The Department of Immigration and Border Security have confirmed that the following skilled visa applications submitted for processing have been capped and ceased as of 22nd September 2015:
Applicants who have had their applications ceased will receive a full refund. It is a difficult situation for those involved with some existing applications over 5 years old however with most of those effected being those applicants sponsored by family.
The applications made from individuals whom are already living in Australia will continue to be processed and the Department has advised that a majority of the applicants for the Skilled Independent Migrant Visa (subclass 175) have been processed.
Applying for a visa to Australia can be an involved process and having a migration agent who can work closely with you and advise you of changes in situations can remove a lot of the stress involved in the already consuming visa application process.