Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman announced on the 1st of March 2019, that with effect from 17th April, eligible individuals could submit applications to sponsor their parents under the new Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa.
On approval of the sponsorship application, the sponsored parent can apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa. Applications for this particular visa will start with effect from the 1st of July 2019.
What is the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa?
This visa offers parents a chance to reunite with their children and grandchildren in Australia on a temporary basis, without requiring taxpayers to bear the additional costs.
The sponsor must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen. The parent they are sponsoring must be their biological, adoptive or step parent.
Anyone interested in sponsoring their parent under the new Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa, can submit their sponsorship application any time starting from 17th April 2019. On approval of the sponsorship, the visa applicant can then submit their visa application. The visa application cannot be initiated until the sponsor has been approved and it must be done within 6 months after the sponsorship has been approved.
Benefits of the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa
Prior to the introduction of the new Sponsored Parent Visa, parents could only visit their children and grandchildren with a Visitor visa, which only allowed them to stay for short periods of time. The new Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa allows parents to stay in Australia for a longer period of time – up to 5 years – without any conditions to departing the country.
However, it must be noted that although the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa allows parents to stay considerably longer than a Visitor visa, it is still a temporary visa. It is not a permanent Parent visa, and does not allow sponsored parents to take up permanent residence in Australia, while on this visa.
Are you interested in applying for the new Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa but are unsure where to start? Contact us today to see how we can help.