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14 minutes ago, Suzyq said:

Thanks Kathss56, I can't find that option on my iPad so will try on my laptop later.

Thanks Carob, I'll tell my daughter in law to take a look next week!

 Very Top right corner where it has your name click there 


143 lodged 17 March 2016. Perth bound

5 Feb 20 request for further info.11 Feb - Medical /Form 80. 17 Feb -AoS submitted. 27 Feb -Police checks. 4 Mar -BG requested. 6 Mar - bond cert to Centrelink.13 Mar AoS approved

12 NOV 20 -2ND VAC REQUEST !

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7 hours ago, daveedley said:

We opened a bank account with the Commonwealth Bank before our visa was granted. You are right that you cannot withdraw money until you go in person to your bank branch (you can do this on a visitor visa). This is a government dictate to prevent money laundering. We sorted the application out with the Commonwealth Bank branch in the UK who were very helpful.

We went to a show/information fair at Sandown last year to gain info on everything ANZ bank were there and opened our account for us then & there.  We can send money over via transfer.  They have a head office in Canary Wharf, I'm sure you can contact them.

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Thank you. I'll give HSBC a couple more days and failing that London it is! I don't want to miss the decent currency rates!

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CPV 143 Acknowledged 3rd November 2016, Visitor Visa 600 (Tourist) Acknowledged 11th May 2017, Sponsorship submitted for 870 21st May Approved 29th July, Police checks submitted 6th August, Medical completed, 2nd VAC and Health Insurance evidence requested 16th Sept. 870 Visa granted 19/09/19!

 

 

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Australian budget details are released in 30min (10.30am UK time)

We will get to find out what changes will be made to parent visas.

Fingers crossed!


173 Visa lodged - March 2016

Documents submitted / medicals completed – May 2020

2nd VAC payment - October 2020

173 Visa granted - October 2020

143 Visa lodged - October 2020

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34 minutes ago, SusieRoo said:

Australian budget details are released in 30min (10.30am UK time)

We will get to find out what changes will be made to parent visas.

Fingers crossed!

No bad news, so far!

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173 Visa lodged - March 2016

Documents submitted / medicals completed – May 2020

2nd VAC payment - October 2020

173 Visa granted - October 2020

143 Visa lodged - October 2020

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Some more details for the New Parent Visas

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173 Visa lodged - March 2016

Documents submitted / medicals completed – May 2020

2nd VAC payment - October 2020

173 Visa granted - October 2020

143 Visa lodged - October 2020

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Good News!

No mention of CPV price rises or changes to the availability of places

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173 Visa lodged - March 2016

Documents submitted / medicals completed – May 2020

2nd VAC payment - October 2020

173 Visa granted - October 2020

143 Visa lodged - October 2020

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34 minutes ago, SusieRoo said:

Good News!

 

 

 

 

No mention of CPV price rises or changes to the availability of places

 

In the past any increases have been for new applicants from date of increase so we should  be fine....

BUT, don't quote me on that !! :D:D

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143 lodged 17 March 2016. Perth bound

5 Feb 20 request for further info.11 Feb - Medical /Form 80. 17 Feb -AoS submitted. 27 Feb -Police checks. 4 Mar -BG requested. 6 Mar - bond cert to Centrelink.13 Mar AoS approved

12 NOV 20 -2ND VAC REQUEST !

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55 minutes ago, SusieRoo said:

Good News!

 

 

 

 

No mention of CPV price rises or changes to the availability of places

 

The Budget papers reference an increase in VACs in line with the increase in the Consumer Price Index (the CPI):

"From 1 July 2017, the Government will index visa application charges in line with the forecast CPI published annually in the Budget."

Based on the current scale of VACs and a 2% increase in CPI this would equate to an increase in charges of some A$1,840 for a couple.

In the past increases in VACs for CP visa applications have been with reference to an index of healthcare costs - which is higher than the general CPI - and of course the Productivity Commission report remains as a reference point if the Government wants to make an upwards move on VACs for Contributory Parent visa applications.

Best regards.

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Managing Director, Go Matilda Visas - www.gomatilda.com

Registered Migration Agent Number 0102534; Registered Tax Agent (Australia)

Chartered Accountant (UK, and Australia)

T - 023 81 66 11 55 (UK) or 03 9935 2929 (Australia)

E - alan.collett@gomatilda.com and acollett@bdhtax.com

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11 minutes ago, Alan Collett said:

The Budget papers reference an increase in VACs in line with the increase in the Consumer Price Index (the CPI):

"From 1 July 2017, the Government will index visa application charges in line with the forecast CPI published annually in the Budget."

Based on the current scale of VACs and a 2% increase in CPI this would equate to an increase in charges of some A$1,840 for a couple.

In the past increases in VACs for CP visa applications have been with reference to an index of healthcare costs - which is higher than the general CPI - and of course the Productivity Commission report remains as a reference point if the Government wants to make an upwards move on VACs for Contributory Parent visa applications.

Best regards.

Thank you Alan for the information.

I guess this is still not too bad, considering the recommendations to double the cost of CPVs.

Also, do you know if we can change our application midstream from a 173 to a 143, without going to the back of the queue?


173 Visa lodged - March 2016

Documents submitted / medicals completed – May 2020

2nd VAC payment - October 2020

173 Visa granted - October 2020

143 Visa lodged - October 2020

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Update on the increase in VACs: https://www.border.gov.au/ReportsandPublications/Documents/budget/visa-price-increase-fact-sheet-2017-18.pdf

No increase in 2nd VACs, so the increase on 1 July 2017 is not so much as first thought.

Best regards.

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Managing Director, Go Matilda Visas - www.gomatilda.com

Registered Migration Agent Number 0102534; Registered Tax Agent (Australia)

Chartered Accountant (UK, and Australia)

T - 023 81 66 11 55 (UK) or 03 9935 2929 (Australia)

E - alan.collett@gomatilda.com and acollett@bdhtax.com

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56 minutes ago, SusieRoo said:

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Also, do you know if we can change our application midstream from a 173 to a 143, without going to the back of the queue?

 

Assuming your 173 visa hasn't yet been granted I think a new application will mean you start again, at the back of the queue.

Best regards.


Managing Director, Go Matilda Visas - www.gomatilda.com

Registered Migration Agent Number 0102534; Registered Tax Agent (Australia)

Chartered Accountant (UK, and Australia)

T - 023 81 66 11 55 (UK) or 03 9935 2929 (Australia)

E - alan.collett@gomatilda.com and acollett@bdhtax.com

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50 minutes ago, Alan Collett said:

Update on the increase in VACs: https://www.border.gov.au/ReportsandPublications/Documents/budget/visa-price-increase-fact-sheet-2017-18.pdf

No increase in 2nd VACs, so the increase on 1 July 2017 is not so much as first thought.

Best regards.

Technically it doesn't say that there are no increases to 2nd VACs, but that "Indexation does not apply to 2 nd instalment VACs" - given your experience, does this actually mean the same thing? Maybe I'm being a little paranoid!

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Really pleased there's no planned increase to the 2nd VACs!! 

Not sure if this is the right forum / thread but here goes! - we've decided I will go for the Visitor Visa 600 and hope this I get it for a full 12 month stay. My husband will remain on an eVisitor as he works offshore, currently in China on a ship build, and works 8 weeks about. Whilst we await further steps on our 143 journey, I hope to reapply for the 600 as and when needed. 

How do we go about buying a house in this situation? Has anyone done this? We have been told that there is such a thing as a "bare" trust which enables a trustworthy individual (son) to buy the house on our behalf, with the ability to "sign over" ownership of the house to ourselves when we have residency. Obviously, the purchase would be made with our finances!

Any comments or advice welcome! Thank you.


CPV 143 Acknowledged 3rd November 2016, Visitor Visa 600 (Tourist) Acknowledged 11th May 2017, Sponsorship submitted for 870 21st May Approved 29th July, Police checks submitted 6th August, Medical completed, 2nd VAC and Health Insurance evidence requested 16th Sept. 870 Visa granted 19/09/19!

 

 

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AoS Acceptance letter from Centrelink received today in my daughter's mygov account.  Yaaayyyyy!   Now to wait for Immi to request the 2nd VAC. 

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CPV 1.10.2014, 1st VAC 31.10.2014, Receipt 31.10.2014, Acknowledged 28.2.15

Form 80 - 26.1.2017, Police check 4.2.2017, Medical 21.2.17 (with DIBP 24.2.17)

AoS commenced 17.2.17, approved 19.4.17, bond lodged 28.4.17, acceptance 9.5.2017

2nd VAC requested 19.9.2017.  Visa granted 28.9.17

Brisbane area.

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13 minutes ago, Catlady2014 said:

AoS Acceptance letter from Centrelink received today in my daughter's mygov account.  Yaaayyyyy!   Now to wait for Immi to request the 2nd VAC. 

Congratulations!

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103 visa application lodged February 2013. 143 visa application submitted January 2016. Police checks and form 80 submitted February 29th 2016. Visa granted April 4th 2016.

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33 minutes ago, Catlady2014 said:

AoS Acceptance letter from Centrelink received today in my daughter's mygov account.  Yaaayyyyy!   Now to wait for Immi to request the 2nd VAC. 

Congratulations hope it's not too long now! Enjoy a nice glass or 2 of something cold & bubbly???

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143 lodged 28/4/15 acknowledged 30/4/15 further docs. Requested 28/11/17.

medicals and UK/AUS police checks completed. AOS forms lodged at Centrelink 6/12/17

AOS paid 5/3/17 letter taken to Centrelink and sent to DIBP 6/3/17. ?

Request for 2nd Vac . Flight booked for Bali to meet 600 visa requirements.

2nd vac paid 3/4/18

Visa granted 13/4/18 

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41 minutes ago, Catlady2014 said:

AoS Acceptance letter from Centrelink received today in my daughter's mygov account.  Yaaayyyyy!   Now to wait for Immi to request the 2nd VAC. 

Fantastic news.

How is the house sale going, dare I ask?

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143 Visa application lodged & acknowledged 1st December 2014. Invitation to supply further documents received 4th July 2017. AoS submitted to Centrelink 6th July. Police Certificates and Forms 80 handed in to our agent 12th July. Medicals done 12th July.

Bond lodged mid-August.

Assurance of Support accepted and uploaded to Immi 30th August.

2nd VAC request received 8th September.

VISAS GRANTED 18th September:jiggy:

 whilst on holiday in Bali....

Back to Oz on 20th September as official residents:)

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56 minutes ago, Catlady2014 said:

AoS Acceptance letter from Centrelink received today in my daughter's mygov account.  Yaaayyyyy!   Now to wait for Immi to request the 2nd VAC. 

Congratulations!

 

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1st Vac 5/12/14

AOS/police checks etc requested 02/08/17

2nd Vac requested 3/9/17

Visas granted 16/10/17

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2 hours ago, Catlady2014 said:

AoS Acceptance letter from Centrelink received today in my daughter's mygov account.  Yaaayyyyy!   Now to wait for Immi to request the 2nd VAC. 

Congratulations! Any idea on how long the wait would be from this step? 

I submitted all my documents including AoS on 21st April and since then waiting for 2nd VAC. Can anyone tell how long it takes from here?

Cheers

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"Also, do you know if we can change our application midstream from a 173 to a 143, without going to the back of the queue?"

Susieroo we cancelled our 103 and applied for the 173 and the time we had spent in the queue for the 103 was taken into consideration.  It might be worth checking with immigration, unless this has now changed or it doesn't work for going from 173 to 143.

 

 

 

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10 hours ago, billynomates said:

Technically it doesn't say that there are no increases to 2nd VACs, but that "Indexation does not apply to 2 nd instalment VACs" - given your experience, does this actually mean the same thing? Maybe I'm being a little paranoid!

 

In my experience an increase to the 2nd VAC for CP visa applications can happen quickly, and without a lot of notice.

Best regards.

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Managing Director, Go Matilda Visas - www.gomatilda.com

Registered Migration Agent Number 0102534; Registered Tax Agent (Australia)

Chartered Accountant (UK, and Australia)

T - 023 81 66 11 55 (UK) or 03 9935 2929 (Australia)

E - alan.collett@gomatilda.com and acollett@bdhtax.com

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So the 143 is in . Suddenly major hiccup. Tried to change visa to a 173 its going to cost another 5000 bucks. At my age can do without it.

 

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8 hours ago, NanaJan said:

Fantastic news.

How is the house sale going, dare I ask?

Almost ready to exchange contracts, just need to agree a completion date.  If it all goes wrong, I have another buyer lined up and waiting to go ahead.  Seems to be a bit like buses - nothing for a while and then two come along at once. 

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CPV 1.10.2014, 1st VAC 31.10.2014, Receipt 31.10.2014, Acknowledged 28.2.15

Form 80 - 26.1.2017, Police check 4.2.2017, Medical 21.2.17 (with DIBP 24.2.17)

AoS commenced 17.2.17, approved 19.4.17, bond lodged 28.4.17, acceptance 9.5.2017

2nd VAC requested 19.9.2017.  Visa granted 28.9.17

Brisbane area.

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7 hours ago, AJ_143 said:

Congratulations! Any idea on how long the wait would be from this step? 

I submitted all my documents including AoS on 21st April and since then waiting for 2nd VAC. Can anyone tell how long it takes from here?

Cheers

So are you at the same stage as me?  Have you had the Centrelink acceptance letter yet?  Or  are you further ahead than me, i.e. your Acceptance letter sent letter to Immi on 21st April?  I don't know how long before the 2nd vac is requested, but if your acceptance letter was sent to Immi on  21st April, then it seems I at least have quite a while to wait for the 2nd vac but I would think yours must be imminent.

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CPV 1.10.2014, 1st VAC 31.10.2014, Receipt 31.10.2014, Acknowledged 28.2.15

Form 80 - 26.1.2017, Police check 4.2.2017, Medical 21.2.17 (with DIBP 24.2.17)

AoS commenced 17.2.17, approved 19.4.17, bond lodged 28.4.17, acceptance 9.5.2017

2nd VAC requested 19.9.2017.  Visa granted 28.9.17

Brisbane area.

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