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News from the ASPC

A number of annoucements from the ASPC which may be of interest to applicants currently going through the application process.

Delays in receipting applications

The Department has implemented major reforms to the General Skilled Migration (GSM) programme on 1 September 2007 to further improve the effectiveness of the skilled migration programme.

Prior to the implementation of these changes there has been a significant increase in the volume of applications received by the ASPC ahead of the changes.

The surge in applications in recent months has resulted in delays in getting all of these applications receipted and acknowledged. Every effort is being made to clear these applications as quickly as possible however; it may take up to 12 weeks before a full acknowledgement is received.

Providing evidence of commencing health, character and IELTS requirements

Applicants requested to provide health, character, or IELTS testing results to support their application do not need to provide copies of receipts unless specifically asked to do so; however, you do need to advise this office:
1. The examination dates for medical checks;
2. The police clearances applied for and the date the application was made;
3. The details of any IELTS test/s booked including test dates and the name and location of the test centre.

Provided that you do this before the due date in any request letter from the department you do not need to request an extension of time if you are waiting to receive police clearances or IELTS results.

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