Public Submissions Invited On New Temporary Parent Visa

The Turnbull Coalition Government today confirmed it will implement a new temporary sponsored parent visa that will allow Australians to sponsor their parents to stay in Australia for up to five year but with arrangements in place to ensure that these temporary visitors do not become a burden on the Australian taxpayer.

Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the move saying that it fulfils one of the Government’s election commitments, and in doing so provides more flexible visa arrangements for foreign nationals whose children are Australian citizens.

“In the North we have vibrant multi-cultural community.

“People from all over the world have settled in the North and we certainly want to help them to maintain contact with their families,” said Senator Macdonald.

The Government has today released a Discussion Paper inviting comment on ways to enhance existing visa arrangements to enable sponsored parents to visit their families in Australia for a continuous period of up to five years. The Discussion Paper canvasses a wide range of issues on which the Government is seeking comment.

“I encourage all interested parties to participate in the consultation process by making a submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

“We want to help families reunite and spend time together, and we want to hear from communities and their leaders about how best to achieve this.

“The Australian Government believes that visiting parents should have the opportunity to spend time with children and grandchildren who live in Australia.

The Turnbull Government will implement this important election commitment for migrant families in 2017.

Public submissions must be made by midnight, Monday 31 October 2016; to make a submission, send an email to[email protected].

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