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There are 8 different Parent visas - I could apply for any one of them. Does anyone know (or point me in the direction to find out) the estimated queue times for each of these? Specifically, are Aged Parent visas quicker to get - since they cost the same - than normal Parent visas?
 

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The best way for you to look at the visas is first by an offshore/onshore split and you'll see that with the offshore visas there is no age reference whereas the onshore visas are referred to as aged parent visas and thus eligibility requirements.
As for the queue times, I do not know that there is a split between onshore/offshore other than in numbers allocated and the advantage of applying onshore is that you could get a bridging visa and so queue time may be less relevant.
You need to be on a visa that does not have a No Further Stay condition to do that though there is a reference in the onshore aged visa re a Ministerial intervention that could be worth checking out if you have difficulty getting a visa without the NFS, an ETA a possibility. Aged Parent (Residence) Visa (Subclass 804)
As to queue time, it will obviously vary with numbers of applications on hand and the standard parent visas have in recent years been nominally 7 - 10 years though projection for 2010/2011 is now up to 20 years.Details @ http://www.immi.gov.au/migrants/family/parent-visa-processing-priorities.htm
 

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Thank you, Wanderer, for your very helpful reply.

The Immigration department says:
In the 2010-11 Migration Program year:
7500 places have been allocated to the Contributory Parent category. This includes approximately 7000 places for Contributory Parent visas (subclass 173 or subclass 143) and approximately 500 places for Contributory Aged Parent visas (subclass 884 or subclass 864).


While there are 14 times as many visas for the Parent Visa as for the Aged Parent Visa, are there 14 times as many applicants? Is there any way of finding this out, i.e. which is the longer queue?
 

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You could try and see whether it was possible to get that information from past Immi annual reports but there's no way of knowing just how close what happens this and following years will be to previous years.
General rule of thumb though would seem to be that expectation is for more parents to be making applications from offshore than onshore.
 
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