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  1. Hi everyone, I've been getting mixed information online. These questions are ideally for a MARA agent, legal expert or someone who has tried this. These are my questions: Once you get the 491 visa, can you move to any regional area regardless of the state that nominated you? If you move states to a state that wasn't the one that nominated you, can you still get PR later? Are there any consequences to moving to a state that wasn't the one that nominated you? Is there any law or government website that shows clear rules on this? Thank you!
  2. Currently on employer sponsored 494 visa with my partner as defacto. Arrived in australia in 2018 and have held working holiday, TSS and now 494 since august 2020. In November 2022 the new PR pathway subclass 191 will begin accepting applicants. Our migration agent advises that to be eligible you need to have held the 494 for 3 full “financial” years to prove income requirements. Is this correct? I cannot find any advice on the government or other immigration advice websites to suggest anything other than calendar years from date of award… help! Thanks in advance. “Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional): To meet the requirements of the permanent visa (from November 2022) applicants must: hold a regional provisional visa subclass 491 or 494 visa when they apply for the Subclass 191 visa, and have held that visa for at least three years; have earned the minimum income for at least three years as the holder of a regional provisional visa; and have complied with the conditions of the regional provisional visa.”
  3. Hey, so my child wants to study in the UK as they are unable to get domestic fees on the 491 visa as yet. We have been in oz for 9 months. If he was to do this and come back during term holidays, would it have any effect when we apply for the 191 visa? I'm aware citizenship would take a bit longer. Thank you in advance
  4. Hi everyone, need some advice on PR pathways please. My partner and I are currently living in Melbourne. both of us are on 485 (Temporary graduate) visas. My visa expires in April 2021 and partner's visa in April 2022. I will be the primary applicant (IT Systems Analyst). I'm currently in the process of gathering documents for an ACS skills assessment. Post a successful skills assessment by the ACS, I plan to apply for an EOI for subclass 189 and 190. In the event that I do not receive an invite before my visa expires, what are my options ? option 1 - Can I jump onto my partner's visa (we are in a de-facto) using the subsequent entrant visa? This will give me an additional year in Australia till my partner's visa expires. If proving a de-facto is difficult (we have been together for ~3 years), we anyway planned to get married once the situation improved. We can pre-pone the marriage registration and then apply for the visa(if that's easier than proving de-facto). Is there a rule that we have to be married for certain years/months before I apply for a subsequent entrant visa? option 2 - Jump on a visitor visa. Do not prefer this option as I would have to leave my full time job. Are there any other options I have ? You help and any advice will really be appreciated. Thank you!
  5. Hi guys, I am really confused and hope someone can help me. I started a new application for an 887 residency visa through my immiaccount. However, I have gotten to the end of the questions and the only option left for me to do is to submit the application. Great, I hear you say...however, at no stage whatsoever have I been prompted to add supporting documentation such as proof of address, proof of work, identity etc etc. My friend applied for her residency 4 months ago and said she was prompted throughout to add supporting documentation. She also said she had warnings before she started that she should ensure she has all her supporting documentation ready and that if it was not attached her application would face delays. I have had non of these warnings. If I click submit, will I then be prompted to attach documents?? I am worried that if I click submit, that will be it, but then there will not be evidence for my case. Thanks in advance for your help
  6. Citizenship Minister, Alan Tudge has used a speech to UK leaders in London to flag a further tightening of visas that grant permanent residency in Australia, claiming too many are granted to migrants before they ever step foot in the country. Australia accepted around 162,000 permanent migrants last year – well below the annual cap of 190,000 places and the lowest intake in 10 years. The Turnbull government has attributed the drop to tougher vetting procedures at the Department of Home Affairs, although a former Immigration official has questioned the explanation. The minister said about half of the stream had visas granted after years in Australia on temporary visas, but the other half were “granted full permanent residency before ever stepping foot in Australia”. “This is less ideal, and something that requires further consideration,”. The permanent migration stream is around two-thirds skilled visas and one-third family visas for their children, parents and spouses.Mr Tudge said offshore applicants were a “challenge” because “information about individuals is sometimes difficult to obtain from abroad”. Migrants are already required to sign a values statement when they become Australian citizens, but the Turnbull government has long advocated a stricter approach. The government’s controversial citizenship reforms, which were blocked last year in the Senate, would have introduced a new test on Australian values as well as a tougher English exam. But senior Coalition ministers have consistently promised another attempt at the reforms in 2018. Earlier this month, Mr Tudge suggested a new spoken English test might be developed for all migrants seeking permanent residency, possibly including refugees, instead of just citizens. “We place an emphasis on Australian values as the glue that holds the nation together,” Mr Tudge said on Thursday. “We do this through requiring people to sign a values statement before coming into Australia, satisfy a citizenship test and pledge allegiance before becoming a citizen. “The weakness of this, however, is that we presently have few mechanisms to assess people against their signed statement.” Mr Tudge did not comment on what mechanisms might be considered. “We need muscular ongoing promotion of our values: of freedom of speech and worship, equality between sexes, democracy and the rule of law, a fair go for all, the taking of individual responsibility,” he said. The government’s first attempt at sweeping citizenship reforms were blocked by Labor, the Greens and key crossbenchers on the now-rebranded Nick Xenophon Team. Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese criticised Mr Tudge for going overseas and “talking our country down”, referring to the minister’s comments on how migrants were not integrating to broader society as well as they once did. “The fact is we have an incredibly successful multicultural nation,” he said.
  7. Hi all! I have been working in nurseries full time since 2014 (bar 8 months that I spent in Australia and 3 months working with elderly people) i travelled to Australia on a WHV spent basically the entire time looking around as have always wanted to move out there. Am looking at possibly the 189 or the 190 visa. Would have a minimum of 60 points (providing my qualification can be recognised by acecqa), possibly 65 if I applied next year (would give me 5 extra points for extra time working in my field) Just wondering if anyone has similar experience? Or if anyone has a BTEC level 3 in children’s care learning and development and it was recognised by acecqa? There are BTEC level 3’s on the website as formerly recognised but none of them are my exact qualification.
  8. Hello My partner and I had our skilled permanent visa (189) granted in December 2016 and have been living & working in Aus since. I was the secondary applicant for this. If we were to break up, does anybody know if I need to inform the DIBP of the change in relationship status? And what if anything it could mean for my own Visa status?? Thanks
  9. GoldieLookinChain

    Working offsite on 457 Visa

    Hey guys, Not sure if anyone can shed any light on my situation. I'm currently sponsored as a recruitment consultant on a 457 visa. At the time my visa was lodged my employer wasn't (and still isn't) eligible to be a nominated sponsor. So instead I am sponsored by a 3rd party company and I work offsite with my actual employer - I hope this makes sense. As I have signed a full time permanent contract with both parties I was under the impression that I would be considered in the yes of immigration that I have been working in the same role I was sponsored as, and accrue the 2 years to make me eligible to apply for PR. I am about 21 months into this role so should be eligible to apply soon, but after checking with the 3rd party company that actually sponsors me - they think that I haven't accrued any time in the eyes of immigration to count towards a PR employer nominated application?? My actual employer where i work, seems to disagree and wants to help me get PR asap. I understand this is a little complex but if anyone can shed any light it would make me feel heaps better. I cant call immigration because they're not accepting incoming calls at this time - too many people calling about the visa changes I imagine. Thanks Duncan.
  10. Hi Just wondering if anyone knows whether points make a difference? Do applications get processed if they pass the threshold in order of receipt or do they get assessed more quickly if you have more points?
  11. Hi all, Almost 2 years ago I moved to Australia because I was sponsored by a company (457) to do a massive project with more than 400 people involved and I was the project manager for that project. Once the project was done I needed to move back to Europe because the company didn't have any work by that time. By the time I've moved back I've worked 1 year and 10 months in Australia. I really really want to go back, so my question is, what can I do. What is the best way to get a PR? Do I need to do the English test since I was already almost 2 years in the country and working. Is there any migration agencies I could contact? Tips? What would be the way you would take? All tips are welcome.
  12. SarahWebster


    I've been here 7.5 years on a NZ partner visa (461) which I have to renew every 5 years. My partner is not an Australian permanent resident or citizen. I did live in Gladstone Qld 4350 for just over 2 years and worked for just over 1 year whilst there. Am I eligible to apply for permanent residency or am I dependent upon my NZ partner going through the procedure then sponsoring me? I've tried working this out on my own and don't know how to get the answer! Can anyone help? Many thanks Sarah
  13. Hi everyone! SCENARIO: - My friend has been granted permanent residency through partner visa subclass 309/100 last May 2015. - Her partner cheated and she broke up with him mid last year. - She's nearly eligible for citizenship (few months) but with the new migration laws this year... At this stage, is there any way her permanent status be cancelled? She's deeply worried so please comment on this! Thanks so much in advance!
  14. Hi there, i know there are similar threads but haven't seen one with same situation as mine. Have trawled internet for hours and heard nothing back from work MA and I have a few questions maybe others will know answers to? I keep on googling and finding so little and it's really stressing me out not knowing whether my pathway to PR is permanently blocked, even though I arrived on 457 under 'old regime'. It seems crazy that current 457 holders could effectively be treated differently depending on whether they are 2 years in before or after March 2018! i was granted by 457 in Dec 2016, so under current arrangements won't be eligible for TRT until Dec 2018. First question: due to rule changes March 2018 will that actually be Dec 2019? Or will grandfathering arrangements make that still 2 years? added complication: my skill has been removed from all list. I could just have easily been nominated for a skill that is on the new STSSOL list and indeed it comes from same employment code group. so my further questions are: Can my employer nominate me to a position on the new STSSOL if putting me on the ENS TRT in either march 2018 or 2019 (depending on answer to my first question) According to what I can find online you'll need to be on MTSSOL rather than short term list of applying for ENS direct entry at that time but it's not clear about TRT stream. can my employer nominate me today on to the ENS direct entry scheme under the skill on the STSSOL? (I would meet criteria if it's possible to 'switch' and same grouping as my old occupation). Again, from what I can find online until March 2018 employers can use STSSOL rather than MTSSOL list for applications for ENS direct entry. I will have completed 4 months on current 457 but would meet skills assessment criteria. This would give me the greatest security if possible! Work currently not able to answer any of my questions and, like many others I'm sure, I'm really starting to panic! Thanks
  15. slashoholic

    Migration Pathway Dilemma

    Would appreciate any kind of possible help folks...have entered a migration pathway dilemma I am an international student from India and am currently pursuing a 2 year MBA course in Australia. My MBA course commenced in Feb 2017. The sole purpose of my coming to Australia, as many others, is to obtain a PR in Australia. Need help with the best possible route and options for me and my partner. Following are my circumstances which would give you a better understanding of my case : About ME (Currently residing in Australia) Male, 32 yrs DOB – Nov, 1984 Marital status – Unmarried Sister is an Australian citizen since 7 years, residing in Sunbury, Melbourne – 3429 Have completed a 3 year “Bachelor of Science” degree from India Have 9 years of work experience in Human Resources No professional Human Resource degree like MBA Currently pursuing a “2 year MBA course with specialization in IT” from a university in Melbourne About my PARTNER (Currently residing in India) Female, 24 yrs DOB – Dec, 1992 Marital status – Unmarried Currently residing in India 4 year “Bachelor of Technology” degree (Electronics & Communication) from India 1 year “Bachelor of Education” degree from India Total of 1 year of teaching experience in 2 different schools in India No engineering based work experience
  16. Dear all After a few sleepless nights and lots of worry I have decided to write a thread and wondered if anyone had any advice. To give you a bit of background, I am here on a student Visa and am on my second year, last year i did an Advanced DIploma in Events Management and this year i have just started a Diploma in Small Business Management. I am in Australia with my partner who is on a Business Owner's Visa (163) which is a temporary visa and she will be applying for PR in a few years. My dilema is that although they have changed the rules for Same sex relationships on new applications for the 163, it does not apply for existing Visa holders, therefore come December when my student visa will be nearly up I am really uncertain as to what I can do? I really do not want to go back to the UK and wait till she gets PR to be added on as that could take years. Does anyone have any advice on what I can do? Before we left the UK, the visa process took a few years as most of you will know, and my visa agent back in the UK throughout the process suggested we just wait and see whether the laws changed and they never did, that is why my only option was to study as I had been out here on a WHV in 2001 so could not have another one. I hope someone can offer me some advice, I am feeling really low and worried at the moment and have no idea what to do :cry: Thanks for reading this thread Nat xx
  17. Christopher Grigg

    Bridging Visa WA / 010 entitlements

    Hello all, I have quite a complicated situation where I am now on a Bridging visa WA waiting for a permanent residency application. I have got a job as an IT contractor happy days. On my bridging visa notification doc it says "Permission to work - When your Bridging visa (class WA) is in effect, you will have full permission to work.". Does this mean I have the same work rights as if I had a permanent resident visa? Or can I start my own company on this bridging visa (an IT contractor would typically start their own company of one in the UK)? Thanks in advance, Chris
  18. Hi all :chatterbox: I know there are numerous threads devoted to this visa, but I thought I'd start a new one to share experiences and timelines as I can appreciate the frustration of trawling through lots of threads to find that snippet of information. I am a secondary applicant on my partner's visa and have applied for both the 457 that we are currently on and the 186 permanent residency visa that's just been submitted. Our visa was applied for without the use of a migration agent and so was not decision ready. However, I did submit all the required documents at the same time as the application, with the exception of the medicals due to their time limitation and expecting nomination to take longer than it did. Most of the documents were gathered, photocopied and certified before the nomination submission except the Aus police checks which were sought just after. I visited my local pharmacy so many times for certification of documents that I'm now on first name terms with them! :goofy: It would be great to hear other people's experiences. My timeline so far- Employer Nomination submitted - 2 October 2013 Visa Application submitted - 19 Oct Acknowledgement letter received - 22 Oct Nomination approval - 3 Dec Request for medical examination by CO - 3 Dec Medicals booked - 9 & 11 Dec 2013
  19. Hi all, My partner and I are now applying for a sub-class 190 visa following our Vic nomination. I have a pre-existing medical condition and I have done some research on this, and have gone to see a Consultant who has costed the care for my condition over the next 5 years (£5k over 5 years), which is less than the $35k 5 year limit DIBP put on conditions. Does anyone know of any further limitations on medical conditions? I have kidney disease, so may need a transplant at some point, but my condition is currently stable and the consultant I went to see confirmed that it would be a long time before I needed a transplant (if at all). Is there anything further I can provide to strengthen my case? Chris
  20. Ok so have been here about a year and a half (11 months 457, 6 months 417 before that). Neither me or my employers are exactly geniuses in this field so just wanted to see if anyone might be able to put me straight here. Rather than wait another year or so before ive been sponsored for 2 years my employers have said they are happy to nominate for direct entry. I reckon that im eligible but who knows, heres what ive dug up..... Direct Entry Stream specific requirements: (a) you have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia (b) you hold a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) but do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream © have at least competent English which will be met as you are the holder of a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, (d) have at least three years of relevant work experience (e) have a positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation. The skill assessment must be conducted by the relevant assessing authority which is VETASSESS. Am a British citizen, have a BA and over 3 years work as experience as a recruitment consultant which is what I am doing now. So am I cool to go and get onto a vetassess, does part (a) disqualify me or have I missunderstood the whole thing altogether? Cheers for any help!!
  21. Kaye2201

    Permanent residency and asd

    Hi there my husband and I moved here and had our two sons on a 457 visa. We are about to embark on permanent residency applications and I was wondering if anyone had any experience having read a few bad things! My my son is currently in the process of being diagnosed with sensory processing/asd. I'm wondering how this will affect his chance of being approved for permanent residency. He's only going to be a mild case from what we can see so far. Ive read many articles where applications have been rejected based on medical financial burden being imposed to Australia. Has anyone successfully been approved? It's a big financial commitment if we will be rejected for this reason. Any help would be appreciated
  22. Hi Guys, I currently live in QLD on a 457 and want to gain both permanent residency and the freedom to be self employed, do whatever job I would like.:arghh: If you apply for a 189 VISA as a veterinarian and you are given that visa, do you have to work full time/ at all/ in that profession/ for a certain salary/ hours?? Is there freedom?? My other option is to apply for a partner VISA 801 which was my preference but $7000 versus $3500 Any advice greatfully received Thanks Jodie
  23. Chriss

    permanent residency pathways

    Heya people, I have plans to move to Australia and commence my Ph.d studies in Applied Linguistics or Education. My dilemma is about what my options are after graduation. Obviously I would like to stay and live in Australia and preferably obtain permanent residency and later citizenship. What chance do you see of me getting permanent residency after graduating with a Ph.d. in Applied Linguistics? As I was browsing through the skillsets it seems like getting this kind of degree wouldn't qualify me for any subtype of skilled-visa. I also have a masters degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and I think since TEFL and university lecturing are all on the consolidated sponsored occupation list maybe through the employer nomination scheme (visa 186) I could get a teaching position and later become permanent resident. Any thoughts about this? Thanks in advance for the replies!
  24. Hi, Can anyone advice with citizenship? Can I apply for citizenship only for me even when I'm married? When my wife and I have permanent residency. My home country allows me to have dual citizenship, so I'd like to apply for oz citizenship. My wife have different citizenship and her country doesn't allow dual citizenship. She doesn't want to loose it. I can't find any details on official websites, if it is possible. Had anyone similar experience? Thanks
  25. Hi there My husband and I have been living in Sydney for 4 years, since moving from the UK in 2010. We have just found out that we are pregnant which we're over the moon about but equally daunted and terrified at the same time. In August we were granted permanent residency and our plan is to go for Citizenship next year and move back to the UK towards the end of that ywar (2015). With regards to the pregnancy, just wondering for those who've been in the same boat if anyone out there can offer any advice on what steps to take first - I think a visit to the doctor, of course, then what's involved in chosing whether or not to go public or private? Any recommendations on which health care to take out? - we have to take out a new policy since we got PR husband's co. no longer fund that. Any advice on things that have worked well for you would be gratefully received. Thanks YOLO7 :smile: