By Karl Konrad - Editor
Today the NSW government online system seems to have been overwhelmed with applications for State Migration Plan (SMP) sponsorship.
This meant it was simply pot luck if your application got through to accepting payment receipt page or failing.
Soon after the system opened around 9.10am this morning, applications were showing payment error messages.
Then at around 9.33 am the online portal issued this message ;
'Due to high demand we have had to close applications temporarily. We will reopen after a review. Thank you for your patience.'
Then later in the morning the NSW government
updated its web site and released the following statement;
"NSW was pleased to receive a high number of applications in the first 2014-15 intake. We are currently reviewing the applications received and will make an announcement regarding further opening in due course. The online application system will not be available until further notice."
Today a number of migration agents reported that they were not able to lodge any of their clients applications due to continual error messages even before the system officially shut down.
The NSW Business Migration office did not answer the phone today to answer questions regarding the shut down of applications. No doubt they were tired of receiving complaints.
We will keep you posted on developments and our heart goes out to all those today who were not able to lodge their applications but I know it wasn't for the lack of trying.