Published on June 25th, 2009 | by john.weir0
Changes to the Contributory parent visa in Australia
Any parents looking to move to Australia under the Contributory Parent Visa after the 1st July, should be aware that the Australian Immigration Department (DIAC) have announced changes to the programme.
In order to prevent applicants adopting a split visa approach (where one applicant would apply for a visa and then look to sponsor their spouse) , DIAC have said that applicants are prohibited from sponsoring their spouse if they
- were granted their permanent Contributory Parent category visa on or after 1Â July 2009; and
- were in a spouse or de facto partner or fiancÃ© relationship on or before the date their permanent Contributory Parent category visa was granted and now wish to sponsor that partner or fiancÃ©.
This limitation may not apply in compelling circumstances which are not financially related.
If you want to find out how the changes in legislation could affect you, come along to our migration seminars, held in Cardiff on the 11th July, and Birmingham on the 19th and 20th September, where you can get expert advice on the visa process from MARA registered agents.