FIRST SPONSORED PARENT VISAS GRANTED

Parents from South Africa, Venezuela, China, South Korea, Bolivia, the UK and Egypt and India will soon be in Australia with their families after being granted the first visas under the Morrison Government’s new Temporary Sponsored Parent Visas.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said more than 1300 sponsorship applications and 170 visa applications have been lodged and visa grants have already started.

“As expected there has been strong demand for the new visa,” Mr Coleman said.

“For these first families and the others who will soon have their applications approved, the opportunity to bring their parents to Australia will be a source of great joy.”

“Family is such an important part of life for all Australians, and part of being a successful multicultural society is maintaining our family and community links.”

The new visa, which opened for applications on 1 July, allows parents who are sponsored by their families in Australia to visit for a continuous period of up to five years.

After spending a short period outside Australia, they can apply to return for another five years.

The Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa is in addition to, and does not replace, other existing visa categories available to families.

A dedicated team within the Department of Home Affairs has been set up to manage application applications and assist families during the application process.