New cap on family visas

‘The instrument operates to determine the maximum number of visas that may be granted in the financial year commencing 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 for the specified classes of visas’

The new Migration (LIN 19/087: Granting of Contributory Parent Visas, Parent Visas and Other Family Visas in the 2018/2019 Financial Year) Instrument 2019 commences on 30 Jan 2019 and replaces the Migration (IMMI 18/054: Granting of Contributory Parent, Parent and Other Family Visas in the 2017/2018 Financial Year) Instrument 2018.

Explanatory statement

The explanatory statement to LIN 19/086 includes the following passage:

3. The instrument operates to determine the maximum number of visas that may be granted in the financial year commencing 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 for the specified classes of visas.

4. The purpose of the instrument is to determine the maximum number of visas for specified classes of visas.  The maximum numbers of visas for the specified visa classes in the instrument has not yet been reached.  Those classes of visas are as follows:

Contributory Parent classes of visas

1. Item 1130 – Contributory Parent (Migrant) (Class CA) visa;

2. Item 1130A – Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) (Class DG) visa;

3. Item 1221 – Contributory Parent (Temporary) (Class UT) visa;

4. Item 1221A – Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Class UU) visa.

 

Parent classes of visas

1. Item 1124 – Parent (Migrant) (Class AX) visa;

2. Item 1124A – Aged Parent (Residence) (Class BP) visa.

Other Family classes of visas

1. Item 1123A – Other Family (Migrant) (Class BO) visas; 

2. Item 1123B – Other Family (Residence) (Class BU) visas.

The instrument

The new instrument includes the following provisions:

6  Maximum number of visas – Contributory Parent Visas

(1) The combined maximum number of Contributory Parent visas that may be granted in the financial year 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 is 7,175.

(2) Of the determined maximum number of Contributory Parent visas specified in 6(1), the maximum number of visas that may be granted to applicants who are seeking to satisfy either:

(a) the primary criteria set out in clause 143.214 of Schedule 2 to the Regulations; or

(b) the secondary criteria set out in clause 143.313 of Schedule 2 to the Regulations

is 125.

7  Maximum number of visas – Parent Visas

(1) The combined maximum number of Parent visas that may be granted in the financial year 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 is 1,500.

8  Maximum number of visas – Other Family Visas

(1) The combined maximum number of other family visas that may be granted in the financial year 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 is 500


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Sergio Zanotti Stagliorio is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1461003). He is the owner of Target Migration in Sydney. He can be reached at sergio@targetmigration.com.au