Minister u-turns on parent visa change

The Turnbull government has scrapped a controversial new rule that forced poorer migrant families to earn more if they wished to financially support visa applications for relatives. Social Services Minister Dan Tehan, in early April made the change to the assurance of support income threshold from $45,185 to $86,606 for single people or a combined…

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Increased income requirements for Parent visa sponsors

The Amendment On 26 March 2018, the Minister for Social Service Dan Tehan introduced a legislative instrument to amend the financial criteria for Assurance of Support in which all Australian citizens and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their overseas parents to come to Australia under 143 Contributory Parent visa program have to meet. Under…

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Temporary sponsored parent visa

In the 2017-18 federal budget, a new temporary sponsored parent visa was announced – to be available from November 2017. However, the new visa which will allow migrants’ parents to stay in the country for extended periods has been delayed. The Bill enabling the new visa to come into effect has not yet been approved…

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New temporary Parent visa on the table

Following the Coalition’s election commitment to introduce a new temporary sponsored parent visa, Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has announced a new continuous five-year visa for aged parents of immigrants in Australia. The visa offers families a new way to reunite, on the condition they contribute to the cost, as the Turnbull Government tries to…

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Longer tourist visas now open to parents of Australians

Following up on an announcement back in September this year, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, on Friday 23 November 2012 launched longer tourist visas for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents in recognition of the valuable role they play in their children and grand children’s lives. “From tomorrow, 24 November,…

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Government extends tourist visas for parents of Australians

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 The Gillard Government will extend tourist visas for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents to enable them to visit their family in Australia for longer, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, announced today. ‘I know that many people are patiently waiting in the queue for a parent…

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