Australian Parent Visa policies are not FAIR. Political parties must address this issue.

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My name is Supreet and I am proud to be Australian. I am living in Melbourne with my parents but my "Grand Parents" cannot join us quickly and/or permanently. My dad told me the options to bring them here, but both options are not fair. In option one, this visa takes 25 to 30 years and in option two we have to pay nearly AUD 95,000 but the visa will come after 4-5 years. My parents are Australian Citizens too but look like we still don't have equal rights. Please help me to sign this petition, so that we can fight for our fundamental right to live together as a family.

We have provided a matrix below to compare, how Australian visa framework treats our parents. It is about time now, change the visa framework so that our grandkids can be with their grandparents.

Isn’t it unfair and discriminatory for Australian Citizen/Permanent Residents and Tax Payers, that it is complex and expensive to bring our parents to Australia? It is clear from the matrix that how unfair and biased our parenting visa is. Under the current policies of the Department of Home Affairs, it is nearly IMPOSSIBLE for any migrant family to bring their parents to Australia. 

Every migrant family have to pay approximately AUD 90,000.00 (For mother and father) to bring the parents here or they have to wait for 30 years (which is unrealistic). Is it the price that we have to pay because we were not born here? What about our kids, who were born here don’t they have the right to be with their grand-parents. This kind of policies are dividing the Australian Citizens, one with full rights to live with their parents and others have to pay the above-mentioned amount or they have to wait for 30 years! THEY FEEL LIKE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS. We feel it is against Human Rights and will be a big deterrent for the migrants. 

What we are asking for:

  • Reduce the cost of the contributory visa, which is now around AUD 45,000 per parent (Under Subclass 143 or 173, Parent Visa). We believe there should not be a contributory visa.
  • Reduce the Processing time under the non-contributory visa, which is now 30 years should be in line with other permanent visas. (Under Subclass 103, Parent Visa).
  • Remove the 'balance of family' condition (Under Parent Visa). Because in most cultures have their own heritage. Therefore in most instances, it is not possible for the family with two or more children to meet the balance of family test as the daughters are still in India with their in-laws. 
  • Remove the quota and a limited number of visas for the Sponsored Parent (TEMPORARY) Visa (Subclass 870). As it is high paying visa subclass, the government should remove the ten-year limit on the total number of years it can grant.

                      Australia        NewZealand*     Canada          USA
                       Yes                 Yes                   Yes               Yes
Fee                $6100/person    $1700 app.       $1040          $1225**
Processing    25-30 yrs         12-18 mth       20-24 mth   8 to 14 mth
Time                                                                                 after final filing   __________________________________________________________________
            Yes                    No                     No                  No
Contributory     Yes                   No                     No                  No
Contributory  $47,455              N/A                    N/A                 N/A
Sponsor            Yes                   Yes                   Yes                  Yes
For Australia                                                                                             
For Australia
For New Zealand
For Canada

  • In Canada the government also gave the option to the sponsor, where they can also apply for their Grandparents as well.
  • *In October 2016 New Zealand National led government closed the parent visa but current government have plan to open it up again.
  • **The fee doesn’t include the petition fee, according to the US process. It may have an extra cost of another USD 1000 for USCIS.

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