The ABC’s Ina Gillespie has found that visa sponsorship is allowed in some states, but not in others.
Ms Gillespie said it was a confusing situation.
“It is legal for people to sponsor people from abroad for their children,” she said.
“The question is what is the legal requirement for this to be allowed?”
And so it is up to the states to decide whether they want to allow it or not.
“She said the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) said it could not say whether it would allow visa sponsorships.”
If you’re in the ACT and you have children and they are travelling to Australia, you should be able to sponsor them,” she told 7.30.”
But if you’re travelling to a foreign country, you’re not allowed to do that.
“We don’t want to encourage people to go to Australia for a child that’s in a foreign place.”
She called on the DIBP to allow visa sponsored travel to children who are not in the country on a work or study visa.
“You could bring them in to work and pay for their flight and they could then come back, work and then they’re entitled to come back to Australia,” she explained.
Ms Morrison said she supported visa sponsorship.
“I think it’s important that Australians go overseas for their education, work, study and I think the whole issue of the economy is important,” she responded.
“For the kids, the parents would like to have a better future and I believe that’s why we should look at visas, the kids should go overseas and they should have that opportunity.”
The DIBPS website says a visa is valid for a period of four years and can be renewed every two years.
“When it expires, you can renew your visa online,” the site says.
“Once you’ve paid for your trip and it’s been paid for, you are entitled to return to Australia.”
The ABC contacted the Department for Immigration and Trade (DIT), the Department’s top immigration official, for comment.
A spokeswoman said visa sponsorship was currently not allowed in Victoria.
“Visa sponsorship is only allowed for people who are eligible for a visa,” she wrote in an email.
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If you need to work, you must pay your visa and this is a requirement of visa sponsorship.”
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