Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Parent Visas) Regulations 2021 dated 23 July 2021 [“the Regulations”] amend the Migration Regulation 1994 to allow certain Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa (Subclass 870) holders an additional time of 18 months to travel to and stay in Australia once travel resumes after COVID-19 related travel restrictions are lifted. The Regulations also make changes in the relevant visa criteria to reflect the amendment.
In order to limit the adverse impact of COVID-19 related travel restrictions and practical difficulties on holders of Subclass 870 visas, the Regulations extend visa period for 18 months, in addition to the period for which the visa was originally granted, for visa holders who were outside Australia on 01 July 2021. The Regulations also amend the criteria for making a valid application for the subsequent Subclass 870 Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa to provide that the total period of Subclass 870 visas already held by the applicant must be ‘less than 10 years’, which was previously ‘not exceeding ten years’.
The Regulations are registered on the Federal Register of Legislation on 27 July 2021, commenced on 30 July 2021 and are currently in force.
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