Thanks for the information. Im a little bit confused as regards ACT's numbers.
I got onto my agent last week and she confirmed :
"The ACT has 1750 places available under the new SMP, of this number 100 will be taken for off list nominations. There are already 700 Nominations approved which will also be deducted from this number. Once the quotas are filled by visa grants it is not yet know what will happen to the applications which have not been finalized in that Financial Year i.e. whether they will be queued and carried forward to the next financial year or caped and ceased"
She also advised us that as we havent lodged our app with the DIAC we fall into the remainder 950 spaces that they have. Its sounds a little different to what you have been told. I would presume if the ACT's spaces which equate to 720 sponsorships available but are made up of 1740 places this could mean that only people who have lodged their visa application will be processed this year and we would have to wait until 2011/2012 and re-do all of our applications (ACS expires in Feb 2011).
I've got it right this time, I hope.....
What I wanted to say to you in the first place is that you should trust yourself, your agent and Julianne O'Brien in the ACT. What the three of you said last week makes sense. What Visa Bureau are saying today does not make sense.
So please trust your own advisers in this, not a migration agency whom you are not even using, hon.