Possibly the government might scrap the permanent parent visa migration in the near future.
Considering the cost of a parent migrant within a capped migration intake, the lost contribution of the skilled migrant they displace.
The migration review report states that the cost of parent visa holders significantly outweighs the visa fees. “A parent, on average, costs $400,000 over their lifetime due to their high use of government-funded services and limited taxes paid”.
“A partial remedy would be increasing the charge and tightening eligibility, and introducing a more flexible temporary parent visa where the sponsor meets the cost of health support during the period of residence,” the report states. The government is also considering introducing a lottery system for the parent visa category to prevent visa backlogs.