Parent Visa Changes Will Not Go Ahead

14:55' 14-05-2018
Changes to the parent visa sponsorship rules, introduced last month, will now be abandoned, after a threat by Greens Senator Nick McKim to bring a motion against it in the Senate.

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    Under the changes, as reported in Modern Asian on 9 May, anyone wishing to sponsor two parents would need to show an annual income of $86,607, almost double that required under the previous rules. The change would have affected thousands of migrants on the long waiting list for visas.

    The change of regulations drew harsh criticism from migrant communities, migration agencies, and advocating bodies such as the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), which has applauded the government's change of mind.

    Labor and a number of crossbench Senators agreed to support the Greens disallowance motion, making it clear that the Government would face defeat on this issue. Social Services Minister Dan Tehan, who introduced the changes, said in a letter to Senator McKim that he would reverse the changes, and reassess those who have already been assessed under the new provisions.

    Following the release of this news, FECCA Chairperson Mary Patetsos said the parliamentarians who opposed the proposal had acted “with compassion and common sense”. FECCA had written to Minister Dan Tehan, requesting that the proposal be dropped.

    “There is no doubt that family reunion enhances successful settlement, promotes social cohesion and drives economic prosperity,” Ms Patetsos said. “These changes would have affected all family reunions, regardless of place of origin, with the additional costs imposing a heavy financial impact on Australian families.”

    The government still hopes to pass a bill to extend the time migrants must wait for welfare payments. Last December, it was proposed to extend the waiting time to three years, but has now extended it to four years.

    Refugees fleeing persecution and given humanitarian visas will still be exempt from any waiting time.

    The measure is expected to save an extra $200 million, on top of $1.3 billion in savings over the next four years.

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