Jun 18, 2014

Migrants miss out as family visas dumped

Migrants who hoped to bring their family members to Australia under certain visas are out of luck, with the Immigration Department summarily repealing certain sub-classes.

Sally Whyte — Political reporter

Sally Whyte

Political reporter

Foreign-born Australian citizens and permanent residents hoping to reunite permanently with family members in Australia face wait times of more than 15 years and costs of more than $100,000 after seven visa sub-classes were repealed with almost no warning at the start of this month. Others may have no avenue in which to bring their family members to Australia, with no alternative visa sub-classes replacing those repealed.

Angela Chan, president of the Migration Institute of Australia, told Crikey migration agents had been made aware after the budget that visa sub-classes including non-contributory parent, remaining relative and carer visas would be repealed before the end of the financial year. It was not until Friday, May 30 that they were made aware that applications would be closed on Monday, June 2. Migration agents say many applicants rushed to get their applications in on time, and Carina Ford, accredited immigration and administrative law specialist, says she had a number of applicants who were not ready to apply at such short notice.

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One thought on “Migrants miss out as family visas dumped

  1. fractious

    “Crikey has contacted Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s office for comment and has not received a reply”

    Operational matters, presumably…

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