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  1. The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, has set new priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas. From 1 July 2011, processing priorities (with highest priority listed first) are: 1). applications from people who are employer sponsored under the RSMS program or who have applied for a Skilled – Regional (subclass 887) visa 2). applications from people who are applying under the ENS program 3). applications from people who are nominated by a state or territory government agency for an occupation specified on that agency's state migration plan 4). applications from people who have nominated an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) 5). all other applications.
  2. Hi all Seeing so many posts about visas being granted which is brilliant! And some in such a short space of time. We were unable to get our visa in before the July changes but did get state sponsorship from Vic pending a successful skills assessment. Since then though our processing time has gone from 'up to 12 months' to 12-24 months (on the DIAC site). I am guessing there must be a reason for this like they have a backlog or something as they wouldn't just change it if there was a possibility it could be done in less than 12 months would they? I am seeing so many who only gained state sponsorship a few months ago and now have their visa and am kicking myself a bit lol. Any experiences from others would be helpful - should I just presume there is no chance it will be granted within 12 months now? x
  3. So, we did our medicals on 13th June, 1 of our daughter's was online so were sent straight away via ehealth & have been received & finalised since 15th June. However, the rest of our details were not online so they were posted (registered post) on 21st & dispatched from Dublin on 22nd June... I was starting to worry about them as I dont know if they have been received or not, so I messaged our case officer last night & they have come back to us today to say there is a 5 week delay on medicals being processed at the mo... Anyone else in the same boat... waiting for meds to go through... what is anyone elses timescales for meds to be processed at the mo... Cheers Sx
  4. We cannot see any progress in New Priority Processing Cat 04(Old cat03). Still it has sucked on 10 July 2010. Priority Group 4 Skilled – Independent (Migrant) subclass 175 VE 175 (e-lodged):10 July 2010 VE 175 (paper): 10 July 2010 Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged): 10 July 2010 VE 176 (paper): 10 July 2010 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 10 July 2010 VF 475 (paper): 10 July 2010 Has DIAC Stopped processing New Priority Group 4 Applications??. Really worrying..................:cry::cry::cry:
  5. Hi! My partner and I lodged our application for the de facto visa on 21/06/2011. We had confirmation of receipt and that the money had been taken from our account on 22/06/2011. (My partner is Australian and I am currently living in Australia.) Does any body know how long it is currently taking for case officers to be assigned and/or how long current processing times are?! Immingration advised us that it is now between 9-12 months...this seems like a really long time...does anybody know of any cases where by applications for this visa either made by themselves or friends has gone through any quicker? The whole process is just making me feel a little anxious!I would be great to chat! Thanks!
  6. Is this the default message that everyone has when their visa application has been lodged or have they really begun processing my application? :wink:
  7. I did my 857 visa application on 3 March, but my employer loged the sponsorship on 6 Dec 2010. Finally i received a email from my case officer on 5 June 2011, she ask me the document about AFP clearance. I sent it to her on 28th June 2011 as soon as i got it . unfortunenately , she didn't repay my email. i sent another email to her, nothing happen, I just want to know did she get my email yet. Guys, just help me, what is going on, what shall i do, is it nomal, she just ignore my email????????????:sad::sad::sad: anyone have the same experience like me, any good suggestions please email me lindalee6666@hotmail.com
  8. We did the the health exmination on 20 June 2011 and HOC received our health reports on 29 June 2011. However, now the health requirements have still now been cleared. I emailed HOC but they were quite impatient and just told me that the reported had been received. Could anybody tell me the current processing date of HOC? Thanks a lot. Chuncheng
  9. Hello, I'm new on here! I have just booked myself onto an IELTS test date and started getting my paperwork together to get my qualifications accredited by the AASW. Exciting times! I am planning to look for jobs and more importantly a willing sponsor for the 457 visa once I have successfully passed the test and got my letter of eligibility. Are there any social workers or 'allied health' professionals on here who went through it all and perhaps were sponsored by Queensland Health? How long did it take you to get your qualifications assessed? I am a wee bit anxious thinking about the test, I have lived in the UK for 9 years and English is not my first language. I have got the preparation material and looking at the test examples I feel confident to do ok, but then again I have read on other forums about the struggles of people whose first language is English.... Have people managed to score 7 on each section in their first attempt or do I better prepare myself for a series of test sittings? :unsure: Looking forward to read some comments! We're a family of five and as soon as I got a little bit further with my paperwork I will have TONS of questions about schools and living areas. We are hoping to move anywhere up to 2 hours drive away from Brisbane. Any comments on job opportunities in this area? We are open to move either up to two hours drive north or south, I want to be flexible to be more employable. As I said, I am new on here, I think I will spend the next few weeks searching around on here. We're all really excited about the prospect of moving but I do not want to get too excited until I got my qualifications assessed and accepted! Mel
  10. Guest

    priority processing

    Hi we have submitted our application and had our medicals 15th June .... finalised 28th June will we still be processed under previous timelines or the new one's? Thanks
  11. Guest

    Processing times?

    Anyone getting a visa grant for a 176 to Adelaide, in the last two weeks? I would Just like to here that grants are actually happening.:arghh:
  12. Hi, I had lodged the 485 visa on 12 December 2010. According the current scenario the processing times for 485 is more than 10 months possibly 14 months or more. After getting 485 granted , i have to got through the state sponsorship which may take 2 months to be granted. Will i be able to apply for the 885 visa before July 2012? If not what are the possibilities of getting 885 visa granted through the new selection migration model ??? I am totally confused and shattered !!!
  13. trying to ring diac in adelaide, opens at 9.00am their time, ive been trying to get through for the last hour hr but it keeps saying its closed .... frustrating isnt the word ... any ideas ??:arghh:
  14. Hi, Apologies if this question has been asked numerous times before. Can anyone please let me know the approx waiting / processing times for the 309 Spouse Visa? I need to head back to Oz for work in 3 months and want to know whether my British wife should apply now in the hope of it being approved in 3 months or for her to enter Oz as a tourist and apply in Oz. My next question is whether it is acceptable for her to enter with a one way ticket? We and our 2 (British) sons are wanting to move to Oz permanently. I am an Aussie who has lived in the UK for 10 years. Many thanks
  15. I am hoping someone out there can shed a little light on what feels like a rather confusing processing set up. I submitted an online, off shore 176 (family) appliaction in Feb 2011 - priority group 3. I had not expected to hear anything until the end of the year based on other's processing times so was surprised to receive an email on 18 March saying that I would be allocated a case officer within 3 mins. We have decided to hold off running medicals and police checks just yet as we are looking to move over to Oz after Summer 2012. The 3 months window is nearly up and we have not been contacted by a case officer so I assume that we have not yet been allocated one. I am just wondering if anyone can help explain how the process will run from here and what I can expect in terms of timing. How will I know when I get a case officer? Do they email you to make initial contact? Has anyone else had the same email from DIAC but not been allocated a CO in the 3 month period proposed? We have run the whole process so far without an immigration agent and so far it has been fine but I am now feeling a bit confused about the whole thing :wacko:
  16. I am an Australian Citizen and the sponsor for my husband's spouse visa. We got his 309 visa granted on Feb 2010. We live in Dubai and its from here that we had applied for his Spouse PR. We had actually planned to move to Aus but we are postponing it for now. I know that around the 2 year mark DIAC will request us to resubmit documents for grant of permanent PR. I just want to confirm a few things so that we can plan our next move 1. Can we apply for Subclass 100 (Permanent Spouse PR) outside australia ? 2. I was employed until recently and now out of work - since I am his sponsor am I expected to to be working and show pr0of of employment ? 3. We used a migration agent for the first stage - so will DIAC contact them around next year ? Your inputs will be highly appreciated as we will need to move to Aus if I need to apply from there. TIA
  17. Hello, Is anyone aware of the new processing priorities after 1 July? We had an invite to the state expo in Bristol on Saturday and would have liked to have asked the DIAC representative, but after reading the posts about the one in Birmingham I have decided not to go due to travelling and new baby etc decided it wasnt worth it. Apologies if someone has already asked the above question! Thanks :wacko:
  18. Hi, I've sent several blank emails to GSM Processing over the last four weeks but I've had nothing back. Has anyone else had this? I send a completely blank email with no subject or anything and the address is correct as I sent it using the link from DIAC. Help please. Thanks, Mick
  19. Guest

    457 processing times confused??

    Hi i am a podiatrist and have just sent my 457 visa application off (19th May)i have as job in melbourne Have been looking through posts on here and listening to my migration officer and the processing times don't match up????? we have been told (my husband and 2 kids) that the processing time for the 457 visa is 12-14 weeks ......! yet on here people seem to be getting thir visas in days....weeks with no police checks and no medicals??/ Who has to have medicals and who doesn't and why the huge difference in time scales????We have medicals booked for Friday 10th june but havn't actually been requested to do so yet ........ Can anyone help or explain the differences in time scales much appreciated Lou and Nick:confused:
  20. Hello, We have had our medical and police check requests and i'm a little bit stuck. Where do I access the online medical history questions and print out the referral letter from? Do we need to answer these questions before making an appointment at the medical centre? Thanks guys for your help :biggrin:
  21. Hello all, I am desparately waiting for my CO as my application was missed (but thats a whole nother story, that is hopefully beginning to sort itself out.) But do you think priority processing will change in july. I am so worried ill get a CO and then lose it before i get my grant. What do people think?
  22. swjana

    Processing time for NT - SS

    Hi all, Has anyone recently got state sponsorship from NT,I applied for mine today, but my worried are will I be able to submit my 176 visa before July 1st 2011,can one let me know roughly what is the processing duration for NT – SS. Thanks in Advance Jana.
  23. Hi guys, I need some advice from you ppl. My OH and I are planning to make a quick dash trip to OZ in mid-June to visit our friends. We are offshore applicant (VE175) and received the March 18 letter stating we should be assigned CO within 3 months (i.e. by 18-June). My concern is I might be in OZ at that time the CO picks up my application. Initially I thought I'd wait to be assigned CO first and let him/her know of my arrangement but lately I am seeing a lot of applicants are getting Visa grant right away (I have front loaded all the medical & pcc info). So should I inform DIAC in advanced prior to flying to OZ. If yes how do I inform DIAC?
  24. JulieFreo

    Processing Times 300

    Hi everyone Anyone had a 300 Prospective Marriage Visa granted through London office recently? (Late 2010-2011) What was your processing time? Did you front load medicals? Ta all!
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