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Hi there, i have been working for a company for almost two years so eligible for them to nominate me in August for PR. I was wondering if anyone knows if i can apply on 1st of August or if i have to wait until the 24th as this is exactly 2 years from when i started. Does it go by exact dates or months? Thanks so much!

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You must have completed 2 years of employment on your 457 visa.  If you started on the 24th, then on August 1st you have not completed 2 years yet.  You must wait until at least the 24th (I waited until I had reached 2 years plus 1 day when I did mine to be on the safe side).

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Thanks Maggie that’s really helpful. Do you know when they submit the nomination to get the reference number required to apply can be done? And does it populate immediately? Thank you!

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Hi guys 

i was a silent reader for so long but finally i’ve opened my account to join in conversation and ask few questions.

i have applied for 186 visa Direct Entry Stream on a 12/06/2019 through my company who also sponsored me for a 457 visa 1.5 years ago. My occupation is Metal Fabricator 322311 and my country of birth is Serbia. I am just wondering if certain occupations have quicker processing time or all 186 Direct Entry Stream visa applications have the same processing time ? I live and working in Brisbane . If anyone know anything about similar cases like mine I would appreciate to share some informations.

 Thanks guys 

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Occupation: Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) [ANZSCO Code 254415]

19/02/2018  - 457 Visa grant

21/04/2019 - 186 DE Nomination and Visa lodge

09/05/2019  - 186 DE Visa Grant

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