THE END OF ROAD FOR PARENT VISA?
The Department of Home Affairs unexpectedly changed the Income test for Assurance of Support(AOS) requirement on 05 April. The new measure affects not only future applications; any currently lodged applications that have not reached the stage of AOS will need to follow the new rule. The effective date started from April 1 retrospectively.
How does it affect applicants?
The new income test makes more people become ineligible to sponsor their parents. For example,
Previously, if a single person wants to assure their two parents, the requirement of income was $44644 but now, under the new rule, the income is $88290. For a couple with no children to jointly assure two parents, the combined income will be $117,721.88. If there is any children, another $2943.5/child is added into the required income.
The AOS bond will also increase from 1 April 2019 from $10000 to $15000 for the primary applicant and the secondary adult applicant will be from $4000 to $6000.
The maximum no. of AOS per person is two within the AOS in force which includes assurance made to parent visa, carer, child, remaining relative etc. which means if a couple is to jointly assure their parents, they can only choose to sponsor the parents of one side only.