Ruth Gandhi migrated to Tasmania, Australia, from India some 10 years ago on a skilled migration visa as a medical practitioner. Nevertheless, Ruth has not sought to take out Australian citizenship preferring to stay on her Indian passport and doing whatever travels she needed on a Resident Return visa. Ruth is now aged 35 and works at the Tamar Valley Hospital in Launceston. Ruth is not yet married. Not through a lack of suitors she says, but her medical schedules are so full on that she just could not find the time to be courted by men.
Ruth has an elder brother who migrated to the USA and is living in New York. She also has a younger sister who is married and living in Kolkata, while both her parents live in Mumbai. Her father David, aged 61, is the business manager at the Royal Bombay Yacht Squadron [despite India no longer being a British colony, some institutions still prefer to retain the Royal title from its imperial era], while her mother Sonya, now aged 62, stays at home. Over the past 10 years since her migration to Australia, Ruth has travelled back to India every year to visit her parents and her sister. She has observed that while her father has remained ‘fit as a fiddle’ with his work at the yacht squadron, her mother on the other hand has grown a bit frail each time she sees her.
About a year ago, Ruth was able to bring her mother to Australia on a Medical Treatment (602) visa for treatment of some ailment and was able to extend her mother's visa for a stay of 12 months. However, Sonya's 602 visa is about to expire soon. There is no 8503 condition attached to this visa. By this time Sonya has grown accustomed to life in Tasmania, the climate being much cooler and less humid than India and the fresh air in Tasmania has made her better and she feels her health has improved significantly. She has told Ruth that she would like to stay on. Also, Ruth's father, David, had also come to Tasmania on one occasion for a visit and has also expressed a liking for the surroundings of Ruth's home. From the terrace he could see the watercrafts sailing up and down the Tamar River, which reminds him of his yacht squadron back home.
Ruth comes to your office today to enquire as to whether her mother can stay on in Australia without going back to India. She asks whether her parents might qualify for any type of Parent visas. Ruth also said should any visa options be suitable, her father, David, would also like to come and stay with her and his wife in Tasmania, where she can provide her parents with better care as she is a medical doctor herself.
Prepare a letter of advice for Ruth, advising her whether her parents may qualify for any parent visa options, if any. Explain the requirements of the visa(s) options identified, if any.
Your answers must be supported by reference to relevant migration legislative and/or regulatory provisions.