Parent Resident Visa expression of interest (EOI) selection process

Your EOI goes into a queue or ballot depending on when we received it.

To apply for a Parent Resident Visa, you must first submit an EOI. If we select your EOI, we may invite you to apply for residence.

We select EOIs every 3 months from 2 sets.

  • The queue contains EOIs received before 12 October 2022. The first selection was 14 November 2022.
  • The ballot contains EOIs received from 12 October 2022. The first selection is August 2023.

Queue for EOIs received before 12 October 2022

The queue contains EOIs received on or before 11 October 2022.

  • We select the oldest EOIs first from the queue.
  • The first selection was 14 November 2022.
  • We select enough to reach 2000 visa approvals each year, until there are no EOIs remaining in the queue.
  • EOIs do not expire, but you can withdraw your EOI from the queue.

The number of EOIs we select is adjusted to account for the fact that some EOIs include 2 people, and some EOIs may not result in a visa approval.


We select at least 400 EOIs from the queue at each selection. Before each selection, we decide if we need more than 400 based on the success rate from the previous selection. As a result, expected dates in the table below are estimates only, and may change. We update the table after each selection (quarterly).

Date we received your EOI Expected selection date for your EOI
28 June 2016 to 12 August 2016 August 2023
12 August 2016 to 5 October 2016 November 2023
5 October 2016 to 30 January 2018 February 2024
2 February 2018 to 30 April 2019 May 2024
30 April 2019 to 26 February 2020 August 2024
26 February 2020 to 11 March 2020 November 2024
11 March 2020 to 9 July 2020 February 2025
9 July 2020 to 1 November 2021 May 2025
4 November 2021 to 10 October 2022 August 2025

Ballot for EOIs received from 12 October 2022

We put EOIs received on or after 12 October 2022 into a ballot.

  • We select EOIs in a random selection every 3 months.
  • The first selection is August 2023.
  • We select enough to reach 500 visa approvals each year.
  • You can only be included in one EOI in the ballot. If you have an EOI in the queue (received before 12 October 2022) you can submit another EOI to the ballot.
  • EOIs in the ballot expire after 2 years.
  • It is better to submit your EOI closer to the selection date.
  • You can submit your EOI online or using the paper form.

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