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  1. xenos1987

    Citizenship can someone confirm?

    Hi there you can also call up DIBP and ask when you are eligible assuming no travel of more than 90 days has been/will be done
  2. xenos1987

    Citizenship

    The Temporary Residents Program has four broad categories: • Working Holiday Makers—young people holidaying in Australia with short‑term work and study rights. At the end of 2009–10, Australia had reciprocal working holiday visa arrangements with 25 countries. • Overseas Students—(or international students) are people studying full‑time in registered courses in Australia on a Student visa valid for the length of their course. • Skilled temporary residents—people mostly recruited by Australian companies who enter as temporary skilled migrants for up to four years under the Temporary Business (Long Stay) (subclass 457) visa. • Other temporary residence—a range of temporary residence visas allowing people to come to Australia for social, cultural, international relations and training purposes. http://www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/statistics/popflows2009-10/pop-flows-chapter3.pdf Dunno and this pdf does not make it clearer
  3. xenos1987

    Citizenship

    https://www.ecom.immi.gov.au/citz/startIntervalCalc.do [h=1]Lawful Residence date[/h]If you were granted a Temporary Residence or Permanent Residence visa before you arrived in Australia, the date that you first arrived on that visa is the Lawful Residence date. If you were granted a Temporary Residence or Permanent Residence visaafter you arrived in Australia, the date that that visa was granted is the Lawful Residence date.
  4. xenos1987

    Citizenship

    Peach, I think if you decided to apply for citizenship today then if you were legally here (on any temp visa) on 24/09/2009 and you have been a PR since 24/09/2012 then you are eligible provided you meet the "Absences from Australia of no more than 1 year in the last 4 years and not more than 90 days in the 12 months immediately before applying" criteria.
  5. xenos1987

    Visa 175 - G5

    I don't think so. DIMIA/DIAC is well aware that there will no longer be any further applicants from 175/176/885/886 subclasses and therefore in my opinion can assess a number of applications every year to reduce the backlog. If a cap and cease were to happen it would have happened a long time ago and 176 lodged prior to Sept 2007 would have not been the only group to be affected by the cap and cease measure.
  6. xenos1987

    Citizenship

    Cool wasn't aware that it was possible that a visitor visa counts towards it - guess it would make sense since being on a student visa (temp visa) does count towards meeting the residency requirement
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    Citizenship

    http://www.citizenship.gov.au/applying/how_to_apply/migrant_perm_res/ If you were granted a migrant visa offshore your permanent residence date is the date of your first arrival in Australia on this visa. If you were granted a permanent residence visa onshore your permanent residence date is the date that visa was issued. You also need to be in Australia for 4 years (1 of which as a PR) to be eligible.
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    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    Seems like there will be an email advising applicants how many are left in the queue, any changes to priority processing, etc Usually most of the Cat 5 processing happens in the second half of the financial year (early 2014 onwards). I hope that there is good news for everyone waiting.
  9. xenos1987

    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    Hi Vanddir1, I am a 886 applicant. The onshore backlog is getting smaller and smaller. So hopefully some good news for you.
  10. xenos1987

    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    Congrats on the recent PR grants. Keep the positive news flowing :biggrin: Fingers crossed for our offshore friends. New financial year seems promising.
  11. Getting the 3 months work experience post graduation can become a tough experience. Employers can be reluctant to hire someone who is not a PR and someone who is also a graduate with no or little experience. However, if you are able to secure an internship while studying it may lead to better chances. Look at Universities that promote an internship of some sort because believe me it can be very hard to obtain work experience in any given field. As for the immigration rules changing we cannot predict what will happen. Skill Select seems to fix a lot of problems that plagued the immigration office so it may stay a while. You can only apply by invitation only and therefore DIMIA can control the number of people from a certain field in any given year. Read up on job opportunities in Australia in IT. I have read that there are a lot of IT employees that are having difficulty finding jobs - this may change in the future. All the best in your studies.
  12. xenos1987

    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    There is always the possibility that in any migration program for any year, the planning levels can change whether this be an increase or decrease. Let's hope that the changes whatever they may be is positive and hopefully the government and future governments learn not to apply any legislation retrospectively which is why we have such a huge backlog.
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    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    Hmmm this does raise an interesting question...what happens if a sponsor withdraws his sponsorship?
  14. xenos1987

    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    Hey Aasha, Are you an online applicant or paper based? Just curious why they are asking for Form 1277 when online applicants can submit their sponsorship form online unless you aren't one. Thanks :biggrin:
  15. xenos1987

    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    Great to see the old Priority 4 groups have now finished. Hope that everyone gets their visa asap. I don't think that 885 will stop, there are 40000+ places for independent category. If it has or slowed down, then the new financial year is 3 months away and there will be another 40000+ places. Before last week F5 886 had been on hold for more than a year stuck on 22 Dec 2008. Best wishes everyone :biggrin:
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    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    [TABLE=class: cms_table_tableborder] [TR] [TH=align: center]Visa Subclass[/TH] [TH=align: center]Priority Group 3[/TH] [TH=align: center]Priority Group 4[/TH] [TH=align: center]Priority Group 5[/TH] [/TR] [TR] [TD]189 Skilled – Independent[/TD] [TD]N/A[/TD] [TD]Within 10 weeks of lodgement **[/TD] [TD]N/A[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]190 Skilled - Nominated[/TD] [TD]Within 5 weeks of lodgement[/TD] [TD]N/A[/TD] [TD]N/A[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]489 Skilled - Regional[/TD] [TD]Within 5 weeks of lodgement[/TD] [TD]Within 10 weeks of lodgement **[/TD] [TD]N/A[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]175 Skilled – Independent[/TD] [TD]N/A[/TD] [TD]All applications allocated[/TD] [TD]21 May 2008[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]176 Skilled – Sponsored[/TD] [TD]Within 6 weeks of an approved nomination[/TD] [TD]All applications allocated[/TD] [TD]Allocation not commenced*[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]475 Skilled – Regional Sponsored[/TD] [TD]Within 6 weeks of an approved nomination[/TD] [TD]All applications allocated[/TD] [TD]Allocation not commenced*[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]496 Skilled – Designated Area Sponsored[/TD] [TD]N/A[/TD] [TD]All applications allocated[/TD] [TD]Allocation not commenced*[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]885 Skilled – Independent[/TD] [TD]N/A[/TD] [TD]All applications allocated[/TD] [TD]20 April 2010[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]886 Skilled – Sponsored[/TD] [TD]Within 6 weeks of an approved nomination[/TD] [TD]1 June 2012*[/TD] [TD]22 December 2008*[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]487 Skilled – Regional Sponsored[/TD] [TD]Within 6 weeks of an approved nomination[/TD] [TD]1 June 2012*[/TD] [TD]22 December 2008*[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Previous update... And then look at this vs Why are there two different graphs? The x-axis is different (08/02 has 60, 65, 70, etc 18/02 has 1-10) and Skilled Independent was purple only on 08/02 now both purple and maroon on 18/02. Hmmm fishy? maybe
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    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    Hey guys sorry this table may help. There were 1400 places for Subclass 189 and 100 places for Subclass 489 on 21/01/2013. They invited 1070 & 97 applicants respectively. The applicant who submitted their EOI on the 21/01/2013 got invited on 21/01/2013. Does this make sense? 21 January 2013 [TABLE=width: 2] [TR] [TH=bgcolor: #E0E0E0]Visa Subclass[/TH] [TH=bgcolor: #E0E0E0]Number[/TH] [/TR] [TR] [TD=bgcolor: #FFF8F8]Skilled - Independent (subclass 189)[/TD] [TD=bgcolor: #FFF8F8, align: right]1070[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489)[/TD] [TD=align: right]97 [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
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    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    21 January 2013 [TABLE=width: 2] [TR] [TH=bgcolor: #E0E0E0]Visa Subclass[/TH] [TH=bgcolor: #E0E0E0]Points Score[/TH] [TH=bgcolor: #E0E0E0, align: right]Visa date of effect[/TH] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Skilled - Independent (subclass 189)[/TD] [TD=align: right]60[/TD] [TD=align: right]21/01/2013 0.01 am [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489)[/TD] [TD=align: right]60[/TD] [TD=align: right]20/01/2013 8.11 pm [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] It's confirmed they now have more places than applicants in SkillSelect. I think the extra places left from SkillSelect will be transferred to hopefully clearing more of the backlog.
  19. xenos1987

    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    Eight days into the new month and still DIMIA has not updated the SkillSelect page. I think they have more places than applicants now...will they reduce the points needed or will they reduce the backlog...in a few hours we will find out.
  20. xenos1987

    Federal elections announced

    http://www.news.com.au/national/its-kosher-jewish-leaders-defend-yom-kippur-election-date/story-fncynjr2-1226565208415
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    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    http://www.news.com.au/national/its-kosher-jewish-leaders-defend-yom-kippur-election-date/story-fncynjr2-1226565208415
  22. xenos1987

    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    Seems that way haha If it isn't apparent, there is already separation in the Cat 5 group. Independents are being processed faster than family sponsored. If DIMIA had a fairer system in place, there wouldn't be as much frustration. They should have allocated a number to get rid of the backlog Then they should have separated the four subclasses, allocated them equal numbers and processed them in date order. Priority Group 3 176s should have finished but it still says within 6 weeks of receiving a nomination...like hello wake up DIAC 176 applications have stopped since July 2012 - how can they have applicants that have lodged within the last 6 weeks? Also there isn't much of an announcement of how many people SkillSelect will get invited for Feb. They are slow in releasing who got invited in January which seems to me something will happen to Cat 5 very soon. The waiting continues...
  23. xenos1987

    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    Unfortunately I already have maximum points from IELTS. DIAC has given the opportunity to some people to change their points test scores with new IELTS results. Go for it if you can. I have explored many other options including ENS (need 1.5 years more experience), SkillSelect (have 75 points but job not in SOL), off list state nomination, etc All the best to those changing subclasses...you will be reducing the backlog and will perhaps have the golden ticket in the end
  24. xenos1987

    New Category 5's - Where are you now?

    DIAC is influenced by the party that is in control. Don't worry federal elections are on the way and I have told a lot of locals my story. I do hope people understand the need of someone venting. Everyone does it from time to time. If you go back far enough in this thread I have been someone who has always maintained that Cat 5's will get processed when everybody else were afraid of cap and cease...may take time but will get there. I may not necessarily agree with the way they do it but it will happen.
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