New temporary sponsored parent visa to be introduced in 2019

The Department of Home Affairs will introduce a new temporary sponsored parent visa that will provide parents and grandparents a new pathway to reunite with their families. This new visa will allow parents to visit their families in Australia for a continuous period of up to five years.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the new visa demonstrates the Government’s commitment to migrant communities.

“This new visa will help families reunite and spend time together,” Mr Coleman said. “It will provide a new pathway for parents and grandparents to visit their families in Australia, which will deliver great social benefits to the Australian community.

Measures have been put in place to strengthen the visa framework requiring Australian sponsors to act as a financial guarantor for any outstanding public health costs incurred by the visa holder whilst in Australia.

Applications for the Temporary Sponsored Parent visa will open in the first half of 2019.