The closure of visa subclasses has been announced to be effective before July 1st 2014. Therefore any Non-contributory Parent, Remaining Relative, Carer and Aged Dependant visa applications should be lodged immediately.

The DIBP has advised that the closure of these subclasses is imminent, although there is no confirmed date.

This closure will have no retrospective implications and any applications submitted before closure will be put into a queue to be processed. It is therefore vital that any applications for these four visas be lodged immediately.

The quota from these subclasses will be reallocated to skill select subclasses to demonstrate Australia’s focus on bringing in skilled migrants.

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