Updates on the New 5 Year Temporary Australian Visas for Parents and Grandparents
There is a new Parent visa unlike the existing 143, 173 offshore Parent Visas or their onshore equivalent (864, 884 and 804 visas).
This new temporary sponsored parent visa for bringing in overseas parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents will be available for sponsors from 17 April 2019. The visa can be applied for from 1 July 2019 according to the current proposal. A quota of 15,000 visas will be made available annually. The visa will be valid for 3 or 5 years at a cost of $5,000 and $10,000 respectively.
According to departmental sources, the new proposed Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa will have 2 streams:
A 5 years stream that will cost $10,000 and
A 3 years stream that will cost $5,000
This particular visa can be renewed, but only up to a maximum of 10 years in total. Although this is not a pathway for permanent residence for parents, Australian citizens and permanent residents intending to bring their parents to Australia on a permanent basis can consider being assessed for the 143, 173, 864, 884 and 804 parent visas.
This new temporary parent visa will appeal to Australian Citizens with young children who would like to have their parents in Australia to help them with child care for the grandchildren. Given the current costs and risks of childcare in Australia, and being looked after by non-family carers, some parents might agree that it is cheaper to apply for the above mentioned visa than paying a non-family third party to take care of their children. Grandparents can currently come on a visitor visa which is often approved for up to a year. However, the disadvantage is that they need to go offshore every 3 months. The proposed temporary parent visa allows them to remain here for the entire period of the visa whether it be 3 or 5 years and then can be extended for up to 10 years in total.
Key features of the new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa:
It is an online visa application – previous Parent visa applications were paper based applications.
Australian Citizens, permanent residents or eligible NZ citizens will be able to sponsor only 1 set of parents at any given time (i.e. the wife’s parents or the husband’s parents). “Parent” is defined as biological, step or adoptive parent.
Balance of Family test which was an obstacle for current parent visa applicants will not apply to this Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa. That means sponsors who have more siblings living overseas than in Australia can still sponsor their parents under the new visa.
Visa holders will not be able to work in Australia during their stay but can undertake unpaid volunteer work or take care of their grandchildren.
Visa Applicants will need to meet the following requirements in order to satisfy the visa criteria:
Sponsorship by the Australian child must be approved
Parents will need to meet health, identity and character requirements for the visa
Parents will need to ensure that he or she does not have any debt to the Commonwealth
Visa Applicants must maintain private health insurance cover while in Australia on the new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa
Sponsors must pass the following criteria to be allowed to bring their parents to Australia:
Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent resident or an Eligible New Zealand Citizen
Have lived in Australia for at least 4 years before making the application for Sponsorship
Must meet the household income test which is based on the sponsor’s income.
Must not have a criminal record and must accept the public health debts generated by the parents while in Australia
There will also be certain sponsorship obligations such as undertaking the accommodation and living expenses of the parents, maintaining income records for inspection by the department and carrying the medical expenses of the parents