Individuals and Travellers

Other Family Visa Queue

​2015-16 Migration Programme

There are 500 places available for the Other Family category in the 2015-16 financial year.

Most of these visa places will be allocated to the Carer visa category with fewer places allocated to the Remaining Relative and Aged Dependent Relative visa categories. This reflects the priority that is given to the Carer visa by the Australian Government in managing the Migration Programme.

Processing priorities

Processing priorities for Other Family category visa applications are determined by the government.

To ensure equity and fairness, all Other Family visa applications are first assessed against the relevant criteria in the order they are lodged. Applications that meet the relevant criteria are then assigned a queue date and placed in the global queue. There is no provision to prioritise one application over another as it could disadvantage other applicants who might have similar or more compelling circumstances.​

The processing time for an application to reach queue status varies depending on the complexity of the individual case, how quickly you respond to requests for further information and caseload sizes at the individual processing office.

Queuing information

After a visa application has been queued, we do not usually contact you again until the application is released from the queue. Once released from the queue, applications will be considered for final processing as a place in the Migration Programme becomes available.

At final processing, you must continue to meet the relevant criteria and satisfy any outstanding requirements for the visa application to be granted. These include health, character, assurance of support (for Remaining Relative and Aged Dependent Relative visas) and payment of the second instalment of the visa application charge.

Delays in final processing

There was a significant reduction in the number of visa places made available by the Government for Other Family visas in the 2013-14 programme year from 1285 to 585.

A large number of applications had already been released from the queue in 2012-13 but due to the reduction in visa places for the following year, in many cases final processing has not been able to progress.

This delay in final processing remains for the 2015-16 programme year.

If you have been notified of being released from the queue, but your application has not been finalised, you will be contacted again by us only when final processing of your application can resume.

As at July 2015, final processing for Carer is currently progressing for applications with a queue date up to 27 August 2013. For Remaining Relative and Aged Dependent Relative final processing is progressing for applications with a queue date up to 23 February 2011.

This information will be updated only when final processing dates are extended.

Once the number of visa places that are available in the current year is reached, applications that have been queued and released for final processing, but are not yet finalised, will be considered for a place in a subsequent year.

Waiting times for Other Family

Waiting times for Other Family are calculated each year and may vary due to a number of factors including:

  • changes in planning levels
  • number of visa lodgements, withdrawals and refusals
  • Migration Review Tribunal remits
  • Ministerial Intervention cases
  • processing directions

It is currently estimated that Carer visa applications that were lodged in 2014 and meet the criteria to be queued, are likely to take approximately four and one half years to be released for final processing (calculated from 14 August 2014).

Based on current Planning Levels and the allocation of the majority of the Other Family places to the Carer visa category, it is currently estimated that Remaining Relative and Aged Dependent Relative visa applications that were lodged in 2014 and meet the criteria to be queued are likely to take approximately 50​ years to be released for final processing (calculated from 14 August 2014).

Applications lodged in and outside Australia

If you lodge an application for an Other Family visa in Australia you will need to meet health and character requirements for the visa before you are placed in the visa queue.

If you lodge an application for an Other Family visa outside Australia you will not need to meet health and character requirements before you are given a queue date. However, health and character checks must be successfully completed before an Other Family visa can be granted.

See:

Fact sheet 22 – The health requirement

Fact sheet 79 – The character requirement

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