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  1. copeland52

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Hi - I'm not in Sydney as per your specific request. But for comparison purposes I have been invited to my *Brisbane* ceremony on Australia Day 2019. My approval letter for this arrived yesterday - Christmas Eve. If you are viewing this post on a PC then my full timeline will appear in the footer to this post. Thx.
  2. copeland52

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Had citizenship test in Brisbane today. Short interview and ID checking and computer testing. Approval granted whilst I sat there post-test and immi account updated itself immediately from RECEIVED to APPROVED. I was advised that the official letter will be posted to my home address within 4 weeks. The process then goes to Brisbane City Council for actual ceremony date. I was advised this will take 3-6 months. That would make my end-to-end citizenship application process ca. 18 months. Trust this assists others. Thx. application: citizenship by conferral | type: online | applicant/s: 1 | city: brisbane | submitted: 19NOV2017 | acknowledged: 19NOV2017 | status: received | further info required: no | test email: 10NOV2018 | test date: 23NOV2018 | test approval: 23NOV18 | ceremony email from council: pending | ceremony date: pending
  3. copeland52

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Got my invitation for a test interview and citizenship test today. It is 51 weeks since I submitted my citizenship application. Am in Brisbane and the test will be just under two weeks from today. To pass the time over the last year I taught myself to write lefthanded .... timeline and details below if this assists anyone else. Thx. application: citizenship by conferral | type: online | applicant/s: 1 | city: brisbane | submitted: 19NOV2017 | acknowledged: 19NOV2017 | status: received | further info required: no | test email: 10NOV2018 | test date: 23NOV2018 | test approval: pending | ceremony: pending
  4. copeland52

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Hi - I applied 19NOV17 and have heard nothing further since the automated 'received' status that same day. So 8 months so far. Hope to hear something about a test date within next 4 months. Thx.
  5. copeland52

    457 question

    Thanks, Very Stormy. I understand that there is no automatic right of passage to PR from a 457 visa. But, yes, I could have phrased my question better. What I meant was ...... if someone had been granted a 457 In July 2017 is there a possibility that it was on the basis that (1) it was valid for two years only and (2) it would not allow them to start the PR process at the end of those two years. I think you have answered the question by stating that the old rules would have applied in July 2017. Meaning a 4 year 457 would have been granted with the possibility to apply for PR after the first two of those years had been reached - eg: by July 2019 should the law not change in the intervening period. Thx.
  6. copeland52

    457 question

    I have a specific 457 visa question I'm hoping someone can answer. If your 457 was granted in 2017 in JUN/JUL after the government announced its changes ....... would it be a 4 year one leading to PR? Or would it be a 2 year one that doesn't lead to PR? My understanding is that it could be either. But that the 2 year one was quicker and easier to to get ...... even though you definitely had to leave once it expired. Can anyone confirm based on personal experience. Not for me as I already have PR and am awaiting citizenship processing. But this questions is to settle a debate I am having with a colleague. Many thx.
  7. copeland52

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    I applied 19-NOV-17 around the same time as you two. So interested to hear how you both go. Out of curiosity I check my IMMI status once a month to make sure they haven't requested more nfo. I'm not really expecting any developments until June or July this year at the earliest. If all goes well I may make a citizenship ceremony for 26-JAN-19. I consider anything earlier than that a bonus.
  8. copeland52

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    All - can I suggest a reality check here? It is what it is ......... the citizenship timelines are longer than we'd want. We won't change anything in this forum by berating the system. All we'll do is wind each other up and make anyone reading these posts even more anxious. Yes, it's inconvenient. But we're in a safe country that has granted us PR which is basically permanent leave to remain here. Try being on a 457 and losing your job. That will make you anxious as you have to depart AU unless you can find new sponsorship within a specific timeframe. I suggest we focus on other things and stop checking our immi account status every (other) day. Do something else until your dates come through. If they are well overdue take some rational action. These are first world problems!
  9. copeland52

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    not yet, jayesh .... i only submitted 3 days ago - please see the footer of my email. best.
  10. copeland52

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Morning - joining group as a recent citizenship applicant. Will advise of progress and update spreadsheet. Thx.
  11. copeland52

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Hi All - good news today with my PR finally granted today. My timelines: 08MAR16 - nomination and visa submitted 14OCT16 - nomination approved 14OCT16 - 1 additional document requested 15NOV16 - 186 visa approved 457 to 186 PR via MA LR, 1 person revenue/pricing manager VIC PESE 457 expired before 186 granted so moved to bridging visa A for 3 months original waiting time advised was 5-8 months (153-245 days) so 186 granted just outside of this guidance timeframe (it took 252 days) spreadsheet updated Thanks for info provided so generously and selflessly by all contributors. I only made a few forum comments but benefitted hugely from watching exchanges. Fingers crossed for all those still awaiting news, especially those who have been waiting longer term. Brgds.
  12. copeland52

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Hi Guys .... this news link gives some context as to what is going on at IMMI. Thx. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-07/immigration-staff-reject-pay-deal-for-third-time/8001714
  13. copeland52

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    thanks mahenderntpc. we need to be careful with this info and qualify exactly what it means. eg: how does it affect those in our situation already deep in the process of applying for PERMANENT residency ..... and how does it impact others applying for TEMPORARY, short-stay visas. i could only find an article online relating to changes to short-term visa changes. see the link below. but let us know what your source is if available in the public domain. one possible nett result is this - if the process for TEMPORARY visas is in fact going to be simpler then the department would theorteically have more resource to dedicate to the processing of PERMANENT residency applications. many thx. http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/punjabi/en/article/2016/10/07/australia-introduce-four-new-work-visas-next-month?cid=inbody:new-australian-visa-and-points-test-changes-for-skilled-migration-go-live
  14. copeland52

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Hi Bondi Hopeful - thanks for your data. I had a look at the spreadsheet to see how long it is generally taking for a 186 visa to be granted once additional info has been requested. The timelines vary greatly. But of the 15 or so examples I looked at I could see waiting times of between 1 day and 46 days before the visa was granted. The average time was 18 days. Personally, they requested extra documents from my MA 3 weeks ago today. But there has been nothing since then. I believe we have 28 days to respond to any request for additional documents. So potentially they just make a diary date to look at your file again 28 days later to see if you've complied ..... even if you submitted the requested info within minutes of their request! Brgds.
  15. copeland52

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    It stands for Permanent Employer Sponsored Entry (PESE). It's an acronym for the processing centre working through the applications. Cheers.
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