In May 2017 Department of Immigration announced a possible introduction of a new five-year Temporary Sponsored Parent visa which would allow the parents of Australians to spend longer periods of time with their children in Australia.

The introduction was planned for November 2017.

The original Parent Category visa allows parents to stay in Australia for up to two years, or wait in a long queue to apply for an Australian permanent residence. This is why the new temporary sponsored visa was a new hope for many people.

However, it has been announced that the bill has not been approved by the Senate as yet.

This new visa will be a great help for Australians who have young children and who need assistance with their care. If the visa is introduced, grandparents will be able to live in Australia and care for the grandchildren. Moreover, it can reduce the pressure on childcare facilities in Australia.

Applicants will have two options; a three-year visa and a five-year visa and this visa can be renewed once. It means that the maximum stay to remain in Australia will be 10 years in total.

The department advised that the government fee for this visa will be estimated at $5,000 for the three-year visa and $10,000 for the five-year visa. There will be no English language requirement, and if the applicants wish, they can study for a short term.

The Australian sponsor will need to meet requirements for their sponsorship to be approved. The sponsor must:

  • be a biological, adoptive, or a step-child of their parent
  • provide valid evidence of their identity
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • be 18 years or older
  • have lived in Australia for at least four years
  • meet a household income requirement
  • meet character requirements
  • accept legal liability for any outstanding public health debt their sponsored parent accrues
  • agree to undertake certain obligations in relation to those they are sponsoring.

The introduction of the temporary sponsored visa is subject to the passage of the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 through the Parliament. The Bill is still in the Senate, and we do not know when the bill may be passed.

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