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  1. PickledRic

    491 visa processing time

    No I didn’t use an agent
  2. PickledRic

    491 visa and coronavirus

    It’s really difficult to make any concrete plans and I think that’s probably the hardest thing at the moment; we accept that it’s likely to not be this year but not knowing when it could be and when we’ll need to start preparing things at this end is a little stressful. Do you have a home to sell or anything like that or are you pretty much set up to go? fingers crossed the borders do reopen, keep us updated if you get any more news from your agent - we’re not using one so it would be good to get some official information from others the whole process took us well over a year with skills assessments and registering with QCT etc. but in terms of applying for the 491; I applied in January I think and got invited a couple of days after, got the final grant in March.
  3. PickledRic

    491 visa and coronavirus

    I completely understand re. The benefits. in terms of other visa options, I applied for all of them but unfortunately as a secondary school teacher the chances of getting a 189 are pretty much non existent and the 190 for QLD was outrageously competitive so the 491 in the end was the only option available to us. It wasn’t an easier journey to a visa grant by any stretch of the imagination and was as difficult as any of the other routes and I’m incredibly grateful to have been granted a visa . I don’t feel it’s anyone’s fault I just wanted to voice how I felt, which is mainly disappointed currently, and see if there were any other people whose plans for the year were up in the air so we could talk about things.
  4. PickledRic

    491 visa and coronavirus

    Haha I do realise it’s virtually impossible to know, just wondered what people’s thoughts are on it I guess. Feel like I should preface everything with of course I understand the restrictions currently etc. But also feel a little bit like holders of the 491 visa have been pushed aside (again, no desire to travel anywhere right now but definitely in the future). Considering we had to go through the same process as all of those who have been granted PR visas, and pay the same fees, it all just feels a little unfair to then not be allowed in when the other visa holders are. I wonder if this is something to do with the restrictions on the 491 and obviously with increasing unemployment rates it may not be possible to fulfil the criteria for the follow on one? I’ve no idea I just wanted to speculate/have a little moan. Yesterday was the first day I felt a little upset about the prospect of our future plans not happening; of course up until then I was very much focussed on the current situation but it’s hard not to feel upset when something is very important to you and you put a lot of effort into it. Hope nobody thinks I’m being selfish here, i understand the gravity of the situation and realise there are more pressing matters but I just wanted to offload and hopefully other people who feel the same way can join in.
  5. PickledRic

    491 visa processing time

    It took less than 24 hours for it to be approved.
  6. PickledRic

    491 visa and coronavirus

    Hi, we got granted our 491 visa (QLD sponsorship) in March 2020. Obviously since then coronavirus has become a pandemic and Australian borders are closed. I’m aware that this means holders of the 491 are currently not allowed to travel to Australia and completely understand why; I have no intentions of travelling currently! However, we had planned to move over to Australia in September and we’re just looking for some advice really on how things are likely to go over the next few months and whether we should cancel our flights. My partner is a teacher and will be jobless come September as he handed his notice in before coronavirus was a huge thing; we’re not sure how or what to plan for; obviously we’d like to get over to Australia as soon as we can but just wondered if there was any idea of how things might look in terms of international travel this year, particularly for people who hold a sponsored visa?
  7. PickledRic

    Secondary School Teacher 190/491

    No worries, good luck with it! I’m not sure about whether the WHV will impact on how you apply etc. Might be worth chatting to one of the migration agents on this forum, I don’t want to give you the wrong advice about that!
  8. PickledRic

    Secondary School Teacher 190/491

    Hi Bethan, I would definitely apply for the QCT registration prior to applying for the 491. It takes a long time for this to come back and if you don’t have it when you get invited your application can be declined. We’d already done police checks too as these were needed for QCT registration. They’re also not all that expensive to replace if they expire so we figured it was worth getting them done in advance anyway. We didn’t book in for medicals until we got the official invite to lodge our application; the medical process is quite quick and we didn’t want this to expire by doing it in advance, especially as it’s so expensive. You’ve definitely done the hard bit with the English test and AITSL anyway, the rest should be a breeze Hope this helps!
  9. PickledRic

    Secondary School Teacher 190/491

    Secondary school teacher as per the title of the thread...
  10. PickledRic

    Secondary School Teacher 190/491

    Another update! The visa processing time on our immi account was 38-41 days, we received a direct grant this morning which makes it a total of 21 days (including the weekends). So we officially have our visa yey!! We plan on flying over on the 1st of September
  11. PickledRic

    491 visa processing time

    Hi, no update yet, it’s only been a couple of weeks, I don’t expect to hear anything until end of March based on the advisory timeframe.
  12. PickledRic

    491 visa processing time

    It doesn’t clarify unfortunately but I imagine it probably is.
  13. PickledRic

    Secondary School Teacher 190/491

    Just thought I’d do another update! We lodged our visa on the 12th February and had our medicals on the 19th which were uploaded the day after with no issues or further actions (thankfully! Was actually quite nerve wracking having a medical haha) We’re all paid up etc. And our immi account is now showing a processing time of 38-41 days so we should have a grant by end of March/beginning of April all being well! They really do seem to be prioritising the 491 based on how quick everything has been so far. Will keep updating as things progress, hopefully it’s useful to anyone going through the process currently
  14. PickledRic

    491 visa processing time

    Hi, just thought I’d let you know that on my immi account it says the processing time is 38-41 days.
  15. PickledRic

    Secondary School Teacher 190/491

    Thought I’d keep the thread updated; our QLD 491 nomination got approved yesterday so we’re just starting to lodge it officially now! Very exciting and it’s all been so quick up to press. The nomination has been approved three days before the two weeks to lodge was up! Here’s hoping the next process is as quick!
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