Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
(870 visa)

The Australian Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (870 visa) allows parents of Australian citizen, Australian permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens to visit Australia to be with their children.  The visa is granted for 3 or 5 years. 

There are up to 15,000 temporary Sponsored Parent visas which can be granted each year. Unlike the permanent Parent visas, there is no Balance of Family Test or Assurance of Support required for this visa.

The benefit of this visa it that it allows parents to remain in Australia for a longer period of time, up to five years at a time without departing. It provides an alternative option to Visitor visas which only allow shorter periods of stay.

This visa does not lead to permanent residency.

How does this visa work?

Step 1: My Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen child must lodge an application to become an approved Parent Sponsor.

Step 2: I must lodge a temporary Sponsored Parent visa within 6 months of my child’s sponsorship being approved. 

Am I eligible for to be approved as a Parent Sponsor?

  • My parent wishes to visit Australia temporarily for 3 or 5 years
  • I am an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand Citizen
  • My minimum taxable income is at least $83,454.80.  If I cannot meet this income requirement myself, I can combine my income with my partner OR another Australia citizen or permanent resident, however, if combing incomes, my income is at least 50% of the minimum taxable income
  • I am at least 18 years of age
  • I have been residing in Australia for at least 4 years
  • I agree to provide any financial support or accommodation to my parents if required
  • I have no public health debts or debts to the Commonwealth
  • I meet the character requirement.  

Am I eligible for a Temporary Parent Visa?

  • My child has been approved as a Parent Sponsor
  • I intend to stay only temporarily in Australia
  • I have access to funds to support my stay in Australia
  • I meet the health and character requirements
  • I have no public health debts or debts to the Commonwealth
  • I will provide health insurance.

The visa allows parents to stay in Australia temporarily for a period of up to five years at a time. A parent must be outside Australia for at least 90 days before being eligible to apply for a further Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa. A parent will be able to hold visas up to a total stay in Australia of 10 years, reflecting that the visa is a temporary visa and does not lead to permanent residence.

Parents who have held Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas for the cumulative maximum 10-year period must either depart Australia or apply for another visa that will allow them to remain in Australia. They will not be eligible for the grant of a further Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa.

What does this visa allow me to do?

  • Reside in Australia for the length of my visa granted (either 3 or 5 years)
  • Travel in and out of Australia during the life of my visa
  • I am unable to work on this visa.

How We Work

Free Australian Visa Assessment

Determine if you qualify for an Australian visa, or for employers, see whether you can legally sponsor an overseas worker

Prepare Your Application

Our highly trained and qualified professionals will prepare your application ensuring it meets all legislated requirements for your visa type

Evaluate Your Options

Our specialists will contact you within 24-48 hours to discuss your outcome and possible options

Submit Your Application

We submit your application and deal directly with the Department of Home Affairs until a decision is made on your application


Just some of the people we have helped.

We chose Immigration Downunder for our spouse visa application as Joe had already had a great experience with them before with a work visa. From the beginning to the end of our visa application Ben and Kelly demonstrated their expertise in this area and they made us feel confident in our application. We also felt they went above and beyond our expectations, by helping us to lodge our initial application in a short time frame to assist us in starting the process on-shore before Joe needed to travel again for work. We are pleased to say we were successful with our application and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Immigration Downunder to others.

    Steph and Joe
    Steph and Joe

    Partner Visa

    We can’t thank Ben & Kelly enough for helping our immigration dreams come true, this little Scots family is living our Australian dream, we are now citizens and proud to call Australia home, we have no doubt that we would not have got here so quickly or smoothly without their guidance and expertise. Best investment we made getting the professionals to help us. Saved us a lot of time and money. Forever grateful.

      Martin Family
      Martin Family

      Employer Sponsored Visa – temporary and permanent followed by Citizenship

      I thank God I knew Ben because of their help our Visa has been granted and living now in this beautiful country I am so lucky and thankful for their help. I will still ask for their help in the future. God bless and protect them all always hope and pray they continue helping people for their visas.


        Partner Visa, Child Visa, Resident Return Visa, Tourist Visa and then Citizenship

        My family and I have been Ben's clients for 10 years now. It started with the extension of Business sponsor visa of my parents and soon Ben was the representative for our entire family. I still remember, from the beginning Ben had been very clear, strategic, and optimistic in his approach while lodging our applications. He was always there for questions and ambiguities. He was always proactive and found alternatives when we were stuck with no solutions. We always made informed decision - thanks to him. We would blindly select Ben as our representative, any day, we have an Immigration issue or have to lodge an application with the Department. He is very competent and thorough in his work. I cannot thank Ben enough for everything he did for me & my family and highly recommend him. Thanks a million Ben for all your support and assistance in our difficult times.”

          Maria Umer & family
          Maria Umer & family

          Employer Sponsored, Parent Visa, Citizenship

          We, at Rajdhani Indian Restaurant on the Central Coast, have been using the immigration services of Immigration Downunder since 2012. The introduction was accidental through an advertisement in the Central Coast Express Advocate. The first meeting with Kelly and Ben was absolutely reassuring, they helped us sponsor one of our first Cooks. Working both with Kelly and Ben is extremely easy and fulfilling as they have always helped us with each step of the Visa Process. Ben is always a call or an email away and is happy to resolve any of our most difficult queries with utmost ease and logic. I have found both Kelly and Ben to be very open minded, easy to deal with and extremely helpful. The major groundwork is done by them and once the basic information is shared with them, they then take over the process right up to the finality of the application. I strongly recommend Immigration Downunder for all Visa related services; I am sure you will not regret using their services.

            Raj Sardana
            Raj Sardana

            Employer Sponsored Visas – Temporary & Permanent

            My partner and I used Immigration Downunder for both our 457 skilled worker visa and our application for permanent residency. There is no doubt in our minds that the process would have been significantly more confusing, scary, difficult, and quite possibly unsuccessful without Ben's help. Ben was thorough, detailed and answered all of our questions. He was patient and took time to relieve our anxieties particularly in confusing times and changing situations. I would not only recommend that anyone attempting to immigrate get a lawyer to assist with the process, but I would specifically recommend Immigration Downunder as a service that is worth every penny.

              Kathryn Kaehler
              Kathryn Kaehler

              Employer Sponsored Visa – Temporary & Permanent