Following the passing of bill by the Federal Parliament, the government of Australia has announced its plans to open applications for the temporary sponsored visa for parents of immigrants. This visa has been long-expected and will be open by the first half of 2019.
The bill tied to the visa was finally passed into law on Wednesday when the Federal Senate passed the Migration Amendments Bill of 2016 along with the government’s amendment. That same day, the lower house passed the bill, officially making the visa the migrant community had been fighting for, valid.
David Coleman, Australia’s Immigration Minister, in a statement, said that this new visa will facilitate family reunions and help immigrant families spend time together with their families.
He went on to add that this new visa will create a medium for parents and grandparents whose families live in Australia to visit the country and see their families. According to him, the visa and its provisions will be of great social benefit to Australia.
Mr Coleman further addressed the actions of the Labour Party which initially supported the legislation but later turned against it when the government added its amendments to it.
Sources from the Labour Party, in response, maintained that the party had problems only with the part of the legislation that addressed debt-recovery powers.
Framework for sponsorship
Along with the passed bill is a framework for sponsorship through which migrants who want to bring in their parents to visit, will sponsor the trip and act as financial guarantors. They will also be obligated to clear all debts to taxpayers resulting from any medical emergencies.
This sponsorship framework has a two-step application procedure where the sponsor goes through an assessment. If the sponsor passed the assessment and is approved, he/she can then proceed to lodge a visa application.
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