The Home Affairs website reported that the Government will introduce a new visa called the Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa to help parents and grandparents “a new pathway to reunite with their families.”
The new pathway is created as a result of The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016. The Senate passed the Bill on Wednesday (28/11/18). It includes provisions to introduce the aforementioned visa. The visa itself will allow parents to visit their families in Australia for a continuous period of up to five years.
Why Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa Matters?
There’s no easy solution for migrant families to unite. Parent visas are hard to obtain as the requirements are quite difficult to meet (esp. Balance of Family test etc) and the wait time is killing everyone.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the new visa demonstrates the Government’s commitment to migrant communities.
“This new visa will ensure family reunions are possible for many migrant families across Australia, while protecting taxpayers with strict guidelines to ensure all public health debts including hospital and aged care fees are recovered by the Australian Government,”
In the same occasion, Mr. Coleman also commented on Labor Party’s opposition to the Bill:
“It is astounding that the Labor Party voted against this important legislation. Bill Shorten needs to explain to communities why he instructed his Senators to stand in the way of this reform.”
Summary of Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa
- The visa is valid for a duration up to 5 years
- It will be available in the first-half of 2019
- There will be no Balance of Family (BoF) Test
- The visa is an online application (as opposed to the paper-based Parent Visas)
Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa Applicant Requirements:
- Sponsorship by the Australian child must be approved
- Applicant will need to meet health, identity and character requirements for the visa
- Applicant will need to ensure that (s)he does not have any debt to the Commonwealth
- While in Australia on the new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa, applicants must hold private health insurance.
- Australian Citizen; or Permanent resident or; eligible New Zealand Citizen
- Live in Australia for at least 4 years before making application for Visa Sponsorship
- Must meet household income test – (updates will follow)
- Must not have criminal record and accept public health debts generated by the parents while in Australia.
- Meet sponsorship obligations – (updates will follow)