Some good news on visa processing times. Thanks to John Adams for the update.
Positive news has been announced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) relating to the skilled visa processing changes announced in September. While previously all skilled visa applications not on the Critical Skills List (CSL) faced processing delays of up to 3 years, now non-CSL state sponsored applications are again being processed.
Immigration2oz.com attended a recent meeting with DIAC’s Regional Director for Europe at the Australian High Commission in London. This senior DIAC official stated that with 3500 non-CSL state sponsored applications currently lodged, processing on these applications will continue over the remainder of the Australian financial year (to June 30, 2010). The exact number that will be finalised in this time is unknown, as when higher prioritised applications are received, these must be processed first. Any non-CSL state sponsored applications not processed this financial are likely however to be processed in the next. This means that for many, the years of delay previously feared will not occur.
Registered Migration Agent John Adams advises that given this encouraging development, migrants who are applying for a skilled visa or have already applied should seriously consider obtaining a state sponsorship. By doing so they are ensuring that their application is not unnecessarily delayed.
John Adams is the principle Registered Migration Agent of Immigration2oz.com. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 (0)1483 230 483.
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