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IELTS more than 36 month old...Help!


jmnat

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Hi there,

This is my first post on this wonderful forum but I need advice from the experts!

 

I lodged my 190 visa application on 5 Dec2013 (was invited to apply on 20thNov2013). I received an email from my CO yesterday saying that my IELTS was more than 36 month old (sat on 9OCT 2010 so 2 month too early).

She told me than it is mandatory to have an IELTS less than 36 month old if I do not have a british/Canadian?NZ passport (which I do not have) at the time the application is lodged. Since that time, I have always been working in an english environment (2 years UK + 1year Australia), write publications in English, give talks...etc.

 

What are my option now? I can’t re-sit the IELTS because she told me that the date will be after the time I lodged my visa application. I spent a lot of money on this visa (de facto and 2 kids as well) and I can’t believe it can be refused for a couple of month.

 

Thank you for your help,

Regards,

JM

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Them's the rules, sad as it seems for you. Did you not check the validity of your IELTS before you lodged the visa?

 

Thanks for your reply.

Of course I checked, but I thought this could be something to discuss with the CO and see if I needed to re-sit the IELTS after my application was lodged or if they could give a bit of flexibility.

Moreover I don't claim point with my IELTS.

 

What could I do ????:arghh:

 

Any advice much appreciated

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I'm afraid that there is no other advice to be given. Sadly you've just gambled A$000's on the basis that you'd be allowed a free pass or to resist the IELTs. It's not any use to you now, but for anyone else, a quick call or email to the Immigration department would have answered that for you.

 

I think you're going to have to forfeit the money paid or possibly try to request a refund, but that's unlikely and probably at the CO's discretion.

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Thanks for your reply.

Of course I checked, but I thought this could be something to discuss with the CO and see if I needed to re-sit the IELTS after my application was lodged or if they could give a bit of flexibility.

Moreover I don't claim point with my IELTS.

What could I do ????:arghh:

 

Any advice much appreciated

 

 

You have no recourse... you stuffed up because you didn't check it out. Accept that and move on.

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You have no recourse... you stuffed up because you didn't check it out. Accept that and move on.

 

Easy to say but when you spent $7000 for the visa application and you know it will be refused for 2 month off....not so easy!

 

Anyway, thank you all for your reply

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