Sponsored Parent 870 visa

Sponsored Parent 870 visa

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Sponsored Parent 870 visa

The 870 temporary visa lets a parent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen visit Australia for up to 3 or 5 years.


To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be the biological, adoptive, or stepparent of the sponsor, who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Benefits of this visa:
The visa allows parents to remain in Australia for a longer period, up to five years at a time without departing. It provides an alternative option to Visitor visas which only allow shorter periods of stay. Parents are still eligible to apply for Visitor visas and/or permanent Parent visas.

The visa and existing pathways
The Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa replace the Visitor visa concession that existed for parents of Australian citizens/permanent residents to stay in Australia for longer periods.

The new visa provides a pathway for existing Parent visa applicants to travel to Australia temporarily to spend time with their children and grandchildren while their permanent Parent visa application is being processed.

Only two parents per household can be sponsored for this visa at a time. The limit allows more households to sponsor a parent and reflects the potential costs a sponsor will be required to meet.