The contents of this article are correct as at 30 September 2012.
In September 2012, DIAC announced that it would make available longer tourist visas for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents.
Parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents who apply for a tourist visa will be eligible for grant of a visa for up to three years with a stay of up to 12 months permitted per entry. Parents who have applied for an offshore subclass 103 Parent Visa will be eligible to be granted a tourist visa for up to five years with a maximum stay of 12 months permitted per entry.
Parents who are granted these types of tourist visas will be required to hold health insurance to cover all healthcare costs during their stay in Australia. They will also be expected to have extended periods of absence from Australia between visits.
It is anticipated that these long term parent visas will be granted with a condition attached preventing the visa holder making further visa applications while they are in Australia.
If you would like further information about making a tourist visa application please feel free to contact us.