New Australian citizens and permanent residents are often faced with the difficult situation of leaving their parents overseas, with them having limited ability to visit their children in Australia.
On 21 June 2016, the Coalition government announced its commitment to introduce an ‘enhanced visitor visa’ for parents, if the Coalition is re-elected. The government has now asked for submissions by the general public – people inside and outside Australia – to send submissions in response to a discussion paper. These submissions must be submitted by email at email@example.com by 31 October 2016.
This may provide a way for parents overseas to visit their children in Australia for periods of up to five years. While not yet certain, the prospect of this visa is very exciting