The new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa will be available from April 17, 2019.
- The Temporary Parent Visa provides parents with a new pathway to temporarily reunite with their children and grandchildren in Australia, while ensuring that taxpayers are not required to cover additional costs. The visa responds to community concerns about the limited number of Parent places in the migration program and associated lengthy waiting periods.
- To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be the biological, adoptive, or step-parent of the sponsor, who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
- Sponsorship applications can be lodged from 17 April 2019. When a sponsor has been approved, the visa applicant will then be able to lodge their visa application. Visa applications must be lodged within six months of sponsorship approval and cannot be lodged until a sponsor has been approved.
- sponsors will need to have a taxable income of at least $83,454.80
What is Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa?
The Sponsored Parent (Temporary) subclass 870 visa is for parents and grandparents who want to visit Australia in order to reunite and spend time together with their families reside in Australia, for a longer period of 3 years and 5 years respectively.
It’s a new pathway that offers easier process compared to the existing parent visas.
Subclass 870 Temporary Sponsored Parent (TSPV) visa, specifies the framework for family sponsorship and creates a new class of sponsor, the parent sponsor.
A definition of an outstanding public health debt is also provided and relates to any public health or aged care services incurred debts.
This Instrument also provides the requirement for adequate health insurance, which may be specified in legislative instruments for further visa subclasses.
This Instrument will commence on 17 April 2019.
How Does Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa Work?
As the name suggests, Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa (subclass 870) requires a sponsor before you can apply. Important: It’s worth noted that before you can apply for this visa, the sponsorship needs to be approved first and that visa application needs to be lodged within 6 months after the sponsorship approved.
Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa applicants must:
- be sponsored by a person who is an approved parent sponsor
- be at least 18 years of age
- be outside Australia (unless invited in writing to apply by the Department), for at least 90 days if the applicant holds or has previously held a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
- not have engaged in payment for visas conduct
- provide evidence of access to funds
- provide evidence of health insurance
- not have an outstanding public health debt (unless appropriate arrangements have been made to repay the debt)
- satisfy health, character, and national security requirements.
Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa features
- Parent not required to depart during validity of the visa
- Multiple entries permitted
- May be eligible for a second TSPV, however, sponsor must also re-apply to be family sponsor
- Must leave Australia for 90 consecutive days before making the second TSPV application, although sponsor can request the applicant be permitted to lodge onshore in specific circumstances
- Condition 8103 – ‘no work’ will be applied to the visa
Unlike permanent Parent visas, there is no Balance of Family Test requirement for this visa, meaning a visa applicant is not required to have more than half of their children residing in Australia.
Sponsors must meet the following criteria:
- the sponsor/parent relationship requirements (ie: a parent must be the biological, adoptive, or step-parent of the sponsor and a step-parent can only apply if they are still in a married/de facto relationship with a biological parent of the sponsor)
- be aged at least 18 years of age
- be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who has been usually resident in Australia for four years
- have met any prior sponsorship obligations
- have no adverse information unless it is reasonable to disregard the information
- have no debts to the Commonwealth or public health debts unless appropriate arrangements have been made for payment
- a minimum household income threshold (based on the income of the sponsor, or the combined income of the sponsor and their spouse/partner and/or another child of the parent)
- provide police clearances for any country they have spent more than 12 months cumulatively in during the past 10 years
- authorise information to be shared with the visa applicant.
Sponsors must also agree to comply with sponsorship obligations in relation to the parent(s) they are sponsoring.
Other features and requirements
- sponsored parent must also have genuine access to funds sufficient to meet the costs and expenses of their intended stay in Australia (NB amount not yet specified)
- no balance of family test will be applied
- no sponsorship bond will be required
- sponsored parents will be required to maintain adequate health insurance for the duration of their stay in Australia
- sponsors will be required to pay in full any outstanding public health debts incurred by their parent
- the sponsored parent will also be required to disclose any criminal history particularly offences related to family violence
- sponsorship or visa refusal will be reviewable – Part 5- reviewable decisions under s338 of the Migration Act
Not a pathway to permanent residence
To prevent this visa being used as a pathway to permanent residency, Subclass 870 visa holders or previous holders who have not departed Australia, are prevented from applying for the following visas:
- Parent – Class AX
- Aged Parent – Class BP
- Contributory Parent – Class CA
- Contributory Aged Parent – Class DG
- Contributory Parent (Temporary) – Class UT
Up to 15,000 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas may be granted each program year (from 1 July to 30 June).
How Much Does it Cost?
- Sponsorship application: $420
- Visa application charge: $5,000 for 3 years duration, $10,000 for five years duration
The visa application charge is payable in two instalments, with one payment at time of application and the remainder paid prior to visa grant.
Is there any concessions to this visa?
This new parent visa has the following features or concessions if compared to other existing parent visas,
- No Balance of Family test will be applied
- ‘No work’ conditions will be applied
On the other hand, the Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa still requires applicants to have health insurance and evidence of access to funds.
Is This The Right Visa For You or Your Parents?
Currently, there are several pathways that your parents can take in order to reunite with you and your families in Australia, namely: Visitor Visa and the existing Parent Visas. Each visa has different requirements, visa application charges, conditions and stay periods. So, you and your parents need to talk to decide which one is the best for your circumstances. If you need help to decide, we’re more than happy to help you. Please book an appointment with one of our agents by giving us a call on +61 (08) 9447 2226, or use the contact us form below.