In the election 2016, the coalition government attempts to encourage immigrants by offering their families a 5 year continuous stay visa in Australia. Currently it is offered to only those applicants on a case-to-case basis who have lodged a concurrent permanent parental visa application.
The minister of immigration recognizes that many Australians face certain pressures through the separation of children from parents and families. Therefore, in an attempt to reunite families, the government promises to offer them a 5 years continuous stay visa.
Speaking on this, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection said, ““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.”
Echoing similar safeguarding measures of Labor, Coalition’s plan would also warrant visitors applying for the enhanced parental visitor visa to demonstrate that they hold adequate private health insurance from an Australian provider. Also these families would have to pay a mandatory bond based on the existing Assurance of support scheme.
Currently, the families of Australian residents are allowed a continuous stay of up to 12 months.