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  1. Guest

    Feb 2011 timeline

    what are your timelines? We had the March email and are now excitedly awaiting a CO
  2. Dear all, my wife and I are looking to move to Sydney later this year and we are wondering which suburb is considered safe to live in. As my office is situated along Victoria Road in the Rydalmere area, we would like to consider staying near there, if not in Rydalmere itself. Hence, we would appreciate it very much if we have all the help we can get. No info will be considered too trivial :wink: Regards, WH
  3. rinkerdink

    flights for October 2011

    Hi, We are planning a validation/ recce trip for 17/10 - 6/11/2011 to brisbane from heathrow. Not sure how to go about getting a good price and what airlines are best value for money. There are 4 of us so it is going to be eye watering no matter what! Just after thoughts and experiences so i can get prepared ready for the arrival of the new interest free plastic :-D P.S. Couldn't find the search function or i'd have tried that first as i'm sure similar questions have been asked before
  4. Hi there, May be having a blond moment, but was wondering whether anyone has started a thread showing the progress of SA SS applications? Did a search and there are ones for Vic, WA etc, but can't find one for SA. Just wanted an idea of how quickly the applications are being processed! If anyone can point me in the right direction, that would be great, or if there isn't one started... Many thanks :huh:
  5. Chardy

    TRA changes 2nd May 2011

    For those not yet applied.........:v_SPIN: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Skills/Programs/SkillsAssess/TRA/Pages/ChangetoSkilledWorkerProgram.aspx
  6. joenorwich

    Football in 2011

    Hamersley Rovers Soccer Club is based in Carine Open Space off Beach Road in Perth's northern suburbs only 5 minutes from the freeway and Reid highway. We cater for all seniors (18+) and have teams in every category. We are seeking talented players for our Amateur 1st division squad, who narrowly missed promotion and reached the amateur cup semi-finals, we have an excellent coaching set up and great team spirit but always looking for fresh faces to bolster the squad. Pre-season training starts Tuesday 11th January at Carine, 6.30pm For younger players looking to advance we have a Development team in amateur Div 6 (U23's). For people looking for a more relaxed approach we run social teams in the local leagues. We also have a masters team (35+) and a ladies team. Its a well run club with a great social scene especially on during the season on Thursdays and match days. We are a multi-cultural club but majority of members are ex-pats and its a great way to meet new people (and keep fit!). For kids we have an affiliated junior club, see our website for link. If you are interested or want more info, please contact me via PM Cheers Joe
  7. The Australian Broadband Survey for 2011 Cheers B!K3R
  8. * Max Brenner The Chocolate Bar, Parramatta * Harry's Cafe De Wheels, Woolloomooloo * T2 Tea, Sydney * Cafe Sydney, Sydney * Paul's Famous Hamburgers of Sylvania, Sylvania * Hurricane's Grill & Bar, Sydney * Outback Steakhouse, North Strathfield * Tetsuya's Restaurant, Sydney * Bourke St Bakery, Surry Hills * Campos Coffee, Newtown * Wagaya, Haymarket * Iron Chef Chinese Seafood Restaurant, Cabramatta * Makoto, Chatswood * Winston Gardens Chinese Restaurant, Winston Hills * Seoul Ria, Sydney * Thai Pothong, Newtown * Mizuya Japanese Restaurant And Karaoke, Sydney * Kings Charcoal Chicken, Campbelltown * Subway, Parramatta Westfield * Pasticceria Papa, Haberfield * Gourmet Pizza Kitchen, Chatswood * Pepper Lunch, Sydney * Burwood Plaza Seafoods, Burwood * Thai I m Restaurant, Parramatta * Gelatomassi, Newtown * Aria Restaurant, Sydney * Danny's Seafood Restaurant, La Perouse * Summer Salt Restaurant, Cronulla * La Piazza, Bankstown * The Italian Bowl, Newtown * The Malaya, Sydney * Bourke Street Bakery, Surry Hills
  9. Hey everyone!!! My name is Emily, I'm having to move back to the UK pretty soon, as I've injured my knee and am unable to work...... so I'm leaving my awesome flatmate Abby behind in a beautiful 3 bedroom place in Hove. Abby is a full time, pom nurse, 26..... We have 1 - 2 double rooms available in our modern house, this is the link to our gumtree ad: 2 bedrooms available in awesome houseshare (Hove) | House & Flat Share | Gumtree Hove Looking for like-minded housemate/ new friends to enjoy the goodlife in Adelaide!!! I'm also selling my car too!! So if anyone's arriving for a new life in adelaide.... I have a ready made house waiting for you!!! If your interested let me know, mzibob@hotmail.com
  10. 8 April 2011 - Important update about your sponsorship application Sponsorship Applications under current Points Test - submit by 5pm on 2 May 2011. to allow enough time for visa applications to be lodged with DIAC under the current Points Test, all completed applications should be received by Immigration SA before 5pm (Adelaide local time) on Monday 2 May 2011. this means that your online sponsorship application and supporting documents should be submitted to and registered by Immigration SA before 5pm (Adelaide local time) on Monday 2 May 2011. please be aware that the Online Application System will be closed at 5pm (Adelaide local time) on Monday 2 May 2011. If your application is received after that time, it will not be processed. Immigration SA will endeavour to finalise applications received by the May deadline before 1 July 2011, to enable you to lodge your visa application with DIAC under the current Points Test. Please check the Online Client Tracking System for results, which will be available as soon as a decision is made on your application. all applications will be processed in order of receipt of complete documentation. Please be aware that due to the anticipated volume of applications, Immigration SA cannot guarantee that all applications will be finalised before 1 July 2011. you should also be aware that there are Planning Levels for all occupations on the current State Sponsored Migration List. Once the Planning Level for a specific occupation has been reached, that occupation will no longer be available for sponsorship. This means that applications already submitted for that occupation will not proceed to be considered under the current Points Test, you need to lodge your visa application with DIAC before 1 July 2011; otherwise your visa application will be assessed against the new Points Test and criteria. once details of South Australia’s Sponsorship criteria for 2011-2012 have been finalised, the Online Application System will be reopened. please regularly check the Immigration SA website for updated information. State Migration Plan South Australia :: Make The Move
  11. Hi Everyone, all of you that have got their visa will know why you need to shout about it.. and all of you still in the process, dont lose hope it will be here one day, Thanks to everyone for all my silly and frustrating questions you have helped me with over the last two years, Andy :biglaugh:
  12. Just been on Southern Australia website and there is a notice about lodging your state sponsorship, all docs (hard copies etc) have to be lodged to SA before 2nd MAY as they are closing their system etc. So all of you out there who are applying to SA for Sponsorship need to get everything in to them by 2ND MAY 2011, otherwise they will not process your application under the current points system, they will be processed under the new points system coming in in JULY 2011.
  13. * Chatters Cafe & Restaurants, Morley * Witch's Cauldron Restaurant, Subiaco * Alfreds Kitchen, Guildford * Moon Cafe, Northbridge * Viet Hoa Chinese Vietnamese Restaurant, Perth * Ciao Italia, South Perth * Ohnamiya Japanese Takeaway Food, Applecross * Siena's, Leederville * The Red Herring, East Fremantle * Jaws Sushi, Northbridge * Yuki Japanese Restaurant, Willetton * Hippo Creek, Hillarys * Little Caesars Pizzaeria, Mundaring * Kulcha Cafe And Noodle House, Joondalup * Atrium Restaurant, Burswood * The Last Drop Brewery, Canning Vale * Christinas Restaurant, Victoria Park * Spaghi Italian Restaurant, South Perth * Taurus Hawker Foods, Willetton * **** Cafe, Warwick * Mille Cafe, Inglewood * Seizan Japanese Restaurant, Perth * Bayswater Hotel Bistro, Bayswater * Chutney Mary's, Subiaco * Taka's Kitchen, Perth * The Junction Ice Creamery, Midland * Matsuri Japanese Restaurant, Perth * The Gate Bar And Bistro, Success * Chocolateria San Churro, Fremantle * Chi Restaurant, Victoria Park * The Indian Ocean Brewhaus And Grill, Mindarie * Chatters Cafe & Restaurants, Midland * Ruocco's Pizza Bar & Restaurant, South Fremantle * Jesters Pies, Joondalup * Mai Thai Restaurant, Alfred Cove * Cioccolato Espresso, Applecross * Subiaco Hotel, Subiaco * Welcome Inn Tea House, Perth * Lok's Kitchen, Thornlie * Sundays Everyday, Myaree * Heros Pizza, Como * Marco's Pizza, Joondanna * Alure Restaurant, Burswood * **** Cafe, Mandurah * Dear Friends, Caversham * Sorrento Restaurant, Northbridge * Madzoon, Cannington * Jus Burgers, Leederville * Imp Cafe, Victoria Park * Bollywood Rest O Bar, Innaloo
  14. * Three Monkeys Coffee & Tea House, West End * A Salt And Battery, St Lucia * Yatala Pie Shop, Yatala * Elio's Osteria Restaurant, Carina Heights * A Night In India, Toowong * House of Fu, Toowong * Sono, Hamilton * Mango Hill Tavern, Mango Hill * Brett's Wharf, Hamilton * Punjabi Palace Restaurant and Take Away, South Brisbane * Manly Hotel, Manly * Hanaichi Sushi Bar & Dining, Brisbane * Ahmets Turkish Restaurant, South Brisbane * The Pizza Cafe, St Lucia * Rochedale Deli Cafe, Rochedale * Malaya Corner, Sunnybank * The Royal Thai Orchid, Milton * Fancy Fish, Runcorn * Roman Empire Bar Restaurant, Carindale * Freestyle Tout, Fortitude Valley * Pig 'n' Whistle, Brisbane * Earth & Sea Pizza, Wilston * Pizza Capers, Parkinson * Hanaichi, Upper Mount Gravatt * Thai Boupha, Springfield Lakes * Montezuma's Mexican Restaurant, Taringa * Tomato Brothers Restaurant, Clayfield * Ginga, South Brisbane * Oyama Japanese Restaurant, Fortitude Valley * Boost Juice, Brisbane * Fiasco's Steakhouse The Morrison Hotel, Woolloongabba * Ecco Bistro, Brisbane * Thai Orchid, Upper Mount Gravatt * Gloria Jean's Coffees, Carindale * Starbucks, Brisbane * Kedron Wavell RSL, Chermside * Cactus Jacks Bar & Grill, Loganholme * Toni's Restaurant & Pizza, Upper Mount Gravatt * Earth And Sea Pizza, Taringa * The Lighthouse Restaurant, Cleveland * Burger Urge, New Farm * Mado Restaurant, South Brisbane * The Spice Avenue Balti Restaurant, Birkdale * The Purple Olive, Fortitude Valley * The Lido Woodfired Decadence, Ascot * Hog's Breath Cafe, Loganholme * Thai Orchid, Springwood * Montezumas Mexican Restaurant, Mount Gravatt * Quan Thanh, West End * Noop, Gumdale
  15. I just posted this on the http://www.lifeinvictoria.com forum but thought it may be of interest here as well: * Misty's 1950's Diner, Prahran * The Vegie Bar, Fitzroy * Sampe's Pizza, Mooroolbark * Miss Marple's Tea Room, Sassafras * High Tech Burrito - Mexican Restaurant Melbourne, Melbourne * Margherita Pizza & Pasta, Lower Plenty * Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy * Don Don, Melbourne * Koko Black, Melbourne * Mocha Jo's, Glen Waverley * Lord of the Fries, Melbourne * Oasis Bakery - Middle Eastern, Murrumbeena * Brown Rice, Edithvale * David And Camy's Shanghainese Dumplings, Box Hill * Tien Dat Vietnamese Restaurant, Box Hill * Ace's Place, Caroline Springs * A-1 Bakery, Brunswick * Thai Tables, Bayswater * Koko Black, Carlton * Thai Rose, Chelsea * Kallista Tea Rooms, Kallista * Andrew's Hamburgers, Albert Park * Captain Gummy's Fish & Chips, Doncaster East * The Fish, Fish & Chippers, Heidelberg * Lazy Moe's Forest Hill, Forest Hill * Sugo Italian Restaurant, Malvern * Warran Glen Nursery, Warrandyte * Shark Fin Inn, Keysborough * Dragon Boat, Knox City Centre * Out 4 Thai, Cheltenham * Shanika's Restaurant, Berwick * The Kananook Creek Boat House, Frankston * Tasty Chicks on Charcoal, Balwyn * Hoa Tran, Springvale * Remezzo Pizza Pasta & Tapas, Ormond * La Headquarters Cafe, Melton * Movida Bar De Tapas, Melbourne * Aangan Indian Restaurant, West Footscray * Thaila Thai, Brunswick East * Vue de Monde, Melbourne * Oakleigh Quality Cakes, Oakleigh * Pizza Fever, Vermont * The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, South Melbourne * APTE, Alphington * Main Street, Mordialloc * Pellegrinis, Melbourne * Emerald Village Bakery & Cafe, Emerald * Camy Shanghai Dumpling & Noodle Restaurant, Melbourne * Papa Gino's, Carlton * Punjabi Masala Indian Restaurant, Nunawading
  16. If you need to book a hotel for your medicals due to the long distance use Travelodge. They are currently running an offer for an extra £15 off the room price if you book online. We have had our medicals today in Birmingham and used the Perry Barr Travelodge the night before our medical and with the discount it was only £24.95 for the night and was only 10mins away from the medical centre (and a nice 2for1 pub 2 mins walk away:jiggy:). The offer is running for the next few weeks! The medicals are expensive enough without petrol/hotel/food prices. Hope some of you can save a few more pennies x Discount code - HJ53006G
  17. I am preparing the application for my 475 visa . I am little bit worried about DIAC surprising news like suspension of visa during transition period same as the previous year. Can I expect this month for preparation and application of my visa? Will any such things will come out in this month?. I know noone cannot give an answer except DIAC... But I hope the senior members can give an approximate answer by the previous experiences. Thanks in advance tony
  18. This is an automated e-mail response which provides updated information on processing of applications for General Skilled Migration (GSM). This information is updated fortnightly. Last updated 1 April 2011. Please do not send enquiries or reply to this email address as this mailbox is not monitored. Contact details for GSM are listed below. Current Processing Dates If your application date has recently come into our current processing date range you should allow at least 6 weeks to enable a case officer to complete the initial assessment. Please refrain from sending requests for an update on the status of your application within this 6 week period. Priority Processed Applications Under the priority processing direction we are giving priority in allocation to applications with a nominated occupation that appears in an active State Migration Plan - Priority Group 2. Priority Group 3 applications are allocated only where all Priority Group 2 have already been allocated. Priority Group 4 cases will be allocated once all Priority Group 3 are allocated. To determine which priority group your application falls into please read the information on the department’s website at: General Skilled Migration For further information regarding State Migration Plans please visit the department’s website at: What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/statmig-fs.pdf http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/statmig-faq.pdf Applications lodged before the following dates are currently being considered by a case officer: Priority 2 State Migration Plan: *Priority 2 applications are currently being allocated within a week of DIAC receiving confirmation of a valid nomination from the relevant State/ Territory Government. As a result applicants are encouraged, where possible, to provide decision ready Priority 2 applications to facilitate more efficient processing and finalisation of these applications. Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged): 1 April 2011 VE 176 (paper): 1 April 2011 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged) 1 April 2011 VB 886 (paper): 1 April 2011 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 1 April 2011 VF 475 (paper): 1 April 2011 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VC 487 (e-lodged) 1 April 2011 Vc 487 (paper): 1 April 2011 Priority group 3 (See attached file: Important Information for Priority 3 clients.pdf) Skilled – Independent (Migrant) subclass 175 VE 175 (e-lodged): 16 July 2009 VE 175 (paper): 16 July 2009 Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged):16 July 2009 VE 176 (paper): 16 July 2009 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 16 July 2009 VF 475 (paper): 16 July 2009 Skilled – Independent Regional (Provisional) subclass 495 and Skilled – Designated Area Sponsored subclass 496 UX 495 and UZ 496 (e-lodged and paper): All applicants who have an occupation on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 3 have been allocated. Skilled – Independent (Residence) subclass 885 VB 885 (e-lodged) 25 October 2010 VB 885 (paper): 25 October 2010 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged) 25 October 2010 VB 886 (paper): 25 October 2010 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VC 487 (e-lodged) 25 October 2010 VC 487 (paper): 25 October 2010 Priority Exempt Applications Visa Subclasses 476, 485 and 887 are exempt from the current priority processing direction. Applications under these subclasses will be processed in the order in which they were received by the department. Applications lodged before the following dates are currently being considered by a case officer: Skilled – Recognised Graduate subclass 476 VF 476 (e-lodged): 2 December 2010 VF 476 (paper): 2 December 2010 Skilled – Graduate subclass 485 VC 485 (e-lodged) 22 December 2009 VC 485 (paper): 14 November 2009 Skilled – Regional subclass 887 VB 887 (e-lodged) 17 February 2011 VB 887 (paper): 17 February 2011 Subsequent Entrant Applications All subsequent entrant applications for subclasses 485, 487 and 475: 7 March 2011 Processing Times Estimated processing times for GSM visa applications can be found on our website at: http://www.immi.gov.au/about/charters/client-services-charter/visas/8.0.htm Estimates of processing times that apply to different types of applications are provided as a guide only. As processing times are dependent on a range of factors, individual processing times may vary considerably from the published estimates. Factors that can impact on processing times include, but are not limited to: - completeness of application - how quickly applicants respond to requests to provide documentation - medical complications - police checks - checks with third parties to verify claims made in an application. Contacting Us Providing additional documents Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit supporting documentation electronically. Providing scanned copies of documents reduces postal and administrative delays in receiving and processing information. GSM processing offices accept scanned copies of original documents (non-certified) provided they are in colour. If you scan documents in black and white, then they must be scanned copies of certified copies. The valid file types for attaching documents are BMP, DOC, DOT, GIF, JPG, PDF, RTF, TXT and XLS. Information which will assist you in attaching documents to your application or in emailing them to the department is available on the department’s website at: Attaching Documents to a General Skilled Migration Visa Application Online applications If you e-lodged this application you are strongly encouraged to attach all the supporting documentation to the application in the web-browser. This is the preferred procedure for providing supporting documents for an e-lodged application. If for any reason you cannot attach documents in the browser then you can email the documents as scanned attachments to the following email address: gsm.documents@immi.gov.au Paper lodged applications If you lodged a paper application you can still provide supporting documentation electronically by emailing the documents as scanned attachments to: gsm.documents@immi.gov.au When emailing documents to the department please quote your Transaction Reference Number (TRN) or file reference number for this purpose. Do not send this office any original documents or provide paper copies of documents previously attached to the browser or sent by e-mail unless asked to do so by a departmental officer. Medical Results If you have undertaken your medical examination with Medibank Health Solutions (formerly Health Services Australia), please do not post your medical results to us unless your case officer requests you to do so. Please store your results in a secure place and do not open the sealed envelope. ENQUIRIES Email Our preferred means of communication for GSM enquiries is email. Before you contact the department with general enquiries about the GSM program, you should first read the relevant website content and links provided in this email. If the website information does not answer your enquiry, please refer below: If you have not lodged a GSM visa application, and would like more information, use the GSM Pre-Lodgement Enquiry Form at: General Skilled Migration Pre-Lodgement Enquiry Form If you have lodged a GSM visa application, but it has not yet been allocated to a case officer, and you have further queries, use the GSM Post-Lodgement Enquiry Form at: General Skilled Migration Post-Lodgement Enquiry Form Allocated to a case officer: Once your application is allocated to a case officer, assessment of your application will begin. At this time, your case officer will provide you with a specific email address and you should correspond directly by email with them. Telephone: 1300 364 613 (in Australia) for the cost of a local call; or +61 1300 364 613 (outside Australia) Contact Hours (Australian Central Time): 0900 to 1600 Monday to Friday Please note: due to the large volume of calls we receive, from time to time you may experience lengthy delays before getting to speak to a customer service officer. LINKS General Skilled Migration – What's New What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration -------------------------------------------------------------------- Important Notice: If you have received this email by mistake, please advise the sender and delete the message and attachments immediately. This email, including attachments, may contain confidential, sensitive, legally privileged and/or copyright information. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. DIAC respects your privacy and has obligations under the Privacy Act 1988. The official departmental privacy policy can be viewed on the department's website at Department of Immigration & Citizenship. See: Privacy ---------------------------------------------------------------------
  19. GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION PROCESSING INFORMATION This is an automated e-mail response which provides updated information on processing of applications for General Skilled Migration (GSM). This information is updated fortnightly. Last updated 18 March 2011. Please do not send enquiries or reply to this email address as this mailbox is not monitored. Contact details for GSM are listed below. We value your feedback and suggestions Please take a moment to help us improve our communication with you by completing a short survey. Note that no personal information will be collected. If you would like to complete the survey please go to: Processing Times Automated Email Service Survey Current Processing Dates If your application date has recently come into our current processing date range you should allow at least 6 weeks to enable a case officer to complete the initial assessment. Please refrain from sending requests for an update on the status of your application within this 6 week period. Priority Processed Applications Under the priority processing direction we are giving priority in allocation to applications with a nominated occupation that appears in an active State Migration Plan - Priority Group 2. Priority Group 3 applications are allocated only where all Priority Group 2 have already been allocated. Priority Group 4 cases will be allocated once all Priority Group 3 are allocated. To determine which priority group your application falls into please read the information on the department’s website at: General Skilled Migration For further information regarding State Migration Plans please visit the department’s website at: What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/statmig-fs.pdf http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/statmig-faq.pdf Applications lodged before the following dates are currently being considered by a case officer: Priority 2 State Migration Plan: Please see the attached document for important information relevant to those with a current application in Priority Group 2. (See attached file: Important Information for Priority 2 applicants.pdf) Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged): 18 March 2011 VE 176 (paper): 18 March 2011 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged) 18 March 2011 VB 886 (paper): 18 March 2011 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 18 March 2011 VF 475 (paper): 18 March 2011 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VB 886 (e-lodged) 18 March 2011 VB 886 (paper): 18 March 2011 Priority group 3 Please see the attached document for important information relevant to those with a current application in Priority Group 3. (See attached file: Important Information for Priority 3 applicants.pdf) Skilled – Independent (Migrant) subclass 175 VE 175 (e-lodged): 2 June 2009 VE 175 (paper): 2 June 2009 Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged):2 June 2009 VE 176 (paper): 2 June 2009 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 2 June 2009 VF 475 (paper): 2 June 2009 Skilled – Independent Regional (Provisional) subclass 495 and Skilled – Designated Area Sponsored subclass 496 UX 495 and UZ 496 (e-lodged and paper): All applicants who have an occupation on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 3 have been allocated. Skilled – Independent (Residence) subclass 885 VB 885 (e-lodged) 2 September 2010 VB 885 (paper): 2 September 2010 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged) 2 September 2010 VB 886 (paper): 2 September 2010 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VC 487 (e-lodged) 2 September 2010 VC 487 (paper): 2 September 2010 Priority Exempt Applications Visa Subclasses 476, 485 and 887 are exempt from the current priority processing direction. Applications under these subclasses will be processed in the order in which they were received by the department. Applications lodged before the following dates are currently being considered by a case officer: Skilled – Recognised Graduate subclass 476 VF 476 (e-lodged): 2 December 2010 VF 476 (paper): 2 December 2010 Skilled – Graduate subclass 485 VC 485 (e-lodged) 22 December 2009 VC 485 (paper): 14 November 2009 Skilled – Regional subclass 887 VB 887 (e-lodged) 17 February 2011 VB 887 (paper): 17 February 2011 Subsequent Entrant Applications All subsequent entrant applications for subclasses 485, 487 and 475: 7 March 2011 Processing Times Estimated processing times for GSM visa applications can be found on our website at: Client Service Charter Estimates of processing times that apply to different types of applications are provided as a guide only. As processing times are dependent on a range of factors, individual processing times may vary considerably from the published estimates. Factors that can impact on processing times include, but are not limited to: - completeness of application - how quickly applicants respond to requests to provide documentation - medical complications - police checks - checks with third parties to verify claims made in an application. Contacting Us Providing additional documents Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit supporting documentation electronically. Providing scanned copies of documents reduces postal and administrative delays in receiving and processing information. GSM processing offices accept scanned copies of original documents (non-certified) provided they are in colour. If you scan documents in black and white, then they must be scanned copies of certified copies. The valid file types for attaching documents are BMP, DOC, DOT, GIF, JPG, PDF, RTF, TXT and XLS. Information which will assist you in attaching documents to your application or in emailing them to the department is available on the department’s website at: Attaching Documents to a General Skilled Migration Visa Application Online applications If you e-lodged this application you are strongly encouraged to attach all the supporting documentation to the application in the web-browser. This is the preferred procedure for providing supporting documents for an e-lodged application. If for any reason you cannot attach documents in the browser then you can email the documents as scanned attachments to the following email address: gsm.documents@immi.gov.au Paper lodged applications If you lodged a paper application you can still provide supporting documentation electronically by emailing the documents as scanned attachments to: gsm.documents@immi.gov.au When emailing documents to the department please quote your Transaction Reference Number (TRN) or file reference number for this purpose. Do not send this office any original documents or provide paper copies of documents previously attached to the browser or sent by e-mail unless asked to do so by a departmental officer. Medical Results If you have undertaken your medical examination with Medibank Health Solutions (formerly Health Services Australia), please do not post your medical results to us unless your case officer requests you to do so. Please store your results in a secure place and do not open the sealed envelope. ENQUIRIES Email Our preferred means of communication for GSM enquiries is email. Before you contact the department with general enquiries about the GSM program, you should first read the relevant website content and links provided in this email. If the website information does not answer your enquiry, please refer below: If you have not lodged a GSM visa application, and would like more information, use the GSM Pre-Lodgement Enquiry Form at: General Skilled Migration Pre-Lodgement Enquiry Form If you have lodged a GSM visa application, but it has not yet been allocated to a case officer, and you have further queries, use the GSM Post-Lodgement Enquiry Form at: General Skilled Migration Post-Lodgement Enquiry Form Allocated to a case officer: Once your application is allocated to a case officer, assessment of your application will begin. At this time, your case officer will provide you with a specific email address and you should correspond directly by email with them. Telephone: 1300 364 613 (in Australia) for the cost of a local call; or +61 1300 364 613 (outside Australia) Contact Hours (Australian Central Time): 0900 to 1600 Monday to Friday Please note: due to the large volume of calls we receive, from time to time you may experience lengthy delays before getting to speak to a customer service officer. LINKS General Skilled Migration – What's New What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration -------------------------------------------------------------------- Important Notice: If you have received this email by mistake, please advise the sender and delete the message and attachments immediately. This email, including attachments, may contain confidential, sensitive, legally privileged and/or copyright information. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. DIAC respects your privacy and has obligations under the Privacy Act 1988. The official departmental privacy policy can be viewed on the department's website at Department of Immigration & Citizenship. See: Privacy
  20. DIAC Liaison Meeting – Canberra 10 March 2011 DIAC Attendees_---> Kruno Kukoc, First Assistant Secretary, Migration and Visa Policy Section Joanne McKern, Migration Agents Section Andrew Daly, Migration Agents Section Linda Bone, Migration Agents Section Susan Murray, Deregulation Strategy Section Amanda Pohl ,Assistant Director, Sponsored Skilled Visas Dwayne McMoore, Business Skills Program Mary Miller, Freedom of Information Michael Willard, Independent Skilled Migration Brooke Thomas, 457 Section Elizabeth Carter, Skilled Migration Section Greg Phillipson, Legal Section MIA Attendees Sharon Harris, MIA National President & Qld Branch President Boniface Town, MIA National Vice-President & Vic Branch President Mark Webster, MIA National Treasurer & NSW Branch President Maurene Horder, MIA Chief Executive Officer Kevin Lane. MIA Professional Services Manager Law Council of Australia Maria Jockel Nick Parmenter Office of the MARA Christine Sykes, CEO Stephen Wood, Deputy CEO Temporary Work Visas Discussed visa simplification for work visas There will be further consultations about simplification of temporary work visas. Visitor visas will also be simplified – there will be a paper out in a few weeks. DIAC has put out discussion papers in June and Dec 2010 and will be engaging with organisations, including the MIA, which responded to these. DIAC is not looking at extending eligibility just reducing the number of visas. They will meet with stakeholders in confidence prior to producing legislation. New Short stay activity visa o Will subsume business visitor visa within this subclass o Will most likely be e-lodged o 8112 will be abolished – there will be no work rights on visitor visas. Freedom of Information (FOI) Compliance rate was 40-45% in 2005-06 – this included movement records which are now not part of FOI. There was an ombudsman investigation and as a result changes were made. 2008 task force consisted of 60 staff over 6 months – worked on the backlog of some 3000 applications. Compliance rate now 90%. Centres operating: o NSW o Victoria o Nation Office – media and highly complex/sensitive cases. DIAC is trying to institute a cultural change in relation to FOI and openness – for example encouraging officers to hand over documents during processing (eg movement records, Xmas Island cases, copies of decisions). Investigation/compliance sections tend to be the most difficult – a lot of documents, many of which are sensitive, and there is a culture of resistance. FOI is pushing an “if not, why not?” approach to release of documents. 24 hour processing model being introduced – do as much as possible within 24 hours, including requesting the file, issuing acknowledgement. A case management approach has been introduced – talking with the client about what documents make sense to release – particularly where a very wide range of documents have been requested. Agents should not send $30 with an FOI request – this is no longer required and is troublesome to refund. Agents should make FOI requests as specific as possible. Where a client requests “everything” DIAC will send a standard letter back asking for a more specific request. Business Skills Program A discussion paper for review of Business Skills has been issued – 33 responses currently being reviewed. No policy position within DIAC has been formulated yet. The MIA’s submission was discussed. The MIA requested that DIAC provide more statistical information to allow for more informed submissions to be made. The feeling at DIAC is that a 2-stage process is preferable to granting PR then monitoring. Business training: DIAC acknowledges that there is a weakness in skills of case officers. Accountants have been hired at Adelaide and Perth to address these weaknesses. ENS/RSMS PAM for ENS is due to be rewritten, even after 2 April changes. ENS Review is at the gathering evidence stage. Discussion paper will be issued. Looking at “aligning” 457 and ENS – removing red tape for the transition, including looking at English, sponsorship approval . RSMS: DIAC is of the opinion that this delivers for regional business. Skilled Occupations List Skills Australia reviewed the SOL in October 2010. Refer to Skills Australia website for which occupations might be removed as they have an occupation by occupation analysis. New list should be announced in May 2011, to take effect from 1/7/11. If an applicant has lodged and occupation is removed from SOL then they will still be eligible, but will lose priority processing. DIAC is looking at changing regs to facilitate this. There are now fewer applications being lodged than available places in the program, and DIAC anticipates processing priority level 4 in the coming year. 457 457 Occupations List was recently changed – these were as a result of the ASCO -> ANZSCO shift. Occupations removed had dropped in terms of skill level. Occupations added had increased in skill level. WTO considerations require that most occupations at skill level 1-3 be included, and also keen not to disadvantage employers. DIAC analysed activity in the occupations removed – all had less than 10 applications lodged. A new 457 booklet has been released – seeking to make it clearer for employers Significant increase in demand this year. Priority processing for flood reconstruction – so far only 9 approvals. There have been delays due to sponsors needing to get documentation together. No update on new training benchmarks being introduced. No update on e-lodgement for overseas sponsors or centralised processing. National Resources Sector Task force Recommendations of task force included: o Improving information & support o Expedited visa processing o Enterprise Resource Agreements for large projects. The ERAs will involve a head agreement under which contractors can access labour agreements “off the shelf”. For labour agreements, 2/3 of these are now signed off within the department rather than needing to go to the Minister. Significant increase in approvals of LAs. OMARA Code of Conduct There will be changes to the Code of Conduct in Mid August – these will be minor in nature, and will be to clarify the requirements. Major ones are being discussed – there will be consultation before these are introduced. A tender has been issued for developing an ethics framework – this will result in an ethics statement and methodology to be used in an ethics “refresher course” which will need to be undertaken by existing agents. PAM3 updates The MIA raised the matter of delays in policy being updated in LEGENDcom. The Department to see if it is possible for any updates case officers may get before LEGENDcom is updated to be provided to the MIA. Case officers bypassing registered migration agents The Department has agreed to issue instructions to case officers, especially in certain overseas posts, that appointed registered migration agents should not be bypassed. Adherence to law The MIA brought to DIAC’s attention instances where some case officers appear to be failing to follow the law correctly because they are applying policy rather than the law. This is to be the subject of further discussions between the MIA and DIAC.
  21. thepallis

    Bricklaying Practical April 2011

    Hi Guys, Is anyone booked to do practical 11th April. Just wondered if anyone else is going to London from Yorkshire..
  22. Introduction of Public Interest Criterion Relating to Fraud from 2 April 2011 On 2 April 2011, the department is introducing a new Fraud Public Interest Criterion (PIC) that will be applied to certain visa subclasses in Skilled and Employer Sponsored Migration Program. The affected visa subclasses are as follows: Subclass Type of visa Title 175 GSM Skilled – Independent visa 176 GSM Skilled – Sponsored visa 475 GSM Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa 476 GSM Skilled – Skilled – Recognised Graduate 485 GSM Skilled – Graduate 487 GSM Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa 885 GSM Skilled – Independent visa 886 GSM Skilled – Sponsored visa 887 GSM Skilled – Regional 880* GSM Skilled – Independent – Overseas Student 881* GSM Skilled – Australian-sponsored Overseas Student 882* GSM Skilled – Designated Area-sponsored Overseas Student 883* GSM Skilled – Designated Area-sponsored (Residence) 495* GSM Skilled – Independent Regional (Provisional) 496* GSM Skilled – Designated Area-sponsored (Provisional) 457 TES Business (Long Stay) 119 PES Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme 121 PES Employer Nomination 856 PES Employer Nomination Scheme 857 PES Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme * While these visas are closed to new applications on 1 September 2007, pending applications remain. GSM – General Skilled Migration PES – Permanent Employer Sponsored visas TES –Temporary Employer Sponsored visas Transitional Arrangements Your application will be subject to assessment under the Fraud PIC if you have lodged an application for a type of visa listed above and that application is yet to be decided as at 2 April 2011 either by the department or is under review. http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/_pdf/fraud-pic.pdf
  23. winkle100

    Carpentry Practical!!!!!! 2011

    Good Morning all, Im new to this site, so you will have to bear with me!!!! Me, my wife Hayley and boys Ellis 3.5 and Joseph 1.5 have just started the migration process!!!! The paperwork side of the Vetasses has been issued, just waiting on a reply - this week we hope! I know this question has been raised numerous times but I cant find anything that is recent. What can I expect in the skills test? what kind of questions do they ask?is it only carpentry questions? I've moved slightly way from my carpentry roots into more of a site / project manager role so my overall knowledge is ok, just a little nervous with the carpentry bits as you would expect. Are they not looking for someone that has a good all round knowledge Or just carpentry and thats that! Im getting a little nervous, if the paperwork comes back ok the skills test will be this month? Any pointers would be greatly appreciated, all you carpenters out there I'm sure you remember what it was like.. Thanks
  24. Guest

    Film 2011

    Just a bit of fun, what are your top 5 films AND top 5 worst films of all time Bearing in mind I've hardly seen anything in the last few years, here's mine.. Top 5: 1 the diving bell and the butterfly 2 donny darko 3 28 weeks later and 28 days later 4 crash (2004) 5 Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind 6 (it's my thread) the Truman show Worst 5 (this is harder): 1 any given Sunday 2 anything with Nicole Kidman 3 anything with keanu reeves 4 anything with anyone from friends 5 anything with goldie hawn or Kate Hudson
  25. Hi Im looking to commence regional work in July in order to secure my 2nd year WHV. Does anyone know of any potential employers or opportunites that may exist at this time. Ideally id like work in WA however I will go anywhere. Thanks
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