visitor visas

New Temporary Sponsored Parent visa

From November 2017, a new temporary sponsored parent visa will be available, allowing children to sponsor their parents for up to ten years.

Visa applicants can apply for a three-year visa for $5,000 or a five-year visa for $10,000. One single renewal for a further five years can also be made for $10,000.

To sponsor their parents, sponsors must be Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens.

Sponsors must pay private healthcare costs for their parents, and undertake to be a financial guarantor on any extra healthcare costs their parents may incur while in Australia.

Visa applicants will be unable to work on this visa, and applications will be capped at 15,000 for the first year (with a review of the visa programme being held by the Department after the first year).

After the 10 years, applicants will not be able to reapply and will have no onshore pathway to permanent residency.

Note: Existing contributory and non-contributory parent visas will remain unchanged and open to new applications.

Source: Migration Institute of Australia, DIBP & http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/en/article/2017/05/04/new-parent-visa-announced

TRAVEL, WORK AND PLAY - NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR SINGAPOREANS IN AUSTRALIA

The Prime Ministers of Australia and Singapore recently announced an exciting visa option for young people from both countries – the Work and Holiday Maker Programme.

Australians and Singaporeans aged between 18 and 30 will be able to complement their holiday and cultural experience by completing short term work while travelling to each other’s country.

It is expected that under this one-year visa, Singaporeans travelling to Australia will be able to work up to six months with any one employer, study a short course and leave and re-enter Australia while their visa is valid. The option to apply for an extension on their visa may also be made available.

It is expected the initiative will start with 500 people from each country for the first year, with this amount expected to increase in the coming years.

These changes are part of a broader ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ signed in June 2015 to promote the joint economic, defence, and people to people links between the two countries.  

In addition to this Work and Holiday Maker Programme, Singaporean students will benefit from a new internship program being offered with prominent Australian companies, as well as a range of degrees, like the Australian Juris Doctor law degree, now being recognised in Singapore.

Singapore nationals who are vetted by the Singapore government may also be eligible for a new multi-year visa to allow for travel and multiple entry between the two countries.

These new initiatives are currently in development and once formalised will provide for greater travel, integration and appreciation between the two nations.

For more information, have a look at the following media releases:

Apply for Australian visitor visas online from MORE countries!

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Please be advised that, as of 1 August 2014, an electronic lodgement of the Subclass 600 (Visitor) visa has been extended to 66 additional countries and territories.

The 66 additional countries and territories are: Angola, Anguilla, Armenia, Benin, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Cayman Islands, the Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Falkland Islands, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, the Philippines, the Pitcairn Islands, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the Republic of South Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Uzbekistan, the Virgin Islands, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The updates are reflected on the Immigration Department’s website, http://www.immi.gov.au/Services/Pages/visitor-e600-visa-online-applications.aspx.