Australia made many families’ dreams come true when they introduced their Parent Visa last year. This visa has meant that families could be re-united and that grandparents are able to play an active and important role in the lives of their children and grandchildren living in Australia.
The Australia Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa was announced by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection early in 2017 and came into effect in November that year.
Historically Australia’s parent visa was not a very user friendly system often keeping families separated for as long as 30 years while their parent visa application was being processed. To add to the frustration the process was very expensive and families often gave up on trying to be reunited.
The Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa allows Australian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents to stay in Australia for up to five years at a time. The visa may be renewed from outside of Australia to allow a cumulative stay of up to ten years.
Who can sponsor?
- Australian citizens or permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens
- Biological, adoptive, or step-child of the parent / applicant
- Sponsors must be older than 18 years
- Sponsors must accept full financial responsibility for the applicant. Including but not limited to housing, transport, meals and medical expenses
What are the limits?
- The visa is issued for a total of 10 years
- Visa-holders are not allowed to re-apply beyond the 10 years
- This visa does not lead to permanent residency or citizenship
- Certain entry requirements apply
- Speak to your immigration agent about the conditions of this visa
How much does this visa cost?
The visa will cost around R104 000 for five years and just over R50 000 for the three-year option.