How Using a Registered Migration Agent can Reduce ENS and RSMS Processing Times

Employers and their prospective employees who are seeking visa approval under the Employer Nomination Scheme or Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme can significantly reduce the application timescale by engaging a Registered Migration Agent.

If the RMA is satisfied that the application is complete and ready for a positive decision by a Department of Immigration case officer the RMA can complete a Decision Ready Checklist, and can submit the same with the nomination and visa applications.

Note: ENS and RSMS applications involve – broadly – two components: the nomination of the skilled position by the employer, and the application for the grant of a permanent residency visa by the sponsored individual.

Significant improvements in visa processing times are possible when a DRC accompanies the application paperwork. We have seen applications accompanied by DRCs processed by the Department of Immigration in 2 weeks. By contrast applications that are not DRC-ready have been taking months to be processed to a decision.

The intention behind the Decision Ready Checklist initiative is to improve processing times, and to reduce the burdens on Department of Immigration case officers. There is a significant shift in the onus of responsibility onto the migration agent when submitting a DRC, as an application which is lodged that is not decision ready to the satisfaction of the Department of Immigration will result in a “strike” against the migration agent.

Three strikes against the agent means that agent will not be permitted to participate in the DRC initiative in the future.

It should be noted that it is not possible to submit a DRC after a nomination and/or visa application has been submitted to the Department of Immigration.

The GM Corporate team has many years of experience preparing and submitting employer sponsored visa applications. We have embraced the use of Decision Ready Checklists since they were first introduced several months ago, and have an excellent record, with all being decided positively within a short period of their submission to the Department of Immigration.

If you are an employer in Australia, have a skilled intended employee in mind that needs a visa, and would like to know how we can help achieve a quick outcome please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free initial discussion.