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  1. https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-processing-times/global-visa-processing-times
  2. Just found some information about the retirement visa places. And it doesn’t look too bad for 173/143 visas, with just a small number of places allocated over several years. Quote - "Within these Parent category places, a small number of places will be allocated to the Pathway. Pathway places will be allocated over a number of years starting in 2018-19. Priority will be given to those who apply under the Contributory Parent (subclass 143) category, with no allocation of Parent (subclass 103) Pathway places for grant in at least the first four years of the program. Waiting times for Parent (subclass 103) visas are significantly longer than those for Contributory Parent (subclass 143) visas." Also the global processing times webpage appears to have been updated (43 – 48 months)
  3. My thoughts, for what they are worth, would be to re-apply. The 864 stream isn't moving and if there is only small number of 410/405 applications, I would expect this to be the fastest option.
  4. I have read many reports online recently about an Australian housing crash and like most internet news, I’m always guarded of fake and spurious information. But having just seen the ‘60 Minutes’ documentary, I’m now worried that the housing market really is in bad shape. And it’s maybe not a good time to be thinking of buying a house in Australia. Any thoughts?
  5. SusieRoo

    143 Contributory Parent Visa

    Did you just get your 143 Parent visa?
  6. Yes it's very disappointing, but I found it’s much easier to deal with when I don’t set myself up for setbacks. I think we all realise this process is never going to smooth sailing and none of the information from immi can ever be taken too literally. Politicians will always be motivated to use immigration to gain popularist votes. We just have to be resigned to getting through this process eventually, even if it takes 10 years. Originally we put our lives on hold, thinking we would be granted visas in a few months. Now we get on with everything like we always have, except we have become healthier (tummies smaller, lower blood pressure and hopefully fit enough to pass medicals). There's even a few positives, like house prices now falling in Australia and we will be closer to retirement age when we move, so not as much need to find jobs.
  7. I think with the revised 2016/17 pipeline now at 44,886, there would have been about 20k new applications in 2016/17. And for 2017/18 only 10k of new applications hence the decrease of 10,000. 20,000 applications on there own will take over three years to process and they haven't even started on 2016/17 yet. So as a rough calculation for the next few years, we will see processing move forward one week per month. With our own application lodged in March 2016, we have to expect to wait another two years before we hear from immi.
  8. That could be right, but just think if 6000+ swap over each year, then our 143/173 queue will never really move. We would just keep getting the same processing date from immi's test emails, like groundhog day. Wait a minute... isn't that happening now!
  9. Yes that's right, last years report said 38,508 at 30/06/17, now this years says there were 44,886 on the same date. Where did they find the extra 6378? That's just about a full year of waiting added on for 2016/17 applicants. And how can we now trust that this years not really higher than the 48,585 they are claiming?
  10. Shocking to read they have missed the 143/173 cap again this year by 1160 places. And pipeline up to 48,595, so minimum 8 years processing for anyone applying this year.
  11. It's unfair to make the retirement visa people do the medical exam now after living in Australia for all these years. And if the numbers are only low, why not just grant PR outright without any hoops or cost. And as far as affecting parent waiting times, it's not going to make any difference while immi fails to meet the yearly cap. The speed they are processing parent visas this year will hardly make a dent on the 7175 places available.
  12. I can't believe this lack of movement is just due to increased applications in June 2015. It all ground to a halt when the changes to AOS were reversed, which makes me think Centrelink's ability to cope is causing the holdup and someones told immi to reduce visa numbers. It's the lack of transparency that gets to me, why can't someone just explain the reason for this holdup. Just a message on immi's website or some detail added to immi's test email.
  13. SusieRoo

    173 processing times

    Unfortunately you probably have at least another 2 years before you will be contacted. There is dedicated thread on here for parent visas and it will give you better understanding of how processing is moving (or not moving).
  14. Thank you for sharing this info. Can I ask who you used and what sort of prices did you find for a 20' or 40' container?
  15. SusieRoo

    Opening a Aus Bank Account from the UK?

    We opened an account with Westpac by just walking into their branch in London and we use Transferwise to exchange money at very good rates.