Think they are allocating every case officer onto specific lists to clear the backlog - really excited, but also recognise others are going to be put further back in their dreams - double-edged sword, I suppose! Just means our original timelines are now very realistic, as opposed to very variable.
OK, I am a tad more than really excited.....
I know! I have been jumping around this house this morning when I read that! Seriously! What are we gonna be like when we get the actual visa??!!!!!! :) :)
Originally Posted by Pies
Are we priority then? I'm state sponsored, but got it JUST in time, then my job came off the Sa sponsored list, not sure if this will affect it?
Same boat - jobs came off SA sponsored list cos we got sponsorship, so they have enough......
Originally Posted by vixpinkbabe
Hoping all is smooth and CO allocated by Feb 13th.
Good luck - sure we will all be posting soon enough...
Hi all, this is the first I had heard of this & its taken a bit of getting my head round!!
But can i just confirm that those with job or state sponsorship are, as of now, getting number 1 priority processing, then those on Critical Skills List, then those on the Skills in Demand List, then all others?
Sorry I know it probably is really straight forward & just me being dumb!!
If this is the case, I think I come in on the second priority as I do not have sponsorship of any kind but am applying for a 175 visa and work as a registered nurse, so I'm on the Critical Skills List. If this is the case does any body know when those on the CSL will be allocated CO's?
Following response was from Alan Collett, migration agent on Poms in Oz:
"My hunch is that the ASPC will spend the next couple of months allocating and processing the State and Territory Sponsored 176 and 475 applications.
They will then move onto the applications with CSL applications - my expectation is that these will also be processed with a view to grant in this program year - subject to numbers.
In addition, I would expect the Department to be looking at statistics (number of visas granted to date versus the program total for the year to determine the number of remaining available grants, number of State Sponsored applications, number of CSL occupation applications, etc) and will be managing the skilled program so that it achieves the Minister's stated intentions, so he can announce the achieving of previously announced objectives after the end of the 2008/09 program year.
It is a somewhat thankless logistical problem for those managing the skilled program - I dare say that DIAC employees at the ASPC had the processes ticking along fairly comfortably before the Minister decided to get involved ...
Best regards. "
Hope this helps - more on the thread!!
Does anyone know when the "end of the 2008/09 program year" is?xxx