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  1. stephenhall444

    1st July 2011 Deadline

    Hello there I am fairly new to the site and I am hoping for some advice. I am a Chartered Management Accountant and lucky enough to be on the SOL. Having done my research and taken the various points tests I can see that at the moment I have enough points for the 175 visa. I have read various articles about the points test changing on 1st July 2011, again I pass the necessary points target. Is there still a SOL list which is a pre-requisit to the points test as there seems little mention of this in the articles on immi.gov.uk? If I did choose to enter my application now how quickly does it take to have my points assessed and to get an answer to move onto the next stage? Any help would be much appreciated! Cheers!
  2. Hi guys, Just saw DIAC website indicating that SMP for NSW have commenced on 3rd March 2011 but I am not able to find the sponsored job anywhere. Any ideas? Here's the link: State Migration Plans
  3. Guest

    Visiting Canberra in January 2011

    First time post here - we have ACT state sponsorship, Feb 2011 and are awaiting our 176 visa - expected May 2011. Meds and police checks all completed. Although we will have a visa we are visiting first before totally deciding to move as my husband has never been to Australia before. We have two small kids, both under 5, and want to see if Canberra really can offer a good lifestyle. As part of a holiday trip we are visiting Canberra for a week to see what it has to offer. My husband is an independent consultant specialising in E2E financial processes - has anyone got a view of the market place for consultancy in ACT? Also - any recommendation of suburbs to view when we are over would be great. Thanks Sal
  4. Hi all Hope you're all well - quick question! Has anyone heard anything about the probable processing times for the new 175 visa that's due to come into effect later on this year? I was at an Oz expo in London last Saturday and spoke to one of the agents there (I won't mention names or companies here) who mentioned he had heard that the processing time for the new 175 visa would be in the order of 5 to 10 years. I can't believe this is true, especially as the details for the 175 visa don't appear to be out yet, but has anyone else heard anything regarding this visa? Thanks in advance! Geoff
  5. wanda&wayne

    Xmas 2011 flights to Perth

    Hi there, was wondering if anyone has found any deals for the xmas period going to perth. Been looking and cheapest is £1067, anybody know any cheap sites ???
  6. Evening all, Just after some opinions from anyone who's ever gone to one of these Australian Expo's, please. I'm trying to decide if it's really worth making the trip into London to visit this years' "Opportunities Australia 2011" expo? What is there? Who goes? Is it for people just starting out the immigration process? We are in the reasonably end stages of our visa application (WA SS approved, CO appointed Feb'11, medicals done 03.03.11, awaiting PCC's) and just trying to work out if there's anything more we can find out? We DO still need to investigate shipping companies, how to open a bank account and the best way of transferring money over, but will be able to find this all out there? And what companies will be there, resourcing future employers?? Will it be mainly for people in the medical field? Teachers? etc etc My husband is a tradie, so not sure if he'll find anything useful there? Thanks for any input. Cx
  7. We started looking for ways to move over in 2007 but neither of us had a qualification but my partner Shim had been tiling for years. We found a company in Brighton that would do an assessment of his skills and then give him an AQF3 all he had to do was submit evidence of 10 years of work. Then we went in for State sponsorship which took 9 months by which time all submitions of new visas had been put on hold. We finally submitted our visa in July 2010. Now we have our visa and we just have to sell our house. We have 3 children 10, 6 and 3 and we are all really looking forward to moving to Perth. Sim and myself (Becky) met in Perth 14 years ago when we were on our working holidays and always said we would return one day. We have been living in the Canary Islands since then and am going to have change my childrens schooling from Spanish to English! Bit worrying:eek: We both have family over there so we have somewhere to stay on arrival and lots of old friends to catch up with, also looking forward to making new friends. We are intending to move down to Secret Habour so and advise would be welcome. :yes:
  8. 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 4 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. 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) The NSW State Migration Plan was released 3 March 2011. Allocation of Priority 2 applications with an occupation on the NSW SMP will commence in the week ending 11 March 2011. The procesing dates for Priority 2 applications for all other State/ Territories are as below - Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged): 4 March 2011 VE 176 (paper): 4 March 2011 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged) 4 March 2011 VB 886 (paper): 4 March 2011 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 4 March 2011 VF 475 (paper): 4 March 2011 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VB 886 (e-lodged) 4 March 2011 VB 886 (paper): 4 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) - Allocation of Priority 3 applications will cease until all onhand Priority 2 applications are allocated. - When allocation of Priority 3 applications resumes, any application that has recently moved into Priority 3 and has a commencement date that precedes the dates listed below will be allocated first. Skilled – Independent (Migrant) subclass 175 VE 175 (e-lodged): 28 April 2009 VE 175 (paper): 28 April 2009 Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged):28 April 2009 VE 176 (paper): 28 April 2009 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 28 April 2009 VF 475 (paper): 28 April 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) 9 July 2010 VB 885 (paper): 28 May 2010 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged) 9 July 2010 VB 886 (paper): 28 May 2010 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VC 487 (e-lodged) 9 July 2010 VC 487 (paper): 28 May 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: 6 February 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: http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/forms/gsm/post.htm 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: http://www.immi.gov.au/functional/privacy.htm
  9. Guest

    Vetassess Jan 2011 results

    Hi, just seeing if anyone who did there pratical assessments in January 2011 have received there results yet. I know they said you'll hear within 10 days and it's 8 at the moment but i just need to know as i feel i'm constantly checking my emails and it's doing my head in wailting. :wacko:
  10. Hi all, My husband and I are considering going to this Expo in March. I was just wondering if anyone else has ever been to one and if it was much help? We can't start our application process until I finish uni in 2 1/2 years time, but really want to start planning our move asap. We are even thinking about putting the house up for sale towards to end of next year so we can get in rented asap, so not to hold up the move. Lets just hope my job will still be on the skills list by the time we are ready to move!! Any feedback will be hugely appreciated! Abi :chatterbox:
  11. Hi there, PLEASE NOTE: CHANGE OF VENUE TO KALINGA PARK, END OF PARK AVENUE, CLAYFIELD - Time 11am Because Suttons Beach is closed we have done a last minute change of venue. We are moving it to Kalinga Park and suggest that we set up a gazebo on a grassy area near the BBQ's, once you get there you should be able to find us fairly easily, give us a call or send us a message if you can't find us. Kalinga Park Location: end of Park Avenue, Clayfield This park is brilliant! There’s a huge sandpit, a series of Aussie tree houses, a climbing wall and fun with sounds. On weekends and after school it is buzzing with children climbing, sliding and having lots of fun. The large flat area beside the playground is perfect for parents to sit down and set up a picnic, plus there are leaf shaped tables, a few shelters and free electric barbeque facilities. Kalinga Park also has a kid-size practice bikeway, a creek complete with ducks and a nearby dog off-leash area. If you live nearby, ride your bikes along the bike path that stretches from Toombul shopping centre to Grange and beyond. If you need any more info, directions etc then just PM me and I will try to help. If you've been before then you should be able to spot us fairly easily, if not then just listen out for the English accents or a tell tale Tesco shopping bag! I'll try to remember to take ours. Hope to see you there. Sharon x
  12. My husband and I are moving to Melbourne in may 2011. We went out for a visit in November 2010 to have a look at some areas we would like to move to. We really loved Bayside, especially Hampton, Brighton and Sandringham. We were thinking of booking a short term serviced apartment for about a month then hopefully move into a rental after that. Has any one done this before? Is one month enough time to find a rental? I'm a pharmacist and will be working in Pranham, my husband is in IT so will probably be working in the CBD, so if anyone has any advice on accommodation that would be greatly appreciated. We are in our early 30's and don't know many people out there so if any of you are moving out at the same time, get in touch.
  13. Hello We are new to this forum! Myself, my husband and 3 children are hoping to migrate to Oz... My husband is a plumber & bathroom fitter, trained for 22 years and we have been running our own small business for the last 16. We are going for a state sponsored visa (WA) and are fortunate to have passed the first stage of the Vetassess procedure - which means we have the practical to come. We have discovered that due to the changes in migration law due to come in next year, we would not qualify to go through on points alone and therefore feel an enormous pressure to pass the next practical assessment in February 2011. We are very worried about the whole procedure (I am sure anyone who is in the same boat understands the implications on young children and financially) and would really appreciate any words of wisdom about the practical day/assessment. In particular we are a small domestic plumbing firm, specialising in bathrooms and tiling. Although trained in gas work many years ago, my husband does not fit or test gas appliances. We are not up-to-date with every gas regulation and it is a worry! We were wondering how non gas-fitting plumbers cope with this side of things? Similarly, we have no demand here for air-conditioning/sprinkler systems and haven't worked in these areas. Can anyone help us? We will put in all the work, but it's a minefield to know where to start! Thanks for reading. Rachel
  14. Hi all just wanted to share our news, we leave for Melbourne next Wednesday and the shippers are coming tomorrow. Finally the dream is beginning and the start of a new life for us all. Any last minute tips would be welcome !!!!:jiggy:
  15. I got an email newsletter from migrationexpert this morning saying there are going to be changes to the skilled migration programme in April this year. I thought the changes are coming into effect in July. :shocked: Does anyone know what they are talking about? Perhaps I have been asleep, but I don't know of any changes in April. We will have to lodge our 175 visa before July if we are not succesful with our SS application, but we won't know before April i think.....?:mad:
  16. South Perth United Soccer Club off Manning Road, Manning only minutes from the Kwinana Freeway, Albany Highway and Leach Highway. We currently have a junior set up for ages up to 15 years as well as 3 men’s Sunday sides, Premier division, 5th division and Socials. We are in full swing of our pre-season training and are looking for promising players to bolster our Amateur premier division squad, who impressively won the 1st division league and the 1st division reserve league along with reaching the semi-finals of the amateur reserve cup. In particular the Premier squad is looking for a goalkeeper and a striker. Our promotion chasing 5th division squad is only looking for a goalkeeper. Pre-season training is on Tuesday and Thursday nights 7-9pm at Challenger Reserve, Challenger Ave, Manning. The club has a great set up, coaches as well as the social aspect of it. South Perth United is a multicultural club boasting talented players from over 10 different countries but also developing players up through the ranks from junior to senior football. If you’re keen or just want more info, send us a P or check out our sites: www.southperthunitedfc.com.au Thanks, Leo
  17. Cerberus1

    January 2011 Forum Statistics

    [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/record_smash.gif[/img2]A little late this month, but here are the January Forum Stats, a record breaking month. In January: 1,405 new members joined the forum (the 2nd highest monthly total ever), taking us past the 40,000 member mark. 32,032 posts were made - the highest ever The most number of users (members & guests) ever online at the same time occurred - 971 on the 24th Jan. The most registered members online in 1 day occurred in January - 1,260 360,627 visits to the forum in January - the highest ever 165,080 unique visitors to the site in January - the highest ever
  18. Hello to all!! Yes, we have been slack posting on here, getting ourselves a little settled!!! We left London on 15th December, spent 5 days in Bangkok, very hot but a great experience. We then flew to Brissie to catch up with friends, had a fab time. Organised hubbies tax file number etc, and did the tourist things, coasts etc. We were going to get the camper and drive over to Perth however decided, due to the weather and the challenge of getting a suitable camper, we flew out of Brisbane on 5th January and arrived in lovely Perth at midnight of the 5th. We luckily found accommodation before our arrival and now living at Rockingham. We visited Rockingham beach and Freemantle on Thursday and Friday we decided to search for transport. Popped into a Kawasaki dealer and got a great deal so hubbie is now the proud owner of a Vulcan cruiser, which has been a huge help after jumping from buses to trains to get around. Thanks to you for the advise regarding the necessary paperwork to bring with us from London, has been a huge help!!! So we are staying put here, love the fact the weather, although warm, it isn't as sticky as Brissie and we just love the beaches, absolutely gorgeous and you can live so close to them and be only 20 minutes from Perth city centre is just great. We are off to sort hubbie's medicare card and get mine updated. Well, sorry for rambling and for being so slack to come back on and thank you all for your support and laughs, will be sure to update more regularly!!! If anyone would like to meet up here in Perth that would be great, we have the bike now so can travel, it would be great to have a meet up so if you are interested let us know. Great to be home and hubbie is just loving the way of life here, the weather, the people, he can't get over the service and the chilled way of life, so very happy bunnies all round!!!! Be sure to let us know if you would like to meet, it will be great to put faces to names or even if you want to make new friends, as we are!!! All the best to those of you waiting for your visas, well worth the wait I can tell you! Hugs from Nando and Jane X :notworthy::biggrin::jiggy::yes:
  19. I wish to apply for the 176 Family Sponsored Visa before the rules change in July. I meet the requirements and spoke with an agency today who told me they'd take my case on but need me to get started with them ASAP in order to make the deadline. I know that it will take me up to 8 weeks to have my teaching qualifications assessed so I must to this now but in relation to everything else, apart from filling in forms, is there anything else I need to do? The agency said it's all about timing of when to send off forms and sort of a pyschological game. Is this true? How hard is it to get everything in order yourself without an agency? The reason I ask is that I feel we could probably apply ourselves without an agency. If I apply for qualifications to be assessed now and then send off all forms at the end of March, is there any nasty surprise that could really trip us up? Is it worth paying an agency? What are your experiences? Value for money or a waste? If they are not necessary then I would rather save the money for our move. But with the points system changing, I am concerned that there is something somehow I'm missing which might cause us (with defacto partner) to miss the June deadline like for example, some hidden complications that they don't make people aware of when applying that migration agencies would know giving us a sort of edge. Is there any great advantage or increased likelihood of being rejected if we complete the process ourselves? How easy is it to make a mistake in the documents you need to include? Any advice would be great as I need to get the ball rolling ASAP? Cheers Steve
  20. You can get your own copy of the text below by sending a blank email to either of the following address depending on where your case is being processed: aspc.processing@immi.gov.au (Adelaide processed cases) or gsmb.information@immi.gov.au (Brisbane processed cases). _________________________________________________________________________ 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 4 February 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*: (* State migration Plan currently available for VIC, ACT, NT, QLD, Tas, WA & SA) Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 Vic, ACT NT, Qld and Tas - 13 December 2010 WA & SA - VE 176 (e-lodged): 1 September 2010 VE 176 (paper): 1 September 2010 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: Vic, ACT NT, Qld,Tas & SA - 13 December 2010 WA - VB 886 (e-lodged) 14 May 2009 VB 886 (paper): 14 May 2009 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 Vic, ACT NT, Qld and Tas - 13 December 2010 WA & SA - VE 176 (e-lodged): 1 September 2010 VE 176 (paper): 1 September 2010 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 Vic, ACT NT, Qld,Tas & SA - 13 December 2010 WA - VB 886 (e-lodged) 14 May 2009 VB 886 (paper): 14 May 2009 Allocation of WA and SA SMP applications will continue until all applications lodged on or before 13 December 2010 are allocated. At this time the allocation of Priority 2 applications will continue for all states based on date of application. Priority group 3 Allocation of Priority Group 3 applications will recommence once all onhand Priority Group 2 applications have been allocated. Any application that was previously Priority Group 4 that is now eligible for Priority Group 3 processing which was lodged before the dates listed below will be allocated first once Priority Group 3 allocations resume. Skilled – Independent (Migrant) subclass 175 VE 175 (e-lodged): 14 January 2009 VE 175 (paper): 14 January 2009 Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged):14 January 2009 VE 176 (paper): 14 January 2009 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 14 January 2009 VF 475 (paper): 14 January 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) 7 March 2010 VB 885 (paper): 15 January 2010 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged) 7 March 2010 VB 886 (paper): 15 January 2010 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VC 487 (e-lodged) 12 March 2010 VC 487 (paper): 6 November 2009 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) 16 December 2009 VC 485 (paper): 14 November 2009 Skilled – Regional subclass 887 VB 887 (e-lodged) 27 January 2011 VB 887 (paper): 20 November 2010 Subsequent Entrant Applications All subsequent entrant applications for subclasses 485, 487 and 475: 28 January 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. 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  21. KarlPullin1980

    Australian Grand Prix 2011

    Hey. Has anyone been to the Australian Grand Prix? Im thinking of going in 2011 and was just going to get a general admission ticket for the Sunday rather than a grandstand ticket. Would appreciate views and info if you have been Thanks Karl
  22. Hello! I'm 15 (since July) and moving to Brisbane with my family in July next year. We're looking to move to South Brisbane (Indooroopilly/Kenmore area...) so it would be good to make friends before I get out there who are either moving around the same time as me or who already lives in Brisbane I think I will probably be going to Indooroopilly State High School so it would be really good if I knew someone who goes there too! :cute: I think I'll be joining half way through year 10 which I'm also worried about because I'll be older than most people Please reply/ message me! Elise :cute: x
  23. johnborro

    Moving to Melbourne in Feb 2011

    Hi all, I wonder if anyone can offer me some assistance? We are moving out to Melbourne soon from the Uk, I have a job and the company I'm going to be working for is sorting out the visas, relocaton flights, etc. I am going to be working out of Spotswood or Abbottsford (?) and I have a few questions (some of you may have seen my question on the transport section about Novated car lease) I don't think that I would mind travelling to work of up to an hour. They'll be myself (32) my partner (28) my son (6) and my daughter (5) So here goes. What are the nice suburbs around the two areas above? (I know it sounds shallow but a pool is a must! we will look to rent first and then make a choice after we have been there for a while) How good (or bad) are the schools nearby? Are there plenty of shops nearby? (supermarkets, clothes shops - most importantly COSTCO's!!) Is there lots of things that we can do as a family together? Does anyone on here play football nearby (:wideeyed:) Do members hold many get togethers near this area? I know this question is very subjective but it will give me a good idea. What standard of living will the following salary package give? $125000 - $150000 $150000 - $175000 $175000 - $200000 I have more and I apologise up front for the bombardment but any assistance will be grarefully accepted.
  24. Guest

    New to Newcastle! 2011

    Hi all, New to Newcastle 32 year old male looking to meet some friends from back home to stave off home sickness and have a few beers and a laugh with. Married to a local girl. If anyone fancies meeting up for a beer in Town or round abouts it would be great to hear from you .) Cheers, Paul
  25. Hi all, The South Australian SMP has now been released. See Home :: Make The Move Some occupations listed there are tagged "Not Available" for the remaining period of the 2010/2011 program year. In terms of IT occupations, SA are now sponsoring: 262111 Database Administrator 262112 ICT Security Specialist 262113 Systems Administrator 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer 263113 Network Analyst South Australia also advises that "All occupations listed (whether 'Available' or 'Not Available') will receive Priority Processing 2 by DIAC". This means that if you have been sponsored by SA previous to the SMP being released and your occupation is on the new SMP (even if it's 'Not Available'), you will be on Priority 2. Happy new year to all, by the way! Cheers Peter
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