As we reported back in September, the Australian Imigration department was planning to grant longer term tourist visas for parents of Australian migrants.
Last Saturday (24th November) the changes went live. Chris Bowden, minister for Australian Immigration and citizenship said:
The ‘more generous tourist visas will enable regular extended family visits for those patiently waiting in the queue for a parent visa,’
‘Tourist visas will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will enable parents to spend more time in Australia with their families without needing to apply for a new visa each time they visit.
‘I know many Australians are looking forward to spending a longer period of time with their parents and I am pleased the government has been able to facilitate this.’ […]