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  1. toOZ2012

    173 to 143 timeline and costs help

    The waiting time is getting ridiculous. I feel like they'll introduce a visa similar to "Parent Retirement Visa" in NZ with high entry requirements.
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    Retirement visa options

    Asking for someone: With the 405 closed. What options exist for someone over 65 with no family ties in Australia. I am aware of the PIV/SIV options but they can't afford those visas.
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    Contributory parent visa questions

    Out of the $100k, you'll get about $14k(with interest) back after 10 years. During the 10 year period, they will have access to Medicare and "urgent" assistance from Centrelink. Best thing to do is for them to start renting even if it is get a feel for the area. Will they be working? As others have said, look into the First home owner grant in your state. Find a good mortgage broker to help with the tricky mortgage situations, there are ways around it but may involve good incomes, significant asset base, low lvr and/or you jumping on the application. Good luck.
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    AoS Delays

    Centrelink is seriously inefficient in processing AoS applications, It took 4 months plus two trips to the local office and 2 calls to the central office to escalate the issue and finally get the phone interview done. If you have an active AoS application and it's been more than 12 weeks, start chasing it up.
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    Just curious: Between April 20th and when the bill was dropped sometime in October. Did DIBP ever stop accepting new citizenship applications?
  6. Does anyone know what has happened to the new temporary parent visas that were supposed to be introduced in November 2017? I am not sure If I am looking at the right link but this says the bill is "Not proceeding"
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    Parents Visitors Visa (long stay)

    Have to apply for a 1 year stay tourist visa. In most cases, they can only stay for 12 months in any given 18 month window.
  8. Anyone happen to know realistic waiting times for Centrelink to process an AoS application? I was told 8 weeks! Does it change from state to state? I am in WA.
  9. If you don't mind me asking, which state did you end up in? Metro or Regional? Congratulations on your move here. For those of you looking for good health insurance on a 405 visa, HCF is a good choice - for about $200/month the policy is the same as the people on 457 (work visas) get
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    SBS reporting on new temporary parent visa

    Wouldn't medical evacuation cover for these scenarios?
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    SBS reporting on new temporary parent visa

    This seems like a fair visa. A bit expensive but not really in the grand scheme of things and non-monetary benefits they bring to their (grand)kids here. Of course there is a pathway to a permanent residency. It's called a contributory parent visa. I bet this visa also comes with a "No further stay condition" so that people don't come over on this visa and apply for the 30 year parent visa to get bridging. Immigration very well knows that they can't enforce mandatory health insurance so kids being a guarantor, albeit harsh, is a good way to enforce that there is sufficient cover and no one gets caught with massive medical bills. The no work rights is a good decision not because they shouldn't be allowed to work but simply because Australia is very ageist. It's bloody hard to land decent jobs for someone in their 60s or 70s and starting fresh here. Having work rights, will create the illusion of "I can simply get a job to support myself and not be a burden to my kids" but the truth is there are not that many jobs for old(er) people to go around especially when the visa quota is 15,000 a year. Come November and this visa becomes official, I've a bad feeling that the 2nd VAC on CPVs will increase significantly given the PC's report/suggestion to double it to start and then keep increasing. Overall, a welcome pathway especially for parents who don't meet the balance of family test and/or can't afford huge CPV costs just yet.
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    Class 143 parental contributory visa

    My post says it's 36 to 40 months from now. How did I come up with that number? They are currently processing applications from end of September, 2014. June,2015 is another 9 months but it's never so linear, so I gave you a range based on my experience following the processing times for the last 4 years. It's a guideline only.
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    Class 143 parental contributory visa

    The processing time mentioned in the status email is for an application to be picked up by the CO or rather all applications to that date have been allocated to one. Once it is assigned, the final steps begin(Medicals and PCCs (if not already done), AoS, 2nd VAC and visa grant) If you lodged in June, 2015 then the likely time before your application gets picked up is about 36 to 40 months from now. Have to hang on tight or just get a long term visitor visa and start "visiting" here.
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    Contributory or non-contributory aged parent visa

    I could be wrong but you can go from non-contributory to contributory parent visas but not the other way around. If you apply for the onshore non-contributory visa then you MAY get a bridging visa to stay here while the application is being processed but the current times are ridiculous so that means staying on a bridging visa and it's restrictions for a long time to come. Also there is talk/speculation about significantly increasing fees for contributory visas so if you have a change of heart 2 years from now then you may be up for much higher fees.
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    Citizenship Question

    You get the citizenship certificate at the ceremony (Unless the person that signs your certificates before the ceremony is unavailable for some reason - was reported by a forum member in one of the threads). You then use the certificate to apply for a passport. Waiting a week before heading to the post office should be plenty, in my experience anyway.
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    Citizenship Perth timeframes ?

    See this thread for timelines reported by forum members http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/showthread.php?t=235621 I applied in July last year, ceremony was in January so about 6 months all up. Perth DIBP office seems to have gotten very busy these years.
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    ETA followed by 600 visa

    If a person stays here for a month or two on an ETA and then decides to apply for a 1 year visitor visa. How does the condition - "Can stay for 12 months in the last 18 months" work? Will it include the time spent on an ETA or just the 600 visa?
  18. If he qualifies then a skilled visa is the best way to do it. http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Skil
  19. If you are not single, then your partner could do it. A third party can do it (if you can convince someone). A company/ABN can do it but AoS costs a lot more if you take the company/ABN route.
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    it's next week. Hoooooooray. Hang in there - the holiday season is over, things will be back to normal speed.
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    Hi @leanie I don't know how you got the e-mail address of your citizenship application CO? The lady that handled my application at DIAC office in Perth said someone will process my application for the final approval. I called the general hotline after 2 weeks and was told on the phone that it was recently approved, the letter came a bit later. The holiday season makes everything sloooow. May have to give it a week or two before things get back to normal.
  22. I called it. Response from the latest e-mail. OFFSHORE APPLICANTS (subclass 143/173) When your application is allocated to an assessing officer, you or your authorised contact may be asked to provide more documents, including but not limited to, Assurance of Support (subclass 143 only), police certificates and health clearances to finalise your application. We are currently assessing applications lodged up to and including 30 July 2014. ONSHORE APPLICANTS (subclass 864 and 884) When your application is allocated to a case officer, you or your authorised contact will be asked to provide more documents, including but not limited to Assurance of Support (subclass 864 only), police certificates and health clearances to finalise your application. We are currently assessing applications lodged up to 27 May 2016. TEMPORARY TO PERMANENT APPLICANTS (subclass 173 to 143 and 884 to 864) We are currently experiencing delays in processing onshore applications, this is due to unprecedented applications lodged in May/June/July 2014. We will recommence processing s/c884 and s/c864 as soon as possible. An update will be posted 1 February 2017 We are currently assessing applications lodged up to 4 February 2016.
  23. Interesting. Visit visas aren't "resident" (temporary or otherwise) visas though. Didn't know they counted towards residency requirements.
  24. PVC not responding to status e-mails? It's been several days. Anyone getting through?
  25. If all the previous travels were on visitor visas then they won't count towards the residence requirements and have to wait 4 more years.