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  1. A quick note to advise that the ASPC is presently allocating to case officers skilled visa applications with occupations on the new SOL that were lodged in February 2008. Best regards.
  2. Guest

    Priority 4 ? READ THIS !

    Jeffster, who is a member of PIO, prepared a great complaint-letter to the Immigration-Ombudsman about the recent changes in the Australian immigration policy. It's especially for those who now fall under priority 4 but also for all the students who are waiting on bridging visas and everyone else who has recently been cheated by the Australian government. Please read the letter here and feel free to join the party by submitting your details to Jeffster. http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/migration-issues/91997-complaint-ombudsman-8.html#post835614 Hurry up, the letter will be sent out tomorrow (Monday)!
  3. ptlabs

    Priority Processing for GSM

    Hi all, This is fresh off the press (19 July 2010 6PM AEST): The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, has set new priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas. These arrangements take account of the changes to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) that came into effect on 1 July 2010, as well as the revocation of the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL) and the Critical Skills List (CSL). Priority Processing Arrangements for General Skilled Migration Visas – 19 July 2010 Regards Peter P.S. Gill I also copied this in the Migration Agents sub-forum, since I don't know what the new protocols are...
  4. Hi MODL points can be claimed if you are on 485 on 8 Feb 2010. I'm on 485 graduate visa. I've applied 885 under MODL ASCO Code: 2231-79 (Oracle specialist) in May. I'm confused with all the new rules and priority processing since July 1 2010. Which priority processing category I fall into ? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
  5. Guest

    Priority Group 4!

    Im currently in priority group 4, my nominated occuption is commerical chef and im sponsered by my sister. Im currently on 886 and applied sept 09 the expected date to be finalised was sep 2011, however i called up and was told maybe 2013.. My question is can i get employee sponser or state sponsership to move to group 1 or 2, or does my nominated occupation have to be on the SOL schedule 3 group?? Please provide more incite into this as i would perfer to move up the ladder instead of waiting another 3 years! Also if im the main applicant can my husband re apply for an employee sponsership, however is occuption is just a rigger and he hasnt studied in australia... Please any info is neccessary!
  6. Hi All, I applied PR as 885 Recent ICT graduate after completing my masters and having skills accessed by ACS on Aug 2009. A bit of back ground 1) My undergrad degree is in Electronics and Comm engineer 2) My Post grad degree is in Computer Networks 3) I worked as an IT Support Officer from Sept 2007- Sept 2009 4) I got fed up with IT midway whilst studying Computer Networks and incorporated Project Mgmt /business subjects as much as I could in my degree 5) Currently I’m an ICT consultant working as a project scheduler/project co coordinator (Job profile is in SOL) from Sept 2009 to present with base salary less than 65K that is required for ENS My dilemma: 1) I’m in priority 4 (I’m pissed off) and want to expedite the pr process 2) I’m gonna get married soon and my fiancée can’t do anything to join me except tourist visa and is it worth of her time coming here after this sh** rule changes. My options: 1) F** PR my life is more important, if I am getting a msg of being unwelcomed in Australia after utilizing my skills and paying thousands on taxes I might as well give a damn and go back and live happily with my love 2) Try to get on top of priority Can I: 1) Access my skills from Engineers Australia/ Vetassess that accesses skills for Project coordinator/Engineer so that it’s not highlighted as IT but as an engineering work that I do 2) This will bring my base salary req to be 47K and apply for ENS? 3) If not can I switch to 457 Working Visa from Bridging visa A? 4) If i can switch to 457 bringing visa A, when I am granted 457, I might as well reassess my masters degree with specialisation from ACS again which would allow me to apply 885 with priority 3? 5) Any other options I have? Kindly reply, I’m willing to discuss with a lawyer/migration agent should the need be. Thank you
  7. Hi Was wondering if anybody could help me to clarify what processing group my application falls into. I have applied for a 176 GSM WA - State Sponsored Visa which was lodged and recieved by the DIAC 04th May 2010. My nominated occupation still appears on the 1st July 2010 SOL list but only on schedules 1 & 3. Schedule 4 which lists occupations by ANZSCO code does not have my nominated occupation. Does this meant I am in Cat 3 or Cat 4. Many Thanks Ian
  8. Group 1 If you have not applied under GSM eg ENS, RSMS you will receive priority over GSM. Applications will be processed according to ENS/RSMS Service Standards. This means that you are likely to receive a visa sometime in the future. Group 2 Applications who have been nominated and included on an SMP. Applications will be finalised 12 months from date of lodgement. Only problem is no-one has a date of lodgement because we don't know when the SMP's are to be released. Group 3 Applications from people who have nominated an occupation on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) - Schedule 3 in effect from 1 July 2010. Applications lodged ON OR AFTER 1 July 2010 will be finalised 18 to 24 months from date of lodgement. Applications lodged BEFORE 1st July in date order starting with October 2007 Group 4 Everyone else who is not in Groups 1- 3. Everyone in Group 4 will be processed according to no service standards. That is because they don't exist for GSM. Therefore you already have gained priority due to waiting times as in their direction above, but DIAC are not going to do anything about your visa. Sorry, no refunds either. Rules are rules very sorry.
  9. Priority Group 1 Applications from people who are employer sponsored under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS). Note: Priority Group 1 applications are not GSM applications. Applications will be processed according to ENS/RSMS Service Standards Priority Group 2 Applications from people who are nominated by a state or territory government agency with a nominated occupation that is specified on that state or territory's State Migration Plan. Applications will be finalised 12 months from date of lodgement. Priority Group 3 Applications from people who have nominated an occupation on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) - Schedule 3 in effect from 1 July 2010. Applications lodged ON OR AFTER 1 July 2010 will be finalised 18 to 24 months from date of lodgement. Priority Group 4 All other applications. All Priority Group 4 applications will only be entered into processing and finalised once all cases in Priority Groups 1-3 are finalised.
  10. Question to all, especially agents/insiders. Does Category 4 actually means "pool of applications unlikely to be processed at all"? We know that the volume of migration program is about 150-180 thousand migrants. About 40,000 - are ENS/RSMS, about 60,000 are family stream (which may be reduced). So roughly we have only half of the program available for non-ENS/non-RSMS/non-family applicants - let's say 80,000 places annualy. DIAC's estimate for non-priority processing before last announcement was up to three years. It means that they have already 250,000 pile of applications. May be even more (allowing for some percentage of refusals). Of those in queue it is safe to assume that at least half are in new SOL - and they will jump to Category 3. Thus even current applications - ENS/RSMS + those old applications qualified under new SOL are enough to fill a year's worth quota. After SMPs would be announced all SMPs become Cat 2. Finally, every single new application will jump ahead of Cat 4 (since it is only possible to lodge either as Cat1/2 sponsored or as new SOL). Huge backlog only confirms demand, so it is clear that new applications pretty soon will create their own queue and push Cat 4 down, potentially forever. Effectively, DIAC "restarted" the queue, and introduced processing under new arrangements immediately, pushing those who lodged some time ago and does not qualify for all the new bells and whistles (SOL and SMPs) so far back, they got no chances of processing. And yeah - still kept their money of course, since formally applications are awaiting processing. Could agents please comment, may be at least there will be "parallel streams" and Priority would only mean how big the quota is for a particular stream? Thanks
  11. rikmartin

    New Priority? 2231-79 NEC / 176

    Hi, I am sure there are others with near identical timelines/codes as me so I was hoping someone could clarify/speculate what priority my application is now going to get and the possible changes I could experience in next few months. I have read through the forum and DIAC websites and have gathered my own conclusions but it would be good to get someone to comment on their interpretation of the new rules I am a 176 WA SS - 2231-79 NEC; my application was submitted as a 175 in June 09 and converted to a 176 in Sep 09. As far as I was concerned I was a category 5 following the Sep 09 changes Since July 10 what I read is that I am now schedule 4 with a priority level of 4 unless the WA SMP possibly releasing Sept onwards gives my ASCO or ANZSCO code to then become a priority 2 Please can someone clarify what my current position is regarding priorities and how my ASCO code remains or what it translates to as an ANZSCO code. If it does translate does it do it automatically or do I have to do anything? Thanks in advance
  12. Hi all, This is fresh off the press (19 July 2010 6PM AEST): The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, has set new priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas. These arrangements take account of the changes to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) that came into effect on 1 July 2010, as well as the revocation of the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL) and the Critical Skills List (CSL). General Skilled Migration Regards Peter
  13. On the DIAC web site it sates that nurses and doctors will be given proirity processing, what do they mean ? priority over what category 1 or 2 or 3 what exactly do they mean ? what does that mean for applicants who are nurses or doctors with SS 176 or similar?
  14. Guest

    175:176 Difference in Priority

    Hi Friends With the introduction of the new priority processing I don't see any priority for 176 relative sponsor different to 175 . If 175 and 176 relative sponsor receives the same priority why should one take effort to apply in relative sponsor. Why have a class 176 relative sponsor if it just does the same work of the 175 . So If one has enough 120 points without a relative sponsor then there is no point to go for relative sponsor for a better priority is it I'm really confused. Am I missing on reading some info. Experts share your valuable thoughts with me and also correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks in advance
  15. Got some info from chinese forum, I guess it will give some hope for some cat6,7 existing applicants who are on new SOL now "175 applied on 2008/march, change to SS176 on july/2009 Got CO today and be requested for police check and health test. Also CO asked me if Id like to process as 175 or 176 I was on MODL which is cat6, and now is on SOL schedule3" This is original letter from CO: "● It is noted that while you lodged an application for a Class VE, subclass 175 Skilled - Independent visa you have also obtained state/ territory sponsorship suitable for a Class VE, Subclass 176 Skilled - Sponsored visa. ● Please asvise if you wish this application to be processed as a Class VE, subclass 175 Skilled - Independent visa or as a Class VE, Subclass 176 Skilled - Sponsored visa." There is ref link if you can read chinese http://www.freeoz.org/ibbs/thread-910769-1-1.html
  16. Guest

    Priority Processing changes ??

    hi I am a little confused (probably like most of you) to what is actually going on? I was under the impression that CSL was replaced by the new SOL however, i have taken an extract from DIACs site that suggest that people dont need to use the new SOL unless they are new applicants? please see below: therefore if a person applied in 2008 theoretically they would be processed via the old processing system - is that correct? I also took this from the site too which clearly suggests that applications before 2010 are not under the new SOL any advice please (visa 176. SS. December 2008 was the original date of application thanks General Skilled Migration Skilled Occupation Lists (SOL) Applicants must have a nominated occupation which is on the SOL applicable to their circumstances at the time they apply: the SOL in existence prior to 1 July 2010 in ASCO code (schedule 1) – applies only to General Skilled Migration (GSM) applicants who lodged their application prior to 1 July 2010. See: Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 1 (197KB PDF file) the SOL in existence prior to 1 July 2010 in ANZSCO code (schedule 2) – applies to GSM applicants who are eligible for transitional arrangements and who lodge their application before 1 January 2013. See: Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 2 (169KB PDF file) the current SOL (schedule 3) – applies to all new GSM applications, including applicants eligible for transitional arrangements if they prefer to use it. See: Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 3 (122KB PDF file) the State and Territory SOL (schedule 4 ) – relevant only for GSM applicants who are nominated by a State or Territory government agency under a State Migration Plan. See: Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 4 (236KB PDF file) part 2 The new SOL will come into effect from mid-2010 and will apply to all applicants lodging visa applications made on or after this date, except to GSM applicants who at the date of announcement ( 8 February 2010): • hold a Skilled—Graduate (subclass 485) visa, or had a pending subclass 485 visa application and had not yet lodged an application for a provisional or permanent GSM visa and who make an application by 31 December 2012, or • have a pending GSM visa application. Q 5 What is the effect of removing an occupation from the SOL? The new SOL will have a more targeted list of occupations designed to meet the medium to long-term needs of the Australian economy. Applicants for GSM visas that are not state/territory government nominated will have to nominate an occupation on the new SOL if they apply after mid-2010. Transitional arrangements Q 6 Who will the new SOL apply to? The new SOL will apply to all new GSM applicants from mid-2010, except those applicants who, at 8 February 2010: • hold a Skilled—Graduate (subclass 485) visa, or had a pending subclass 485 visa application and had not yet lodged an application for a provisional or permanent GSM visa and who make an application by 31 December 2012, or • had a pending GSM visa application. Q 12 If I apply for a GSM visa in April 2010, will I be subject to the new SOL? No, as the new SOL does not commence until mid-2010.
  17. Hi Guys, As you are well aware,current applicants fall into several categories: 1-Those who have applied before 23Sep 2009 2-Those who have applied between 23 Sep 2009 and 8 Feb 2010 3-Those who have applied between 8 Feb and 7 May 2010 4-Those who will apply after 1 July 2010 I am wondering abut the Priority Processing based on the new SOL. Is there any new Priority Processing?? I have submitted my application in June 2008 and it was not on CSL,however it is now on new SOL:smile: Will i get the Priority Processing or not? Would there be any change in process time,as people who apply now seem to have a faster processing??
  18. Hello Everybody I had applied for assesment to ACS in Dec 2009, requested ASCO -2231-79(c/c++) but as a result of assesement(Feb 2010), they put me under 2231-15(Software designer) I had left hopes to be in priority processing list (CSL) , but when I came across New SOL (floated in June), I found that New SOL has 2231-15 (and 2231-79 removed) *Please let me know if this information is right???? Now, Are they going to declare new CSL list ? OR How is it going to process in future? My Question -> At this point, what should I do???, Are there any hopes to get my application (2231-15) through in priority processing ? I really need your expert advice...Please help -Thanks in advance Manasi
  19. You can download the list here. (click below link instead) (System Unavailable Thank you Dragsterwish for finding this for us! This is useful information, but raises some concerns for us as we eagerly wait for SMP! Skills assessed and visa lodged as welfare worker, (176 family sponsored) which does not appear on this list. However, OH skills/occupations can be related to occupations that are on the list (community worker or youth worker) So would this mean we'd need to get a new skills assessment done AND lodge a new visa application to be considered for the smp (IF these occupations are even on it!) I know its just speculating at this stage, but just want to be prepared in the event. It sure beats having to wait a further 2-3 years with the risk of being capped!
  20. after all the CSL applicants are finalised, is there any new priority process exclude ENS or state sponsor? Or it means DIAC start to process the non-CSL applicants who have applied after 2007-2008? Then in this case One question is, there is no onshore and offshore (CSL engineers, Doctors, Nurses) left before 2010 July(all of them go CSL and will be finalised next few weeks), then if DIAC start to process previours applicants, it will take more than 2-3 years. So it means Gov cannot recruit any non-CSL occupations under non-sponsor migration process within next 2-3 years. Is it the DIAC and Australia Gov main purpose for the migration ?
  21. What are the current processing priorities? Its a big question mark? So I thought I might ask views of people on POMS in Oz.
  22. Guest

    CSL revoked, No new priority?

    Just called DIAC and be told that since CSL is revoked, new priority will be employer sponser, smp, ss, and all others follow '1st come, 1st serve' and waiting period is around 2 years... However operator doesnot sound like hes 100% sure about what he said Guys, any new information?
  23. Finally, it's 1st July and i can start submitting my application. With these recent development, is the Priorities Processing (announced 8th Feb 2010) still applies? And is the CSL dated March 2010 still in effect as at 1st July 2010? 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 4. Applications from people who are neither nominated nor sponsored in 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). (ii) Aplications 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.
  24. I see two possible scenarios: 1) The priority processing stays almost the same with the new SOL (demand driven) being regarded as equivalent to the old MODL (on demand list) in terms of priority and everything else stays the same - correct me if I am wrong, but the old MODL had just over 100 occupations and the new SOL has closer to 200 so lifting those on the new SOL above those on the old MODL who had applied earlier would be grossly unfair, especially as most of the old MODL would be on the new SOL anyway. Those currently lodged as CSL would stay as such until they are exhausted. Those who are on lower priorities who applied before 1st July would be allowed to trade up on a new SOL, SMP, state/family, employer/regional basis and those applying after 1st July would have to nominate the category they wish to be assigned to from the start. 2) (i) RMS/ENS (ii) SMP (iii) MODL/New SOL (iv) Others in the order in which received. Trading up allowed as in (1) for those applications before 1st July, but not for those after. CSL finished, no more priority for family or state sponsorship without SMP. Would be unfair to those current on CSL who are in critical shortage and who were promised priority but would be pushed to the back of the queue. In both cases, I'd be pretty unsure whether state sponsorship would simply be transferred to SMP. Discuss.
  25. Hi all, Not sure if this will help anyone? Thought I would post just in case. Sorry if this has been posted before. http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/priority-processing.pdf If the link does not work! it is, obviously, the immi.gov.au website and then type in the search priority processing. Ley x :smile:
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