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laurahair

Moving state on a 489

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Hi I'm just wondering has anyone been on a 489, did the required 2 years and applied for the 887 and then left the nominated state and still got there 887.

I did my 2 years in the NT applied for the 887 and then moved to Queensland. A migration agent had told me when applying for my 489 that I could do this so this was always my plan.

I have only been here for 2 months and have not worked yet, but I did change my address on the immi application.

Yesterday I applied to study online and I got a call from the college saying I am violating my visa conditions and cannot study outside of the NT.

I have rang the NT migration who refered me to department of immigration. I called them twice today with different questions. One person saying I need to live and work in a specific postcode in Qld and another saying once I submitted my 887 immigration won't ask for any info post my 2 year commitment.

Has anyone done the same and what was your outcome. Tia

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This doesn't really help you as basically this is my plan and i just wondered how you found NT etc. Reply in a PM if you like 🙂

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I don’t know the correct answer to your question, but yes, while on paper you’ve completed your 2 years in NT and are technically eligible to apply for PR- it’s state sponsored PR and you’ve already moved. Sponsoring states want people who are committed to the state, and it looks like you’ve run off as soon as you could. 
I don’t see how the NT would sponsor you for PR when you aren’t in the NT, and have shown that you have no intension of residing there. 
 

According to this website which appears to have registered migration agents, it says you must abide by the conditions of the 489 up until your PR visa is granted. One of the conditions is while you are in Australia you and any dependants must be living, working and/or studying in the nominating state. 
It also says not abiding by these conditions will affect you when you come to apply for PR. 

https://www.seekvisa.com.au/489-visa-to-pr/

I’d look to speaking to a Mara registered agent to see if you can move forwards from here. 

Edited by Wonderingaloud
Forgot to include link

Due to escalating bills and budgetary cuts in the NHS, unfortunately, the light at the end of the tunnel has had to be switched off.

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Oh and don’t rely on the immigration helpline for advice, they are notorious for bad advice, as they are simply telephone operators and have no training the complexity of immigration matters. They have landed a lot of people in huge messes where their advice has been taken as gospel. 
If you need advice, they should tell you to speak to a registered migration agent, and the reply is the same if you were ever to complain.

Immi website specifically says if you need assistance you should ONLY speak to a MARA registered agent. I also suspect somewhere in the small print that they won’t hold themselves liable for any bad advice given by telephone operators.

Edited by Wonderingaloud

Due to escalating bills and budgetary cuts in the NHS, unfortunately, the light at the end of the tunnel has had to be switched off.

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Similar to the 190 visa, you make a commitment to the sponsoring state when you ask them to sponsor you.  Whether this is a 2-year commitment or for the duration of the 489, I don't know.  However the 489 visa itself doesn't (I don't think) have any condition that says you must remain in the sponsoring state.

However the 489 does require that you only live/work/study in a regional post code, so as long as you haven't moved to Brisbane or the Gold Coast, you may be fine.  Until the 887 is granted, you must abide by the conditions of the 489.

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Thank you for your replies and advise.
I got in touch with a mara migration lawyer and she said it's ok that moved from the NT after the 2 years. But I still need to be in the specific postcode classed as regional until my 887 comes through. So I have signed a new lease in sunshine coast and am leaving gold coast.
She also said because I haven't worked in the gold coast that I should get away with it.
Fingers crossed the visa will all go to plan from here.

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