The applications for the subclass 870 of the new parent visa opened in April, 2019. This visa is for parents who want to stay in Australia temporarily for a period of 3 years or 5 years without having to leave Australia during this time. Unlike other visas for parents, this subclass 870 is free from the test of the Balance of Family. However, it is still necessary that the parent applying, has a biological, stepchild or adopted child living in Australia with permanent residency or citizenship. The child has to have proof of staying for 4 years in Australia. All these criteria and more decide if the child can sponsor his/her parent. The child has to also submit proof of a minimum required income along with police checks.
Points to keep in mind about this visa
- Parents need to show a sufficient amount of funds to provide for themselves during the period of their stay because don’t attain any work rights.
- This visa doesn’t offer an opportunity for permanent residency.
- Eligible parents obtain a 10-year period to spend time in Australia.
- There is no limitation regarding the maximum or minimum age for the applicants.
- The concession on a visitor visa for the parents of children who are permanent residents or citizens in Australia won’t be available. So, they can’t stay for longer days than decided.
- The capped nature of this visa puts it in a limited availability zone. The maximum visa grants can be 15,000 in a year.
For a visa up to 3 years, you need to submit $5,000 as the application fee.
For duration up to 5 years, the fee goes up to $10,000.
The submission of this fee takes place in two parts:
First part has to be submitted with the application and the second part before the 870 visa is granted.
Parent visa- between Subclass 143 and Subclass 173
There can be an application for a contributory parent visa, if the age of parents is below 65.5 years. However, they will need to meet the test of ‘balance of family’, which means that half of the children of the parents are citizens or permanent residents of Australia. This visa applicants to make a deposit on a non-refundable basis. This deposit amount has to be AUD $43,600 for each migrating parent. This amount is payable in full or can have two equally divided parts. It takes about 48 months for the complete processing of this visa. Once all the police checks and health checks are approved, the parents are asked for the contributory amounts. After the grant of visas, they become PR of Australia.
For aged parents
In case, one parent is 65.5 years old or older, and both parents enter Australia keeping a visa that lets them apply for a parent visa onshore– this is a tourist or visitor visa having no 8503 condition, also known as the condition of “No Further Stay”. Furthermore, the parents have to meet the condition of the ‘balance of family’, that is ensuring that half of the children of the parents are citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
Non-contributory aged parent visa- subclass 804
It can take about 25 years or more for a non-contributory aged parent visa to get out of the processing. However, the applicants are free to stay in Australia to wait for the decision and they receive a Bridging Visa A. In case, such parents decide to temporarily depart Australia, they can opt for the Bridging Visa B.
Contributory Aged Parent Visa- Subclass 864
their stay on any valid visa. As mentioned before, the application for a parent visa requires a non-refundable deposit to the Australian authorities. The deposit amount for every migrating parent is AUD $43,600 and the processing period is about 24 months. The contributory deposit is required after the completion of police and health checks. After the approval of the application, parents become a PR in Australia.
In case, an aged parent can’t obtain their visitor visa with no condition of 8503, they will have to apply for the offshore parent visa.