familyRepeal of the non-contributory parent and other family visas.

The government announced its intention to close the non-contributory parent and other family visas in the Budget papers on 13 May 2014. Repeal of non-contributory parent visas (subclasses 103 and 804) and other family visas, including Aged Dependent Relative visas (subclasses 114 and 838), Remaining Relative visas (subclasses 115 and 835) and Carer visas (subclasses 116 and 836), took effect on 2 June 2014.

Applications for these subclasses had long outstripped available places, creating decades-long queues for some of the applicants. For example, the waiting time for a non-contributory parent visa is up to 30 years, six years for a Carer visa and 25 years for an Aged Dependent Relative visa or a Remaining Relative visa. Based on current planning levels, someone who applied for a parent visa in May 2014 may have to wait until 2044 for their application to be finalised and ready to be granted. Current applications will continue to be processed under existing regulations and policy. With more than 36,000 parent and 7600 other family visa applications awaiting finalisation, it will take many years to work through the existing applications for these visas.

There remain other avenues for parents to seek to migrate to or visit Australia. Parents can still apply to migrate permanently to Australia through the contributory parent stream. They can also apply for a flexible visitor visa to visit family in Australia for up to 12 months at a time. Anyone wishing to visit Australia to provide short-term care for family members can also apply for a visitor visa.

DIBP report

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