The DIBP website is reporting extensive queues for the other family (i.e. non-contributory parents, carers, remaining relative) visas:


  • Non-Contributory Parent visa – approximately 30 years
  • Carer visa – approximately 4.5 years
  • Remaining Relative and Aged Dependent Relative – approximately 56 years 

These visas were abolished but have been reinstated (probably for 6 months) following a successful disallowance motion in the Senate on 25 September 2014.

Needless to say these waiting times generally make the application futile. There will be some very elderly people granted visas, if they survive the wait in the queue!

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