Australia offers longer visa to parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents

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The parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents will be eligible for a longer tourist Australian visa. This is recognition of the valuable part that they play in the lives of their Australian relatives.

‘From this week more generous tourist visas will enable regular extended family visits for those patiently waiting in the queue for a parent visa,’ said Chris Bowen, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.

In order to receive such tourist visas, all prospective applicants must meet certain health and character requirements.

Furthermore, they will need to prove that they have access to adequate funds and health insurance which will cover any health costs that may arise during their stay.

If they fulfil all of the requirements, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship will consider granting a five-year tourist visa with 12-month residence rights to parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents.

This means that holders of such visa will be able to stay in Australian for a maximum 12 months in any 18 month period within the five years for which the visa is valid.

Once granted a visa, clients can check their visa details and entitlements online, anytime, anywhere, using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online service, known as VEVO.

It is a free service that lets visa holders and organisations, with the visa holder’s permission, see details of current visas.

Meanwhile, the DIAC is reminding people that the Australian Government does not require a person holding a valid Australian visa to have a label in their passport to travel to, enter or remain in Australia.

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