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Visa processing times

Parent visas - queue release dates and processing times

Queue release dates

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

  • Contributory Parent visa applications with a queue date up to September 2015
  • Parent visa applications with a queue date up to August 2010
  • Aged Parent visa applications with a queue date up to May 2012

We only update this information when the latest final processing dates are available.

Processing times

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.

Contributory Parent, Parent and Aged Parent visa processing times change 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  • how many applications are withdrawn or refused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

We don't provide processing times for Contributory Parent, Parent, Contributory Aged Parent and Aged Parent visa applications. Applications for these visas are subject to capping and queueing.

However, based on current planning levels, we estimate new Contributory Parent visa applications lodged that meet the criteria to be queued are likely to take approximately at least 49 months to be released for final processing.

New Parent and Aged Parent visa applications lodged that meet the criteria to be queued are likely to take approximately 30 years for final processing.