The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has released a discussion paper proposing a temporary visa for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents.
What is a temporary visa?
Essentially, a temporary visa allows holders to spend short periods of time in Australia for tourism or to visit family and friends. Certain temporary visas can also allow people to live in Australia for longer, defined periods. These visas allow the holder to do short-term, highly-specialised, non-ongoing work or work in nominated occupation for their approved sponsor for up to four years. As these visas are not intended for people to join Australia’s permanent population, they are not subject to annual planning levels.
About the proposed temporary parent visa
This visa will give parents the opportunity to visit children and grandchildren in Australia for a continuous period of up to five years. The main requirements are that parents and their sponsors satisfy community expectations, and their stay in Australia doesn’t place unnecessary financial strain on the Australian community.
Why a temporary visa?
Australia is currently facing a number of challenges due to the fact that the country is home to an aging population that places their budget under strain. As a result, the government has had to limit the number of permanent migration places available to parents over the past two decades.
Full details of the proposed new visa will be announced later in 2016, with the new visa arrangement set to commence on 1 July 2017.