Introducing a five year temporary sponsored visa for parents

In May 2017, the Australian Government confirmed that, subject to the passage of relevant legislation, a new temporary sponsored parent visa will be introduced during the 2017-18 Migration Programme year. The temporary sponsored parent visa is designed to allow the parents of Australians to spend longer periods of time with their children in Australia without placing additional burden on Australia's health care system. The visa holders sponsor, their Australian child, will have legal liability for any health costs (including aged care) incurred by their parent while in Australia on the new temporary visa. The introduction of the temporary sponsored parent visa is subject to passage of the legislation through Parliament. The Bill is currently before the Senate and if it passes the new visa will be introduced around November 2017. Temporary sponsored parent visa holders will not be eligible to apply onshore for a permanent parent visa.


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