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June 10, 2014 – The Department of Immigration has closed applications for Non-Contributory Parent and Other Family visas since 2 June 2014.
This decision is due to a shift in focus to allowing close family members to reunite with their family or relatives in Australia who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.
In the Family Stream program for 2014-15, the Department aims to reunite the closest of family members, partners, children and contributory parents. Partners and children will be provided more places, which will come from the 1,500 places and 500 places made available as a result of the cessation of Parent and Other Family visas.
In the coming migration year, the Department will no longer accept new applications for these seven visas: Parent visa (subclass 103), Aged Parent visa (subclass 804), Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclasses 114 and 838), Remaining Relative visa (subclasses 115 and 835), and Carer visa (subclasses 116 and 836).
The cessation of the Non-Contributory Parent and Other Family visas will also enable faster processing of existing applications. These visas are queued and applicants currently have to wait between 4 and 16 years before getting an approval.
The upcoming migration program allots 60,885 places for family migration, which is 32 percent of the total 190,000 places. Applications for the seven visa subclasses lodged before June 2 will still be processed under existing regulations and policy. Also, eligible dependent family members can be added to an application, with proof of relationship still required.
According to the Department, family members and relatives affected by the closure of the mentioned visas can consider applying for a visitor visa or a skilled visa, which are more flexible options and have no long waiting time.