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  1. Hi everyone, Has anyone managed to get a refund out of DIAC yet, I followed the instructions of a post that was "Stickied" (although it isnt there now) about emailed them and then waiting for the reply which should be a no and then complaining to the ombudsman. I had a reply on 17 Oct, saying my request would be expected to be dealt with within 10 days, I've not heard anything since! I agree with the reasons behind changing the immigration criteria to best suit Australia, after all that's one of the reasons we wanted to go, however I'm totally disgusted with the service they have provided to people who now have little (NO) hope of now getting a visa and refusing to refund VAC. I'm going to email them again today and complain that they have even failed to deal with my complaint within their guidelines and I'm not a happy bunny! Rob
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    No idea anymore!

    Thanks Uli, well's that it then I've had enough they can stick their visa where the sun don't shine. If I'm in a queue that in reality will never get processed then surely I can get my money back.
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    No idea anymore!

    Hi, I've not been on this forum for a long time, neither have I looked at my application but today I thought I'd just check to see if anything had changed.....er just a bit I'm completely confused there has been so many changes since I applied back in August 2008. I have no idea what priority I am, whether my ACS assessment is valid anymore or do I need to re-apply and I don't know if I can be bothered with it anymore. If anyone is in a similar situation and knows what's going on, any info would be appreciated. I applied in Aug 2008 as 175 visa with ACS assessment of System Manager, looking at my online status it has never changed from the day I applied. Thanks in advance Rob
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    Changes to the VAC Refund Provisions

    Hi Gill, thanks for the link. The point is I haven't changed my mind, if they can provide concrete service levels that they stick too fine....but they can't, they say we might be able to process your application by 2012! That is not acceptable you would not purchase a service on the off chance it might be done in 4 years time. Legally I don't understand how they can say "no, your not having a refund even though we can't guarantee we will ever process your application"
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    Changes to the VAC Refund Provisions

    Thanks Gill but I don't want $2000 of my money to clog up their system, I want it back They have had it for nearly two years and they have done literally NOTHING to progress my application. I applied in good faith on the basis I would have a visa within 12 months, I would now be lucky to get one by 2012 if ever! I appreciate the reasons they have made the changes and I actually agree they are probably doing it in the best interest of Australia however I simply can not and will not put my life on hold waiting for a decision that may never come. If it comes to complaining to whoever it needs to and making enough fuss about it then I'm more than prepared too. Cheers Rob
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    Changes to the VAC Refund Provisions

    Well I've had enough! I have asked them to cancel our visa and I want the money back. I don't understand how they can not provide a refund, when we applied in August 2008 the waiting time was 12 months for a 175 visa and after 17 months we are no further along and no hope of being processed in the next year!!! Cheers Rob
  7. We applied last year in August on a 175 visa, not on CSL or MODL and not eligibe for SS, luckily we have not done our medicals yet but I understand how you feel, it is very frustrating. There was a point when we considered asking for a refund, but the chances are they would have refused. Anyway we are just trying to forget about the wait on concentrate on what's good in England i.e. family and friends etc... whilst doing lots of research on Oz, saving as much money as we can, looking at training (in my particular job) that will give me an advantage when we get there. Good luck with your SS though.
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    175 Visa application - no news after 11 months

    Thanks Gill for the advice and in answer to your questions 1. I am Microsoft Systems Engineer, basically that means I look after Windows based servers and associated applications, the ASCO code it falls under is 2231-11 System Manager however it does not fall under any of the required specialities listed for SS. The majority of jobs in this field are with large IT outsourcing companies such as IBM, HP, EDS, CSC, Siemens etc... I currently work for one of the smaller outsourcing companies but will shortly be joining CSC on the 9th August (via TUPE). The majority of these companies have offices in NSW around the Sydney area, so there is a possibility I could get a internal transfer or employee sponsorship via CSC. I doubt there are many roles required in regional towns for what I do. 2. Melbourne or Sydney would be the preferred choices - based on the availability of jobs really, but also would prefer the lifestyle living closer to the city. 3. That is a possibility later in the year after I move companies. 4. Not sure what a SS Provisional visa is? Thanks Rob
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    175 Visa application - no news after 11 months

    Thanks for all the responses, it helps to know others are in the same boat. I think talk of Refunds (on my part) come from frustration rather than really wanting to give up, and besides we wouldnt get one Unfortunately we can't apply for SS as my job isn't on any of the lists, I believe some states accept applications from people who aren't on the lists up to 500 applicants per year so that may be worth a try, looking on the bright side: 1) At least we don't have to sell the house in the current climate 2) I will get to watch the World Cup in England
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    175 Visa application - no news after 11 months

    I have just realised my signature is so out of date, it should now read Rob (34), Di (32), Jess (4), Ella (2) - she's 3 on Friday, that's how long ago we started this bloody process
  11. Hi, Not been logging onto to forums for months as it was depressing seeing visas being granted for applications submitted well after ours (not that I begrudge the people who have got them and I can fully fully understand why Oz government are doing this) but its getting to the point where I feel I might ask for my money back. We submitted our visa on the 18th August, 2008 and we haven't heard a sausage!!!!, the online check page looks exactly how it did on the 18th, i.e. the last activity was the receipt for payment. Luckily we haven't frontloaded any meds or police checks - thank goodness we didn't get them done! So two questions 1) Has anyone who submitted an online application back in August, 2008 who ISN't on the MODL, CSL or any other bloody list they might think up; who is from a low risk country heard anything? Anything at all, like they at least know you exist! 2) Does anyone know were you would stand regards to refunds based on the fact they aren't processing 175 Visa's anytime soon? I'm sure they will have soon get out clause and you would forfeit the application fee but just wondering. Anyway rant over, looking on the bright side at least were not trying to sell our house in this current climate, probably been back in boom times by the time DIAC start processing 175 visas All responses appreciated Rob
  12. I was pretty upset when I read the new guidelines regarding the prioritisation of visas - I can understand why they have done it, however I felt disheartened by the Oz government moving the goalposts mid application - Good Luck to all those that have benefited though Anyway to cheer myself up I thought I'd put a list together of why this isn't so bad: 1) Our application is still valid and we will get to Oz eventually (well at least I think so unless they can change that as well) 2) We get to spend more time with family and friends in the UK 3) We still get to watch Premiership football (at a reasonable time) 4) No mozzies 5) Cheapest mortgage for a long time 6) Might be able to ride out recession and sell house quicker and for more cash when we do get visa 7) Can relax a bit more as resigned to having to wait rather than checking visa status everyday 8) Can look forward to English summer and long days rather than trying to sell house, pack up and ship your life to Oz I'm sure there are more, but it's a start Anyway to all you 175ers out there (that can't or won't change to a 176), always look on the bright side Rob
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    Comptia certifications?

    Sorry about the double post, net connection went a bit iffy. MCSE and MCITP are both fine however they are strict about the 6 years, my assesment came back as 6 years 3 months experience even though I had been in IT for over 7 - they didnt class some of it at a high enough level. Unfortunately I don't think there is away around it, its a case of waiting until you have the experience.
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    Comptia certifications?

    Hi Marc, Firstly I would repost this in Migration issues as you'll probably get a better response but I explain what I know. Apologies if you know this already. If you want your IT skills positively assessed by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) then there are 3 ways Path A - IT Degree and 2 years experience Path B - AQF equivalent qualification plus 6 years experience - only certain quals count example MCSE but I don't think Comptia quals do. If you do a search on here for ACS then there is loads of info or just go to their website Path C - ROPL Recognition of Prior Learning, basically you have to have 8 years experience and be able to demonstrate you have the same skill set as you would if you have the degree in IT. Hope that helps Rob
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    Comptia certifications?

    Hi Marc, Firstly I would repost this in Migration issues as you'll probably get a better response but I explain what I know. Apologies if you know this already. If you want your IT skills positively assessed by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) then there are 3 ways Path A - IT Degree and 2 years experience Path B - AQF equivalent qualification plus 6 years experience - only certain quals count example MCSE but I don't think Comptia quals do. If you do a search on here for ACS then there is loads of info or just go to their website Path C - ROPL Recognition of Prior Learning, basically you have to have 8 years experience and be able to demonstrate you have the same skill set as you would if you have the degree in IT. Hope that helps Rob
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