ENS/RSMS visa processing update

posted 16 Jan 2013, 19:11 by Zhong Wang

The Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC) has the following updates in relation to their ENS/RSMS processing progress.

Processing Centre




28 June 2012

15 May 2012


1 April 2012

1 April 2012


26 June 2012

16 April 2012

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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ENS/RSMS Processing Update

posted 31 Oct 2012, 22:43 by Zhong Wang

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

Processing Centre




16  May 2012

7 May 2012


20 January 2012

20 January 2012


21 May 2012

20 March 2012

ENS/RSMS processing

posted 21 Oct 2012, 23:18 by Zhong Wang   [ updated 21 Oct 2012, 23:51 ]

There is no immediate and instant solution to the ENS / RSMS processing issues caused by the huge number of pre-1 July 2012 applications combined with deficiencies of the new computer system.

DIAC has advised that though it is gradually getting on top of things with the employment of extra staff, it will still be some weeks before there will be real improvements.

The deficiencies in the computer system are such that much work has to be done manually, and this will remain so until a major IT upgrade happens towards the end of November. This is also the reason why the Decision Ready system has not been able to be properly maintained.

Visa fees going up from 1 January 2013

posted 21 Oct 2012, 23:14 by Zhong Wang   [ updated 21 Oct 2012, 23:55 ]

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

Updates on onshore partner visa processing

posted 21 Oct 2012, 21:37 by Zhong Wang

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.

Clients with 60 points have received their invitations

posted 16 Oct 2012, 17:57 by Zhong Wang   [ updated 16 Oct 2012, 17:58 ]

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.


WA State Sponsorship Transitional Arrangement for 886 and 487 visa

posted 3 Oct 2012, 21:07 by Zhong Wang

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.

September 2012 Invitation Round Results and October 2012 Invitation Rounds

posted 2 Oct 2012, 01:11 by Zhong Wang   [ updated 2 Oct 2012, 01:11 ]

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.   

September 2012 SkillSlect Invitation Rounds

posted 9 Sep 2012, 18:06 by Zhong Wang

During September, the next rounds of invitations to apply for skilled migration through SkillSelect will be made. Invitations to apply will be issued under the Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) and the Skilled Regional (family) Sponsored (subclass 489) The first round of invitations will occur on 1 September and the second round will occur on 15 September, covering 1000 invitations in total (500 each).

The breakdown of invitations by visa subclass and date of release will be as follows:

· 900 invitations for Skilled Independents (subclass 189), comprising 450 on 1 September and 450 on 15 September; and
· 100 invitations for the Skilled Regional (Family) Sponsored (subclass 489), comprising 50 on 1 September and 50 on 15 September.

The invitations will be issued to the highest point scoring Expressions of Interest (EOIs) submitted in these subclasses. Where there is a tie in points scored, invitations will be issued from the time at which they reached their current point score in that subclass.

EOI invitation updates

posted 30 Jul 2012, 19:42 by Zhong Wang   [ updated 30 Jul 2012, 19:43 ]

31 Jul 2012

SkillSelect Invitation Announcement

On August 1st, the first invitation round for Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) and the family sponsored Skilled Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489) visas will be held.

As SkillSelect is a new and complex system, our first run of invitations will be reduced in size, to allow us to ensure that all elements of the system are working smoothly. 

As such, we will issue the following number of invitations:
• 90 in the Skilled Independent subclass 189; and
• 10 in the Skilled Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) (family sponsored) subclass 489.

The invitations will go to the highest scoring Expression of Interests (EOIs) in these subclasses, with ties in points decided by the date that the EOI reached their current points score.

Clients that have been invited will receive a notification to their email address, as well as their SkillSelect inbox.

However, while this first round of invitations will be comparatively small, we expect to be increasing the numbers of invitations issued, with a significantly larger round in September, and potentially a second round in August.

Following the invitation round, we will publish the invitation results on the reports tab of the SkillSelect website:


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