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Monday, 16 November 2009
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Dr Stone asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 10 September 2009:

(1)   How many international students currently on 485 category bridging visas are awaiting resolution of their application for permanent residency.

(2)   How long, on average, have these students been waiting for a decision on their applications.

(3)   From what countries are these students, and in what proportions.


Mr McClelland (Attorney-General) —The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

(1)   As at 31 August 2009 there were 5 621 former holders of a Skilled - Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 485) awaiting a decision on their application for a permanent General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa.

(2)   On average former holders of a Skilled - Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 485) have been waiting 156 days for a decision on their application for a permanent residence GSM visa. Visa application processing times vary significantly depending on the circumstances of the client and as a result of the Minister’s Direction No. 42 - Order of consideration of certain Skilled Migration visas. This Direction gives priority to GSM applicants whose nominated occupation is on the Critical Skills List.

(3)   As at 31 August 2009 former holders of a Skilled - Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 485) from 85 countries were awaiting a decision on their application for a permanent GSM visa. The table below indicates the top ten countries of these applicants:

 

Country

Persons on hand

Percentage (%)

1.India

1 593

28.3

2.China

1 371

24.4

3.Korea

376

6.7

4.Bangladesh

240

4.3

5.Malaysia

228

4.0

6.Indonesia

212

3.8

7. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

156

2.8

8.Sri Lanka

133

2.4

9.Pakistan

120

2.1

10.Nepal

115

2.0

Total

4 544

80.8

Other

1 077

19.2

Grand Total

5 621

100