The Government has introduced the new temporary sponsored Parent visa for parents and grandparents a new pathway to reunite with the families.
The Senate has passed the Migration Amendment Bill, which has the provisions to introduce the new visa. Under the new visa subclass, the parents are able to visit and stay with their families in Australia for a continuous period of up to five years.
The new visa demonstrates the Government’s commitment to migrant communities.
The new visa will allow the parents and grandparents to visit and spend their quality time with their families, which will deliver great social benefits to the Australian community.
The new Temporary Sponsored Parent visa will assist families to reunite while ensuring that taxpayers are not required to cover additional costs.
Measures have been put in place to strengthen the visa framework requiring Australian sponsors to act as a financial guarantor for any outstanding public health costs incurred by the visa holder whilst in Australia.
“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,” Mr Coleman said.
Applications for the Temporary Sponsored Parent visa will open in the first half of 2019.
Source: Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs