Well, we’re into 2008 so let’s look at the current Processing timelines for January.
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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:
Onshore Applications: receipting and acknowledging applications received on 17 December 2007.
Offshore Applications received after 1 September 2007: receipting and acknowledging applications received on 17 December 2007.
Offshore Applications received prior to 1 September 2007:
All applications with a valid payment have now been receipted. The ASPC is acknowledging applications received on 1 August 2007.
Please note that any delay in acknowledging an application does not affect the date on which a valid application is recorded as having been received and does not delay processing of the application.
Once an application has been acknowledged it will be allocated to a case officer for further assessment as soon as possible, however, the ASPC receives a large number of applications and you will not be contacted immediately.
PROCESSING AND ALLOCATION INFORMATION.
Applications lodged on or before the dates shown below have been allocated to case officers for further processing.
Onshore Skilled visas (permanent and provisional)
Student/Graduate applications – Class DD and DE visas
Paper based applications: 15 June 2007 (subclass 880), 16 April 2007 (subclass 881) and 18 April 2007 (subclass 882)
E-lodged (on-line) applications: 20 July 2007 (subclass 880) and 30 July 2007 (subclass 881) and 30 July 2007 (subclass 882)
Onshore Skilled Independent Regional (Provisional) (SIR) – Class UX visas
Paper based applications:7 August 2007
eSIR (on-line) applications: 26 July 2007
New Zealand Citizen (Residence) – Class DB visas
All applications: all applications are now allocated to case officers
Skilled Migration visas – All paper based applications for Class BN, BQ, BR, UX and UZ visas (Subclasses 134, 136, 137, 138, 139, 495 and 496): 29 January 2007
e-lodged Skilled Independent Regional (Provisional) applications: 17 August 2007
General Skilled Migration visas- Class VE, VF,VB and VC visas (subclasses 175, 176, 475, 476, 885, 886, 887, 485 and 487)
E-lodged (on-line) applications: 21 September 2007
Paper based applications: allocations yet to commence
If a visa application was made more than two weeks before the relevant date shown above and you have not been contacted by a case officer please contact the Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre from the web page here