Published on November 13th, 2009 | by john.weir7
Angry visa applicants launch online petition for Australian migration
Hundreds of applicants for Australian immigration visas have launched a petition that urges Â the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to change their minds over the processing priority changes made in September.
Under the changes, the waiting times for the General Skilled migration programme have been extended to up to 3 years, causing many applicants to turn to websites like Get Me Down Under to vent their frustration. The organizers of the petition make it very clear that they are unhappy with the Australian Immigration Department’s handling of the situation, saying,
“It is unfair to make applicants wait even longer when we are so close to the end of what is a most stressful experience and have already spent thousands on medicals, police clearances and other associated costs which will now go to waste and probably have to be redone.Â Many of us have been involved with the immigration process for very long periods, some close to two years or more. Each time we get close to getting our visas, the rules change and our families are placed under further undue stress and we have to continue living in limbo.“
Anyone wanting to add their own voice to the petition can do so here. Alternatively, why not come along to Down Under Live! in London on the 30th January to hear from a range of Australian migration experts and the representatives of the states own immigration departments on your next move.