DIAC sent around the below update on 15 November 2012 in relation to current processing times for onshore partner /spouse visa applications. Applicants who are waiting for a decision on their application probably already know this: the news is that currently processing times are very lengthy. DIAC’s update states that ‘the current average processing time for subclass 820 applications is around 13 months from lodgement’ and before you ask, I don’t know how long DIAC is going to take to process your application.
Summary of DIAC’s update
- Average processing times of 13 months from the date of lodgement for Subclass 820 visa applications
- Actual processing times vary significantly
- DIAC wants you to lodge complete and decision ready-applications. But DIAC ‘can no longer guarantee that all “assessment ready” applications will be processed more quickly’
- DIAC will check your application after lodgement to determine whether it is complete and decision-ready
- If your application hasn’t been in the queue for at least 13 months, DIAC won’t provide you with an update. If you’ve been waiting for more than 13 months, then you can following up by emailing the relevant processing time
Dear Migration Agents
I have received the following update from DIAC today from the Director of Partner Migration:
‘The onshore partner visa program is experiencing strong demand, and as a result, the current average processing time for subclass 820 applications is around 13 months from lodgement. This is an average processing time and the actual processing time for each application may vary significantly.
To ensure that applications are processed as quickly as possible we request that applications are only lodged when they are complete, including health and character checks and completing Form 80.
Generally, applications are considered in date order but some applications will take longer to finalise than others. Applications which will be prioritised include those which have been remitted following successful review or Ministerial Intervention, and applications which have special circumstances of a compelling and compassionate nature.
Applications which may be decided more quickly include those involving family violence, and those which are “assessment ready” at lodgement.
Following a successful campaign to encourage “assessment ready” cases, we now have a considerable number on hand and can no longer guarantee that all “assessment ready” applications will be processed more quickly. The time to decide assessment ready applications will vary due to a number of factors, including the need for further investigation or external checking, the large proportion of applications which are assessment ready and the need to progress other applications in a fair and timely manner.
Applications which are “assessment ready” are automatically identified as such by us when we receive them and so there is no need to contact us separately about this.
We are unable to provide progress reports for applications lodged less than 13 months ago. If your application was lodged more than 13 months ago, the preferred mechanism for seeking an update on the status of that application is to write to the email box of the relevant processing team. Requests for priority processing on the grounds of special circumstances should also be directed to these email mailboxes.
I hope this information is helpful to your members.
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