Caps for family stream visas for the 2023-24 program year

The allocation of parent visas has been a topic of significant discussion over the past year.

The Department is considering implementing a lottery system to select those fortunate enough to have the opportunity for family reunification. Moreover, costs are escalating, and processing times are extending, to the point where some parents sadly pass away before their visas are approved. Honestly, the situation is far from satisfactory and assured.
The main reason for the decades-long backlog in parent visas is the cap on the number of visas that can be issued each year. Each program year has a limited number of visas allocated, and once the number of visas issued reaches this cap, no further visas will be granted until the next program year.

Recently, the Department announced the caps for each type of visa for the current financial/program year, allowing you to draw your own conclusions regarding the impact on processing times and availability.

6,800 Contributory Parent visas may be granted for the following subclasses:

  • SC 143, including 112 visas under the Pathway to Permanent Residence for Retirees,
  • SC 864,
  • Contributory Parent (Temporary) Subclass 173 and Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Subclass 884.

1,700 Parent visas
may be granted for the following subclasses:

  • SC 103, including 13 visas under the Retiree Pathway,
  • SC 804. 

500 Other Family visas
for the following subclasses: 

  • SC 114 (Aged Dependent relative); SC 115 (Remaining relative); and Subclass 116 (Carer),
  • SC 835 (Remaining relative); SC 836 (Carer); and SC 838 (Aged Dependent relative).

There's a 4 times difference between the two parent visa categories. For a contributory parent visa, you will have a price tag of roughly 50,000 AUD and a waiting period of about 13-15 years. Meanwhile, a non-contributory parent visa comes in way cheaper, around 5,000 AUD, but the wait time shoots up to around 30 years.

However, we recently managed to snag a non-contributory parent visa for our clients in just 5 months. No magic involved—just a bit of luck (well, sort of) for an applicant from Ukraine who got a one-shot deal from DOHA at priority processing. As their migration agent, I leveraged this chance, fully committed to serving my client’s best interests!

Should you have any inquiries regarding the Parent Visa or wish to assess eligibility for your parents, kindly direct your questions via direct message or email us at for further assistance.

If you are interested in learning how to effectively arrange a visit to Australia for your parents, with the potential for an extended stay, we invite you to download our free guide. This resource is filled with essential tips and strategies to facilitate a swift and smooth process. Please take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your understanding by downloading the guide today.

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