Labor Govt. promises to significantly decrease the Parent Visa fee of Australia. It has also promised that it will do away with the yearly cap of 15,000 visa places that is in place at present.
Australia has started accepting sponsorship applications for Parent Visas from 17th April. Visa applications will be accepted from 1st July onwards. The new Parent Visa allows parents and grandparents of Australian PRs and Citizens to live in Australia for up to 5 years.
However, the Parent Visa fee garnered a lot of criticism. A 5-year Parent Visa costs $10,000 while a 3-year one costs $5,000.
Labor will reduce the Parent Visa fee to $2,500 for a 5-year Visa and $1,250 for a 3-year Visa.
Labor will also remove the condition which limits the Parent Visa to just one set of parents. It will also remove the annual quota of 15,000 visa spots.
Parents who want to renew their Visas will also not need to leave the country, as per Labor policy. Under the current policy, you need to exit the country on expiry of your Visa before you renew it.
Labor leaders say that Labor’s Long Stay Parent Visa is fairer than the currently available one. It will also be much more affordable to immigrants unlike the one available presently, as quoted by SBS News.
David Coleman, Immigration Minister, had said earlier that he believes that the current Parent Visa fee was reasonable. He also said that it was important to run a migration program which was sustainable.
However, the current Parent Visa is significantly different from what the current Govt. has promised before the elections in 2016. The promised Visa did not have an annual quota. Also, children who were sponsoring their parents and grandparents had a pay a refundable bond.
Indian migrants in Australia have said that the currently available Parent Visa is unaffordable.
Labor Govt. has termed the current visa “a broken promise” and vows to replace it with a fairer Visa.
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