Increasing family reunion places, reducing waiting times and cutting the cost to families
The Australian Greens will increase the intake of migrants under the family reunion visa streams by 10,000 per year, reduce the waitlist and cost to applicants and their family members and instigate a detailed review of the family reunion program.
Australia has a rich history of welcoming migrants to this country. The Australian Greens recognise the value migrants bring and their contribution to a strong economy and vibrant culture. The current system governing the ability for migrants to bring their family members to Australia is extremely expensive, slow and cumbersome with some visa categories imposing a 30 – 50 year waitlist. In addition, a number of people on humanitarian visas (specifically those who originally arrived by boat) are prohibited from applying for family reunion visas all together. This has resulted in the cruel and arbitrary separation of family members.