A new announcement was made by Minister Coleman on 1st March 2019. This announcement is in context to sponsors who intend to sponsor their parents under the subclass 870 new sponsored parent visas are required to submit their sponsorship application from 17th April 2019.

The stages of application are quite similar to the application process of the sponsored work visa but do not include a nomination stage. Once approval is permitted to the sponsorship application for the temporary new sponsored parent visa, the applicant will be allowed to file their visa application. The respective visa application is expected to come into effect from 1st July 2019.

Though there is no legislation drafted for confirmation of the visa subclass implementation, there have been few general announcements made by the Department in its context.

Here check some of the general yet important announcements for the new sponsored parent visa (subclass 870).

New Sponsored Parent Visa – Eligibility Criteria

A parent will be considered eligible for this visa if he/she meets the following criterions.

  • A parent must be an adoptive, biological, or step-parent of the sponsor.
  • A parent must be outside Australia.
  • A parent must be a minimum of 18 years old.
  • A parent must present evidence of access to all necessary funds.
  • A parent must prevent evidence of its health insurance.
  • A parent must present satisfactory character, health, and national security requirements.
  • A parent must be free from all sorts of outstandings related to public health debt.

The new sponsored parent visa is different from other parent visa subclasses in the sense that the applicant here is not needed to meet the ‘balance of family test’ for applying for the sponsored parent visa.

Note: The applicants must wait till their sponsorship application gets approval before filing their visa application. In addition to this, the applicants must file their visa application within 6 months of getting sponsorship approval.

What is the Balance of Family Test?

On a brief note, the balance of family test needs that at least half of your kids live permanently in Australia or the number of your kids live permanently in Australia than in any other region or country.

To be considered as living permanently in the country, your kids must be:

  • Permanent residents of Australia who are residing in Australia
  • Australian citizens
  • Eligible citizens of New Zealand who are normally residing in Australia

The balance of test is an objective measure of the parent’s ties or associations to Australia. Here, no evaluation is made about the child relationship and the nature of the parent.

To get more details about the balance of family test, you can visit the link: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/contributory-aged-parent-864/balance-of-family-test

Charges for Visa Application

The expected charges of visa application are:

  • AUD 5,000 to get a visa for up to 3 years
  • AUD 10,000 to get a visa for up to 5 years

Criteria for Sponsors Seeking Sponsorship for the New Parent Visa

The sponsors who intend to sponsor their parents are required to meet the following mandatory criteria:

  • He must be at least 18 years of age.
  • He must be an Australian permanent resident, an Australian citizen, or an eligible New Zealand citizen who has been residing in Australia for 4 years.
  • He must have no complex information unless it is reasonable to disrespect the information.
  • He must meet the basic household income threshold.
  • He must present police clearance certificate.
  • He must have no debts related to the public health or Commonwealth debts till proper arrangements have been made.
  • He must present authorize information to be shared with the applicant of the visa.

Note: The charge for sponsorship application is expected to be AUD 420.

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