NEW TEMPORARY VISA FOR SPONSORED PARENTS
(Media Release to Sada e Watan - 23rd Sept 2016)
The Turnbull Coalition Government today confirmed it will implement its election commitment to introduce a new temporary sponsored parent visa. The temporary sponsored parent visa will allow Australians to sponsor their parents to stay in Australia for up to five years.
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Alex Hawke today announced a series of community consultations and called for public submissions to assist the Government with the final design of the new temporary visa and the legislative changes required to implement it.
“The Turnbull Government recognises that many Australian migrant communities face particular pressures through the separation of children from parents and grandchildren from grandparents,” Mr Hawke said.
“We want to help families reunite and spend time together, while ensuring that we do so in a way that does not burden Australia’s health care system.” Mr Hawke said.
“Improving arrangements for parents of Australians to spend time with their family in Australia, whilst mitigating costs to the Australian taxpayer, was a key objective of both major parties at the recent election. It is now important we get this balance right in the design of the temporary sponsored parent visa.”
The introduction of such a visa is a significant shift from current visa options for parents. “I encourage migrant communities to get involved in the consultation process and provide feedback to assist in the design of this visa" Assistant Minister Hawke said.
It is envisaged this important election commitment to migrant families will
be implemented by the Turnbull Government in 2017.
The Turnbull Government is seeking community submissions on a series of issues which will affect the final design of the temporary sponsored parent visa. A discussion paper containing the design issues under consideration was released today. To download the Discussion Paper, please visit http://www.border.gov.au/
Public submissions must be received by midnight, Monday 31 October 2016; to make a submission, please email: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
While several visas are already available for parents to spend time with
their family in Australia, the Government has responded to community feedback
indicating that a fresh approach should also be considered.
The proposed changes would provide an option for parents that sits between a temporary visitor visa and permanent parent visa. Currently, demand for places in the permanent parent stream far exceed the number of places available, resulting in a queue of approximately 30 years for non-contributory parent visas and 2 years for contributory parent.
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