6 months processing time in Australia

Last week the Migrant Workers Center (MWC) released its new report. It was titled ‘Waiting to be Seen: Problems of Australia’s Visa Processing Delay’ which indicates ‘unjustifiable discrepancies’ of permanent and temporary visa applicants by the Department of Home Affairs.

MWC said an unacceptably large number of onshore visa applicants are waiting up to three years for the results of their applications. The Ministry of Home Affairs gives priority to offshore, temporary applicants to meet the short term demands of the business.

The report found that the most restrictive visa categories, such as the Seasonal Worker Program Visa, Student Visa and Working Holiday Maker Visa, were processed the fastest.

The report also noted that over the years, the processing time of these visas has more than doubled. Migrant workers waiting for their subclass 887 visas are dissatisfied with delays in processing, because delaying someone’s visa is not conducive to their future if they do not know whether their visa will be accepted and when will it happen.

The report also noted that the number of people on bridging visas has increased six-fold over the past decade. The longer the visa processing time, the more migrant workers are on bridging visas. The report revealed that the number of migrants on bridging visas had increased from 92,055 in 2016 to 333,357 in 2021.

The report further revealed that delays in visa processing and an onshore backlog could be attributed to inadequate resources allocated by DHA.

The data included in the report also shows that most visas take more than half a year to process.

The report describes that for example, a migrant worker who applies for a Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) may have to wait up to 39 months to become a permanent resident. Whereas, a person applying for an Employer Sponsored Visa (Subclass 186) may have to wait up to 12 months.

The report criticized Australia’s immigration policy, saying that Visa is not designed to bring in skills that are beneficial to the country in the long run. These visas assist in the settlement of skilled workers but are designed to meet the immediate needs of businesses.

This visa makes a number of recommendations, including establishing a clear path to permanent residence for all temporary visa programs, allocating more resources to processing services, and hiring more processing officers.

On the day the report was released, there were protests in Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Brisbane over the delay in 887 visas.

Brijesh Batra, one of the sponsors in Melbourne, told SBS Hindi that the new report indicates that staying on a visa with an impending expiry makes anyone here vulnerable.

Batra further said that it is important that the government is impartial and that an equal number of visa applications are processed from all visa categories and not just a small number.

Batra also said that the status of a temporary visa prevents us from doing any good job even if we are eligible for it. Therefore, we are currently unable to plan for the future.

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