Applications for Other Family and Non-Contributory Parent family visas stopped on 2 June 2014, following an announcement made in the 2014 Federal Budget. On 21 July delays to registration of applications was announced.

If you applied prior to the closing date, don’t worry. Those applications are still being processed. They are, however, taking approximately 6 weeks to be receipted.

Because applications for these visas are processed in order of the date lodged, the processing time will not be affected. 

Do you want current information about non-contributory parent visa application processing times?

You can send an email to parents@immi.gov.au. You will get an automated reply with the latest information.

Which family visas were affected by the closure?

The affected visa subclasses are:

  • Parent (subclass 103)
  • Aged Parent (subclass 804)
  • Aged Dependent Relative (subclass 114)
  • Remaining Relative (subclass 115)
  • Carer (subclass 116)
  • Remaining Relative (subclass 835)
  • Carer (subclass 836)
  • Aged Dependent Relative (subclass 838).

Does this mean that Other Family and Non-Contributory Parent visas are capped?

No. At this stage, we understand that applications for these family visas will be stopped entirely. However, this effect yet to be confirmed by legislation. More about caps is at this location.

When were the visas closed? Will they reopen?

The visas were closed on 2 June 2014. Our understanding is that they will not reopen. The closure is not a cap.

I’ve already applied! What will happen to me?

It’s ok, your application will continue to be processed. Information about waiting times for these visas can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Oh no! What do I do now? Is there another option?

Contact us now for information that applies in your situation. Each situation is different. Don’t delay! If you can still lodge an application for one of the visas listed above, we can help you.