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Changes to VETASSESS Priority Processing and Other Updates

Published 20 Jul 2023 / Updated 20 Jul 2023

VETASSESS Priority Processing service

From July 31 VETASSESS Priority Processing service will change so that applicants with evidence of urgent need will receive priority when places are allocated.

Applicants without an urgent need can still apply for Priority Processing. Once places are allocated to those with an urgent need, any remaining slots will be offered to other applicants in the queue on a first-come-first-served basis.

Urgent reasons for an applicant to apply for Priority Processing are:

  • They have received an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs or an Australian state or territory government, which has an expiry date
  • Their visa expires within eight weeks and they are unable to obtain another visa
  • They are turning 33, 40 or 45 within eight weeks
  • Their English test result (IELTS or PTE) expires within eight weeks
  • Their Partner Skills Assessment or English test result expires within eight weeks.

Changes to requirements for Pakistan and Nigeria

From August 9 it will no longer be mandatory for applicants to provide verified copies of qualifications from HEC Pakistan or, for Nigerian applicants, the registrar's office of the awarding body.

Although clients will not need to provide verified copies of their qualifications at the time of application, during the application process we may ask for verified copies if an assessor identifies this is necessary to complete an assessment.This applies to qualifications from other regions as well.

If VETASSESS assessors ask for verified copies, the applicant will need to arrange them. For Priority Processing, the request for verified copies may delay the assessment process beyond the standard 10 business days.


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