The Australian government recently announced the cancellation of all non-contributary (non-contributary) immigrant visa applications for reunion of parents and relatives. If you want your parents to move to Australia permanently, you can only choose a paid immigrant visa, and the cost will be greatly increased.

The categories of immigrant visas cancelled by the Australian government include:

  • Ordinary parent immigration (103)
  • Immigration of elderly parents (804)
  • Elderly relatives who need to take care of immigration (114 and 838)
  • Residual relatives immigration (115 and 835)
  • Nursing staff immigration (116 and 836)

Chinese immigrants settled in Australia can be said to be the main customer base of this type of visa, so this policy is undoubtedly suspected of targeting Chinese immigrants.

According to The Epoch Times, it currently costs A$12.5 to apply for a “paid visa” for both parents at the same time. This is certainly not a problem for immigrants with financial means, but for others, especially those who come to Australia through refugee visas. Immigrants, this is a burden they cannot bear. They may lose the opportunity to relocate their elderly parents to Australia for family reunion.

So, in the face of the Australian government's cancellation of non-donor visas, what can Chinese who have moved to Australia do?

Congressman McTiernan suggested that Chinese immigrants can lobby their congressmen and senators, let them speak for themselves, and seek to change this immigration policy in the Federal Parliament.

McTiernan said that the Albert government’s amendment to this immigration policy falls within the scope of regulation and does not require the approval of the Federal Parliament, but the Parliament can vote to abolish it. Therefore, if the Federal Parliament receives the support of enough members, it can overturn this immigration policy and restore non-donor immigrant visas.

The Albert government hastily canceled non-donor immigrant visas under the pressure of the federal budget tightening. It has encountered opposition from the Australian Labor Party and the Green Party. The opposition party cannot prevent the implementation of this policy due to insufficient votes. Therefore, McTiernan suggested that the Chinese need to focus on contacting members of Congress from the Liberal Party and other parties.

She specifically mentioned Dio Wang, a Chinese senator from Western Australia. If the Chinese told him, maybe he would speak for his people.

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