On April 17, 2019 legislation commenced for the new Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 870). Since its inception the visa has had mixed feedback from the industry however regarding the associated costs however at the very least the Sponsored Parent visa is designed to allows parents to temporarily reunite with their children in Australia and bypass traditionally long processing times that have become synonymous with parent visas.

Whilst we will take a closer look at the pros and cons below the big difference between the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa and other parent visas is that your child or sponsor for the application will need to have their application approved before you can submit a valid visa application.

Sponsorship Requirements

In order to submit a valid application for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa you must have a child who holds Australian citizenship or permanent residency and has had an application for sponsorship approved.

In order for the sponsorship application to be approved the applicant must;

  • Have met any previous sponsorship obligations.
  • Have no debt to the Australian Government.
  • Meet the Income test – the sponsor must have had a taxable in the last financial year of equal to or greater than 83,454 AUD. Your taxable income can be combined with your partner to meet the test.
  • Meet the character requirement – Police checks will be required from anywhere you have lived for more than 12 months in the last 10 years.

Once the sponsorship application has been approved the applicant (or parent) is able to lodge a valid application for the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa.

Visa Requirements

In order for the visa application to be approved the applicant must;

  • be the biological, adoptive, step-parent or parent in-law of the Parent Sponsor.
  • be aged at least 18 years of age.
  • Have met any previous visa obligations.
  • Meet the health requirement – a medical exam will be required as a part of the application.
  • Meet the character requirement – Police checks will be required from anywhere you have lived for more than 12 months in the last 10 years.
  • Be a Genuine Temporary Entrant – check out our article Understanding the Genuine Temporary Entrant Requirement.
  • Health Insurance – The applicant must maintain adequate health insurance during their time in Australia. Australia has reciprocal arrangements with Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom

Pros

  • Applicants do not have to meet the Balance of Family Test as they do with other parent visas
  • Applicants do not have to demonstrate an Assurance of Support as they do with other parent visas.
  • The visa can be granted for three of five years with the opportunity to apply for a second visa.
  • The visa allows the holder to travel to and from Australia as often as they like while the visa is valid.

Cons

  • You are unable to include family members in your visa application.
  • Costs – the application costs 5,000 AUD for three years and 10,000 for five years.
  • Permanent Residency – there is no pathway to PR with this visa
  • The application must be made from outside Australia unless the applicant has received permission to apply from inside Australia.

Whilst Sponsorship applications began being accepted on the 17th April 2019, Visa applications for the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa will not commence until the 1st of July 2019. The first approval for the new sponsorship has recently been received within two months however processing times may vary as more applications are received.

More information on the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 870) can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website. https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/sponsored-parent-temporary-870#About

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