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Other Visa Types

1.Parent Visa

This visa is for you if you are a parent of a child or stepchild who, at the time the visa application is lodged, is 'settled' and either an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. This means your child must have been lawfully resident in Australia for a reasonable period, normally two years, although a shorter period can be considered for Australian citizen children if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances.

In addition you must be able to demonstrate one of the following:

-at least half of your children are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens who are usually resident in Australia
-you have more children living in Australia as Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens than in any other country.

This visa allows you and your accompanying partner and dependent family members to live as permanent residents in Australia.

You can also:
-work and study in Australia
-receive subsidised healthcare through Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
-access certain social security payments (subject to waiting periods)
-be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship (subject to the residency eligibility criteria)
-sponsor people for permanent residence (subject to waiting periods). 

2.Retirement Visa

This visa is designed for people from overseas who are 55 years or older, have no dependents (other than a partner who can be any age), are self supported, and who want to reside in Australia during their retirement years.

If you are granted this visa you can:

-work in Australia for up to 40 hours per fortnight
-travel in and out of Australia any number of times as long as your visa is valid
-live in Australia for four (4) years
-have your partner accompany you to Australia

3. Tourist Visa - Record High at Six Million New Australian Visas within a Year

The number of Australian tourist visa applications increased by 3.4 per cent in 2012. Records for the Overseas Arrivals and Departures show that the number of foreigners who traveled to Australia went up by 6.2 per cent in August 2012 (compared to 2011) and 1.5 per cent for the year ending August 2012 totaling 6,004,100 new Australian visas for the previous 12 months.


"This is a clear demonstration that the world likes what Australia has to offer and that they are responding positively to current efforts to entice them to visit," John Lee, Chief Executive of the TTF commented.


The year-to-date arrivals from Asia up by 6.5 per cent against a 1.2 per cent rise from the rest of the world, there is clear potential to grow Asian markets even more through a whole of government approach. "Aligning resources for passenger facilitation and visa processing, and increasing the number of work and holiday visas available in key target markets in Asia will deliver a greater return on investment, driving international arrivals and boosting activity in the visitor economy," Lee added.

Australia Relaxes Tourist Visa Rules for Parents of Citizens and Residents

Chris Bowen MP, the Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, announced a change to the rules that will enable the parents of naturalized Australian citizens and permanent residents to obtain a 5 year tourist visa. Parents who are waiting for a parent visa, for which there is a long waiting list, can apply. 'I know many people are waiting patiently in the queue for a parent visa so we want to provide more generous tourist visas to enable regular extended family visits,' he said.


Applicants who fulfil certain criteria will be granted the five year visa. It will allow them to visit Australia as often as they like with a maximum stay of 12 months on any visit, Mr Bowen said on 4th September 2012. He said that the changes will come into effect by the end of 2012.
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