You can finally bring your parents for a longer visit to Australia and up to 10 years under a temporary parent visa. They do not have to meet the Balance of Family test nor pay an exorbitant amount of money like other options. This blog will discuss the new parent visa introduced in 2019.
Unlike permanent parent visas such as the Parent or Aged Parent visa applications, you do not need to pass the balance of family test. In addition to this, the application process is much quicker.
When will the visa be available?
This visa was first announced on 5 May 2017. Only on 17 April 2019 that the government announce that Australians can start sponsoring their parents with the actual visa stream opening from 1 July 2019.
Only offshore applications will be allowed, and it is currently unknown how long the Department will take to process these applications. An allocation of only 15,000 visas will be allowed for the first program year.
There is no requirement to meet the ‘balance of family test, which makes it much more accessible than any current parent visa.
This application is done in a 2-step process.
Step 1 – The Australian citizen/Resident child must first apply for and be approved as a Parent Sponsor.
Step 2 - Once the Parent Sponsor Application has been approved, you would then have 6 months to apply for this Sponsored Parent Visa.
Step 1 – Applying for Parent Sponsorship:
A sponsorship application needs to be lodged first prior to the visa application for the parent. This is currently open for lodgement and it costs $420. Only two parents per household can be sponsored at a time. For example, you can sponsor one or both of your parents, one or both of your parents-in-law, one of your parents, and one of your parents-in-law.
To be eligible as a Parent Sponsor, you or your partner can be the sponsor and you must be: • at least 18 years of age;
• an Australian citizen, or
• an Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia for at least 4 years, and
• you have not been unlawful or held a bridging visa (other than a bridging visa A, B or C) during the last 4 years.
Additional Sponsor Requirements:
• You must have met and complied with any previous sponsorship obligations
• If you owe the Australian Government money, you must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.
• Meet Character Requirements
Pass the Income Test:
Sponsors for this visa must be able to pass an income test. This is to ensure you can cover any expenses of the parent in Australia (if needed). To pass the income test, the sponsor’s taxable income for the most recent completed year prior to the date of lodgement must be at least AUD83,454.80.
If you can’t pass the income test yourself, you can combine your taxable income with your partner who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. If combining income, your taxable income must be at least 50 percent of the taxable income amount specified to pass the income test.
Parental Sponsorship Cost: • $420
Processing time: • 75% of parental sponsorship applications are processed in 75 days
Step 2 – Application for Sponsored Parent Visa
Once the sponsorship has been approved, your parent can then lodge the Sponsored Parent Visa (Subclass 870) application online. The application for the Sponsored Parent Visa must be made within 6 months of the sponsorship approval (if lodging from offshore), or 60 days of sponsorship approval (if lodging from onshore).
The Sponsored Parent Visa can initially be granted for either 3 or 5 years. The visa will also be multiple entries (meaning your parent can enter and exit Australia as much as they want during this period).
Length of stay in Australia:
Your parent can remain in Australia for the duration of the visa (3 – 5 years). They will not need to leave Australia during this time. Your parent can then also choose to re-apply for further visas to stay a maximum of 10 years (in total) in Australia.
The cost for the visa varies depending on the duration:
- • 3 years – $5090
- • 5 years – $10180
Processing times:• 75% of visas are processed within 5 months
What Are the Obligations of a Parent Sponsor?
Once the parent visa is granted, the sponsor becomes responsible for various occurrences during the visa period and in some cases beyond. The sponsor will be responsible for:
- • Any outstanding public health debts incurred by the parent before they depart Australia or are granted a permanent visa
- • Supporting the sponsored parent financially and providing accommodation
- • Notifying relevant departments when certain events occur, e.g.: the sponsor is charged with or convicted of an offense or becomes the subject of an AVO, etc
- • Disclosing any criminal or family violence history or conviction to the sponsored parent
- • Sharing information with other Commonwealth and State and Territory agencies
- • Your parent(s) may have access to other visa options depending on their circumstances and their long terms plans.
- • Seek legal advice before lodging a parent visa application. Make sure to contact specialists in this area. Our office has successfully represented many Australians and their parents in parent visa applications and we can guide you through the process.
- • Your parents will have to meet the health requirement to be granted this visa.
- • You will have to disclose correct information to the Department otherwise the visa may be refused or cancelled later on.