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Minimum income of $83,000 required for new parent sponsor visa 

Only migrants with a joint taxable income of $83,454.80 will be able to sponsor their parents for the new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa.

The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman specified the amount in the new legislative instrument.

Mr Coleman had announced last month that applications to sponsor a parent for this new visa would be open from 17 April 2019. 

Once a sponsorship application has been approved, the concerned parent will be able to apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa. Applications for the visa are expected to open from 1 July 2019.

The Sponsored Parent (Temporary) subclass 870 visa provides parents and grandparents with a new pathway to reunite with their children and spend time together for a continuous period of up to five years.

There is also the opportunity to apply for a second visa for another five years after a short period outside Australia, meaning parents and grandparents will be able to spend up to 10 years in Australia.

The income requirement for that subsequent sponsorship, however, was not made clear.

This temporary sponsored visa is designed to allow the parents of migrants to spend a longer time in Australia.

The migrant must satisfy many requirements to be able to sponsor one’s parents for the new visa, commencing on 17 April 2019. It includes meeting a household income requirement after having lived in Australia for at least four years.

This change has left many people unhappy, however Minister Coleman defended the cost of the sponsored parent visa, describing it as a “reasonable charge.”

It is important that the government is able to run a sustainable migration system where the cost of running that program, the cost of the processing is not only borne by the taxpayers but also by the people who apply, said Mr Coleman. 

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