Immigration Trust found that the below article represents what is happening with many SMC resident visa applications it deals.
Currently, applications were submitted last Oct are still being processed. The case officers issued multiple PPI letters. They even checked the minor transactions from the bank statements and asked for the clarification. Not just for one or two, but almost all of our SMC resident visa applications, these systematic delays occur.
During this waiting time, several clients of mine had their work visa expired, and we had to deal with them. A few clients had some delays with their work visa applications; hence, their interim visa expired, and we had to deal with the situation too.
We had shared this concern with other advisers and lawyers. They expressed that this could be a way to reduce the number of migrants before the election next year as the current government promised to reduce the number of net migrants. Of course, we have no tangible evidence to back it up, but it appears to be so.