The Federal Government has announced that it open applications for the temporary sponsored parents visa in the first half of 2019 after the Federal Parliament finally passed the legislation tied to the visa.
“The new visa will help families reunite and spend time together,” Immigration Minister David Coleman said in statement.
“It will provide a new pathway for parents and grandparents to visit their families in Australia, which will deliver great social benefits to the Australian community,” he added.
Though, it was surprising that the Labour Party voted against the bill. The labour forces maintained that the party was only against the amendments to the legislation regarding debt recovery powers that the party was concerned.
The migrant communities ran a campaigned known as ‘The Promised Visa’ for their parents and during the run-up to the last Federal Election, the then Turnbull Government promised a sponsored parent visa that would allows parents of migrants to live in Australia for a continuous period of up to five years.
The visa unveiled in May 2017, the Government announced the applicants would be able to seek a three-year visa for a fee of $ 5,000 or a five year visa fee for $10,000 with the opportunity for a single renewal for another five years at the same price.
New Sponsorship Framework
The new bill passed by the Federal Parliament that was introduced in 2016, a sponsorship framework has been put in place under which migrants wanting to sponsor their parents, will become a financial guarantors and are legally required for debt in case of medical emergency of their parents.
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,” said, Mr. Coleman
Though, there are some loopholes as well like the mandatory requirement for private health insurance from an Australian provider and in case the parents incur a healthcare debt, the sponsoring children are legally obliged to pay it back despite paying such huge fee.
This is a two-step application process that involves the assessment of the sponsor and once the assessment is approved then only a visa application can be lodged.
Australia Parent Visa comes under Australia Family Sponsorship Program and if you are willing to come and settle on permanent basis, applies for Australian Permanent Residences. Fill the free assessment form