Australian Government Media Release
From today, parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for a travel exemption, for travel to Australia from 1 November 2021.
Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said the changes would reunite many families separated by the pandemic.
See the full media release here.
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.