Australia coalition reverses stand on migrants’ income requirement

Australia coalition reverses stand on migrants’ income requirement

The Australia coalition has reversed its stand on income requirements for immigrants that would have made it tougher for many families to sponsor their parents for Australia visas. The Australian government had increased the income requirement by more than twice. This was the threshold for acting as sponsors of a range of Australia visas, particularly Parent visas.

As per the proposed changes, a couple would have to have an annual income of 115, 475 dollars to act as financial supporters for their parents. This was earlier 45, 185 dollars. The Australian coalition had faced major criticism owing to this, specifically from the Chinese immigrants, as quoted by the Guardian.

It was earlier reported in March that the federal government had silently made changes to the assurance of support scheme. The changes would have an adverse monetary effect on the families said the Federation of Australia Ethnic Communities Councils. It would also make family reunions tougher, added the council.

The combined Crossbench Senators, Greens, and Labor had planned to table a Disallowance Motion to disallow the changes in the Australian Senate. Jenny Macklin the Shadow Social Services Minister of the Labor Party cautioned Dan Tehan the Social Services Minister over the issue. The Labor party would vote against the unfair change, added Macklin. The increase in income requirement was a stealthy attack on working immigrant families, she said.

The Social Services Minister of Australia wrote to Nick McKim the Greens Senator that the government was ready to withdraw the increase in income requirement. The processing of all associated visas would have been halted if the disallowance motion was passed in the Senate, added Tehan.

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