Up to 15,000 sponsored parent (temporary) visas will be granted each year, starting April 2019
The new temporary Sponsored Parent visa will be made available from 17 April. The legislation tied to this new much-debated visa allows sponsors to bring their parents to Australia for longer periods.
Passed last November Immigration Minister David Coleman announced that it meant “Sponsors will be able to lodge an application to sponsor their parent from 17 April 2019”. “Up to 15,000 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas may be granted each year, ensuring reunions are possible for many families,” said Mr Coleman. He also said that measures have been put in place to strengthen the visa framework, and require Australian sponsors to act as a financial guarantor for any outstanding public health costs incurred by the visa holder whilst in Australia, thus ensuring taxpayers are not required to cover additional costs.
The Federal Government has announced it will open applications for the much-awaited temporary sponsored visa for parents in the first half of 2019.
The Sponsored Parent (Temporary) subclass 870 visa provides parents and grandparents with a new pathway to reunite and spend time together through having the opportunity to visit Australia for a continuous period of up to five years.
There is also the opportunity to apply for a second visa for another five years after a short period outside Australia, meaning parents and grandparents will be able to spend up to 10 years in Australia.