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Can anyone recommend a migration agent? I need an established one that wont disappear overnight and has offices both here in OZ and in the UK - Gold Coast and Surrey/London/Sussex would be ideal. It's for my Mum who wants to emigrate here, we have checked all the criteria and she passes on them all but doesn't have the CPV money so it would have to be Subclass 103!!!!
Are there any ways that the visa can be sped up - applying on shore etc.... I have sent an email to the parent visa immi link but had no reply on processing times - anyone know what they are??
Other than a student visa how can my mum come and live here until the 103 gets granted. I was told that it is not possible to get a bridging visa - is that true??
Any help would be greatly appreciated
The 103 visa can take up to 10 yrs and more to be granted as there is such a long waiting list and so few places, so it is not a very attractive prospect waiting all those years! Is there a possibility of her/you affording a CPV 143 or 173, the 173 being a temporary CPV which allows a longer period to save up the final payment for the 143.
We used an agent who went bust, but luckily after he had lodged the application, so no monies were lost. From our own experience and from reading what others say on the forums, if I had to do it again I wouldn't use an agent as its all so easily done on the net! But thats not to say that would be best for you, try Go Matilda - Your Gateway to Australia - Visa, Tax and Financial Planning for Australia, have a look there.
Hopefully someone else will add some more info for you.
All the best
CPV 143, Application Lodged 1st May 2008, Permanent Residence 29/01/2010, Made the final move 23/01/2011
I would have said GoMatilda too!
It is possible to make an onshore application but (1) your Mum has to be old enough to qualify for an Aged Parent Visa and (2) the visa that she uses to enter Australia when she makes application – probably a Tourist visa – must not have a "no further stay" restriction in the small print. Also, if she manages to overcome this last hurdle – probably more by luck than judgement – she must not enter Australia "with the intention of applying for a further visa" -- ie, it has to be an idea that occurs to her while there!
Then if she does get the application for an onshore Aged Parents Visa in, she will automatically get a bridging visa until the substantive visa is considered in maybe 15+ years' time. However, you need to check whether she will be eligible for Medicare. And also, bear in mind that if she should eventually be rejected she would have to return to the UK – very traumatic, I would guess, after all that time.
(No one really knows the timescale for non-contributory parents applying now, as criteria can change and pollies can change their minds, but people are now getting the final results now who applied 15–20 years ago! Contributory applicants take about 18–24 months. Have a look at "sandch"'s timeline for the progress on Contributory applications. it's at www.gainwave.co.uk)
I would suggest that, before you consult a migration agent, you have a good look through the Parent Migration booklet published by the Dept of Immigration at http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/booklets/1129.pdf. Once you have looked at that and the various forms that have to be submitted, you'll be in a better position to decide whether it's worth paying several thousand dollars for an agent's services, or go the DIY route.
Good luck, Mike
Last edited by MikenSueNW3; 27-12-2010 at 09:13 AM.
Aged Parent (Residence) Visa (Subclass 804)
As others have said, a bridging visa is only possible if an application is made in Australia for what is called an onshore visa.
Have a look at the subclass 804 Aged Parent visa (which is an onshore visa), and feel able to telephone me or my migration agent colleague Sarah White through our Brisbane office tomorrow (Weds) or on Thursday:
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