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Australian visa priority processing and reactions to DIAC's latest announcement

by Lauren 1/16/2009 4:04:00 PM

DIAC recently announced changes to the Skilled Migration programme, and specifically the order in which visa applications will be processed. This announcement came following the introduction of the Critical Skills List (CSL) in December 2008, a new list of occupations which is designed to be responsive in fulfilling the needs of the Australian economy and which has been used to determine the priority of applications since January 1st, 2009.

As a result, the current order of applications is as follows:

  1. Applicants for state or territory Government sponsored visas (i.e. Skilled State Sponsored subclass 176 and Skilled Regional State Sponsored 475 visa applications);
  2. Applicants with occupations on the CSL;
  3. Applicants with occupations on the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL);
  4. All other valid visa applications.

Why has DIAC introduced this process?

The current global economic climate is likely to have had some influence, and for some time now the Australian Immigration system has been under pressure to reduce the number of immigrants entering the country. This is despite still needing migrants in order to fulfil a variety of occupations which are still in demand in various areas of the country.

In short, I think the case is that the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has been compelled to show the country that they are assisting with fulfilling the skills shortages in certain areas and in certain occupations. It seems to be very much a political and economic move, and to what degree this will become effective in real terms is as yet unclear.

How should I take this news?

While the message of this notification might immediately appear daunting to some visa applicants, I think it's important that we establish exactly what it means. The notification itself seemed confused and had some errors; for example, a subclass 175 visa was listed under the heading of 'state sponsored visas', when the defining feature of a subclass 175 is that it is completely independent and does not require any kind of sponsorship.

Additionally, while DIAC have specified February 13th, 2009 as the date by which all state sponsored visa applications will be allocated a case officer, DIAC (like any government organisation with large-scale admin responsibilities) is prone to slipping on deadlines.

However, I can appreciate that many applicants will remain curious as to how this announcement will affect them and their application. With this in mind, I'd like to give my own opinions as to how I think applicants for the various skilled migrant subclasses should react to this news.

State 176 / State 475 visa applicants who have already lodged to DIAC

If you have lodged your State 176/475 visa application, then by this announcement, your application should be allocated to a case officer by February 13th. However, we do not know to what limit this extends to; for example, we're still not sure if people who lodge their applications in early February will be included in this wave of processing, or even if that priority allocation will continue past February 13th.

Also, if you do not hear back about your application by this time, it doesn't necessarily mean that yours is not included in this wave of processing, just that it may still be placed into a queue before being assessed.

All other skilled visa applicants who have already lodged to DIAC

If you have lodged an alternative kind of visa, then according to this announcement, your application will not be allocated until the state applications are dealt with. I must stress that until some time has passed and we can begin to see patterns and trends in how applications are processed and whether these new rules seem to be adhered to, Visa Bureau cannot give any solid timeframes or confirm whether your application will be affected - you may well find that it won't be.

Visa applicants who have yet to lodge to DIAC

If you are yet to submit your application to DIAC, I would advise that you aim to lodge your application with as little delay as possible. As with every application, it is preferable to lodge as soon as you can in order to allow for the best chance of avoiding any potential delays or changes.

It may be possible that you would prefer to lodge a State Sponsored subclass 176 visa, as opposed to the subclass that you are currently applying for (provided your occupation is on the Priority Skills state list for the state which you are intending to migrate to).

It's also important to understand that this is an extra aspect to the application, and in some cases can require additional fees and paperwork to be submitted, not to mention the fact that you will be under the moral obligation to live within your sponsored state for the first 2 years of your migration to Australia.

Additionally, it may prove unnecessary to switch to a state sponsored visa, should the announcement not result in delays or be as restrictive as it initially seems. Once again, it's worth remembering that DIAC timeframes are not always entirely accurate, meaning that allocation for non-state sponsored visa subclasses could continue as normal (or that regular allocation will begin again following the February 13th deadline).

In the meantime, I'd like to assure all our clients that Visa Bureau is in constant contact with the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) and we will ensure to inform them immediately upon receiving any updates regarding this situation. It's still very early days, and further clarification from DIAC regarding a number of highly pertinent points will be required before we'll know what the true ramifications will be.

- Lauren Mennie is the Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

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Comments

1/17/2009 11:05:18 AM

We can calculate from last years stats that DIAC must be processing a few hundred visas a day. With a quota of appx 10,000 applications for all state sponsorship, this means they could potentially get through all state applications in one month, and then hopefully start on CSLs. This is not taking into account that we are actually half way through the year and so many state applications will have already been issued. Whilst there are tens of other factors affecting these figures, this observation may provide a little relief to some knowing that there will not be an infinite stream of State sponsored applications.

Drew

1/27/2009 7:51:38 AM

Thank you Laureen for your useful insight on the possible effects of the new processing priorities. I am an onshore applicant (subclass 885), not on any of priority lists and am finding this long and now uncertain wait truly agonising. I think it unfair to club onshore and offshore applications together in processing. Onshore applicants have undergone more pains and have demonstrated their use to the Australian economy, be it in terms of study or work. And I think they deserve some credit for it. Because of some idiots onshore who tried to rort the system, now all onshore applicants are being penalised.

timex

1/28/2009 1:16:59 PM

I think that's a very unreasonable comment to make. I've been in this country for 5.5 years and my only option was an offshore visa application. I am not on the CSL or MODL list and find the new changes annoying as it will more than likely further delay my application but I'm happy for everyone who gets their visa granted because obviously we are all wishing to stay in this country. Don't forget that all applications require the same amount of 'pain' to go through.

Eva

2/4/2009 11:15:28 AM

I applied for 475 on 11 Jan 08 and uploaded all docs + medicals + pcc. Medical + PCC have expired in Jan 09. But still don't have a case officer. My occupation is Marketing Specialist for which sponsorship has now been stopped by South Australia. I am wondering why I am not getting a case officer when people who have applied in Sept-Nov 08 have started to get a case officer??? I am really frustrated and dont know what to do. Even when I write to ASPC they just say that my case in not allocated. Dont know how much longer I have to wait.

Jeff

2/6/2009 1:15:52 PM

Hi Filed GSM 175- Accountant IELTS 6.5 not in CSL in Feb 2009. Any suggestion on processing timings

Siva

2/9/2009 7:37:06 AM

hi i have lodged GSM 175 visa application on 7th feb 09. Occupation is civil engineering. How much time it will take complete the entire process. When will i get documents are correct

SHIVAPRAKASH

3/8/2009 6:43:18 AM

dear sir,
i applied for indepent skilled migrant(175) month of march.how long will they take the time to issue my visa.when i want to do the medical.what is the maximum processing time because(2007 i got my TRA after one year i got my IELTS(5.5)so kindly send me the reply.

somu

3/10/2009 7:38:30 AM

Hello Everyone,

I am Civil Engineer by qualification. My occupation falls under CSL and i lodged my Application on 09th August'08 under GSM Subclass 175. As the last update i got was the allocation of CSL files till end of May 2009. Can anyone give updates about the application status reached as on now. How much time it will take more to reach application lodged in August 08.

Do let me know if anyone can help me to update me....

Thanks
Best Wishes for everyone who is trying for Migrating to Australia.

Chintan

3/14/2009 5:53:41 PM

Hi I have lodged GSM 175 visa application on 31 March 2008. Can you please
tell me when I can expect an answer as I am on the CSL (Electrician-general).
Thank you.

Erick Steyn

3/17/2009 1:16:24 PM

hi i have lodged my application on 20th of Jan and subclass 175(MODL).
i had a chance to have sponsor but because of my case and the terms that time , i didn't used that
is there any chance to change my application from 175 to 176 ?
Any suggestion on processing timing in 175(MODL)

sheri

3/17/2009 6:49:54 PM

HI Applied for 475 Relative sponsered visa on July 21st 2008 and am still in the waiting list. Can anyone tell me how long a wait this is going to be.

Somasekhar

3/19/2009 11:07:45 AM

I lodged my application for my 176 visa in May 2008. Now with the delays mentioned above, when should I expect it to come through??

Jodi Wainer

4/3/2009 10:11:05 AM

ni applyed for visa subclass 175 skilled july 2008 , what is time it completed

kamal

4/4/2009 8:54:41 AM

I applied for subclass 175 in December 2007, subsequent to TRA approval. The appplication is still not processed. My IELTS results will expire in March 2009. Do I have to complete my IELTS again?

Hetti

4/19/2009 6:17:32 PM

i have lodged my case in feb 2008. my category is 175 and itis in csl list.(not in employer spo
nser).tell me visa waiting time

rajesh sharma

4/29/2009 9:46:37 AM

lodged application:feb2008 .my case officer demand medical and pcc beween 28 days
medical :28 march
pcc receipt sent :29 march
pcc sent :11 april
visa :waiting
how much time will take case officer to give visa

rajesh sharma

5/1/2009 10:47:51 AM

i m apply for gsm175 vissa in july i apply for 1july2008 i want when my processinsing compleat

gaurav

5/4/2009 4:18:18 PM

I lodged my application in July 08, meds done feb 09, am on both the CSL and MODL (for some reason), and have a job in QLD, I
was initially told that 4 weeks after meds done, visas will be granted (that was 2 months ago). I have been told that it should
be 2-3 months after meds done that visas will be issued, but to be honest, the goal posts keep changing and I am not going to
hold my breath on this one.

My only comfort on this whole matter, is that I am not alone and by the looks of it, we are all waiting and have been waiting
for a long time.

Good luck to everyone, I hope your visa comes quickly.

Andy

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

5/11/2009 10:24:05 AM

dearsir/madam,

i lodged my application on 30 aug 2007 visa indpendent subclass 136 uz & i get the case officer on jan 2009 & i did the medical test & sent it but till now i didn't grant the visa. so shall i wait for ever to grant the visa as for now 4 monthes has been gone & no news from the diac ? will i wait till they finish the crises list & nomination cases or what?? please i need answer.

gina

5/13/2009 10:09:43 AM

Hi Gina

Some time after 01 July, when they are on top of the CSL applications already on hand, DIAC will get some idea as to how many MODL and non MODL priority applications places they will have for 2009/2010. So they will start to process these two low priority again in the not too distant future. First cabs off the rank will be those applications lodged prior to 01 September 2007 AND those that have already commenced processing - so consider yourself the best of the worst or the first of the last.

Regards


Tony

Tony

5/15/2009 10:00:37 AM

I applied under Visa subclass 176 in July 08, the only change Ive seen in my status is from "Your Applications is being processed to
"Being processed further" mails to DIMIAs site are not very helpful either. There is some much confusion that I'm not even sure
if 176 is being processed or not and if yes then which period of applications are being processed at the moment.

Wish the process was just a bit transparent otherwise it makes no sense to have online presence and online visa applications
if all status updates have to be unhelpful system generated auto replies.

What is the status of July 08 176 applications?? Any clue any one

Sunny

5/15/2009 10:32:35 AM

Hi Sunny

If you are a State sponsored 176 then that would make sense and your application should be with a case officer. If from a high Risk country, they may now be undertaking emplyment checks so it may be a while beofore you get corespondence from them. Has any of your requirements been marked as met are are all documents still showing as outstanding ? Have you already done medicals and polcie checks. If you are not state sponsored but are Family sponsored and on CSL, then these cases are currently being allocated too.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/4/2009 10:49:53 AM

I applied under Visa subclass 176 in september 08,
From last many months we have been given the information that
visa priority has been changed.
I am totally in a frustrating state.
Future are on stake .What to do next whether to plan out this or not.
so irritating.
There is some much confusion.
My application is under last priority then when i will be
allocated a co.
some of my mates filed the application for canada and they are flying off to
canada and they got the visa in 6 months.

wish i would have filed the case in canda not in australia.
atleast australian govt should have some timelimit on visas.
auto generated replies are not helpful.
What is the status of sept 08 176 applications?? and m on last priority not in csl and in modl.

Monika

6/4/2009 11:06:53 AM

Hi Monika

As you say, family sponsored 176 applicants not on CSL or MODL are the lowest processing priority. The problem with this is that nobody knows whether this will mean processing is likely to commence in 6 months, 12 months or even 2 years or more. I am saying to such clients that we have to wait until at least July and probably August before we can get something difinitive from DIAC - they don't know themselves at this point in time. What I would be hoping to get from DIAC by August is something along the lines of - 176 applications like yours will be processed if applied for before say June 2008 and those applied for before January 2009 will be processed in the 2010/2011 program. As long as you know, no matter how long it will be, at least yo ucan then plan around this.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/5/2009 11:40:50 AM

Thnx Tony for the reply.
Tell me one more thing. I have cleared an IELTS in july 08 and it
is already submitted to DIAC. and as you know that it will expire in july 10
so in my case when i have already submitted my application to DIAC een then
i have to go for another test of IELTS. Its not my problem man. Why should i appear
again?
monika

Monika

6/5/2009 12:07:59 PM

Hi Monika

The IELTS result does not expire in relation to your current skilled visa application - the requirement is that it must not be more than 2 years old on the day that you apply for your visa - so if they take 6 years to process your application, the IELTS result will always be validfor that particular application.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/6/2009 6:03:34 AM

thnx tony,

atleast you are saying favourable. ha ha ha but dont say six years.


Thnx n regards
monika

monika

6/7/2009 2:24:01 PM

I have applied(e-lodgement) on 13th Mar'09; after that my status shown as "application received & processing commenced" & "application fee received". But on 27th May'09 an addition took place in my status which is "Application being processed further". Could anyone can explain what does the last update (27-05-09)mean?

My occupation is Accountant, MODL but not in CSL (coz my ielts was 6.5)

Could anyone tell me the rough time to get the visa now in Subclass 175?

Regrds,
Fuad Hasan.

Muhammad Shohel Ahmed

6/11/2009 11:13:38 AM

dear sir, my lodgment date was 27 may 2009, i got the file reference no. and also my file was marked for critical skills list, but on Jun 10, 2009 i got a shocking mail from DIAC saying that my draft is dishonored because of the reason it requires confirmation from the drawer. Now they are asking me to make payment within 5 days otherwise my application will be returned and considered as invalid. i really don't any idea what to do. if somebody gone through the same scenario kindly help me out. i will be obliged.

wasif altaf

6/11/2009 11:19:39 AM

The overseas draft must be drawn on an Australian bank in Australia. I presume your bank issued the original draft so you need to see if they will re-issue drawing against the Australian bank or cancel and refund so you can go to another bank to issue. Fees are likely to rise to over A$2,500 from 01 July 2009 so you need to sort this out quickly. Also, if it is likely to take a little over the 5 days to sort, advise DIAC within the 5 days and they can hold onto your papers until they receive the new draft.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/11/2009 1:09:03 PM

Hi Wasif

Your case should not be one for processing at the moment, it is possible that it was actioned as a possible CSL priority and then they may realise that the IELTS score is not good enough and suspend processing on it. I think yo ushould assume that yoru application will not be processed for some time and maybe another IELTS test should be attempted if you want it processed quicker.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/15/2009 6:23:32 AM

Since my husband is the main applicant for 176 Visa, and turning to 35 this 23rd, we are planning to lodge our application before ielts. Can we request for result submission date while it is being processed? Otherwise, we lose another 5 pts. and will not be eligible.

Please reply soon.

Anu

Anu

6/15/2009 2:37:31 PM

Unless he holds a UK or other acceptable passport, he will have to sit IELTS before lodging his visa application as he needs to have a minimum 6 in each IELTS at time of application or a minimum 5 in each IELTS if a tradesperson (ASCO 4XXX, at time of application. It is possible to lodge the visa application after sitting the IELTS test and before teh results are receievd but if the required IELTS is not scored, teh application will be refused without any refund.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/17/2009 4:54:08 AM

Hi Tony,
I'm planning to online apply for visa-176, I'm accountant & now waiting for my IELTS result as i target to score at least 7 in order to squeen into the CSL.
By the way, if unfortunately i not manage to achieve that points. Should I continue to apply with current result and later resit the IELTS & submit again? Or I should wait until I pass the scored IELTS then only apply. please advise. Thanks.

kristy

6/17/2009 6:26:25 AM

Did anybody apply for subclass 175 on Mar'09 onwards? Have you got any update from diac. Pls share your experecience.
17-03-2009 : elodgement
17-03-2009 : Application received & start commencement
28-05-2009 : Application being further processed

Pls share your status.

Fuad

6/17/2009 9:24:05 AM

Hi Kristy

Apply on-line before 01 July 2009 if you already have a valid minimum 6 IELTS score. Your application may sit there for a year or more but you can get priority processing at any time during the application either through State Sponsorship or gaining a minimum 7 in IELTS.

Regards

Tony

Tony

6/17/2009 9:26:09 AM

Hi Fuad

Processing information means nothing unless the priority is clearaly identified i.e. 175 on CSL, or 175 on MODL, or 175 other.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/23/2009 5:05:29 PM

hi everyone

can you please tell me how long does it take to get visa after medical?

thanks
afifa

afifa

6/23/2009 5:52:11 PM

Hi Afifa

It varies but when the yask for medicals the yare actively processing your file and will grant visa as soon as possible UNLESS you were a CSL case when the yasked for teh medicals and you drop off the CSL before they grant your visa.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/24/2009 6:01:50 AM

Dear Tony,

I have appied for 176 visa,
1. I got state sponsorship on 19 feb'09
2. I applied online on 2nd march'09 to Diac with all necesary documents and fees
3. I received msg.from state that they had send form 1100 to diac on 11th june

When they allocated CO and how i come to know that they allocated CO, as my status is not changes yet.

Thanks
Regards
Neha


Neh

6/24/2009 9:33:12 AM

Hi Neh

That is a big delay in getting the form 1100 to them. As it is near the end of the program year, give them until second week of July to show some activity with yoru case. If nothing by then, send a polite enquiry asking them to confirm you are receiving priority processing.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/24/2009 11:48:54 AM

Dear Tony,

Thanks. Now I m worried, what will happend with my case, because i dont have any agent, so how much time they will take to provide visa in this case? I m from high risk country. please guide me.

Thanks,
Regards
Neha

Neh

6/24/2009 11:57:03 AM

Hi Neha

If you need to follow up, you do not need an agent, use the Poslt Lodgement Enquiry (PLE) facility.

http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/forms/gsm/post.htm

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/24/2009 3:29:16 PM

Tony

Thanks a lot.

My main concern is @ acceptation or rejection of my visa application.

Should they accept my visa application or reject it due to late submission of form 1100 ?

Kind regards

Neha

Neha

6/24/2009 3:34:51 PM

Hi Neha

The Form 1100 can come in any time before they make a points assessment of your case. Applications without the 1100 ate processed as 175 vsia applications and as long as they score at elast 100 points (without State Sponsorship) they will at least be pooled. If the form 1100 comes in after an application is pooled, it can then commence being processed as a 176 visa - all 175 applicatiosn are also applicatiosn for 176 visas and vice versa.

As long as you passed an IELTS at the required level prior to your visa application (but not more than 2 years prior) and your experience is assessed as skilled and covers the required periods, there is not much that can go wrong with your application - It is just a matter of when.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/24/2009 4:28:58 PM

Dear Tony,

Thanks a lot your fast response to my worries.

In brief my case is as follows.

We have placed file under my husband's name on 2nd March 2009 and all documents except my IELTS result and medical papers ( applicant's wife IELTS RESULT ) attched with on line application with in specified time by DIAC. ( which includes all personnel documents along with State Sponsorship letter ).

But till date we have not received any mail from DAIC regarding allocation of case officer and also on line visa status inquiry documents check list still showing " REQUIRED " status against each and every documents name.

My question is that when will status of documents change ?
and total time required to get the visa in this case if I'm from high risk country ( India ) ?

Kind Regards

Neha

Neha

6/25/2009 8:52:54 AM

Hi Neha

The "REQUIRED" status for documents does not change until a case officer assesses and confirms they are held. Processing of your case has been delayed due to the only recent receipt of the Form 1100 by DIAC. All sounds perfectly OK and you should just wait a couple of weeks to hear something or then follow-up.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/25/2009 11:10:09 AM

Dear sir,
i lodeged my application on 23dec'2008 and medical and police clearance done on 23 jan 2009. i applied for GSM subclass 475 visa. i am still waiting for my visa. Can you tell me how long i have to wait for my visa? i am from Bangladesh

Arif

6/25/2009 11:28:54 AM

Dear Tony,

Thanks

Neha

Neha

6/25/2009 11:32:21 AM

Hi Arif

If you are state sponsored 475, they will be processing your case as fast as they can. processing times can vary if they are waiting on security checks and/or employer checks. I encourage applicants not to chase at this point in time as it is a busy period fro DIAC wit hthe end of the program year a week away. Give it a coupleo f weeks in July and if you can see no progress, send them a Postlodgement Enquiry.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/25/2009 2:10:03 PM

Hi Tony: A slightly delayed reply from my end: My application under 176 is family sponsored and neither state sponsored nor on CSL etc etc. So i guess this is going to take really really long to process.

I'm from India and hence not sure if it is considered as a High risk country, maybe you could throw some light on this.
It shows all documents as Outstanding and not as MET, what does that mean?
Haven't got any Police or medical checks done as yet as we were advised so by DIMIAS' customer service. I was advised that I should not get this done unless the case officer asks us to do so.

What would be your estimation on my case? Thanking in anticipation
Regards
Sunny

sunny

6/25/2009 2:58:08 PM

Hi Sunny

So you are in the unfortunate lowest priority. Latest we have is that DIAC think none will commence processing in next program year - so nothing until July 2010 at earliest. Eventual processing time will depend on the Australian economy which is predicted to improve in 12 months. Status of docuemnts will show as Outstanding eventhough uploaded to your application, until you get a case officer.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/25/2009 7:10:36 PM

Dear sir,
i lodeged my application on 7May'2009 and medical and police clearance done on 6 jun 2009. i applied for GSM subclass 475 visa. i am still waiting for my visa. Can you tell me how long i have to wait for my visa? i am from Bangladesh

Maruf

6/25/2009 7:12:51 PM

Dear tony,
Thanks for reply. i want to know 1 more thing..& that is "Do DIAC refuse applicants to get australian visa?if yes then what are the reasons and will case officer notify applicant about this before refusing visa?what should an applicat do if he is refused to get his visa?

Arif

6/26/2009 7:38:44 AM

Dear Sir, thanks for the reply. i want to know one more thing. will my case officer notify me if they face any difficulty getting employer checks?

Arif

6/26/2009 9:22:46 AM

Hi Maruf

If Satte sponsored, they will process you as fast as they can. Your visa could be delayed by possible Emplyoer checks and/or security checks.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/26/2009 9:43:45 AM

Hi Arif

They certainly do refuse cases - can be because IELTS was not done before applying or they assess that the work is not "skilled" after an employer check. DIAC should put any adverse information to you but if they decide that your experience is not skilled, the first you may hear is a refusal. Accountants may be recognised as accountants but their actual job duties may be at a much lower skill level and DIAC can sometimes decide that you are workin gas a "Bookkeeper" or some other occupation that is not on the Skilled Occupations List. The criteria for visas is quite clear but the one variable is how DIAC assess your experience and is usually the only place where you can get refused - assuming you have done the obvious things right.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/26/2009 5:31:58 PM

Dear sir,
i lodeged my application on 7May'2009 and medical and police clearance done on 6 jun 2009. i applied for GSM subclass 475 visa regional sponsorship.usually this type of visa takes 7months. Can you tell me how long i have to wait for my visa? it twill take more than 7 months or not.is it possible to issue visa earliar than time fram.i am from Bangladesh

MARUF

6/27/2009 6:07:53 AM

hi, tony.
kindly comment on my case.
Application General Skilled Migration - XXXX VE 176 WA Accountant
16/09/2008 Application received - processing commenced
16/09/2008 Application fee received
16/02/2009 Application being processed further - CO allocation

Person 1 Date of birth: XXXXXX Passport No: XXX
17/02/2009 Further information required - Meds (taken 24-02-2009)/2ndVAC
13/03/2009 Further medical results received – per pre-grant letter initial entry date 13-mar-2010 coincides with 1-yr after med results received (i think)
13/03/2009 Further medical results received
13/03/2009 Further medical results received
13/03/2009 HIV blood test received
15/05/2009 Health requirements finalised – pre-grant letter requesting passport details

on 15-05-2009, i received pre-grant letter stating that my initial entry date is no later than 13-03-2010 and visa grant depends on receipt of passport details (which was already attached upon elodgment). by 18-05-2009, passport details were uploaded.

on 16-06-2009 when no update was received from case officer, we made PLE. reply was dated 22-06-2009 stating that "Your file is currently with your case officer for further processing. If your case officer requires any additional documentation/information to assist in the processing of your visa application they will contact you shortly."

today, 27-06-2009, still no communication from CO.
what could be holding CO from finalising my grant? is there still a chance that i will be refused a visa (God forbid).

i know of another applicant in same case as mine (176/Accountant/WA) required Health Undertaking in 15-05-2009 visa grant 09-06-2009.

would greatly appreciate your comments. thanks and best regards.

sarah42

6/27/2009 5:32:35 PM

Can anyone please help me out of the weird situation. DIAC told me that my bank draft got dishonored and i have to make alternate payment. I did the payment again via credit card. They told me that they have successfully received payment via credit card. I requested them to return my draft dat was dishonored. Its been a couple of days but they are not uttering a single word regarding my draft. what should i do ? will they return it or i lost it ?

wasif altaf

6/29/2009 5:39:58 AM

Dear Tony,

I got an email that CO is allocated, and status shows process further.

Thanks
Neha

Neha

6/29/2009 5:45:08 AM

Dear sir,
i would like to know whether a case officer informs the applicant about anything negative about him that may refuse him to get his visa SO THAT HE MAY GET A CHANCE TO COMMENT ABOUT THIS BEFORE BEIGN REFUSED.

Polen

6/29/2009 10:16:15 AM

Hi Sarah

Sounds like your visa is ready and it is likely they are going to grant it after 30th June. Just give it another 2 weeks and you should have it by then.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/29/2009 10:41:06 AM

Hi Wasif

Generally a bank draft would not be dishonoured but there is a problem if the bank draft is not drawn on an Australian branch of an Australian bank. So I ma thinking this is what has happened with your case. I presume you need the original to speed up a refund of that draft so you should be hasseling DIAC weekly until they confirm they have sent it back to you.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/29/2009 10:51:26 AM

Hi Polen

If it was anonymous adverse information they received, they should put this to you for a response however, if, for example, as a result of an employer check they decide that your experience is not "skilled", they often just refuse the case and that is the first you hear about it.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/29/2009 10:53:31 AM

Hi Maruf

Your case should be processed within 7 months from what you have said although delays can occur when doing employer and/or Security checks. If you have a cse officer the nall would appear to be proceeding for you - if you do not have a case officer, you should have one so contact them to enquire.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/30/2009 11:37:37 AM

Dear Tony,

After submitting medical and Pcc, normaly how much time Diac will take to provide visa for 176 state sponsor visa? We have to settle at Canberra, then what r the other things we can prepare in advance? There is nobody to whom i know, then i have to find rented house in advanced? If so then please guide me about the sound location where we can find our residance.

Thanks

Neha

Neha

7/1/2009 12:52:48 PM

Hi Neha

After health and character requirements are met it can be quite quick to get visa approval - but delays can occur if the yare waiting for employer and/or security checks. The ACT offer a free settlement service to Satte Sponsored applicants - please go to:

http://www.business.act.gov.au/skilled_and_business_migration/free_settlement_service

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/1/2009 12:58:31 PM

Hi Maruf

Sounds like your visa should be granted any day now - may take a couple of weeks for the results of the employer check to get down to your case officer in Australia.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/1/2009 7:08:57 PM

tnx for ur reply. u told my visa may grant within couple of weeks ..is it possible to grant visa within 2 and half monthlodeged my application on 7May'2009 and medical and police clearance done on 6 jun 2009. i applied for GSM subclass 475 visa regional sponsorship.usually this type of visa takes 7months. Can you tell me how long i have to wait for my visa? it twill take more than 7 months or not..employer checked on 29 th june. Can you tell me how long i have to wait for my visa? it twill take more than 7 months or not.is it possible to issue visa earliar than time frame.i am from Bangladesh .is it possible to grant visa within 2 and half month.

Maruf

7/2/2009 9:43:34 AM

Hi Maruf

It sounds like yours may be granted in record time unless the securit checks hold it up. Visa will be granted as soon as all requirements are met - 7 months is more of an average service level, many take longer as some applicants are slow to respond to information requests etc.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/2/2009 10:13:46 AM

tnx for ur reply. how do they check security?
maruf



Maruf

7/2/2009 10:34:13 AM

Hi Maruf

Your details are referred to The Australian Security Itelligence Organisation (ASIO)and they may decide that your profile is something they may want to double check on with other agencies. Some of these "other" agencies may be based overseas and responses can sometimes be slow.

Regards

Tony

Tony

7/2/2009 11:30:34 AM

dear sir,
i have applied for GSM 475 visa(state sponsored) on 23/12/2008, medical, police clearance done on 23/01/2009. on 3rd June i did a post lodgement enquiry and got this reply "Your file is currently with your case officer for further processing. If your case officer requires any additional documentation/information to assist in the processing of your visa application they will contact you shortly."
Today is 2nd july..still havnt got any news...IS THIS A SIGN OF VISA REFUSAL?WILL THEY REFUSE ME AFTER KEEPING ME WAITING 7 LONG MONTHS?
or, i may get the visa ASAP?

Arif

7/2/2009 11:39:17 AM

Hi Arif

The delay is not unusual - DIAC could be doing some checks. In cases like this DIAC advise us not to re-chase for information on a case unless 2 months has passed without any obvious progress/communication with your case. So it is tough to wait another month but in 1 month time, if you have not heard anything, you can send a PLE to DIAC styating that you have heard nothing on your case for 2 months and that you were advised that you should enquire if such a period of inaction occurs.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/3/2009 7:05:48 PM

tnx for ur reply. u told my visa may grant within couple of weeks ..is it possible to grant visa within 2 and half monthlodeged my application on 7May'2009 and medical and police clearance done on 6 jun 2009. i applied for GSM subclass 475 visa regional sponsorship.usually this type of visa takes 7months. Can you tell me how long i have to wait for my visa? it twill take more than 7 months or not..employer checked on 29 th june.is it possible to grant visa within 2 and half month.
for ur kind information... in 2006 i got australian student visa but i cudnt go & on the otherhand i refused uk visa due insuffient bank statement.are these affecting to get issue visa?
regards
maruf
bangladesh

Maruf


Maruf

7/5/2009 3:29:03 PM

Hi Tony

i lodged my GSM application last year on 22nd august 08, under visa subclass 886 with sponsorship from my uncle. i submitted each and every document required including health and assesment. i havent heard anything from the Immigration since then. just wanted to know when do they start processing normal applications not under state sponsorship. and also can you guide me what is the best resort for me in order to get things under process ASAP

thanks for your help

deepak

Deepak

7/6/2009 4:06:26 AM

HI TONY,
PLEASE HELP ME OUT.I APPLIED UNDER 176 FAMILY SPONSORED ON LINE.MY OCCUPATION IS ON THE CRITICAL SHORTAGE LIST.NOW I APPLIED FOR STATE NOMINATION AND GOT IT WITH VICTORIAN STATE.NOW HOW CAN I CHANGE MY APPLICATION FROM FAMILY SPONSORED TO STATE NOMINATED.AT THE MOMENT I HAVEN'T BEEN ALLOCATED A CASE OFFICER.

AMAN PRATAP

7/6/2009 5:23:15 AM

thanks, tony, for keeping my hope.
i'm just a bit frustrated what's keeping CO from releasing grant letter. would already be 2 months after pre-grant by 15-07-2009 (next week.

sarah42

7/6/2009 9:28:29 AM

Hi Maruf

Your case is high priority so they will grant your visa as quickly as they can. They have to do whatever checks they have to do and this can delay the approval. Refusal by UK will not affect your visa application nor will previous non-use of Australian student visa.

Regards

Tony

Tony

7/6/2009 9:36:55 AM

Hi Deepak

DIAC have advised that they are unlikely to commence processing of any cases that are not State sponsored or on CSL, for at least another 12 months. So the only way to speed up your case is to obtain State Sponsorship OR find an employer who is willing to ENS or RSMS sponsor you. If you do find such an employer, the fact that you have an 886 application being considered means that you do not need to pay the VISA application fee for the ENS/RSMS application, currently A$2,525 on-shore.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/6/2009 9:39:45 AM

Hi Aman

You need to confirm that Victoria have sent the Form 1100 to the ASPC and then give them a minimum of 4 weeks to allocate a case officer (they say they will allocate within 10 days of receiving the Form 1100). If no sign online that you have a case officer after that time. send PLE to confirm that you now wish to be processed as a State sponsored case.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/6/2009 11:14:24 AM

sir,
would you have a track record of how COs perform their duties? like you have a favorite CO coz he is a fast worker or have an idea that (name of CO) is a slowfoot?

sarah42

7/6/2009 11:41:40 AM

Hi Sarah

Case officers are only human and they do some things differently to each other. We process nearly a thousand applications a year and some do show up as a bit more painful in their document requests but nothing so bad that you would try to avoid them (if you could). We would not be comfortable in releasing names of case officers as it would not be fair on them and we would be open to a law suit.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/7/2009 5:24:46 AM

Hi, Sir.
I'm very sorry if I sounded rude or impolite. just that when I received pregrant 15-05-2009 and was able to comply with the only requirement (passport details), I already made certain moves like no longer enrolling my kids, selling some property in preparation to buying air tickets, house rental in OZ, hoping that it wouldn't take that long for the grant.
Now that it's nearly 2 months after, I am in limbo. Others that were allocated to case officers later than me already got their visa. It's like being given the high hopes then dropped like hot potato.
Please bear with my frustration. I don't know someone who can empathize with my situation other than someone with an idea on the process.
Thanks very much for your time.
Best regards.

sarah42

7/7/2009 9:18:18 AM

Hi Sarah

Cases like yours are being approved since 01 July - you could be unluck in that your case officer is on holiday for a week. Send a PLE asking them to confirm that all requirements are now met.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/7/2009 10:17:13 AM

hello

i m from Bangladesh.me and my hubby wants to migration for Australia immigration.He is marketing spacialist.as per
new rule, can he apply for immigration for Australia?is it possible now?i m looking for u.

thanx
Sanjida

sanjida

7/7/2009 10:18:04 AM

tnx a lot of.
sorry to again disturb u.
cud u pls tell, dental surgeon cud apply as medical administrator.if not so why vetassass can nominate or why did state give sponsorship.
i lodge 7th May, medical done 6th June, job verication done on 29th June.i m worried about this.
regards
MARUF

Maruf

7/7/2009 10:48:01 AM

Hi Sanjida

I can't do full visa assessments on this Blog - I would need lots more detailed information from you and your hubby. We do provide a service whereby we do a full written assessment of yoru circumstances, what visas you qualify for, what the issues are, likely processing times and processing priorities etc etc but we charge £90 for this service. Email me at tony.coates@visabureau.com if you wish to avail of this service.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/7/2009 10:58:52 AM

Hi Maruf

A dental surgeon can nominate the easier skills assessment from VETASSESS as a Medical Administrator and would score less points for this. This is bacause VETASSESS only look at the level of the qualification and not the relevance to the nominated occupation. State sponsorship for 475 generally requires an approved skills assessment and 12 months of skilled experience in ANY SOL occupation. So there is a problem that VETASSESS approves applicants who may have no chance of performing the duties of the approved occupation. DIAC have the power to refuse to approve a state sponsorship but hopefully, in your case, they will see some connection between your experience and the nominated occupation or just simply overlook it.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/7/2009 11:37:48 AM

hi sir.
some are of the opinion that i shouldn't have been pregranted but granted right away last may-09 passports being an integral part of the application process. and considering that it was really necessary to submit the passports, would it take a lot of time after receiving the docs to update the status to approved?
sorry here i go again. it's just that i don't know where the problem is. is there an inefficiency somewhere?
thanks as always for being accommodating.

sarah

7/7/2009 5:14:58 PM

Hi Maruf

I hope U will get ur visa soon.
When did your medical get finalized and how verification was done? I mean over the phone or physically and what questions were asked.Were you present at your job or not etc. i am also a doctor from bangladesh and my nominated occupation is same as yours.
Please let me know in details.
Thanks
afifa

afifa

7/7/2009 5:19:23 PM

Hi Sarah

I presume the hold up was because of the end of the year as they really slowed down the grant of visas throughout June. As I say, send a PLE and ask them what the hold-up is.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/8/2009 9:30:07 AM

hi afifa
a lot of details they asked from my ph operator, accountant, and finally from my employer. i dont know what will happen .pls pray for me.
thanks
maruf

Maruf

7/8/2009 12:55:08 PM

dear Tony,
I would like to know, which one is the basic requirement of DIAC regarding Recent work experience?
1. Paid employment in a skilled accupation on the SOL skilled occupation and ENSOl for at least 12 month in the 24 months immidiately before apply
OR
2. Paid employment in a skilled accupation on the NOMINATED occupation for at least 12 month in the 24 months immidiately before apply

Arif

7/8/2009 1:12:54 PM

dear sir
tnx a lot of ur many replies.
may i know how will take time to receive employer check as well as security?
is there any time frame regarding these?
different people told different opinions thats why i feel tension
pls let me know bcs i get settle my mind by hearing from u
thanks
maruf


Maruf

7/8/2009 1:13:29 PM

Hi Arif

The first one is close but has to be on SOL, not ENSOL:

the applicant has been EMPLOYED in a SKILLED OCCUPATION for at least 12 months in the period of 24 months ending immediately before the day on which the application was made.

EMPLOYED means: engaged in an occupation for remuneration for at least 20 hours weekly.

SKILLED OCCUPATION means: an occupation listed on the SOL

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/8/2009 1:24:41 PM

Hi Maruf

The employer checks vary greatly with Geography - as in how far away your work is from the Australian overseas mission. Security checks are also difficult to predict and vary greatly. If things go quiet for 8 weeks, you are entitled to request an update from Immigration.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/8/2009 2:40:28 PM

hello


i like to inform that my emplyment check done few days before . how long it takes to settle down the employment check result.
i m very grateful to u.
i m from dhaka, Bangladesh
regards
maruf

Maruf

7/8/2009 2:58:26 PM

Hello Sir,

I am Mandal. I am planning to apply for Skilled Sponsered Visa (Sub class 176). My own brother will sponser me, he is a permanent resident in AU.
As a proof of relationship I will provide my birth certificate. But by mistake the mother's name in my certificate became little different than that of my brother's.

However, the father's name is exactly same. I also have my name into my brother's application when he applied for the PR.

Will there be any problem if I apply with my current mother's name?

Thanks in advance.

Regards,
Mandal

T R Mandal

7/8/2009 3:16:37 PM

Hi Maruf

You have to give it at least 2 weeks - I would give it four weeks before chasing with Immigration.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/8/2009 3:19:10 PM

Hi Mandal

Even if you had different mothers and the same father, your brother would still eb able to sponsor you as your half-brother - so it is not a crucial issue and, as such, Diac may not even query it - it is quite common to have different variations of a name on such documents.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/8/2009 3:36:47 PM

Hello Tony,

Thanks a lot for your quick reply.
It was really very helpful.

Best Regards,
Mandal

T R Mandal

7/8/2009 8:09:59 PM

Dear Tony,

i heard that VETASSESS only look at the level of the qualification and not the relevance to the nominated occupation. So, if a Mechanical Engineer apply to Vetassess choosing Medical Administrator as his nominted occupation, then will vetassess assessment outcome be Positive?

polen

7/8/2009 9:09:12 PM

Dear Tony,

If DIAC decides to refuse an Applicant due to problemetic employer check then after how many days (days counting from the date of employer check) DIAC will refuse that particular applicant generally( quickly or after a long time)?

Arif

7/9/2009 4:53:52 AM

Dear Tony

Sir
What is security check and how is it done?Would you please give an idea about this?

Thanks.
afifa

afifa

7/9/2009 10:17:10 AM

Hi Polen

You are correct - VETASSESS wil lapprove you for any of their listed 50 point occupations on the strength of ANY degree equivalent qualification. VETASSESS are currently reviewing their assessment procedures so that some relevancy between the qual or experience is necessary. I can't see this changing this calendar year. Where you use a 50 point occupation as you only need 100 points due to a relative sponsorship, then this is a safe strategy. Where you use the 50 point to gain 176 or 475 state sponsorship, there is always the danger that DIAC may not approve the State Sponsorship if your qualifications and experience bare no resemblance whatsoever to your nominated occupation.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/9/2009 10:21:09 AM

Hi Arif
You should receive a refusal, or a request for clarification, within 6 weeks of an employer check.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/9/2009 12:48:30 PM

Dear tony,
Thanks for the reply..you mentioned that there is always the danger that DIAC may not approve the State Sponsorship if your qualifications and experience bare no resemblance whatsoever to your nominated occupation. but as far as i know that to meet the recent work experience requirement of DIAC an applicant needs to work in an occupation listed on SOL. so, why DIAC may not approve the state sponsorship if i work in any occupation listed on SOL (which might not be my nominated occupation)

polen

7/9/2009 1:08:36 PM

Hi Afifa

A security check is where the Australian Security Agency is asked to give you security clearance. They may do this without referral to any other agency OR, depending on your profile/name. If the ydecide to check overseas, then this can delay the security clearance getting back to DIAC.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/9/2009 1:16:20 PM

Hi Polen

The State Sponsorship is a huge concession on the Independent 175 visa - effectively a pass-mark 30 points less AND Priproity processing. This concession is based on an identified local shortage in a particular skill. Most States/Territories assume that as you have been approved by VETASSESS then you have relevant quals and/or skills. Due to the illogical way VETASSESS operate, this has created a big loophole in the system in relation to State Sponsorship. There is another requirement of the 176 visa and that is that DIAC have approved your State/Territory Sponsorship. They do not have to accept it just because the State or Territory has approved it.

Having said that, I would be hopeful that the ywould see some connection between say a Medical Practictioner or a Dentist and a Medical Adminstrator.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/9/2009 1:46:21 PM


dear tony

i am non CSL/MODL, 475 relative sponsor candidate applied in march, what is the processing time
i can expect for the case officer allocation.

with regards

N. Ahmad

N ahmad

7/9/2009 2:06:54 PM

Hi Ahmad

Unfortunately, you can expect to wait at least 12 months unless the Australian Economy makes a big recovery before that. You will wait much longer if the recovery is slow.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/9/2009 6:41:51 PM

Dear Afifa,
i got to know from this blog that u have applied as a medical administrator. i also applied as a medical administrator and thats why i am writing to u. since i am worried about my visa so i just wanna know what is the condition of other medical administrators from Bangladesh. few days ago i contacted Dr. Maruf(who is lucky cause his employer check is done).
so, tell me about your condition.

Hasib

7/9/2009 6:52:27 PM

hi afifa
my job verification was done over the telephone.and it was late to my office time.
u can contact me ASAP through dear TONY sir.
maruf

Maruf

7/10/2009 11:04:08 AM

hi, tony.
pls bear with me. i have another question. sadly, i still don't have my visa after 8 weeks of pre-grant letter.
is it ok if my children (ages 18 & 17 by aug) find jobs during the waiting period? wouldn't it affect their being my dependants in my application?
thanks once again for your precious comment.

sarah

7/10/2009 11:26:42 AM

Hi Sarah

Technically they must be dependent on the day the visa is approved - not a problem for the 17 year old as long as he/she does not turn 18 before the grant of the visa. Your 18 year old should not work until the visa is granted. If your 18 year old is found by DIAC to be working (Highly unlikely I know) you could still argue that she is dependent as long as she is not earning enough to pay for her accommodation food and clothes. But you are this close to getting the visas that I would not jeopardise anything at this stage.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/10/2009 2:35:30 PM

dear sir

this is maruf from Bangladesh. i wrote u several times and u replied ASAP.
tnx a lot of. is there any differences between 08 lodgement & 09 lodgement? i heard from other sourse that 09 lodgement is working quickly than the before.
regards
MARUF

Maruf

7/10/2009 2:58:59 PM

Hi Maruf

I have heard of some CSL cases, that were recently lodged, being allocated a case officer very quickly. This is quite common when DIAC is working through a backlog, new ones that come in get allocated immediately while they work their way through the backlog in date received order.

Regards

Tony

Tony

7/11/2009 5:16:26 PM

Hello Tony,

For Skilled Sponsored (Subclass 176) VISA, Total Point requirement is 100.
If it is already achieved without "Occupation in Demand" point, Should I go for it?

Does the point for "Occupation in Demand" include any extra checks or processing delays?

Thanks a lot for your co-operation so far.

Regards,
Mandal

T R Mandal

7/11/2009 8:31:06 PM

Dear Hasib

My job verification is not done yet and I submitted my medical and PCC but no change after that in my online visa application status.

What's your condition?
Thanks
afifa

afifa

7/11/2009 11:02:30 PM

Hi Mandal

If you are 176 sponsored, whether State or family, you may not need MODL points. To score MODL points DIAC need to find that you have at least 12 montsh experience in the previous 4 years in the Nominated MODL occupation (or closely related Occupation).

This may be assessed if you are family sponsored 176 as the MODL gives slightly higher priority. If you are State sponsored, the MODL points and priority are irrelevant.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/12/2009 5:23:13 AM

I will apply for 176 visa and i want to show my mother as my dependent. what documents should i provide for this(besides 47A form)? shoud she has to sit for ielts exam?

rahman

7/12/2009 10:11:52 AM

Hi Rahman

Yes, if accepted as your dependent, your mother would need to prove that she has functional English or you would have to pay the English Language Tuition charge.

For DIAC to accept your mother as your dependent for this visa, you would have to evidence that your mother:

. is a widow or divorcee and not currently in a Spouse relationship with another person
. is financially dependent on you for a substantial period

A substantia period is usually 3 years (but can be less in certain circumstances).

Financially dependent means that you pay for her housing, food and clothes i.e. the essentials.

So any documenst that evidence the above should be included with the form 47A.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/12/2009 10:19:37 AM

Dear sir,
i am a Dentist from bangladesh and i would like to assess my skill. i printed out ADC assessment form. i want to pay the assessment fee (AUD530) via credit card. i have no crdit card of my own so i want to use my brother's credit card who lives in japan. my brother wants to print out the payment section and then after filling the credit card information,signing it he will send me the scaned copy of that page. i will print out the scanned copy of that page and attach it with the rest of the pages of the application. Now my question is will ADC accept it & proceed the transection?

monir

7/12/2009 12:35:36 PM

Thanks for the reply. Does functional english mean ielts band score 4.5? is their any other way besides sitting ielts exam to prove her english proficiency?for your kind information she is a graduate and her tuition was conducted in English.

Rahman

7/12/2009 2:57:05 PM

hi Hasib

What's your application's status?

Take care.
afifa

afifa

7/12/2009 3:01:14 PM

hi Maruf

What's your application's status?
Any change then?
I wish you good luck.

Take care.
afifa

afifa

7/13/2009 6:06:13 AM

Dear Sir,
My age is 39+(below 40). how much point i will get, 15 or 20? waiting for ur urgent reply.
thanks

Rakib

7/13/2009 9:31:06 AM

Hi Monir

I am not sure that ADC will accept a scanned authority for payment. either check with the direct OR send all to your brother and he ca nsign the original application form payment authority and send it direct to the ADC from Japan.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/13/2009 9:37:41 AM

Hi Rahman

Functiona lEnglish must be proved in one of the following ways:

• A completed IELTS test with a band score of at least four and a half (4.5) based on all four components being a total score of at least 17.5; OR
• Evidence of an award of a trade certificate or higher qualification, that required at least 2 years of full-time study where the instruction was in English;OR
• Evidence of completing all primary and at least 3 years secondary education at educational institutions in which all instruction was in English; OR
• Evidence of completing at least 5 years secondary education at educational institutions in which all instruction was in English; OR
• Evidence of completing, in Australia, at least 1 year full-time study, or equivalent part-time study, towards a tertiary qualification at educational institutions where instruction was in English.

Note: Should any secondary applicant(s) be unable to evidence functional English through the above means, then you can choose to pay the second instalment visa application charge towards their English language training in Australia

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/13/2009 9:40:21 AM

Hi Rakib

As long as DIAC receive your valid application even a day before you turn 40, yo uwill score 20 points for Age.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/13/2009 10:16:34 AM

Dear Afifa,
My employer check was done in april and till then i am still waiting. Anyway, me and Maruf vi are Dentist and applied by ourselves(didnt use any agent). what about u? did u apply by yourself and when actually ur medical exam done?r u going as a spouse(asking casue i heard spouse visa takes time)

Hasib

7/13/2009 1:15:56 PM

sir
hope u r fine.
i m still in tension.2 weeks passed away after job verification. i dont how long will i have to wait?
i heard those who didnt get face job verification , they will get visa ASAP.like me it takes time.
is it?
maruf

Maruf

7/13/2009 2:20:20 PM

hi afifa
tnx a lot of.
after verification i dont get any change.
pray for me.
maruf


Maruf

7/13/2009 2:30:37 PM

Hi Maruf - give i tanother tw oweeks before chasing as it takes the overseas post a little time to write up the employer report and get it back to your case office.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/13/2009 5:54:17 PM

sir
one more question for u abt job verification.what is the sending procedure of that report? i mean is it through courier or mail.
i think i will have to wait till to meet 7 months of lodgment.
maruf

Maruf

7/13/2009 5:55:35 PM

dear
afifa
wat abt u?
hope get tensed like ours.
insallah everyone will get visa...
maruf

Maruf

7/13/2009 5:56:28 PM

dear
arif
hope u will get visa very soon.

maruf

Maruf

7/13/2009 6:37:01 PM

hi
i apply 175 gsm indipendent visa in 29 july 2008 i recive acknowledgement latter but after that not any risponce can u tell me when my case officer alloted,

kamal

7/14/2009 3:52:39 AM

hi Hasib

What about your application?I applied for individual visa subclass 475.Can you please tell me how many days after submission of medical you had been verified at your job and how was it done ?I mean- physically? or over the phone from Bangladesh embassy? or from CO?

I am keen to hear from you.

By the way,where are you serving right now?
Take care and wish you good luck.
afifa

afifa

7/14/2009 4:29:45 AM

Hi Maruf

How is going on everything?
Did you saw any progress in the online status of your visa application?

May Allah bless you with the successful outcome of your application.
Thanks
afifa

afifa

7/14/2009 4:46:42 AM

Hi Afifa,
Just want to let you know that we have just created a group in facebook named "Medical Administrators from Bangladesh willing to migrate to Australia" you can join there so that we can share our feelings, visa processing status more easily. Hope to see you there...here is the link http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=216856860461&ref=mf
thanks

Maruf

7/14/2009 9:20:48 AM

Hi Maruf

When I worked there over 13 years ago, things were sent by Diplomatic bag and took the best part of 2 weeks to get back to a case officer. I am not sure but I presume they scan/Email these days. I reckon your case will take well less than 7 months.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/14/2009 9:26:16 AM

Hi Kamal

If your occupation is on CSL then your case should see some movement soon. If it is not on CSL then it is likely to be more than a year before your case is even allocated to a case officer.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/14/2009 10:01:29 AM

Hello Tony,

Its Mandal again. I have one very basic question.
In case of online application, how to attach the required documents?
I am a little confused about the procedure.

What is the proper way?

# Scan the original document and send the scanned image right away.

or,

# Make copies of the document, certify by proper authority then scan & send.

or,

There is some other way which I don't know, could you clarify?

Thanks again for your help so far.

Regards,
Mandal

T R Mandal

7/14/2009 10:18:51 AM

Hi afifa,
my job verification done on 24th april and it was over the phone and my employer was phoned by a person from Bangladesh embassy(questions asked in Bangla)...i am so frustrated casue since then i am still waiting ; to answer ur 2nd question "i worked in a private dental clinic and i quited 3 months ago"
Me and maruf vi have created a group in facebook named "Medical Administrators from Bangladesh willing to migrate to Australia" you can join there so that we can share our feelings, visa processing status more easily. Hope to see you there...here is the link
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=216856860461&ref=mf

thanks

Hasib

7/14/2009 10:21:56 AM

Hi Mandal

If there is some colour in the original document (other than black) you can scan the original document in colour. If the original documen tis just black and white, you will need to get it properly certified with some colour in the certification and then scan the certified copy in colour.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/14/2009 11:54:08 AM

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