Go Matilda Visas has submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Australian Government and has obtained details of the number of non Contributory Parent visa applications under sub classes 103 (Parent) and 804 (Aged Parent) that were lodged and queued as at the end of December 2021.
As visa applicants and their families will be aware, the Australian Government presently advises a timeline for the granting of these visas of some 30+ years.
Schedules that detail the number of applications based on the queue date of the application are in the schedules below (pdf format).
It should be remembered that with visa sub class 804 a queue date is issued once an initial assessment of health and character – ie medical examinations and police clearances – has been completed successfully.
The total number of visas available across the subclass 103 and 804 visa sub classes was 900 in the program year to 30 June 2021, and is expected to be the same for the current program year that ends on 30 June 2022.
In addition, the Department of Home Affairs presently advises:
“Onshore Aged Parent (BP804) visas have been assessed up to Queued Date of December 2012.
Onshore Aged Parent applications with a Queued Date of December 2012 onwards are likely to take longer to process while we action offshore Parent (AX103) applications to bring the dates back to parity.”
At the time of preparing this blog the Parent Visa Centre is assessing subclass 103 visa applications that were queued up to October 2010.
Some High Level Thoughts
- Given the details we have received and 900 visas allocated to these sub classes annually it will be some 7 years before subclass 804 applications are being assessed again by delegates at the PVC.
- With a total number of visa applications under sub classes 103 and 804 of about 41,500, allowing for an attrition rate of (say) 15% (due to the withdrawal of the visa application – which might include transfers of applications to Contributory Parent visa sub classes 143 and 864; or the death of the visa applicant; or the failure to satisfy the health requirement), and a continuing annual number of visas granted of 900 we think the total processing time for a visa application under sub class 103 or 804 will be closer to 40+ years, rather than the 30+ years currently identified by the Department of Home Affairs – remembering that a queue date is usually forthcoming some 2 to 3 years after the visa application is submitted.
- Of course, for subclass 804 visa applicants the difference between 30 and 40 years may not be overly significant, given the main applicant must be aged (as defined – presently 66.5+ years old) when the application is lodged.
Go Matilda Visas is a proactive firm of visa advisors. We look after visa applications for a significant number of parents, and will be pleased to have an initial free no obligation conversation if you are intending to submit a parent visa application – whether this is for a non contributory or a contributory parent visa.
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