The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has advised this week that they are getting very close to filling their quote of State Nominated visa grants for the 2014-2015 program year. But what does this mean?

Each year, the Government allocates the maximum number of visas that can be granted in the skilled migration program and the subclasses. The program year runs from 1 July to 30 June.

Once the limit is reached, no further visas can be granted in for the affected subclasses until the next program year starts. This year, the Government expects to reach the quota before the end of June 2015.

But what does this mean for applications that are already lodged?

If your application is lodged, but not decided, it will continue to be processed until it is ‘decision-ready’. The Government will resume granting visas after 1 July 2015. In reality, it means waiting in line until the next program year starts and your visa can be granted.

For the meantime, applicants are encouraged to be patient.

If you are interested in applying for a Skilled Nominated or Skilled Independent visa, McDonald Steed McGrath Lawyers can guide you through the process from skill assessment to visa outcome. Our experienced Registered Migration Agents and Registered Migration Agent Solicitors are well versed in the rigorous skill assessment, nomination and visa criteria and recognise that each application is different, requiring a thorough assessment and approach. Contact us now for your individual appointment now!

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