The new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa of Australia will be effective from 17th April this year.
David Coleman, Immigration Minister, announced that sponsors in Australia would be able to lodge their applications from 17th April.
The Subclass 870 (Sponsored Parent (Temporary)) Visa is a new pathway that helps parents and grandparents reunite with their family in Australia. This Visa allows parents and grandparents to live in Australia continuously for a period of up to 5 years.
The legislation for the new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa was passed in November last year.
The new Parent Visa also has a provision for extension for another 5 years. At the end of the first 5 years, parents and grandparents can apply for another 5-year term. They will, however, need to spend some time outside of Australia before they do that. Thus, parents and grandparents may be able to live in Australia for up to 10 years with this Visa.
Mr Coleman said that the new Visa will provide social benefits to a lot of families in Australia, as quoted by SBS News.
The quota for the new Parent Visa has been capped at 15,000 per year. This will definitely make a huge difference to many immigrant families in Australia.
Australia has put in a number of measures to strengthen the visa framework. The Sponsors in Australia will need to act as financial guarantors. They will need to meet any costs incurred by the Visa holder including hospitalization and aged care fees. This is to ensure that Australian taxpayers are not burdened by these costs.
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