The Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC) has the following updates in relation to their ENS/RSMS processing progress.
Due to the large influx of applications in June 2012, DIAC's capacity to allocate post July 2012 electronic applications has been affected. Decision Ready applications are a priority. DIAC is currently allocating e-lodged applications received July-August 2012.
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The Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC) has the following updates in relation to their ENS/RSMS processing progress. Due to the large volume of applications received in June 2012, the DIAC has advised it has limited capacity to allocate the subclass 187 nomination and visa applications to the case officers. Delay in sending out acknowledgment letter is also an issue to be addressed.
However, the DIAC has planned a system upgrade which is scheduled for 23 November which will automate the processing of acknowledgement letters, bridging visas and the entry of applications into VEVO. Any application lodged after close of business 26 October will be held over to be automatically processed on 23 November 2012
The Government has announced as part of its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) the following increased Visa Applications Charges (VACs) to come into effect on 1 January 2013:
• Onshore Partner visas: increase from $3060 to $4000
• Offshore Partner visas: increase from $2060 to $2700
• Skilled Graduate (Subclass 485) visas: increase from $315 to $1260
• Subclass 457 visas: increase from $350 to “around” $455
• Working Holiday visas: increase from $280 to “around” $360
The DIAC has posted the followings regarding this matter today.
The onshore Partner visa program is experiencing strong demand, and as a result, the current average processing time for subclass 820 applications is around 13 months from lodgement. This is an average processing time and the actual processing time for each application may vary significantly.
To ensure that your application is processed as quickly as possible only lodge your application when it is complete. Please undertake health and character checks before you lodge your application and supply the department with a completed 'Form 80'.
Generally, applications are considered in date order but some applications will take longer to finalise than others. Applications which will be prioritised include those which have been remitted following successful review or Ministerial Intervention, and applications which have special circumstances of a compelling or compassionate nature.
Applications which may be decided more quickly include those involving family violence, and those which are 'assessment ready' at lodgement. The time to decide assessment ready applications will vary due to a number of factors, including the need for further investigation or external checking, the large proportion of applications which are assessment ready and the need to progress other applications in a fair and timely manner.
Applications which are 'assessment ready' are automatically identified as such by the department when we receive them. There is no need to contact us separately about this.
We are unable to provide progress reports for applications lodged less than 13 months ago. If your application was lodged more than 13 months ago, the preferred mechanism for seeking an update on the status of that application is to email the relevant processing team as advised in the letter acknowledging your application. Requests for priority processing on the grounds of special circumstances should also emailed to the relevant processing team.
Although the DIAC has not published the October invitation statistics yet, a couple of our clients have received their invitations to lodge a subclass 189/489 visa application with the claim of 60 points under the points test.
This is in accordance with what we have been anticipated.
Skills WA today has advised that it will not accept any new application under the 65 points test system after 17 December 2012.
It means that student who will complete their courses by Semester 2, 2012 will only be able to be nominated under the EOI system. i.e. 190 or 489 visa.
According to the results published by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the minimum points to be eligible to receive an invitation for a subclass 189 or 489 visa have been gradually decreasing from 75 points in August 2012 to 65 points for the 15 September 2012 round of invitations.
The quota for invitations available, has increased from 100 in August to 1,000 in September. In October, two invitation rounds will be held for subclass 189 visa and subclass 489 visa covering a total of 2,000 persons. These rounds will be on 1 October and 15 October 2012.
It is thus hopeful that some people who are claiming 60 points would finally be able to receive an invitation.