Assurance of Support Changes to be Withdrawn

SBS News is reporting that the changes to the Assurance of Support requirements that were introduced immediately after Easter and that retrospectively affect parent visa applications are to be withdrawn.

SBS apparently has obtained a letter which Social Security Minister Dan Tehan sent to Greens Senator Nick McKim on Wednesday, which confirms the Government will undo the Regulation, rather than face a narrow defeat on the floor of the Senate.

The Government will revert to the old rules and will “reassess” any who applied for an Assurance of Support after the April change was introduced.

Mr Tehan apparently plans to rewrite the legislative instrument before the 23rd of May.

This is great news for those parents – and their families – who would have otherwise been looking at their visa application being refused.