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Will Labor allow an uncapped number of foreign parents to enter into Australia to join their children?
By Brian Kelly, Louise Evans and James Lane
“Under Labor’s new (long-stay parent) visa, there is absolutely no limit to the number of people who can enter the country for up to 10 years."
Immigration Minister David Coleman. April 23, 2019.
AAP FactCheck examined the claim by Immigration Minister David Coleman there will be no limit to the number of people who can enter Australia for up to 10 years under Labor’s long-stay parent visa policy. 
Immigration is once again a key federal election issue linked to population pressures and congestion in Sydney and Melbourne and tough border protection policies from the coalition and Labor. 
Regarding visas for family reunions, Labor and the coalition have different policies catering to parents from overseas seeking to join their children who’ve settled in Australia as citizens or residents.
Under current laws, overseas citizens wanting to visit their children in Australia long-term are admitted under the parent category visa, introduced on May 5, 2017. 
According to the Department of Home Affairs, the applicant’s Australian child must agree to be their sponsor and they must meet identity, health and character requirements. They must also have health insurance from an Australian provider for the length of their intended stay. 
The coalition’s visa program is capped at 15,000 people per year. It is limited to one set of parents per household and the visa cannot be renewed in Australia. The cost is $5000 for three years and $10,000 for five years.  
According to Mr Coleman there are currently more than 97,000 people seeking various kinds of permanent parent visas to Australia. 
Labor proposes to remove the 15,000 cap on parent visas and allow families to bring two sets of parents to Australia. The cost will be $1250 for a three-year visa and $2500 for a five-year visa. 
In a transcript provided to AAP FactCheck by ALP media, Labor spokesman for Immigration and Border Protection Shayne Neumann told reporters Labor’s long-stay parent visa would be uncapped. Mr Neumann said under Labor’s policy “people can spend up to 10 years” and they can request to renew their visa from within Australia.
Based on Labor’s admission that the visa would be uncapped, AAP FactCheck concludes Mr Coleman’s claim is true.
- True - The checkable claims are all true.
1. ‘Labor’s parent visa plan risks grey migrant flow’, by Ben Packham. The Australian. April 23, 2019: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/labor-parents-visa-plan-risks-grey-migrant-flow/news-story/a4ab92dedeff747a0896e0a9ab4cff97
2. ‘Six facts that tell a different immigration story than we hear from politicians’, by Jock Collins. ABC. March 21, 2019: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-21/australian-immigration-what-do-the-numbers-tell-us/10919970
3. ‘Introducing a five year temporary sponsored visa for parents’. Australian Government. Department of Home Affairs: https://archive.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visi/temporary-sponsored-visa-parents
4. ‘What requirements must a parent meet to be granted a temporary sponsored parent visa?’. Department of Home Affairs. May 5, 2017: https://archive.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visi/temporary-sponsored-visa-parents/faq
5. ‘Labor's Cruel Hoax on Unlimited Parent Visas’. Liberal Party. April 22, 2019: https://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2019/04/22/labors-cruel-hoax-unlimited-parent-visas
6. ‘Labor gives migrant parents cheaper visas’. SBS/AAP. April 22, 2019: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/labor-gives-migrant-parents-cheaper-visas
7. ‘Immigration and Border Protection. Labor’s fairer long stay parent visa for Australia’s migrant and multicultural communities’. Labor. April 22, 2019: https://www.shayneneumann.com.au/news/immigration-and-border-protection/labor-s-fairer-long-stay-parent-visa-for-australia-s-migrant-and-multicultural-communities/
- First published April 23, 2019 17:08 AEST