Parent Visa Backlog Continues to Increase

The Australian Government has published its report on the delivery of the 2020/21 Migration Program.
 
Page 56 of the report discusses parent visa processing activity and clearly shows the number of visa applications awaiting decisions continuing to rise, with new parent visa application lodgments comfortably exceeding the number of visas being granted annually.
 
For program year 2020/21 (with 2019/20 in brackets) the numbers are as follows – these numbers include Contributory and non Contributory parent visas:
 
Number of applications – 14,827 (12,664)
Number of visas granted – 4,500 (4,399)
Applications on hand at 30 June – 114,359 (108,659)
 
 

Contributory Parent Visa Application Numbers – Updated

In an update to our earlier blog post, Go Matilda Visas has obtained details of the current number of Contributory Parent Visa (CPV) applications that were lodged and in train at the Parent Visa Centre up to the end of August 2021.

The 2021/22 Migration Program allows for 4,500 visas to be granted across the Contributory and non-Contributory parent visa subclasses.

We understand that about 3,600 of this total will be allocated to Contributory Parent visa applications.

Given nearly 8,000 applications have been lodged for Contributory Parent visas in the first 8 months of 2021 alone we foresee a relentless and significant increase in the processing time for these visas – certainly some years more than the 64 months that is currently being referenced on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Details of the current number of CPV applications broken down between the number submitted each month are in this pdf document.

Number of visa applications on hand – Subclass 870, Temporary Sponsored Parent Visas

We have received details of the number of subclass 870 parent visa applications that are awaiting processing and the granting of visas.

As at 31 August, 2021 there were 1,826 applications on hand at the Department of Home Affairs, awaiting a decision.

Given there is an annual quote of 15,000 visas available under this visa subclass there is clearly scope for all of these visas to be granted once Australia’s Covid related border restrictions are eased – and for over 13,000 more visa grants before the end of the current program year on 30 June 2022.

Number of parent visas capped for year to 30 June 2021

The Australian Government has published a Legislative Instrument which caps the number of parent visas that can be granted for the current program year that ends on 30 June 2021.

There is a ceiling of 3,600 visas on the number of Contributory Parent visas.

For the last 2 program years the numbers were:

2019/20 – 6,096

2018/19 – 7,175

For non CP visas – ie visa subclasses 103 and 804 – the ceiling is 900.

2019/20 – 1,275

2018/19 – 1,500

The ceiling on the granting of CP Visas includes 125 visas that are available to subclass 410 and 405 visa holders who are seeking permanent residency under the pathway to permanent residency for retirement and investor retirement visa holders.

Comment:  Clearly COVID-19 has significantly affected the number of visas being granted to parents.   With a significant number of applications for parent visas lodged with the Australian Government – see our recent post in this regard – and political pressure building on the Government to react to a significantly lengthening waiting time – we like to think that the planned parent visa program for the program year to 30 June 2022 will respond appropriately.

The number of parent visas for the following program year is usually announced at the time of the Federal Budget.   The 2021 Budget is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 11 May, 2021.

We will bring news here regarding the 2021/22 program numbers as soon as they are known to us.

Parent Visas – Place to be at Time of Visa Grant – COVID Concessions Start

Temporary relaxations in the place where parent visa applicants are required to be at the time of visa grant come into effect today.

The Migration Amendment (Parent Visas) Regulations amend the Migration Regulations to allow specified Parent Visas to be granted during the COVID concession period in locations other than those usually applying.

For applicants for the following Parent visa classes who are located in Australia, but who would be otherwise required to be outside Australia at the time of visa grant, these visas may be granted when onshore:

  • Parent (Permanent) (subclass 103)
  • Contributory Parent (Permanent) (subclass 143)
  • Contributory Parent (Temporary) (subclass 173)

For applicants for the following Parent visa subclasses who are located outside Australia, but who would otherwise be required to be in Australia at the time of visa grant, these visas may be granted when offshore:

  • Aged Parent (Permanent) (subclass 804)
  • Contributory Aged Parent (Permanent) (subclass 864)

These COVID concessions apply to visas that were lodged before 24 March 2021 and before the end of the concession period prescribed in Regulation 1.15N(1).

No end date for the concession period has been prescribed at the time of writing this article.

For the grant of a Subclass 103, Subclass 143 or Subclass 173 visa while the applicant is in Australia, the applicant must have been in Australia on 24 March 2021, but not in immigration clearance.

For grant of a Subclass 804 or Subclass 864 while the applicant is overseas, the applicant must have been outside Australia on 24 March 2021 and must not be in immigration clearance.