186 visa processing time July 2015
According to official information provided by the department of immigration average 186 visa processing time is 6 months from the time of lodgement. They do estimate that 75% applications are processed within this timeframe, so it is very likely case officer for an 186 visa application lodged in July 2015 should have already been allocated, your visa processed and you should have received a decision or request for additional information.
You should note that times may vary depending on a range of factors which could impact a duration of 186 visa processing time. It is imperative to lodge application which is “decision ready” – make sure all the relevant documents are attached to ENS application and do your health examination ahead of time if possible. Remember also about police certificates – for some you may wait quite a long time – USA is famous in this matter for delays.
ENS is 2 stage application – Nomination and then actual visa application. You can lodge both together, but if you have any doubts if your employer fulfilled his 457 visa sponsor obligation it might be a good idea to lodge nomination first, and then once a nomination is approved lodge 186 visa application. It will delay the whole process, but in case nomination would not have been approved you will not waste a few thousand dollars paid for visa application.
In reality, there are situations where department officer granted an ENS (186 visa) within a couple of weeks from the time of lodgement. It all depends on their workload and if your application is “decision ready”.
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