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e-Petition to allow aged parents overseas to re-unite with children who are Australian citizens or permanent residents

Radio Tagumpay broadcaster and community leader Violi Calvert reported a petition before the Australian Parliament seeking to add parents to the government’s definition of “immediate family”  insofar as re-uniting them with Australian citizens and permanent residents living in Australia.

Closing date for signatures is 19 May 2021 or 10 days left from today 10 May 2021. There are presently 29,265 signatures garnered.

The petition can be acted through the link e-petitions – Parliament of Australia (

Explanation of the petition, as follows: “Australia is a multicultural country where many of it’s citizens and permanent residents (PR) migrated from overseas. Therefore, thousands of Australian’s and PR have parents living abroad. Currently parents are unable to to travel to Australia to be reunited with family because they are not classed as ‘immediate family’.

Parents are essential and connection with family is equally as important to migrants as it is to families living in Australia. Australians and PR have not seen their parents for a significant amount of time due to the travel ban and a strict exemption criteria which prevents people from obtaining exemptions unless they have a ‘compelling reason’. Covid-19 has impacted many Australians, however, being apart from parents for an extended period of time without an indication of when they will be reunited puts unrealistic expectations on those desperate to see family.

This has had a profound impact, mental health has significantly declined, children have not met grandparents, people have had to give up work due to limited support and families are having to re-evaluate their lives in Australia and have had to leave despite being here for many years. Citizens and PR have jobs and responsibilities with they cannot leave for three months or more.