Aus­tralia to Of­fer Par­ents’ Visa Next Year

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHAHANI MALA

Good news for par­ents here whose chil­dren have mi­grated and be­come Australians. A new tem­po­rary par­ent visa to al­low par­ents of Australians to visit their chil­dren for up to five years will com­mence next year. The an­nounce­ment of the new tem­po­rary par­ent visa was made by the Aus­tralian Min­is­ter for Im­mi­gra­tion and Bor­der Protection Peter Dut­ton. Australians have been in­vited to make writ­ten sub­mis­sions to as­sist in the de­sign of the visa. “The in­tro­duc­tion of such a visa is a sig­nif­i­cant shift from cur­rent visa op­tions for par­ents. ‘I en­cour­age mi­grant com­mu­ni­ties to get in­volved in the con­sul­ta­tion process and pro­vide feed­back to as­sist in the de­sign of this visa’ Assistant Min­is­ter Alex Hawke said in a state­ment re­leased yes­ter­day from the Aus­tralian Im­mi­gra­tion and Bor­der Protection. Australians who wish to make a writ­ten sub­mis­sion on the de­vel­op­ment of a tem­po­rary stay par­ent visa or on is­sues raised in this dis­cus­sion pa­per, can email it to tem­po­rary.par­­ All sub­mis­sions should be re­ceived by mid­night on Oc­to­ber 31, 2016. Sub­mis­sions re­ceived af­ter this deadline may not be con­sid­ered. DIBP prefers to re­ceive sub­mis­sions as a Mi­crosoft Word (.docx) files. PDF files are ac­cept­able if pro­duced from a Word doc­u­ment or sim­i­lar text based soft­ware. The Aus­tralian Govern­ment will an­nounce full de­tails later this year. The Turn­bull Coali­tion govern­ment yes­ter­day con­firmed it will im­ple­ment its elec­tion com­mit­ment to in­tro­duce a new tem­po­rary spon­sored par­ent visa.

“The Turn­bull Govern­ment recog­nises that many Aus­tralian mi­grant com­mu­ni­ties face par­tic­u­lar pres­sures through the sep­a­ra­tion of chil­dren from par­ents and grand­chil­dren from grand­par­ents,” Mr Hawke said. “We want to help fam­i­lies re­unite and spend time to­gether, while en­sur­ing that we do so in a way that does not bur­den Aus­tralia’s health care sys­tem. “Im­prov­ing ar­range­ments for par­ents of Australians to spend time with their fam­ily in Aus­tralia, whilst mit­i­gat­ing costs to the Aus­tralian tax­payer, was a key ob­jec­tive of both ma­jor par­ties at the re­cent elec­tion. “It is now im­por­tant we get this bal­ance right in the de­sign of the tem­po­rary spon­sored par­ent visa.”

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