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I am new to the forum . Does anyone have any news on this new visa . I understand it was included in a new bill that the senate were to debate last November but haven’t heard any more . Thanks
 

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Thank you Jeramy - has there been any comment from the new Government ministers as to wether it is still there desire to introduce this bill or alternatively if it is no longer there intention to proceed. ?
 

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Nothing has happened since then. We are all waiting for news on that visa.
I see the Family Violence Bill has recently passed both houses & this Bill included the Parents 5 year Visa.
How long does it normally take to get this new visa operational through The Immi Dept?

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Balance of Family Test

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Can i also ask about the condition of the Balance of Family test requiring half of your children to be residents of Australia .
I see that children who have been removed from their parents legal Custody are not included .
I have 3 grown up daughters (youngest is 30) with only 1 a resident of Australia.
Does this Balance of Family Test requirement only apply if I have children who are still in my legal custody ie under the age of 16yrs in the uK .
so am I correct in assuming this test would not apply to me?

thanks for any clarification.
 

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Re Parents Visas
Can i also ask about the condition of the Balance of Family test requiring half of your children to be residents of Australia .
I see that children who have been removed from their parents legal Custody are not included .
I have 3 grown up daughters (youngest is 30) with only 1 a resident of Australia.
Does this Balance of Family Test requirement only apply if I have children who are still in my legal custody ie under the age of 16yrs in the uK .
so am I correct in assuming this test would not apply to me?

thanks for any clarification.
I could be wrong but I don't think you qualify with only having one child living permanently in Australia.

The way it was explained to me was that two of three children would need to be residents of Australia in order to sponsor a parent for the visa.

In regards to children in care, from the wording it reads to me that your children would had to have been removed from you (presumably before age 16) and put into care to not count as a part of BoF test. Not be over 16, the age of care in the UK.
 

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Government delivers new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa despite Labor opposition

The Government will introduce a new Temporary Sponsored Parent visa that will provide parents and grandparents a new pathway to reunite with their families.

The Senate today passed the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 which includes provisions to introduce the new visa that will allow parents to visit their families in Australia for a continuous period of up to five years.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the new visa demonstrates the Government’s commitment to migrant communities.

“This new visa will help families reunite and spend time together,” Mr Coleman said. “It will provide a new pathway for parents and grandparents to visit their families in Australia, which will deliver great social benefits to the Australian community.

“It is astounding that the Labor Party voted against this important legislation. Bill Shorten needs to explain to communities why he instructed his Senators to stand in the way of this reform.”

The new Temporary Sponsored Parent visa will assist families to reunite while ensuring that taxpayers are not required to cover additional costs.

Measures have been put in place to strengthen the visa framework requiring Australian sponsors to act as a financial guarantor for any outstanding public health costs incurred by the visa holder whilst in Australia.

“This new visa will ensure family reunions are possible for many migrant families across Australia, while protecting taxpayers with strict guidelines to ensure all public health debts including hospital and aged care fees are recovered by the Australian Government,” Mr Coleman said.

Applications for the Temporary Sponsored Parent visa will open in the first half of 2019
 

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There are also changes to the liability of parents who come to Australia as outlined below:

"The government passed an amendment to ensure the parent visa would not put additional burden on Australia's healthcare system.

"If someone sponsored for a parent visa does not cover their own health costs while in Australia, the sponsoring child will be liable for the outstanding debt."
 
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