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Old 10-13-2009, 03:00 AM
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Switching primary applicant

Hi guys,

My wife and I applied for a skilled independent migrant visa (175) about 1.5 years ago with her as the primary applicant. Her occupation (I think we nominated business and IT professional) was on SOL. It is not on CSL or MODL. A few questions here if anyone care to help:

1) The priority processing was introduced recently which gives priority to those on CSL or ENS. I think we are probably at the very bottom and our application won't be processed until applications for those on CSL/ENS are completely processed. Does this mean that our application will, in all likelihood, never see the light of day since there will always be new applications that are on CSL/ENS?

2) Is it possible at this point to change the primary applicant to me instead of my wife? - obviously without closing the current application and lodging a new one. We haven't been assigned a case officer and I remember that I was claiming some points too. My occupation is listed in CSL - I don't know why our agent didn't nominate me as the primary applicant in the first place. Perhaps there was no CSL list back then.

3) If I am able to change the primary applicant, would I also be able to apply for state sponsorship at this point, to increase my priority level?


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Old 10-13-2009, 08:57 AM
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It is hard to say when a 175 visa would be processed or just how they will manage what immigration see as lower priority longer application time visas with newer higher priority visas.

I suspect it will be a case of trying to process any backlogs in the higher priorities and that's why lower priority applicants have been told don't expect anything until after 2012 and then it'll become something like newer high priorities will be less but still processed first and leaving some room for lower priorities to be processed in order of lodgement.

Now that the application is in, unfortunately there are limited changes possible, the only things able to be done is for a 175 to become a 176 if a state nomination is obtained or if you located a sponsor for your wife it would be possible to move to an ENS/RSMS sponsored visa with the fee you paid being applied to those visas.

I am pretty sure immi will not allow a change of applicants but you could use the contact post lodgement enquiry facility to ask.

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