#International Affairs
Department of Immigration & Citizenship

On September 23 2009, the Australian Department of Immigration & Citizenship announced its new list of processing priorities for the General Skilled Migration program effective immediately. Unlike prior changes, the latest changes have been applied to all GSM applications, both unallocated applications and applications already allocated to Case Officers and in the process of being finalized.

We feel the implementation of these changes to applications already in the process of being finalized to be an extremely unfair practice and respectfully ask the department to reconsider this decision. We ask that DIAC apply fair practice and not penalize applications already in the process of being finalized.

It is unfair to make applicants wait even longer when we are so close to the end of what is a most stressful experience and have already spent thousands on medicals, police clearances and other associated costs which will now go to waste and probably have to be redone.

Many of us have been involved with the immigration process for very long periods, some close to two years or more. Each time we get close to getting our visas, the rules change and our families are placed under further undue stress and we have to continue living in limbo.

This petition is also in support of the petition against the changes that were implemented in January 2009 which have negatively affected applications lodged under the 2007 - 2008 rules, which can be viewed here: http://www.gopetition.com/online/31413.html.

We, the undersigned, respectfully call to Senator Evans and the Department of Immigration & Citizenship to reconsider this decision and to apply fair practice to the recently implemented GSM immigration processing priorities and to allow the department to finalize applications already assigned to Case Officers.

The Immigration Processing priority changes of September 2009 unfair petition to Department of Immigration & Citizenship was written by Frank Claassen and is in the category International Affairs at GoPetition.