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Who makes the final decision?

Hello guys just wondering who makes the final decision is it the case officer or someone who has a higher rank than the case officer? And if awaiting for the final decision how long will it take if everything is ok and medicals is cleared?

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Hello guys just wondering who makes the final decision is it the case officer or someone who has a higher rank than the case officer? And if awaiting for the final decision how long will it take if everything is ok and medicals is cleared?

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The process may be a little different depending on whether it is a family stream visa with a decision offshore or skilled visas addressed in Australia where you'll have more staff working on visa applications.
At the Australian processing centres there are various teams and you'll have a number of COs of varied experience and even lesser experienced administrative support staff.
Decisions are not so much of individual nature as to personal views but reviewing applications against the criteria that is established by legislation and regardless of if a CO has support on a particular application I imagine recommendations would be reviewed by Team Leaders and it would be up to them to decide on any potentially contentious applications as to whether input from more senior management was warranted.

Finalisation periods will also vary on type of visa, whether it is for temporary or permanent residency and what else is occurring within Immi, staffing etc. at the time, so you could be looking at from less than a month to several.
Right now for instance with the end of the financial year approaching, if numbers are already close to full year budget, there could be a significant slow down on processing.

Immi is also reviewing their internal structuring at the moment in light of moving away from the MODL/CSL to greater focus on Employer Sponsorship and introduction of SMPs.





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The process may be a little different depending on whether it is a family stream visa with a decision offshore or skilled visas addressed in Australia where you'll have more staff working on visa applications.
At the Australian processing centres there are various teams and you'll have a number of COs of varied experience and even lesser experienced administrative support staff.
Decisions are not so much of individual nature as to personal views but reviewing applications against the criteria that is established by legislation and regardless of if a CO has support on a particular application I imagine recommendations would be reviewed by Team Leaders and it would be up to them to decide on any potentially contentious applications as to whether input from more senior management was warranted.

Finalisation periods will also vary on type of visa, whether it is for temporary or permanent residency and what else is occurring within Immi, staffing etc. at the time, so you could be looking at from less than a month to several.

Right now for instance with the end of the financial year approaching, if numbers are already close to full year budget, there could be a significant slow down on processing.

Immi is also reviewing their internal structuring at the moment in light of moving away from the MODL/CSL to greater focus on Employer Sponsorship and introduction of SMPs.
I am a PMV applicant. What does the end of financial year means? does it mean that once they already have the numbers they will no longer process anymore applications? so far they have updated the processing page at the embassy website and the partner visa didnt move nor change. does that mean that they will finish the ones lodged earlier before the the end of financial year? and when is the end of financial year? does it mean to that there won't be any visa grantees if they already have the numbers?

Thank you for taking time answering my queries.


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I am a PMV applicant. What does the end of financial year means? does it mean that once they already have the numbers they will no longer process anymore applications? so far they have updated the processing page at the embassy website and the partner visa didnt move nor change. does that mean that they will finish the ones lodged earlier before the the end of financial year? and when is the end of financial year? does it mean to that there won't be any visa grantees if they already have the numbers?

Thank you for taking time answering my queries.
The financial year is what governement departments and businesses refer to re budgeting, from July01 to June30 the following year as against your calendar year of Jan. to Dec.
Family stream visas are not capped as skilled ones may be though if visa applications in general are higher that what the government may have budgeted for, processing rates could be reduced and with offshore applications they will be considered by the Immi COs allocated overseas, there usually being more senior people overseeing the processing.

Nominal service standards for family visa processing is up to 10 months though it can be longer and shorter.
I'm not familiar with what the information the various embassies put on their sites but I'd not be too concerned with it and just wait on the processing for it'll occur as it will.





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