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  1. skyeman

    491 offshore

    wohoo..huge congrats. I submitted April 2020 for a 491 with 95 points so really hope I hear soon did they ask you to re-do medicals or did you get a direct grant?
  2. skyeman

    491 offshore

    I submitted around 800 days ago off-shore for a 491 with 95 points. Uploaded medicals and PFF back in July 2020 which have since expired. Uploaded new PCC in July 2021. Not heard anything from a case Officer but like you I have seen lots of 21 and 22 grants. Apparently, CO's are prioritising recently submitted ones with medicals and PCC done as it's much faster for them to process and clear the backlog. They are hugely understaffed.
  3. Every employer I have spoken with has said they are desperate for staff and can't fill many positions. I've seen a couple of off-shore grants over the weekend, one was a telecoms engineer and the other was an events organiser. Didn't catch that state but both were 2021 submits I think. one was a 491 and one was a 190
  4. Has anyone seen any Non-PMSOL off-shore grants? It's gone very quiet, perhaps while they look to fill up their quotas before the end of the immigration year? A few states have now reached their quota, so hopefully, the CO's will move on to start clearing the backlog of visa applicants?
  5. I'm 31 now, submitted at 29
  6. Just had a look back and it was a 190 NSW offshore electrician (general) lodged in December 2019 and granted 14th April. I, like you, suspect all the 2020 and early 2021 submits will hear before the end of the visa year. An interesting theory I received from someone on one of the groups is that most of the states are approaching the quota caps for nominations and that they usually close in May. At this point they have no reason to have CO's assigned to processing thousands and thousands of EOI's/State nominations and then these CO's are freed up between the closure in May and the start of the new visa year when they will be given a new quota. It does sort of make sense as there is a lot of EOI's being approved recently which must be using quite a lot of resources. That's a shame about accidentally overclaiming points. Shouldn't that have been picked up at the skills assessment/EOI stage when you submit your CV to them clearly outlining how many years you have been working in that occupation? That's a huge backward step for you for an accidental 5 point overclaim. Whas it a case of accidentally including pre-qualified experience? I have redone our police certificates, did that several months ago as I hoped if a CO opened my file and saw i had proactively updated my out of date police certificates that maybe they would let the expired medicals slide given how expensive they are....haha what a fool. I'm almost looking forward to doing the medicals again as at least that means I've had CO contact
  7. Those 3 were Mechanics but admittedly they are just the ones that stood out as it's my occupation. I think I also spotted a Gas fitter and an electrician but I can't remember the details. I try not to obsess over them and screenshot them because as you know yourself it doesn't mean ours is on its way. Like you, I have been told by many reliable sources ( employers, senators etc ) that there is a huge shortage of tradies across most states. I was surprised when borders opened and they announced they needed 200,000 skilled workers that we didn't see a surge of grants. Pre-covid 491 was a high priority and many of us went for it instead of the 190 because of the priority processing and quick state sponsorships. I have a job offer, I have saved money to support us moving, we have good points at 95 and we front-loaded the medicals and police certificates, we thought we were in a really good position. Just hit the 24 months mark since submitted
  8. There was 2 offshore 491's granted last week and one 190 that i seen, non PMSOL and both for the NT
  9. offshore 491 granted today to someone on PIO. Mechanic submitted mid-2021 I think but his wife is a midwife so maybe that helped it get through? also seen 2 x 190's one from October 2019 and one from 2020. Both offshore and both in non-critical sector job, something to do with networks or IT
  10. That sounds quite possible. Seen a few granted recently that were just over the 2 year mark and one fella I know is now at 26 months for an off-shore 190 as an electrician.
  11. not a peep for me. updated my police certificate as I know they will want an in date one, I'm at 23 months now. Job offer didn't help, MP's and Senators chasing them didn't help
  12. Same here. We are a family of 6 so I think it was creeping towards £11,000 or so to get to submitting the 491 visa. We have budgeted £20k for the move and first 3 months but with the shipping costs and rental prices in QLD just now, that budget might get blown out of the water
  13. Ah darn, I forgot that the whole extending it to 35 hadn't actually been firmed up, oh well bang there goes that idea. Appreciate the response Paul.
  14. Hi Folks, Like many of you, i am approaching the 2-year mark since submitting my 491 offshore. I have plans to finish work in July 2022 and tbh I don't want to mess my employer around by delaying it again as they have recruited to replace me ( I told them 3 years ago that I was applying for the visa and doing the skills assessments etc ) Given that I'll be unemployed I am considering applying for a WHV as I'm only 31 but I am just concerned if there is any chance the WHV being granted might overwrite my 491 application? I would be gutted I I had waited 2 years and then lost my 491. If there is no risk then it gives me a chance to go over and get set-up and find work etc before bringing my family over on the 491. I will seek professional help on this but i know you guys are often armed with knowledge and experience in these things. Cheers, James
  15. Paul, does it matter if you have submitted a 491 visa and then apply for a WHV? I have been waiting since April 2020 but I appreciate I need to wait my turn for my 491 grant but the WHV would get me onshore and working at least?