A new temporary visa for migrant parents is being planned by the Australian Government. Under this new scheme parents could stay in Australia for up to 10 years but would never be allowed to settle. Additionally, this new temporary visa would require children to pay for their parents’ private health cover.
The sponsors will legally be required to pay private health insurance for their migrant parents and to act as financial guarantor on any extra healthcare costs their parents may incur in Australia. This requisite is of importance to the government as many countries around the world struggle with the immense healthcare fees for elderly people.
Eligible sponsors will be Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens. The visa will not permit holders to work. The government hopes these people will take on family and child care duties and thus, reduce the pressure on childcare facilities in Australia. The elderly parent visa holders will not be allowed to remain in Australia beyond the 10 years and they will have no pathway to permanent residency.
This new temporary parent visa will involve significant costs. Applicants will have to pay $5,000 for a three-year visa and $10,000 for a five-year visa with a single renewal option at the same price. As many as 15,000 people could take advantage of this new visa category. If legislated, this visa would significantly impact the government budget – Treasury could make up to $150 million in fees alone.
The costs of the visa have already been criticized as too high for a temporary visa and people have been alarmed by the fact that temporary migrants will be liable for public health cover. On top of that, the private health insurance premium would most likely be reasonably high. The extreme limitations to healthcare access for elderly migrants follows last year’s productivity commission report that found the average lifetime cost of a single parent visa holder to be between $335,000 and $410,000.
The introduction of this new visa category follows calls from migrant communities, who have been pressuring the government to reform parent visas, known to be complex and lengthy to obtain. Currently, parent visas are split across multiple visa streams, including the Aged Parent visa and the Contributory Parent Temporary or Permanent Visa.
The Government is planning to announce further details along with the Budget next week and to implement the new visa in November if it passes parliament.
Article sourced from Special Broadcasting Service Corporation (SBS)
‘Australians must have priority for Australian jobs – so we’re abolishing the 457 visas, the visas that bring temporary foreign workers into our country’ – Malcolm Turnbull.
News about the 457 Visas
The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is ‘putting Australians first’ through abolishing 457 visas and giving Australians priority for jobs currently open for overseas workers.
The Australian Government will abolish the 457 visa category and instead, create a new temporary visa category. This new temporary visa shall better address the genuine skill shortages in Australia. Furthermore, it will include new requirements such as work experience and better English language proficiency. The new temporary visa will be particularly designed ‘to recruit the best and brightest in the national interest’.
Malcolm Turnbull announced that a new training fund will be established to provide training for Australians to fill certain skill gaps.
Bill Shorten has previously promised to take measures on the use of the 457 visas. In particular, these measures include strengthening labour market testing, reviewing the list of qualifying jobs and banning certain fast food chains from sponsoring foreign workers.
More about the 457 Visas
The visa is designed to fill job vacancies with overseas skilled workers, for which there are not enough skilled Australian workers. This visa allows holders to bring members of their family to Australia on a 457 secondary visa.
The latest figures from the Australian Immigration Department in September 2016 stated there had been a reduction in 457 visas holders to 95,758. The majority of these visa holders were coming from India, followed by the UK and China.
Picture sourced from The Sydney Morning Herald.
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