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Dougi1985

EOI points mistake PLEASE ADVISE!

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Hi,

 

Ive been in oz for 18 months and currently on a 457 visa. I've done my Ielts, skill select, police check, medical every thing. I get 65 points for the 189 visa and my skill is on the list:

 

15 for a degree

30 for my age

5 for UK work experience

5 for Australian work experience

10 for my Ielts

 

i submitted an EOI got an invite straight away for civil engineering technician and applied straight away and paid the $3500 fee and uploaded all my documents

then noticed I had 70 points after everything was sent off. At first I thought this was a nice bonus but eventually realised I had misinterpreted one of the questions. In addition to my degree I have an NVQ level 4 which vetassess stated in my skill select that it was the equivalent of an Australian advanced diploma, so when listing my qualifications I must have ticked something that said it was the equivalent of an Australian advanced diploma and the system assumed that I had studied it in Oz, which gave me 5 extra points.

I rang the immigration department and two different people told me 2 different things, 1 person said withdraw right now and hope you get a refund and then you have to wait 60 days to submit and other EOI (even though the last one I submitted has been suspended since I applied for the 189 visa) the other person said sit tight and plead with the Case officer I get and hope they let me off as I may not have needed the extra 5 points anyway.

 

What at should I do please??? The timing for this is terrible, as I think I'm heading for redundancy and I've watched my house mates on a 457 visa go through the same an most couldn't get rehired and went home. Time is crucial and I don't have 60 days to wait really or wait for a case office to just refuse me after a month or so.

 

Can I submit another EOI for the exact same visa, skill etc whist I wait to see what happens with my current application just incase it fails

 

any advice is greatly appreciated

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Oh dear. Well a year ago, I would have said you are heading for a visa refusal, but more recently (in last few weeks) I have seen someone get their visa granted because COs are now allowed to use discretion apparently.

 

But in terms of options, well you cannot speed it up, you can't get them to look at it any sooner than they otherwise would. And as for withdrawing, well the chances of getting your money back are somewhere between remote and zero. So I have to go with the option of sitting tight, crossing your fingers and await contact from the department.

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Thanks, for the reply, that's what the person on the phone at the immigration office said, it's not common but not impossible to be let off the hook if you didn't need the points anyway, think I might be at the mercy of the CO. I'm crossing everything at the moment

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Hi Dougi1985

 

I did exactly the same thing, claimed for 70 points, when I only had 65. I was assigned to the Brisbane team who I rang when I received the email saying that they were my CO. I was told they have this issue a lot and the laws are far more lenient now. Apparently you do not have just "one" CO now, the whole team deal with your case so you can speak to all of them. I was able to correct my points to 65 as they said I would of been granted a visa anyway on 60 points. My advise is to upload all relevant documents now before you are assigned a CO and speak with them once you get the email. I hope you have the same luck as me as my team of CO's where fabulous and really understanding. Good luck!

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P.S when I rang the immigration department, they gave me the exact same advise -PULL OUT! I was told by a friend to just wait for CO and go from there.... so glad I did!

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Hi lol1584

thats great news to hear. It was a total honest mistake so I'm hoping I get off as well. I'll sit tight then and wait for the best.

Thanks for the reply, really encouraging

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