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Apparently, despite a stern talking-to from the Australian government earlier this year, applications times for the processing of State and Territory sponsorships are increasing significantly.

The Australian government is keen to encourage the ststes to participate more fully in the skilled migration programme - so much so that Australia's Immigration Minister has directed that skilled visa applications that are sponsored by a State or Territory shall be processed as a priority over other skilled visa applications.

Despite that, processing times for visas in certain states are now even longer then before. In Western Australia for instance, an application for sponsorship of a subclass 176 visa application is now taking 3 to 4 months. The QLD Government tells candidates to expect a processing time of 4 months when their auto email to applicants advises 8 to 10 weeks.

Current advice is to ask your agent or state sponsor for a realistic timeframe for processing. Anyone got any update on this, please let us know.

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Comment by Reaz Raouf on October 25, 2009 at 15:33
I applied for a 175 visa but since my occupation was not on csl I have been advised to apply for a 176 visa. two months past and I did not here any thing. my agent told me it will take 4 months to hear any answer. My question is if I got the sponsorship, does my application will go to the end of the line, or my line in 175 visa has been kept and I will take my priority from that place.
Comment by john on September 9, 2009 at 19:04
just applied for state sponsorship 176, after success with tra (trades recognition aus), at end of form it states wait will be over 3 months. so the wait begins, meanwhile my lawyer destination oz has advised me to get cracking with main diac visa paperwork so its back to work.
Comment by John Talbot on August 31, 2009 at 19:45
Wow, ...when it happens it happens quick !

2 weeks ago I was seeking advice on GMDU about converting our 175 application to 176, we were getting so desperate

1 day later we got a Case Officer out of the blue

Just over a week later we were submitting our F80's and police checks by email

....the very next day we got our 175 visa approval !!!

Thats just short of 8 months from start to finish with a CSL listing..... so a 176 has got to be quicker for others

Good luck to those still waiting
Comment by Asneel Singh on August 24, 2009 at 9:45
I applied for Visa subclass 176 (family sponsored) and my occupation is in the Critical Skills List. How long does it take to get a Case Officer? Has anyone got the visa who applied after CSL was introduced earlier this year? Does anyone know?
Comment by John on July 15, 2009 at 14:11
Thanks Steve,

Let us know how you get on!

Comment by Steve Watson on July 15, 2009 at 14:07
Hi there, I received my Visa on the 3rd of July. We started applications in May last year and decided the direction we were going in the August so in total it only took us 11 months. We went for a 176 state sponsored Visa. We will be moving to Adelaide at the beginning of December. Good luck to everyone else - I'll see you there !
Comment by manuja on July 13, 2009 at 1:33
Hi, I lodged my 176 (Family sponsored) on 3rd Oct 2008. Im here on a student Visa and was hoping to get my visa in Oct..however with the news now Im not sure. What do they mean by 2010-2011 quotas? If They are processing all Category 1, 2 then 3 - when will they look at 4 & 5 and would they even look at 4 & 5 if the've reached the 2010-2011 quota? And when does the 2010-2011 quota start? Is it after July 1 2009 (now)? Im so confused and extremely upset and I know there's alot of us stuck in a limbo here and not much we can do. But some clatification would be great so I dont raise or have any expectations. Does anyone know?
Comment by Kim and James on July 6, 2009 at 20:41
Hi, We have been told 12 to 18 months from now for level 4 applications. We are sooooo upset. We have been waiting 3 months and were hoping to be in Adelaide in Oct/Nov. We are now told by our agent ( after alot of questioning) that our paperwork will not even be LOOKED at until July NEXT year let alone get a case officer.... We cannot believe the lack of communication considering we have paid them about 3 grand for the pleasure. Does anyone know if when the level 4/5 applications are shunted into next year, will we then still have to wait for level 1-3 applications for NEXT year to be delt with first? We have been told that we could ( in the same application) change to a state sponsored visa. Does anyone have an opinion on this and the time frame? Still in shock! Also angy as the information has been out there since mid May and we only found out this information became we hastled our agent. Anyone out there with advice or similar news?
Comment by John on July 6, 2009 at 18:55
Trevor - my view is that you are entitled to good service if you've paid money for it. You should be pushing your agent to clarify the processing time for your visa.
Comment by trevor frank faulkes on July 6, 2009 at 18:14
When our lodgement was placed in Oct 2008 our agent advised us it would take 11-13 months before we would hear from DIAC and not to expect to receive any further info untill then.They also made it quite clear that DIAC do NOT like having any pressure put on them.Our visa is a 143 subclass contributory parent visa which does not involve half the work the rest of you have to go through,its the lack of information as to whats happing that gets to you,i feel the agents could be more forthe coming in this area when all is said and done they are being paid a fair old wack for sitting on their hands! or is just me getting impatient?

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