The new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa of Australia has been slammed by many as being overpriced. However, David Coleman, Immigration Minister, feels that the Visa fee is reasonable.
Applications for the new Parent Visa will be accepted from 17th April. The new Visa will allow parents and grandparents of Australian migrants to live in Australia for up to 5 years. However, concerns are being raised for those who are not able to afford the Visa fee.
As per the Dept. of Home Affairs website, parents would still be able to apply for the standard Visitor Visa instead of the new Parent Visa. People who apply for a Visitor Visa usually are granted a stay of up to 3 months. They may, however, be allowed a longer stay for up to 12 months depending on the circumstances. Usually, parent of Australian PR and Citizens are granted a longer period of stay.
The new Parent Visa costs $5,000 for a 3-year stay and $10,000 for a 5-year stay. This high cost has been criticized by many.
Mr Coleman defends the costs of the Parent Visa calling it reasonable. He says that the Govt. should be able to run a sustainable immigration program where the running costs are not borne just by the taxpayers but also by the applicants.
Parent Visa holders would also be able to renew their Visas for a second term. The annual quota for the Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa has been capped at 15,000, as per SBS News.
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