Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

This is a temporary visa enables parents or step-parents of settled Australian citizens, permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens to visit their children for up to 3 or 5 years.

This visa especially for parents who can not meet the requirements of any parent visa and would like to spend longer time with children in Australia.

You can visit Australia for up to 3 or 5 years at a time and reapply for another 3 or 5 years. You can apply for further visas to visit up to a maximum period in Australia of 10 years. You must be outside Australia for at least 90 days before being eligible to be granted another Sponsored Parent visa, unless you have Permission to Apply in Australia.

You cannot work in Australia while holding this visa. You must have, or have access to, enough money to support yourself while you are in Australia.

You cannot include family members in your visa application.

You must have an approved Parent Sponsor to apply for this visa. Your sponsor’s household is limited to one sponsorship at a time.

Sponsors must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be resident in Australia for at least 4 years
  • Sponsors will need to have a taxable income of at least $83,454.80 – it can be a combined income of partners