Parents to become Immediate Family


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Parents will be Immediate Family.

The immigration definition of ‘immediate family’ is to be expanded to include the parents of Australian residents and citizens.

From 1 November 2021, the definition of ‘immediate family member’ will include the parents of adult Australian citizens and permanent residents. This is for the purpose of assessing exemptions to Australia’s travel restrictions only.

The definition of parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents includes:

  • biological parents
  • legal (including adoptive) parents
  • step-parents
  • parents in-law.

Before you can travel, you will need to have your relationship with your adult Australian child confirmed by submitting a travel exemption request.

covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/immediate-family-australian-citizens-or-permanent-residents-or-new-zealand-citizens-usually-resident-australia#toc-1

Extract from the PMs Media Release.


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National Security Committee earlier this week, where we considered these matters on Tuesday, (12 Oct 2021) we also agreed that we would be looking at expanding the definition of ‘immediate family’ to include the parents of Australian residents and citizens, and I know that will be very welcome

in New South Wales’ case, that means that those family members will be able to come into Sydney if they are vaccinated and not have to quarantine.

Source: pm.gov.au/media/press-conference-kirribilli-nsw-9

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  2. Hi Admin, this is great news! Do you know if there is any information yet on how parents will apply? e.g. which visa should they should apply for and will they need to apply for an exemption

    1. The available information, in my opinion, is a little vague.

      I am assuming this might only be during the Covid-19 situation.

      If so, it will mean that Parents of Citizens or Permanent Residents, who hold a Visitor visa, will be able to enter Australia a lot easier, to visit family.

      I have checked the latest information and condensed the relevant parts (for parents) to this:

      You are considered to be an immediate family member if you are a parent of an adult Australian (available from 1 November 2021).

      Before you travel, you must apply for a travel exemption if you hold a temporary visa.

      You can also apply for a travel exemption if you do not yet hold a temporary visa.

  3. This information is being provided under the Covid-19 Travel restrictions and exemptions page, where it says:

    Parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents.

    Please refer to the Prime Minister’s statement.
    Further information will be available soon.

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