Due to the high volume of applications for Australian parent visas and extremely long processing times (upto 30 years in most cases), the government has introduced a new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa ( Subclass 870), which allows parents of Australian Permanent Residents and Citizens to come to Australia and live with them, from between 3-5 years, with the opportunity to renew the visa for a combined maximum of 10 years.
Each year, 15,000 places will be accepted through this visa stream. The cost of the visa processing is $5,000 for 3 years and $10,000 for 5 years.
The lodgement of the 870 visa will be in two stages:
Stage 1 – Sponsor approval: The Sponsor/s of the applicant would need to submit documents to get approval as a legitimate sponsor. A sponsor must demonstrate that they have a minimum household taxable income of $83,455 and should have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government.
*Sponsors are only allowed to sponsor two parents at a time.
Stage 2 – Application lodgement: Once approval is received, the visa application can be lodged. The application can be lodged online, by creating an online immi account.
*The application must be lodged within 6 months of receiving the sponsorship approval.
*The processing times for this visa are not yet available.