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  1. Chardy

    SMPs and funds ?

    Looking to apply for State Sponsorship either for SA, WA or VIC. Do any of these need evidence of funds as all ours is tied up in assets, no savings to speak of ! Not easy to find info on the websites without applying ! Thanks
  2. kellyjamie

    Any sign of TAS or SA SMPs yet?

    ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Kel:wubclub:
  3. The following link from the new Client Service Charter: Client Service Charter suggests likely DIAC processing times for those with a new State Migration Plan application (six months) and those on the SOL without an SMP approval (18 months). Generally the Client Service Charter is one of the first casualties of any real or imaginary crisis but it does give an indication of the possible advantages of state sponsorship through an SMP. Personally I was surprised at the size of the differential, this will create an enormous spike when the SMPs are announced, I imagine. It also suggests that people with an existing Priority Group 3 (SOL but no SMP approval) application as at 1 July will have a 12 month wait. The prospects seem bad, however, for those in Priority Group 4 (not current SOL, not on SMP). Cheers, George Lombard
  4. George Lombard

    DIAC Announcement on SMPs

    This is the first indication from DIAC as to how the system will run: Fact Sheet: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/statmig-fs.pdf FAQs: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/statmig-faq.pdf And these links will be valuable: Contact details Applicants who have not yet lodged a visa application and who want to obtain nomination from a state or territory government should contact that government directly. Applicants can contact the state and territory governments through the following websites. Australian Capital Territory See: Business and Industry Development - ACT Government Nomination Opportunities New South Wales See: Skilled Sponsored Migration: Business Migration: Industry & Investment NSW Northern Territory See: Business and Skilled Migration Queensland See: Skilled migration to Queensland, Australia South Australia See: Visa options :: Make The Move Tasmania See: Migrating to Tasmania : Tasmania - The life you've been looking for Victoria See: State Sponsorship - Live in Victoria Western Australia See: The Department of Training and Workforce Development - Skilled Migration Western Australia Cheers, George Lombard
  5. Alan Collett

    Signing of the SMPs "is imminent" ...

    From an email circular received from one of the State/Territory Governments this afternoon: "Now that the signing of the SMP is imminent ... " I have a hunch it won't be long now ... Keep faith!
  6. vinnybow

    full list of smps

    what do you mean
  7. The decision by the independents to back Julia Gillard just now does open the chance that we will see the SMPs sooner rather than later. Still most likely that there will be a new Immigration Minister and therefore no SMPs immediately, but most of the suggestions I am now hearing suggest January to March next year. Obviously, had the Gillard government been returned easily, implementation would have been quicker. With such a close outcome, any single decision by government will be sweated over for fear of a negative electoral effect. They won't rush to implement anything. Good luck for those still waiting. Cheers, George Lombard
  8. I am concerned about how all of the recent movements (and especially more recently emails from states such as ACT evaluating suitability of candidates of even existing SS's - see positing "State Migration Plans - Numbers to be limited") will affect my existing granred visa subclass 475: I am particularly concerned about comments such as "It may be that the states can withdraw sponsorship for people already sponsored..." and "I think all the states will be forced to make life and death decisions concerning the people they have already sponsored as well as the ones they want to sponsor now" My situation: - I applied for my SS through SA sometime in 2008 and was granted not long thereafter - I applied for Visa Subclass through DIAC Jan 2009 - Visa granted 1 July 2009 - Visa activated 6 March 2010 - Visa valid from 6 march 2010 to 5 March 2013 (3 years, in which time I have to live in SA for 2 years, and work there for 1 year) We returned to the UK and plan to settle in Aus approx May 2011 (which means we will miss the 2 year living requirement by 2 months, but will hopefully rely on obtaining a visa 487 which applies if you "...need more time to meet the residence and/or employment criteria for a permanent visa, you can apply to extend your visa...you will be granted a Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 487) that expires four years after your first provisional skilled visa was granted", which means we will be okay till 30 June 2013, which means we will be able to fulfil the 2 and 1 year requirements for PR My question is: All this talk of SS being re-evaluated based on possible employability in states, and threats to excisting SS's. Does this apply only to existing SS with no visa grant from DIAC, or can DIAC turn around and withdraw the immi visa completely
  9. zecevi

    When will SMPs be out?

    On the states` websites it says October. Is it real or they keep postponing it? Before it said on the sites August and September. Some agents have said here December or early next year. Cant find any substantial info online so decided to ask here.
  10. vinnybow

    SMPs could be december

    thats what my agent told me, has anyone else heard anything
  11. The decision by the independents to back Julia Gillard just now does open the chance that we will see the SMPs sooner rather than later. Still most likely that there will be a new Immigration Minister and therefore no SMPs immediately, but most of the suggestions I am now hearing suggest January to March next year. Obviously, had the Gillard government been returned easily, implementation would have been quicker. With such a close outcome, any single decision by government will be sweated over for fear of a negative electoral effect. They won't rush to implement anything. Good luck for those still waiting. Cheers, George Lombard
  12. User Name

    SMPs and 2231-79 ICT Recent Grad

    Hi Guys, Anyone knows if SMPs have any chance of rescuing some of us from this cursed group 4? I can't picture any state wanting fresh grads with no specialisations but many in group 4 are looking for SMPs as last hope to get out of cat4. I am not sure how SMPs work, but suppose a state picks 261399 Software and Applications Programmers nec or 261314 Software Tester, which maps to 2231-79 (nec). Will it be possible to move into cat 2 in that instance if we have 2231-79 (ICT Recent Graduate)? Thanks.
  13. Just opened up my email to find the following from ANGLO PACIFIC: So.... begs the question... will they REALLY be telling anyone anything they don't already know (nowt bar speculation) OR could this or rather the date of this seminar be a clue as to when we can expect news on the SMPs? Well from 3 of the states at least???
  14. ajs604

    176 and smps's = confusion

    Hi all - i am a podiatrist by profession - currently in oz under a 457 visa. I obtained my state sponsership in March 2010 and once all my doucmnets where together - applied for my 176 visa on 02/05/2010 before the visa was suspened. what are SMPS I am very cnfused again - hope my visa gets granted soon as a, hoping to change jobs.! Pls help
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