This months update is a little longer as application processing is now undertaken between two centres based in Brisbane and Adelaide.

Although splitting the processing across two processing centres should ultimately reduce the amount of time it takes to process Australian Visas, applicants should be mindful that applications sent to Adelaide which are now processed at the Brisbane offices are in transit to the new processing centre.

To discuss the current timeline, please feel free to post in our Australian Visa Timeline Forum or the thread for this current updated posted here.

Brisbane Skilled Processing Centre – Processing information as of the 1st September 2008

From 1 July 2008 certain General Skilled Migration applications are now being processed in Brisbane.

The Brisbane office will now process the following General Skilled Migration visa applications that have been lodged electronically for Onshore applicants:

Class VB and VC.

Subclass 885, 886 and 487 applications lodged on or after 1 December 2007
Subclass 485 applications lodged on or after 1 March 2008
Subclass 887 applications lodged on or after 1 July 2008

For applications where paper documents have been sent in, the files are currently in the process of being transferred from Adelaide to Brisbane as quickly as possible. This will take some time to complete and allocation to case officers may be delayed however your patience is appreciated while this is being undertaken. Processing information is now available; it will be included in this email below.

Applicants are encouraged to provide their documents for these subclasses electronically by attaching them to their evisa application however if you experience difficulties with this method, you may email your scanned documents to the following address: brisbane.gsm.documents@immi.gov.au (Please include your name, date of birth and TRN number in the subject heading of your email to assist us in identifying which application your documents need to be matched to).

Any paper documents received in Adelaide for these applications will be couriered to Brisbane for processing. Please do not also send paper copies of any documents forwarded electronically. These are not required unless they are requested by your case officer.

Please note that dedicated phone and email enquiry systems are still in the process of being established and we will advise as soon as these facilities are available.

General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas processed by Brisbane

Subclasses: 885, 886 and 487
E-lodged: allocating December 2007
(note if paper documents have been sent in allocation to a case officer may be delayed due to file administration procedures).

Subclasses: 887 and 485 – These subclasses are yet to be allocated.

Adelaide Skilled Processing – Processing information as of the 1st September 2008

Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre (ASPC) is responsible for processing the following applications

Offshore applications – all paper based and electronically lodged applications
Onshore applications – all paper based applications
Onshore applications – electronically lodged applications received before 1
July 2008.

RECEIPTING AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF APPLICATIONS

Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre is currently receipting new applications within service standards. Once an application has been receipted it undergoes validity checking and an acknowledgement letter with client information and a receipt will be sent. If an application is determined to be invalid documents will be returned and a refund of the visa application charge arranged.

As of 01 September 2008 the ASPC Administration Section is processing applications as follows:

Onshore Applications: receipting and acknowledging paper based applications received on 29 August 2008.

Offshore Applications: receipting and acknowledging applications received on 29 August 2008.

Once an application has been acknowledged it will be allocated to a case officer for further assessment as soon as possible, however, as GSM
Adelaide receives a large number of applications and you will not be contacted immediately.

ASPC PROCESSING INFORMATION – For the week of 01 September 2008

Applications lodged on or before the dates shown below have been allocated
to case officers for further processing.

Skilled Migration Applications lodged before 1 September 2007

Onshore Skilled visas (permanent and provisional)

Student/Graduate applications – Class DD and DE visas
Subclass 880: 31 August 2007 (paper), 31 August 2007 (e-lodged)
Subclass 881: 31 August 2007 (paper), 31 August 2007 (e-lodged)
Subclass 882: 31 August 2007 (paper), 31 August 2007 (e-lodged)

Offshore Skilled visas (permanent and provisional)

Skilled Migration visas – All paper based applications for Class BN, BQ,BR, UX and UZ visas
Subclasses 134, 136, 137, 138, 139, 495 and 496: 26 June 2007

General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas processed by ASPC

General Skilled Migration visas: Class VE
Subclasses: 175 and 176
E-lodged: 21 November 2007
Paper lodged: 19 September 2007

General Skilled Migration visas: Class VF
Subclasses: 475, and 476,
E-lodged: 25 November 2007
Paper lodged: 27 September 2007

General Skilled Migration visas: Class VB
Subclasses: 885, 886, and 887
E-lodged: 14 December 2007 (applications lodged before 1 July 2008 only)
Paper lodged: 14 December 2007

General Skilled Migration visas: Class VC subclass 487 only
E-lodged: 20 November 2007 (applications lodged before 1 July 2008 only)
Paper lodged: 19 September 2007

General Skilled Migration visas: Class VC subclass 485 only
E-lodged: 21 January 2008 (applications lodged before 1 July 2008 only)
Paper lodged: 26 November 2007

If a visa application was made more than two weeks before the relevant date shown above and you have not been contacted by a case officer please contact GSM Adelaide from the web page HERE.