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March Update -New Parent Visa

4 Days ago, Minister Coleman announced that Sponsorship applications for the Subclass 870 will be open from 17 April 2018.

To be Eligible for this visa, parents must be sponsored by their children who are

Australian citizens, Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

The sponsoring child must be 18 years old or older, must have lived in Australia for at least 4 years, must meet a household income requirement, must meet character requirements, and must accept legal liability for any debt owing for care in the public health system that the parent may incur during their stay in Australia.

Parents will be eligible for this new visa if their child is approved as a sponsor; they meet identity, health and character requirements, and do not owe outstanding debts for public health services they have received in Australia.

The “Balance of Family Test”, which has previously applied to other kinds of parent visas, will not be a criterion of the new temporary parent visa.

There will be no English language requirement for the grant of the visa.

The visas will be valid for a period of either 3 or 5 years, with the Visa Application Charge for the 3 year visa being $5,000 and the charge for the 5 year visa being $10,000.

It will be possible to “renew” this visa. However, the maximum period of stay that will be allowed under this program will be a total of 10 years.


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