The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, launched longer tourist visas for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents in recognition of the valuable role they play in their children and grandchildren’s lives.
“From 24 November 2012, more generous tourist visas will enable regular extended family visits for those patiently waiting in the queue for a parent visa,” Mr Bowen said.
“Tourist visas will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will enable parents to spend more time in Australia with their families without needing to apply for a new visa each time they visit.
To be granted a tourist visa, applicants must meet Australia’s health and character requirements, have access to adequate funds, have health insurance to cover any healthcare costs during their stay and intend a genuine visit to Australia.
“My department will consider granting five-year tourist visas with a 12-month stay on each entry to parents who are in the parent visa queue outside Australia,” Mr Bowen said.
The department will also consider granting tourist visas of up to three years with a 12-month stay on each entry for parents not currently in the parent visa queue and who have complied with a previous Australian visa.
Eligible parents will be able to stay in Australia for a maximum of 12 months in any 18-month period. For more information, visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website at: www.immi.gov.au