08 May 2006

Queensland Government to fast-track investor and investor retirement visas

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Following consultations with several stakeholder groups, the Queensland Government will be fast-tracking two visas subclasses when the applications have been submitted by registered agents.

Following consultation with the Migration Institute of Australia, the Department of State Development, Trade and Innovation (Queensland Government) will fast-track applications that are submitted and certified by agents registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) in the following visa subclasses:

From Monday 8 May 2006, MARA registered agents, bound by the authority's code of conduct, will be able to sign a declaration that their clients meet the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) requirements.

This declaration is accepted under the proviso that the Queensland Government will not be held responsible in the event that the application is rejected by DIMA.

Investor visa processing times

Applications for these visa subclasses submitted and certified by a MARA registered agent for this visa subclass will be processed within one (1) week.

Applications submitted by migration agents not registered with the MARA, or prepared independently by the applicant, will continue to be processed in accordance with existing estimated processing times.

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