Australia announces new parent visa called Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa (TSPV)

On 1 March 2019, Australian Immigration minister David Coleman announced the introduction of a new visa subclass called the Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa (TSPV). As the name suggests, this is a temporary visa meant for migrants to sponsor their parents to live in Australia with them for a period of up to 5 years. It was also reported that there will be a facility for the applicant to apply for another 5 year extension after a brief period overseas.

Measures will be put in place to require the sponsor to guarantee any public health costs incurred in Australia, including hospital and aged care fees. There may be up to 15,000 visa places available a year, although full details have yet to be released.

The cost of the sponsorship nomination will be set at A$420 and a 3-year visa application is set to cost A$5000, with the 10-year visa set to cost A$10,000. The visa is set to commence on 17 April 2019. There are some concerns as to the cost of this visa fee, as there is also a burden on the sponsor to underwrite the parent’s healthcare expenses. More information will be provided once the details are released.