Minister Coleman has announced that the new 5 year sponsored parent visa, the Subclass 870 Parent (Temporary) Visa, will be open for applications on 17 April 2019.
Parents will be able to stay for up to five years at a time without departing with up to 15,000 visas per year allowed under this program.
The visa will cost $5,000 for 3 years duration or $10,000 for 5 years duration plus a sponsorship fee of $420.
Whilst we do not yet have the relevant legislation, we understand:
- No Balance of Family test will be applied;
- ‘No work’ conditions will be imposed;
- Private health insurance will be required;
- Must provide evidence of access to funds.
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.
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. The new visa provides a pathway for existing Parent visa applicants to travel to Australia temporarily to spend time with their children and grandchildren while their permanent Parent visa application is being processed.
Further information can be found on the Department’s website.
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