Somewhere in this mess of information below Priority 5 GSM applicants can discover when and if their validly lodged applications will be processed. It is becoming increasingly difficult to justify why the government is stalling on the processing of these applications. The most telling sentence in the third link below states – “Many Priority Group 5 applicants still face a considerable wait until their application is allocated to a case officer for processing and may want to consider other options available.”
‘Considerable wait’ like many terms in immigration is not defined and for want of a better definition we can assume this will be an open ended period. I’m sure they are correct when they say applicants caught in this political and bureaucratic nightmare would like to consider other available options. It’s a throwaway line that runs so easily off lips of DIAC and the Federal government. Are they attempting to starve these applicants out in some modern version of a medieval siege? If we make them wait long enough they’ll just go away and it won’t be a problem anymore. Not every applicant in this group has a viable option! Many have an enormous amount of time, money and emotional capital invested in their applications and to be so blithely fobbed off by the government and DIAC in this manner is shameful.
When the system creates a problem (and it is not possible to deny that the system actively created this problem) it is morally obliged to solve it rather than bury it in increasingly difficult to follow and understand levels of fact sheets, service charters, processing priorities and estimated allocation times that have no estimated time.
It seemed to me that the introduction of the new Skill Select Expressions of Interest system presented the ideal opportunity to sort this mess out. Clear the backlog of applications and then move into the new system but alas this seems not to be the case.
The Minister’s new Processing Priorities…
Skilled Migration Visa Processing Times
Processing of Priority 5 GSM Applications
DIAC allocation dates