I know there are a fair few of us on here who have or want our parents to move out to be near us and their grandchildren.
I'm keen to hear your stories as my Inlaws are excited at the prospect of us sponsoring them to come out once we get PR. The problem is that I think they probably wouldn't pass the balance of family criteria as my FIL has 4 children from a previous marriage. Plus they both have health issues. FIL is elderly (aged 86) with diabetes and a dodgy hip and MIL, who is in her early 60s, has just had her second knee replacement, has had two hip replacements due to arthritis, has thyroid probs, is severely overweight, and has an irregular heart beat etc. She is taking a fair chunk of medication too.
So what we're wondering is if there is any way they could come out as temp visa holders and simply renew whilst onshore. I have heard all sorts of stories and recently met an Irish lady who didn't pass the balance of family test but has been here for 9 years on a 4 year temp visa that she renews onshore and has settled in to a home that she had built here too. She has to have full medical insurance because there is no reciprocal agreement between Ireland and Australia. Would our relatives be entitled to reciprocal health care if here on a temp visa?
I'd be grateful to anyone who can share their ideas/experiences as we're keen to help my Inlaws plan for their future.