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DIAC have just made changes in their skill migration program and introduced a new occupations list named as CRITICAL SKILL LIST.

Any one whose occupation is on this list will be given preferences on others.

So, what would be new time frame according to this new list??

Share your experiences and latest updates for you VISA application.
 

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Considering the changes were only announced 2 - 3 days ago and don't start until January 2009 it will be difficult for anyone to have experience in them yet :)

If you have any concerns I think you'd be better off getting in touch with an agent since they may have more info (although they may just have heard about it too).

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Well, Kaz, I know these changes will effect w.e.f 1st January 2009 but it is very important for all of us to share their new time frame as soon as they experience it.

is it not?

Many of us now looking for new time frame for their VISA processing with their occupations on CSL.

So, I started this thread to keep people coming back and sharing their experiences as soon as they received updates from DIAC.
 

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Of course I agree it's important to share - that's what we do on this forum all the time.

However I just wanted to point out that no-one had had any experience of it yet in case you didn't realise that the new rules don't come into effect until January.

This forum is so active that posts move from the first few pages very quickly and there is already a post where people can put their time lines as they happen (and go back and update them) at

http://www.expatforum.com/expats/au...49-timelines-add-your-visa-timeline-here.html

(and there is also a link to it in the 'PLEASE READ....' sticky post which is updated as new info comes along).

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Are they going to consider already submiited applications for expedited process or just the applications that will be filed after Jan 1st?
 

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Hi,
This is my first time here. Thanks for all the great info!
My 175 application went in on the 1st Feb 2008. But now with the changes, and that my occupation is not on the CSL (Primary School Teacher) it looks like the wait is to continue.
Had a look and it seems all applications, ones already submitted and ones going to be from the 1st, will be effected by the changes...
 

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Thanks for your response Karen and NikkiG!!

I did get a chance to go through the link posted by Karen and it does mention that it will impact all the previously submitted applications as well.

Well to be honest I am not feeling as bad after going though the document since I am on CSL and the changes gave me a little hope to get through this process may be little faster if at all.

NikkiG I hope and wish your application is ready to be finalized by CO some time soon.
 

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GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION ADELAIDE
PROCESSING INFORMATION FOR THE WEEK COMMENCING:
12 January 2009

This is an automated e-mail response which provides weekly updated
information on skilled migration applications being processed by the
Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre. Please do not reply to this email
address. This mailbox is not monitored. Our contact details are listed
below.

ASPC APPLICATION ALLOCATION INFORMATION

On 17 December 2008 the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced
changes to the way General Skilled Migration applications will be allocated
and processed. Details can be found on the DIAC website at:
www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/whats-new.htm#j

As a result of this announcement from 1 January 2009 applications for
General Skilled Migration will be strictly allocated and processed in the
following priority order:

1. Applications with a successful State & Territory Nomination (until
all applications have been allocated); and then
2. Applications where the nominated occupation is on the Critical
Skills List (until all applications have been allocated); then
3. Applications where the nominated occupation is on the Migration
Occupations in Demand List (until all applications have been allocated);
then
4. All other remaining applications

This affects all applications lodged before and after 1 January 2009, both
paper lodged or electronically lodged. Applications which were already
allocated to case officers before 1 January 2009 are un-affected and will
be processed as usual to finalisation.

Applications are now being allocated as follows:

State & Territory Nominated Applications:
Subclass 134, 136, 137, 175, 176, 475, 487, 495, 885 and 886 applications
(processed by the ASPC and where a successful State or Territory Nomination
is held) will all be allocated to case officers for assessment by 13
February 2009.

Applications with Occupations on the Critical Skills List:
Applications are not being allocated at present

Applications with Occupations on the Migration Occupations in Demand List:
Applications are not being allocated at present

All Other Remaining Applications
Applications are not being allocated at present

Subclasses 485 and 887 are not subject to the above changes. The
allocation dates for these subclasses are as follows:

VC 485 (paper): 28 February 2008.
VC 485 (E-Lodged): 23 February 2008
VB 887: 19 August 2008

PROCESSING NEWS

BRISBANE

The BSPC is now processing the following eVisa Onshore General Skilled
Migration applications:

· Subclass 885, 886 and 487 lodged on or after 1 December 2007
· Subclass 485 lodged on or after 1 March 2008
· Subclass 887 lodged on or after 1 July 2008

Allocation dates and information regarding applications processed in
Brisbane can be obtained by sending a blank email to the following email
address:
[email protected]

CAPITAL INVESTMENT UPDATE

Please refer to the latest information available online at:
Frequently Asked Questions – Capital Investment Scheme


MEDICAL RESULTS

Please do not post your medical results to us. Do not open the sealed
envelope or forward the results to the Department unless your case officer
specifically requests they be sent.

CONTACTING US

Email: Enquiries for the ASPC and BSPC need to be made using the
on-line enquiry form at: General Skilled Migration Post-Lodgement Enquiry Form
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GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION ADELAIDE
PROCESSING INFORMATION FOR THE WEEK COMMENCING:
12 January 2009

This is an automated e-mail response which provides weekly updated
information on skilled migration applications being processed by the
Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre. Please do not reply to this email
address. This mailbox is not monitored. Our contact details are listed
below.

ASPC APPLICATION ALLOCATION INFORMATION

On 17 December 2008 the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced
changes to the way General Skilled Migration applications will be allocated
and processed. Details can be found on the DIAC website at:
www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/whats-new.htm#j

As a result of this announcement from 1 January 2009 applications for
General Skilled Migration will be strictly allocated and processed in the
following priority order:

1. Applications with a successful State & Territory Nomination (until
all applications have been allocated); and then
2. Applications where the nominated occupation is on the Critical
Skills List (until all applications have been allocated); then
3. Applications where the nominated occupation is on the Migration
Occupations in Demand List (until all applications have been allocated);
then
4. All other remaining applications

This affects all applications lodged before and after 1 January 2009, both
paper lodged or electronically lodged. Applications which were already
allocated to case officers before 1 January 2009 are un-affected and will
be processed as usual to finalisation.

Applications are now being allocated as follows:

State & Territory Nominated Applications:
Subclass 134, 136, 137, 175, 176, 475, 487, 495, 885 and 886 applications
(processed by the ASPC and where a successful State or Territory Nomination
is held) will all be allocated to case officers for assessment by 13
February 2009.

Applications with Occupations on the Critical Skills List:
Applications are not being allocated at present

Applications with Occupations on the Migration Occupations in Demand List:
Applications are not being allocated at present

All Other Remaining Applications
Applications are not being allocated at present

Subclasses 485 and 887 are not subject to the above changes. The
allocation dates for these subclasses are as follows:

VC 485 (paper): 28 February 2008.
VC 485 (E-Lodged): 23 February 2008
VB 887: 19 August 2008

PROCESSING NEWS

BRISBANE

The BSPC is now processing the following eVisa Onshore General Skilled
Migration applications:

· Subclass 885, 886 and 487 lodged on or after 1 December 2007
· Subclass 485 lodged on or after 1 March 2008
· Subclass 887 lodged on or after 1 July 2008

Allocation dates and information regarding applications processed in
Brisbane can be obtained by sending a blank email to the following email
address:
[email protected]

CAPITAL INVESTMENT UPDATE

Please refer to the latest information available online at:
Frequently Asked Questions – Capital Investment Scheme


MEDICAL RESULTS

Please do not post your medical results to us. Do not open the sealed
envelope or forward the results to the Department unless your case officer
specifically requests they be sent.

CONTACTING US

Email: Enquiries for the ASPC and BSPC need to be made using the
on-line enquiry form at: General Skilled Migration Post-Lodgement Enquiry Form
- Show quoted text -
 

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Does that mean that DIAC will start allocating applications for assessment with Occupations on the Critical Skills List after February 13th?
 

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Yes

and

they will also give last date until when all applicant will be allotted case officer (my assumption)
 

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I lodged an offshore 175 almost a year ago and now have been affected by these changes. The decissio has been made on the basis that they want to better respond to Australias economic needs due to the fact that they have deemed that there is a world economic collapse.

Is there a way to lodge an appeal on the basis that an application had been lodged prior to the department deeming a world economic global crisis and the fact that an application has been affected due to the fact they were unable to process it on time?

Also, now that I am in the lowest priority level, how long could I expect for it to be processed. If it takes too long, will the department ever discard an application just because it has been sitting there for too long or they will always consider every vlid application made? How does it work in this case?

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Hi dumcomplerentur,

I think that this is a question for an agent. Why not contact SOMV (Veronika) through the link in her signature? She is a regular poster on this forum and may be able to offer some advice.

I think that a 175 can take a year so I don't think you can say that they were unable to process the visa in time.

If they approved the visa and you couldn't find work then how would you feel? That's a serious question since there is another member posting at the moment that can't find work.....

I doubt that they would ever discard an application just because it's been sitting there too long. Some visas take longer than others anyway and it's the change in the rules that is causing the increase in processing time and they will be aware of that.

See what SOMV says and let us know how you get on.....

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Thanks for your help.

Could I email (Veronika) through this forum somehow?

thanks.



Hi dumcomplerentur,

I think that this is a question for an agent. Why not contact SOMV (Veronika) through the link in her signature? She is a regular poster on this forum and may be able to offer some advice.

I think that a 175 can take a year so I don't think you can say that they were unable to process the visa in time.

If they approved the visa and you couldn't find work then how would you feel? That's a serious question since there is another member posting at the moment that can't find work.....

I doubt that they would ever discard an application just because it's been sitting there too long. Some visas take longer than others anyway and it's the change in the rules that is causing the increase in processing time and they will be aware of that.

See what SOMV says and let us know how you get on.....

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Thanks for your help.

Could I email (Veronika) through this forum somehow?

thanks.
Yes, she has a contact link in her signature at the bottom of her posts.

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Initial Entry After Visa Grant.....

Hi All,

I am August 2008 applicant (175, CSL)
As per the latest ASPC update,
I am expecting for a CO allotment by April / May 2009.
I had front loaded my PCC in the month of August 2008,

1. Can I frontload my medicals right away, so that my application
can be decision ready at the time of CO allotment ?

2. Does the PCC / Medical validity decide the first entry date
after visa grant ?

Thanks in advance for ur replies,

Ausdreams :)
 

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Hi All,

I am August 2008 applicant (175, CSL)
As per the latest ASPC update,
I am expecting for a CO allotment by April / May 2009.
I had front loaded my PCC in the month of August 2008,

1. Can I frontload my medicals right away, so that my application
can be decision ready at the time of CO allotment ?

2. Does the PCC / Medical validity decide the first entry date
after visa grant ?

Thanks in advance for ur replies,

Ausdreams :)
Welcome to the forum Ausdreams (what an appropriate username by the way :) )
I'm in a very similar situation to yours, being also an August 2008 applicant (175, CSL). I don't have definite answers to your queries but from what I know, medicals are valid for a year I think. So you are safe to frontload them now. As for PCC, I think they also have a validity of 1 year. So you are covered...just, assuming that everything goes according to plan and you get your PR before August 2009.

I'm very interested to know if anyone has any thoughts on your 2nd question. To add to that, if someone with PR enters Australia to have their passport stamped and then go back to their country, how long will they get after that for re-entry in Australia?

Thanks for any input
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Hi Ausdreams,

Welcome to the forum.

1. Can I frontload my medicals right away, so that my application
can be decision ready at the time of CO allotment ?
We went through an agent and we always wanted for them to tell us
when to get medicals and police checks done.

2. Does the PCC / Medical validity decide the first entry date
after visa grant ?
YES. Usually when your visa is granted you have 12 months from the PCC / Medical to enter the country to validate your visa (which means go through customs), but you have 5 years to actually make the move.

When we were waiting for our skilled independent visa, the medicals / PCC were only done about 6 - 8 weeks before the visa approval. That gave us time to book a holiday since we weren't ready to move out to Oz yet.

Regards,
Karen
 
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