Temporary relaxations in the place where parent visa applicants are required to be at the time of visa grant come into effect today.
The Migration Amendment (Parent Visas) Regulations amend the Migration Regulations to allow specified Parent Visas to be granted during the COVID concession period in locations other than those usually applying.
For applicants for the following Parent visa classes who are located in Australia, but who would be otherwise required to be outside Australia at the time of visa grant, these visas may be granted when onshore:
- Parent (Permanent) (subclass 103)
- Contributory Parent (Permanent) (subclass 143)
- Contributory Parent (Temporary) (subclass 173)
For applicants for the following Parent visa subclasses who are located outside Australia, but who would otherwise be required to be in Australia at the time of visa grant, these visas may be granted when offshore:
- Aged Parent (Permanent) (subclass 804)
- Contributory Aged Parent (Permanent) (subclass 864)
These COVID concessions apply to visas that were lodged before 24 March 2021 and before the end of the concession period prescribed in Regulation 1.15N(1).
No end date for the concession period has been prescribed at the time of writing this article.
For the grant of a Subclass 103, Subclass 143 or Subclass 173 visa while the applicant is in Australia, the applicant must have been in Australia on 24 March 2021, but not in immigration clearance.
For grant of a Subclass 804 or Subclass 864 while the applicant is overseas, the applicant must have been outside Australia on 24 March 2021 and must not be in immigration clearance.