| By Leila Reypour
The Department has provided the following information on changes to administrative arrangements for applicants who have received invitations to apply for Temporary Protection visas and Safe Haven Enterprise visa applications.
Many of these invitation holders have submitted FOI requests to obtain copies of documents they have previously provided the Department.
To meet the demand for information and reduce the administrative activity associated with the formal Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI) process, the Department is commencing a program to provide key information proactively to those IMAs who have been invited but are yet to lodge a visa application.
Where the information exists; the Department will provide a CD with a copy of the individual’s:
- arrival interview (written and audio recordings)
- previous application forms and supporting documents (including identity documents)
For most IMAs, these are the only documents the Department holds that are relevant to making their application and there will not be any need to request further information under FOI.
Once this information has been released, it is expected that a TPV or SHEV application will be lodged.
This approach is being taken by the Department to enable the protection claims of IMAs to be made and considered more quickly reducing the period of uncertainty and streamlining administrative requests. This does not remove the right of any person to ask for access to their personal information through Freedom of Information provisions.
The Department also advises that it will hold applications where it is aware there is an immediate family member (this may include as an example, parents, children and siblings) who is part of the family group and has not yet applied. This will reduce the risk of split applications and allow all immediate family members to be considered together. This arrangement will not apply to extended family groups.
IMAs who no longer wish to apply for a protection visa are not considered to be asylum seekers and are expected to leave Australia.
Temporary Closure of ICT occupations for skilled applicants - Victoria
Skilled Migration Victoria has provided the following information for MIA members:
Due to a large volume of skilled visa nomination applications received, applications for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations will not be accepted from 11 November 2016 to 6 March 2017.
The closure will be for a period of four months; however further updates will be provided should this be extended.
The occupations affected by the temporary closure are:
135112 ICT Project Manager
261111 ICT Business Analyst
261112 Systems Analyst
261311 Analyst Programmer
261312 Developer Programmer
261313 Software Engineer
261314 Software Tester
261399 Software and Applications Programmers nec
262111 Database Administrator
262112 ICT Security Specialist
263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer
This temporary closure will allow processing of all outstanding applications and reduce the risk of delay for future applicants.
All applications currently in process, and received prior to this date, will be assessed against current guidelines and an outcome will be provided in due course.
Applications for all other occupations eligible for Victorian Government visa nomination remain open.