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    Becoming a Nurse in Oz- Help!!

    However, if you come from an English speaking country that is recognized by Australia (USA, Ireland, Canada, UK, etc) you do not have to do the English exam for your skills assessment and only have to do it in order to get points for the visa. For the visa you can take the general format of the English exam just to gain points and have a much higher chance of getting invited faster if you score the maximum amount of points. In order to verify this your nursing education will have needed to be completed in English. Even if you only speak English- the academic version of the exams are very hard. During the TOEFL people were crying, which was a bit distracting. Try to take the general version if at all possible. The IELTS general was very easy compared to the TOEFL academic.
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    189/190 Visas from Nov-Dec 2017

    Hi @LauraHol89, I did front load everything including medicals, police checks, form 1221, and form 80. Any form that I could find that somebody mentioned them needing I just submitted in case. In addition, someone mentioned they were asked for an Australian Police check even though they had only ever visited Australia once for 3 weeks. Considering I've visited 7 times for 2-4 weeks at a time, I decided to go ahead and do this too just to be safe. Hope this helps!
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    189/190 Visas from Nov-Dec 2017

    Hi Guys, I just wanted to give a bit of hope to those out there waiting. I received my grant yesterday without any CO contact. I was devastated by the 8-11 month processing time (which was 9-12 when I submitted) in February. In addition, I looked at my immiaccount all of the time, and it never ever updated from received (I was waiting for it to say initial assessment, etc), but since it had never changed I thought I would be waiting the full time period. However, on Monday night it said received and by Tuesday afternoon I had a grant letter in my email. Hope the theory that things pick up in July due to the new fiscal year is true for all of us. If there are any other nurses out there who will be relocating to the Melbourne area, please reach out to me! I'd love to make some new friends who also went through this crazy process.
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    189 Real processing times...

    Supposedly things pick up in July because their fiscal year ends at the end of June. So, I'm probably stating this completely inaccurately, but they were processing like 1000 a month prior to last Septemberish and inviting way more people too, but because they do their visas in 2 year blocks (and the current one ends in June) they were at a point where they had hit their visa goal so they slowed down processing, and it should pick up again at the start of the new fiscal year/new visa pattern. Hope this helps!
  5. Hi Guys! I just thought we should start a new thread for the next group of us out there anxiously awaiting visas. It's so exciting to see that they have finally moved into December applications with many people receiving direct grants! Please introduce yourself with your occupation and your lodgement date so we can all follow each other's outcomes! I'm Lindsey and I applied as a perioperative registered nurse on February 21st. Hoping to move to Melbourne at some point this year. My fiance is an Aussie, but the 189 seemed like less of a headache than the partner process (and less money) since I was already licensed in Australia. Anyhow, hope to hear from people and good luck to everyone!
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    EOI for 189 visa for. RN

    HI @AmanKaur, The EOI process for people with the same number of points goes by the order they were submitted. So if people with 60 points are waiting for a year ago, they will get invited before you. All of that being said, they have not invited 60 pointers for a very very long time, and it doesn't look like they will. In order to score an invite you should resit for the English exam to get more points if you didn't already get the maximum. If you already got the maximum then you might just need to wait until you have enough work experience to go up a tier (as long as your age group at the same time doesn't bring you down a tier). Having a license in Australia only changes your ANMAC assessment route, but doesn't help you to get chosen any faster for the visa. I re-sat the English exam and got the maximum points which gave me 75, and I was invited within 3 weeks at that time. If you got 10 more points it would put you at 70, which wouldn't be quite as fast, but you should still eventually get an invite whereas there is a chance 60 pointers will not. Hope this helps!
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    AHPRA documentation?

    Hey there! You don't need all of the proof of your coursework as you did for AHPRA, but you need more work related information. You have to have proof of employment from every place you have worked for more than 3 months and a letter of reference from them as well. The letter of reference also has to include the dates of employment (I think you can just use the reference letter, but to be extra safe I included the HR letter as well), be on official hospital letterhead, and has to be written by a supervising nurse or midwife. They use these letters to give you credit for yours years of service, which allows you to earn more points. Other than this I found that I had most other information (such as proof of education/graduation, etc) from the AHPRA process. Hope this helps!
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    189/190 Visa Applications from July/Aug 17

    @mrsgellerby congratulations! As a fellow nurse in this process you've kept me well informed throughout! It is so exciting to watch you get your visa! Good luck and enjoy your months of travel!
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    ANMAC processing time 2018

    Supposedly, but I did the modified and mine still took the full time.
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    I received an invitation today for perioperative nursing. Any other invites out there? Submitted immediately and that 9-12 month wait is daunting.
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    ANMAC processing time 2018

    Nope. Everything is processed it as it's received. They don't speed it up for anyone nor for any reason, no payments or phone calls or anything. Hopefully the computer system is more efficient as they had hoped! Good luck!
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    ANMAC processing time 2018

    Hey Cobain, I submitted mine in October when it said the turn around was 3 weeks. At that time everything was paper based. I submitted all of the forms in the exact same package, but they said they didn't have my cover letter. They then said I had to send a new one and that the turn around time technically doesn't start until they have received everything (including from previous licensing organizations). I overnighted (which in reality is 4 days to Australia) a new cover letter and photo, etc. The very next morning they said they had "received" my cover letter, meaning they found it. Anyhow, all of that being said- the processing times changed during that time and they didn't count my submission date until they had everything in hand. I was then looking at a 7 week turn around. From start to finish my turn around was 11 weeks, which was highly disappointing as I turn 33 in April and am trying to submit before then! Supposedly the paper system is supposed to be more efficient. I was also doing a modified, but mine took the full time (and then some). I think from all of the forum posts the best advice is just to be patient, because the times change all of the time and we have no control once we submit. Good luck and hope to see you on the sunny side!
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    ETA while waiting for 189

    Hey guys, I'm a bit nervous and hoping someone knows the answer or knows where to find the answer. I'm hoping to submit for the 189 this month as I currently have 80 points in my EOI. Once submitting I am front loading everything and took the risk with my medicals and police checks. I'm hoping with a complete package I might have a faster outcome, but am nervous that the times have increased to 9-12 months. Here lies my dilemma. I'm getting married in Australia in December! I obviously would like to be able to attend my own wedding. Once submitted for the 189 can I continue to visit Australia? I have an ETA valid through September, and would like to go visit my fiance who already moved (Australian citizen but we decided on the skilled migrant vs partner due to cost/processing times/permanent visa). If so, I have heard that if you apply for an ETA while waiting for the 189 and it comes through even 1 minute after that it would bump the 189, and now I would be stuck back at the beginning. I thought that the way around this would just be to pay for my ETA again now, prior to applying for the 189 to make sure this wouldn't happen. However, it says on the ETA website that since I have a valid ETA until September 13th- that the new one will become active September 14th. I'm nervous that if I submit for this and possibly have my visa prior that when this becomes "active" it will bump my visa. All in all, just trying to find a way to pray I can be at my own wedding! All advice is appreciated! Thanks so much!
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    My English Language Exam Experience

    It was so tough! I've also heard the PTE is great. Lesson learned.... the TOEFL is ridiculous.
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    189/190 Visa Applications from July/Aug 17

    @strayadreams awesome news as I already have them! I was worried I'd need to redo and send them straight to Oz. Thanks so much!