Migration Agents – Taking the rough with the smooth?

By |October 23rd, 2007|Blog, Emigrate to Australia|

I read an interesting transcript from a speech made by a chap called Andrew Metcalf. Andrew Metcalf is the Secretary for the department of Immigration and Citizenship and he made his speech during an address at the Migration Institute of Australia 2007 conference last Friday. The national conference, held on the 19th of October brought together Migration agents from both inside and outside of Australia. His speech highlights a number of concerns which everyone looking to utilise the services of a registered migration agent should be aware of whilst doing their homework. I don’t want to make anyone paranoid when it comes to choosing an agent but being honest some of his comments left me feeling pretty perplexed by some of the going-ons’ within the industry. […]

Medical Forms now available to download from the DIMA Website

By |January 23rd, 2007|Blog, Emigrate to Australia, Visas|

A nifty new feature and useful addition from the Department of Immigration and Multicultulral Affairs. Medical forms can now be [...]

Current Australian Immigration processing lead time as of 1st October 2006

By |October 2nd, 2006|Visas|

NEWS Please note that on Monday 2nd of October the ASPC will be closed because there is a public holiday [...]

Current Australian Immigration processing lead time as of 1st September 2006

By |September 5th, 2006|Visas|

The ASPC is current experiencing some delays in receipting and acknowledging applications and regrets the inconvenience this may be causing [...]

Current Australian Immigration processing lead time as of 1st August

By |August 2nd, 2006|Visas|

Hi Folks, Current Australian Immigration processing lead time as of 1st August. News Please note that there are no changes to the allocation dates for Offshore, SIR or New Zealand visa applications this week. Applications for Subclass 139 – Skilled – Designated Area-sponsored visas must have been received by the Department by 30 June 2006. Applications received after this date are invalid. Processing and Allocation Information As advised on the DIMA website processing of an application will usually commence within seven (7) working days of its receipt by the department. This means that an application is receipted, acknowledged and a file number is allocated. […]

Latest Australia Visa Processing Times

By |July 18th, 2006|Visas|

Latest Processing times for July: As advised on the DIMA website processing of an application will usually commence within seven [...]

Current Processing Times for Aussie Visas May 2006

By |May 26th, 2006|Visas|

DIMA have finally started advertising the allocation to case officer times. The information is updated weekly so I’ll start posting the latest updates from time to time on getting down under. The most up to date info is also available by sending a blank e-mail to: aspc.processing@immi.gov.au. Processing Information A case officer will be appointed to assess the application as soon as possible, however, the ASPC receives a large number of applications and you will not be contacted immediately. Applications lodged on the dates shown below are currently being allocated to case officers for further processing: The latest figures are below. […]

Evaluation Of General Skilled Migration Categories

By |May 10th, 2006|Emigrate to Australia, Visas|

Skilled migrants who have been granted visas under the general skilled migration visa categories are achieving significantly higher levels of labour market success than ever before, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone and the Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP announced today. A major evaluation of these categories has confirmed good results and has also identified some areas where targeting to the needs of the labour market can be enhanced. The independent evaluation of the general skilled migration categories has been conducted by three of Australia’s leading immigration experts, Dr Bob Birrell, Associate Professor Lesleyanne Hawthorne and Professor Sue Richardson. Australia already has the best skilled migration programme in the world, but we cannot afford to stand still, Minister Vanstone said. […]

Skill Matching that Works?

By |May 1st, 2006|Emigrate to Australia|

Hey All, this is an announcement just received concerning a new initiative to match general skilled migration applicants with vacancies. [...]