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  1. George Lombard

    Details of DIAC 1 July Legislative Changes

    DIAC has now released more information on the raft of changes from 1 July, including further details on the new points test, fees and charges, balance of family provisions, etc: Amendments of Migration Regulations 1994 relating to eligible non-citizens Amendment of Migration Regulations 1994 relating to personal identifiers Minor amendments to Bridging Visa A and Bridging Visa B Amendments of Australian Citizenship Regulations 2007 relating to Centrelink concession codes Amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994 (the Regulations) relating to the Bridging E (Class WE) visas Amendments to introduce a new points test for certain applicants for General Skilled Migration visas Amendment of Australian Citizenship Regulations 2007 relating to the payment of fees in foreign currencies and foreign countries Amendment of Australian Citizenship Regulations 2007 relating to evidence of citizenship Annual adjustment of Fees and Charges Amendments to Family Stream visas Changes to the Balance of Family test for parent migration as specified in Regulation 1.05 of the Migration Regulations 1994 Transfer of Business Skills Processing from Taipei to Hong Kong for residents of Taiwan Amended definition of ‘client number’ Amendments relating to Public Interest Criteria 4005, 4006A and 4007 Changes to the health criteria are welcome but will require careful analysis. See http://www.immi.gov.au/legislation/amendments/ Cheers, George Lombard
  2. Hi all, Has anyone else received a letter on March 18th or 21st from DIAC? It was the one that the allocation dates update mentions as a special note on 8th June update. I am applying for 175 as an electrician. The detail issued on 8th June update backed up the letters sent in March to specific Priority 3 applications and told them to get medicals etc done. They said that they anticipated that a C/O would be allocated within 3 months of the letter date, which for me is now over 3 1/2 months ago. I am hoping that with the Priority Group changes on July 1st that this is still the case. Has anyone else had the letter sent in March and have you got a C/O yet? Regards, Mick.
  3. twinkletoes35

    DIAC Phone number

    hello all being a bit silly here but could someone give me the full diac phone numer everytime i dial 131881 i get a message saying all lines are busy so must be doing something wrong? i am currently dialing it 0061 131881 thanks tt x
  4. sunnysun

    Help, diac lost ss form

    sent off paper based 176 visa in may, had acknowledgement on 19th May and payment taken. No word from then, so rang them. Informed that no WA SS form was enclosed in application, when i no i put it in. told to contact WA and explain situation and sent off a copy of the agreement to them. This i have done. Now i don't no what will happen. how long does it take for WA to contact DIAC? Will we then move category. feeling very annoyed! thanks
  5. Hi all, Just a quick one but if someone could answer this i'd be extremely grateful. Do i need to wait for instruction from DIAC before applying for meds or is this something i should be organising now? Many thanks in advance Gary & Sue :notworthy:
  6. Hi, does anyone have the telephone number for Diac Parramatta office that you can call from the UK? I can only find a number that you can call from within Oz
  7. This just in from the ASPC today: I am wanting to decrease the time taken from allocation of a GSM visa application to a case officer and finalisation of the application. To help achieve this, we would like to invite some applicants who do not yet have case officers allocated but are expected to have case officers allocated in coming months to commence obtaining and providing standard documentation that may not have been provided with their application or has expired. Attached is a notice which provides details of which applicants we would suggest "front end load" their applications in this way. Similar information will be included in the next update to the auto response from gsm.processing@immi.gov.au , which provides details of what applications have been allocated to case officers. please circulate to MIA Members. This is not a request for information and in any cases where this information is not provided prior to allocation, the case officer will take this up after allocation. Similarly any questions regarding such applications should wait until a case officer is allocated and contacts the agent / applicant. Agents / applicants who upload or email documents in response to the invitation should not separately advise GSM of this as this does not impact on the date cases are allocated. You will note in the invitation we suggest only clients from low risk countries proceed with "front end loading", however, you may on the basis of your experience choose to also do this for applicants outside of those we have suggested. The following text explains who should be front-end loading now: Health & Character Clearances for GSM Applications PRIORITY GROUP 2 (STATE MIGRATION PLAN) All applicants who meet the following eligibility criteria (Points 1 & 2 below) are invited to proceed to obtain health and character clearances now. 1. The application was lodged under one of the following visa subclasses: • Skilled – Independent (Migrant) visa (subclass 175) pre 1/7/2010, • Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) visa (subclass 176), • Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 475), • Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional)visa (subclass 487), • Skilled - Independent (Residence) visa (subclass 885) pre 1/7/2010, or • Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) visa (subclass 886), AND 2. A case officer has not yet contacted you about the application. PRIORITY GROUP 3 APPLICANTS All applicants who meet the following eligibility criteria (Points 3 & 4 below) are invited to proceed to obtain health and character clearances now. 3. The application was lodged under one of the following visa subclasses between 15 January 2009 and 30 June 2010: • Skilled – Independent (Migrant) visa (subclass 175), • Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) visa (subclass 176), or • Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 475) , OR The application was lodged under one of the following visa subclasses between 6 November 2009 and 30 September 2010: • Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional)visa (subclass 487), • Skilled - Independent (Residence) visa (subclass 885), or • Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) visa (subclass 886), AND 4. A case officer has not yet contacted you about the application. Priority Group 2 and Priority Group 3 applicants who meet all respective eligibility criteria may choose to initiate health and character clearances ahead of their application being assigned to a case officer for consideration and a formal request for these being made. Under the current priority processing arrangements it is likely that most applications above will be considered by a case officer within the validity period of medical and character clearances, should these clearances be undertaken now. When providing these clearances, Form 80: Personal particulars for character assessment (http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/80.pdf'>http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/80.pdf), should also be submitted. In addition, if an applicant has not already done so they should also update the Department on any change to their circumstances. To do so see information below: Change in circumstances All other Priority Group 3 and Priority Group 4 applicants should not yet provide health and character clearances. Applicants not from a ‘low risk’ country It is important to recognise that all applications are considered on their individual characteristics. As such, processing timeframes will vary in regards to whether an application is considered to be ‘low risk’ or ‘high risk’. Applicable clearances, forms or related information may be necessary and will be formally requested by a case officer on a case-by-case basis once an application has been considered. In our experience, processing of an application after allocation to a case officer may be lengthy (greater than 6 months) for people who are nationals of, or have resided for more than 12 months in, a ‘high risk’ country. We would strongly encourage these clients to wait until a formal request for these clearances is made by a case officer. By doing so, additional costs for replacement health and character clearances may be prevented. ‘High risk’ countries are those which are not included in either of these lists: • http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/tourist/evisitor/eligibility.htm,'>http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/tourist/evisitor/eligibility.htm, and • http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/tourist/976/eligibility.htm.'>http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/tourist/976/eligibility.htm. Priority 3 applications not in this date range Applications lodged outside of this date range should not yet proceed with health and character clearances. In this case applicants can periodically check the GSM Processing Update by emailing gsm.processing@immi.gov.au as the date ranges for each visa subclass will change. Benefit of providing Health and Character clearances now Initiating all necessary health and character clearances now is likely to enable an application to be considered in a quicker timeframe once it is allocated to a case officer. It may mean that a decision can be made when first considered, without a case officer needing to request any further documentation, as considerable delays can be encountered in requesting and receiving information. It is important to understand that providing these clearances does not guarantee immediate processing of an application. Applications will continue to be processed in line with the priority processing arrangements outlined below. In undertaking these clearances now, an applicant should be mindful that processing arrangements may change over time and that any such changes may impact on the validity of a clearance and the order of assessment of applications. An applicant may be required to repeat a clearance at their cost in the event of a change to the current application allocation arrangements. Priority Processing Arrangements Applications are being processed according to the prioritisation arrangements set by the Minister. Applicants whose applications have a nominated occupation that appears on an active State Migration Plans – Priority Group 2 are being processed ahead of all Priority Group 3 applications, and Priority Group 3 applications are being processed ahead of Priority Group 4 applications. Once all Priority Group 2 applications have been allocated, Priority Group 3 applications will continue to be allocated for consideration in date of lodgement order. This process will be repeated for Priority Group 4 applications in due time. To determine which priority group your application falls into please read the information on the department’s website at: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/updated-priority-processingarrangements.'>http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/updated-priority-processingarrangements. htm As mentioned, changes may be made to priority processing arrangements over time and in such circumstances processing timeframes may vary. Information on changes to processing arrangements will be available at http://www.immi.gov.au and by sending a blank email to gsm.processing@immi.gov.au. Validity of Health and Character clearances Priority Group 2 and Priority Group 3 applicants who meet the abovementioned criteria may choose to initiate new clearances given the likelihood of their application being considered in coming months. All other applicants should not yet proceed to obtain new clearances. Rather, Migration Agents and applicants should monitor this advice until such time as the relevant date range for lodgement of an application is specified. Applicants who choose to disregard this advice risk needing to repeat these clearances. Priority Group 4 applicants The Department is not yet in a position to advise when Priority Group 4 applications are likely to be considered, other than that this is likely to occur in the 2011-2012 Migration Program Year and after all Priority Group 2 and Priority Group 3 applications have been considered. As such, all Priority Group 4 applicants should not yet undertake health and character clearances. Priority Group 4 applicants are encouraged to periodically check the General Skilled Migration (GSM) Processing Update by emailing gsm.processing@immi.gov.au as the date ranges for each visa subclass and Priority Group will change over time. Change in circumstances If the circumstances of any family members or dependents have changed since lodgement of an application and DIAC is yet to be notified, completion of the relevant form(s) is required. See http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/visa-enquiries/change.htm eVisa applicants should upload any relevant documentation concerning the change of circumstance (eg birth or marriage certificate) to the web-browser. Paper visa applicants should email gsm.documents@immi.gov.au with the relevant form(s) and supporting documentation. Questions Please note that specific guidance on whether or not an applicant should obtain these clearances now can only be provided once the application is allocated to a case officer for consideration, as a detailed assessment is required. Cheers, George Lombard
  8. Guest

    Calling DIAC - Instead of agent

    Calling DIAC WILL ANY WAY AFFECT OUR VISA APPLICATION? I called DIAC to know about my visa status and my agent is telling contacting them will sometimes affect your application. Any trueness ? tonymm
  9. trying to ring diac in adelaide, opens at 9.00am their time, ive been trying to get through for the last hour hr but it keeps saying its closed .... frustrating isnt the word ... any ideas ??:arghh:
  10. I sent an inquiry and got this reply from HOC "Thank you for your e-mail. The medical results you are enquiring about have been processed. These have been recorded in our system and can be accessed by the case officer to enable them to process the visa application. Please contact the case officer to follow-up on the progress of the visa application" My online status however indicate medicals outstanding. What does this mean? Does it mean I have been referred for further medicals and only the CO has the powers to communicate? Who can best get answers for this? Is it me or the agent?
  11. Guest

    Calling DIAC

    Hi All, Is there anyone who is using an agent who has called the DIAC themselves to check on progress of there application? Am wanting to call them tonight myself but am worried they wont speak to me as we have employed an agent. Thanks :smile:
  12. Hi everyone DIAC launched its new skilled migration blog today: http://skilledmigration.govspace.gov.au/ , which is posted under the name of Peter Speldewinde, the Assistant Secretary of DIAC's Labour Market Branch. The first of its weekly posts is about Enterprise Migration Agreements, which are targeted at business rather than individual skilled migration applicants, but Peter intends to update it weekly, so it's probably worth keeping an eye on. Cheers Susan
  13. Hi all DIAC's new skilled migration blog was launched today: http://skilledmigration.govspace.gov.au/ First post: EMAs Might be worth keeping an eye on - maybe not - time will tell. It's meant to be updated weekly. Cheers S
  14. Hi Anyone got a direct contact telephone number or email address for the unit who may be able to advise if I want to quit my 857 employer before the two years is up? Waited on the phone for 45 minutes and was given the wrong email address :arghh:
  15. PEDLEY

    DIAC Website problems ..

    Is anyone else getting a different screen to usual when trying to attach a doc to their visa application??? We are getting worried now and the list of docs that we have attached arent showing. :arghh:
  16. Guest

    Is the DIAC website down today?

    Hello everyone I just tried to log on to the DIAC website to check the progress of my application but it seems the site is down. Did anyone face a similar problem today? Thank you
  17. They are asking me to add to my application and have given me the link which is telling me that it is not possible as the outcome has been made Any suggestions I have emailed them and they keep coming back with the same answer I am still going mad after getting a visa approved!!!:confused::confused:
  18. Watcher

    DIAC Post Lodgement Information

    DIAC have some new webpages providing post lodgement information, these include the information re what applications have been allocated to case officers currently provided by the auto reply from gsm.processing@immi.gov.au. See http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/lodged-information.htm lets hope the allocation page gets updated regularly.
  19. Hi All, I`ve got letter from DIAC today with visa (820 TR) grant, which is cool. After 11 months without any communication, I didn`t even know that I`ve got CO. My questions are: 1) Do I have to renew my medicals + Police checks from now till grant of 801 visa? 2) If studying UNI, can I study part time now or full time (because I am not PR but not student either) Any ideas by chance? Thanks for Your support :mask:
  20. Hi Guys, I just want to share with you all the PDF file which I have received from DIAC this morning. I have no idea why DIAC send me an email as I already got my visa grant last March 2011. :biggrin: BR, taz Important Information for Priority 3 clients[1].pdf Important Information for Priority 3 clients[1].pdf
  21. I am trying to cal DIAC for enquire about my visa status . but the no i have dialled is showing invalid no. I am calling from outside australia and used +611300364613. Can anyone help me in this regard. Thanks in advance Tony
  22. New rules match best and brightest migrants to places. PEOPLE who want to come to Australia as independent skilled migrants will have to ask permission to apply from next year. The federal government has announced radical changes to how it selects winners in key skilled-migration categories. From July 2012, many would-be skilled migrants will have to lodge an online expression of interest and wait for an invitation before they can make a formal application. The Immigration Department website says the new system will help "deliver the skills Australia needs by matching the best and brightest migrants to the available places in the migration program".
  23. Alhamdulillah today i finally lodged 176 - Sponsored visa application with DIAC. and got the TRN pls guide me what next i have to do, means sending and uploading documents to DIAC . In which address i need to sent the certified copy of documents to DIAC ? Do i need to include "Electronic Visas Application-Receipt details" when sending the certified copy of documents to DIAC ? How long i can upload required documents required at DIAC website from the date to application submitted ? Thanks in Advance Rehman
  24. Hi everyone, My husband and I are trying to find the best way of contacting DIAC to get an update on our visa application. The short story is: We are using a visa agency who, unfortunately haven't been very professional or reliable, and we just want to check with DIAC that the agency has sent all our docs/paperwork that they SAY they have! (We chose this agency as we HAD previously used them for holiday visas, and they had been fine) We got our State Spons to WA in 2010, had a case officer allocated in Feb 2011, did medicals and UK police certs in March 2011 and sent all this off to the agent. Because we had to get police certs from South Africa as well, these took a bit longer and only arrived on 15 April 2011. I duly scanned and sent off the final certs to our agent on the same day. So....DIAC now have everything they need (as far as we know) but we have yet to hear anything regarding the visa!! Assuming our final paperwork was sent to DIAC on 15/04 or possibly 18/04 (a Monday) it has now been over a month that we've been waiting. I know some people have had to wait about 10 weeks, but from what I've read in these forums, that is quite unusual. Am I being unrealistic - moaning about waiting for a month, or should we have heard by now?:confused: We have the TRN number for our application, but don't know whether to ring up DIAC or email them to basically "check up" on our visa agent!! We don't want to rub anyone up the wrong way and get pushed to the bottom of the pile either. Another thing our agent told , is DIAC does not update their online document checklist. Is that correct? Because every time we've looked at the online progress of an application, nothing has been updated, except the dates that our medicals were finalised. It's still showing that our birth certificates, passport copies, evidence of qualifications etc etc is still outstanding. Any advice will be most appreciated. Thanks for reading all of this - it feels like I've typed a novel. :cute: Catherine
  25. Australian Immigration IELTS Test Alternative. Government dilutes IELTS test monopoly. THE IELTS English language test monopoly in the Australian visa business has been weakened. Today the Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said those applying for student visas also would be able to use the US-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).