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  1. Hi All, I am Shrikant Tawani working in Qatar as a Process Control Engineer. I have lodged my GSM (175) Visa application on 21-06-2011. I am curious to know generally how long does it take to assign a Case officer to any application? My details in brief 1. IELST - 7.5 overall (7 + in each band) 2. Skills Assessment done - as Electronics Engineer by Engineers Australia on 13-06-2011 3. GSM 175 Visa application lodged on 21-06-2011 4. Priority Group:- 04 5. Work experience - 6.5+ years as Instrumentation and Control Engineer in Oil and Gas, Refineries and Petrochemical industries. 6Marital Status:- Married with one kid 7. Spouse Qualication :- P.G in Commerce and have worked as Primary school teacher. Looking forward to hear on this! Thank you all in advance. :smile: Regards, Shrikant
  2. Hi everyone, We sent off our skills assesment on 30/04/11 and received them back within a week. We then sent off the WA SS last week and received it back today saying we have been succesful. Does anybody know how long the main visa takes to come back as I think we have been VERY lucky so far!! We are still in shock that it has been approved so quickly. Also, we stated that we would be taking $80,000 with us which was based on the sale of our house, however, we were planning to keep the money in this country until the exchange rate is better, our SS acceptance letter stated that we have to transfer the $80,000 to cover our living expenses.........are they going to check this and kick us out if we don't transfer it? Look forward to hearing your replies : ) Thanks
  3. newjez

    This takes the biscuit

    I'm a tolerant person - but this is beyond a joke. How can we stop this? I always wondered why there were so many Europeans selling the big issue. This explains it. Makes me sick this does - and I don't even read the Daily Mail. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/8527950/Romanian-families-use-Big-Issue-loophole.html
  4. Hi everyone, I am waiting to work in NSW and awaiting for a number to apply for 457 visa. How long should it take for a number to come through from my employer to apply for 457 visa because online application asks for a number? My employer applied for the 457 visa one week ago. Kind Regards cyclone22
  5. Guest

    How long it takes for decision

    Hi All I applied for paper application 175 I have had my medicals and police checks done and sent to DIAC on 15th March,2011. How long does it take for processing from here. Does anyone know what date is being processed by Health operations centre
  6. rockola57

    It just takes time!

    Well i wuz a 'thinkin!This time last year,after being here about 16 months,i basically did not particularly like it here in OZ too much,but some of that had to do with family issues.Any'ow,the strange turnaround that i had heard about appears to be happening to me now!All of a sudden it is becoming apparent that here is so much better than the UK.Now i am not slandering my Country,it is just that OZ seems to be like the UK when i was a Kid in the 60S,which was by no means perfect,BUT,a place where nonsense was not tolerated,where people spoke their minds without fear of castigation,and a less lawless Society.It really is a better Country to bring up your Family IMO.The UK is a fantastic place,BUT has been sold down the river by feckless morons who purport to call themselves Politicians,and the end result now appears to me to be"Let's get TF out of it before it's too late"Yessum Boz!Better here now!!!!:yes::biggrin:
  7. From Hansard, Senate meeting for updated budget estimates, February 2011. OK, so DIAC have 848 FTEs involved in sea borne (non)refugee arrivals. How many staff work for DIAC around the world? 7,924. So almost 1/10th of DIAC manpower is tied up in handling the anticipated 6,000 unauthorised maritime arrivals for this year. That's about 7 arrivals per DIAC person to be handled over a 12 month period, involved in all aspects of that situation. For the 180,000 other skilled family visas granted, DIAC have 7,000 people, or 26 visas per staff member. But wait, those 7,000 people also handle 70,000 457 work permits and employer sponsor applications 270,000 students 175,000 manually processed short stay visas and 2.5 million electronic grants (e-visitor etc) So setting aside the students which are mostly near automatic grants, that leaves 425,000 visa applications handled by 7,000 people, or 61 people per DIAC staff member. Versus just 7 people per staff member for maritime arrivals... Now that's what I call an unfair diversion of resources, all because this Government cannot admit that they got it wrong when they relaxed the stiff rules that were applied to "boat people" under the previous Government. And the good news? Medical issues for less than 100% family of applicants: Moeller is an SA doctor who was working in Australia on a 457 whose disabled child was the reason used to refuse PR, before public outcry skillfully fed by the doctor forced a reversal of decision. The message here is that migrants with "unhealthy" family members should look to regional or sponsored visas. I guess that frees up a few DIAC staff members to go help with the boat people... (oops!)
  8. Guest

    Thanks....that all it takes

    Thanks….. It’s just one of those daydreaming nights, wishing that you were over in Aus, living the life you hope you and your family could have, in a different job or role, a less stressful atmosphere, better social life, weather, environment... Don’t get me wrong, I know Australia isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, always the argument that you could have just the same social life, job elsewhere etc… I look at all of the posts on this site, the majority of them people helping out others in need of assistance or comfort. Whatever negative posts there may be, can simply be ignored, but it confounds me that the majority of positive messages are just “read”. It’s easy to ignore, but even easier to give thanks, too many people just read posts without thinking about the effect they could have on the people in a particular situation, so I say guys and gals, lets start giving thanks a bit more, it costs nothing but a click, and the people posting will appreciate it even more. Jeez do I feel like a saddo now, why ever did I bring this up..It must be the alcohol as I am one of the worst offenders
  9. I have a 417 working holiday visa valid until July next year. Im just trying to clarify whether if I take up being sponsored on a 457 now and I leave my employer before July whether the 417 would take priority? eg. if i was sposonered on a 457 for 2 months now and then left my employer in December would I have to leave Australia within 28 days of leaving my job or could I stay until next July (when the working holiday ends?). thanks
  10. There's a new series starting on WATCH TV channel 109, 9pm Monday nights where it follows Australian police recruits from graduation til their first shift out on the beat
  11. i just got WA SS and applied for 1100 form .. does anyone have any idea on how long it takes to get the approval of the visa.. so that i can prepare for migration to Aussie.
  12. Guest

    Boeing 787 takes to the sky.

    Boeings newest long range aircraft ,the 787 Dreamliner made it's maiden flight today. YouTube - Boeing 787 makes maiden flight YouTube - Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" First Landing
  13. Hello! I bumped into this forum when doing some research on migrating to Australia and I am hoping to get some advice from you people... My fiance who is a UK citizen who is working in US, and has recently got a job offer to work in an university in Australia starting Feb 2010, and is in the process of applying for a 457 visa. I am living in Hong Kong currently. Initially we were planning to get married within the next year, but now we are wondering whether we should get married before he submits the application (with me as his secondary applicant -- which means we have to get married in the coming month or so). The second option would be for him to add me as his secondary applicant later next year after he arrives at Australia. Does anyone have similar experience? I am just wondering if it would take longer time to approve for the second option... Any advices will be greatly appreciated!! Thanks so much, Alice
  14. Hi All, I have lodge an application to DIAC yesterday under 175 sub-class. My trade in in MODL/CSL. I am from Northern part of India I would like to know regarding the employment verification. Do they come personally to verify or via phone??? Few of my past companies shut off so i am bit worried what will happen. Last but not the least, when will they start verification - after 2 months or later. Can you someone please explain. Thanks in advance, J
  15. My 175 application was assigned a CO on April the 8th . He requested more Documents which I uploaded all by the 29th, but since then I didn't receive a single feedback from him! I don't know what takes him sooooooooooo long to finalize my case ?!!! Everything is Met except for the documents he requested ... It's been almost 40 days now since Mr. CO showed up .. God , More than a month to check some documents ?!!!! I can't bear this anymore Somebody tell me what to do . Kind regards .
  16. We are trying to plan our one-way trip at the moment, first of all getting some quotes off removal companies. It seems that it takes, on average, 8 to 10 weeks before you get your stuff back on the other end (Perth in our situation). So, how does everyone else do this? Where do you stay when you don't have your stuff? Do you send your stuff before you go? Stay with family (not an option for us, unfortunately)? Being a fairly big family (me, Mervyn and three very boisterous young boys), nobody can put us up really. We were thinking maybe ship everything a month before we go, stay in a caravan here during that time, and a month in holiday accommodation in Perth. That still doesn't cover all of it, though. Stupid question maybe, but if anybody can help, or share experiences, that would be really helpful. Cheers, Karin
  17. Hi Any idea how long a student e visa takes if there is a medical referral for past mild depression? No medication now for 6 months. Cheers
  18. HI there all, I have lived in Australia for 14 years, I love it! I have recently become a citizen and that has made a difference in the way I view my life here. Someone once told me it takes about 10 years to really settle and belong, the fact is you never do. I have always thought I was lucky to be here and I have never knocked it. Australians can be quite aggressive in taking the Pee. But you wear it and give it back, it can get boring and there is absolutely no way of getting rid of your accent. to lessen the P. take. Once your here, absorb all it has to offer. Enjoy all the wonderful sights and the way of life. Dont compare it to the uk because there is no comparison. Be prepared to miss the very thing that brought you here, it is inevtable that is what will happen. Somhow expats become fiercely defensive of Britain. Make friends quickly, open up your home to friends and relax in the way of entertaining. Dont watch TV it will make you scream with frustration. Think long and hard before you come. Think of what you will miss and who. because once you come here you are forever torn between UK and Oz, once you make the comitment you should not look back. Make friends, keep in touch with famiy back home, its so cheap to call. GOOD LUCK
  19. :wubclub:Hi everyone Im starting college on monday to start my training as an hairdresser I so cant wait we have wanted to go to oz for the past 10yrs so now my journey begins by learning an trade or skill to get us there.. it should take us in total around 6yrs with all the experience i need, is anyone doing the same learing somthing new just to go to oz. Would be great to hear what other people would do to get to oz:spinny: xx jan xx
  20. HARD MAN GILES TAKES THEM TO THE EDGE One-eyed British football fans might label him a traitor to his country, but 47-year-old Briton Kelvin Giles is readying himself for the moment when he will be on the rugby sidelines urging exhausted Australians to crush the British in the World Cup Challenge. "Make them crack," advises Giles, head trainer for the Brisbane Broncos, World Cup holders, "before you do..." The man who for the past five years has been the Broncos' performance coordinator, playing a major role in their success, began his career in Birmingham in physical education, moved to the United States for a Master's degree and then back to Birmingham to teach and run little athletics clubs. At 28 he was handed the coveted job of national athletics coach for Great Britain and responsible for coaching for the Midlands. Then he was appointed team coach for the Moscow Olympics. And he found himself balanced on the see-saw of uncertainty. He had arrived back in Birmingham frustrated by lack of support. "In the 70s and early 80s I had been looking after a whole region of the nation, educating the coaches, keeping abreast of all developments, getting together a vibrant committee - but without an office, without a secretary and without adequate financial support." At the Moscow Olympic Village he'd socialised with Australian athletics officials who enthused about the new Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. They pointedly asked if he would be interested in flying out? "I was given a rosy picture of what Australian athletics would be like. They phoned several times when they got back. But I didn't take it too seriously." Then one more call came from Australian swimming coach, Don Talbot. It reached Kelvin on a 'wet, cold, miserable day'. "The sunshine out there, the newness of it all, the wonderful promises he was making, all seemed too good to be true!" The offer was exciting enough: to be head coach of the AIS. Kelvin glanced out at the sleet and decided he'd take it. "But when I got there in January, 1981, I found it was a battleground of egos; involving people who just didn't really understand what performance was about. "In the UK athletes are born of the severity of competition and preparation. They have to be able to survive in the world theatre of athletics, which is the European Grand Prix circuit. They learn to understand sacrifice and appreciate expertise. "Australian athletes, when I arrived, had a 'She'll be right' attitude. The nation had no coaching strategy, and politics and backbiting were threatening to destroy the Institute. "I walked straight into the middle of that war. "I battled with it for three years. Finally, soon after I returned from the Los Angeles Olympic Games, I was sacked. They said I had a different philosophy of sport to that of the AIS and that I didn't get on with the Federation of Athletics. That was true; I was trying to make athletes and coaches central to all activity. They were placing officials as central to all activity." Giles could have returned to the UK where a job was waiting. Frank Dick, director of track and field athletics for Great Britain got on the phone. "You've had your little flutter. You've escaped reality for a while. Come back to the real world." Upset for Giles, three of his Olympic athletes told him they'd quit the AIS in sympathy. Would he stay and coach them? "By now I was down. My marriage had collapsed under the strain. I had put athletic performance ahead of everything. I had been burned emotionally and financially." Without a job, Kelvin Giles nevertheless agreed to remain in Canberra, to train his charges. "The athletes couldn't pay me to coach them and they had to go out to work. I got a job as a night-club bouncer. We were all banned from the Institute." The 1986 Commonwealth Games were coming up in Edinburgh. Giles had to sell his car to get there. He returned $11,000 out of pocket, but his athletes came back with two silver medals and a gold. "We did it the hard way." Back at the night-club doors watching for drunks and troublemakers, a couple of rugby-playing fellow bouncers who played for the Canberra Raiders, asked him what training they should be doing off-season? He made suggestions, was hired and his hard work helped the Raiders to a Grand Final win from behind, in extra time. The phone then rang again in Canberra for bouncer Giles. The Raiders' former coach, Wayne Bennett, had been enticed to the Brisbane Broncos. Would he like to fly over and discuss things? It took just two hours, with the intense, frowning Giles pushing his lecture on A Better Way of Doing Things in front of Bennett and the Broncos' top minders. Bennett had been handling coaching, training, injury management, research and development. Giles said he would take most of this load, leaving the shrewd Bennett to get on with the coaching. "I had thought they might be threatened by my ideas; might close up; you, know, put a wall up. ('We've got to be careful of this guy!') I didn't want to find reality different again, either. I didn't want to be picked up, chewed and spat out like I had been before. "But they didn't hedge. They simply asked me to come as soon as I could, and put my ideas into practice." That meant the kings and princes of football-mad Queensland facing a one-level, take-no-prisoners Giles who warned them face-to-face: "There is no need to explain my background, it's not important. I will tell you one thing: I have just one loyalty and that is to performance, nothing else." First on the agenda - crossing the bridges of pain. "This involves hard exercises with stress loadings that take the athlete or footballer into new territory; beyond a level he has ever been before. It's an edge to their fitness envelope. Anybody can make a player hurt, or break; I am with them as they get frightened physically and emotionally. "They either listen to the voice that says 'Stop!' Or listen to my voice taking them down that perilous route. It's a matter of are they willing to go there?" Do they hate him on the way? "You'd better ask them that. I verbally blast some, manipulate and encourage others. It's a system of overload - pushing the player forward." He doesn't like it when players grumble that he's being unfair when they get within 100th. of a second of achieving what he wants them to; when he forces them to go back and take a penalty for not completely succeeding. "I give them an instruction and they must carry it out. I am trying to get these players to become better men..." Now he's talking about Big names. Footballers with $1 million contracts. Heroes fans would almost die for. And they're out there sweating, panting, forcing themselves to go on for what? "-- the last 10 minutes in the first half, and the last 15 minutes of the second half; sometimes minutes into extra time when the game is decided." "At this point somebody has to break and somebody will break." (And it's not going to be a Bronco if Giles has anything to do with it). Here, on a television 'grab' is legend Wally Lewis, 'The King', until it was taken away from him. Worth millions as a star to the team and to football itself, not to mention his huge contract fee; arguing with trainer Giles about his fitness. "We were in damage-control where Wally was concerned, right from the start. A great player whose effect on football has been incredible, Lewis was coming gradually to the end of his career. He had one successive injury after another. "I never had a real confrontation with him, but we fell out when I believed he was injured and he argued that he wasn't. He broke down in the first eight minutes of play..." Giles says he's proud that - apart from two big purchases of stars - the 'inside-the-team' nurturing has produced 20 top footballers from within the club itself. "We do not have a cheque-book mentality. We have made every player." Last grand final day was, according to hard-man Giles, 'a torrid and dour affair. It came down to those people who continued to carry out their assignments when they were chronically fatigued.' In June in Brisbane, the Broncos will be defending their world Cup Challenge title against English footballers. The Sultan of Sweat will be there, clipped moustache quivering, brow wrinkled, tough, wiry, dour. Waiting for the pain to start...willing his better men over the edge.