11 May 2010

MIA calls for Australian Immigration Minister to use “transparency and urgency”

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The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) has called on the Australian Immigration Minister to make a timely announcement in regard to changes to the Australian migration process.

On 8 February 2010, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Honourable Chris Evans, announced a wide-ranging overhaul of the Australian immigration and general skilled migration program.

Three months later and would-be migrants, employers and higher education institutions are still waiting on the corner piece of those changes, the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL).

“Without a date for the release and implementation of the new SOL, as well as a new GSM Points Test, the Department has made an already painful process worse,” Maurene Horder, CEO of the MIA, said.

“The MIA calls upon the Minister to bring compassion, transparency and urgency to this excruciating, stop-start rollout.”

The new Skilled Occupation List was to be announced on 30 April 2010, but the Department of Immigration and Citizenship delayed the announcement and publication of the new Skilled Occupation List until May.

One Friday 7 May 2010 the department suspended the processing of offshore GSM applications in three major subclasses until the end of the current processing year, 30 June.

“People have been waiting a long time for this with their fates and futures hanging in the balance,” said Maurene Horder.

“This delay only adds to their confusion and discomfort.”

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