We have received the following update from the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) with regards to the priority 5 skilled visa processing.The number of applications still in the pipeline is 10,361. The numbers of cases withdrawn over the last three program years were 1885 in 2012/13; 1776 in 2013/14; and 73 in the 2014/15 program year.
MIA also reports that they were told that applications that were allocated during the last program year (ending June 2014) are still being processed, and that applicants will have been notified if their application was allocated. The Department of Emigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will update their website when there are any further developments or changes.
MIA also states that visa applicants currently in the priority group 5 may consider other options, including: · submit an expression of interest (EOI) in SkillSelect—if invited to apply, this would require a new visa application including payment of the relevant VAC
- Continue to await a decision on their visa application
- Consider their eligibility for an employer sponsored visa, which would require a new visa application including payment of the relevant VAC
- Consider their eligibility for nomination by a state or territory government under a state migration plan, which may require a new visa application
- Apply for another substantive visa
- Withdraw their application.
Applicants who decide to withdraw their application are not entitled to a refund of the VAC or compensation for other costs incurred in making an application. We have been advised that the MIA will continue its representation to the Department and the Minister regarding this unsatisfactory situation, which has left thousands of visa applicants in limbo and the need to provide refunds to those who wish to withdraw their applications. We will continue to keep you updated on any new developments.