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  1. anshugakkhar

    175 or 176 after july 1

    Hi all, I am a civil engineer. My occupation is in SOL. I have 120 points and can apply for 175 but I don't know how much time it will take now to get 175 visa as CSL is revoked. ( My occupation was listed in CSL too) So my agent advised me to go for 176. I anticipate that SS will take a lot of time now as many people have lost MODL points and would rush for SS points to get visa. Please guide me which visa ( 175 or 176) should I opt at this stage to get visa in least time. Any hints on time to get the two would be greatly appreciated. :smile:
  2. Hope someone can help - we are planning on celebrating Xmas in July and wanted to cook some Ostrich meat just like we have done in the UK. We thought we had hit the jackpot when we found a supplier near Geelong BUT they only export the meat abroad. Not sure eating feather dusters will quite hit the spot, so if anyone knows of any gourmet butchers in Victoria that sell the most delicious meat ever then would love to know. Thanks in advance Karen x
  3. hi all .. some sort of movement on queensland SMP..here is ths link .. Queensland eligible skills waiting for the SMP .. cheers ,
  4. Guest

    Visa Granted! 6 July

    Dear fellow forumers. It is my greatest pleasure to announce that my Visa has been granted! My OH and I would like to express our deepest appreciation for all your help and support! May you who are waiting for grants - get yours soon May you who already gotten your Visas - a safe trip to Oz May you who are already in Oz - Plenty of sunshine and happiness! Cheers, Alka I can't update my signy. This is my time line: IELTs - 8.0 (Jan 10) ~~~~ Skills Assessment +ve Results (27 Apr 10) ~~~~ 175 CSL Accountant lodged online through agent, Low Risk Country (28 Apr 10) ~~~~ Medicals sent (04 May 10) ~~~~ Police Checks uploaded (08 May 10) ~~~~ CO Assigned, all Doc met & Form 80 requested ~ Form 80 submitted and Visa Granted (06 Jul 2010 - Same Day!)
  5. Guest

    Visa Granted today! July 1st

    Hi All, Our grant letter arrived today!!:jiggy:we are so happy and excited. We Lodged our application on the 6th of MAy. CO on the 7thof June and granted today, we cant believe it has been so fast.
  6. Hi, can anyone help? I submitted my skills assessment at the end of March and not heard anything back from the ACS apart from confirmation that it has been lodged, with all the changes, what happens to that assessment? will they assess it based on the new list? will i have to resubmit a new assessment? or something else entirely? Thanks
  7. Its the 1st of July and nothing from DIAC surprize surprize. Firstly the date has been moved from end of April to now and still nothing. They are taking all our application money but giving us nothing in return. What the hell is happening. SMP my arse. Its killing me this whole process.
  8. ASPC Adelaide have sent me the latest processing update email,this was updated today,I July,it does not include a new priority processing direction. GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION ADELAIDE PROCESSING INFORMATION This is an automated e-mail response which provides updated information on skilled migration applications being processed by the Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre (ASPC). Please do not reply to this email address as this mailbox is not monitored. Contact details for the ASPC are listed below. IMPORTANT NOTICE Changes to Priority Processing – 8 February 2010 Direction No. 45 - Order of consideration - certain skilled migration visas The Migration Act 1958 contains powers by which the Minister can consider and finalise visa applications in an order of priority that the Minister considers appropriate. Departmental officers are required to follow this Ministerial direction, which applies to every stage of visa processing. The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, has set new processing priorities for certain skilled migration visa applications. The direction came into effect on 8 February 2010 and applies to new applications lodged on or after 8 February 2010, and those already lodged or in the final stages of processing, and replaces the previous Priority Processing Direction (No. 42) which commenced on 23 September 2009. The new priority processing arrangements apply to the following visa programs: The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) General Skilled Migration (GSM) The following GSM visa subclasses are exempt from the priority processing provisions specified in Direction 45: Skilled – Recognised Graduate Subclass 476 Skilled – Graduate Subclass 485 Skilled – Designated Area – Sponsored (Residence) Subclass 883 Skilled – Regional Subclass 887 Applications for these visa subclasses will be processed in the order in which they are received. The following GSM applications are exempt from Direction 45 applications that have been remitted by the Migration Review Tribunal for reconsideration; applications where it is readily apparent that the criteria for grant of the visa would not be satisfied; applications by members of the family unit of a person who holds a temporary or provisional GSM visa (subsequent entrant applications). visa applications for a Skilled – Regional Sponsored Subclass 487 visa where the applicant holds a Skilled – Independent Regional (Provisional) Subclass 495 visa, Skilled – Designated Area-sponsored (Provisional) Subclass 496 visa, Skilled – Regional Sponsored Subclass 487 visa or Skilled – Regional Sponsored Subclass 475 visa at the time they apply. The Skilled Migration visa processing priorities Under the Ministerial Direction, the following processing priorities (with highest priority listed first) apply: 1. Applications from people who are employer sponsored under the ENS and the RSMS. 2. Applications from people who are nominated by a State/Territory government agency under a State Migration Plan agreed to by the Minister. 3. Applications from people who are nominated by a State/Territory government agency and whose nominated occupation is on the Critical Skills List (CSL). 4. Applications from people who are neither nominated nor sponsored under Priority Groups 1,2 or 3 but whose nominated occupation is listed on the CSL. 5. Applications from people who are nominated by a State/Territory government agency whose nominated occupation is not listed on the CSL 6. (i) Applications from people whose occupations are listed on the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL); as well as (ii) Applications from people who are sponsored by family and whose nominated occupation is not listed on the CSL. 7. All other applications are to be processed in the order in which they are received. The complete list of occupations on the CSL is available on the department’s website: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/critical-skills-list.pdf Application Processing Times for GSM Applications Information on application processing times is published on the department’s website at http://www.immi.gov.au/about/charters/client-services-charter/visas/8.0.htm If your application is in any of priority groups 2, 3 or 4, it is estimated that your visa application will be finalised within 12 months of your lodgement date. Please note that processing times can be affected by circumstances beyond the department’s control. If your application is in any of priority groups 5, 6 or 7 and you have applied for an offshore GSM visa or intend to apply for an offshore GSM visa, it is unlikely that your application will be finalised within 3 years of the date of the application. If your application is in any of priority groups 5, 6 or 7 and you applied for an onshore GSM visa or intend to apply for an onshore GSM visa, it is unlikely that your application will be finalised within 2 years of the date of the application. Please note that your nominated occupation is the occupation you nominated at the time you lodged your application and cannot be changed. Application processing times are indicative only and are based on the current visa application rate, the current Priority Processing Direction, and the availability of places in the Migration Program. Please do not contact the department to request your application be exempted from the Minister’s Priority Processing Direction. Departmental officers must adhere to the Minister’s Direction and you will be contacted by the department when your application is allocated to a case officer. Processing priorities are subject to change. Any changes to these priorities or processing times will be updated on the department’s website at: What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration Priority Processing Exemptions Visa Subclasses 476, 485 and 887 are exempt from the priority processing changes. Applications under these subclasses will continue to be processed in the order in which they were received by the department – the following subclass by application lodgement date identifies cases currently being considered: Visa Subclass Skilled – Recognised Graduate Subclass 476 VF 476 (paper): 13 June 2010 VF 476 (e-lodged): 13 June 2010 Skilled – Graduate Subclass 485 VC 485 (paper): 13 July 2009 Skilled – Regional Subclass 887 VB 887 (paper): 6 May 2010 Processing News INCREASED VISA APPLICATION CHARGES (VACs) – 1JULY 2010 Information on fees and charges is published on the department's website at Fees & Charges - Applications & Forms - Visas & Immigration When a VAC is changed, the new amount applies to all visa applications received by the department on and after the day the VAC is changed. Therefore if an application will be received by the department on or after 1 July 2010 please ensure that the correct VAC is paid. An application has not been validly made until the full VAC is received. The ASPC has been advised that the relevant visa charges will increase as follows: If the first instalment of the VAC payable was previously $AUD230 it will be $AUD235 from 1 July 2010 If the first instalment of the VAC payable was previously $AUD2525 it will be $AUD2575 from 1 July 2010 For GSM applicants liable to payment of a second instalment of the VAC the amount payable will be $AUD3575 for applications lodged on or after 1 July 2010. Applicants are not required to pay the second instalment until requested to do so by the department. THE TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF ACCEPTING OF CERTAIN GSM VISA APPLICATIONS LIFTED – 1 JULY 2010 The temporary suspension of accepting of certain GSM visa applications lifted from 1 July 2010. Applications for the following visa subclasses are now accepted as normal: · Subclass 175 – Skilled Independent (Migrant) visa · Subclass 176 – Skilled Sponsored (Migrant) visa · Subclass 475 – Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa. CAPPING AND CEASING OF SPECIFIED OFFSHORE GSM APPLICATIONS LODGED BEFORE 1 SEPTEMBER 2007 As the cap has now been reached, applications subject to the capping decision have now ceased. Further information can be found via the following link: What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration NEW SKILLED OCCUPATION LIST (SOL) – 1 JULY 2010. On 17 May 2010, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, announced the list of occupations included in the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The new SOL came into effect on 1 July 2010. Applications lodged prior to the implementation of the new SOL will not be affected. Further information about this announcement can be found on our website. What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration INTRODUCTION THE AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND STANDARD CLASSIFICATION OF OCCUPATIONS (ANZSCO) – 1 JULY 2010 ANZSCO is a classification system that provides for the standardised collection, analysis, and dissemination of occupation data. From 1 July 2010 ANZSCO will replace the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) currently used by the department. Further information about this announcement can be found on our website. What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration OTHER CHANGES TO THE SKILLED MIGRATION PROGRAM In addition to the new Priority Processing Direction the Minister has announced other changes to the GSM Program. Information about these changes have been published on the department’s website at: What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration INFORMATION ABOUT PROVIDING DOCUMENTS Applicants for General Skilled Migration (GSM) 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 E-lodged 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: adelaide.gsm.documents@immi.gov.au Paper lodged applications If you lodged a paper application you can still provide supporting documentation electronically. To provide additional documents to the GSM Adelaide office please email the documents as scanned attachments to: adelaide.gsm.documents@immi.gov.au When emailing documents to the department please ensure that you include an application reference number as the first part of the subject line of your email. You can use either the 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 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 at Health Services Australia (HSA), 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. BRISBANE PROCESSING Information regarding applications processed in Brisbane can be obtained by sending a blank email to the following email address: gsmb.information@immi.gov.au CONTACTING US Email: If you have not yet lodged a GSM application then enquiries should be made using the on-line enquiry form at General Skilled Migration Pre-Lodgement Enquiry Form If you have already made an application then all enquiries for the ASPC and BSPC need to be made using the on-line enquiry form at: General Skilled Migration Post-Lodgement Enquiry Form or 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 New List of Skilled Occupations – Skilled Occupation List (SOL) http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/new-list-of-occupations.pdf Critical Skills List http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/critical-skills-list.pdf Last updated: 1 July 2010. ---------------------------------------------------------------------
  9. What are the current processing priorities? Its a big question mark? So I thought I might ask views of people on POMS in Oz.
  10. Certain confusions remain unresolved. There is nothing new. Most of the changes were announced previously. (see the links below). New Australian Migration changes 08 02 2010 Caution on DIAC web site information: At the time of this update (8.53 est. STD time on 1 July 2010) the DIAC web site and even the LEGENDcom ( is an electronic database of migration and citizenship legislation and policy documents which is available to members of the public on a subscription basis.) does not reflect the law and policy changes. As such there are confusions as to the correct approach to many matters. At this stage we urge the members of the public and the members of the profession to exercise commonsense, caution, skill and judgment and not to rely on web sites (even DIAC web site). Read more..
  11. I must be going thru lots of stress because of all the news about DIAC... I have found myself writing that I can't wait till the 1st of July. And I have bumped in many other users that have written the same... The fact is that I can't remember the reason why I have written that.. What is supposed to happen on the 1st of July? Is an new rule going to be introduced? Is the priority processing going to be changed? Is anything going to happen at all? Why is everyone waiting for the 1st of July? Sorry, I am confused and dazzled
  12. What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration
  13. Hi to all who are moving to or in Perth already! Me and my husband (both 29) are emigrating July 30th- it's not long now and we're keen to meet new people as soon as we can! We live in Gateshead but I’m originally from North Wales and my husband is from Banbury. It would be lovely to meet anyone who enjoys the normal socialising activities - coffee, few drinks , walks, bbq's, anything really! My husband is a keen climber and mountain biker- he’s added a few threads on his interests! We are starting off in Joondalup and hope to find a long term rental wherever we get our first job. I am a secondary french teacher, my husband works in marketing. If anyone can offer some advice on relief/supply teaching work and who to contact that would also be great! Looking forward to meeting whoever is interested soon! Emma
  14. Hi to all who are moving to or in Perth! Me and my husband (both 29) are emigrating July 30th- not long now and very excited! We live in Gateshead but I’m originally from North Wales and my husband is from Banbury. We are really keen to meet up with like-minded people. It would be lovely to meet anyone who enjoys keeping fit, enjoys a coffee or a glass of wine, walks along the beach, bbq's, anything really! My husband is a keen climber and mountain biker- he’s added a few threads on his interests! We are starting off in Joondalup and hope to find a long term rental wherever we get our first job. I am a secondary french teacher, my husband works in marketing. If anyone can give some advice on relief/supply teaching work and who to contact that would be great! Looking forward to meeting whoever is interested soon! Can’t wait! Emma
  15. virtual_bajwa

    DIAC introduces ANZSCO on 1 July 2010

    Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) Overview About ANZSCO Transitional Arrangements ANZSCO Codes Frequently Asked Questions Overview ANZSCO is a system developed to collect, publish and analyse occupation statistics across government agencies, and is being introduced by the department as the new standard to capture occupation information in all visa, settlement and citizenship programs. ANZSCO will also be used within skilled visa programs, where it is a requirement for visa eligibility, as the standard by which a visa applicant's skills to undertake a specific occupation in Australia are assessed. About ANZSCO General information about the ANZSCO classification system. Introduction of ANZSCO – Transitional Arrangements Describes the transitional arrangements in place to enable, in certain circumstances, a mix of ASCO and ANZSCO information to be accepted for skilled visa program sponsorships, nominations and visa applications. List of ANZSCO Codes and Occupations A full list of all ANZSCO codes and their occupation titles. Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions relating to the introduction of ANZSCO. For more information Please click here... DIAC introduces ANZSCO on 1 July 2010
  16. Guest

    Visa Quotas Full Till july?

    Hi guys, just had a sort of yes on my visa but cant be granted till after July 01 as quotas full. Anyone else experiencing this?
  17. Complex regulations implementing all the relevant General Skilled Migration changes have been promulgated today. Unfortunately the new SOL is not yet available, but what we have will clarify many questions. See ComLaw Legislative Instruments - Migration Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. 6) (SLI 2010 No. 133) . In particular, the regulations introduce the mechanism for a SOL which will have independent and state sponsored occupations, create a framework for applying ANZSCO to general skilled migration applications and 457 applications, and break the nexus between sponsored and unsponsored general skilled migration applications. On a first reading it seems that applicants will have to choose at the outset whether they are to be family sponsored, state sponsored, or independent. That is, new applications for subclass 175, 176, 475, 487, 885 and 886 from 1 July (existing applicants are safe) won't be able to shift between those subclasses. Cheers, George Lombard
  18. Diac has improved its evisa procedures for the new applicants from July 1st onwards.. Here is the link... :cute: Agents Gateway – eVisa Notices Fingers crossed for 1st July changes and let it fulfill the dreams of million souls :yes:
  19. loubylou475

    July arrival..

    ... we're due to arrive in Perth on 1st July..... stopping off in Dubai for a few nights en-route so our Dubai luggage will obviously be full of lightweight summer and swimwear stuff. Any advise as to what we should be bringing in our Perth luggage, assuming that our container won't be arriving before September?? Thanks, Louby
  20. Guest

    IELTS test on 15 July -

    Hi. I am resitting my IELTS in Leeds on 15 July for my nursing skills assessment. Previous test i scored 8, 8 and 9 but only managed a 6 on reading !!!! and needed 7 on all four sections (sooo frustrating.) Anyone else doing their test on the same day? or any advice on the reading would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks Tina :notworthy:
  21. I'm confused! Have just checked DIAC and the latest news bulletin 11 June says: " Previously announced changes affecting the GSM program will come into effect on 1 July 2010. See: Changes to the General Skilled Migration Program (362KB PDF file) If you are intending to apply online for a GSM visa before 1 July 2010, we recommend that you lodge your online application well before 6 pm AEST (GMT + 10) on Wednesday 30 June 2010 as the implementation of these and other departmental system changes is likely to cause a systems outage. See: Planned System Maintenance and Technical Issues Applicants are advised to note planned system maintenance times before commencing an eVisa application, as planned maintenance will prevent a commenced application from being lodged. The department is not able to accept and back-date applications which have been commenced but not finally submitted through eVisa as a result of planned system maintenance or an outage. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause." Where I have highlighted the text in red - does this mean we can lodge our 176 online evisa with all electronic evidence before the 1 July in readiness for the new GSM application date. We have everything ready! Or will we potentially be lost in the either on and after the departmental changes? Has anyone got any suggestions? Thank you in advance Gordon:huh:
  22. Hi everyone DIAC has confirmed that its previously announced changes affecting the GSM program will come into effect on 1 July 2010. The post on its website reads as follows: "Previously announced changes affecting the GSM program will come into effect on 1 July 2010. See: Changes to the General Skilled Migration Program If you are intending to apply online for a GSM visa before 1 July 2010, we recommend that you lodge your online application well before 6 pm AEST (GMT + 10) on Wednesday 30 June 2010 as the implementation of these and other departmental system changes is likely to cause a systems outage. See: Planned System Maintenance and Technical Issues Applicants are advised to note planned system maintenance times before commencing an eVisa application, as planned maintenance will prevent a commenced application from being lodged. The department is not able to accept and back-date applications which have been commenced but not finally submitted through eVisa as a result of planned system maintenance or an outage. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause." Best regards Susan
  23. Guest

    booking flights 26th July

    Hi all im booking flights tomorrow, have them on hold and r confirming and paying for them tomorrow, wow cant believe it, its really happening now Its been such along time nearly 3 years since the day we decided to move to oz, Ive told the school the doctors the dentists ive booked the shippers/packers signed the contract for the rental on our house, arranged insurance on the house and all that goes with it, im arranging paper work for accounts for oh business booked 1 months holiday rental in melbourne for when we arrive peters still looking for contacts and work arranging car hire still looking at schools and areas in melbourne arranging get togethers with the people that matter, 1st one on 19th june peters had all the stamps put in the passports thinking about if car can be picked up at airport or should we arrange pickup from moving to melbourne Kate from moving to melbourne has been such a great help, thanks Kate. Got to clear the loft and the sheads and clean all that is coming with us, What else is there, have i forgot anything, :wacko: Cheers all, Such a great site for us all, and some fab people on here, after all we all on in the same boat, just different stages, Good luck to everyone Tracey Ranting i know but cant believe its actually happening Please let me know if anyone can think of anything:biglaugh::biglaugh:
  24. Guest

    Fee increase on July 1?

    Anyone know roughly how much the visa application fees tend to go up by on July 1 each year? We're trying to finalise our spouse visa application by then but we may be a bit late. $2525 is high enough as it is! Thanks
  25. We haven't started the process yet apart from loads of researching plus o/h have 'second thoughts' which I think i'm winning him back round again. What we were wondering is he is a electrician by trade (works as an electrical project manager) but will probably have to go as a skilled electrician and try and go either family sponsor or state sponsor whichever is better, but should we wait until after July to start the ball rolling? I know we can apply for and he can sit is practical with VETASSES before then but will it be a waste of money? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Dizzi
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