Hear me out - I need to know if I'm crazy to believe this or if it's actually possible. I think my employer purposefully submitted an incomplete application to sponsor me for PR in order to have my case sent to appeals tribunal. This wait period is 440 days average, which conveniently locks me in to remain working with them.
My company used a migration agent who is also a personal friend of my boss.
The reason their application to sponsor was refused was because they failed to summit the portion where they are supposed to demonstrate a need for me. This is on the list of requirements so I don't understand how a competent migration agent could have missed that, especially assuming he's done this before. Even when searching online for reasons the visa could be refused, it comes up as one of the things to look out for. I'm not sure if the processing officer reached out to our migration agent for this information, but somewhere in the refusal letter it mentioned that there was adequate time to submit additional information that may of been lacking and it was basically timed out from waiting and refused for being incomplete.
So here we've been waiting since March for this tribunal appeal.
The business owner has since engaged in an immigration lawyer to handle the case.
But now I'm wondering - why the heck didn't they just reapply with a complete application? Why is appealing better? The time to process the application is a lot faster than then 440 day wait for a tribunal.
Apparently also we could submit the information to the appeals tribunal in chance that they could make a decision on that information instead of waiting for the tribunal meeting. This hasn't been done which shows that the company isn't in a hurry to get this sorted.
If the original application was complete, I would have had my PR visa by now and I would not have been bound to my employer. Being on a Bridging Visa A has taken a toll on me not being able to leave the country. I came to Australia on working holiday visa because i LOVE to travel. I would have been all over neighboring countries by now, and visited home and made it to my cousin's wedding. If I would have know this was what I was in for, then I would have chosen a different path to residency or a working visa. I'm pretty close to just saying screw it and return home, which is a shame because I love Australia and Australia should love me as a highly skilled worker.
What do you guys think? Should I just be grateful that I'm getting sponsored for a PR visa or am I right to feel that there is purposeful negligence by my employer?