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      Hi All

      At the meeting with David Wilden at Australia House today, we were told as follows:

      All the applications in hand from people in Categories 1 - 4 as listed in the FAQ of 23rd September 2009 are now under control.

      DIAC estimate that there are about 3,500 applications in Category 5 - that is, State sponsored but the main applicant's occupation is not on the CSL. Mr Wilden has been told that DIAC are now in a position to make a start on processing the Cat 5 applications.



      Mr Wilden said as follows:
      • Roughly 3,500 is the number of actual visa applications, not the number of people involved. (I checked this with him specifically and he was definite about it.)
      • They will start to process the Cat 5s according to the dates when the visa applications were lodged and they will deal with the oldest applications first.
      • They will make no distinctions between the different visa subclasses - first come, first served means what it implies in a situation where the occupation is not on the CSL but the applicant does have State sponsorship.
      • There is no foundation to the rumour that tradies may be excluded from Cat 5 processing - the tradies are to be treated identically to people whose occupations are in ASCO Groups 1-3.
      Mr Wilden said that we have had him up late at night and out of bed before the birds in order to phone his colleagues in Australia to discover exactly what the plans are for the Category 5s because he had seen from Poms in Oz that everyone is particularly worried about this question in particular.

      Mr WIlden stressed that he cannot say how long it will take to clear the backlog of about 3,500 Cat 5 applications. As & when they receive further applications from people with greater claim to priority, the applications with greater priority will be dealt with first.

      The Famous Five were all PiO members (DanB1, Floater, Gollywobbler, RonnieRocket and Watneyni to put us in alphabetical order.) We were all sitting round the same table with Mr Wilden and we all heard him say exactly the same things. (Needless to say we repaired to a London hostelry afterwards to compare notes - thanks very much indeed to Watneyni for very kindly buying a round of drinks for us all.)

      We were joined unexpectedly by a very helpful young man called Andrew. He has worked at the ASPC for a while but he is now in the UK, working with John Adams RMA at Immigration2Oz.com Andrew is not a PiO member [yet] but I am trying to encourage him/twist his arm! Andrew was involved with this part of the discussion so he heard Mr Wilden as well.

      That they can't say how long it will take to clear the 3,500 or so Cat 5 applications is reasonable enough. Mr Wilden promised to find out how many of the 108,100 skilled PR & Provisional visas for 2009/10 have been granted as at 30th November 2009 and he said he will let us know as soon as he knows. Once we have that figure it will probably be possible to start making reasonably sensible guesses.

      After the meeting the Famous Five agreed that this information is probably the most significant piece of info from today and that we would get it onto the forum with all possible speed, in its own thread to make it stand out.

      Cheers

      Gill
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      Thanks again to all of you... Job well done!

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      Thanks for the update Gill,hopefully this latest news means that at least some of the members affected by the 23/9 debacle will be able to have a happy christmas after all.
      Thanks to everyone who gave their time to attend the meeting.
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      Hi,

      I have always been reading the news here, although I did not register. However I am very touched and grateful for what Gill (and the rest of the famous 5) did today and I felt I should at least reveal myself as one of those cat 5 hopeful.

      Many thanks...

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      thanks gill your a star x
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      PASSED ELECTRICAL VETACCESS OCT 08 SUBMITTED APPLICATION 175 ON CSL NOV 08 REMOVED FROM CSL MARCH 09 SO APPLIED SS WA 15/04/09 SS APPROVED 24/07/09 CO 08/09/09 THEN 23/09/09 LOST CO !!!! NOW AGAIN CO ON 28/10/10

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      Hi Gill and the rest of the fab five

      I just want to say a huge thank you for all your efforts.

      I think you are all deserving of a massive round of applause from all of us fellow cat 5's.

      Thanks a million

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      Thanks alot all, top job
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      Gill,

      I will happily buy you and the others a drink if and when I meet you!! - Well done!

      As well as the immediate issues it seems that you may have built a pathway for future discussion and raised the profile of PIO so well done on that front as well!!

      Daniel
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      To the Famous Five,
      Huge thanks to you all, it is fantastic news that you have brought us, Christmas has come early in my house. Just knowing that they are looking at our category now has made me stop pannicking. It is nice to see DIAC acting in a fair manner, by not excluding tradies & processing in date order.
      Cheers guys.
      Tracey xxxxx
      Family of 4, 175 MODL (non CSL) applied 27/1/09, 176 SA SS applied 23/7/09, SS granted 4/8/09, CO 17/8/09, last med finalised 18/9/09, PC uploaded 5/9/09. Category 5.VISA GRANTED 11/12/09 & flying to Adelaide 27/6/10

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      Great to see you got some real answers,, well done the Famous Five and thank you Gill for taking time to organise this and fight on behalf of so many PIO members.

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