Sponsored Parent Visa Subclass 870

What is sponsored parent (class GH) subclass 870 visa?

Subclass 870 is a temporary visa that allows the parent(s) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to travel to Australia for up to three (3) or five (5) years. This visa allows no work rights to the visa holders in Australia.

Subsequent entrant on sponsored parent subclass 870:

If the primary applicant has a spouse/partner, they’ll be required to file a different application. Whereas, no kids can be allowed with this visa.

Extension of sponsored parent subclass 870:

This visa can be extended for 18 months for eligible visa holders. Alongside, related sponsorship obligations will also prolong for the same period.

Estimated application fees for sponsored parent subclass 870:

The cost of the Parent Visa 879 majorly depends on the duration and the validity the individual is calling his/her parent to stay in Australia:
Fees for up to 3 years- A$5,090
Fees for up to 5 years- A$10,180

Along with the visa fees, one also needs to pay sponsorship application fee which amounts to AUD 420 and also health insurance expenses for parents visiting you.

Processing time for subclass 870:

This forms the main part in many cases and it may vary from few weeks to few months and the process of application becomes little difficult and long, if the government asks for further add-on documents.
75% applications- 4 months
90% applications- 6 months

Oracle Tip: Attach the complete documents in proper order to get the Visa in the shortest possible time.

Application process for subclass 870:

Subclass 870 gets completed in two steps:

It’s mandatory to apply and have an accepted parent sponsor before you file an application for this visa.
Also, this visa application should be lodged within 6 months of getting the sponsorship approval. Or, 60 days if the application has been applied from within Australia.

Eligibility for sponsored parent visa subclass 870:

To qualify for this visa, must fulfill the following requirements must be met:
The parent must be the biological, legal, adoptive, step-parent, or parent-in-law of the parent sponsor. You must also have attained the age of 18 years or more.

The parent sponsor must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
There is no balance of family test or Assurance of Support requirements for this visa.

Conditions for Subclass 870 visa sponsors

The parent for this visa must meet the following conditions to get the visa granted:

  • Evidence of sufficient funds:

You must provide proof of possessing enough funds to provide for yourself for the length of your stay in Australia.

  • Clearance of previous visa obligations (if any)

You must have fulfilled and complied with any previous visa obligations.

  • Prove your intention of temporary stay:

You must prove your intent of temporary stay in Australia on this visa. Also, you shouldn’t do things which in any way go beyond the scope of this visa and permission. If you have registered an application for a permanent parent visa, then you can visit Australia. But, you won’t be allowed to reside permanently while the decision is pending.

Alongside, you are not permitted to apply for any temporary or permanent parent visa if you have applied or hold this visa.

Oracle Tip: One thing you must be clear of is that Subclass 870 Visa does not, in anyway, lead to permanent residence for your parents.

  • Health and other requirements:

You ought to meet Australia’s health and character requirements. You must also fulfill Australian values requirements and should not be indebted to the Australian government alongside maintaining a Health Insurance cover while on this visa.

Sponsors must meet the following conditions:

  • Basic requirements

You must have attained an age of 18 years or above and have a taxable income of $83,454.80. You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen having resided in Australia for four years.

  • Extent of sponsorship

Your household is restricted to one sponsorship at a time. Your sponsorship can cover up to 2 parents per household at a time. Alongside, you can sponsor one or both of your parents, or one or both of your partner’s parents, or one of your parents and one of your partner’s parents.

  • Fees for sponsorship 870

The application fee for sponsorship is AUD420.
Your location to become an approved sponsor:
You can be inside or outside Australia when you apply for the sponsorship application.

Obligations on this sponsorship:

  • You must comply to provide your sponsored parent in terms of accommodation and finance during their course of stay. This obligation will cease if the sponsored parent will be granted a permanent visa.
  • You must keep the Department of Home Affairs informed in case of change of circumstances and the occurrence of certain events. For instance, if someone presses crime charges on you or the sponsored parent dies while in the country. This obligation will cease the day your sponsorship ends.
  • You must meet any pay on any outstanding public health debts incurred by the sponsored parent in Australia. This applies even when the sponsored parent leaves Australia. Your obligation ends when you’ve cleared all the debts or have made arrangements for the same.
    If one fails to meet the above requirements, the sponsorship will stand cancelled.

If one fails to meet the above requirements, the sponsorship will stand cancelled.