Hello all - I'm back online after a much-needed break and reset (dealing with the madness that is INZ last year led to burnout for me!). Jumping back in with a quick update from INZ about the front of the SMC/RfW queue and how the Second Person Check (2PC) queue is progressing:

The front of the SMC/RfW queue is applications that were lodged on 28 June 2019 (so it's currently taking 18.5 months from lodgement to allocation)

Applications that were decided on 24 November 2020 are being Second Person Checked at the moment (with a few stragglers that were decided on 17 November in the mix as well).

Here's hoping for some accelerated processing timeframes in 2021!!