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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 expression of interest (EOI). If we select your EOI, we may invite you to apply for residence.

We select EOIs every 3 months from a queue and by ballot.

Selections occur in February, May, August and November, and generally take place on the second Tuesday of the relevant month.

Queue for EOIs received before 12 October 2022

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

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.

The next selection will be in November 2023.


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
10 April 2017 to 30 October 2018 November 2023
30 October 2018 to 26 February 2020 February 2024
26 February 2020 to 4 March 2020 May 2024
4 March 2020 to 19 May 2020 August 2024
19 May 2020 to 31 March 2021 November 2024
31 March 2021 to 11 October 2022 February 2025

Ballot for EOIs received from 12 October 2022

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

The first selection was on 8 August. We selected 200 EOIs from about 6,000 EOIs that had been submitted by 31 July 2023.

Additional september 2023 ballot selection

There will be an additional selection of 100 EOIs from the ballot pool on Tuesday 12 September.
Parent Category EOI draw update

What happens once your EOI is selected

Parent Resident Visa