Changes to the skills assessment criterion for certain onshore General Skilled Migration applicants

By |March 13th, 2010|

From 12 March 2010, all applicants applying for either a Skilled—Regional Sponsored (subclass 487) visa, Skilled—Independent (subclass 885) visa or Skilled—Sponsored (subclass 886) visa will be able to use an existing suitable skills assessment to lodge a valid visa application. This will allow applicants nominating a trade occupation for the above visa subclasses to provide a skills assessment pre-dating 1 January 2010 and is in line with the minister’s announcement on 8 February 2010. This change should alleviate the concerns of international students and stakeholders regarding the amendments introduced on 1 January 2010. These amendments required onshore General Skilled Migration applicants who nominated a trade occupation to provide a skills assessment dated on or after 1 January 2010 to make a valid application. […]

Current Australian Immigration processing lead time as of April 2008

By |April 1st, 2008|

Well, we're into April so let's look at the current Australian Visa Processing timelines for April 2008. To discuss this [...]

Current Australian Immigration processing lead time as of January 2008

By |January 2nd, 2008|

Well, we’re into 2008 so let’s look at the current Processing timelines for January. To discuss this post, please use the appropriate thread in our forums here The Australia Immigration Department put into operation major reforms to the General Skilled Migration (GSM) programme with effect from 1 September 2007. Prior to the introduction of these changes there was a significant increase in the volume of applications received by the department. The surge in applications resulted in delays in getting all of these applications receipted and acknowledged. All applications lodged prior to 1 September 2007 have now been processed and receipted. While every effort is being made to acknowledge these applications as quickly as possible there will be a delay before a full acknowledgement is made. As of 1st January 2008 the ASPC Admin Section is processing applications as follows: […]

Getting Down Under Turns one

By |January 22nd, 2007|

Bugger, I’ve just been checking through our Archive and I’ve just realised that last Wednesday the 17th January, Gettingdownunder turned one! 😀 Since making the first post way back then, quite a lot of stuff has happened in my life. I guess the biggest and most obvious change is the fact that I’m now writing new Blog entries whilst residing in sunny Perth. A little different then Bradford in the UK I must say. We’ve launched our forums which appear to be getting well used and I hope that some of these Blog entries provide a useful introduction and insight to life down under. Feel free to post a comment in relation to any of our posts. I love reading your feedback and welcome any suggestions on ways in which I can make this Blog even better. […]

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

By |September 5th, 2006|

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

The Yarra Valley – A Premier Australian Wine Region

By |August 31st, 2006|

The Yarra Valley is located a short 90 minutes north-east of Melbourne, the capital of the southern Australian state of [...]

Broome – The Pearl Capital of Australia

By |August 31st, 2006|

Broome is a remote outback town situated on the Indian Ocean in northwest Australia. It is the largest town in [...]

Current Processing Times for Aussie Visas June 2006

By |June 5th, 2006|

Latest Updates from Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre As of 6 June 2006 the Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre is assessing applications lodged on or before the following dates: ONSHORE – paper based applications: 22 February 2006 (both priority and non-priority applications) ONSHORE- e-lodged (online) applications: 27 February 2006 (both priority and non-priority applications) […]

All About Perth – Perth Sports

By |June 1st, 2006|

Perth Sports Perth is very conducive to an outdoors lifestyle, and this is reflected in the wide variety of sports [...]

Current Processing Times for Aussie Visas May 2006

By |May 26th, 2006|

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. […]