Labor’s recent proposal to lift the caps on the long-term parent visas and slash the visa fees has been welcomed massively by families who want their grandparents to come to Australia.
However, David Coleman, the country’s Immigration Minister had responded to the proposal, warning that canceling the cap of 15,000 visas per year will only give access for an unlimited number of people entering the country for up to ten years. He debased Labor’s proposal saying it was no reasonable way to manage an immigration program or population policy.
He revealed that there have been up to 97,000 people who applied for the different kinds of permanent visas to Australia.
Shayne Neumann, the immigration spokesman for Labor, didn’t reveal the number of people they expected to apply for the visa.
The proposal from Labor will also lift the sponsorship condition that compelled families to choose one set of parents to sponsor at a time for the 3 or 5-year visa.
Peter Doukas, who is the Senior Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia, said migrants in Australia have long been fighting to bring their parents to Australia.
Bringing parents into the country is a basic human right
According to Doukas, it is a basic human right and was rather an unfortunate situation that they had to be talking about it because some of the applicants included people who were now citizens of Australia. It was their right to be able to bring their parents to the country to live with them.
He had hoped that the time limit of 10 years placed on the visa program will at the end, be lifted.
Maythawan Ongetpol, a migrant from Thailand, who moved to Australia ten years ago, expressed her disappointment that her mother can’t come to stay with her especially now that she’s having a second child.
She applied for a contributory parent visa for her mother to join her in the country in 2015, but hasn’t received any response. She welcomed Labor’s proposal as a good step forward.
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