I assume that for many of you living in Australia, the thought of reuniting with family members back at home is more than fleeting.
A new pathway has recently been introduced to allow Australian citizens and permanent residents to reunite with their parents living overseas. The Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa, which does not lead to permanent residency, will allow eligible parents to visit their children for up to 10 years. Applications for sponsorship have since commenced from April while visa applications will begin 1st of July.
To answer our queries about the Sponsored Parent Visa 870 and its eligibility requirements, we are joined here today with John Kim, Partner and Immigration specialist at H & H Lawyers in Sydney.
Would you begin by telling us the main features of the Sponsored Parent Visa which opened applications from the 1st of July?
What are the eligibility requirements for the sponsored parent and sponsoring child?
Is it possible to apply for a Sponsored Parent Visa if your parent has an existing application, or has previously applied, for a parent visa?
Unsurprisingly, the waiting process for Parent Visa applications continues to be controversial. How much does it generally cost to obtain a Contributory Parent (Permanent) Visa or a Non-Contributory Parent (Permanent) Visa? How long is the waiting process that it has caused such controversy?
What are the key pieces of information one should keep in mind before inviting their parents?
We were joined here today with Partner John Kim who has helped us navigate the new Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa 870.
Unlike in the past, where parents could only visit their children who had been citizens and permanent residents of Australia for more than half their lives, the new Sponsored Parent Visa provides an alternative pathway for younger immigrants to reunite with their parents back home. Nevertheless, there are stringent conditions attached to the new visa, such as application fees exceeding $10, 000, non-access to Medicare and income tests. It is vital that prospective applicants seek professional advice and undertake diligent preliminary investigation prior to applying.
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