Brief Window of Hope for 176 SS applicants

Old Nov 25th 2009, 10:08 pm
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Default 3500 STNI non-CSL to be processed

Senior DIAC staff announced at a Migration Agents seminar in Adelaide yesterday that 3500 state sponsored non-CSL applications were to be processed.

That had no other details having only been advised themselves just 5 minutes before attending the seminar.

Speculation is that these will be the oldest applications in the queue, that had medicals and police clearances done and all matters addressed, just no grant made before priorities changed.

Further speculation is that these will be ASCO 1-3 only, ie no trades, as a concession to unions.
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Default Brief Window of Hope for 176 SS applicants

I understand that at a migration agent's compulsory professional education seminar in Melbourne yesterday, the Department provided details of further processing options being made available for "queued" state sponsored applications - at least for those in non-trade occupations.

This will, if confirmed, be good news for some.

I have asked the Migration Institute of Australia to confirm this through official channels as I don't want to give false hope to those who might still miss out, and bearing in mind that however DIAC manages the General Skilled Migration program, there is still a massive oversubscription of applications.

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Originally Posted by Jamie Smith View Post
Senior DIAC staff announced at a Migration Agents seminar in Adelaide yesterday that 3500 state sponsored non-CSL applications were to be processed.

That had no other details having only been advised themselves just 5 minutes before attending the seminar.

Speculation is that these will be the oldest applications in the queue, that had medicals and police clearances done and all matters addressed, just no grant made before priorities changed.

Further speculation is that these will be ASCO 1-3 only, ie no trades, as a concession to unions.
Jamie,

I've asked the MIA to confirm this as they have not had independent confirmation. Further speculation, eg a "concession to unions", might not be helpful at this stage.

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I understand that at a migration agent's compulsory professional education seminar in Melbourne yesterday, the Department provided details of further processing options being made available for "queued" state sponsored applications - at least for those in non-trade occupations.

This will, if confirmed, be good news for some.

I have asked the Migration Institute of Australia to confirm this through official channels as I don't want to give false hope to those who might still miss out, and bearing in mind that however DIAC manages the General Skilled Migration program, there is still a massive oversubscription of applications.

Cheers,

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Further to the above, worth recalling the statistics in early October for the general skilled migration program, I must say it looks very much as though they're going to clear all the accumulated state sponsored visas:

State nominated with CSL, Unallocated 27, Allocated 720, Total 747
Family sponsored CSL, 1130, 279, 1409
All other CSL, 6335, 4289, 10624
All other State nominated, 3678, 0, 3678
MODL only, 12388, 0, 12388
Other, 15659, 0, 15659
Total, 39217, 5279, 44496
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Oh, thank you George for the ray of hope.
Please give us some further news!
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George,

Trades vacancies increased 3x faster than other job types with the most ANZ recent job vacancies report. There's no real reason to leave them off I think.
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Default Re: 3500 STNI non-CSL to be processed

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Senior DIAC staff announced at a Migration Agents seminar in Adelaide yesterday that 3500 state sponsored non-CSL applications were to be processed.

That had no other details having only been advised themselves just 5 minutes before attending the seminar.

Speculation is that these will be the oldest applications in the queue, that had medicals and police clearances done and all matters addressed, just no grant made before priorities changed.

Further speculation is that these will be ASCO 1-3 only, ie no trades, as a concession to unions.



Thanks for the info Jami, that is great new for many but then a again leaving tradies is no good news,
BTW the figure of 3500, is it the number they plan to allocate visa ?
Any idea as to the total number of STNI applicant who have cleared medicals and police report,

Thanks
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Oh, thank you George for the ray of hope.
Please give us some further news!
Latest information is that DIAC is working out what it can say publicly, at the moment though it does seem that they will be able to accommodate visas for 3500 persons, ie something less than 2000 applications, who are in category 5. Expecting nothing more until tomorrow and those able to comment publicly are not currently available.

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Originally Posted by George Lombard View Post
Latest information is that DIAC is working out what it can say publicly, at the moment though it does seem that they will be able to accommodate visas for 3500 persons, ie something less than 2000 applications, who are in category 5. Expecting nothing more until tomorrow and those able to comment publicly are not currently available.

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hi george,

how about the state sponsored visa 475 applicants? are they among the would be beneficiaries of this good news?

all the best.
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Threads merged to keep the info together

George and Jamie - many thanks for your input on this
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Originally Posted by George Lombard View Post
Further to the above, worth recalling the statistics in early October for the general skilled migration program, I must say it looks very much as though they're going to clear all the accumulated state sponsored visas:

State nominated with CSL, Unallocated 27, Allocated 720, Total 747
Family sponsored CSL, 1130, 279, 1409
All other CSL, 6335, 4289, 10624
All other State nominated, 3678, 0, 3678
MODL only, 12388, 0, 12388
Other, 15659, 0, 15659
Total, 39217, 5279, 44496
Hi George
Thank for the above statistics, could you please direct me the source of above figures,

thanks
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The source was as mentioned in the first message, DIAC staff attending a CPD seminar that I was enrolled in.

The DIAC staff heard it themselves just 5 minutes before speaking to the seminar attendees, and as processing managers not policy wonks they knew little else other than the number involved.

The news was so fresh, I had passed it by SMS to George and a few other contacts before the speaker had even sat down!

Any info other than that base number comes from personal networks that George and I tapped into later.
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Default Re: Brief Window of Hope for 176 SS applicants

Originally Posted by Duncan_Mc View Post
Oh, thank you George for the ray of hope.
Please give us some further news!
Originally Posted by wings_and_fins View Post
hi george,

how about the state sponsored visa 475 applicants? are they among the would be beneficiaries of this good news?

all the best.
We too are hoping this might be good news, as we have submitted all docs, meds and PCC's.
Hopefully more updates to follow.

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Thanks for the update George - I read the thread, but seeing as I'm a family sponsored 176, non CSL etc - I don't think i'm going to get a look in.
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looks like we are left in limbo for the weekend - I can't stop checking to see if there are any further updates! I just wish they would say one way or the other........
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