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  1. I started this thread because there are so many people who talk about Skilled Sponsored 176 and they are referring to State Sponsored Skilled which is not the same as Family sponsored which is rock bottom in priority processing thus I have started this thread for those who have applied for and are still waiting for a case officer with respect to the GSM 176 Family Sponsored Offshore Priority 5 classification or for anyone with any insight to when if at all do you think these will ever get processed. The website shows an allocation date of January 2008 which is the time DIAC put a halt to the processing. I also keep reading onshore gets processed ahead of offshore based on application date. What does that mean? Finish all onshore before they ever get to offshore? Well...that may never happen since people continue to apply. We applied in April 2009 offshore for the Family Sponsored 176 visa and are in Priority 5. Please provide your thoughts and insight for this particular visa situation. I know I am not the only one.
  2. Since 176 FS Quota is significantly decreased I wounder how many waiting for finalization. I applied in May-2011 and my application is still under routine processing. Please share yours... ​Thanks.
  3. Guest

    Child visa 101 help

    Hi guys, been a very long time since I have posted but I have been backwards and forwards for info! ok so we got our PR 176(or175 state sponsored one lol) In 2011 just me and hubby. We activated in sept 2011 while I was pregnant with our little boy (found out about pregnancy after visa granted). so we are having to apply for a child visa for the little man, which I have started now. My question is ththis do we have to activate his child visa within a certain period like we did ours or can we get his visa and go when we are ready? to be honest we are going the end of the summer with any luck so might not make a difference but just incase don't want to have to enter by xxxx date and can't so lose baby's visa. hope that makes sense? hope someone can help cheers guys dan x
  4. Umar Sharif

    Citizenship residence requirement

    Hi, I got my immigration on visa class 176. Need clarification on the points below As this is a SA state sponsor visa so if i get a job in any other state how this will impact my citizenship requirement My first entry to australia was in June 2012 and stayed for almost 1 month. Now to complete my 4 years for citizen ship for how long can i stay outside australia. I read somewhere that i can stay maximum of 12 months in the first 3 years and maximum of 90 days in the last year. How this 12 months duration for the first 3 years is counted? My clock already started from my first entry? Last question is if i cannot complete my 4 years during my first 5 years visa which i have now then after i get extension of visa the time i have spent in australia during the first 5 years visa will be added or i have to start the clock again regards
  5. Hi everyone, its a long time since I last posted, so long I've forgotten my account details and the email address I was using! Anyway I'd almost given up hope of ever getting a visa or getting our money back after applying back in August 2008, but yesterday I received an email from DIAC - probably a lot of people did as it was pretty generic but it basically directed me to the SMP program. Since I haven't kept up to date with all the changes since late 2009, I had no idea what is was or the options available but on investigation it appears my job - ANZSCO 262113 is on the SMP list for NSW! So the question is, is this a valid route i.e. apply for sponsorship, change visa to 176, move to cat 3 and get a visa within 12 months? or is it risky, its another $300 and since they had $2100 four years ago, then changed the rules and kept the money, is it possible they could do the same thing again? If you successfully get sponsorship do they have to change the 175 to a 176? Is it possible they will change the rules for 176 processing or are they trying to get through the backlog so they can move on the new Skill Select system? I know nobody can give definitive answers but has anyone any experience of doing this recently? Thanks Rob
  6. Hi all I am confused about the length of time we get once the visa has been approved. I have been told this is the next stage, but can someone outline the time to use the Visa as I thought I had 5 years. Your entry expiry date is related to your medicals and police clearances, 12 months from whichever is done earlier. So once my visa is approved what are my time frames?? 12 months to get it validated in Australia or is the Embassy in London a possiblity? Then once validated do I then get a further 3 years to make the move? Any help appreciated. :biggrin: Dean
  7. PityTheFool

    A BIG Thank-You to PomsinOz!!!

    I rolled over at 6.30 this morning and turned off the dreaded alarm, once I had managed to peel my eyes open I checked the emails on my phone (which has been a daily routine ever since starting out on this never ending visa road) only to find a 'VISA GRANT NOTIFICATION' !!! :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh: We are over the moon - even though it hasn't quite sunken in yet! We just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank-you to all of you PIO users that have passed on their mass of knowledge - without you we truely believe this would not have been possible!!! We have managed to overcome many a hurdle, without any assistance from a migration agent, aided by this excellent forum; Not directly meeting the requirements of my past or current occupation (and having to do an Engnieers Australia CDR) The dreaded IELTS Me having a (minor) criminal record Not being married and having to prove our relationship Our son's medical being referred due to reocurring ear infections Yet here we are almost 18 months and £4k later - Holders of an Australian Permenant Residency Visa :biggrin: THANK YOU POMSINOZ !!!
  8. Hi folks, Me and my wife are going to arrive to OZ in Jan 13 with our 176 PR visas sponsored by WA. The thing is that we'd like to visit some other cities before we head to Perth, just to get an impression of their lifestyles and feel. I don't know how much time I want for this travel but rough estimation will be few months. My concern is not arriving straight to the nominated state. I'm afraid that this might get us into a trouble lately if we don't register immediately after our arrival? After taking a look at my State Sponsorship Agreement, I've found the following: 1. You remain living and working in Western Australia for a period of two years after obtaining your visa. 2. You keep the Wester Australia Government informed of your contact details after your arrival. Now I see that in both cases they state "After", but no specific time limit is specified. So it makes me think that our trip won't be a problem.. Even if it'll take some more time..? To say more, all this agreement doesn't seem too serious. I mean there are no dates, no specific requirements, it's not so clear how should I contact the Western Australia Government. I don't know.. This document just seems a bit odd to me.. What do you think? Thanks in advance!
  9. sh3p69

    Question about the medicals...

    Hi there Guys, im a bit confused about the medicals. We were going to front load the meds by trying to book it for the 23 of this month even that we dont have a CO yet... I know that there is 2 different types of meds one been £330 with the hepatitis and the other been £260 with out the hepatitis... My partner is a nurse and read that she needed to do the £330 one and me the cheaper one. But when we rang medmigration and gave them our TRN Number they told us that she only needs to do the £260 one and not the other with the hepatitis,They said that they cant just do the £330 one as there would be no were to upload the hepatitis result. But she is a nurse and will be working as a nurse when we eventually arrive in Australia... Does any one know which is the right one to do as we dont have a CO yet... We are applying for the 176 Visa and she is the main applicant... THanKs GUyS...
  10. Hi everybody. I am new to the forum and want to find out how to prove the years of experience while applying for 175 or 176 GSM visa? My brother has applied for a RPL from ACS and is expecting a positive assessment soon, based on the correspondence till date. The RPL requires 6 years of experience. His total experience is 9 yrs+. In order to obtain the 15 points for overseas work experience, he needs to prove his relevant work experience to be more than 8 years. We believe ACS will certify that he has more than 6 years of experience based on the RPL reports. What is the way to establish the balance years if ACS does not mention that in the assessment result? Any suggestion/opinion will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance becky
  11. Dear all, I would really appreciate any advice on this: I have received WA SS 2 days ago. It's time to apply now but I have some doubts what is the better option. If I apply for 176 visa, we'll get it in 1-2 months, almost no risks but we'll stick to the WA state. I like Perth, but somehow planned to get Master degree in Sydney first and maybe then settle in a smaller town. If I apply for visa 175, I won't have to stay in any state, we'll be independent in all matters and can study in Sydey. However, what bothers me the most is what happens with 1st July on our doorstep? I am an accountant and the profession is on the risk-list and maybe excluded on 1st of July from SOL. As soon as I have launched the visa before 01/07 they will have no right not to consider the application but they may downgrade the visa to Priority Group 5 and we will wait for ages. Is my understanding correct? Please help. Can't find anything saying what happens to those who have applied before new rules in place.
  12. Hi to those out there Unsure if anyone can give me a steer on how to move forward from experiences out there: My husband and I are desperate to move to Australia. We met and traveled in 2004 and have had returned visits. I have a step-aunt based in Adelaide willing to assist however she can and we have savings which I am unsure aside re costs to move and visa if other alternatives are available we were once told and I quote "no you dont make the criteria however, if you have 20k you can buy a visa, do you have a spare 20k?" this was at an emigration fair and were moved on and out of the queue! to say we were annoyed and upset is obvious. I am a PMO manager. I have looked into company transfer but this is not an option. I have only one formal qualification which I took after following advise which in hindsight I do not thing will pass with VETASSESS. I have a BTEC Diploma in Project Management which I took Part Time over 2 years - This I do not think now will equate to a AQF diploma from the information I have read. From the SOL list I understand that the most relevant code would be 511112, Program or Project Administrator however VETASSESS will not accept only my experience. I am unsure if another code would be best I have been looking but I cannot see. I am 30, female, great heath, English. I have been working in the project arena since approx 2002 and have 8.5 years in total experience (not inc WHV GAP years etc). My husband went back to university (one of us to work the other to study) to gain a degree which he did last June within BSC Web Development, he has very little work experience however and current seeking employment in this field. He is 36 and as myself great health and native English speaker. We are aware we could emigrate to NZ however I have really held off on this option as Australia is where my heart is and NZ would only be taken into account if I truly know that Australia is a no-go. As above my step-aunt is MORE than willing to assist. I think a 176 family sponsored would be best but unsure with the VETASSESS status if I can actually go any further forward. Apologies again if I haven't followed protocol - your steer / advice or where I should put this data for assistance would be very appreciated. We started this 7 years ago and have had bad advice throughout :mad:we are wanting to settle sooner rather than later and Oz is where we want to be :biggrin:
  13. Hi! I am new to the forum. Hope anyone can shed some light to my question. I am applying for 176 visa and would need the points for my partner's skills. I am applying as a secondary school teacher which is in SOL 1. Must my wife's nominated occupation be from SOL 1 as well? She is a university lecturer which is in SOL 2. A second question: I have been a university lecturer the last 15 years, does that qualify as a closely related occupation to a secondary school teacher? I know some secondary school teachers applicants have used their primary school teaching as their closely related occupation. Thanks in advance for all your replies.
  14. flissjane

    175 or 176?!

    Hi, can anyone help? My partner and I are in the process of applying, we are going via the skilled migration with my partners occupation and I will be a secondary applicant. Hopefully the skills assessment should be sent off in the next few days and we realise we are cutting it very fine to meet the 1 July 12 deadline...! that being said, we're not sure which visa is the best option with changes looming. Originally we were going with 175 - skilled independent, but now were wondering if we should go for 176 - skilled sponsored as my partners sister moved to oz last year on a 175 visa and would be able to sponsor us. Whats peoples thoughts on this and what differences would it make other than getting the extra points? Hope somebody can help!
  15. Hi there, We're trying to get our visa application in before the 1st July date where they're introducing the new system. We've started our skills assessment with ACS and were planning to apply to NWS for SS. Can people share with us the rough processing times for applying for their 175 or 176 visa to getting a CO, to finally getting a visa please? And if you could put whether it's a 176 or 175 visa in, that would really help us decide whether to just go for the 175 without the SS! It's just that we're worried we'll miss the boat if our SS application with NSW takes too long, and the new guidelines being such an unknown! If anyone has gone through the NSW SS application recently too, any info on difficulty/time etc would be most welcome too! Thank you all!! K&C
  16. Hi folks! I know there are plenty threads concerning this issue but I'm little confused here.. As I understood, I have 1 year to validate the visa from the moment I get it. However, I've also noticed that some people mentioned that the count begins not from the moment I actually get the visa but much earlier, from the moment I had my medicals done.. One more question I have is - what is the procedure of validating the visa? Does it only takes to enter the country or it is a longer procedure? Could someone please provide a correct answer? Thanks a lot!!
  17. aduffield76

    1st July Deadline

    Hi all, With regards to the 1st July changes in Visa submissions.....if you submit your initial online visa application before that date (ie you've got your Assessment and IELTS and SS) is that within the deadline? (Hurry up ACS Assessor :-)) Cheers guys
  18. Can someone Review my RPL report ? - Software tester (8 years of exp) - No formal college or diploma I am going to file it on Friday.
  19. Helloooo, I've decided to apply for a 176 visa and am wondering how difficult this will be and whether I should pay for an agent? I am 30 yrs old, fully qualified accountant (ACCA) and have 5+ years of relevant work experience, plus I am from the UK and can only speak English so I assume I will have no problem proving my English skills?! I also have an uncle and aunty living in Cairns (they both hold perm resident visas) and when I took the test online I scored 75 so looking quite positive I think so wondering if the app will be straight forward in turn? I do plan to apply for a de facto spouse visa for my other half who is also from the UK but his occupation is not on the SOL so he will not qualify for any points... I've looked at one site so far called NationalVisas.com.au and there are a variety of services ranging from all inclusive end to end service for $4k AUD to 180 day access period with personalised app guide for $600 AUD to 15 day access period with personalised app guide for $110 AUD.... I know I have to be careful about finding a registered agent and avoid the dodgy ones, I will def do my research and background checks first before handing over any money! So if anyone has an opinion I'd love to hear it Also from a few threads that I've read on here I am getting the sense that 176 visas apps are being processed a lot quicker than the 12-18 mth guidelines so any thoughts on that are welcome too! Many thanks
  20. Hi all :cute: In a desperate bid to get to Melbourne as soon as possible, we are wondering if... My partner (who is the main applicant for a 176 state sponsorship visa under the gsm (general plumber) could go out to Melbourne, 3 months before the 176 visa is granted, on a working holiday visa and if I could travel over with our 2 year old on a holiday visa??? Is this viable and allowed?? We're aware that we will have to travel off shore and back again to validate the 176 when it's granted but are we allowed to go out together but on separate temporary visas? Advice and tips would be much appreciated on this matter. Thank you x
  21. I got 9 in each category except writing where I only got 7 so does this mean I only get ten points? If i get only ten I think i get 65 points anyway, so I should be ok,, but I am finding it hard to find this information out on the immi.gov.au site under the 176 visa. Sorry if this has been asked before.
  22. Guest

    Switching to 457

    Hi, after some initial optimism we've just been told, after a brief discussion with an agent, that a 176 skilled migration visa is only applicable if you've been working at least 20 hours per week. My wife, a health visitor, does 18.75 (you couldn't make this stuff up!). Can anyone confirm this as it doesn't seem to be obvious from the immi website ? Anyway, assuming this is correct we are now looking a 457 visa (employee sponsored, temporary stay) as my employer's parent company is based in Melbourne. Assuming that works does anyone know how long you need to be there until you can apply for a permanent visa if at all ? Thanks
  23. Guest

    Pre-reg Optometrist - 176 Visa

    Hi, my wife is halfway through her pre-reg year in Optometry. We were just wondering whether her pre-reg year (in which she actually practices) counts towards the required 1 year experience for a 176 visa? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Warren
  24. aliogilvie

    176 - Further Info Requested - help!

    Hello all I have had a request for some further information from our CO, this is in relation to proving employment for the period of time I wish to claim points for (5 years - same as for the skills assessment). Although I have initially searched the forums I cannot find any exact answers on this. Firstly - they ask for a 'duty statement' - do they simply mean a formal job description for my post? I have the letter which my employer wrote for the skills assessment which does list individual things for the post and I can upload this but am unsure whether I also need to dig out a JD. Secondly - they want payslips for 'the entire period being claimed for' and P60s, do they seriously want me to upload all 60 payslips for the 5 years? I can access them if needs be, I have half hard copy and half electronically as my company switched to a paperless system a few years ago. Finally - as regards the more recent payslips being electronic, I assume it will be ok just to download and colour print them and then scan them in as normal, I am guessing they wont be able to tell this anyway, its just that they will look different? I may be panicking about nothing but I thought I would run it by you lovely bunch! Thanks in advance Ali
  25. We had it all planned out nicely......or so we thought!!! We have wanted to move to Oz for some time now and planned to make the move in 2013 when I complete my studies for my degree - this plan hasn't changed for the last 3 and a half years! We tried to approach this sensibly and began researching on the internet, during which we discovered that the visa application was quoted as being 12-18 months for a 176 PR visa. We planned our timeline for a move in August / September 2013 and not having to validate before purchasing the much wanted one-way tickets. So far everything has gone to plan, the skills assessment, IELTS and the state sponsorship are all in bag and inline with our original timeline, the problem comes with the next step.........applying for the visa. The 12-18 months has now reduced to 2-3 months (?), I have seen one POI member got theirs in 2 weeks!!! Most people will think that this is great but to us its a nightmare. We have to apply for the visa by the end of March or we will lose our state sponsorship, but the current processing times will more than likely mean we have an Initial Entry Date way before we are able to leave meaning the only option would be for a costly validation trip that we can't afford!!! :arghh: :arghh::arghh: :mad::mad::mad: :arghh::arghh::arghh: VERY ANNOYING!!! Does this effect anybody else in this way or is everyone just pleased to get the golden ticket ASAP???