27th April 2018
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Abolished classes of parent and family visas available again


In June 2014 the Australian Government abolished eight subclasses of family visas. This week the Senate disallowed the government’s action, meaning that these eight subclasses are still available, although most likely for a limited time.

As explained in our blog, in June 2014 the Abbott government repealed the following eight subclasses of family visa: 

  • Parent (Migrant) (Class AX):
    Parent (subclass 103)
  • Aged Parent (Residence) (Class BP):
    Aged Parent (subclass 804)
  • Other Family (Migrant) (Class BO):
    Remaining Relative (subclass 115)
    Aged Dependent Relative (subclass 114)
    Carer (subclass 116)
  • Other Family (Residence) (Class BU):
    Remaining Relative (subclass 835)
    Aged Dependent Relative (subclass 838)
    Carer (subclass 836)

Last week the Senate disallowed the government’s change. This means that people can still apply for these categories of visa.

This reversal was the initiative of the Greens party in the Senate. The Greens’ spokesperson on immigration, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, said that the aim of the reversal was ‘to keep families living together and looking after each other in Australia’. The visa subclasses in question are relatively low in cost, compared the Contributory Parent Visa subclasses, which require a financial contribution of more than $40,000 per parent.

But the change will probably be short-lived. The government has advised that it will move again to abolish the categories. Also, only a small number of these visa places are available, and the government recently restricted them even further, but there are large numbers of applicants, meaning that waiting times for processing are extremely long.

For example, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon. Scott Morrison, stated in Parliament that there are currently over 36,000 non-contributory parent visa applications being processed, equating to a waiting period of 13 years. In the other family category there are 7,600 applications on hand, meaning a four-year wait for carers and a 16-year wait for aged dependent relatives and remaining relatives.

If you are unsure of the situation or are considering applying for one of these classes of visa, contact Haag Walker to discuss your migration options.

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