The Retirement Pathway to permanent residency was introduced in 2018 for subclass 410 and 405 temporary visa holders.
Under this pathway holders of subclass 410 and 405 visas can apply for permanent visas under subclass 143 or 103.
Since this Pathway was introduced subclass 143 visa applications have been processed quickly; applicants for subclass 103 visas – the cheaper option – have been waiting to hear from the Department of Home Affairs.
At the time the Pathway was introduced the indications were that Pathway applicants for 103 visas should expect to have a wait of 4 or so years.
We await news as to the commencement of processing of these visas.
In the meantime we can advise the following details, which we have received following a Freedom of Information request of the Australian Government:
As at 31 July 2022 there were on hand 207 Parent (Subclass 103) and 14 Contributory Parent (Subclass 143) visa applications for the Retirement Pathway.