Visa Grant Delay 189

Thanks guys on your responses and congrats to all those who have received their grants.


Is there any whatsapp group for discussions about 189 people who have lodged applications or in process of lodging ?

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Seems like after a whole lot of CO contacts for 190 in Aug, Sept & Oct for applicants from 2019 and 2020, grants have stopped for them. I can see in various groups there have been plenty grants in the past few weeks for applicants who lodged in 2022, onshore.

Apparently COs are going in the opposite direction from what the ministerial direction is, i.e, priority for offshore applicants and processing for all visas in chronological date of lodgement.

Anyone else waiting for grant after CO contact in Aug?

I got CO contact same date as yours.

I saw from immitracker almost everyone from Aug, Sept and Oct are still waiting.

Currently they seem to be processing April/May 2022 in terms of 190, meaning ours might might happen next year since they will be closed for the holidays for a few weeks in Dec/Jan.

By the looks of it, they are working down the list for 2022, next on the list for this year should be June/July 2022 applicants and jumping over to Aug/Sept in January.

Congrats Ronak !! Can you please share your timeline?

I have applied for my friend and they got Visa Grant Nov 24th, 2022. Below are their timelines. Invitation received: 16th July 2019 Visa Applied: 19th July 2019 CO Contact for Medicals, PCC: 15th August 2022 Visa Grant received: 24th Nov 2022

Thank you sharing the timeline with us :slight_smile: All the best!!!

Thank you for sharing the timeline with us :slight_smile: All the best to your friends!!

Big change for NZ applicants posted by the department on 9th December: Skilled migration program - Recent changes (

A special taskforce has been established to process only 189 NZ stream applications (which have even worse processing time than points-based ones!)

Bro finally received my grant. Thank you for your support and motivation always.

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Great to hear that bro. Congratulations to you. Finally you got it. Good luck with your future plans bro :pray:

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Thanks bro.

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Finally!!! Over 3 years waiting !!! Thank you all for supporting each other during darkest time Especially giving huge thanks to GurminderSingh, bro thanks all the postive energy you’ve brought to this page. Mine is 189 civil Engineering (April 2019)and I am still offshore, wish this will help. For everyone who is still waiting, be patient guys, you will get it eventually Good luck!

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Hello All,

I lodged my Visa application almost 3 years back in April 2020. Recently, I have noted that the applicants who lodged their visa application got their CO assigned in Oct 2022 and now getting their grants. I didn’t receive CO contact OR any requirement from the department. Still my file status is showing “Received” in immi account.

I tried to call on the number mentioned in homeaffairs website in Global Service Center section. But didn’t get any answer on my file status.

It is very disappointing to see that people getting grants who lodged with/just after us and my file/life got stuck with no update. Anybody who can suggest any information that to whom I can contact or mail or do something to find out till when I will be kept waiting.


@tonymingyi Huge congratulations brother. Wish you a brightest future :blush:

@Jolly_5 if you scroll up until you see the posts from early last year you will see other people with similar situation as yours. So waiting patiently is the only option. Nothing will prioritise your application even if it is older than others. Sooner or later you will have your grant so just stay positive. All of us been through same time.

OK…!! Thanks @GurminderSingh. There is a difference between last year and current situation. Last year there was a whole lot of people waiting for progress in their application. Currently, I am accompanied by hardly 6-7 people(In my social networking groups) waiting for the progress in our application. All others got CO contact/Visa. Because of which, I am afraid about my application and negative things about it come in mind.

There is no other option apart from doing what you replied.

Again, thanks for your response @GurminderSingh . It means a lot to me. Your words bring relief. Soon I will share positive progress about my application.

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If your application status is on “received” it means that the case officer haven’t even looked into your application yet and it is still in the queue and will be processed according to the minister’s directions and priority order set by them. When the case officer will open your application then the status will change to initial assessment. There is no option to prioritise your application also there is nothing to worry about if you have proofs of all points claimed. I know it is a very hard time because most of us have been through such time. Just stay positive and live your normal life until the case officer contacts you :pray:

Ok @GurminderSingh . Thank You for your valuable words and time.

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