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    Which agent to choose

    We used John Adams at immigration2oz and he was fantastic. I cannot rate him and his team highly enough. John was always approachable and responded to emails extremely promptly and often at the weekends or bank holidays! He and his team kept us up to date every step of the way. Our situation got more complicated after all the changes last year and John was always in communication with us about our options and he was commited to helping us achieve our dream of emigrating to Australia. Good luck with whoever you choose. Natalie
  2. Mine did that. It means that your meds are finalised and now comes the wait for your visa! Hope that helps
  3. Thanks everyone! We're really excited to start planning the next chapter of our lives and raising our two children in Oz! Good luck to you all Natalie
  4. Well it's been quite a night. My husband and my daughter's meds were uploaded and finalised last week. My newborn son's (Noah) were couriered last week and arrived on Monday. Mine were uploaded on Tuesday and referred on Wednesday (not sure for what?). Before I went to bed last night my referred meds were changed to finalised. Noah's meds were finalised when I got up at half 3 this morning to feed him. Then when I woke up this morning to an email from our agent stating our visa has been granted! Our case officer has been great the whole way and must have been waiting to push that grant button as soon as he got confirmation of Noah's meds! We are so so happy but not looking forward to telling the parents that it's actually going ahead. This has been such a long process (despite what my timeline may suggest) and a dream that began 6 years ago has finally been realised! I'm off to have some champers now!! Natalie
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    Referring medicals

    Following on from my previous post, I didnt have to wait long for the decision! I had an email from our agent this morning saying our visa has been granted!!
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    Referring medicals

    You can get a list of panel doctors on the DIAC website. There are only 8 in the country. My son was born after we got a CO but he still had his meds at the same time as us. His meds were sent to Sydney by courier and arrived on Monday. They were finalised today aswell! Now for the wait on the decision!
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    Referring medicals

    My meds were uploaded on Tuesday 7th June and were referred (not sure why?) on 8th June. Have just checked the online tracker and they were finalised on 10th June (Aussie time)! So not long to wait at all!
  8. Yes, you need the baby's passport as it's required at the medicals. We did the check and send at the post office and it was back in 9 days!
  9. We got our case officer on 16.4.11 and my baby was already 2 days late! He arrived on 20.04.11. We then had to register his birth and get his passport. We sent these to our agent and completed form 1022 (change of circumstance) who forwarded these onto our case officer. We couldn't do our medicals until we had his passport ( meds were actually completed 21.5.11), so now we're waiting for them to be uploaded so we can get our decision. Hope this helps. Natalie
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    New Baby and Passport

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/groups/dg_digitalassets/@dg/@en/@travel/documents/digitalasset/dg_174925.pdf Have a look at the above link. It's for the passport photo guidelines, and it states that babies under the age of 1 DON'T need to have their eyes open for photos but it is preferable
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    New Baby and Passport

    I'm in exactly the same situation. We got a case officer when I was 2 days overdue bit I went ahead and booked the medicals anyway for 21st may. Luckily I had my little boy 4 days later (20th April) but now it's the rush to get his birth certificate (to be done 3rd may) so we can send off for his passport (which we will do the same day). Our local newsagent/post office does their own passport photo service and he said that under 1's don't even need to have their eyes open, which was good as my little boy was asleep at the time!! I believe the rules are fairly relaxed for babies so you should be fine.
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    Applying For 176 Visa when pregnant

    We lodged our 176 application 3 weeks ago and our 2nd baby was due yesterday (still not arrived!). Our agent has said that if we get a CO before the baby has arrived and we've got it's new passport and birth certificate then we can apply for an extension whilst we do this. He said it's quite standard to do this so don't worry.
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    We're using John Adams and his team and they are brilliant. I can't say enough nice things about them. It's been a long road for us and he's been so positive and approachable the whole time. He's always available via telephone or email, and has even responded to some of my questions on a weekend or bank holiday which I didn't expect. Can't recommend them highly enough!
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    Vet assess - Program and Projects Admin

    Thanks. I do have my fingers crossed that all goes well. I didn't mention all of them - I made about 5 points, referring to most of them but like you haven't arranged new office accommodation! If you can describe most of them then I can't see it being that much of a problem. I don't think that there are many people who can honestly say that they have done everything on the list.
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    Vet assess - Program and Projects Admin

    Hiya I've applied for my 176 State Sponsored visa today as a Project and Program Administrator so I went through the whole Vetassess thing last year. The form is fairly easy to fill in, and you just need a brief description of your job role. My agent sent me this which I found to be quite useful as a guide on what was expected. I hope that this helps you. Occupation Detail for 3292-11 Project or Program Administrator Tasks: coordinating activities to ensure that objectives of the organisation and office are met liaising with professionals, owners, other departments and personnel to ensure that goals are met advising senior management on matters requiring attention and implementing their decisions setting, reviewing and controlling office functions developing, reviewing and negotiating variations to contracts, programs, projects and services responding to inquiries and resolving problems concerning contracts, programs, projects, services provided, and persons affected managing paperwork associated with contracts, programs, projects and services provided working with Project Managers, Architects, Engineering Professionals, owners and others to ensure that goals are met overseeing work by contractors and reporting on variations to work orders preparing and reviewing submissions and reports concerning the organisation's activities collecting and analysing data associated with projects undertaken, and reporting on project outcomes reviewing and arranging new office accommodation