New Temporary Parent Visa Announced

The Australian government has recently announced a new visa for migrants' parents. This temporary visa is planned to be introduced by November 2017.

It is geared at offering an alternative to the lengthy and expensive visas currently on offer to migrant’s parents. Under the new visa, applicants can pursue a three-year visa for $5,000 or a five-year visa for $10,000. It will be open to renewal for another 5 years at a cost of $10,000.  

It is understood that this new visa will not replace the two permanent migration options but will sit alongside the current visa options. It will allow up to 15,000 people each year to come to Australia on a temporary parent visa.

Children/Sponsors will be responsible for the financial burden of providing healthcare to their parents – they will be put under a legal obligation to pay for their health insurance. Children/Sponsors will also need to act as financial guarantors for any extra healthcare costs their parents accrue while in Australia. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the government plan was to help reunite families without putting an extra cost on to the health system.

Children sponsoring their parents on the new visa will need to be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens. Visa holders will not be allowed to work but will have limited study options as well as multiple re-entry rights. This visa will also offer no pathway to permanent residency.

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