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  1. Hi All, First post! :smile: A bit of background.. My husband, myself and our two kids: 4 and 1, are currently looking into buying a property in the Buderim area (been there on holiday and loved it!) I am a Physiotherapist and my hubbie works in IT. He is an Aussie and I am from the UK but we've all lived in Sydney for the last 9 years and now want a bit more peace and quiet! We love the beach and countryside so believe that the Buderim area has a bit of both! I was born in England- Manchester, but spent the majority of my youth in Scotland (in-land from Aberdeen) so miss the freedom of not living in a City! Sydney has been great but now the kids are getting older I want them to have more freedom! Anyway, back to my questions! There is nothing like getting inside info from people that actually live in an area, so that is why I am here! I have a few questions so any advice would be GREATLY received! 1) The primary school in Buderim - any good? I've found lots of info on the High Schools in the area, but not so much on the primary schools. It does appear that the Mountain Creek high school is the best high school but I much prefer the houses around Buderim, and I believe this is not in the catchment for MCSS? 2) Are there any areas/streets in Buderim we should steer clear of....with all the rain and landslides recently, how has this affected some areas of Buderim? 3) This is the really sad question, but I am sure everyone moving to a new area thinks this, but is it a friendly area to make friends? I am assuming with having young kids we will meet families in the same situation? We are coming up next week to look at a few properties and our plan is to rent it out if we get somewhere soon. Then , when we get good job offers up there, we will move up...be it very soon, or in a year or so. It would be great, in particular to know about the better areas to look from those in the know:wink:
  2. 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
  3. 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) 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): 15 February 2011 VE 176 (paper): 15 February 2011 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged) 4 February 2011 VB 886 (paper): 4 February 2011 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 15 February 2011 VF 475 (paper): 15 February 2011 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VB 886 (e-lodged) 4 February 2011 VB 886 (paper): 4 February 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 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) 30 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) 30 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) 9 February 2011 VB 887 (paper): 20 November 2010 Subsequent Entrant Applications All subsequent entrant applications for subclasses 485, 487 and 475: 28 January 2011 Looks like all CAT 2 apps have got CO. CAT 3 is also slowly moving on.
  4. HI I am keen to know whether my application has been sent for security checks or not. I inquired this from my co once and he did not give a clear answer and only said all internal checks have been initiated. Now, I have decided to contact IGIS to inquire the issue from them but I have heard stories that IGIS no longer provides information or they do not give a clear answer to applicants has anybody recently contacted them and got a clear reply from them? Regards:wubclub::cute:
  5. Hi guys.. Brave enough for a first post after reading through this forum for the best part of 4 months now.. Lots of great discussion and really good information available so a big thumbs up for the site from me..:notworthy: Anyway myself 39 wife 40 daughter 13 and son 9 make up our wee family and here is our story.. My personal situation is that I have been offered a job with sponsorship on a 457 in Perth (agent submitted app on 09/01/11 ) As of this morning we have had a request from the Case officer for Health insurance certificates for me and the Family!!! 1) Does this look positive and should we expect a decision as soon as we provide the insurance cert?? 2) Does anyone know the easiest/cheapest way to arrange said insurance and which company would people recomend?? I am desperate to be able to tell people about our plans for a new life down under but we have been to scared to mention it incase the visa is not approved( forever the pesimist :embarrassed: We have visited oz a few times and love the country and it's way of life that it offers.. Please let it be soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! John
  6. gaz n family

    CO wants more information - Confussed

    We received notificaton of having a case officer yesterday with a request for further information. They have asked for a 1022 ok, no sweat, nowts changed. Meds, again, no sweat, booked for 28th. But this one confussess me, Evidence of character. i.e. Police checks, these were up loaded 28 jan, so fine i thought, i guessed it was a standard letter sent. This lunchtime i was able to read the the letter properly. In one paragraph it states "If you have already submitted some or all of these documents mentioned in this request, please note that this documentation has been assessd as insufficient to substantiate your claims." now as we have only ever lived in the UK, we only sent the uk acpo police checks. So why and what else can i provide? Also. We have to provide more info on my miitary discharge (question already on pio) but e sent the exact same information as someone did the week before nd that was deemed as acceptable by his case officer.
  7. I have just over 20 years experience in all aspects of Retail Automotive Aftersales Management, during which time I've worked as a Service, Parts, Bodyshop & an Aftersales Manager. I am currently employed as a Service Manager in a Kia & MG Dealership. Due to the current economic climate I am strongly thinking of immigrating to Australia in the near future. Would you have any suggestions as how best to proceed with this? Ideally I'd be looking for a sponsored position, but am willing to try for anything. Any suggestions or advise would be gratefully accepted.
  8. Good afternoon all, My husband and I am in the process of trying to immigrate to Melbourne, Australia. He is trying to get a company to sponsor him into the country as he's occupation is on the SOL. We've got our house in the market, got some quotes already for a removal company to move our furniture to Melbourne and is trying to sort everything so we dont have any things to keep us back - so to speak. My husband and I am overweight, he is diabetes type 2 and we want to know if that would be a problem if we are wanting to apply for visas? When do we go for the healthchecks? How does this work? Will our dream of life down under only be a dream or would that be able to become reality? Is there anyone that's done this before and can give us some information about the whole thing? I would appreciate any information on this matter.
  9. Hi all, Please give information regarding my questions of my friend. My friend and her husband reached in June 2008. She has done Prepress graphics and multimedia diploma of 1yrs and 6 months. Then she applied for TR on June 2010. Now she (and her husband) is on Bridging Visa - A. Now she want to apply for PR...Still her till TR is not achieved.. So friends please give me detailed information that how her TR will come and how she will get her PR and the time required. What are the Various requirements? please give me detailed information.. I really want to help them by getting the detailed information from you people in the form of your help... Thanks... Regards Landarjatt[/size]
  10. 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. 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 www.immi.gov.au. See: Privacy ---------------------------------------------------------------------
  11. We, like many people, were concerned about the time being taken for what was perceived to be delays due to Form 80 (routine, security, external) character checks - it's been almost 11 months since submission of our second Form 80 and Meds/PCCs (CO request) and since then we have heard nothing other than the routine/external processing line. We have seen many people contacting IGIS in the recent (and distant) past who have received information on whether/when a referral was passed to ASIO, whether there is any delay/if it is being correctly processed and an expression of when matters might be concluded (or not). We recently sent in a request for information and after a general email stating what IGIS would do, how they deal with issues, we then pressed further regarding the lack of specifics and were told: "Due to the large number of contacts from people seeking updates on visa processing, IGIS is no longer able to provide any information concerning the progress of a case. Please contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) for information about the status of the visa application." It would appear that a rather large change in policy has taken place. We do not now know whether such checks are, or ever have been in progress, let alone concluded and whether the problem is at DIAC's end or not. If any of you are to write to IGIS subsequently, please let us know your experience as it does seem odd that everyone who wrote to them a week or so before us got a rather more detailed reply. Any advice here would be most appreciated.
  12. reddebz

    Oz Wages information

    Does anyone know of a website I can go on to find oot typical slaries in Oz? Im a hairdresser and my husband a Telescopic Handler.:unsure:
  13. Hey, just a quick question. The information pages on the application forms for visas (the first 4/5? pages about the visa) - do we hand those in when we apply? or should we get rid and just hand the application form in? Just wondering, as our defacto visa goes in soon. Many thanks
  14. Guest

    Old visa information

    Hi, I am currently midway through an application for a 175 (Skilled Independent) visa. My wife and I spent a year in Oz on a working holiday visa back in 2004/5, and as such the application requires me to enter the details of that visa, ie issuing authority, granted date, and visa number. However both of our passports have since been renewed and we appear to have disposed of our old ones. We no longer have the email we got when our Working Holiday Visa was granted. So, I'm struggling to come up with the required information. Does anyone have any idea how I would obtain the required information? Thanks Andy
  15. Guest

    Visa information Please!!!

    Ok. This may be a slight confusion on the relationship here. BUT........ My Husbands cousins daughter lives with us at present. She is 19 years old and is currently on a working visa until September. She has an Australian boyfriend who she has been with for almost 3 months. We want her to stay with us permanently. Can you please tell / advise me of the best route that we can go down for this to happen. Her boyfriend is fab and is willing to do the de facto thing, But she is our relative and we view her as our daughter so we want /need to do the best thing possible. Thanks Mel
  16. Hi All, Would be greatful for advice as I am a bit confused and worried. I have a child from a brief relationship and have no contact with rather not go into the ins and outs. But pay CSA every month and have for the last 10 years. When we lodged our application we consulted a migration company who have gone bust dont want to mention names. I brought up the subject if I would have to declare it on my application as there would be no way I could get meds as I have no idea where they are and am not on the birth certificate and she basically said it would only come to light if they wanted to migrate at a later date, which there is no possibility of. My wife did question this at the time and we thought as we pay CSA through the government it might show up when they did the checks and I would explain then. Now the visa has been granted and we are making arrangements to move I rang the CSA and asked if I could carry on with my payments through my parents address. They said once you leave the UK the case shuts and it would be up to the parent with care to go to the courts and then they do it through the Australian courts if she pursues it. I was planning on just changing my address to my parents and carrying on with payments as I dont want to not pay. But my biggest worry is that if they find out im not in the UK not sure how they would know, and then she goes through the courts and it causes problems in Australia. Should I email my case officer and explain as I dont want to get to Australia and be in trouble and have my visa cancelled through a mistake on the application. But will they cancel my visa now as it looks like I have lied deliberatley and puts me as a bad character, not sure what to do. Any Help will be appreciated Thanks
  17. Hi there, My husband and I are new to this site, however we have been looking at the main pomsinoz website and discovered Perth Poms. We are currently in the process of applying for a SMV and have been waiting endlessly for the state skills lists to be published to see what our options are. Thankfully my husbands trade of toolmaker is on the list and we have been sent a list of information we have to submit for the application which is as follows: Updated cv for you both. Information on funds available for transfer Names, address for any friends family you have in WA If you have ever been to WA when, where, what did you see etc. Estimate the costs you would incur for your move and what you expect to be spending on in your first 3 months in the country. i.e. rental deposit, gas, elect, vehicle, transport etc. Preferred area to live in WA and your reasons for the choice. This is all very well asking all these questions but unless you live and work in a place its not so easy to get valid information. Plus I am a dental nurse I believe you call me dental assistant so any info on that would great. The cv, funds and people we no and visiting bit we can do. Any information and advice would be very much appreciated. We look forward to hearing you. Bws Fee & Ken:smile:
  18. wanderinred

    Information Required!!

    Hello, I'm new to the forum and I've just began my quest to migrate to Australia from the UK. I've sought assistance from different agents / received a few quotes and as yet I'm unsure as to which one to use. It seems a lot of people on this forum have successfully been through the whole process and I'd greatly appreciate it if they could share their experience and proved me with information. All 3 of the agents I have spoken to have advised that the best route for me to go down is that of State Sponsorship. I am very happy to do this, but the agents have given me conflicting information on one particular requirement that may hinder me. This is that I must have approx £20,000 in my UK bank account before I put my app in. I will admit that I dont have this type of cash, and my initial funds to Australia will be funded by a house sale leaving me with well more than the £20,000. However, I do not intend to sell my house before I know that I can definitely get the visa for Australia. One set of agents did not tell me about this at all, another agent state that I need to prove that I have this sum in cash and the other agent said as long as I have it in assets (ie the house) then I would pass this requirement. Does anyone have any knowledge of this? - Is there any particular agent that anyone can recommend (or that I should avoid) in the Manchester area? Thanks for any help! I hope to use this site a lot, it seems very informative.
  19. Does anyone know if Business and information professionals 2299-79 fall under the the new SOL 261111 ICT business/system analyst ?????
  20. Guest

    Gsm processing information

    Just found this in my inbox. May be useful to someone 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 21 November 2010. 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 currently processing applications with a nominated occupation that appears in an active State Migration Plan - Priority Group 2. Assessment of cases which fall into Priority Group 3 will re-commence once all cases in Priority Group 2 are finalised. 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 Victoria, ACT & NT) Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged): 01 May 2010 VE 176 (paper): 01 May 2010 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged 01 May 2010 VB 886 (paper): 01 May 2010 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 01 May 2010 VF 475 (paper): 01 May 2010 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VC 487 (e-lodged 01 May 2010 VC 487 (paper): 01 May 2010 Priority group 3 Skilled – Independent (Migrant) subclass 175 VE 175 (e-lodged): 24 December 2008 VE 175 (paper): 24 December 2008 Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged):24 December 2008 VE 176 (paper): 24 December 2008 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 24 December 2008 VF 475 (paper): 24 December 2008 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) 10 August 2009 VB 885 (paper): 20 April 2009 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged 10 August 2009 VB 886 (paper): 20 April 2009 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VC 487 (e-lodged 12 March 2010) VC 487 (paper): 20 April 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): 4 October 2010 VF 476 (paper): 4 October 2010 Skilled – Graduate subclass 485 VC 485 (e-lodged) 1 November 2009 VC 485 (paper): 1 November 2009 Skilled – Regional subclass 887 VB 887 (e-lodged) 27 October 2010 VB 887 (paper): 12 November 2010 Subsequent Entrant Applications All subsequent entrant applications for subclasses 485, 487 and 475: 5 November 2010 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 addresses: Brisbane.gsm.documents@immi.gov.au - E-lodged VB 885, VB 886, VB 887, VC 485, VC487 and VF 476 Adelaide.gsm.documents@immi.gov.au - all other General Skilled Migration applications. Paper lodged applications If you lodged a paper application you can still provide supporting documentation electronically by emailing the documents as scanned attachments to: adelaide.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 www.immi.gov.au. See: Privacy --------------------------------------------------------------------- sorry if its been posted already.
  21. Guest

    Agent Information Required

    Hi all: I'm currently trying to find an agent to manage my (hopefully) eventual migration to Australia and was wondering if anyone would mind either replying here or private messaging me the name of an agent they would recommend and an indictation of the costs involved for a skilled migration? Thanks in advance! Simon
  22. Hi All I have lodged evisa ( SA SS 176) application at 3rd Dec, 2010. I made a big mistake, forgot to provide my family members information in the application who are non migrating. But last week i have uploaded/attached all required docs to website. There in Form_80 i have given all necessary family members information. I actually found the mistake when i was submitting form 80. Now i do not know what to do? Is it a big mistake? or how DIAC will treat this mistake? Anybody has faced this kind of problem before? If so, then what is the way to add further info in a lodged application. Please help.:sad: BR// Scorpio123 Skill Assessment: 5/06/2010, SA SS Applied: 09/11/2010, SA SS Recvd: 24/11/2010, Visa Application (176) Lodged: 03/12/2010.
  23. Can you give me info on Software Engineering in Australia?? Good University? Fee Structure? Session Starting from? Eligibility criteria? Location? Thanks in Advance!:biggrin:
  24. Hello, I got this message from some source, it is created three days ago, it's very likely that this will be the announcement of IMMI after discussing with ACS: So here are some points: 1 IT applicants with SA of 223179 ICT Recent Graduate(nec), can get into G3 if you review your skill assessment and get a suitable outcome 2 You have to do the review within 60 days after your SA 3 contradiction: applicants facing the 223179 -> G4 issue are applicants who got SA outcome before 1st July, which is more than 60 days from now, so no review can be done. 4 Applying a new skill assessment does not work as you cannot change your occupation. 5 Also, from ACS: "f you have already used the assessment outcome letter for Migration purposes, then the assessment process is regarded as finished and no Review request can be made." 6 HOWEVER, there is a PAID REVIEW which does not have 60 days limit(hopefully): http://www.acs.org.au/assessment/docs/PASAGuidelinesforApplicants.doc Read page 30 So, conclusion is, they KNOW this is not fair and they will be in problem if they do not solve it and people go the MRT way, but they tried their best to get money, if you are a 223179 applicant, according to their rules, you cannot get a review for free, you have to pay.
  25. just for information I want to know the consequences of telling a lie for following question: Have u applied for any other stage. I believe if I say Yes ten it would be negative point for my application If I say No then what would be the consequences. Regards
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