The Turnbull government has introduced a new visa that lets citizens bring their foreign-born parents to Australia on a temporary basis.
The temporary sponsored parent visa will begin in November 2017, with 15,000 visas available annually.
The new visa will allow the parents of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens to stay in Australia for periods of up to three or five years.
It is estimated that the visa will be a $99 million cost to the government over four years.
Under the rules of the visa, it can be renewed from outside Australia to allow a cumulative stay of up to 10 years, but visa holders will not be eligible to apply onshore for a permanent parent visa.
The Australian child of the visa holder will also have the legal liability for public health expenditure — including aged care arrangements — incurred by their parent.
“This is designed to reduce the cost to the Government of health services for temporary parent migrants,” says the government.
The introduction of the visa follows community concerns around existing parent visas, including wait times and visa costs.
A review of the new visa will be completed at the end of the first program year.
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