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  1. wrussell

    Migration Agent....who would you recommend?

    The health criteria are one of the more complex areas of migration law. Do not try to be your own expert, or rely on advice offered on a public forum. Take professional advice from one of the RMAs who posts on this forum.
  2. wrussell

    820 to 801

    I was usually asked to take a cup of coffee.
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    Investment Visas sc 188b & 188c - Caution

    A RMA must disclose particulars of commissions received or expected, but do not always do so. Lawyers do not have to, but sometimes do. My solution is to not to seek or accept commissions from course providers, insurers, travel agents, or any other party. That did not stop the ATO from sending a form letter threatening me with dire outcomes for failing to declare commissions.
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    143 parent visa

    Under the current regulations and processing rates 10 years would probably bring you pretty close to a PR grant.
  5. (be paid) or having paid such costs seek to recover them from the employee. https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/employing-and-sponsoring-someone/sponsoring-workers/learn-about-sponsoring/cost-of-sponsoring
  6. Yes! My clients paid my professional fee, stage 1 and stage 2 and lost the first 2 of these payments when they applied (and presumably were granted) a refund of the stage 2 payment. They hoped in vain for refund of all the fees paid to VETASSESS.
  7. All costs relating to sponsorship and nomination must be met by the employer and must not ne paid wholly or in part by the visa applicant/s.
  8. I have had well qualified clients in similar circumstances abandon their applications and take a refund after waiting 12 months + . The relevant assessing authority was not even answering the phone at the time.
  9. I follow R G Menzies who said: If you can get it on one page I shall read it. I might have been too cryptic.When I was school they used to hand out 6 of best to those who could not precis War and Peace to 3 pages. I thought you wanted to ascertain whether it was THE department or some other party barking. It was not THE department*. * Department name Abbreviation Start End Department of Immigration DI 1945 1974 [9] Department of Labor and Immigration DLI 1974 1975 Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (I) DIEA 1975 1987 Department of Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs DILGEA 1987 1993 Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (II) DIEA 1993 1996 Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs DIMA 1996 2001 Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs DIMIA 2001 2006 Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (II) DIMA 2006 2007 Department of Immigration and Citizenship DIAC 2007 2013 Department of Immigration and Border Protection DIBP 2013 December 2017 [3] Department of Home Affairs Home Affairs 2017 Present
  10. Do you have to ask?
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    Studying before PR visa grant

    If Australian PR is granted and activated by a quick visit the holder can come and go as s/he pleases for 5 years. UK degrees that were not cut out of a cornflakes packet are recognised as comparable to an Australian degree. Advanced academic standing is sometimes granted on subject completed basis and sometimes on a years complete basis.
  12. Yes, 30+ years, 19+ as a registered migration agent. There are some good people in a bad system, but for the most part you might as well talk to a brick wall.
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    820 to 801

    They waited for 5 years after their eligibility date to lodge their second stage documents. In the good old days an applicant could front up with a paper application and have it dealt with in 30 minutes or so.
  14. It is not good practice to pay for travel before visas are granted. It is a better strategy to pay a small deposit with the balance to be paid subject to visa grants. You are unlikely to be assisted in this matter by contacting immigration.