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  1. IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL THOSE YET TO LODGE THEIR 176 VISA WITH WA SS Hi all, please see the following message I received from my agent today who are preparing our visa application; 'We heard from Western Australia today saying that they require all signed agreements to be with them before the 21st of June. We cannot send the signed agreement to them until the application is lodged. As this is the case I would strongly recommend having all documentation into me by the 15th of June so that we can lodge the application and have the agreement sent on before the 21st. Hope this is of help. Thanks, Lucy.
  2. Guest

    important phone numbers

    Hi mates I wonder if you could inform me about those important numbers you need to know when you are in Sydney (Police, ambulance, emergencies, taxis etc..) Do you have a simple summary with these phone numbers? Thanks in advance
  3. When choosing a secondary school, how important is it that the school offers international baccalaureate? If my daughter wants to return to the UK to do Uni, will she be able to with the standard Oz qualification (SACE?), or will she experience difficulties gaining recognition for these?
  4. so many for me. A Few... Never ever judge a book by it's cover ever :err:. The Grass isn't always greener.:cute: Always treat others how you wish to be treated.:jiggy: Cherish the one that you love, everything else is just background noise.:wubclub: To work like you don't need much money, Love like you've never been hurt in the past, And dance like no one's watching.:yes: to Live life to the full, it's a journey not a destination.:jimlad:
  5. Hi there, we're flying out mid-August and we're trying to put together a solid list of important docs that we copies made of and certified. I'm getting the awful feeling that we are missing out on a few things that we will need once we arrive over there. Maybe anybody who has any input can suggest other items we are missing so it can help others in the same situation.... Here what we have so far: Certified & originals. Birth Certs Marraige Cert Child vaccination history Driver Licenses Letter from bank (showing past repayments for mortgage, for when trying to rent in OZ) Cetifications for employment. Also, a list of things to do before going: Set up bank accounts & ability to transfer funds Internationally. Get International drivers permit. Best of Luck everyone, Harry
  6. xenos1987

    Bridging Visa B - Important Info

    Hey guys, I applied for a BVB recently. The last one I submitted was ages ago and during that time quite a few things have changed which I would like to share. This information is not provided on their forms so please be aware of the following: * Before you were granted a BVB expiring three months from the date you made your application. Now it is up to your assessing officer. Generally they now give you a couple of weeks extra in case you need it (I would assume they do this given the number of delays in air travel recently due to natural disasters. ash clouds, family emergencies etc). * They expect you to lodge the application a week before you intend to travel. My assessing officer told me they want to see tickets as well. There was another woman who was told the same thing by her assessing officer so I assume this is their protocol now. The reason they do this is because they want to know the exact dates when someone is offshore so that they don't have to wait for ages before they approve their onshore application. Hope this helps
  7. Morning/Evening Folks. We all have things we believe in, that are important to us, passions that at times seem to take over our lives and we can't go a day without thinking about them. So in this respect what is the most important thing in your life at the moment. When I say that I mean apart from family :wubclub:, friends, hobbies, money worries, Australia and your move. I realise some may be going through certain family issues, money worries etc, and if so I sympathise, but in the grand scheme of things what can you not stop thinking about NOW and in the future. Difficult one I know, and I expect certain posters will say something that I know is coming, anything for a laugh, but lets have a 'cleansing' session, :shocked::goofy: and see where it goes. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  8. Hi Guys, I just want to share with you all the PDF file which I have received from DIAC this morning. I have no idea why DIAC send me an email as I already got my visa grant last March 2011. :biggrin: BR, taz Important Information for Priority 3 clients[1].pdf Important Information for Priority 3 clients[1].pdf
  9. Afternoon folks. Before I go any further I would like to make my own personal point of view very clear. I am lucky enough to hold dual citizenship, and Australia has always been a huge part of my life, and long may it continue, BUT. If for some reason I and my family couldn't make it back out there I would be well and truly heartbroken, it is a country I hold dear and has been very good to, and at times very bad for me, but all in all if I found out I was not allowed to return I would be somewhat disappointed, I dare say life would go on, and I would make sure it would no matter the sadness I may feel, but nonetheless I would be a little peeved off. So for those of you who visited, live, about to embark on the journey would it be a massive disappointment if you were not allowed to go/return for any reason, at the end of the day there are much more important things in life to worry about. As I said, I realise that to me I would be very upset, so to say 'Get On With It, Close That Door' is a bloody stupid statement to make because I know how I would feel. But are you one of those that would crack on and say bugger it, onward and upwards, would you just sit there for days and cry yourself to sleep,:cry:, or would just 'accept' that this is the case and so on. I know a very hypothetical question and one that may not be answerable yet, but thought I would ask anyway.:wubclub: Cheers Tony.:wink:
  10. Lurkio

    Grammar is important ...

    Grammar is important. Capital letters are the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse. :Randy-git:
  11. \i have not seen this posted on the board yet, this should be sticky for abit, Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship GSM Adelaide - Level 3 55 Currie Street Adelaide SA 5000 GPO Box 1638 ADELAIDE SA 5001 • Telephone: 1300 364 613 • Fax: 08 7421 7615 • www.immi.gov.au GSM Brisbane - 299 Adelaide Street Brisbane QLD 4000 GPO Box 9984 BRISBANE QLD 4001 • Telephone: 1300 364 613 • Fax: 07 3136 7473 • www.immi.gov.au Important information for certain Priority Group 3 applicants who received a letter from DIAC in March 2011 advising that their application is expected to be allocated within three months We have recently sent email letters to certain Priority Group 3 applicants who have lodged a General Skilled Migration (GSM) application under subclasses 175, 176, 475, 885, 886 and 487. As indicated above, these emails were sent only to applicants whose applications: a) are expected to be allocated to a case officer within three months of the date of these letters; and b) can proceed with health and character requirements without firstly being assessed by a case officer. If you have received this letter and have queries about these instructions, the following Questions and Answers may be of interest. Similarly, if you have not received this letter and your application is in Priority Group 3, these Questions and Answers will explain why and when you may expect to be contacted about your application. General Questions about these letters Q1: Who has this letter been sent to? This letter has been sent to a selection of eVisa Priority 3 applicants whose application is expected to be allocated a case officer for assessment within three months of the date of this letter. The applications within this group are ones which can proceed with health and character requirements without the application first being assessed by a case officer. If you have not received this letter it is because your application is one which is unable to proceed without first being assessed by a case officer, or it is one which is not expected to be assessed in coming months. The timeframe for allocation of your case to a case officer will not be affected by this. Applications will continue to be allocated for assessment in accordance with the priority processing arrangements and within date of lodgement order. Information on current allocation dates can be obtained by sending a blank email to gsm.processing@immi.gov.au. - 2 - Q2: What are the specific requirements of this letter? If you have received a letter addressed to you which confirms that your application is in Priority Group 3 and is expected to be allocated to a case officer for assessment within three months of the date of that letter, you and any family members included in your application should now follow the instructions of that letter. That is, all family members included in your application should now: 1. Undertake your health and character clearances if you have not already done so. 2. Complete Form 80: Personal particulars for character assessment 3. Update the Department on any change to your circumstances since lodgement of your application (if any). 4. Provide any documents relevant to your application that you have not already provided. Q3: Should I proceed with these clearances now? Yes, if you have received this letter. This is because the department expects to be able to be able to allocate your application to a case officer for assessment within three months of the date of this letter. By initiating these health and character clearances now and providing Form 80 and any other documents relevant to your application, you are likely to enable your application to be assessed in a quicker timeframe once it is allocated to a case officer. It is also possible that a decision may be able to be made when your application is first assessed without the need for your case officer to contact you about any outstanding requirements. Q4: Who should undertake these clearances? This letter refers to yourself and all members of your family unit listed in your application, irrespective of whether or not they are migrating with you. Members of your family unit include the following persons (as applicable): • a spouse, • dependent children, • children born after your application was lodged, and • a dependent widowed parent. If you have received this letter, all members of your family unit included in your application should now attend to the requirements listed. - 3 - Q5. I have received both a Personalised Letter (emailed on either 18th or 21st March 2011) advising me to undertake health and character clearances, and accessed the Invitation to undertake Health and Character attached to the auto-reply at gsm.processing@immi.gov.au – which one should I follow? If you have received a letter personally addressed to you which confirms that your application is in Priority Group 3 and is expected to be allocated to a case officer for assessment within three months of the date of that letter, you and any family members included in your application should now follow the instructions of that letter as listed as Q2. eVisa application and access Q6: I have forgotten my eVisa password and can not attach documents to the webbrowser, what should I do? If you have forgotten your eVisa password and are unable to attach information requested in this letter to your eVisa application via the web-browser (http://www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/general-skilled-migration-attachments.htm) you will need to forward any clearances, forms or requested documentation by email to gsm.documents@immi.gov.au. When doing so please ensure that you include your Client File Number and the Letter Reference Number. Health clearance results will be sent to the department by the clinic you visit. Please note that eVisa passwords are unable to be re-set. Q7: I can’t get into my eVisa application to download the medical forms, what should I do? To log into your eVisa application you will need to enter the Transaction Reference Number (TRN) listed at the top of the letter, your name, date of birth and passport number. If some any reason you are unable to download these forms, you will need to wait until your application has been allocated to a case officer for assessment (within three months of the date of this letter) before attending to this requirement. A case officer will assist you at this point in time. You may however, proceed with other requirements of this letter. - 4 - Health and Character clearances Q8: How should I apply for my health and character clearances? Health Clearances: Background information on the health requirement and health clearance process is available at: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements/. To obtain the forms required for a health examination, you will need to visit https://www.ecom.immi.gov.au/inquiry/query/query.do?action=eVisa. From here youwill need to log into your eVisa application. The Health forms (160EH and 26EH) are available to be downloaded from the Document Checklist link. Character Clearances: Background information on the character requirement and instructions on how to initiate a character clearance is available at: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/character-requirements/ For the Australian Government to determine whether you are of good character, police certificates are required for each country you have lived in for 12 months or more over the last ten (10) years since turning 16 years of age. This includes Australia if you have resided in Australia for 12 months or more during this period. Each applicant included in the application aged 16 years or over will need to initiate these clearances irrespective of whether they are migrating with you. Q9: I am unable to obtain the results of my health clearance from the doctor, what should I do? If you have undertaken a health examination with an approved panel doctor (outside of Australia) or Medibank Health Solutions (in Australia), there is nothing further you need to do in relation to obtaining a health clearance. The results of your examination will be forwarded by the doctor to the department. You will be contacted if there are any further requirements once your case has been allocated to a case officer for assessment. As mentioned in this letter allocation of your case is likely to occur within three months of the date of this letter. Q10. I require a letter from DIAC listing all applicant names to obtain character clearances, how should I proceed? The department is aware that in some countries such a letter from the department is required before an applicant can undertake character clearances. If this is the case for you or any members of your family unit, please note that this letter may be used for this purpose. You may also use the Acknowledgement Letter sent to you when your application was lodged. You should present a copy of this Acknowledgement Letter and the letter provided by email in March when applying for a character clearance. - 5 - Alternatively, specific information as required for a clearance can be provided to you when your application has been allocated to a case officer for assessment. Q11: I am not sure if one of my clearances is still valid? If you have any queries about these instructions or the validity of a clearance you have already obtained, you will need to wait until you have been allocated a case officer and raise these queries at that time. This is because a case officer will need to assess your application in its entirety before determining whether any new clearances will be required. As mentioned in this letter, the department expects to allocate your application to a case officer within three months from the date of this letter. Hence, the validity of a particular clearance already obtained will be clarified within a relatively short timeframe. Form 80 Q12. Form 80: Should I download this form from my eVisa application or the DIAC website? A new Form 80: Personal particulars for character assessment should be completed for all applicants including dependents aged 16 years or over irrespective of whether they are migrating or not, and irrespective of whether this form(s) was provided when lodging your application. This up-to-date information will assist with the processing of an application once it is allocated. Form 80 should be downloaded from department’s website at: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/80.pdf and not via your eVisa application.This form can be electronically completed and submitted to the department. Once complete you can attach this form online or email it to gsm.documents@immi.gov.au. If emailing to the department please ensure that you include your Client File Number and the Letter Reference Number within the subject line of the email. Providing clearances, forms or relevant documentation to the Department Q13: How should I provide the documentation requested in this letter? eVisa applicants should attach any clearances, forms or relevant documentation to the web-browser. For information on how to attach documents to the web-browser see: http://www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/general-skilled-migration-attachments.htm. If you are unable to attach documents to the web-browser, or you do not have your current eVisa password, these documents should be emailed to gsm.documents@immi.gov.au. Please ensure that you include your Client File Number and the Letter Reference Number within the subject line of the email. As mentioned above, health clearance results will be sent to the department by the clinic you visit. - 6 - What next? Q14: I have now provided all of my clearances, a new Form 80 and updated any changes in circumstances (as requested in this letter), when will my application be allocated to a case officer? If you have received this letter it is because the department expects to be able to allocate your application for assessment by a case officer within three months of the date of this letter. Applications will continue to be allocated in accordance with the priority processing arrangements as specified at http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/updated-priorityprocessing-arrangements.htm and after that, in date of lodgement order. Please note that this three month timeframe relates only to the initial assessment of your application. The length of time taken to process an application will be determined by any other outstanding requirements and your action to any request. You may wish to obtain an update on which GSM applications are currently being allocated to case officers for assessment. To do so, please send a blank email to gsm.processing@immi.gov.au. This auto-response is updated fortnightly and will provide you with an indication of when your application is nearing allocation. Once your application is allocated to a case officer, we request you allow a further six weeks for your application to be assessed. Q15. Is there anything else I can do? If you have received this letter and all members of your family unit included in your application have completed all of the requirements specified, there is nothing further you need to do until you are contacted by a case officer. At this point in time your case officer will advise you of any further requirements, or a decision, once they have assessed your application. Further questions Q16. I have further questions about these instructions, what can I do? If you have any queries about these instructions, you will need to wait until you have been allocated a case officer and raise these at that time. This is because a case officer will need to assess your application in its entirety and this can only be done once the application has been allocated. You may choose not to proceed with the requirements specified in this letter as this is not a formal request under the Migration Act. Please note that by not proceeding with these requirements the allocation of your application to a case officer will not be delayed but the time taken to finalise your application once it has been assessed by a case officer may be longer. Applications will continue to be allocated in accordance with the priority processing arrangements as specified at http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/updated-priorityprocessing-arrangements.htm and after that, in date of lodgement order. You may however, proceed with any elements of this letter for which you do not have questions. By doing this you may still allow your application to be processed in a quicker timeframe once allocated to a case officer for assessment. - 7 - Advice to applicants who have not received a letter Q17: When will other Priority Group 3 or 4 applicants be contacted? Applications are being allocated to a case officer for assessment in accordance with the priority processing arrangements set by the Minister for GSM applications. Under these arrangements the highest GSM priority is given to 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. Processing of Priority Group 2 applications is such they are now being allocated to a case officer to be assessed within a fortnight of receipt of their State/ Territory nomination form (Form 1100). Subsequently, processing has recommenced on Priority Group 3 applications in date of lodgement order within this priority grouping. Information on current processing dates for GSM applications can be obtained by sending a blank email to gsm.processing@immi.gov.au. You may wish to email this address periodically to determine whether the department is close to allocating applications commenced on the date of lodgement of your application. Further emails are expected to be sent to other Priority Group 3 and 4 applicants in coming months to advise of other applications nearing allocation to a case officer, and with updates on GSM application processing.
  12. 8 April 2011 - Important update about your sponsorship application Sponsorship Applications under current Points Test - submit by 5pm on 2 May 2011. to allow enough time for visa applications to be lodged with DIAC under the current Points Test, all completed applications should be received by Immigration SA before 5pm (Adelaide local time) on Monday 2 May 2011. this means that your online sponsorship application and supporting documents should be submitted to and registered by Immigration SA before 5pm (Adelaide local time) on Monday 2 May 2011. please be aware that the Online Application System will be closed at 5pm (Adelaide local time) on Monday 2 May 2011. If your application is received after that time, it will not be processed. Immigration SA will endeavour to finalise applications received by the May deadline before 1 July 2011, to enable you to lodge your visa application with DIAC under the current Points Test. Please check the Online Client Tracking System for results, which will be available as soon as a decision is made on your application. all applications will be processed in order of receipt of complete documentation. Please be aware that due to the anticipated volume of applications, Immigration SA cannot guarantee that all applications will be finalised before 1 July 2011. you should also be aware that there are Planning Levels for all occupations on the current State Sponsored Migration List. Once the Planning Level for a specific occupation has been reached, that occupation will no longer be available for sponsorship. This means that applications already submitted for that occupation will not proceed to be considered under the current Points Test, you need to lodge your visa application with DIAC before 1 July 2011; otherwise your visa application will be assessed against the new Points Test and criteria. once details of South Australia’s Sponsorship criteria for 2011-2012 have been finalised, the Online Application System will be reopened. please regularly check the Immigration SA website for updated information. State Migration Plan South Australia :: Make The Move
  13. I've got two months until I crank out my first child, I've never really been around small humans having no small siblings or cousins and all that STUFF that baby shops are full of freaks me out.:wideeyed: Mums, what do you really NEED in the first few months as opposed to stuff you may want that just ends up as clutter? So far I have a pram and one of those little portable bath things and that's it. help!
  14. Hi All I have the auto change detection set up for WA and it seems there is a change!! When guidance had first been issued (13/12/10 dated on my print out at home) for the 176 visa it stated work experience was 7 years. The new change states 7 years out of the last 10 years:mad::mad::mad: The Department of Training and Workforce Development - Skilled Migration Western Australia - Occupations in demand So if like us you are still waiting to hear the outcome of your application assessment I fear with every bone in my bod we will be rejected tomorrow as we have 6 yrs in the last 10!!! I hope this doesn't happen to us again we were rejected in 2006 because we only had 18months at the time even though our agent said they'll take you with 12 months...:cry::cry::cry::cry:
  15. Migrant skills go to the top of the list | The Australian THE points system for skilled migrants that notoriously preferred hairdressers over Harvard scientists is about to be abolished. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen is scheduled to announce in Sydney tomorrow a new points system in keeping with wider reforms to skilled migration. The reforms shift the emphasis to high skill levels and employee sponsorship, making it harder for overseas students with low-quality Australian qualifications to secure permanent residency. Stricter rules for skilled migration have damaged the business model used by private colleges and universities to attract students and fee revenue. In China, Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans rejected any suggestion the commonwealth should compensate education providers for lost income. "It's not about us making up the shortfall. I mean, universities are a business," he told the HES. Regards
  16. A further signal that the SMPs are imminent in this MIA message received today: Important GSM Decision Ready Checklist update David Stewart, Program Director, General Skilled Migration, DIAC South Australia has provided the following advice to the MIA: You will be aware that Brisbane General Skilled Migration (GSM) currently have a trial of a Decision Ready Checklist (DRC) which gives priority allocation to GSM eLodged onshore applications lodged by Registered Migration Agents (RMAs) that are declared via the DRC to be decision ready. Currently only GSM applications in Priority 3 and those not subject to the Minister's Processing priority Direction can be lodged with the DRC. When State Migration Plans (SMPs) are introduced, priority in allocation must be given to GSM applications in Priority 2 and from that time only Priority 2 applications and those not subject to the direction will be able to be lodged with the DRC. Any Priority 3 DRC applications not yet allocated at that time will be allocated only when all Priority 2 applications (DRC and non DRC) have been allocated and will be allocated in order of date of receipt, ie they will receive no priority. This has the potential to inconvenience clients as there is a possibility that health and character clearances may expire before such applications are allocated and decided. You and your client should consider this in making any decision to lodge Priority 3 GSM applications with a DRC prior to the introduction of SMPs. Stewart also provided answers to two questions from MIA National President Sharon Harris: 1. Do you have any idea of timing for the release of the SMPs? I assume from this notice that they may be any time soon.Nothing informed regarding the timing for release of the SMPs; just know that, as program requires 24,000 grants, we need to get going soon. 2. In relation to health clearances, as they are the most costly, would it be possible to consider further extension of the validity of healths if a person has not departed Australia? Case officers would apply the flexibility allowed by policy regarding the extension of health and character checks in such circumstances. Note, we have allocated all Priority 3 onshore applications received before 1 May 2009, so it will be some time before we start processing cases lodged in late 2010. And worth noting that merely being in a state's group of sponsored applicants is no guarantee - except possibly for the ACT - that your occupation will be in the SMP for your state for this program year or that DIAC will reach your occupation in this program year. Each SMP is expected to include quotas for occupations and in some cases a file will be processed more quickly just by virtue of being a Schedule 3 occupation. But good luck to everyone. Cheers, George Lombard
  17. Hi All The Senate Estimates Committee met on Tuesday 19th October 2010. The Hansard for the whole of the relevant meeting is below: http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/senate/commttee/S13303.pdf Senator Cash is a live wire! She represents WA and she is a Liberal according to her blog. She is a solicitor by background, it seems. During Tuesday's meeting, Senator Cash tabled 22 questions about skilled immigration of all types. She wanted statistics and figures. Initially, before lunch, DIAC hedged and fudged. After the lunch break, however, DIAC fielded Mr Kruno Kukoc and he answered most of the questions. In answering the questions, Mr Kukoc came out with a whole string of very significant figures about skilled migration of all types. I've copied and pasted the whole thing below: Mr Kukoc—I am trying my best to collect all the information on the 22 questions that you tabled just before the break. I may still ask you to take some of the questions on notice if they were really detailed questions. Question 1: What is the number of students currently on Australian student visas? What is the breakdown between those students between the following visa sub classes—570, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 576? As at June 2010 we had 385,000 students in the country, but note that this number varies significantly. It is seasonally affected, depending on when they arrive and when some of them would go on holidays overseas. It varies between 385,000 and 400,000-odd. As of June 2010 we had 385,000. In terms of the breakdown of those students between the visa sub classes I would like to take this question on notice. We could not get the information. I do not have it in my folder. Generally higher education is the highest number, vocational education is second and then ELICOS schools with small numbers. We will get that breakdown to you as it relates to the stock of students in the country. Question 2: How many students are currently in Australia on Skilled-Graduate (subclass 485) visa? At the moment we have 25,230 485 visa holders in Australia. Question 3: How many are on bridging visas awaiting the determination of a visa under the GSM or ENS program? Under the GSM we had 49,405 and under the employer sponsored we had 18,751. Question 4: How many applications for a 485 visa or general skilled migration visa had been lodged but undecided by 8 February 2010? We have 34,338 485s and GSM as at 8 February the pipeline was 148,711. Of that onshore were 41,000. Note that this pipeline has significantly reduced somewhat from 8 February. It is now around 135,000 or 136,000. Question 5: How many of those would have qualified under the old SOL if the new regulations applied to all applications which were lodged after 8 February 2010, rather than applying it to all applications lodged but undecided prior to 8 February? Note, Senator, that all of these cases are actually protected; they are part of the transitional rules. So all applicants or holders of 485 were all applicants on GSM so, on 8 February 2010, were subject to grandfathering, which means that they can use the old SOL and they can use MODL as well. Senator CASH—And that is set out in the graduate provisions, is it? Mr Kukoc—Yes. Question 6: How many international students currently on Skilled-Graduate (subclass 485) visas are awaiting resolution of their application for permanent residency-General Skilled Migration (GSM) or ENS visa? For general skilled migration, I mentioned that number—that was 49,405. For employer sponsorship, I do not have the exact number, but very few students tend to apply for employer sponsorship, and that has been the case until recently. We hope that may change in future. For example, in 2009-10, only 775 former students applied for employer sponsorship. Senator CASH—Sorry, what was that number? Mr Kukoc—Only 775 former students applied for employer sponsorship in 2009-10—but that number may increase in the future as students find an alternative employer sponsorship pathway. Question 7: What is the average processing time for the determination of each of these visa applications? Our standard processing times are on our website. I would need to take this question on notice in terms of the average processing time. I am not able to respond to that, unless someone from client services can, but I would rather take this question on notice and you will get average processing times for each of these visa applications. Question 8: From what countries are these students from and what is the proportion by nationality? I have that as well. The top nationalities by applications on hand as at the end of August 2010 for GSM are India with 33,430, or 24 per cent of the total; the United Kingdom with 14,170, or 10 per cent of the total; and the People’s Republic of China with 13,700, or 10 per cent of the total. There are then lower numbers such as South Africa with 7,110, or five per cent, and Sri Lanka with 6,600, or four to five per cent. Senator CASH—Are you able to provide that information on notice or table the information? Mr Kukoc—Yes. Senator CASH—Thank you. Mr Kukoc—You asked the same for the 485 subclass. Again, the top five countries are India, with 13,140; China, with 4,830; Nepal, with 1,950; the Republic of Korea, with 910; and then lower numbers for other countries. Senator CASH—Thank you very much. Mr Kukoc— Question 9: How many applications are currently pending for sub class 485 visas? There are 37,470, and they include both primary and secondary applicants. Question 10: How many of those whose application are pending are now on bridging visas awaiting the outcomes of their application? By a matter of law they are all on bridging visas. So all of those who have applied for this subclass are on bridging visas because their status has to be regulated. [[[Please note - Mr Kukoc went from Q9 to Q11 in Hansard. I don't know what Q10 was, in the circs.]]] Question 11: How many sub-class 485 visas are due to expire by the end of 2010, June 30 2011, December 31, 2012? I would like to take that question on notice if you do not mind. Senator CASH—Thank you. Question 12: What is the English language requirement for attaining a sub-class 485 visa and how does it compare to the English language requirements for accessing a student visa? For a student visa, depending on the education sector and depending on the country, it can vary but it is usually IELTS 5. For a 485 the requirement is IELTS 6. Senator CASH—In terms of the English language requirement, is that affected by the transitional arrangements? Mr Kukoc—No, it is not. Senator CASH—Why is that? Why is it not affected? Are there any people who are here who would have actually undertaken an English language test where the barrier was not as high? Mr Kukoc—The reforms that were implemented on 8 February did not affect the IELTS level, so there are no transitional arrangements. The IELTS level for a 485 in general skilled migration before that was increased from 5 to 6, I think, but the reforms announced on 8 February did not affect the— Senator CASH—Affect the English? Mr Kukoc—Yes. Question 13: How many onshore applications for student visas were made in the 2009/10 financial year by sub-class? What was the refusal rate for applications made in that year for each sub class? How many visas were granted? In which sub-classes? How does this compare to 2007-08, 2008-09? Our overall application numbers in 2009-10 for student visas were 292,874. Of this, onshore applications were at 116,832 and offshore 176,042. The rest of the questions I will need to take on notice. As I mentioned in my earlier statement, there has been a general reduction in applications of around 19 per cent compared to the last year but, at the same time, there has been an increase in onshore applications for student visas by 20 per cent, and a larger decline offshore, I think, of 35 or 36 per cent, compared to the last year, which indicates that many students onshore are actually changing courses or enrolling in other courses. Senator CASH—Thank you. Mr Kukoc— Question 14: How many onshore applications for student visas have been made by failed applicants for 485 sub-class visas in 2009/10? I would like to take this question on notice as well. I do not have this information in my folder. Question 15: What was the major reason for failing to be granted a sub-class 485 visa? How does this compare with 2007-08, 2008-09? What is the reason for this difference (if there is one)? There is not much difference. The three major criteria that you have to meet if you are an applicant for a 485 are: you have to meet the English language requirement, you have to have the positive skills assessment and you need to have an Australian study requirement—you need to have studied in Australia for at least two years. If you do not meet of these three criteria you will fail the 485 test. Senator CASH—But you are then able to apply for a student visa? Mr Kukoc—You can apply for a student visa under a different set of criteria, of course. Senator CASH—And you will provide us with that information in terms of those who failed the 485 and then applied for a student visa? Mr Kukoc—Yes. Question 16: How many offshore applications for student visas were made in the 2009/10 financial year? I have got information here in my folder. Offshore applications, I think I mentioned, were 176,042. Senator CASH—Yes, thank you. Mr Kukoc— Question 17: What was the refusal rate for applications made in that year? How many visas were granted? In which sub-classes? How does this compare to 2007-08 and 2008-09? I do not have all the information with me, but our grant rate is pretty high. It has dropped somewhat in 2009-10. Our grant rate was over 81 per cent, and in 2008-09 the grant rate was 85 per cent—yes, in 2009-10 our grant rate was 85.97 per cent and in 2008-09 it was over 85 per cent. It has dropped somewhat to slightly above 81 per cent, but I will provide a detailed answer to that question on notice. Senator CASH—Thank you. Mr Kukoc— Question 18: How many students reported attacks against them to the police, by state and nationality? What was the nature of the attacks? We do not have access to that information. That is a matter for the state police. There are legal impediments to them sharing that information with us. Question 19: How many international students have died whilst studying in Australia? What was the cause of the death by State of residence? Again, we do not collect that information. Unless people bring this to our attention, we do not normally collect that information. Senator CASH—What would happen if a person died whilst here on a student visa and, according to you, the student visa had lapsed or the person had overstayed their visa? Do you make any inquiries as to the whereabouts of that person? Mr Kukoc—We do not normally follow up every student visa in terms of when the student visa expires and whether the person has departed Australia. We do have a general compliance risk management approach in terms of monitoring, visiting and investigation. We do not do that on a case-by-case basis. Senator CASH—Can you be sure at any one time how many students are in Australia on expired student visas and are therefore unlawful? How do you do that? Mr Metcalfe—Essentially the department undertakes a reconciliation process on a regular basis of people who have entered Australia and people who have left by the due date. That includes the various temporary categories—tourists, students and others. We come up with an estimate, as an aggregate but also for particular caseloads, as to the overstay rate. We would have a figure, for example, of student overstayers from particular countries. That is something that informs our risk assessment for future visa decisions from a particular area. It feeds into the so-called assessment level process for determining the types of requirements that we have around particular visa categories from particular countries. Senator CASH—Thank you. Mr Kukoc— Question 20: Does the department collect information from the police about attacks against international students? If not, why not? As I mentioned in my response to an earlier similar question, we do not collect that information and the state police do not share that information with us. I understand there are legal impediments in sharing the information. Question 21: Has the department received any information about the exploitation of vulnerable students, including those with financial problems or who may be subject to extortion, wage and sex slavery etc? What is the mechanism that students can utilise to report these difficulties? This question involves a number of departments such as DEEWR, the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations. It is also a matter for the police in relevant states and for the Workplace Ombudsman. The department has a dob-in line. Of course, if these allegations are brought to our attention we would pass that information to the relevant authorities—the state police or the Workplace Ombudsman. Senator CASH—Are you happy to take on notice to provide me with how many calls you have had to the dob-in line on an annual basis since its commencement and the nature of those calls? Mr Kukoc—We will take that on notice. I think we would be able to do that. The final question: How many applications for tourist visas were made in 2009-10? How many were rejected and how many approved? How does this compare with 2007-08 and 2008-09? Are there particular posts where the decline is most noticeable (if there is a decline in applications)? Is there a reason the refusal rate is so high (if it is)? I do have the information about the grant rate by countries in total and in comparison to 2008-09 and 2007-08. I do not have the information about the applications. I can take that on notice. Our grant rate is very high. If I give you the grant rates you can assume that it is pretty much close to the mark in terms of the applications. Senator CASH—Thank you. Mr Kukoc—We had an overall increase in visitor visa grants of 2.66 per cent in 2009-10 compared to 2008-09. In 2009-10 we had 3,416,576 visa grants. That compares to 3,328,112 in 2008-09. That is the increase of 2.66 per cent. The largest arrivals were of course from the United Kingdom followed by the United States of America, Japan, China, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Germany, Singapore, France, Canada, and then all others. In terms of trends, we have seen a slight drop in visitors from Japan of 7.3 per cent and an increase in arrivals from the United States of America of six per cent. Also, there was an increase in arrivals from China of five per cent; Korea, 7.8 per cent; Germany, 6.6 per cent; and France, seven per cent. Cheers Gill
  18. hia ll, hade interview this morning and they asked how long the visa would take i said about 2-3mths can anyone give me a timescale for an 457 employer sponsored visa please? i need to email them tonite let them know huge thanks kelly:wubclub:
  19. QUESTION } Is it possible that i go back to my country wid few of my friends as im onshore {885} and buy boat and then after few days hardwork i may reach australian shores as asylum seeker and then my case will be having much better chances than CAT 4 applicants ???? :idea:
  20. ACS has today announced new guidelines for skills assessment which appear to take into account the differential value of IT experience under the new SOL, ENSOL and State SOL. See ACS (Australian Computer Society) - Membership, Professionalism and Leadership for ICT Professionals and the ICT Community and in particular, http://www.acs.org.au/assessment/docs/SUMMARY_OF_CHANGES_PASA_GUIDELINES_FOR_APPLICANTS.pdf . Cheers, George Lombard
  21. Hi, Can anyone give us an idea of what is important to pack in our luggage. Our container leaves in about a month, so we're still at that sorting out stage. And we leave in Sept for Melbourne. Obviously clothes, shoes, documents, laptop etc. but I am wondering if there are any vital bits and bobs that would be good to include in the luggage? I read on here once that an extension cable is a good idea, and that is now on the list - any other ideas? We've got a 160kg luggage allowance with Singapore Airlines which is loads (not that I am complaining!). We went away for a week last month and only took 22kg for 4 of us, I want to make the most of the 160kg and pack wisely. thanks, Sam :wubclub:
  22. our medicals have been received on 18/6/10 and are being processed at the moment, hopefully not too long to wait for us now, our 2 sons medical requiremnents have been met on 21/6/10 according to the DIAC website, we are going for the 175 Visa, my question is how do you find out if you have the Visa do you get a letter does your agent tell you, hopefully not too much longer to wait Thanks :biggrin:
  23. tracy123

    How important is research?

    After doing all of your research, finding the perfect area, the perfect house, and the best schools for your children, etc, etc, etc. Then the day comes and you’re in Australia, has all of that research you put in been wasted? Has the area you have spent so much time researching been what you really wanted or expected?
  24. I'm an IT Professional, migrating to Australia. I would like to know which is the second most important language in Australia, for career purposes. Thanks, Carlos Felipe
  25. Hi I just called to book our medical in Sheffield and was told that as of this friday,there will only be 3 Panel doctors across UK.Has anyone heard of these changes.The lady I spoke to said that Diac has removed most of the Panel docters of the list and as of friday Sheffield Medical Centre will not be allowed to do any medicals for Australia.She is trying to get us in before Friday but if she cannot,Does anybody know of the new list of Panel Docters,we are stuffed if they are all near London. One step forward two steps back:arghh: Kind Regards
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