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    Offices still processing?? Agents answer please

    That’s fine. At least it will be on file and then I can complain again. Going from this site and applications being approved there are many which are not priority applications. I’m rural and if trying to actually keep the people that are rural in work and stay in work then I’d imagine turning over visas would be a priority.
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    Offices still processing?? Agents answer please

    I’m onshore. In the same job for 8 years.
  3. So I’ve been on AAT for two years. The decision was overturned business nomination was approved in may. I’m still waiting for the PR side to be approved. Now I do realise that with covid restrictions in NSW that’s offices may not be processing, however global processing is happening for other visas. my question for agents is , are offices in parramatta in Sydney still processing visas? My agent told me due to the restrictions that they wouldn’t be and I wouldn’t have any answer until after restrictions. Her best advice to me “ What to do? Encourage everyone you know to get vaccinated!” This was in response to me asking. To file a complaint on file. They have everything for me, it’s literally needs the file to be approved . i have lost all faith in this agent to be honest. If her response is correct then I’ll bide my time but would like a clear answer other than telling me to spread the word on vaccines
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    AAT appeal for 186 nomination refusal

    My agent has come back with the “cost agreement” for when AAT happens. The cost seems quite high at $4.5k, how much have others been quoted?
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    AAT appeal for 186 nomination refusal

    My agent told me today that AAT are working on jan feb 2018 and with the result of businesses closing and/or sponsorships no longer needed those cases will be withdrawn which will speed up the process. i applied September 2018 so she said I should expect to hear something in 3-6 months
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    AAT updates for 187 visa

    Lodged 186 AAT for the same role in September 2018, not heard a word. Looking more likely it’ll be close to the 24 month timeline
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Still waiting! Been told that AAT workers are working from home and appeals have been put in hold until after Covid. Only special cases being dealt with at the moment.
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    AAT appeal for 186 nomination refusal

    Just so people are aware, I received this from my agent today. I wouldn’t have any hope in hearing anything soon.
  9. Training benchmark failed on one year.
  10. Interested to see if anyone has information on this. I’m on appeal for PR application and currently still employed but would like to know if COVID has an adverse effect on the business will AAT hold this against us? also, I have contacted my agent asking this but this forum and the agents here tend to be quicker as replies than her
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    AAT appeal for 186 nomination refusal

    Anyone had any Christmas miracles and get a hearing date?!
  12. Hey jimmy, what was your refusal reason? wait times are currently up to 2 years. ive been waiting 14 months so far
  13. lnicolson

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Afternoon currently on appeal (16 months so far) for failing to reach training benchmarks in one year of the sponsorship. has anyone had any success at appeal with this issue? Our agent believes we have a good case based on the location (rural) we are in as it is hard for us to get employees whether that be Australian or not and for them to commit to long term employment to do training with. also the recent changes in the training levy and the new announcement of the regional visa should help us.
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    AAT appeal for 186 nomination refusal

    Just thought I’d add my timeline in 457 June 2014 (already worked during WHV with company) PR lodged July 2017 documents requested August 2018 refusal September 2018 appeal submitted September 2018 reason for refusal - training benchmark not met. Despite agent assuring us everything was correct. Then advised that “ the process of splitting the training amount of the years of sponsorship apparently doesn’t happen anymore. They must have changed it and it has to be specific for each year” that’s from my agent!! Someone I’m paying to know what’s happening. we are in a bit of a catch 22 with training. Owners don’t count for training. We don’t have Australians in the business (rural and rely on backpackers). If we had a full time Australian, we wouldn’t need a 457 but we don’t so we need a 457. Mind boggles! hope everyone isn’t stressing too much. Can’t do anything until the hearing date arrives
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Very positive in taking it to the AAT. We are rural WA and a small full time working team so it’s extremely difficult for us to leave to do training, what with staffing and owners having children. The lack of interest in the job positions when advertised frim Australians didn’t help us with meeting the training requirements. Our staff are very transient and generally backpackers. My agent advised this today.... “The Administrative Appeals Tribunal is able to take into account extraneous issues, such as isolation, the lack of Australian staff and the lack of opportunity for training.”