5 key details about the New Temporary Parent Visa

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Australian Government on Friday morning announced that they were kick starting community consultations on developing the legislation for a new five-year temporary sponsored parent visa.

The Indian community in Australia who have campaigned for this over a year and are keenly watching the developments are widely sharing this new development within the community.

Here are the 5 key points of the new temporary parent visa

  1. Parents of immigrants in Australia will have to get private health insurance. They will also have to show financial backing from their children to be able to access this new visa. These new requirements aim to protect health system from extra costs.
  2. This new visa will be in place by July 2017
  3. This visa will be available to parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible NZ citizens
  4. Visa fees have not yet been revealed but Minister Hawke said it will be ‘more affordable than current arrangements.’
  5. Community will be consulted and community leaders have been invited to make submissions about the policy’s features and submit it on [email protected] by midnight, Monday 31st October 2016.

Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke told reporters in Sydney today that the aim is not to burden the taxpayers.

“If we are to have more aged parents who have come from overseas here with us visiting or staying, we have to ensure that our already overburdened health system is protected from extra cost,” he said.






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Could you pass Australia’s citizenship test?


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Since 2007, more than 650,000 people have taken Australia’s computer-based citizenship test. A little more than 7,200 people (1.1 per cent) have failed since testing started.

The government says the test ensures applicants have a basic knowledge of the English language, an adequate knowledge of Australia and of the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship and an understanding of the nature of their application.

The test asks questions about Australia’s political system and values, and is a requirement for most people who apply for citizenship in Australia.

Many are exempt from sitting the test, including people younger than 18 and older than 60 years of age and people who have impaired vision or hearing.

People who fail three times are able to take a course-based test run over 20 hours. More than 2,600 people have done so, the Australian government says.

Put yourself to the test – you need to answer 15 questions correctly (75 per cent) to pass the test.

Check out the full SBS News story and try the test yourself here.