The parent category includes both the Parent (non-contributory) and the Contributory Parent visas.
Parent (non-contributory) visa applications have a lower processing priority than other visas in the family stream such as partners, children and contributory parent visas.
In the 2015–16 Migration Programme year:
- 1 500 places have been allocated to Parent (non-contributory) visas (subclasses 103 and 804)
- 7 175 places have been allocated to Contributory Parent visas (subclasses 173/143 and subclasses 884/864).
Parent (non-contributory) visa queuing arrangements
In the 2015–16 Migration Programme year, 1 500 Parent (non-contributory) visa places are available for applicants applying from in and outside Australia.
To ensure equity, all Parent (non-contributory) visa applications are assessed in order of lodgement, assigned a queue date and then placed in the queue for the relevant visa subclass. You will be advised of your queue date when your application reaches this stage.
The queue date is the date that the application was assessed as meeting the initial criteria for a Parent (non-contributory) visa. When a queue date has been assigned it is a fixed date and the application cannot be given priority ahead of other applications. Applications are finalised in order of their queue date as places become available.
Based on current planning levels, applicants for a Parent (non-contributory) visa can expect an approximate 30 year wait before visa grant consideration after being allocated a queue date.
This waiting period is reflective of the significant number of Parent (non-contributory) visa applications in comparison to the limited number of visa places available each Migration Programme year.
Using the queue calculator for Parent (non-contributory) visa applicants
The department's online queue calculator enables you to determine how many people are ahead of you in the queue.
You can enter your queue date and select the parent visa subclass you have applied for. The parent visa queue calculator will give you the approximate number of persons ahead of you in the queue.
You can then estimate the approximate time it will take to be considered for visa grant based on the number of visa grants available for your visa subclass in any one Migration Programme year.
If you are a new Contributory Parent visa applicant, you will not be provided with a queue date. Therefore the queue calculator is not applicable to these applications at this time.
Changes to the number of visa grants in any single Migration Programme year will affect the length of time an applicant will wait before they will be considered for visa grant.
See: Parent Visa Queue Calculator
The queue calculator figures are usually updated in the middle of every month for the preceding month.
Applicants' place in the queue
The number of people ahead of you in the queue includes applicants being considered for visa grant for this Migration Programme year.
Numbers in the queue are subject to:
- changes in the number of visa places available each year
- fluctuations due to visa grants, refusals and withdrawals
- fluctuations due to successful review cases which are given priority.
Note: The order for considering and finalising Parent (non-contributory) visa applications will not be affected by any special circumstances of a compelling or compassionate nature. This means that once a queue date for Parent (non-contributory) visas, or lodgement date for Contributory Parent visas, has been assigned it is a fixed date and the application cannot be given priority ahead of other applications even if such circumstances exist, as this may disadvantage other applicants whose circumstances are equally or more compelling or compassionate.
Contributory parent category processing arrangements
In the 2015-16 Migration Programme year, 7 175 Contributory Parent visa places are available for applicants applying from in and outside Australia.
Based on current planning levels if you are a new Contributory Parent visa applicant, you can expect to wait 12 to 24 months before visa grant consideration, depending on your circumstances. As current migration planning levels sufficiently cater for demand for these visas and the Contributory Parent visa is currently not subject to queuing arrangements, you will not be provided with a queue date.
If you are applying for Contributory Parent visa, you should note that processing times can vary. It is important that you ensure you have funds available for the second visa application charge at all times during the application process, as payment may be required at an earlier date than was anticipated at the time of visa application lodgement.