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Australian Immigration Law Update: Parent visa applicants to remain onshore during COVID-19

by | Feb 14, 2021 | Migration

In November 2020 the Australian Government announced visa changes to support applicants in five Family visa subclasses impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions.

On 28 January 2021, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, said the Government intends to make changes to allow further temporary concessions for Parent visa applicants.​

The Government is pursuing changes to allow certain Parent visa applicants who have applied for their visa outside Australia to be granted that visa while in Australia during the COVID-19 period,” Minister Hawke said.

This temporary concession would apply to Parent visa subclasses and will allow eligible applicants who are in Australia and unable to travel offshore due to COVID-19 impacts to be granted that visa,” Minister Hawke said.

The changes would apply to:

  • Parent (subclass 103) visa
  • Contributory Parent (subclass 173) visa
  • Contributory Parent (subclass 143) visa.

The current processing arrangements and timeframes for Parent visa applications will not be impacted.

These changes are to take effect in the first quarter of 2021.

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