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Dramatic Slowdown in Processing Some GSM Applications
The contents of this article are correct as at 20 April 2009.
As a result of the global financial crisis Immigration Department processing of certain General Skilled Migration visas has slowed down dramatically.
Despite the slowdown please note that this does not necessarily mean that chances of obtaining residency are reduced.
If your chances of obtaining the visa are good, then generally speaking your chances remain good.
The slow down means that applicants will need to wait longer for their visas to be processed.
slowdown is relevant to those applying for or who have applied for the following visa subclasses:
It is becoming clear that these general skilled migration applications will now be processed in the following order of priority:
Please note that the processing of subclasses 485, 476, 487 and 887 are not affected by the above changes.
In addition to the longer processing times for these applications it appears that the Department may also grant less of these visas this current financial year. The Minister for Immigration, the Hon. Chris Evans, has announced that the 2008-09 skills stream of the migration program will be capped at about 115 000 places, down from 133 500 places.
The Immigration Department centres dealing with GSM applications have advised that current timelines appear to be:
Aside from these priorities, the two processing centres have indicated that in regards to specific visa applications already lodged the processing timelines are as follows:
As mentioned above, the slowdown in processing times and the capped numbers of places available does not necessarily mean that individual applicants will have less chance of being granted their visa.
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