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Here's an update from NSW with questions and answers re: the 190 process. Unfortunately it appears there will be no additional intakes other than the 3 more scheduled for this year, and no provisions for those who were able to get part way through the application process and the NSW server crashed under the load.

I have to wonder whether NSW's referring to things as "teething pains" adequately explains the lost opportunities for those who were not lucky enough to break through the logjam at their servers during that chaotic hour on Monday morning...

From NSW Skilled:

Why was a new online process implemented?

Until now NSW have had a paper based application system and payment has been by bank cheque or money order. The system has been modernised to allow online applications and electronic payment by credit card. This is a major improvement to the NSW process for Skilled Nominated visa applications.

Why is the application process being staggered across the year?

NSW has a limit of 4,000 places available each year for State nominated Skilled Migration. In 2013-14 the 4,000 places were filled by December 2013 and no applications could be lodged for the first six months of 2014.

The application intake for 2014-15 has been staggered across the year to enable better management of the processing of applications. It will also enable monitoring of applications to manage occupational diversity. It is planned that another three intakes of 1,000 applications per intake will be scheduled in 2014-15. Details of the proposed intakes are published on the website. These dates may change once the July 2014 intake has been processed and reviewed. Please continue to check the website for further information.

Why a 1,000 limit on each intake?

We have planned for one intake each quarter to allow for processing time and to avoid backlogs. It also allows time to analyse the intake. The analysis will identify ineligible applications and any places that have not been filled will be available in later intakes.

Applicants are required to undertake a self-assessment against a set of criteria which is then reviewed by the Migration Services Team. Our experience is that applicants are unlikely to apply if they do not meet the points test and that most applicants are successful in gaining nomination.

Can paper based applications be submitted now?

No-only on-line applications will be accepted. Paper applications will not be assessed.

Have you had any technical problems with the online system?

Despite extensive testing undertaken prior to the launch of the new online system, some teething problems were expected. Because of the large number of applications lodged at one time, the application server shut down and issues detected (e.g. difficulty nominating an occupation and calculation of age). A number of users have provided valuable feedback and this will assist us to refine the system so that it is improved in time for the next intake. The introduction of the online system is major reform which we are improving on a continual basis. User feedback is essential for this process.

I experienced technical issues which prevented me from making my payment. What can I do?

An application will only be considered where payment was successfully made and confirmed with a payment receipt which contains a one to three digit reference number.

If you would like to apply at a future date, you will need to apply in the next intake. Your application would be considered if you have submitted a complete application and successfully made payment. Please refer to the website: Live and Work in NSW Live & work in NSW - NSW Trade & Investment: Business in NSW

When was it decided to announce the opening of the applications on 14 July?

The date for the launch of the new system was announced on the NSW Trade & Investment website on 1 July 2014.

What alternatives are available to skilled migrants who failed to successfully submit their application in this intake?

We plan to conduct three more intakes in 2014-15 and prospective applicants are able to apply.

The NSW Government also encourages potential applicants to try alternative pathways, including exploring opportunities to gain regional sponsorship. There are significant opportunities in regional NSW for skilled migrants and potential applicants are encouraged to visit NSW Trade & Investment’s website for more details.

When will my application be processed?

Applications will be dealt with in receipt order and we will publish updated processing times on the website regularly. We anticipate providing an update on processing times for the July 2014 intake on the 31st July.

My visa is expiring and I was not able to apply. What can I do?

State nomination is one of a range of visa options that prospective migrants can consider. For more information on other visa options, prospective applicants can refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

(End of quote from NSW Skilled)

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I love the hand wringing: "We encourage people to try other avenues.....There's a wide range of other options...." is there really?!

I'm going to be very interested to see what the next allocation quota is going to be. If they keep to their word, allocations that weren't filled this time due to ineligible applicants will be included in the next allocation. If a large proportion were ineligible there's a great argument to be made against this system.

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That is very sad.

I was one of the unlucky people who didn't successfully lodge an application yesterday morning.

The link didn't work properly in the first few tries, and right when I was about to confirm payment, the site crashed again.

Do you think that they will reopen the application any time soon, before October? I have been waiting since Dec last year so it's been 7 months waiting already. And now probably another 3 months, so that would be 10 months in total, without any guarantee that I would be quick enough to get in next time.
I am in exactly the same position. I got a positive skill assessment mid January 2013, a month after NSW had stopped accepting applications for the 2013-2014 financial year.

Been waiting ever since.
I live in Europe so I'm 8 hours behind NSW. I had a look on the NSW website when it was between midnight and 1 AM in case it came online at midnight (which I doubted but I wanted to be sure). I checked again at midnight here (8AM NSW) and nothing. Waited until 9AM NSW time before I went to bed. I figured I could do it when I wake up before I went to work. Could barely sleep and kept checking the website from time to time. Suddenly the link was there but not working. Then suddenly it was working, so I completed it and took my time (still had to transfer some files from my HDD to my laptop) and I was careful, double and triplechecking everything since I didnt want to make a mistake. I clicked on "Pay Now"and the button didnt do anything. Checked to see if I could open the form in a new window and there it said it was offline. Stayed awake for 2 more hours in case it came online again. Didnt happen and I was absolutely gutted.

It is an unfair system but to me its the only chance of getting a visa. I only have 55 points without the SS, I'm not claiming points for experience and I have only started to work in my ACS profession again since a month. (for the first time in a few years)
As soon as they implement something about minimum work experience or whatever I'm out.

People had been waiting 7 months for this and in those 7 months more and more people got their necessary documents (IELTS, Skill assessment) ready and got added to the pile of people waiting.

New online processing for skilled migration - NSW Trade & Investment: Business in NSW

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Details of the proposed intakes are published on the website. These dates may change once the July 2014 intake has been processed and reviewed. Please continue to check the website for further informatio
I called the NSW number yesterday and they said their management is reviewing everything because of the massive success and "sellout"in a very short time. I also asked if the time of opening would be published next time but they couldnt give me an answer to that. I reckon that they will because this was absolutely retarded.

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I imagine that announcing the time in advance would make the website even more likely to crash. Your story is just absolutely heartbreaking, thomasvo. How painful to be SO close and not make it through.

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I know

I had the form completed and everything and I didnt shut that window on my computer until last night. I took screenshots and everything.
Maybe I should send them my screenshots and attachments and hope they feel sorry for me, haha


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Unfortunately I'd be willing to bet they have thousands of people in the same boat.

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I was only kidding. Laughing with my own misery.


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Their response today made it pretty clear they considered their procedures a "major improvement", despite so many people being turned away or getting half way through an application and getting blown out. The arrogance of these people as they work so hard to dodge any culpability for the easily-predictable system failures is breathtaking. And what about next time - thousands more people, 1,000 spots, and more server meltdowns? Even if they double their server capacity, what will that reduce the time window to... 10 minutes? 5 minutes? It becomes a matter of luck then, not merit, timing, or first-in-first-out.

They might as well save the (taxpayers) a boatload money they're spending on their inadequate IT infrastructure and buy one of those big plexiglass drums with a crank on the side, fill it full of ping-pong balls with each applicant's number on it, and spin away just like the Lotto. Whether it's getting the lucky ball, or getting lucky by being one of the applications that doesn't get blown out by the IT problems or gets in during a tiny opening window timeframe, it still comes down to luck.

Ill-conceived doesn't begin to cover this debacle.
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It will come down to pure luck I'm afraid

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Thomasvo, yours is exactly the situation we can anticipate happening to thousands of applicants and is in no way acceptable. I know many agents will be complaining individually about this system and the MIA (essentially a union for migration agents) will no doubt do the same. I would recommend any applicants affected also voice their complaints as this is the only way a change will ever occur.

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