Last month saw, Minister Coleman announce that applications to sponsor a parent for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa will be opening from 17 April 2019.
The new visa process provides parents with a new pathway to temporarily reunite with their children and grandchildren in Australia. The changes are in response to growing concerns there was a limited number of places being allocated in the migration program to parents. The process was also being accompanied with lengthy waiting periods.
The eligibility criteria require that the parent must be the biological, adoptive, or step-parent of the sponsor, and the sponsor be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Applications can be lodged from 17 April 2019 and then when a sponsor has been approved, the visa applicant will then be able to lodge their visa application within six months of sponsorship approval. Once a sponsorship application has been submitted and approved, a sponsored parent will be able to apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa from 1 July 2019.
The changes mean that parents are able to remain in Australia for a longer period of time as an alternative option to Visitor visas which only allowed shorter periods. Parents are still eligible to apply for Visitor visas and/or permanent Parent visas.
It must be noted though that the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa allows for a significantly longer stay period than a visitor visa, it is still only a temporary visa and does not allow for permanent residence in Australia like a permanent Parent visa.
For any further information on the process of moving to any part of Australia, our International Department can be contacted on 01902 714555 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org and are happy to answer your questions.
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