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    Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

    The new five year sponsored parent visa, the Subclass 870 Parent (Temporary) Visa, will be open for application on 17 April 2019.

    Parents will be able to stay for up to five years at a time without departing and the Department has announced that up to 15,000 per year will be granted.

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    • Sponsorship application: $420
    • Visa application charge: $5,000 for 3 years duration, $10,000 for five years duration

    The visa application charge is payable in two instalments, with one payment at time of application and the remainder paid prior to visa grant.

    Other features include:

    • No Balance of Family test will be applied
    • ‘No work’ conditions will be applied
    • Require health insurance
    • Must provide evidence of access to funds temporary Parent visas

    About this visa

    The visa provides parents with a new pathway to temporarily reunite with their children and grandchildren in Australia.

    To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be the biological, adoptive, or step-parent of the sponsor, who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.

    Sponsorship applications can be lodged from 17 April 2019. When a sponsor has been approved, the visa applicant will then be able to lodge their visa application. Visa applications must be lodged within six months of sponsorship approval and cannot be lodged until a sponsor has been approved.

    The visa allows parents to remain in Australia for a longer period of time, up to five years at a time without departing. It provides an alternative option to Visitor visas which only allow shorter periods of stay. Parents are still eligible to apply for Visitor visas and/or permanent Parent visas.

    While the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa allows for a significantly longer stay period than a visitor visa, it is still only a temporary visa and does not allow for permanent residence in Australia like a permanent Parent visa.

    Number of places available

    Up to 15,000 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas may be granted each program year (from 1 July to 30 June).

    If the cap is reached in a program year, no further visas will be granted until the next program year commences on 1 July.


    Sponsors must meet the following criteria:

    • the sponsor/parent relationship requirements (ie: a parent must be the biological, adoptive, or step-parent of the sponsor and a step-parent can only apply if they are still in a married/de facto relationship with a biological parent of the sponsor)
    • be aged at least 18 years of age
    • be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who has been usually resident in Australia for four years
    • have met any prior sponsorship obligations
    • have no adverse information unless it is reasonable to disregard the information
    • have no debts to the Commonwealth or public health debts unless appropriate arrangements have been made for payment
    • a minimum household income threshold (based on the income of the sponsor, or the combined income of the sponsor and their spouse/partner and/or another child of the parent)
    • provide police clearances for any country they have spent more than 12 months cumulatively in during the past 10 years
    • authorise information to be shared with the visa applicant.

    Sponsor to pass the income test

    • You must pass the income test. To 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 AUD 83,454.80.
    • If you can’t pass the income test yourself, you can combine your taxable income with your partner and/or another child of the prospective visa applicant who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. If combining income, your taxable income must be at least 50 per cent of the taxable income amount specified to pass the income test.

    Sponsors must also agree to comply with sponsorship obligations in relation to the parent(s) they are sponsoring.

    A parent sponsor will be required to meet obligations including:

    • providing financial support and accommodation for their parent in Australia
    • keeping records and providing them to the Department if asked. For example evidence of income. This obligation ends two years after the day the person ceases to be a sponsor
    • advising the Department when certain events occur. For example if they are charged with a crime. This obligation ends the day after the person ceases to be a sponsor
    • paying outstanding public health debts incurred by their parent in Australia. The obligation ceases if the relevant health authority advises the debt has been repaid, or acceptable repayment arrangements have been made. However, this obligation will continue if there are outstanding health debts, even after the parent who incurred them has departed Australia.

    If an obligation is breached, the Department can consider:

    • cancelling the sponsorship. This means any existing sponsored visa holders must either find another sponsor or depart Australia
    • barring a sponsor. A bar prevents a sponsor from sponsoring further parents for a period of time.

    If the parent incurs public health debts in Australia and these are not paid, the party owed the debt will be able to pursue the sponsor, through the Courts if necessary, to have the debt repaid.

    Sponsorship validity

    A parent sponsorship will cease:

    • if the sponsor’s permanent visa is cancelled
    • if the sponsor dies
    • if the sponsor withdraws their sponsorship
    • if the sponsored parent does not apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa within six months of the sponsorship being approved
    • the day that the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa ceases.

    However, some sponsor obligations will continue after the sponsorship ceases, including the obligation to pay any outstanding health debts incurred by the visa holder in Australia, even after their visa has ceased.

    Visa eligibility

    Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa applicants must:

    • be sponsored by a person who is an approved parent sponsor
    • be at least 18 years of age
    • be outside Australia (unless invited in writing to apply by the Department), for at least 90 days if the applicant holds or has previously held a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
    • not have engaged in payment for visas conduct
    • provide evidence of access to funds
    • provide evidence of health insurance
    • not have an outstanding public health debt (unless appropriate arrangements have been made to repay the debt)
    • satisfy health, character, and national security requirements.

    Unlike permanent Parent visas, there is no Balance of Family Test requirement for this visa,meaning a visa applicant is not required to have more than half of their children residing in Australia.

    How long you can stay

    The visa allows parents to stay in Australia temporarily for a period of up to five years at a time. A parent must be outside Australia for at least 90 days before being eligible to apply for a further Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa. A parent will be able to hold visas up to a total stay in Australia of 10 years, reflecting that the visa is a temporary visa and does not lead to permanent residence.

    Parents who have held Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas for the cumulative maximum 10 year period must either depart Australia or apply for another visa that will allow them to remain in Australia. They will not be eligible for grant of a further Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa.

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    Oceania Immigration Advisory Pvt. Ltd is a private immigration consultant organisation founded by Mr. Raman Doegar, a registered migration agent (MARN: 1797422 ) with Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) and a Member of Migration Institute of Australia(MIA). A master in his field and passionately dedicated to it, Mr. Raman provides comprehensive and personalized services to his clients. Raman moved to Australia in 1999 as a student and completed his education from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT University) in the field of Bachelors of Applied Science-Hospitality Management. He held various senior leadership and management oles in the hotel industry especially in 5-star properties for over 15 years. Raman has over 9 years of experience in the education sector delivering education services in the field of Business and Hospitality across diverse courses ranging from diploma to bachelors level and in the range of RTOs and Universities.