In November 2018, the legislation of a new visa that will give sponsors the room to bring their parents to Australia for longer periods was passed. Come 17 April 2019, Australia will begin issuing the much-discussed new temporary Sponsored Parent visa.
Immigration Minister David Coleman revealed that from the stated date, sponsors will be able to submit an application to sponsor their parents.
With the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) subclass 870 visa, parents and grandparents have a new pathway to spend more time together in Australia as they will be able to remain in Australia for five years at once. They can also get another five years after leaving the country briefly bringing the number of years to ten.
Families across Australia will enjoy diverse social benefits through this new visa according to Mr. David Coleman – Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs. He stated further that many families will enjoy the reunion as about 15,000 of the new visa will be granted each year once it begins.
Under the new visa framework, Australian sponsors are required to act as financial guarantors for unpaid public health bills by the visa holders while in the country. This is to ensure this does not become an additional burden to taxpayers.
Disappointment among Indian Community
Some members of the Indian community have expressed their disappointment regarding the new visa. The new visa which is to cost $5,000 for three years, $10,000 for 5 years and $20,000 for 10 years has been tagged too expensive. Besides the visa fee, the healthcare of visiting parents is on the children.
The government of the country has been urged to make the visa fairer and affordable for all. The initiator of ‘Long Stay Visa for Parents’ campaign – Arvind Duggal – said the fight to make it fairer will continue.
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