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  1. Vetassess does not assesses job less than 6 months does DIAC accept this? If I don't show any information about 5 months job done earlier could it be shown later in final application in DIAC. Does this mis match in two different organization from a same person create any processing problem???? that jobs added to fetch 3 yrs requirement plz give this info ASAP and help to take decision what to do
  2. Hi All, Below is my situation. I was working for organisation A for 6 years and 8 months till December 2013. In February, i Joined Organisation B at the same designation (Senior Business Analyst - IT - 261111). In May, i had my skill assessment done, but in my naivety, as i did not want to inform my employer that i'm planning on migrating to Australia, i only showed the reference letter from my previous employer i.e. 6 years and 8 months. I got my assessment result in June, and ACS deducted 2 years making my experience 4 years and 8 months. I recenly got my ielts result and got a band of 8 (min 7.5 so 10 points). So here is my points Age - 30 Qualification - 15 English - 10 Job - 5 / 10 if current experience is counted. I want to now, whether i should go ahead and show my current experience which is 9 months now making overall 5 years and 5 months, despite that my current experience has not been assessed by ACS. Would diac accept if i show them the reference letter and salary proofs from current employer. Cheers
  3. Hello everyone. I have a few questions about this ACPO UK Police clearance and the conditions of its validity. I lived in the UK from 2006 to mid-2012, before moving to back to France between mid-2012 and early 2014. I've been in Australia since early 2013. I'm on my way to apply for PR through the 189 or 190 (unlikely, though). I have an ACPO clearance certificate from England issued in January 2014 (while I was in France), but I'm not sure if it will be valid when I apply for my PR visa in April 2015. I have read that these certificates are valid for 12 months (according to DIAC). However, I have also read that this rule doesn't apply, as long as I didn't return to live in the UK in between the date on the certificate and the date of visa submission. Has anybody got any personal experience to share on this matter? I'm worried about having to go through the whole process of obtaining a new certificate, as I've been extremely unlucky with mail since I landed in WA (i.e My supervised teaching practice statement from Liverpool Uni got lost twice! The letter containing my teaching diplomas sent from France arrived after 2 months!). Needless to say that if I can avoid relying on Australian Post, I will. Please let me know if you have any info on this matter. Thank you ever so much! Ana.
  4. wanderingwheels

    Sending IELTS score

    Hi all, I am to take my IELTS in a few weeks. While applying for the test online, do I need to select the option of sending my scores directly to DIAC or can I send my TRF to DIAC later on along with the other documents? Any sort of input is much appreciated.
  5. LuciBV

    Work experience is a must?

    Hi everyone, pretty new around here, but I have a HUUUGE dilemma: i was arguing with one friend of mine today on this matter - Is it required as a must to have work experience, as long as you get over 60 points from the other criterias (for 189 or 190 class visa)? I read most of the info on Skill Select section , and nowhere is specified that work experience is an compulsory criteria for DIAC. I really appreciate any kind of help. Thanks, Luci.
  6. Hey Guys, I am confused whether professional years calculation is being done by DIAC itself or its totally based on ACS (Australian Computer Society) letter? Actually, I received positive skill assessment from ACS for ICT Business Analyst on June 2011. At that time, my total experience (according to ACS letter) was (5 years + 10 months) which was quite adequate to get positive result as it was more than 5 years. That time, I couldn't apply for immigration due to some circumstances. Currently, my experience is 7.6 years and I want to apply for EOI by getting 8 years experience points. Should I wait to complete 8 years OR can I still apply for ACS re-validation application to get new letter with extended expiry date (as its still more than 5 years experience). If yes then does it mean DIAC will be calculating professional years based on my experience certificates itself and ACS letter will only be referred for +ve skill assessment? Please help and if someone can share personal experience in such scenario. Thanks!
  7. I emailed DIAC asking if for non-licensed occupations, if they'll consider pre qualification experience for points. Here is their response: PRE-GRADUATION WORK EXPERIENCE If you have undertaken part-time skilled employment work while completing a course of study, you may count this towards any General Skilled Migration skilled employment requirements as long as you were employed on a paid basis for at least 20 hours per week at the skilled level. Generally, pre-graduation skilled employment experience would be at the 'semi-skilled' rather than the 'skilled' level and therefore not be acceptable. ...... My situation is that it was the other way around: I have undertaken part time schooling while working full time in my current profession. So in my case, I can safely assume that I can count the experience while in school, since my job was full time and schooling was part time?
  8. Hello everyone, I got my visa 857 granted july 2011, my 2 years contract would finish in 8 months time, however my employer has been under a lot of pressure and well, making story short most likely going bankrupt. I been in the country over 4 years in different visas, I called DIAC and they advised that i could apply for citizenship, so i did. I applied about 2 months ago still waiting to get an appointment to do the test (I recently called they said they had big loads of applications so would take some time, not sure how many months) I been reading the forums and I believe DIAC wont remove my PR if my employer goes bankrupt, due that I been working over a year with them and I been proving genuine effort is this correct? What would happen if in the next months I can not get another full-time job in regional Australia, financial situation is not at its best, do I have a time frame to get a job? Money is not an issue as me and my wife (which got spouse visa status) got a few savings, only concern is, what if i remain unemployed until i get citizenship. Other question I got is, as my wife is going to start a small business (not related to my skills) could I work with her there?. I'm worried in breaching my current visa conditions. Stressed about this situation, I thank your help in this matter. :arghh:
  9. Last month I received my successful CDR result. I've been recognized as 'Engineering Technologist' and my bachelor degree is comparable to 'AQF Associate Degree'. But here is ANZSCO's description of an 'Engineering Technologist': "This occupation has a level of skill commensurate with a Bachelor degree or higher qualification." And here is DIAC's clause for receiving points for Educational Qualification: "You can receive 10 points for documents that prove you have an award or qualification recognized by the assessing authority in the assessment of the skilled occupation". Can I receive that 10 points for educational qualification? I am concern that what EA has recognized is not what ANZSCO expect for an Engineering Technologist.
  10. The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, has set new priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas. These arrangements include the new skilled visa subclasses introduced in the skilled migration reforms and continue to give regional employer sponsored visas the highest processing priority. The priority processing arrangements enable the department to consider and finalise visa applications in an order of priority that the minister considers appropriate. The new priority processing arrangements apply to applications for the following visas: Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) certain points based skilled migration. See: Fact Sheet 24 – Overview of Skilled Migration to Australia From 1 July 2012, processing priorities (with highest priority listed first) are: applications from people who are sponsored under the RSMS program applications from people who are sponsored under the ENS program applications from people who are nominated by a state or territory government agency applications from people who have nominated an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 1 in effect from 1 July 2012 See: Skilled Occupation List all other applications. Applications for visa subclasses 186, 187, 189, 190, or 489 which are lodged through SkillSelect will be given the highest priority within each priority processing group. The changes to priority processing arrangements address the needs of industry by targeting skills in demand across a number of sectors, while ensuring that the Skilled Migration Program is responsive to the current economic climate and the needs of the Australian economy. Priority processing arrangements are subject to changes in response to Australia’s economic situation and do not change visa eligibility criteria. Priority processing arrangements apply to current applications, including those in the final stages of processing. Departmental case officers must follow the direction made by the minister about priority processing and can not process applications outside of the set order. Refunds of costs incurred during processing are not available for delays in processing. Applicants are not entitled to a refund of their Visa Application Charge (VAC) or compensation for other costs incurred in making an application. [h=2]Priority processing groups[/h] [h=3]RSMS, ENS and state or territory nominated applications—priority groups 1, 2 and 3[/h] Applications from people who are applying under the RSMS are processed as priority group 1. ENS are processed as priority group 2. Applications from people who are nominated by a state or territory government agency under a state migration plan receive the third highest level of priority processing. [h=3]Occupations on the SOL – Schedule 1 in effect at 1 July 2012—priority group 4[/h] All skilled migration applicants with a nominated occupation on the SOL – Schedule 1 are included in priority group 4. This includes both independent and family sponsored applications. Existing applicants with a nominated occupation added to the SOL will be allocated to case officers before more recently lodged applications in this priority group. [h=3]All other applications—priority group 5[/h] Skilled migration applicants with a nominated occupation that is not on the SOL and who are not nominated by a state or territory government under a state migration plan will be processed under priority group 5. Applicants should not contact the department to request that their application be exempt from the priority processing direction. Case officers do not have discretion to exempt applications. Applicants with a nominated occupation removed from the SOL who have already been allocated a case officer will be contacted directly by their case officer. Applicants with a nominated occupation removed from the SOL who were not allocated to a case officer before 1 July 2012 will only be allocated to a case officer when applications from higher priority groups have been allocated. Many priority group 5 applicants still face a considerable wait until their application is allocated to a case officer for processing and may wish to consider other options. [h=3]Options available to applicants in priority group 5 [/h] Visa applicants currently in priority group 5 may want to: submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect – if invited to apply, this would require a new visa application including payment of the relevant VAC See: SkillSelect continue to await a decision on their visa application consider their eligibility for an employer sponsored visa, which would require a new visa application including payment of the relevant VAC consider their eligibility for nomination by a state or territory government under a state migration plan, which may require a new visa application apply for another substantive visa withdraw their application. Applicants who decide to withdraw their application are not entitled to a refund of the VAC or compensation for other costs incurred in making an application. [h=2]Summary of skilled migration visas subject to priority processing directions [/h] The following skilled migration visas are subject to priority processing: Skilled – Independent (subclass 175) Skilled – Sponsored (subclass 176) Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) Skilled – Regional Sponsored (subclass 475) Skilled – Regional Sponsored (subclass 487) Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) Skilled – Independent Regional (Provisional) (subclass 495) Skilled – Designated Area-sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 496) Graduate – Skilled (subclass 497) Skilled – Onshore Independent New Zealand Citizen (subclass 861) Skilled – Onshore Australian–sponsored New Zealand Citizen (subclass 862) Skilled – Onshore Designated Area–sponsored New Zealand Citizen (subclass 863) Skilled – Independent Overseas Student (subclass 880) Skilled – Australian-sponsored Overseas Student (subclass 881) Skilled – Designated Area-sponsored Overseas Student (subclass 882) Skilled – Independent (subclass 885) Skilled – Sponsored (subclass 886) [h=2]Summary of skilled migration visas exempt from priority processing directions[/h] The following visa subclasses are exempt from priority processing and are processed in the order in which they are received: Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476) Skilled – Graduate (subclass 485) Skilled – Regional (subclass 887) The following applications are also exempt from priority processing and will be processed in the order in which they are received: applications that are remitted to the department by the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT) applications where it is readily apparent that the criteria for grant of a visa would not be satisfied applications from the holders of eligible subclass 495, 496, 475 or 487 visas for a Skilled – Sponsored Provisional (subclass 489) visa in the Second Provisional Visa stream applications from subsequent entrant applicants. [h=2]Processing times[/h] Estimates of processing times that may apply to different types of applicants 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. Estimates are subject to change in response to changes in application rates and skilled migration policy. Information on estimated processing times is available in the Client Services Charter. See: Skilled Migration Visa Processing Times Further information is available on the department's website. See: www.immi.gov.au The department also operates a national general enquiries line. Telephone: 131 881 Hours of operation: Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. Recorded information is available outside these hours. Produced by the National Communications Branch, Department of Immigration and Citizenship
  11. Guest

    Processing time DIAC Link

    Noticed a lot of same questions on processing times and the link to DIAC site is here for you. Hope this helps. [h=2]Links to processing times by visa type[/h] http://www.immi.gov.au/about/charters/client-services-charter/standards/2.1.htm
  12. Hello All, With the ENS186 Direct Stream, 3 year experience is required but it does not mention if all 3 years needs to be full-time or part of it being part-time is acceptable. I have 2 years full-time and 2 years part-time experience but not sure if its worth to lodge a case with DIAC with my experience. Not sure if DIAC would consider 2 years part-time to be equal to 1 year full-time ? Can anyone provide suggestions/feedback regarding the same ? Appreciate your time. Cheers.
  13. Hi, I received a sponsorship letter from the South Aus (SA) gov in Sept 2008. I realised that their rules changed on 1 Jan 2009, but they confirmed that I still fall under their old rules (6 months to lodge an appl with DIAC as opposed to 60 days). I therfore completed my DIAC application last night online, and where given a TRN as soon as I made the credit card payment. I was taken to a screen with a document checklist, a function to attach scanned documents, and a function to create a password. I had a look at the document checklist (and realised that I had MOST of the required documents), so the next step would have been to scan the documents this week and attach them) I wrote down my TRN (as I am supposed to fax it through to the SA gov) I created a password (the function required it be entered twice) MY PROBLEM: When I tried to access the attaching of scanned documents to applications function afterwards, it kept on refusing my password. This worries me as I would like to get the documents attached to my application as soon as possible. I am not sure why my password being refused, but the DIAC site is quite vague on what my alternatives are. It states that "Applications lodged on or after 1 September 2007...If you lodged a paper application or you are unable to attach documents to the application online through the eVisa system they can be emailed to the department...adelaide.gsm.documents@immi.gov.au...When your application has been assessed you will be advised of a further email address to use in providing documents. Please only send documents to that address" ???? - I am now 100% confused, do I email the documents (such as passport bio page, sponsorship letter, etc) to the email address stated, or do I wait for them to ask for ANY documents??? The SA gov letter states that I must "FAX a copy of the full Notification document with the TRN number from DIAC together with a copy of this letter to Immigration SA on +61 8 8204 9244" - my online application did not supply a full Notification document, but did supply a TRN. It did however supply a full copy of my application which states the TRN. What exactly am I supposed to fax and is there any way I can make sure they received it and are dealing with it? Any advise greatly appreaciated. Et
  14. owensfamily

    Begging to DIAC

    Has anyone ever tried 'begging' to DIAC for further information on their application, it clearly says on the contact department email form that general enquiries will be ignored but surely someone in DIAC is actually human, surely they can see spending $3000 and having no response and no definitive timescale that you will ever get a response is plainly unfair. How hard is it for them to tell us where they are up too for each visa class in plain and simple English, if you want to continue to wait having some information gives you at least something to make an informed decision on.
  15. Guest

    payslips for DIAC

    Hi everyone, I have a question regarding the payslips for the DIAC. I have all of them for the last 8-9 years. Do I need to attach them all, or just a couple of them (1 for each year or the first one and the last 3 for example)? One more question: do they need to be translated? Thanks in advance, Andres
  16. I'm looking to apply for a 175 visa under ANZSCO code 261111 ICT Business Analyst. A significant part of my duties fall under the Job description for BA, however my current 457 visa is 262113 Systems Administrator and has been since late 2010 when I came to Australia, i.e. more than 12 months in the last 24 months. I have received a positive skills assessment from ACS from 2009 onwards for ICT Business Analyst with 4 years skilled employment. My question is: will DIAC look at my skills assessment and current job description/employment letter to verify this or will they simply look at my current ANZSCO code for my 457 visa?
  17. Dear Folks, Please suggest if someone has information or been through similar experience. I have all the required documents for submitting application for Subclass 176 to DIAC, but my application to Victorian State Government for state sponsorship is in process and has not been approved yet. My question is, should I go ahead and apply to DIAC now, and when SS is approved, send them the approval letter or Victorian Government inform them directly? Is there any requirement from DIAC, which says that SS must be approved first before applying under Subclass 176?
  18. PityTheFool

    State Sponsorship Extended?

    Has anyone managed to get their state sponsorship period extended, i.e. the period from receiving the initial grant to having to have submitted your visa application reference number to the State. (4 months for VIC) Mainly concerned with VIC but would be interested to hear from others. Many Thanks!
  19. After visa was granted, but before we move to Oz.???? Cheers D&A :biggrin:
  20. Ezy Going

    DIAC Contact number

    Does anyone know the contact number of DIAC. I guess this is the number 1300 364 613 from their website http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/telephone.htm but how to dial it from out of Australia? Thanks in advance!
  21. Mr Fabricator

    DIAC to increase charges

    Sorry if its been posted , Got a mail from my agent , as follows " Dear Lee, I’m writing to advise you that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has indicated that they plan to increase the visa application charge for some Skilled Migrant Applications from the 1<sup>st</sup> of January 2012. More information is available here. Unfortunately, they have not yet indicated which Skilled Migrant visas will be affected so we are unable to determine if this increase will apply to you. However, if the change does apply the DIAC have stated this will increase by 5 – 15%. If you are in a position to lodge your visa application before the 1<sup>st</sup> of January we recommend you do so. If you are unsure of what is expected of you at this stage or if you would like further information/assistance please contact your Migration Case Worker." So yet again the process becomes a little more painfull in the wallet region . lee
  22. Dear all, I was hoping that someone might be able to answer a query i have regarding what is meant by the DIAC requirement of recent work experience in your nominated occupation being required for 12 out of the last 24 months. Does this have to be consecutive? The reason i ask is that my wife is applying for SS to WA and has been on maternity leave since March this year. Our agent has told us that we need to get our visa application in before March 2012 due to the 12 out of 24 month rule. I have asked if this has to be consecutive or not as if it is not a requirement there is no deadline as she will be returing to work after one year and would have worked 12 out of the last 24 months at any time we apply. Hope someone can confirm that this has to be consecutive 12 months employed. Thanks.
  23. hi, is academic IELTS valid to DIAC and points should be awarded if its not GT. the requirement of assessing body (Engineers Australia) is GT and they also accept academic but i am wondering whether DIAC accept it or not. plz if some one clearify? thanks
  24. I'd like to email an enquiry to the DIAC before I start my application for a 176 - Does anyone have a general enquiries address for them?