The Department of Home Affairs has released more information over the weekend on migration planning levels for the remainder of current financial year with particular focus on mature visa applicants.
In summary, the maximum number of classes of parent visas granted in the financial year 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 will be as follows:
- Contributory Parent Visas – 7175
- Parent Visas – 1500
- Other family visas including Remaining Relative and Aged Dependent Relative – 500
According to the Departmental website the current processing timeframe for Contributory parent visas is currently at 41 months. The processing timeframe for other parent visas is not published, however, it is believed to be in excess of 25 years.
Remaining relative visas are taking 50 years to process according to the latest processing timeframes published on Departmental website and the same processing timeframe apply to aged dependent relative. An applicant for an aged dependent relative must be someone who would qualify for an Australian aged pension (which is 67 years of age).