Parents from China, Bolivia, South Africa, South Korea, Venezuela, the UK, Egypt and India who have applied under the Morrison Government’s new Temporary Sponsored Parent visas will soon be joining their families in Australia after being granted the first visas.
More than 1300 sponsorship applications and 170 visa applications have been lodged and visa grants have already started according to Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman.
“As expected there has been strong demand for the new visa,” Minister Coleman said.
“For these first families and the others who will soon have their applications approved, the opportunity to bring their parents to Australia will be a source of great joy,” Mr Coleman added.
“Family is such an important part of life for all Australians, and part of being a successful multicultural society is maintaining our family and community links,” Coleman said.
The new visa opened for applications on 1 July. The visa provides parents with a new pathway to temporarily reunite with their children and grandchildren in Australia.It allows parents who are sponsored by their families in Australia to visit for a continuous period of up to five years.
After spending a short period outside Australia, visa holders can apply to return for another five years.
To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be the biological parent, adoptive parent, step-parent or parent-in-law of the sponsor, who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
The Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa (subclass 870) is in addition to, and does not replace, other existing visa categories available to families.
A dedicated team within the Department of Home Affairs has been set up to manage applications and assist families during the application process.
For more information about the visa, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
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