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  1. expatica

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Hmm but pommygal and I have the same occupation and I got approved in 2.5 months. Conference and event organizers are not particularly needed by my own admission. We are both from low risk countries as well. Only major difference is that I was TRT. Pommygal are you UK or Aussie based? I wonder if that makes a difference? I have no clue why or how mine got done so quickly but I’m so thankful
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Yeah - I don't think that's why it was quick, however, I do think it is helpful. I know that my occupation is not in demand as they moved it to the short term list, not medium term list. Event coordinators aren't exactly in demand or important to Australia either lol However, I am from a LR country which helps. My company is under 10 people though.
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    PR GRANTED - I know that it's been so short for me (2.5 months) but it feels like a lifetime, so I empathise for those still waiting. See details in signature, including about April 4 email and docs requested (none). RECOMMENDED TIP: I was very specific with the names of my documents that were uploaded as attachments/evidence. I think this made it really easy for the CO to see what document was what - and look for what they wanted. I would put the name of the applicant it related to (either my name, or my partner's name), the year, and then what the document consisted of. See screenshots attached of what I mean. I think this can certainly help as it helps the CO find what they are looking for, rather than trying to figure out what each document is if each is named "Scan 1" , Scan 2" etc."
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Hi all - just letting you know that my MA recommended not including my volunteering in my application, as I am on a 457 and the benefit it adds does not out weigh the complexity it adds.
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Ok interesting - that doc is perfect for what I was looking for in terms of information. Yes, I am the main holder of the 457 and I am aware of the "no work outside my company" which is all well and good. I am not getting paid in any capacity, there are no perks, etc. The entire non-profit is staffed by volunteers at this point. There are no paid positions within the non-profit at all. I'll have a chat to my MA about it. Again, still going to volunteer regardless, as I know it is not in breach of my visa. But it's a good point about weighing the benefits of including it. While it makes it more "complex" it also shows that I am a genuine person that wants to contribute to Australian society in general.
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Hi guys, I was wondering if in any of your applications you put in details of volunteer work you've done in Australia? Especially if it relates to your nominated position? What did you include? My occupation is event manager, and I've recently joined a non-profit to help disadvantaged women in Australia, and I'm lending use of my event management skills. This directly ties in with my job, and I feel like may be useful to include in the application as it makes me seem like a "good" candidate. Obviously, I'll continue volunteering my time and talent regardless of whether it is advised to put into the application. Just wondering if anyone's had experience with that.
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Oh no!! I cannot imagine!!! Where are you located? You know of others with our job that just had to pay the levy and they got approved fine? Interesting! Hope that is the case for me. Idk anyone else with our job.
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Any update? Keen to hear how you are going as I don’t think many people have our job.
  9. expatica

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Hi, Can someone add my details to the spreadsheet as well? Where is the link?
  10. expatica

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    I did it. I noticed that a few documents aren't there - but I can't see the nomination for my role when I imported it - is it possible my CV is in my nomination? Should that be in my application as well?
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Hi all, Nomination and visa applied yesterday! Very excited. My MA says that they do not want me to view the application in my account - however I thought that we could import the application just to view? I am just so crazy reading these posts about MA's forgetting important docs. I also just want to be able to check in whenever I want to soothe my own anxiety. I think I read somewhere that I could import an application and it won't notify the main person? Any ideas? How do I import the app into my immi account so I can view?
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    No, you can't do the nomination until you are eligible. I'm eligible Feb 4th, so we are just gathering the docs now. So yeah, you have some time! I was the same though, and started emailing in October and they were like.... calm down you need to wait haha. No use getting all the stuff now as it'll be too old by the time you expire. Another question - does the processing depend on what state you are filing from? I'm filing in Sydney.
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Oh wow! That long?! What was the estimated wait time for you when you applied? Are you TRT or DE? Where in the process are you? Any advice on additional info they have requested?
  14. expatica

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Hi all! Former lurker, first time poster! My boss just approved the PR application. 186 TRT from my 457. I'm from the US and my defacto partner (he's currently on my 457 as my family member/partner) is from Brazil. Our wedding is in March, woot! I'm eligible on Feb 4th and will be applying under my Conference and Events Organiser position. I was grandfathered into the old rules. My partner is taking his IELTS this weekend. He needs to score a minimum 4.5 which I hope he can get. Any advice? What are the current processing times for people in my case? I know my country is low risk, but is my occupation low risk too? I don't think there are many of us, but I'm not sure if that means it'll drag out or not.
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