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Student visa backlog being addressed

Monday, September 19 2016

Thank you to those members who raised delays in processing of student visa applications, especially for students in university pathway courses. ACPET has been working in the background with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to progress members’ concerns. 
A backlog of visa applications was created, in part, by many more students than anticipated lodging applications before the 1 July changeover date to the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF).

To manage the caseload during this transition period, the Department has advised they are prioritising visa applications for students who are outside of Australia and lodged their application over a month ago.

DIBP report that they have increased resources allocated to process student visas, to deal with the backlog of applications more efficiently and resolve the current delay as quickly as possible.
The Department also advises that –

  • Many student visas have been decided, with 30,682 applications finalised within July 2016.
  • In response to complaints, a further 4,365 student visas were finalised between 28 August and 31 August 2016.
  • Between 1 September 2016 and 8 September 2016, the Department has finalised another 12,983 student visa applications.
  • Measures now put in place mean that a large number of visas will be able to be finalised over the coming weeks to reduce the remaining backlog.

The Department has reassured ACPET of their commitment to reducing the processing times in the future, by refining processes and settings to better manage student visa applications.

ACPET will continue to work closely with DIBP to advocate for urgent or unusual cases and to monitor the ongoing reduction in the backlog of visa applications.

Members with outstanding concerns should contact ACPET’s International Engagement Manager Paula Johnston.


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