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  2. VAC2 Payment request received today. VAC2 Payment done today. 143 GRANT Letter received today. 48 Months of Long Waiting is over today. Thanks to all on this Forum for contributing very valuable information related to cpv 143 which really helped us to do it ourselves.
  3. Hi, I have applied for visa 190 QLD in September 2019 and waiting for the grant. I am going to get married to US citizen soon. He has got ETA (electronic transit visa for US citizens) to visit Australia, visiting me end of March. question: 1. If I add him in my current application, would it affect my 190 visa processing time? 2. should I add him when he is offshore or Onshore? 3. If I add hime offshore, would he be able to visit me on his ETA visa. (ETA has 1 year validity with multiple entries). 4. If i add him Onshore, when will he get bridging visa? P.S. He wants to stay in Australia for 1-2 years until I get citizenship, also need working rights. Thanks.
  4. Wonderingaloud

    Agents fees

    This is just the fees payable to the agent? So $21,000???? Because that’s insane!! Are you sure they’re not quoting you what it’ll cost for a skills assessment, visa etc? You should only use an agent who is Mara registered, they’ll have a number you can check on maras website. Each number is linked to a person not a company. Do not go near anyone who isn’t mara registered and don’t use a lawyer- different profession. Can I ask the name of the company who has quoted you this amount? There are a number of reputable agents who post on here regularly who will often do free Initial consults based on your circumstances. All Mara registered and like I say, reputable. Westly Russel and Paul Hand jump to mind but there are others too. I’m pretty certain the fees will be no where near $20,000!!
  5. Rallyman

    The UK and Climate Change

    Just been reading about Renault electric van , not getting good press, you have to lease batteries only 50 miles on a charge ( claimed 130) 24 month lease is £18500 to buy out right just under 30k and you don’t own batteries cant see it taking off some how
  6. Rallyman

    The UK and Climate Change

    Unbelievable
  7. I think it's about 4-5% and I'm not sure if that includes withdrawals.
  8. @apparition232 you could always look at the new temporary parent visa 870, which will give you up to 10yrs in Oz whilst waiting for your 143. But lots of rules and may not suit a lot of parents.
  9. Hi, Any help would be really appreciated!!.. We are a family of 5 trying desperately to move to Brisbane. After 3.5 very long years of trying to sort a 189 Visa, re-taking Physiotherapy exams to transfer to equivalency and not to mention a huge outlay, we have missed out by the massive increase of points now needed to apply for the 189. Not to be disheartened in October 2019 we had 2 months left before my husbands 45th birthday to apply for a State nominated Visa.. but sadly that took too long and we have now missed out on that too. As my husband has passed the exams necessary at the APC, we have now the final option to hopefully be sponsored by a job and move over by that route - still hanging in there! My query is: AHPRA have said he can only register in person (which is fine he was going to "Pop" over for a long weekend and just hand the form in and return to the UK!!) - however, it does say that a job offer is necessary?? Has any one in the Physiotherapy profession managed to get a job offer whilst still in the UK without having registered with the AHPRA first?.. or alternatively, managed to register with AHPRA without a job offer whilst not living in Australia? We REALLY don't want t give up on our dream for us and our three children but it seems we are coming up against barrier after barrier at the moment!! If anyone has a positive outcome from a similar situation it would be REALLY good to hear!! Thank you for any help xx!!
  10. The time quoted on Immi has been contentious since about 2016 as we applied in August 2015 being told 18-24 months and even our agent thought this would be about right, but there was a massive increase in applications and we eventually received our 143 after 52 months! So if you want to believe the site you can but I really don't think it will be 51 months as quoted. We originally made plans for 18-24 months but had to completely rethink our lifeplan as a result of the extended wait....if we'd have known differently I think we would have got through the wait with much less stress. Good luck
  11. Lavers

    Saying Hello!

    Ok brilliant, so moneycorp is just a holding account? If I transfer from moneycorp to an Aus account can I only touch that money when I arrive in Aus and activate the account properly? Which account in Aus would you recommend?
  12. It is not accurate! When I applied in Mar 16 it was 12-18mths processing. The following year it was 18-24 then 24-36 then 36-41 and so on, it just increased every year. My application is being looked at now, so yes it maybe through in 51mths if I’m lucky they have speeded up slightly as prioritising offshore visas, but once they reach parity with the onshore ones that are already done up to 2017 applicants, it will go much slower again unfortunately. AoS submitted today, estimate completion is 6 weeks and we ALL know that usually doubles!
  13. Rallyman

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    That’s a big hole to fill money wise , which was pointed out many times over last 3 years , maybe the eu are starting to understand it’s not all one way traffic
  14. Metoo

    Three snakes in three days

    I must admit, Ted has been neglected of late. It’s about time he had a day out. Maybe next week when I’m off work. Meanwhile, Brian is out hunting
  15. patricia2019

    Agents fees

    Hi, recently contacted a migration agent to enquire about help with the 491 Visa process. Received email today with breakdown of fees payable to agent as shown below: 1. Skills Assessment: AUD4 500 including Assessing Body Fees; 2. Expression of Interest: AUD750; 3. State Nomination: AUD1 250 including State Fees, if applicable; 4. Visa Application: AUD14 500 including Government Lodgement Fees. Whilst there would be 6 of us (2 ad 4 ch) by doing our own research for quite a while now, we knew the Visa application would be the largest cost but had it at $10,000 going by the immi website plus the skills assessment fee seems extremely high also! Just wondering if this is the going rate for these things or is it the use of an agent making it quite extortionate?
  16. amibovered

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Yes, it's been widely noted that they are trying to cherry pick!!!!
  17. Bulya

    RIP Holden Commodore

    There is no Ford Mustang in a V8 Supercar. No Commodore in their race car either
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  19. Thank you. And I do agree that your logic makes sense (unless a significant number of applications are denied, in which case they can process the 50000 in the queue more quickly than 8 or 9 years, say in 51 months? Do you know what % of the applications are rejected?) Quoting from the immi website: "based on current planning levels, we estimate new Contributory Parent visa applications lodged that meet the criteria to be queued are likely to take approximately at least 51 months to be released for final processing." It clearly says "new contribution visa applications, on current planning levels = 51 months" If 8 or 9 years is indeed more accurate, then what immi website is saying is an outright lie! What are your thoughts?
  20. starlight7

    $9 avocados in australia🥑

    No I don’t fancy them in that way
  21. starlight7

    RIP Holden Commodore

    Sad because the Holden was the iconic Aussie car for a long time. Football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars as they said
  22. bunbury61

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Sadly , it's just starting . The e.u needs to fill a 62 BILLION EUROS OVER 7 YEARS HOLE , LEFT BY BRITAIN . The squabbling has already started within the e.u . The french are sending out the word that they are going to play hard ball , in relation to a deal that must include fishing rights . Britain now has a team of 40 working on any future arrangements . I hope ,its a hard brexit on WTO rules , with a few agreements for the car industry etc . Clean break , and start again as friends and partners , but with no alignment . We can then assist from the outside when the e.u ship starts to sink . It's taking on water already
  23. The time quoted on immi processing website is for the applications they are actually processing now ie early 2016 The length of the queue and the actual amount they grant annually now dictates the length of the wait.
  24. starlight7

    What Have You Learned Today?

    Neither of them would know how to toss a paper bag in the air.
  25. Hi everyone This is my first post on this forum. I applied for my parents 143 visa in December 2018. At that time, the auto-responding email said there was a wait time of 48 months. This website now says the wait time is now 51 months, so it appears the wait time has been fairly consistent at about 4 years: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-processing-times/family-visa-processing-priorities/parent-visas-queue-release-dates However, you mention a wait of about 8 or 9 years. I wonder how this reconciles with the 4 years processing time as mentioned above? I know you have calculated the 8 years based on 52000/6000=8.7 years. But then is the information on immi incorrect? Thank you all.
  26. Hi everyone, Please advise me someone. We applied a child visa 101 for my daughter in June 2019. Case is opened and case officer called and requested some documents by email and ask to submit through webpage because this visa application is paper based. Gave us 14 days time. We submitted on time. But in January 2020, case officer called us and said she didn’t receive any documents from us. We explained and give her a receipt number about submissions. Then she said send me again. We submitted again on 2nd of January 2020. Till now we didn’t get any response from case officer. My question is 1. How long they will take to process after requesting further documents 2. Or do I need to enquire about my daughters file by sending a letter to Immi through webpage because we can’t call them I am very much worried about my daughter visa Please advise me if anyone knows about child visa processing. Thank you
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