It has recently been announced that the Parent, Remaining Relative, Aged Dependent Relative & Carer visas will be ceased on 2 June 2014.
This is following on from the Australian Budget in which it was stated that the Australian government would be ceasing lodgement of new applications under the Other Family and Non-Contributory Parent visas will take place prior to the start of the 2014-15 programme year.
The visas which will be ceasing, based on the Federal Government announcement, are the following classes:
Parent -Subclass -Subclass 103
Aged Parent- Subclass 804
Aged Dependent Relative - Subclass 114
Aged Dependent Relative -Subclass 838.
Remaining Relative- Subclass 115
Remaining Relative -Subclass 835
Carer-Subclass –Subclass 116
Carer - Subclass 836
Comment from Chris Johnston: This is consistent with the Australian Federal Government having a focus on skilled migration.
I have previously commented on measures such as charging an application fee for each family member, being effectively anti-family.
The recent changes could also been seen as anti-family.
Migration Institute of Australia
Migration Amendment (Repeal of Certain Visa Classes) Regulation 2014 - Select Legislative Instrument No. 65, 2014