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More Parent Migrants to be Reunited with their Families

MPS 097/2002

An additional 4,000 parents would be able to migrate to Australia under new legislation proposed by the Minister for Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Philip Ruddock.

This would bring to 4,500 the number of places available to parent migrants and would significantly reduce queues for parent visas.

"Our election commitment was to enable the migration of more parents whose sponsors are willing to meet a fairer share of health and welfare costs associated with parent migration," Mr Ruddock said.

3,500 of the additional places will be for a new visa that will allow parents to contribute to these costs, while an additional 500 places will be made available under the existing parent visa.

Applicants for the new visa will pay a health charge of $25,000 per adult to apply directly for a permanent visa. There will also be an option enabling applicants to spread payments by initially applying for a temporary visa.

Payment of the $15,000 first instalment would allow parents to apply for a two year temporary visa with access to Medicare and full work rights.

At any point during this two year period, parents can apply for a permanent visa by paying the remaining $10,000 health charge and lodging a $10,000 bond ($14,000 for a couple) to cover any social security costs in the first 10 years of permanent residence.

Applicants transferring from the existing queue to the new contributory arrangements will receive priority processing.

"Over the coming months my department will be writing to all current parent applicants and their sponsors to inform them of the new arrangements to be introduced if the new legislation is passed," Mr Ruddock said.

"I have consulted widely on parent migration issues over several years and I am pleased to say that I have reached agreement with the Leader of the Democrats Senator Andrew Bartlett on these arrangements.

"I expect the proposal will now receive parliamentary support.

"The sooner legislation is passed the sooner Australian families and their sponsored parent migrants can benefit from the new arrangements," Mr Ruddock said.

12 November 2002

 

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