Streamlining Process for Work Visas Will Put Applicants in Slow-Track mode

19 March 2018

Following the Government’s announcement of new streamlined processing arrangements to support the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, BDO’s Leader for Migration Services, Maria Jockel commented that the role of an accredited sponsor is now virtually worthless.

“The initiatives announced today include auto-approval of certain nominations lodged by accredited sponsors and a streamlined sponsorship renewal process,” Ms Jockel said.

“However, the Immigration Department has decided that it won’t fast track certain occupations, such as Accounts*, Managements Consultants, Chief Executives or Managing Directors, Recruitment Consultants with incomes below AUD $180,001.

“The Government is trying to attract world class talent for Australian businesses but this streamlining process will just put applications into a ‘slow-track’ mode and discourage talented people from coming to work here,” she said.

“The sponsor accreditation is basically worthless as if the Department decides that it won’t fast track certain occupations they will languish in enormous queues or be refused.”

*General, Management and Taxation Accountants.