Temporary Sponsored Parent Subclass 870 Visa

Do you have any children or grandchildren staying in Australia who are permanent residents or valid citizen of the country? Or are you related by birth to an eligible New Zealand citizen? If you wish to come together with your progeny, the Department of Home Affairs of Australia provides a visa that makes it possible for a temporary period.

This visa is called Sponsored Parent Visa Subclass 870, or SC 870 Visa in short. The visa applicant can also be the adoptive parent, parent-in-law, or step-parent of the person sponsoring them. However, this visa is not a permanent visa, and it doesn’t allow the holder to apply for one during its validity period.

The holder can visit their relatives in Australia for 3 to 5 years with each parent Visa 870. The department allows an extension for up to 10 years, subject to the discretion of the Department of Home Affairs. The department is currently allowing concessions and extensions up to 18 months after the COVID-19 situation. You can get more information from an experienced migration agent.

However, the department will have to approve the sponsorship application of the parent sponsor – which, if accepted, will need you to apply within six months of the sponsorship approval. Alternatively, the applicant will have 60 days to apply for the Temporary Parent Visa 870 – if they receive a “Permission to Apply in Australia.”

Certain restrictions accompany the Sponsored Parent Visa Subclass 870. The applicant is not permitted to work in Australia or be a part of any extremist group or activity that threatens the Australian community or any other community in Australia. The applicant will also have to apply online for this visa, maintain adequate health insurance, and leave before the visa period expires.

What does this visa lets you do?

The Australian Sponsored Parent Visa Subclass 870 allows parents and grandparents of individuals residing in Australia to reunite with their beloved ones. On each visit, holders of this visa can stay in Australia for a maximum of 3 to 5 years. If they want to extend this period to ten years, further application will be required. Note that this visa is a temporary visa and does not result in permanent residency. Therefore, applicants cannot make a permanent or temporary parent visa application when they hold or have applied for this visa.

How long you can stay on your Parent Visa 870 will be determined by the Department of Home Affairs. Remember that you can stay up to the date specified on your visa grant letter. While deciding your period of stay, the authority will consider factors like the sponsorship cessation date and how long you wish to stay with your children or grandchildren. Note that they may not grant you the length of stay you specify. Your SC 870 Visa will expire before the end date:

  • If the Department of Home Affairs cancels it for some reasons

  • If the Department of Home Affairs cancels your sponsorship

  • If your Parent Sponsor withdraws the sponsorship and you fail to find a new one

Requirements of Temporary Parent Visa 870

To apply for the Parent Visa Subclass 870, you must meet the following document requirements.

  • You must provide certified copies of your Passport pages showing your personal details, photo, and the issue and expiry dates.

  • Providing a national identity card will also be necessary. If there is any name change proof, submit that, too.

  • If the Department of Home Affairs gives sponsorship approval, they will provide you with a Permission to Apply letter, which you will be required to attach along with the application. This condition applies if you are in Australia.

  • Character documents are one of the most essential 870 Visa requirements you must submit. Ensure you obtain clearance certificates issued by the Australian Federal Police and police departments of all the countries you have lived in for at least 12 months in the last 10 years.

  • Medical examination reports will confirm that you are in good health.

  • You must also submit relevant filled-out forms if you take professional help from a registered migration agent.

Parent Visa Subclass 870 Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Temporary Parent Visa 870, you must meet the following criteria.

  • You must be the adoptive or biological parent, parent-in-law, or step-parent of the person sponsoring you.

  • Your age should be at least 18 years.

  • There should be an approved parent sponsor.

  • If you have previously held an Australian visa, make sure you have complied with its obligations.

  • You should not have any disease or health condition that can threaten public life and require constant government or community support. The Department of Home Affairs may ask you to undergo specific health examinations.

  • You must have a good character.

  • Having sufficient funds to support your stay in Australia is necessary.

  • You have to show that you are coming to Australia for a true purpose to be granted the Sponsored Parent Visa Subclass 870.

  • You must hold adequate health insurance while staying in Australia.

  • You must not be indebted to the Government of Australia.

Checklist for Visa Subclass 870

The conditions associated with the Sponsored Parent 870 Visa are numerous and complex – so it is better to take the help of a seasoned immigration agent to apply correctly. The Australian immigration department will accept the only valid documented proof. The Department of Home Affairs, Australia, can cancel or defer the visa processing anytime until the issue is resolved. It is essential to do it right the first time – because it will severely cripple the chance of another visa approval if a rejection is recorded for the applicant, apart from suffering an unnecessary delay.

The most important evidence the applicant must provide during the application process are listed below:

  • The compulsory forms:
    • 1. Form 956 for employment of migration agent (if the applicant choose to take the help of a migration agent)
    • 2. Online Application document of ImmiAccount for sponsorship for migration to Australia
    • 3. Document proving online application for sponsorship for migration to Australia – in ImmiAccount
    • 4. Form 80 for the applicant’s character evaluation.
  • Documents for applicant’s personal identification
    • 1. Passport biodata page
    • 2. Passport photo
    • 3. Proof of relationship to the applicant’s sponsor
    • 4. Evidence of private health insurance from an approved insurance provider.
    • 5. Complete birth certificate
    • 6. Marriage certificate, if any
    • 7. Military discharge papers for the applicable applicant.
  • Documents for applicant’s personal identification
    • 1. Confirmation that the sponsor is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or qualified New Zealand resident.
    • 2. Adoption papers (if relevant)
    • 3. Family status records or family books
    • 4. ATO Notice of Assessment for the most recently completed tax year for your companion or sibling if the applicants aim to qualify for the income test by merging their earnings.
    • 5. Passport
    • 6. Birth document
    • 7. Marriage credential
    • 8. Notice of Assessment from ATO for the freshly completed tax year
    • 9. Consent documents from Australian and overseas police
  • Additional documents (to be submitted only upon request)
    • 1. Approval from Australian Federal Police (where applicable)
    • 2. Offshore police clearances
    • 3. Medical documents required for Visa Subclass 870.

Incidentally, these documents are general. The DHA can ask for other documents depending upon individual application.

Processing Time for Visa Subclass 870

Your Parent Visa 870 application process may get delayed if you do not provide all the information and documents.
In general, the 870 Visa processing time is as follows.

Number of Applications 25% of applications 50% of applications 75% of applications 90% of applications
Parent Visa 870 application 6 Months 11 Months 11 Months 23 Months

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