I have lodge a Visa 176 in Feb 2009, 9 days later I was informed that my visa is not going to receive any processing at that time.
So... I asked my employer to sponsor me. Because I have a trade on the “highly skilled” list I did not have to wait the two years before one can apply for PR, I did not know that, at the time I lodged my 176.
I applied for a fee-free application Visa 856 a few days ago (missed informed by Immi officers several times that I do not have to pay again).
Guess what… I got a phone call today saying that if I do not fork up the $2525 by tomorrow, my application will become void.
I love AU and I have a lot of respect for Immi, but come-on people….
We came here with a suitcase of clothes and a few dollars change.
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