The Australian government has offered a new five-year visa for families of migrants in a bid to lessen the decade-long waiting list seeking permanent residency.
The move was made after the government became aware of the related frustrations surrounding the current visa programme. According to the Assistant Minister for Immigration, Alex Hawke, the move was made after the government became aware of frustrations surrounding the current visa programme. Currently, if a family of migrant wishes to join them through a visa programme, they are put on a lengthy wait list for a permanent residency visa.
As per the new plan, migrants can sponsor their family's move, and they will be given a five-year visa without waiting for long time. The overall cost of hosting migrants' parents would be up to $2.5 billion once welfare, healthcare and other social benefits are provided to them. Mr Hawke also said the Australian government wants to help families reunite and spend quality time together while ensuring they do so in a manner that Australia’s health care is not burdened.
The Australian government estimated around 1,500 people migrates to Australia to join family members who were already living in the country. The government is although to decide on a cost for the new, five-year temporary visa program from July 1, 2017.
The visa policy of Australia deals with the requirements which a foreign national wishing to enter Australia must meet to comply with. Visas are often granted on the basis of family ties in Australia. There are a number of different types of Australian family visas such as the Parent and Spouse visas. Visa rules are set out in the Migration Act 1958 and the Migration Regulations.
The current Resident Return Visa (RRV) allows current and former permanent residents to travel to another country and re-enter the Australian migration zone as a permanent resident. RRVs may be issued with five years' or three months' validity.