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Visa processing times

Other family visas - queue release dates and processing times

The annual quota for Remaining Relative and Aged Dependent Relative visas has been reached using existing queued applications.

There will be no further queue release for these visas during migration program year 2019-2020.

As at November 2018 we have released for final processing:

  • Remaining Relative visa applications with a queue date of up to 2 August 2011
  • Aged Dependent Relative visa applications with a queue date up to 2 August 2011

As at September 2019, we have released for final processing:

  • Carer visa applications with a queue date up to 11 October 2017.

We only update this information when final processing dates are extended.

Once we reach the number of visa places available in the current Migration Program year we will consider any applications that have been queued and released for final processing, but not yet finalised, for a place in a subsequent year.

We calculate processing times for Other Family visa applications each year. Processing times might vary for a number of reasons, including:

  • changes in planning levels
  • how many visa applications are submitted
  • how many applications are withdrawn or refused
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal remits
  • Ministerial Intervention cases
  • changes to processing directions

Based on current planning levels and the allocation of the majority of Other Family category places to Carer visa applications, we estimate that Carer visa applications that meet the criteria to be queued are likely to take approximately 4 1/2 years to be released for final processing.

Current estimated processing time for Remaining Relative and Aged Dependent Relative visa applications that meet the criteria to be queued is approximately 50 years.