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    189 visa lodged April 2015

    Great News Kingprawn! I'm happy you all got yours, especially because we both lodged on the same day, yet waited almost 3 months! As for celebrations, well... it's nice to see we got somewhere after chasing all this Immi paperwork. The best is yet to come!
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    189 visa lodged April 2015

    Hi Lily91, Thanks for the number. I called (@12.45 AEST) and a recorded message said "If you haven't had any contact at all by the 1st of August 2015, then email gsm.adelaide@border.gov.au". I waited on line and got a soft spoken lady over the phone. She looked through my application from the TRN and said "Tuh tuh tuh...That's fine. You should receive an email shortly. It has been granted." "Oh, Is that it?" I said. The lady: "Yes, it's all there." Me: "I'm surprised, I thought there were some documents missing. I haven't had any contact since April." Her: "Yeah, you should have received an email saying that it was being processed and that you would have to wait until the 1st of July... But it's all been done now." Me: "That's great. Thank you very much!" Her: "Not a problem. Have a good day." Me: "You too." Basically, you need to phone and let them know that you REALLY want that Permanent Residency Visa. Then you get it. Hahaha. Life couldn't be simpler in Australia. I bl**dy LOVE this country.
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    189 visa lodged April 2015

    Hi all, A friend of mine who applied for ENS 186 had a look at my 189 application and gave me the worst news ever: I HAVEN'T got a CO allocated yet. I applied on 10th April, and it will be 3 months next friday, 10th July, since I did. I have been looking at threads around this forum, and it seems even people form late May have had CO allocated. My immi account shows "Assessment in Progress", and like the naive person that I am, I assumed it was being processed by an officer. There doesn't seem to be any clear meaning for these "status" at all. I've been told that because I'm not a nurse/doctor/It person/TOP priority occupation, my file is likely not to be looked at for another months or so. Also, coupled with the fact that I'm a new arrival to Australia (I've only been here for 18 months), it might take 2 years. Has anyone heard of some similar cases? I'm now thinking of switching my application to ENS 186, as my employer is keen to back me up on this and sort out the whole PR thing ASAP. I'm not too sure about my 189 visa fees though: it would be the most upsetting thing to lose all that money... As I was super busy job-wise the last 3 months, I haven't been able to contact the GSM office (btw, the weblink they provided for the contact form does not work...) by phone. I will do so this week. Please advise of any specific questions I should ask them. Thank you for your help!
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    189 visa lodged April 2015

    Wow! That's great! It's nice to see they are still giving them out to April applicants.
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    189 visa lodged April 2015

    Congratulations! Well done! You are either lucky, or have a solid file + a very much in demand occupation. I believe they delay people that can wait a bit longer. It seems there are priority groups within the 189 applicants, mainly people with families I guess. Congratulations again!
  6. adonjio

    SOL for 15-16: When is it going to be released?

    It seems, more likely on July 1st 2015. That is the usual date, I believe...
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    189 visa lodged April 2015

    Oh my... I'm sorry for the rant, but I've been looking at all the people who applied AFTER me in April, and you all seem to have had CO allocated. I haven't heard ANYTHING at all. I don't even know whether my application was received. No delay email, no nothing. It has been 2 weeks since CO started looking at 10th April applicant's files, but I'm getting super frustrated here because it feels my case doesn't exist. Is there any way I can get in touch with the immi people to know WTH is happening to my application? Please help here. Thanks.
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    189 visa lodged April 2015

    Hi Ktandsm I'm in the same situation, with my work rights expiring 17th july, while we are in the holidays. I gave up on waiting for the 189 grant before next week, so I am getting the WHV extension. It does say it is only a matter of weeks, but I have been told that this limit doesn't apply if you are waiting for a decision on 189. Basically, the extension will run as long as they take to give a decision on your visa application... Let me know if I'm wrong!
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    189 visa lodged April 2015

    Yes, it is the money involved and the pressure of time for some of us which makes it a bit worrying. Although I will still have a substantive visa if I am denied the 189 PR, being part of the workforce and having to wait for a stamp to proceed with my normal routine is the stress point, I guess.
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    189 visa lodged April 2015

    This is weird. I applied on 10th April with 60 points, uploading everything upfront. I haven't heard from a CO yet, and my application status shows "processing" on immiaccount. Does the DIAC allocate applications with the most points first, or is it just that I have a CO but haven't heard from him/her? Any thoughts on this, please? Cheers.
  11. adonjio

    189 visa lodged April 2015

    Wow, King Prawn! That's excellent news! I applied on the same date as you. I'm hoping to hear from them this week... Otherwise, I still have a back up plan. Thanks for sharing!
  12. adonjio

    189 visa lodged April 2015

    Hi Ozmaniac, Thanks for your explanations, once again! It's nice to get a clearer picture of the whole process, beyond my own personal case.
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    189 visa lodged April 2015

    Thanks for the info. I guess they can still allocate a CO, but might not grant visas until July. It doesn't make sense to have a "general" number for visa 189 applications, when clearly, for a lot of Skilled occupations the application figures haven't even reached 10%. I suspect this "shortage" of places is due to DIBP granting visas to certain occupations even when their quotas have almost been reached (ICT/Accounting/Software/Computer network people represent about 13100 invites out of the 25100ish currently received!), while applicants with other occupations are left to scramble for the "leftover" places or wait for the following year. It reads on the Skill select page: "An occupation ceiling will be applied to invitations to apply to migrate under the points based skilled visas of the general skilled migration programme. There will be a limit on how many invitations are issued in these subclasses for a particular occupation to ensure that the migration programme is not dominated by a small number of occupations." But the IT field visibly dominates the migration figures for 189 applications.... Bottomline is: If they don't organise their migration programme a bit more rigorously in the years to come, well, I guess Australia will always be in shortage of Professionals outside the IT field...
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    189 visa lodged April 2015

    Hi Louise, Thanks for letting us know. How did you find out about your CO allocation? Are you applying from overseas or from inshore? Please let us know! Cheers.
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    189 visa lodged April 2015

    Hi Ozmaniac, Thanks for the explanation. The form does say to direct it to the office dealing with my application, but who is it? I am planning to submit it to the email address provided at the beginning of June if I haven't heard from a CO by then. They will have to transfer it themselves to the relevant service/department I guess. Thank you again, it is reassuring at this stage to know that not all is "doomed"!
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