On 1 March 2019, Minister Coleman announced that applications to sponsor a parent for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa will be open from 17 April 2019.
Once a sponsorship application has been approved, a sponsored parent will be able to apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa. Applications for the visa are intended to open from 1 July 2019
The visa provides parents with a new pathway to temporarily reunite with their children and grandchildren in Australia, while ensuring that taxpayers are not required to cover additional costs. The visa responds to community concerns about the limited number of Parent places in the migration program and associated lengthy waiting periods.
To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be the biological, adoptive, or step-parent of the sponsor, who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
The following information is subject to introduction of supporting regulations which are expected to be released in the near future.
Based on currently available information, parents will be able to stay for up to five years at a time without departing and the Department has announced that up to 15,000 per year will be granted.
Sponsorship application: $420
Visa application charge: $5,000 for 3 years duration, $10,000 for five years duration
The visa application charge is payable in two instalments, with one payment at time of application and the remainder paid prior to visa grant.
Other features include:
No Balance of Family test will be applied
'No work' conditions will be applied
Require health insurance
Must provide evidence of access to funds
Please contact Nevett Ford Lawyers Melbourne today for further information, assistance and advice.
Telephone: + 61 3 9614 7111