The Law Report on ABC’s Radio National presented a story on their program about foreign parents, Australian children and the path to a permanent visa. It discusses citizenship, rights and the discretion of the Immigration Minister to decide whether or not an Australian child can maintain a close relationship with both parents.
When a temporary migrant has a child with an Australian, the child is a citizen. But if the couple separate, the foreign parent doesn’t have the right to stay in Australia and stay close to their child. It is then often left up to the Immigration Minister to decide whether or not to grant the foreign parent a permanent visa.
The program suggests that, with rise in temporary migration to Australia, the number of such cases is only likely to increase.
Listen to the program in full or read the transcripts here: ABC Law Report.