Lies, Lies and Immigration. We've heard it all before, political statements, mostly false and misleading designed for a political outcome, not apparently for anything else. Forget about the intention of the migration program or the policy failings of the past, lets just talk about DAMA's. DAMA's, DAMA's, DAMA's, DAMA's, DAMA's. Enough already.....
Don't be fooled about DAMA's. These will not result in increased migration outcomes that will have a significant impact on the distribution of migration outcomes anytime soon. And, cutting the migration program to 160,000 will do nothing to stop population growth in big cities or ease congestion as they fail to cap the huge increases in temporary visa holders, enter the student visa program and international tourism.
This week it was announced that 23,000 permanent places would be allocated to regional Australia as part of the congestion busting policy of the PM and the Coalition Government. With the overall program now reduced from 190,000 to 160,000 - where will this allocation of visas come from, possibly from the 189 and ENS 186 programs.
None of the 23,000 places, not even one will be granted via the introduction or implementation of the SA DAMA. It will most likely take business 12-24 months until the first 482 visa is granted through the SA DAMA, then applicants will need to be employed for 2-4 years on the DAMA before being able to apply for one of the 23,000 permanent places. As a result it is going to be at least 4 years until the first permanent visa is granted to someone who enters under the SA DAMA program. I would hazard a guess that there has never, ever, ever been anyone in Australian immigration history who holds a PR visa through the DAMA program.
23,000 places for regional programs, that's probably just enough for the Department to process the backlog of RSMS 187 visa applications currently gathering dust at the Department, some of which were submitted back in 2016.
RSMS visa applications are currently taking 24 months to process, but I wonder if from next week, we will see a significant shift in processing time frames from 24 months to 24 days, or even less.
This would certainly allow the Government to say that their regional (DAMA) initiatives are having an immediate impact on the processing and approvals of regional visas, thus allowing the Government claim their changes are having an impact on the distribution of migration outcomes.
Only time will tell, but lets wait and see.