A Legislative Instrument has been published which reduces the number of available parent visas compared with the 2018/19 program year.
In summary, there is a ceiling of 6,096 visas on the number of Contributory Parent visas for the year to 30 June 2020. For the previous year the ceiling was 7,175.
For non CP visas the 2019/20 ceiling is 1,275 (1,500 for 2018/19).
The ceiling on the granting of CP Visas includes 125 visas that are available to subclass 410 and 405 visa holders who are seeking permanent residency under the pathway that opened 12 months ago.
The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 has at long last had its second reading in the Senate, and was passed this morning.
Some will recall that this is the legislation that the Federal Government considers is required to pass into law before the long awaited temporary parent visa can become available.
We are anticipating the Bill will become law this week, at which point we can reasonably expect the new temporary parent visa pathway will open.
Hopefully the regulations to facilitate the new temporary parent visa won’t take too long to prepare.
The legislation as drafted requires the approval of a sponsor before a visa application is lodged.
Those who are interested in progressing an application for the new temporary parent visa with our help should feel able to complete the enquiry form on this page.
We can then confirm our fee for assisting with a temporary parent visa application.
Australia’s parent visa numbers for the program year to 30 June 2019 have been released today.
The Department of Home Affairs has released details of the number of visas available under the non humanitarian program for the year to 30 June 2019.
There are no changes compared with the 2017-18 program year, meaning that for the 2018–19 program year:
- 1,500 places have been allocated to the non Contributory Parent visas, sub classes 103 and 804
- 7,175 places have been allocated to the Contributory Parent visas, subclasses 173/143 and subclasses 884/864
It should be remembered that the Australian Government has adopted a change of narrative in recent months, such that the number of visas in the budgeted program should be seen as a ceiling, not a target.
By changing its narrative the Government can be seen to be responsive to community concerns when the actual outcome in terms of visa grant numbers is less than was budgeted originally.
The 2018-19 migration program planning numbers are available here.
The Department of Immigration has announced the new scale of 1st Visa Application Charges that are taking effect from the 1st of July, 2018.
Charges for the parent visa applications encountered most frequently are increasing as follows:
Subclass 143, Contributory Parent (not the holder of a subclass 173 visa)
- Main applicant – A$3,855 currently A$3,770
- Secondary applicants aged 18 or more – A$1,300 currently A$1,270
Subclass 864, Contributory Aged Parent (not the holder of a subclass 884 visa)
- Main applicant – A$3,855 currently A$3,770
- Secondary applicants aged 18 or more – A$1,925 currently A$1,880
Subclass 804, Aged Parent
- Main applicant – A$4,035 currently A$3,945
- Secondary applicants aged 18 or more – A2,020 currently A$1,975
These VACs are payable when the visa application is lodged with the Department of Home Affairs.
At present there are no announced changes to the 2nd Visa Application Charges, which are payable immediately prior to visa grant.
For now these remain at A$43,600 per person for the subclass 143 and 864 visas, and A$2,065 for the non Contributory subclass 804 visa.
The Explanatory Memorandum to the Regulations which introduces the increases advises:
… the Regulations amend the Migration Regulations to increase first instalment VACs for a number of visas. On 1 July 2017, most VACs were indexed in accordance with the 2017-18 forecast consumer price index (CPI). The Regulations increase the majority of VACs so that they are increased by the 2018‐19 forecast CPI. In effect, this means that the relevant VACs are increased from their baseline 2016-17 amounts by the cumulative total of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 increases. It is intended that these indexation amendments will be made on an annual basis in future.
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.