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    Hello all

    We applied November 2017, so similar timeframe to you. If you look on GoMatilda’s website, click on the parent visa section and then the blogs, you will find the number of parent visas currently in train. Judging by the numbers ahead of us, and factoring in the drop-out rate, we’re expecting to wait another four years. In May/June of 2017 there were almost two years’ worth of applications lodged at the current allocation of 4,500 pa. Patience is a virtue!!!
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    Where would you live in Tasmania?

    We’re hoping to move to Launceston area. We’ve been many times over the past eleven years to visit our daughter who married a local lad. It has a lot to offer. We are very much looking forward to settling down there.
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    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    Not entirely the case in some countries. We have lived in Malaysia for almost 10 years on a retirement visa called Malaysia My Second Home. If you can fund yourself and can prove it by depositing funds into Malaysia, older retirees have been welcomed here. Similar idea exists in Thailand, although I believe the entry criteria are slightly different there. It all boils down to being able to be self-sufficient financially and thus we will never be a burden on the state.
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    What Book are you reading??

    Hi All, hope it’s ok to add my suggestions to this thread? I sometimes contribute to parents visa comments but love to read and am a member of a book club. Three books we have read as a club this year which have been thoroughly enjoyed are “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens, “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles and “I am Pilgrim” by Terry Hayes. I will be looking out for several of the books I’ve seen mentioned here. Thanks all!
  5. For 143 visas lodged before 1st June 2018, your lodgement date is your queue date.
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    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    Page 31 of this thread, Biggsy downloaded the information you are looking for.
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    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    I think this might become a bigger issue when processing gets to late November 2016 when the rules changed to dependents having to be below age 23 to be included on a 143 application.
  8. We are the same ... we delayed applying as we didn’t want the hassle of trying to get police clearance certificates from the couple of years we lived in China. If only we had known what we know now!
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    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    Linda, I already know that I’m going to be checking that queue every month for the foreseeable future, and trying not to get too depressed if it doesn’t tick along well! Sue
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    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    Very frustrating! Our queue number is 29,060, which is close to another five years wait! 2017 was certainly a big year for applications. I do agree though that it’s good to have clarity on where we sit in the queue.
  11. Yes, we’ve had to be realistic about timeframes as well. It’s disappointing for both parents and our Australian offspring but we just have to be patient, which is easier said than done! This forum is very helpful and supportive, I’m glad I found it.
  12. I know it is frustrating; our wait time has gone from 3 years at the time of application to roughly 6 probably, but to be honest we are just grateful that Australia offers parent visas.
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    The weather in Devonport Tasmania today

    Hi! We’re back in Launceston visiting our daughter, son-in-law and little granddaughter again. Absolutely glorious weather this past week, although yesterday was pretty hot at 32 degrees. Much cooler today but still clear blue skies and bright sunshine, just lovely.