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Overview of the Temporary Parent visa

The purpose of the subclass 870 visa is to allow the parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, and eligible New Zealand citizens to reside in Australia temporarily for up to ten years (cumulatively).

The initial visa is valid for either three or five years (depending on what period of stay was applied for) and does not generally permit work in Australia. You may apply for further subclass 870 visas, provided you and your family sponsor continue to meet the relevant requirements and the total period of stay does not exceed 10 years.

You might be able to get a temporary Parent visa if you:

  • are the biological, adoptive, step-parent or parent in-law of the approved ‘Family Sponsor’ (see below)
  • are at least 18 years of age
  • have a genuine intention to remain temporarily in Australia
  • have sufficient funds for the intended period of stay in Australia
  • meet health and character requirements, including previous visa compliance
  • have adequate health insurance for your stay in Australia and
  • have no outstanding Australian public health debts

The Australian family sponsor must:

  • be an Australian citizen, or a permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who has been usually and lawfully resident in Australia for at least 4 years prior to the sponsor application
  • be at least 18 years old, and willing to sponsor your application
  • Note: Your sponsor must be your, or your spouse’s / defacto partner’s, biological, adoptive or step child or their spouse / defacto partner
  • only sponsor two parents at any one time
  • not have a spouse or defacto partner that is also a current parent sponsor or a past parent sponsor who has breached the sponsor obligations
  • have a minimum, annual household taxable income of at least AUD83,454.80 (subject to annual indexation); the sponsor’s taxable income must be at least 50% of the threshold amount if using combined household incomes
  • have no debts to the Commonwealth or outstanding public health debts, including the sponsor’s spouse or defacto partner
  • meet character requirements
  • comply with certain obligations

Please complete the free assessment form and we will contact you to discuss your parent visa requirements further.

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