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  1. The occupations currently experiencing shortages of skilled labour are listed below: Mechanical and Fabrication Engineering Tradespersons (112.2 in the Sep qtr; 108.9 in the Jun qtr); Chefs (107.8 in the Sep qtr; 105.3 in the Jun qtr); Automotive Tradespersons (103.7 in the Sep qtr; 103.8 in the Jun qtr); Hairdressers (101.8 in the Sep qtr; 101.1 in the Jun qtr); Food Tradespersons (101.1 in the Sep qtr; 101.8 in the Jun qtr); Computing Professionals (100.4 in the Sep qtr; 100.5 in the Jun qtr); and Wood Tradespersons (100.3 in the Sep qtr; 102.6 in the Jun qtr). Further details click here: Australian Skills Shortages Demand 2011 Clarius Skills Index Major employment sectors to be hit by skills shortfalls.
  2. It looks dark and grey and rainy outside my unit but I know that it is mild too and the water is warming up. I gone back to Redleaf again as it's half the distance to Neilsen Park - 5.5k instead of 10k. What have I done today? Reached nearly 10,000 on my data entry on line typing test so that was a bit of good news! Better get my skates on!
  3. Hello Pomsinoz i think IMMI are really moving fast these days http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/estimated-allocation-times.htm They reached 1st December 2010 with priority 4.
  4. The Dovii now have a tank of their own. They spawned 4 days after moving in. Pics are hand held with only the tank lights. Batteries were flat on the flash so the pics aren't up to standard but didn't want to miss the opportunity of catching them with the parents before they spread out in the tank.
  5. Jake's got a new brood And we treated ourselves to another 2 discus, bought from the sales of some of the previous fry And his festae is now in full breeding colour
  6. Guest

    Latest Mortgage Update

    Please see attached the most recent Mortgage Newsletter :biggrin: April Newsletter PDF.pdf April Newsletter PDF.pdf
  7. Guest

    Latest Banking News

    You can now get you latest banking and finance news on facebook. You can follow-us at Migrant Banking at National Australia Bank. Cheers Nigel
  8. Applications lodged before the following dates are currently being considered by a case officer: Priority 2 State Migration Plan*: (* State migration Plan currently available for VIC, ACT, NT, QLD, Tas, WA & SA) Please see the attached document for important information relevant to those with a current application in Priority Group 2. (See attached file: Important Information for Priority 2 applicants.pdf) Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged): 15 February 2011 VE 176 (paper): 15 February 2011 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged) 4 February 2011 VB 886 (paper): 4 February 2011 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 15 February 2011 VF 475 (paper): 15 February 2011 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VB 886 (e-lodged) 4 February 2011 VB 886 (paper): 4 February 2011 Priority group 3 Please see the attached document for important information relevant to those with a current application in Priority Group 3. (See attached file: Important Information for Priority 3 applicants.pdf) Allocation of Priority Group 3 applications will recommence once all onhand Priority Group 2 applications have been allocated. Any application that was previously Priority Group 4 that is now eligible for Priority Group 3 processing which was lodged before the dates listed below will be allocated first once Priority Group 3 allocations resume. Skilled – Independent (Migrant) subclass 175 VE 175 (e-lodged): 14 January 2009 VE 175 (paper): 14 January 2009 Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged):14 January 2009 VE 176 (paper): 14 January 2009 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 14 January 2009 VF 475 (paper): 14 January 2009 Skilled – Independent Regional (Provisional) subclass 495 and Skilled – Designated Area Sponsored subclass 496 UX 495 and UZ 496 (e-lodged and paper): All applicants who have an occupation on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 3 have been allocated. Skilled – Independent (Residence) subclass 885 VB 885 (e-lodged) 30 March 2010 VB 885 (paper): 15 January 2010 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged) 7 March 2010 VB 886 (paper): 15 January 2010 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VC 487 (e-lodged) 30 March 2010 VC 487 (paper): 6 November 2009 Priority Exempt Applications Visa Subclasses 476, 485 and 887 are exempt from the current priority processing direction. Applications under these subclasses will be processed in the order in which they were received by the department. Applications lodged before the following dates are currently being considered by a case officer: Skilled – Recognised Graduate subclass 476 VF 476 (e-lodged): 2 December 2010 VF 476 (paper): 2 December 2010 Skilled – Graduate subclass 485 VC 485 (e-lodged) 16 December 2009 VC 485 (paper): 14 November 2009 Skilled – Regional subclass 887 VB 887 (e-lodged) 9 February 2011 VB 887 (paper): 20 November 2010 Subsequent Entrant Applications All subsequent entrant applications for subclasses 485, 487 and 475: 28 January 2011 Looks like all CAT 2 apps have got CO. CAT 3 is also slowly moving on.
  9. Guest

    Jake's latest success

    Texas cichlid "escondido' These are a rarer form of the common Texas. Just under 3" and will grow to 12 so will have much brighter colour later. I estimate about 1500 fry..............looks like more tanks a comin' :biglaugh: Mum Dad
  10. Guest

    Latest Processing Times

    ************************GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION **************************PROCESSING INFORMATION This is an automated e-mail response which provides updated information on ***processing of applications for General Skilled Migration (GSM). This *******************information is updated fortnightly. **********************Last updated 17 February 2011. ***Please do not send enquiries or reply to this email address as this **mailbox is not monitored. *Contact details for GSM *are listed below. Current Processing Dates If your application date has recently come into our current processing date range you should allow at least 6 weeks to enable a case officer to complete the initial assessment. Please refrain from sending requests for an update on the status of your application within this 6 week period. Priority Processed Applications Under the priority processing direction we are giving priority in allocation to applications with a nominated occupation that appears in an active State Migration Plan - Priority Group 2. Priority Group 3 applications are allocated only where all Priority Group 2 have already been allocated. *Priority Group 4 cases will be allocated once all Priority Group 3 are allocated. To determine which priority group your application falls into please read the information on the department’s website at: General Skilled Migration For further information regarding State Migration Plans please visit the department’s website at: What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/statmig-fs.pdf http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/statmig-faq.pdf Applications lodged before the following dates are currently being considered by a case officer: Priority 2 State Migration Plan*: (* State migration Plan currently available for VIC, ACT, NT, QLD, Tas, WA & SA) Please see the attached document for important information relevant to those with a current application in Priority Group 2. (See attached file: Important Information for Priority 2 applicants.pdf) Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged): 17 February 2011 VE 176 (paper): 17 February 2011 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged) 17 February 2011 VB 886 (paper): 17 February 2011 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 17 February 2011 VF 475 (paper): 17 February 2011 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VB 886 (e-lodged) 17 February 2011 VB 886 (paper): 17 February 2011 Priority group 3 Please see the attached document for important information relevant to those with a current application in Priority Group 3. (See attached file: Important Information for Priority 3 applicants.pdf) Skilled – Independent (Migrant) subclass 175 VE 175 (e-lodged): 28 April 2009 VE 175 (paper): 28 April 2009 Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged):28 April 2009 VE 176 (paper): 28 April 2009 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 28 April 2009 VF 475 (paper): 28 April 2009 Skilled – Independent Regional (Provisional) subclass 495 and Skilled – Designated Area Sponsored subclass 496 UX 495 and UZ 496 (e-lodged and paper): All applicants who have an occupation on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 3 have been allocated. Skilled – Independent (Residence) subclass 885 VB 885 (e-lodged) 15 June 2010 VB 885 (paper): 28 May 2010 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged) 15 June 2010 VB 886 (paper): 28 May 2010 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VC 487 (e-lodged) 15 June 2010 VC 487 (paper): 28 May 2010 Priority Exempt Applications Visa Subclasses 476, 485 and 887 are exempt from the current priority processing direction. *Applications under these subclasses will be processed in the order in which they were received by the department. Applications lodged before the following dates are currently being considered by a case officer: Skilled – Recognised Graduate subclass 476 VF 476 (e-lodged): 2 December 2010 VF 476 (paper): 2 December 2010 Skilled – Graduate subclass 485 VC 485 (e-lodged) 22 December 2009 VC 485 (paper): 14 November 2009 Skilled – Regional subclass 887 VB 887 (e-lodged) 17 February 2011 VB 887 (paper): 17 February 2011 Subsequent Entrant Applications All subsequent entrant applications for subclasses 485, 487 and 475: 28 January 2011 Processing Times Estimated processing times for GSM visa applications can be found on our website at: http://www.immi.gov.au/about/charters/client-services-charter/visas/8.0.htm Estimates of processing times that apply to different types of applications 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. Factors that can impact on processing times include, but are not limited to: - completeness of application - how quickly applicants respond to requests to provide documentation - medical complications - police checks - checks with third parties to verify claims made in an application. Contacting Us Providing additional documents Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit supporting documentation electronically. *Providing scanned copies of documents reduces postal and administrative delays in receiving and processing information. GSM processing offices accept scanned copies of original documents (non-certified) provided they are in colour. If you scan documents in black and white, then they must be scanned copies of certified copies. The valid file types for attaching documents are BMP, DOC, DOT, GIF, JPG, PDF, RTF, TXT and XLS. Information which will assist you in attaching documents to your application or in emailing them to the department is available on the department’s website at: Attaching Documents to a General Skilled Migration Visa Application Online applications If you e-lodged this application you are strongly encouraged to attach all the supporting documentation to the application in the web-browser. This is the preferred procedure for providing supporting documents for an e-lodged application. If for any reason you cannot attach documents in the browser then you can email the documents as scanned attachments to the following email address: gsm.documents@immi.gov.au Paper lodged applications If you lodged a paper application you can still provide supporting documentation electronically by emailing the documents as scanned attachments to: gsm.documents@immi.gov.au When emailing documents to the department please quote your Transaction Reference Number (TRN) or file reference number for this purpose. Do *not send this office any original documents or provide paper copies of documents *previously *attached *to *the *browser or sent by e-mail unless asked to do so by a departmental officer. Medical Results If you have undertaken your medical examination with Medibank Health Solutions (formerly Health Services Australia), please do not post your medical results to us unless your case officer requests you to do so. Please store your results in a secure place and do not open the sealed envelope. ENQUIRIES Email Our preferred means of communication for GSM enquiries is email. Before you contact the department with general enquiries about the GSM program, you should first read the relevant website content and links provided in this email. If the website information does not answer your enquiry, please refer below: If you have not lodged a GSM visa application, and would like more information, use the GSM Pre-Lodgement Enquiry Form at: General Skilled Migration Pre-Lodgement Enquiry Form If you have lodged a GSM visa application, but it has not yet been allocated to a case officer, and you have further queries, use the GSM Post-Lodgement Enquiry Form at: General Skilled Migration Post-Lodgement Enquiry Form Allocated to a case officer: Once your application is allocated to a case officer, assessment of your application will begin. *At this time, your case officer will provide you with a specific email address and you should correspond directly by email with them. Telephone: * *1300 364 613 (in Australia) for the cost of a local call; or * *+61 1300 364 613 (outside Australia) * * *Contact Hours (Australian Central Time): 0900 to 1600 Monday to Friday Please note: due to the large volume of calls we receive, from time to time you may experience lengthy delays before getting to speak to a customer service officer. LINKS General Skilled Migration – What's New What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration -------------------------------------------------------------------- Important Notice: If you have received this email by mistake, please advise the sender and delete the message and attachments immediately. *This email, including attachments, may contain confidential, sensitive, legally privileged and/or copyright information. *Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. *DIAC respects your privacy and has obligations under the Privacy Act 1988. *The official departmental privacy policy can be viewed on the department's website at Department of Immigration & Citizenship. *See: http://www.immi.gov.au/functional/privacy.htm ---------------------------------------------------------------------
  11. Sol Survivor

    My latest 1276 visa application query!

    Hi all, we've got 35% way through the online form for a 176 and at this point it says "details of countries you or your spouse/defacto partner have lived for 12 months or more over the age of 16..." well the question is simple as its just the UK but as the partner I want to add in my part as well as per the request but at no point up to now has the form asked for the partner/defacto name or details so the drop down box just has my girlfriends name but not mine, it just says "name" below her's, so I can't add my details. I tried to put in my information just as "name" but it won't let me (unsuprisingly). I notice that we'll have the same problem at the 45% point when it asks for visas you've previously had, but again as the partner/defacto my name doesn't appear in the drop down box so I can't submit my information! Any suggestions? thanks.
  12. How have the 23,000 allocated places been distributed between the Australian states and territories? We have approached all the states and territories in Australia, and asked them to confirm the number of sponsorship grants they have been allocated for 2010/11, so we can see how the overall quota of 23,000 is distributed across the different states and territories in Australia. In addition to this, we have asked each state and territory to confirm how many sponsorship applications they have approved, which have yet to be finalised by DIAC, in order to gain a better insight into how close each area is to filling their quota for this year and how close DIAC are to meeting the planning level for state sponsored visas. As of 21 October, 2010, we have received the following responses from the Australian States and Territories: Queensland Queensland have not been forthcoming with precise figures, as they’ve said their planning levels form part of their migration plan, which has not yet been signed off. However, a representative for the State said he "does not believe that the proposed planning levels for Queensland are likely to cause a problem". Tasmania Tasmania have confirmed that, pending the federal government’s approval, they will be allocated 700 sponsorship places, made up of 460 listed occupations and 240 off-list places. To date, the number of granted and on-hand applications totals 220, leaving a total of 480 places available for sponsorship in the 2010/11 allocation. New South Wales New South Wales have referred us to their website, and declined to comment on what they state is part of their forthcoming migration plan. Australian Capital Territory (ACT) The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have confirmed that they have been allocated 1740 spaces, which they’ve said equates to roughly 720 sponsorship places available, after the partners and dependants for applicants have been taken into account. They have confirmed that they have 690 applications either pending or already granted (but not yet finalised by DIAC), meaning their quota of 720 spaces for 2010/11 is essentially already full. The ACT has already taken the decision that any future application for sponsorship under their migration plan will be processed by DIAC in the 2011/12 year. South Australia UPDATED 21/10/2010: South Australia has declined to provide information on their allocated quota or the numbers of visa applications they have already nominated for sponsorship which have yet to be finalised. However, they have confirmed that certain occupations have already reached their quota number and are no longer available for sponsorship in the 2010/11 program year. Check the South Australia website for the most recent updates on which occupations will not be considered for the current year. As the different states in Australia respond, this blog entry will be updated. - Matt Parker is a caseworker for the Australian Visa Bureau. Visa Bureau Blog - Visas and Immigration to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the United States Regards:hug:
  13. According to Clarius Skills Index September Quarter the 10 occupations and index readings that are currently experiencing skilled labour shortages are listed below: Building and Engineering Professionals (100.5) Computing Professionals (101.4) Building and Engineering Associate Professionals (100.8) Metal Tradespersons (108.0) Automotive Tradespersons (104.5) Construction Tradespersons (102.7) Food Tradesperson (102.7) Wood Tradesperson (103.6) Chefs (108.5) Hairdressing Tradespersons (102.7) The hospitality industry is already suffering from falls in international students and immigrants "Waiter, waiter...", but then again with recent news of public sector cuts in UK a new wave of "economic refugees" could be on their way.....
  14. Wolla Bolla Bing Bong

    Smp latest!

    Hi All, After reading on another thread about the possible expiry dates on SS, I contacted my visa agent to confirm whether or not my SS would expire. I also asked if she had any news or gossip regarding the SMP's. Below is the email I received: There is no expiry on the state sponsorships, but what is likely to happen is that carpenters will not feature on the SMP for Queensland, which would basically mean you are not afforded priority processing under category 2. For those lodged before 1st July 2010 they have said that the visas will be granted before the end of 2011. At present they are up to late October 2008 for category 3 clients and are working through them in date order. Once category 2 comes into play they will slow their processing of category 3, but based on the fact you lodged mid 2009, I would imagine you should receive a visa a good few months earlier than December 2011, although I have no basis for saying that other than trying to think of the numbers and their processing standard, so don’t hold me to it! I believe that the SMP’s are still not signed by the Minister, but there are rumblings that early November will signal the start of the unveiling of them, although I have heard all sorts of rumours and claims over the last 6 months so I don’t count on anything anymore! I think there is quite a lot of wishful thinking involved in a lot of the release dates being quoted. We’ll be in contact once we know – I am looking forward to actually feeling like we are getting somewhere again! Cheers This means us Carpenters have to wait at least 12 months before we are assigned a CO and then another few months after that. So basically, if all things go ok then I should be in QLD in.....early 2012. :shocked: 'Gutted' is not even a word which would describe how I am feeling at this moment in time.... I am just going to wrap a pillow around my mouth and SCREAM for a few minutes.:cry: Cheers
  15. I'm not a great golf fan, but will always cheer our boys on in ANY tournament. But come on, Wales in October, the organising committee must have thought long and hard about that one.:biglaugh::biglaugh: Cheers Tony:wink:
  16. // Hi i send several time blank e-mail to Brisbane processes center but no reply. If any one have the reply mail, pl post here , Dec 2009 i applied for 485 visa i am waiting!! Dhani:mad::goofy:
  17. Here is the latest processing update email from GSMB Brisbane. GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION BRISBANE PROCESSING INFORMATION This is an automated e-mail response which provides updated information on skilled migration applications being processed by GSM Adelaide. Please do not reply to this email address as this mailbox is not monitored. Contact details for the ASPC and GSM Brisbane are listed below. IMPORTANT NOTICE Changes to Priority Processing – 14 July 2010 Direction No. 48 - Order of consideration - certain skilled migration visas The Migration Act 1958 contains powers by which the Minister can consider and finalise visa applications in an order of priority that the Minister considers appropriate. Departmental officers are required to follow this Ministerial direction, which applies to every stage of visa processing. The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, has set new priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas. These arrangements take account of the changes to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) that came into effect on 1 July 2010, as well as the revocation of the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL) and the Critical Skills List (CSL). These priority processing arrangements apply to applications already lodged with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, as well as to future applications. The new priority processing arrangements apply to the following visa programs: · The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) · The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) · General Skilled Migration (GSM) The following GSM visa subclasses are exempt from the priority processing provisions specified in Direction 48: · Skilled – Recognised Graduate Subclass 476 · Skilled – Graduate Subclass 485 · Skilled – Designated Area – Sponsored (Residence) Subclass 883 · Skilled – Regional Subclass 887 Applications for these visa subclasses will be processed in the order in which they are received. The following GSM applications are exempt from Direction 48: · applications that have been remitted by the Migration Review Tribunal for reconsideration; · applications where it is readily apparent that the criteria for grant of the visa would not be satisfied; · applications by members of the family unit of a person who holds a temporary or provisional GSM visa (subsequent entrant applications). · visa applications for a Skilled – Regional Sponsored Subclass 487 visa where the applicant holds a Skilled – Independent Regional (Provisional) Subclass 495 visa, Skilled – Designated Area-sponsored (Provisional) Subclass 496 visa, Skilled – Regional Sponsored Subclass 487 visa or Skilled – Regional Sponsored Subclass 475 visa at the time they apply. The Skilled Migration visa processing priorities Under the Ministerial Direction, the following processing priorities (with highest priority listed first) apply: Applications from people who are employer sponsored under the ENS and the RSMS. Applications from people who are nominated by a state or territory government agency with a nominated occupation that is specified on that state or territory’s state migration plan. Applications from people who have nominated an occupation on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 3 in effect from 1 July 2010. See: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/new-list-of-occupations.pdf All other applications are to be processed in the order in which they are received. Further information can be found via the following link: What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration Priority Processing Exemptions & Current Processing Times Visa Subclasses 476, 485 and 887 are exempt from the priority processing changes. Applications under these subclasses will continue to be processed in the order in which they were received by the department – the following subclass by application lodgement date identifies cases currently being considered: Visa Subclass Skilled – Graduate Subclass 485 VC 485 (paper): 21 September 2009 Skilled – Regional Subclass 887 VB 887 (paper): Lodged in July 2010 Skilled Onshore E-Lodged Applications - Priority Group 3 885, 886 and 487 - Applications lodged 14 August 2008 Processing News INCREASED VISA APPLICATION CHARGES (VACs) – 1JULY 2010 Information on fees and charges is published on the department's website at Fees & Charges - Applications & Forms - Visas & Immigration When a VAC is changed, the new amount applies to all visa applications received by the department on and after the day the VAC is changed. Therefore if an application will be received by the department on or after 1 July 2010 please ensure that the correct VAC is paid. An application has not been validly made until the full VAC is received. We have been advised that the relevant visa charges have increased as follows: If the first instalment of the VAC payable was previously $AUD230 it is $AUD235 from 1 July 2010 If the first instalment of the VAC payable was previously $AUD2525 it is $AUD2575 from 1 July 2010 For GSM applicants liable to payment of a second instalment of the VAC the amount payable will be $AUD3575 for applications lodged on or after 1 July 2010. Applicants are not required to pay the second instalment until requested to do so by the department. NEW SKILLED OCCUPATION LIST (SOL) – 1 JULY 2010. On 17 May 2010, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, announced the list of occupations included in the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The new SOL came into effect on 1 July 2010. Applications lodged prior to the implementation of the new SOL will not be affected. Further information about this announcement can be found on our website. What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration INTRODUCTION THE AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND STANDARD CLASSIFICATION OF OCCUPATIONS (ANZSCO) – 1 JULY 2010 ANZSCO is a classification system that provides for the standardised collection, analysis, and dissemination of occupation data. From 1 July 2010 ANZSCO replaced the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) currently used by the department. Further information about this announcement can be found on our website. What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration OTHER CHANGES TO THE SKILLED MIGRATION PROGRAM In addition to the new Priority Processing Direction the Minister has announced other changes to the GSM Program. Information about these changes have been published on the department’s website at: What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration INFORMATION ABOUT PROVIDING DOCUMENTS Applicants for General Skilled Migration (GSM) are strongly encouraged to submit supporting documentation electronically. Providing scanned copies of documents reduces postal and administrative delays in receiving and processing information. GSM processing offices accept scanned copies of original documents (non-certified) provided they are in colour. If you scan documents in black and white, then they must be scanned copies of certified copies. The valid file types for attaching documents are BMP, DOC, DOT, GIF, JPG, PDF, RTF, TXT and XLS. Information which will assist you in attaching documents to your application or in emailing them to the department is available on the department’s website at: Attaching Documents to a General Skilled Migration Visa Application E-lodged applications If you e-lodged this application you are strongly encouraged to attach all the supporting documentation to the application in the web-browser. This is the preferred procedure for providing supporting documents for an e-lodged application. MEDICAL RESULTS If you have undertaken your medical examination at Health Services Australia (HSA), please do not post your medical results to us unless your case officer requests you to do so. Please store your results in a secure place and do not open the sealed envelope. ADELAIDE PROCESSING Information regarding applications processed in Adelaide can be obtained by sending a blank email to the following email address: aspc.processing@immi.gov.au CONTACTING US Email: If you have not yet lodged a GSM application then enquiries should be made using the on-line enquiry form at General Skilled Migration Pre-Lodgement Enquiry Form If you have already made an application then all enquiries for the GSM Adelaide and GSM Brisbane need to be made using the on-line enquiry form at: General Skilled Migration Post-Lodgement Enquiry Form or Telephone: 1300 364 613 (in Australia) for the cost of a local call; or +61 1300 364 613 (outside Australia) Contact Hours: (Australian Central Time): 0900 to 1600 Monday to Friday Please note: due to the large volume of calls we receive, from time to time you may experience lengthy delays before getting to speak to a customer service officer. LINKS General Skilled Migration – What's New What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration New List of Skilled Occupations – Skilled Occupation List (SOL) http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/new-list-of-occupations.pdf Critical Skills List http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/critical-skills-list.pdf Last updated: 20 July 2010.
  18. Dear All, I have just received the latest ASPC processing update email which has finally been changed to include the 14 July processing priority decision. Here it is: GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION ADELAIDE PROCESSING INFORMATION This is an automated e-mail response which provides updated information on skilled migration applications being processed by GSM Adelaide. Please do not reply to this email address as this mailbox is not monitored. Contact details for the ASPC are listed below. IMPORTANT NOTICE Changes to Priority Processing – 14 July 2010 Direction No. 48 - Order of consideration - certain skilled migration visas The Migration Act 1958 contains powers by which the Minister can consider and finalise visa applications in an order of priority that the Minister considers appropriate. Departmental officers are required to follow this Ministerial direction, which applies to every stage of visa processing. The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, has set new priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas. These arrangements take account of the changes to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) that came into effect on 1 July 2010, as well as the revocation of the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL) and the Critical Skills List (CSL). These priority processing arrangements apply to applications already lodged with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, as well as to future applications. The new priority processing arrangements apply to the following visa programs: · The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) · The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) · General Skilled Migration (GSM) The following GSM visa subclasses are exempt from the priority processing provisions specified in Direction 48: · Skilled – Recognised Graduate Subclass 476 · Skilled – Graduate Subclass 485 · Skilled – Designated Area – Sponsored (Residence) Subclass 883 · Skilled – Regional Subclass 887 Applications for these visa subclasses will be processed in the order in which they are received. The following GSM applications are exempt from Direction 48: · applications that have been remitted by the Migration Review Tribunal for reconsideration; · applications where it is readily apparent that the criteria for grant of the visa would not be satisfied; · applications by members of the family unit of a person who holds a temporary or provisional GSM visa (subsequent entrant applications). · visa applications for a Skilled – Regional Sponsored Subclass 487 visa where the applicant holds a Skilled – Independent Regional (Provisional) Subclass 495 visa, Skilled – Designated Area-sponsored (Provisional) Subclass 496 visa, Skilled – Regional Sponsored Subclass 487 visa or Skilled – Regional Sponsored Subclass 475 visa at the time they apply. The Skilled Migration visa processing priorities Under the Ministerial Direction, the following processing priorities (with highest priority listed first) apply: Applications from people who are employer sponsored under the ENS and the RSMS. Applications from people who are nominated by a state or territory government agency with a nominated occupation that is specified on that state or territory’s state migration plan. Applications from people who have nominated an occupation on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 3 in effect from 1 July 2010. See: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/new-list-of-occupations.pdf All other applications are to be processed in the order in which they are received. Further information can be found via the following link: What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration Priority Processing Exemptions Visa Subclasses 476, 485 and 887 are exempt from the priority processing changes. Applications under these subclasses will continue to be processed in the order in which they were received by the department – the following subclass by application lodgement date identifies cases currently being considered: Visa Subclass Skilled – Recognised Graduate Subclass 476 VF 476 (paper): 13 June 2010 VF 476 (e-lodged): 13 June 2010 Skilled – Graduate Subclass 485 VC 485 (paper): 6 August 2009 Skilled – Regional Subclass 887 VB 887 (paper): 5 July 2010 Processing News INCREASED VISA APPLICATION CHARGES (VACs) – 1JULY 2010 Information on fees and charges is published on the department's website at Fees & Charges - Applications & Forms - Visas & Immigration When a VAC is changed, the new amount applies to all visa applications received by the department on and after the day the VAC is changed. Therefore if an application will be received by the department on or after 1 July 2010 please ensure that the correct VAC is paid. An application has not been validly made until the full VAC is received. The ASPC has been advised that the relevant visa charges will increase as follows: If the first instalment of the VAC payable was previously $AUD230 it will be $AUD235 from 1 July 2010 If the first instalment of the VAC payable was previously $AUD2525 it will be $AUD2575 from 1 July 2010 For GSM applicants liable to payment of a second instalment of the VAC the amount payable will be $AUD3575 for applications lodged on or after 1 July 2010. Applicants are not required to pay the second instalment until requested to do so by the department. THE TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF ACCEPTING OF CERTAIN GSM VISA APPLICATIONS LIFTED – 1 JULY 2010 The temporary suspension of accepting of certain GSM visa applications lifted from 1 July 2010. Applications for the following visa subclasses are now accepted as normal: · Subclass 175 – Skilled Independent (Migrant) visa · Subclass 176 – Skilled Sponsored (Migrant) visa · Subclass 475 – Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa. CAPPING AND CEASING OF SPECIFIED OFFSHORE GSM APPLICATIONS LODGED BEFORE 1 SEPTEMBER 2007 As the cap has now been reached, applications subject to the capping decision have now ceased. Further information can be found via the following link: What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration NEW SKILLED OCCUPATION LIST (SOL) – 1 JULY 2010. On 17 May 2010, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, announced the list of occupations included in the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The new SOL came into effect on 1 July 2010. Applications lodged prior to the implementation of the new SOL will not be affected. Further information about this announcement can be found on our website. What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration INTRODUCTION THE AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND STANDARD CLASSIFICATION OF OCCUPATIONS (ANZSCO) – 1 JULY 2010 ANZSCO is a classification system that provides for the standardised collection, analysis, and dissemination of occupation data. From 1 July 2010 ANZSCO will replace the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) currently used by the department. Further information about this announcement can be found on our website. What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration OTHER CHANGES TO THE SKILLED MIGRATION PROGRAM In addition to the new Priority Processing Direction the Minister has announced other changes to the GSM Program. Information about these changes have been published on the department’s website at: What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration INFORMATION ABOUT PROVIDING DOCUMENTS Applicants for General Skilled Migration (GSM) are strongly encouraged to submit supporting documentation electronically. Providing scanned copies of documents reduces postal and administrative delays in receiving and processing information. GSM processing offices accept scanned copies of original documents (non-certified) provided they are in colour. If you scan documents in black and white, then they must be scanned copies of certified copies. The valid file types for attaching documents are BMP, DOC, DOT, GIF, JPG, PDF, RTF, TXT and XLS. Information which will assist you in attaching documents to your application or in emailing them to the department is available on the department’s website at: Attaching Documents to a General Skilled Migration Visa Application E-lodged applications If you e-lodged this application you are strongly encouraged to attach all the supporting documentation to the application in the web-browser. This is the preferred procedure for providing supporting documents for an e-lodged application. If for any reason you cannot attach documents in the browser then you can email the documents as scanned attachments to: adelaide.gsm.documents@immi.gov.au Paper lodged applications If you lodged a paper application you can still provide supporting documentation electronically. To provide additional documents to the GSM Adelaide office please email the documents as scanned attachments to: adelaide.gsm.documents@immi.gov.au When emailing documents to the department please ensure that you include an application reference number as the first part of the subject line of your email. You can use either the Transaction Reference Number (TRN) or file reference number for this purpose. Do not send this office any original documents or provide paper copies of documents attached to the browser or sent by e-mail unless asked to do so by a departmental officer. MEDICAL RESULTS If you have undertaken your medical examination at Health Services Australia (HSA), please do not post your medical results to us unless your case officer requests you to do so. Please store your results in a secure place and do not open the sealed envelope. BRISBANE PROCESSING Information regarding applications processed in Brisbane can be obtained by sending a blank email to the following email address: gsmb.information@immi.gov.au CONTACTING US Email: If you have not yet lodged a GSM application then enquiries should be made using the on-line enquiry form at General Skilled Migration Pre-Lodgement Enquiry Form If you have already made an application then all enquiries for the GSM Adelaide and GSM Brisbane need to be made using the on-line enquiry form at: http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/forms/gsm/post.htm or Telephone: 1300 364 613 (in Australia) for the cost of a local call; or +61 1300 364 613 (outside Australia) Contact Hours: (Australian Central Time): 0900 to 1600 Monday to Friday Please note: due to the large volume of calls we receive, from time to time you may experience lengthy delays before getting to speak to a customer service officer. LINKS General Skilled Migration – What's New What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration New List of Skilled Occupations – Skilled Occupation List (SOL) http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/new-list-of-occupations.pdf Critical Skills List http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/critical-skills-list.pdf Last updated: 20 July 2010.
  19. Just checked DIAC website and it says: Temporary suspension of certain General Skilled Migration (GSM) applications – 7 May The Australian Government has decided to temporarily suspend the acceptance of certain General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa applications. This temporary measure will begin on 8 May 2010 and is expected to remain in effect until the end of 30 June 2010. The temporary suspension applies only to primary (main) applicants for the following visa subclasses: Subclass 175 – Skilled Independent (Migrant) visa Subclass 176 – Skilled Sponsored (Migrant) visa Subclass 475 – Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa. Cannot open the attached PDF though Edit: Can open the attached PDFs now.
  20. ‘The government is committed to ongoing forward-planning and reform to ensure immigration levels are guided by Australia's needs and not by the desire of prospective migrants to come to Australia,’ Senator Evans said (pls follow the link to read the full announcement): Net overseas migration on track to fall by 20 per cent Can I just say, fine, if he wishes to do that - then do like what NZ does, make it clear and fair to everyone from the start through an 'Expression of Interest' system, and pick whoever you want to your heart's content; but NOT setting up goalposts for people and keep moving them!! And worst yet - retrospective legislations! :swoon:
  21. Guest

    Rudds latest promise

    KRudd has promised to cap Hospital emergency room waiting time to 4 hours even though currently 1 in 3 patience wait at least 8 hours to see someone. How is he planning on halving the waiting time or could it be a hollow promise from a politician ? :elvis: My 7 year old son waited 6 hours to get treated when he broke both bones in his arm, it was 26 hours before the bones were set.
  22. John Gilfillan

    Latest response from DIAC

    Hi All, A friend of mine just received this response from DIAC when he inquired about his visa. Dear Client, Thank you for your enquiry about General Skilled Migration (GSM). A reference number has been allocated to this enquiry and can be found in the subject line of this email. We will aim to reply to your enquiry within 5 working days. ORDER OF PROCESSING GSM APPLICATIONS Section 51 of the Migration Act 1958 gives the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship powers to consider and finalise visa applications in an order of priority that the Minister considers appropriate. The s499 direction applies to both new applications and those applications awaiting a decision. The priority processing Direction gives priority to people who have particular skills or qualifications. The Direction responds to the changing needs of the Australian economy. For further information on how the current processing priorities will affect your application see the department's website at What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration Processing priorities are subject to change. We recommend that you check this website regularly for updates. APPLICATIONS NOT ON THE CRITICAL SKILLS LIST (CSL) Applicants who have applied for an offshore GSM visa and do not have a nominated occupation on the CSL and are not nominated by a State or Territory government in accordance with an occupation on the State Migration plan, are unlikely to have their visa finalised before the end of three years. Applicants who have applied for an onshore GSM visa and do not have a nominated occupation on the CSL and are not nominated by a State or Territory government in accordance with an occupation on the State Migration plan, are unlikely to have their visa finalised before the end of two years. For the list of occupations on the CSL please see our website at http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/critical-skills-list.pdf OPTIONS IF YOUR APPLICATION IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PRIORITY PROCESSING Should you be able to secure employment in Australia, you may wish to consider an employer-sponsored visa. An eligible Australian employer could sponsor you and guarantee to employ you for a period of time under the Temporary Business (subclass 457) visa, the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme or the Employer Nomination Scheme. More information on these schemes and instructions for obtaining nomination/sponsorship is available at Visa Options - Employer Sponsored Workers - Workers - Visas & Immigration or by contacting your nearest Centre of Excellence at Centres of Excellence VISA SUBCLASSES EXEMPT FROM PRIORITY PROCESSING CHANGES Skilled - Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476), Skilled - Graduate visa (subclass 485), Skilled - Designated Area Sponsored visa (subclass 883) and Skilled - Regional Residence visa (subclass 887) are exempt from the priority processing changes. Applications under these subclasses will continue to be processed in the order in which they were received by the department. ALLOCATION DATES The Brisbane and Adelaide Skilled Processing Centres are unable to provide indicative timeframes for allocation or processing of individual applications, however we are able to provide general allocation information. To check current allocation information, please send a blank email to: aspc.processing@immi.gov.au (Adelaide processed cases) or gsmb.information@immi.gov.au (Brisbane processed cases). To determine where your application will be processed, please see General Skilled Migration Processing Centres If you require information on the changes announced by the Minister on 8 February 2010 please visit the department's website at What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration Yours sincerely, Department of Immigration and Citizenship Lets hope the State Migration Plans are on our side. Regards, John Gilfillan
  23. Hi guys... Where can i find the latest CBOK (Core Body of Knowledge) .... URL Please ????
  24. As some may be aware, i was one of the 5 PomsInOz people that attended the meeting at Australia House with David Walden....I have just had this email regarding Cat 6 processing times.... Nick The latest for Category 6 is that it is highly unlikely any will be processed this program year (which is finalised end June). They are currently working through the Category 5s who has done medicals etc and will move onto the remainder Category 5's assuming there are sufficient places left in the Program for this year. Sorry I can't provide anything more definitive about when they might start Category 6 decisions. cheers David Wilden Minister - Counsellor (Immigration)
  25. http://www.immi.gov.au/media/statistics/pdf/migration-agent-stats-oct-dec-2009.pdf Might be of interest to some. Best regards.
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