Australia – Increased Processing Times for Temporary Work Visas

What has changed

Processing times at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) are continuing to increase and greater scrutiny is being placed on some aspects of applications for temporary work visas. Processing times have increased from four (4) to six (6) weeks to eight (8) to nine (9) weeks.

Who is affected?

  • All clients sending employees to Australia

What to expect

According to a recent newsletter from the Migration Institute of Australia reporting on a meeting with officials of Australia’s DIBP, the authority is reviewing applications with greater scrutiny and some agents have experienced poorly written refusals from authorities. The authority is frequently refusing nominations for visas on the basis that the position is not “genuine”, which generally means the authority does not accept that the job title matches the usual duties for a person in that occupation. The quality of decision making and the officers’ level of understanding is on occasion quite poor.

Additionally, the service standard for the authority to respond to e-mail inquiries is now five (5) working days, making it difficult to provide timely updates to clients.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Clients need to be prepared for longer lead times prior to starting assignments in Australia.
  • We will continue to ensure approval-ready applications are filed whenever possible and can request for urgent processing, although prioritization is very difficult to achieve.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.

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