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Govt makes important announcement about parental visa

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Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has announced public consultations on the new temporary visa for sponsored parents.

The Federal government has confirmed it will implement its election commitment to introduce a new parental visa. The temporary sponsored parent visa will allow Australians to sponsor their parents to stay in Australia for up to five years.

The Tubnull government envisages to implement the new visa next year. 

Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on Friday announced a series of community consultations and called for public submissions to assist the Government with the final design of the new temporary visa and the legislative changes required to implement the new visa. 

"We want to help families reunite and spend time together, while ensuring that we do so in a way that does not burden Australia's health care system," Mr. Hawke said.

"Improving arrangements for parents of Australians to spend time with their family in Australia, whilst mitigating cost to the Australian taxpayer was a key objective of both major parties at the recent election. It is now important we get this balance right in the design of the temporary sponsored parent visa."

Mr. Hawke called on the migrant communities to participate in the consultation process.

"I encourage migrant communities to get involved in the consultation process and provide feedback to assist in the design of this visa," he said. 

Coalition had promised in the run up to the federal election to introduce a visa allowing a continuous stay of up to five years for parents of migrants. 

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