Subclass 870

Subclass 870 - Temporary Parent Visa

Subclass 870 is a temporary parent visa that enables parents to live with their children who are Australian citizens, Permanent Resident or eligible New Zealand Citizen for up to 5 years.

Benefits of Visa Include:

Travel in and out of Australia

Visit Family and Friends for up to 5 Years

Can apply for further visas to visit up to a maximum period in Australia of 10 years

Temporary Visa Eligibility

To be eligible for a Subclass 870 visa, you must: 

  • be the biological, legal (including adoptive) parent, step-parent or parent-in-law of the Parent Sponsor;
  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be a genuine visitor to Australia;
  • Meet the health and character requirements;
  • Have adequate financials;
  • Have met any previous visa obligations; and
  • Maintain adequate health insurance from an Australian Health Insurance provider unless if reciprocal health care agreement applies. 

Summary of cost estimates
for your application

Up to 3 years – AUD 5,090 

Up to 5 years – AUD 10,180.

Steps to Obtain a Subclass 870 - Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

Getting the Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent Visa is a three-stage process which goes as follows:

STEP 1: Consult with our Agents to determine your eligibility for a Subclass 870 visa. 

To begin your application, our Registered Migration Agents will assess your eligibility for the visa, and advise you of all the possible visa pathways for your parents to visit Australia temporarily. 

STEP 2: Apply for Parent Sponsorship

Once our agents deem you eligible for a temporary parent visa, we will apply for your Sponsorship Application. Parent Sponsor application must be lodged before you can lodge an application for this visa.

STEP 3: Apply for Visa

Once you have permission to apply for the visa, our Agents will apply for your visa. We may advise you to undertake health or police checks, if it is required for your application.

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    When do I lodge my Parent Visa Application?

    If you have Permission to Apply in Australia, you must lodge your visa application within 60 days of sponsorship approval. If you do not apply within 60 days, your approved Parent Sponsor may apply again for Permission to Apply in Australia, if the sponsorship is valid. 

    What if the Department do not approve the Permission to Apply in Australia?

    If you do not have an approved Permission to Apply in Australia request, you will have to lodge your visa application outside Australia within six months of sponsorship approval, or make an application for a different kind of visa to remain in Australia.

    Can I travel to Australia without a travel ban?

    You do not need a travel ban to travel to Australia. Unvaccinated visa holders may still need to be in an exempt category or hold an individual travel exemption to enter Australia. 

    Can I apply for the visa without an approved sponsorship?

    You must have an approved Parent Sponsor to apply for this visa.

    Is there a limitation to sponsorship?

    Your sponsor’s household is limited to one sponsorship at a time.

    How many people can one approved (sponsor) person sponsor at one time?

    Your sponsor’s sponsorship can cover up to 2 parents per household at a time.

    Can I include other family members in the application?

    You cannot include family members in your visa application.

    Can I extend this visa?

    You cannot stay in Australia longer by extending this visa. You must apply for another visa.

    Does this visa lead to permanent residency?

    This visa does not lead to permanent residency. You cannot apply for a permanent or temporary parent visa when you have applied for or hold this visa.

    Processing Times for Subclass 870

    75% of applications are processed in 18 Months
    90% of applications are processed in 24 Months

    18 Months
    24 Months

    Parent visa during COVID times


    If you held a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870) (SPTV) and were outside Australia on 1 July 2021, your visa period has been automatically extended by 18 months.

    This concession aims to assist SPTV holders who could not spend the full 3 or 5 years on their visa in Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

    If your visa was extended under this concession, the additional 18 months will not count toward your cumulative 10 year maximum stay period.

    Sponsorship obligations for SPTV Sponsors have also been extended for the same 18 month period.

    You can check your visa details and conditions using VEVO.

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