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  1. Scotty Down Under

    457 processing times

    Congratulations Tony, you must be relieved! What was that, about 6 weeks for your visa? Poor old Jmahood still waiting. He started at the same time as us back in May but his agent mucked it up. I've not been on for a few days as we finally left our house last night after Crown relocations collected our shipment stuff on Friday. Now staying with my Mum until we fly on 15th August to Melbourne. Things fairly move on once your Visa is granted so time will fly by now Tony. That 8 week 1 day wait for our Visa was still one of the most frustating experiences of my life. Time to start posting in other threads now that the old crew (apart from poor old JM) have now got their Visa's. Good luck to all the new PIO posters waiting in the Visa eternal hell departure lounge, I know how you feel and have my sympathies. Regards, Scotty
  2. Scotty Down Under

    457 processing times

    Hi Guys, Mongoose is so right, you wait for ages then the visa is approved and the time then shoots by. We started telling friends and family after our 457 was approved at 7.00am on Tuesday (12 July) and I think that is the first time the phone has stopped ringing since. There seems to be more movement this week so congrats to all who got Visas (Paisleylass, Saffainoz, Jay,etc) or "Processing Further" as even ours only took a week after that. Hopefully now that the 1st July deadline is passed the offices (especially Parramatta) will start to catch up. Any news from Tony or JMahood? Hope to hear from you all soon on the 'other side'. I think I'll have that bottle of beer now that I promised myself on Tuesday! :biggrin:
  3. Scotty Down Under

    457 processing times

    Well after 8 weeks and 1 day I checked the DIAC site this morning and found those all important words - Applicant Approved!!!!!:biggrin: That has been the longest, most frustrating 2 months of my life! Now we need to spring into action and get everything organised as we need to be in Melbourne for 15 August. To everyone still waiting for a 457, I still feel your pain. I don't know if it is just coincidence that we got ours the day after I phoned DIAC to ask why it was taking so long, but it certainly doesn't seem to have done us any harm taking things into our own hands. I wonder when the Wife's company's Migration Agent will call to advise that we ctually have the visa! So much for the claim "we'll call you the moment anything happens, day or night" - Aye right, I still found out first on the DIAC website. Thanks to everyone on PIO for their support over the last 2 months, it really has been terrific, especially the poor people in this thread who have put up with my moaning over the last few weeks!!! Regards, Scotty
  4. Scotty Down Under

    457 processing times

    Hi jmahood, I feel your pain, but as far as DIAC are concerned they will still think you are only in week two as that is when your migration agent submitted your 457 application. If you now have to wait another 6 weeks like us you will be pulling your hair out!!! I think your migration agent is as good as ours - as much use as a chocolate teapot! I think if we ever get to Oz I will do the PR visa myself and not bother with an agent. Regards, Scotty
  5. Scotty Down Under

    457 processing times

    Well, 8 weeks since we submitted our e457 and still nothing! Spoke with DIAC this morning, gave them all the sob stories as to why we now really need a quick (lol) response, quoted their ludicrous claim of an average 22 calendar days to process a 457, but still nothing, it was like talking to a brick wall. The Aussies certainly don't do irony and appear to have a sense of humour by-pass!!! She can't see any reason why it has not been granted, or why we are waiting this long, but she will have to get the CO (who is never available, not seen or heard a word from them yet) to contact us, but it won't be today as it's close of business now at 4.30:mad: Has anyone else been waiting more than 8 weeks now for a 457 where the company sponsorship had already been approved? If there is, maybe we should start our own thread; 8 weeks and counting! Scotty
  6. Scotty Down Under

    457 status and time

    Hi Tony, We're the same with the agent, you don't want to be seen as a whingeing Pom, but what the hell do they do all day? Same with DIAC, maybe if they worked longer that 9.30 to 4.30 they would get a bit more work done! The Wife goes mad at me, she say's that laid back attitude, work/life balance is why we are going to Australia. I hope your visa comes soon too Tony, infact, I think you'll be next! ;-). (you just better not beat me!!!) Regards, Scotty
  7. Scotty Down Under

    457 status and time

    Hi Tony, We are the same boat too. It will be 8 weeks on Monday since our E457 was finally lodged (we emailed the documents end of April!) and we have heard nothing regarding the sponsored company (even though they have sponsored lots already) or about the nomination part. Despite talking to DIAC and the migration agent they have told us nothing other than the standard response of "we will let you know whenever something happens"! You say a bit tardy, I say downright incompetent or just damn lazy, I can't make up my mind. Sorry to sound negative but I am just being realisitic from our experience. My advice would be sit back and wait for the 12 week deadline and if you get it before then it is a bonus. Trust me, you will drive yourself crazy watching other people around you getting their visas, especially when they have applied after you and you then try and use logic to work out how that happened! It is even worse when some eejit who has got their visa after waiting for 5 days tells you "don't worry, you'll be next"! How could they possibly know? If the people that get their visas quick could just let us know their timelines without their inane, patronising chat and then leave us to suffer in this agononising, indeterminate hell, we would be a lot happier! Anyway, enjoy the weekend as nothing will now happen on the DIAC site much before midnight on Sunday. Regards, Scotty PS We are from the UK, don't need medicals or Police checks, so whatever the reason for the hold-up is, it is beyond me.
  8. Scotty Down Under

    457 processing times

    Hi Niki, I think we are all starting to fret! We too were told 4-6 weeks, but hopefully quicker! We are now in our 7th week of waiting and have not heard a dickiy-bird from DIAC. The frustration this causes is the worst I think I have ever experienced, probably because of what we see as an unfair and non-communicative system. To hear that some people have breezed through in 6 days and then others in just a few weeks, when some of us are waiting months is absolute torture. Why don't they have a system in which applications are processed in chronological order, we could understand that. Or even like the other visas where they have categories based on your job, that too would make sense. But the whole randomness of the 457 process is infuriating! I know that most of us are happy just to be getting the chance to 'Live the Dream' in Oz, but let not's forget what these work visa's are all about - the shortage of skilled Australian workers! They need us, we are not doing them a favour, so maybe they should at least have the decency to communicate with us. They are certainly not doing a good PR job of getting us to embrace the country that we may end up calling home. If we had written to a government department here in the UK and still hadn't had any sort of response to our application, phone call or emails after 7 weeks we would be up in arms, complaining to our MP's and writing to Watchdog! This is really making me wonder if we really want to live and work in a country that is so disorganised, which is not the best situation when you are having to move your family half way round the world! Come on DIAC, get your finger out and show us some respect!!! Regards, Scotty :arghh::mad:
  9. Scotty Down Under

    LAFHA changes ??

    Hi Ian, Thanks for your reply. My Wife has been told that she is eligible for LAFHA and her employers have advised her that they will sort it for her when we arrive. On that basis I thought it was unlikely that I too could get LAFHA, but thanks for confirming that for me. Regards, Scotty
  10. Scotty Down Under

    LAFHA changes ??

    Very interesting thread, many thanks to Scotinaus and Ian for the information. I have a quick question that maybe one of you can help with. My wife has been offered a sponsored 457 job in recruitment in Melbourne. We are hoping to get the visa soon (been waiting 6 weeks on Tuesday) and now I have been offered a job in Melbourne too. As I will be travelling as a secondary applicant on my wife's visa, would I also be entitled to claim LAFHA or would this bee seen claiming tax relief twice? I know that it is unlikely that we could both get it but thought I should check. Regards, Scotty
  11. Scotty Down Under

    457 processing times

    Congratulations Anything, you must be so happy and relieved now. What happened on the online checking system, did it just go from 'Processing Commenced' to Visa Granted' with no change or correspondence in-between? We are 5 days behind you but have still not heard anything yet. Hopefully we will hear next week, but if they start asking for medicals now it will take forever! Regards, Scotty
  12. Scotty Down Under

    457 processing times

    Nice to see that there has been some movement for Websie, Dmitry and Yolandandrew as it has been very quiet on that front of late. Congratulations also to Onceageek on getting his visa but I think he has been the only one in the last week. As long as you see something happening it gives you hope!!! For us, another long weekend of waiting again! The sponsorship part was already done as my wife's company have sponsored many 457's before. It will be 5 weeks on Tuesday and we have not heard a single thing yet. Everytime my wife calls her company we get the same response, "we will let you know as soon as we hear anything". :arghh: It feels longer though as we made up our mind and sent paperwork off before the Easter holidays on the 23 April. It is so frustrating, I don't think they appreciate how much your life goes on hold during this process. We just feel like Zombies in 'Day Of The Dead' walking about waiting for something to happen! I don't know how the people applying for PR cope, still waiting after 6 months. I think that would make me mad :wacko:. Roll on Monday and we can start checking the DIAC website again! Scotty
  13. Scotty Down Under

    457 processing times

    Hi Paul, Can't believe that is you heading to Oz already, I hope you managed to get everything done in time! Please keep us all updated when you arrive as your information so far has been a great help to us. We are still waiting for our 457, and as today is a holiday at our processing office in Oz, it is unlikely that we will hear anything before you go. That is now one month since our application was lodged and we still don't even know if the nomination has been approved! It has probably been the longest month of my life, this waiting is so frustrating! Anyway, all the best for your new life in Perth, I really hope it works out for you both! Regards, Scotty
  14. Scotty Down Under

    457 processing times

    Hi Paul, We have checked our e457 status everyday and all it says is 'processing commenced'. We asked my wife's employer about the nomination and they just said everyting is going as planned and we should know in the next 4-6 weeks. That is the standard answer really. Can you check the nomination part yourself, if so how did you do it? You are right about the limbo though - I never realised it would be this hard, but your whole life just seems to go on hold. Every day feels like a month and I can't really focus on anything other than waiting to find out about this damn visa! Is it just you and the dogs or do you have family moving with you? If you do, then next 18 days will be absolutely manic! I just looked on the map to see where Cottesloe is - lucky you, it looks fantastic. I was in Fremantle almost 20 years ago and fell in love with the place. That is when I decided that I wanted to move to Oz but it's been a long time coming! My wife's job offer is in Melbourne, but who knows, if we get PR I can see us heading west at some point in time. I better let you get on as you will have plenty to do now! :-) Regards, Scotty
  15. Scotty Down Under

    457 processing times

    Congratulations Paul, you must be delighted. Which office was that through? I think you started on 5 May and your nomination was approved on the 21st and then finalised today, so that is just under a month for the whole process. As you know, we were the same as you with our nomination and E457 being submitted together, however, we have still not even heard that our nomination has been agreed yet so I suppose we still have at least another 2 weeks of waiting!:arghh: It is so annoying as my wife signed her contract on 21 April and then sent her documents but because of Easter and all the holidays it wasn't actually submitted until 17 May!:mad: We already feel as if we have been waiting more than 6 weeks, however, in reality it is just over two. Good luck with the move Paul and keep us posted of how you get on. Scotty
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