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Only one week after the changes made by the DIAC regarding processing priority on GSM visa, we’ve seen loads of applicants were affected by this erratic change both in financially and emotionally. For those who had applied for state sponsorship without CSL occupation stands at the 2nd processing priority but now grammatically drop to the 5th.. As the information indicated in the DIAC’s website that those applicants, even though they are during their final stage of processing, would be affected and their cases wouldn’t be finalized for years. We’ve seen lots of disappointments, angers and tears up to now. However, we, the poorer, need to unity together and produce a strong voice to the parties concerned. Your voice needs to be properly addressed visa the following channels so that relevant department-DIAC may take it into consideration. So if you are unsatisfied with DIAC' recent policy on priority processing changes. Please follow the below more detail instructions (that’s what I did).
1. Complaints made to ombudsman:
Make a complaint
Steps: (1) log on to www.ombusman.gov.au and then click on the complaints (2) click on online compliant (3) answer yes to the first two questions (4) proceed to complain (5) fill in the content (6)Done -->only few minutes
- Enquiries 9am—5pm (AEST) Monday to Friday – 1300 362 072 (Calls from mobile phones are charged at mobile phone rates.)
Complaints can be made in writing, by phone, in person or by using our online complaint form – opens in new window.
Our offices are located in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
2. Complaints or suggestions to your sponsoring states or territories:
Steps: (1) search for the website for your sponorsing state government, e.g. South Australia-->www.immigrationsa.gov.au (2) online enquiry or complaint form (3) fill in the contents (4) submit
3. Complaints or suggestions to DIAC:
Steps: (1) go to www.immi.gov.au (2) search for pre-lodgement enquiry form or post-lodgement enquiry form whichever is relevant to your case (3) fill in the content of your complaint (4) submit
Wish what we have done would make a huge difference soon. For all you guys, we need your voice in this issue. Many thanks!
whilst i understand your frustration at being so close to visa grant, i dont think complaining will do much - they have made these changes because of the recession; there is no point allowing thousands of people into the country when there arent enough jobs to go round.
but, i would certainly make a noise about the costs incurred though, on that point you have my support for sure! they need to be reimbursing people full costs if its obvious they wont get thier applications processed before police checks/medicals expire. to not reimburse is tantamount to daylight robbery ... not good press for the governing party in the upcoming election one would think.
I dont think for one minute that this will last for 3 years. The recession has peaked and will start clearing in another 6 - 12 months, and due to the new mining programes in WA the demand for labour will rise. Basicly they have put the brakes on migration and as soon as the market dictates that they need more labour then they will drop the restrictions. Untill then we wait.
Living In Adelaide Since Jan 2012 And Loving It
We are over the moon that we have had our visa's granted and had no idea of the recent change. Keep in there and it WILL happen.
Just be yourself
Applied for skilled (bricklayer) sponsored (sister) visa 176, then bricklayer taken off CSL so applied for state sponsor (approved). I have a job offer in Australia with brother in law who has own building company but as he only employs staff on a sub-contract basis cannot sponsor me as 'employee sponsor' (i think). We are now back to priority 5 & our visa will not be processed until 2012. I am 41 now with 2 kids aged 12 & 9 so the clock is seriously ticking. Life already been on hold for over 12 months so cannot keep going till 2012. Any advice you can give would be so much appreciated. Cheers, David n co
Hi mate, if i was you i would give an agent a call for some profesional advise but from what i understand unless you can get your brother in law to sponser you then you will be on the waiting list.
Living In Adelaide Since Jan 2012 And Loving It
Hi, we are on a 475 and are just the medicals and police checks away from our Visa being granted(we hoping by Xmas). Am i right in saying that i will now have to wait much longer than planned. The job front and the crash in the exchange rate is giving us cause for concern anyway.
we have an agent and are in the same position as you. OH is a mechanic, (non CSL) we have state sponsorship approved, had our medicals and police checks requested and uploaded and now..... nothing, we can either sit it out and wait until they start processing again (not an option we want to consider) or we have to find an employer willing to sponsor OH, that is the only route at the moment (very cross about the situation, but nothing we can do) we wanted to go out in Jan 2010, not sure when it might happen now. Good luck.
We have changed from 175 to 176 when skill was taken off CSL
We were asked by DIAC to have police checks and meds done in August which by the end of August all done only to find out 23 days later they will probibly be no good by the time our visa will be processed they will be out of date (only last 1 year) and will cost another grand. Was this rash by DIAC or what . Not happy but what can we do!!!!!!!!!!!!
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