I have received an update from DIAC in relation to processing times for ENS and RSMS applications. This update is current as at 4 March 2013. According to information provided by the Migration Alliance of Australia (MIA), the below information relates to decision-ready applications only.
Note: Please don’t ask me to predict the processing time for your application, or why there is a long delay with the processing of your application. I honestly can’t provide you with any useful information. The processing of your application is completely in DIAC’s control. No one can predict how long its going to take, or let you know why there are delays with your application. You can always contact DIAC or your case officer if you are concerned about your application. It won’t harm your application if you ask DIAC or your case officer what is happening. You just need to be reasonable and polite in your approach, and remember that the person from DIAC that you are speaking to might not able to give you any definite answers.
If you want to know about other people’s experience with processing times, many people have shared their experience on this website.
Decision-Ready applications lodged before 1 July 2012
Parramatta Processing Centre
ENS: All cases allocated
RSMS: Applications recieved to 18 June 2012 have been allocated to a case officer
Melbourne Processing Centre
ENS: All cases allocated
RSMS: Applications recieved to 1 April 2012 have been allocated to a case officer
Perth Processing Centre
ENS: Applications recieved to 29 June 2012 have been allocated to a case officer
RSMS: Applications recieved to 7 May 2012 have been allocated to a case officer
Decision-Ready applications lodged electronically lodged after 1 July 2012
Currently allocating applications received July / August 2012
Decision-Ready applications lodged between 1 July and 22 November 2012
Because of problems with the eLodgement system, between 1 July 2012 and 22 November 2012 it was not possible for DIAC to see if applications had been lodged as Decision Ready.
If you lodged an application as decision ready between 1 July 2012 and 22 November 2012, and have not had contact with DIAC, please inform DIAC by emailing via the link below:
The MIA notice also states that if your application becomes ‘decision ready’ (i.e. you submit all the outstanding items that are required for your application), then you should notify DIAC using the above email contacts.
Higher Refusal Rates
According to the MIA notice: In May / June 2012, there were more than 30,000 applications on hand, and the refusal rate was 15-20 percent (up from the usual five-10 percent).
I’m not sure what DIAC is saying that only the applications from May and June 2012 are experiencing higher refusal rates, or whether this also applies to ENS and RSMS applications lodged after 1 July 2012. I do know that due to the legislative changes on 1 July 2012, a lot of people lodged ENS and RSMS applications because they may not be eligible under the current legislation. This influx of applications could mean that DIAC received a number of applications where the applicant’s eligibility is not certain, or is a borderline case. This could explain the higher refusal rates.
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