Under a new visa, parents could stay for up to 10 years but would never be allowed to settle in Australia, and their children would need to pay for private health cover.
Now up to 15,000 people each year will be able to pay anything from $5,000 to $20,000 to bring their parents to Australia for up to a decade, following the latest immigration shakeup. The financial burden of healthcare for migrant parents will be shouldered by their children under the new visa, with sponsors legally required to pay for their private health insurance. of course children will also need to act as financial guarantor on any extra healthcare costs their parents incur in Australia.
The new parent visa rules would help the government to limit rising healthcare costs and, could deliver hundreds of millions in visa fees to the Budget bottom line. If the 15,000 parent visas were filled in the first year, the Treasury could bank $150 million in fees alone.
The government plans to officially announce the visa along with the Budget next week, making good on an election promise from the 2016 campaign. The change follows months of community consultation and is a response to calls from migrant communities who have been pressuring the government for reform to parent visas, arguing that the current system is complex and prone to long delay. For those who choose to sponsor their parents for the new visa need to be Australian citizens or permanent residents, or “eligible New Zealand citizens”. The visa-holders would not be allowed to reapply beyond the 10 years and would have no pathway to permanent residency.
At present, parent visas are currently split across several visa streams, including the Aged Parent visa, the Contributory Parent (Temporary) and the permanent Contributory Parent visa.
The government plans to roll out the new visa from November if it passes parliament.
original source: SBS