There has been some important news for applicants of the following visa classes who have been patiently waiting for a resolution of their matter.
The Assistant Minister for immigration has set a cap for offshore General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas which takes effect on 22 September 2015. The following offshore GSM visas are affected:
- Skilled Independent (subclass 175)
- Skilled Sponsored (subclass 176)
- Skilled Regional Sponsored (subclass 475).
The cap sets the maximum number of places that can be granted in the 2015–16 financial year for these visa subclasses. This total has already been reached. Therefore, applications for these visas that were not finalised before 22 September 2015 are taken not to have been made and the relevant visa application charge will be repaid to affected applicants.
The DIBP have advised that applicants affected by the cap and cease arrangements are eligible for a refund of the visa application charge and must claim the refund using Form 1424
Completed forms and supporting documents can be sent to Cap&CeaseRepayments@border.gov.au and further information on this can be found on the DIBP’s website