Oz Kiwi opinion
If elected the Australian Labor Party will reduce the fee and remove the cap of 15,000 visas for the sponsored parent visa.
This will help Kiwis with non-New Zealand partners bring their parents-in-law to Australia for up to five years.
Labor’s fairer long stay parent visa for Australia’s migrant communities
22 April 2019
Shayne Neumann – Australian Labor Party
A Shorten Labor Government will deliver a fairer Long Stay Parent visa so that Australian families from migrant and multicultural backgrounds can reunite with their loved ones.
As Australia’s migrant and multicultural communities re-establish their lives in Australia, the ability for families to reunite with parents and grandparents still overseas with existing visas is limited, expensive and some have wait times of up to 50 years.
Many elderly parents want to reunite with their families but have to travel to Australia as tourists – proving costly, frustrating, disruptive and exhausting as they ferry between countries.
The Liberals’ unfair Temporary Sponsored Parent visa is completely different from the commitment they took to the 2016 election – with unfair conditions and higher fees for families wanting to reunite.
Labor’s fairer Long Stay Parent visa will allow parents and in-laws to reunite with their families and let all grandparents spend quality time with their grandkids. Below is a camparison of Labor’s proposed Long Stay Parent visa and the Temporary Parent Visa the LNP have introduced.
Families can reunite with both sets of parents
$2,500 for a 5-year visa
$1,250 for a 3-year visa
Renew in Australia
Visas capped to 15,000 places
Limited to one set of parents per household
$10,000 for a 5-year visa
$5,000 for a 3-year visa
Can’t be renewed in Australia
[The Labor Party press statement].