the countries you have lived in for at least 12 months in the last 10 years.
  • Medical examination reports will confirm that you are in good health.
  • You must also submit relevant filled-out forms if you take professional help from a registered migration agent.

Document Checklist For Visa Subclass 870

The most important evidence the applicant must provide during the application process are listed below:

  • The Compulsory Forms:
    • 1. Form 956 for employment of migration agent (if the applicant choose to take the help of a migration agent)
    • 2. Online Application document of ImmiAccount for sponsorship for migration to Australia
    • 3. Document proving online application for sponsorship for migration to Australia – in ImmiAccount
    • 4. Form 80 for the applicant’s character evaluation.
  • Documents For Applicant’s Personal Identification
    • 1. Passport biodata page
    • 2. Passport photo
    • 3. Proof of relationship to the applicant’s sponsor
    • 4. Evidence of private health insurance from an approved insurance provider.
    • 5. Complete birth certificate
    • 6. Marriage certificate, if any
    • 7. Military discharge papers for the applicable applicant.
  • Documents For Applicant’s Personal Identification
    • 1. Confirmation that the sponsor is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or qualified New Zealand resident.
    • 2. Adoption papers (if relevant)
    • 3. Family status records or family books
    • 4. ATO Notice of Assessment for the most recently completed tax year for your companion or sibling if the applicants aim to qualify for the income test by merging their earnings.
    • 5. Passport
    • 6. Birth document
    • 7. Marriage credential
    • 8. Notice of Assessment from ATO for the freshly completed tax year
    • 9. Consent documents from Australian and overseas police
  • Additional Documents (To Be Submitted Only Upon Request)
    • 1. Approval from Australian Federal Police (where applicable)
    • 2. Offshore police clearances
    • 3. Medical documents required for Visa Subclass 870.

Incidentally, these documents are general. The DHA can ask for other documents depending upon individual application.

Processing Time For Visa Subclass 870

Number of Applications 25% of applications 50% of applications 75% of applications 90% of applications
Parent Visa 870 application 2 Months* 3 Months* 6 Months* 6 – 8 Months*


Sponsorship And Its Eligibility Criteria


Sponsors must follow specific criteria, such as:

  • Must Meet character requirements
  • Demonstrate a minimum household income of $83,454.80 in the previous completed financial year. The salary of the child’s partner and/or siblings (if in Australia) can be combined to meet this amount
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Must Have met any previous sponsor obligations
  • Hold Australian citizenship, PR, or be an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • Have no outstanding public health or debts to the Commonwealth, unless payment arrangements are in place
  • Provide police clearances if required
  • Agree to share information with the visa applicant

If sponsors do not comply with obligations, they may be prevented from sponsoring others in the future or have their sponsorship approval canceled.

Disclaimer: ‘Rapid Education and visa consultant’ is an independent consulting firm which are not linked in anyway with the Australian ‘Department of Home Affairs’ (DOHA). Info on this website does not constitute personal migration advice. For a tailored migration advice based on your personal conditions, feel free to contact us on 61-3-96630944 our registered Migration agent.

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