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  1. Hi guys... I've been doing some research on the visa options and found the following link regarding processing time (Client Service Charter). After the law change we are left with less options .. i want to get as much information as possible before making a decision... What are the pros/cons of "Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 475)" vs "Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 176)" Processing time differance between Priority & Non Priority ?? Obligations ?? Points ?? Any other hidden Pros/Cons Best Regards Chris
  2. Hi there everyone! I'm having mixed feelings about the 175 visa. I am concerned that it'll actually take 18-24 months. Could someone please let me know if this is fairly accurate or is it based on a worst case scenario?:cry: Also, I was thinking of applying and visiting on a tourist visa for 3 months while the 175 was in process - :arghh:smart idea or not? All the forums are telling me different things, so I thought I'd see what feedback I can get from you guys! If it matters at all, I hold dual citizenship between Ireland and Canada. Thanks in advance!:hug:
  3. DIAC Liaison Meeting – Canberra 10 March 2011 DIAC Attendees_---> Kruno Kukoc, First Assistant Secretary, Migration and Visa Policy Section Joanne McKern, Migration Agents Section Andrew Daly, Migration Agents Section Linda Bone, Migration Agents Section Susan Murray, Deregulation Strategy Section Amanda Pohl ,Assistant Director, Sponsored Skilled Visas Dwayne McMoore, Business Skills Program Mary Miller, Freedom of Information Michael Willard, Independent Skilled Migration Brooke Thomas, 457 Section Elizabeth Carter, Skilled Migration Section Greg Phillipson, Legal Section MIA Attendees Sharon Harris, MIA National President & Qld Branch President Boniface Town, MIA National Vice-President & Vic Branch President Mark Webster, MIA National Treasurer & NSW Branch President Maurene Horder, MIA Chief Executive Officer Kevin Lane. MIA Professional Services Manager Law Council of Australia Maria Jockel Nick Parmenter Office of the MARA Christine Sykes, CEO Stephen Wood, Deputy CEO Temporary Work Visas Discussed visa simplification for work visas There will be further consultations about simplification of temporary work visas. Visitor visas will also be simplified – there will be a paper out in a few weeks. DIAC has put out discussion papers in June and Dec 2010 and will be engaging with organisations, including the MIA, which responded to these. DIAC is not looking at extending eligibility just reducing the number of visas. They will meet with stakeholders in confidence prior to producing legislation. New Short stay activity visa o Will subsume business visitor visa within this subclass o Will most likely be e-lodged o 8112 will be abolished – there will be no work rights on visitor visas. Freedom of Information (FOI) Compliance rate was 40-45% in 2005-06 – this included movement records which are now not part of FOI. There was an ombudsman investigation and as a result changes were made. 2008 task force consisted of 60 staff over 6 months – worked on the backlog of some 3000 applications. Compliance rate now 90%. Centres operating: o NSW o Victoria o Nation Office – media and highly complex/sensitive cases. DIAC is trying to institute a cultural change in relation to FOI and openness – for example encouraging officers to hand over documents during processing (eg movement records, Xmas Island cases, copies of decisions). Investigation/compliance sections tend to be the most difficult – a lot of documents, many of which are sensitive, and there is a culture of resistance. FOI is pushing an “if not, why not?” approach to release of documents. 24 hour processing model being introduced – do as much as possible within 24 hours, including requesting the file, issuing acknowledgement. A case management approach has been introduced – talking with the client about what documents make sense to release – particularly where a very wide range of documents have been requested. Agents should not send $30 with an FOI request – this is no longer required and is troublesome to refund. Agents should make FOI requests as specific as possible. Where a client requests “everything” DIAC will send a standard letter back asking for a more specific request. Business Skills Program A discussion paper for review of Business Skills has been issued – 33 responses currently being reviewed. No policy position within DIAC has been formulated yet. The MIA’s submission was discussed. The MIA requested that DIAC provide more statistical information to allow for more informed submissions to be made. The feeling at DIAC is that a 2-stage process is preferable to granting PR then monitoring. Business training: DIAC acknowledges that there is a weakness in skills of case officers. Accountants have been hired at Adelaide and Perth to address these weaknesses. ENS/RSMS PAM for ENS is due to be rewritten, even after 2 April changes. ENS Review is at the gathering evidence stage. Discussion paper will be issued. Looking at “aligning” 457 and ENS – removing red tape for the transition, including looking at English, sponsorship approval . RSMS: DIAC is of the opinion that this delivers for regional business. Skilled Occupations List Skills Australia reviewed the SOL in October 2010. Refer to Skills Australia website for which occupations might be removed as they have an occupation by occupation analysis. New list should be announced in May 2011, to take effect from 1/7/11. If an applicant has lodged and occupation is removed from SOL then they will still be eligible, but will lose priority processing. DIAC is looking at changing regs to facilitate this. There are now fewer applications being lodged than available places in the program, and DIAC anticipates processing priority level 4 in the coming year. 457 457 Occupations List was recently changed – these were as a result of the ASCO -> ANZSCO shift. Occupations removed had dropped in terms of skill level. Occupations added had increased in skill level. WTO considerations require that most occupations at skill level 1-3 be included, and also keen not to disadvantage employers. DIAC analysed activity in the occupations removed – all had less than 10 applications lodged. A new 457 booklet has been released – seeking to make it clearer for employers Significant increase in demand this year. Priority processing for flood reconstruction – so far only 9 approvals. There have been delays due to sponsors needing to get documentation together. No update on new training benchmarks being introduced. No update on e-lodgement for overseas sponsors or centralised processing. National Resources Sector Task force Recommendations of task force included: o Improving information & support o Expedited visa processing o Enterprise Resource Agreements for large projects. The ERAs will involve a head agreement under which contractors can access labour agreements “off the shelf”. For labour agreements, 2/3 of these are now signed off within the department rather than needing to go to the Minister. Significant increase in approvals of LAs. OMARA Code of Conduct There will be changes to the Code of Conduct in Mid August – these will be minor in nature, and will be to clarify the requirements. Major ones are being discussed – there will be consultation before these are introduced. A tender has been issued for developing an ethics framework – this will result in an ethics statement and methodology to be used in an ethics “refresher course” which will need to be undertaken by existing agents. PAM3 updates The MIA raised the matter of delays in policy being updated in LEGENDcom. The Department to see if it is possible for any updates case officers may get before LEGENDcom is updated to be provided to the MIA. Case officers bypassing registered migration agents The Department has agreed to issue instructions to case officers, especially in certain overseas posts, that appointed registered migration agents should not be bypassed. Adherence to law The MIA brought to DIAC’s attention instances where some case officers appear to be failing to follow the law correctly because they are applying policy rather than the law. This is to be the subject of further discussions between the MIA and DIAC.
  4. Am I reading this right.... To be eligible for this visa, I have to find a job paying me a quarter of a million dollars? Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 121/856)
  5. I received my skilled 175 visa recently. my question is 1. Am i in a position to sponsor a relative for a "Skilled – Sponsored (subclass 175)" although i don't have a job yet.
  6. >>>>Here is the broad history and journey of Skilled – Designated Area Sponsored( Provisional) Visa( Subclass 496) Introduction of Two-stage Skilled - Designated Area-sponsored Visa 1 July 2006 - Legislation change Client summary From 1 July 2006, the Migration Regulations 1994 will be amended so that valid applications can no longer be made for a Subclass 139, Skilled - Designated Area-sponsored (SDAS) visa. That subclass will be replaced with a two-stage SDAS visa process. To be eligible for the grant of a Subclass 496, SDAS (Provisional) visa an applicant for that visa will need to: be under 45 years of age; have good English skills; have recent skilled work experience; be sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia; and have skills and qualifications assessed by a relevant assessing authority as suitable for an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). This visa is not points tested. To apply for a Subclass 883 SDAS (Residence) visa, an applicant for that visa must hold a SDAS (Provisional) visa and have held a SDAS (Provisional) visa for at least two years. The applicant must have also complied with the conditions of the SDAS (Provisional) visa. SDAS (Provisional) visa holders should apply for a SDAS (Residence) visa on or before the expiry date of their SDAS (Provisional) visa. To apply for a SDAS (Residence) visa the applicant must: have held a SDAS (Provisional) visa for at least two years; be sponsored by an eligible relative; have lived for two years in a designated area in the same State or Territory in which the holder's sponsor lived when the holder was first granted a Subclass 496, SDAS (Provisional) visa; have worked full-time for at least 12 months in a designated area in the same State or Territory in which the holder's sponsor lived when the holder was first granted a Subclass 496, SDAS (Provisional) visa; and have good English skills. The applicant may be inside or outside Australia when applying for and granted a SDAS (Residence) visa. Technical details The following provisions of the Regulations will be amended/inserted: Schedule 1: Item 1128B - no applications from 1 July 2006 from applicants seeking to satisfy the criteria for the grant of a Subclass 139 visa Item 1134 - requirements to make a valid application for new SDAS (Residence) (Class CC) visa Item 1226 - requirements to make a valid application for new SDAS (Provisional) (Class UZ) visa Schedule 2: Part 139 - requirement that the application be made before 1 July 2006 Part 496 - criteria for grant of new Subclass 496 SDAS (Provisional) visa Part 883 - criteria for grant of new Subclass 883 SDAS (Residence) visa Additional information: Nil Transitional arrangements: Nil Forms: 47ST Instructions: PAM3 The relevant policy documents have been updated to reflect these amendments Effect on delegations: Nil Effect on systems: ICSE will be updated to reflect these amendments >>>>And now the journey through which it has to go through to reach the residence status.... To apply for a SDAS (Residence) visa the applicant must: have held a SDAS (Provisional) visa for at least two years; be sponsored by an eligible relative; have lived for two years in a designated area in the same State or Territory in which the holder's sponsor lived when the holder was first granted a Subclass 496, SDAS (Provisional) visa; have worked full-time for at least 12 months in a designated area in the same State or Territory in which the holder's sponsor lived when the holder was first granted a Subclass 496, SDAS (Provisional) visa; and have good English skills. The applicant may be inside or outside Australia when applying for and granted a SDAS (Residence) visa.
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    De Facto Visa – Help!

    Hello, I'm hoping that somebody will read this and offer me some advice. I am 34 years old and English. I met my fiance, who is an Australian citizen, in May 2009, while I was staying in Switzerland. We moved to England where I planned to support us while we made up our 12 months de facto requirement. Unfortunately, the global financial crisis made it impossible for me to find work at that time, so we lived with my aunt's family for four months instead. Because I couldn't find work, we moved to Australia early, knowing that my fiance had a job to return to. I entered the country on an ETA visa, thinking I could complete our 12 months then apply for the de facto visa. After my first three months in Australia, I fulfilled my ETA obligation to exit and re-enter the country. At the airport, I was taken aside, questioned and informed that I should not be making up de facto time on an ETA and that a temporary working visa would be better. I was allowed to re-enter. (Since then, I have been looking for a company to sponsor me. Sadly, despite much interest in my resume and skills, I've been unable to find a company that will go down the sponsorship route. All have asked me to get in touch again when I have permission to work.) The second time I re-entered Australia, I was taken aside again. This time I was told that I must change my visa, and that the next time I entered the country on my ETA, I would probably be deported back to London! It was suggested that I switch to a tourist visa so that airport staff wouldn't see me again. (I have since been told by Immigration that I'm unlikely to be granted the tourist visa as my intention is to remain in Australia, not tourism.) So, unable to switch from my ETA, I will have to leave the country in two months time, and I'll probably be denied re-entry (despite the visa having four months left on it). My problem is: I will be just one week short of fulfilling my 12 months de facto requirement. My questions are these: Is there a way that I can bridge the one week gap? Is it possible to apply for the de facto visa early? Can the 12 month requirement be made up at more than one address (we have four)? One Immigration officer I spoke with insisted that we had to live at the same address for the year prior to lodging the application, but others didn't mention this; the Immigration website doesn't say either. Any other suggestions/insights? Any information or advice will be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance
  8. I’m currently living in the UK but I’m originally from the Czech rep. When I needed to make a couple of certified copies from Czech documents in my native country, I’ve visited a clerk in a town hall, he put a special sticker on the back side of the copy of an original document and a stamp and his signature. Exactly as I had expected. Now, I’ve just visited a guy here in England who is supposed to be entitled to make certified copies but he surprised me a lot. He said that here in the UK if an original document has a signature then a “plain” copy is regarded as being certified and no other procedure is necessary. Is it really true? And in regard to statutory declaration, I was told that he, as an owner of a medal for special services to Great Britain, can sign it instead of a solicitor. Is it true too?