Are you a tradesperson applying for a skills assessment through Vetassess? Read the latest update on processing times.
Processing Times for Vetassess Trades
The processing time for Vetassess skills assessments continues to grow. If you’re lodging a trade skills assessment, you should allow for extra processing time.
You cannot apply for a skilled visa without first obtaining a positive skills assessment.
Vetassess executive director Rob Thomason provides an explanation.
“We are currently dealing with an unprecedented number of trade applications, which has extended our processing times.
We understand this is causing frustration for you and your clients and want you to know that we are cognisant of the issue and are working to reduce our assessment times.
As you are aware, we are the only Trades Recognition Australia (TRA)-approved registered training organisation for occupations such as Diesel Motor Mechanic (321212), Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic (342111), Toolmaker (323412) and Hairdressing (391111), and only one of two providers of assessment services for Motor Mechanic (General) (321211) and Automotive Electrician (321111).
An increase in demand for these occupations along with a shortage of qualified assessors in Australia, particularly for motor mechanics and engineering trades, has resulted in extended processing times.
We continue to recruit qualified assessors to deal with this increase and have resumed face-to-face assessments in the Philippines and elsewhere. We will hold practical assessments in South Africa from 28 – 31 March and hope to advise of other dates and venues soon.
It is important to note that all applications we receive are processed based on the lodgement date, i.e., the date in which we received payment approval from TRA.
We would like to apologise to you and your clients for the delays and assure you we are working hard to process skills assessments as quickly as possible.”
At Visa Go Australia we can assist with your skills assessment and visa application. We prepare you for each step of the visa process.