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Changes to Critical Skills List lead to more visa processing frustration

by Lauren 3/23/2009 11:57:00 AM

With the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) report released on Monday the 19th of March, there have been cuts to the Australian skilled migration program and major changes to visa processing times, both of which have been covered on our site to some extent. However, after speaking to our clients, I thought that these topics were deserving of further clarification. With the amount of changes DIAC have made recently, there's considerable room for confusion.

The MODL vs. the CSL

The Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) lists the occupations and specialisations identified by the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) as being in short supply. If your nominated occupation is on the MODL, AND you have at least 12 months of skilled experience in the previous 4 years in that MODL-listed occupation (or one that is closely related), you can score an additional 15 points. A further 5 MODL points can be scored with an acceptable Australian job offer.

The Critical Skills List (CSL) is a list of occupations that was introduced in January 2009 in response to the global economic crisis and DIAC's desire to have the 2008/09 migration program be better targeted and more responsive to Australian industry needs.  As a result, the CSL is now used to prioritise the applications that have not already been specified as high priority (which would be through sponsorship by an Australian employer or a State/Territory).

The CSL does not affect your visa eligibility or points totals at all; it's simply a tool that DIAC use to determine which applicants will receive priority processing upon lodging their visa application.

Therefore, the changes made to the CSL have absolutely no bearing on your current visa eligibility status. While the MODL is updated from time to time, it has not changed at present. While the changes are a slight setback to those that wish to migrate immediately, it does not change the fact that you should still qualify for the same visa you did before the changes were announced.

However, there is speculation that these initial announcements should be taken as a forewarning for bigger changes. Whether these fears will materialise is still debatable, but working in the casework department, we try to anticipate for the worst. As a result, we are preparing for what could be significant alterations to the migration process as a whole.

How will the CSL changes affect my visa application?

The only way that the CSL affects your visa application is that, upon lodging your application to DIAC, processing times will have increased UNLESS you are a priority applicant (i.e. if you are applying for a Subclass 176 (State Sponsored) / Subclass 475 (Regional Sponsored) visa, OR your occupation is listed on the CSL).

At the moment, we do not know the exact length of time that non-priority applicants will need to wait once they have lodged to DIAC, but indications have been made that no non-priority visas will be granted before 1 July 2009

Also, while it is pure speculation at this point, there is every possibility that non-priority applications will continue to have their processing delayed throughout the next program year, should the economic situation continue to deteriorate in Australia.

To remind you of the priority processing order for visa applications that came into effect on 1 January 2009, the order currently stands as follows (listed from highest priority to lowest):

  • Group 1) Applications with a successful State & Territory Nomination; THEN
  • Group 2) Applications where the nominated occupation is on the Critical Skills List (CSL); THEN
  • Group 3) Applications where the nominated occupation is on the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL); THEN
  • Group 4) All other remaining applications.

What are the next steps for someone affected by the changes?

The best thing for all affected applicants to do is remain calm and positive, as there are still other options available: 

OPTION 1 - STATE SPONSORSHIP

If you are in the process of preparing a Subclass 175 (Skilled Independent) or Subclass 176 (Family Sponsored) visa, you can quite easily move to applying for Subclass 176 (State Sponsored) visa by obtaining a State Sponsorship before lodging, which will give your application Group 1 priority.

If you have already lodged your Subclass 175 visa application then you can still switch to a Subclass 176 (State Sponsored) visa application through submitting the necessary Form 1100 that demonstrates sponsorship from an Australian State or Territory.  As soon as DIAC receive Form 1100, they will commence processing your application as a Subclass 176 (State Sponsored) visa application within 10 days.

Please note: Subclass 475 (Family Sponsored) visa applicants are unable to gain higher priority by obtaining a Regional State/Territory sponsorship UNLESS they reapply and pay the application fee again.

How long will it take to switch to a state sponsored visa subclass?

Due to the expected influx of applications for state sponsorships over the coming weeks, the processing time taken by each State/Territory government to assess these applications may take much longer than previously anticipated (i.e. up to 3 months or more). 

Worryingly though, there has been some indication that further restrictions will be made by the individual States and Territories. For example, a couple of States/Territories have already said that they will not offer State Sponsorship to subclass 175 visa applicants who already score 120 points or more.  It is also possible that States/Territories will start introducing their own quotas for occupations on their lists, as it is the State/Territory governments who will have to justify the entry of overseas workers as the economic pinch is felt and Australian workers begin losing jobs. 

Also, there are no guarantees that States/Territories will not modify their sponsorship lists over the coming weeks, which could essentially shut the door on your ability to continue this migration route.  For example, the South Australian Government has already announced that they will be removing some skilled occupations from their sponsorship lists at the end of March, which is an indication that anyone wishing to proceed with a state sponsored visa application should try to start the process ASAP, but not without considering their options in detail before doing so.

However, while many of the States/Territories might be uncertain when it comes to providing State Sponsorship, we would recommend that applicants give consideration to seeking Western Australian Sponsorship. 

The reasons for this are twofold; firstly, Western Australia is not as affected by the global financial crisis as other Australian States/Territories.  Secondly, while Australia's Federal Labor Government is very sensitive to lobbying from Trade Unions, Western Australia is currently the only non-Labor State/Territory government. As a result, Western Australia's government is more likely to stay true to the genuine skills shortages in that State.

OPTION 2 - EMPLOYER NOMINATION SCHEME (ENS) OR REGIONAL SPONSORED MIGRATION SCHEME (RSMS)

If you have already made an application for a subclass 175 or subclass 176 (Family Sponsored) visa, it is possible to make a free application for an Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa.  To get approval for one of these permanent employer-sponsored visas, you need to find a DIAC-approved Australian employer to offer you a skilled position and sponsor your visa application. 

However, this is a much more difficult option, and it may be better to first explore a State Sponsorship on the basis of receiving such a job offer, as each State and Territory has a special allocation of 500 visa placements which entitles them to offer sponsorship for any occupations not on their state sponsorship lists.

It's a very difficult time for anyone looking to emigrate to Australia. While it's important to have a realistic understanding of the current changes being made, please take all news stories and general rumours regarding migration changes with a grain of salt. What we recommend is that all applicants stay calm, take the time to understand the options available and, if necessary, move swiftly to take action.

Also, please understand that Visa Bureau will not be able to provide details regarding processing timelines for any specific visa application, as we are not privy to this information. However, we will do our best to answer other questions with the information and experience we have available.

- 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

4/12/2009 9:59:12 PM

Can you help me please? I am a bit confused as what I should be doing.
I have applied online for visa subclass 176 (family sponsored), sent and completed 22 Sept 09, all medicals also sent in October.
Looking at a lot of advise on various sites, it is being recommended I try for state ot territory sponsorship, though it doesn't look like (on the website) the NSW would do that for my occupation which is on the MODL, not CSL, I am a cook.
Any advise would be much appreciated.

Helena Sumpter

4/14/2009 9:57:41 AM

Helena

It is not clear how long you will have to wait before your application is allocated for processing. Certainly not before 01 July 2009. We should get a better idea in July, however, it is expected that the MODL will be updated prior to 01 July and Cooks may or may not still be on the MODL. Although your 15 MODL points are secure, removal of cooks from MODL would drop your processing priority even further.

Options:

If you wish to go to Regional NSW, a temporary 475 sponsorship may be available - these are processed quite quickly and are initial 3 year visas that qualify you for a permanent visa after you have lived in a regional area for at elast 2 years and worked full-time for at least 1 year. If your 176 gets processed in the mean time, you can leave Australia for a week and return on the 176 permanent visa. As well as applying for the 475 nomination from NSW, you will also have to make a new application and pay the fee again - but you do not have to withdraw the 176 to apply for the 475.

Another option would be to obtain a permanent Employer sponsorship (ENS or RSMS). If you can do this you can apply for the offshore ENS or RSMS visa without having to pay the fee again and will get Priority 1 processing.

176 State sponsored opportunities are limited to Northern Territory, Western Australia and Canberra. To obtain sponsorship you will need to undertake that you intend to live in that sponsoring State or Territory for the first 2 years. Although not legally binding, I can't encourage you to apply for sponsorship to any of these places if your intention is to live in New South Wales.

I hopw this is of some help.

Regards


Tony Coates
MARN 0635896

Tony

4/30/2009 6:08:56 AM

I have a few questions regarding this sentence "it is possible to make a free application for an Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa". Does this mean that if I've already lodged a 175, I can still lodge another application, say ENS, without needing to pay the application fee? If I do this, what will happend to my previous 175? Suppose the ENS was refused, would they go back and continue processing my previous 175?

Sak

5/1/2009 10:53:17 AM

Hi Sak

The ENS or RSMS is a new application and is processed (for free). The 175 remains alive and can be withdrawn when the other visa is approved. If the ENS or RSMS is refused for some reason, the 175 will still get processed eventually.

Tony

5/5/2009 12:36:32 AM

Thanks heaps, Tony! This is very informative.

Sak

5/5/2009 1:19:33 PM

I have lodged my application subclass 175-independent skills immigration offshore. And now my employer have agreed to sponsor me as ENS visa. Their side, they will get the DIAC approval. My side, what steps should I do to complete my changes? Highly appreciated for your advice. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks. Bao Nguyen

Bao Nguyen

5/5/2009 1:37:22 PM

Hi Bao

If you are confidant that the ENS will go through that side, you could immediatley start getting your medical and police clearances sorted. You can make a free application for a subclass 121 visa. You need to complete form 47ES and provide all required documentation. It will be a different office processing the ENS so you will have to duplicate a lot of the documents already provided.

Regards

Tony

Tony

5/7/2009 12:04:42 PM

Hi Tony,
Sorry to get you involve my case again but something comes up which is very confusing me. I have lodged visa subclass 175 offshore on MODL (Chef cook). Then I found out some useful information from your blog that my case could be sped up and able to be switched to ENS without pay extra fee. Luckily, my employer have agreed to sponsor for me due to my long service for them(I have been working for them 3 years and my contract will be ended in 2012) but they just get the nomination position approval (step 1 in ENS) and then I have to complete my case. However, my lawyer said that I am not eligible to apply to this case because I am not in CSL, and if I switch to this case the I have to pay extra fee???? And she refused to do new application because she never done this case before. Q: Am I eligible to switch to ENS without fee? and is it possible for me to apply by myself even the first one have done by my lawyer (I cann't aford to pay for another lawyer). Just one concern about my Police clearances and Medical check that been submitted to Adelaide Office. What should I do with my Police clearances and Medical checks? Thank you very much for your favourable advice. Bao

Bao Nguyen

5/8/2009 10:29:33 AM

Which one take least procceing time , STATE SPONSORSHIP or CSL?

Thanks in Advance.
Rayan

Rayan

5/8/2009 11:12:33 AM

Hi Rayan

At the moment State Sponsorships are being processed well ahead of CSL cases. Any State sponsorship applied for now is likely not to come through until the new program year (01 July 2009). I suspect that State Sponsored and CSL listed applications will be processed in tandem for at least the first half of the year. So if you are on the CSL, the processing advantage for getting a State sponsor may disappear soon. I would still advise to apply for State sponsorship as insurance against your occupation dropping off the CSL or in case the processing advantage of State Sponsored over CSL is maintained.

Regards


Tony

Tony

5/12/2009 5:14:33 AM

Hi!!

I am intending to apply for Australian citizen ship.My occupation is an accountant , soon I will be giving IELTS exams to full fill the requirement.

I am intrested to know how much time does it take to get a Perminent Residency if you are applying under CSL category.

Another question, can we apply directly or is it necessary to hire a lawyer for the same , it s expensive!

best regards!

Hamid Monga

5/13/2009 10:03:56 AM

Hi Hamid

Processing should only be 3 to 6 months assuming you get minimum 7 IELTS to come under the critical skills list. You can apply directly - you may or may not need a competent MARA Registered Agent. The main contentious issue with all visa cases, assuming you do not make any obvious mistakes (like not holding an acceptable passport and lodging the visa application before sitting for IELTS) is whether your experience is accepted as "skilled" by DIAC.

e.g., you could be the most qualified accountant in the world but if your position has the duties more associated with a Bookkeeper, for example, your application will fail. So I would say that if there is no way your experience could be counted as anything other than accountant, you should be OK to do yourself - but I can't say with any certainty as I do not know all your individual circumstances.

Regards


Tony

Tony

5/19/2009 5:15:10 PM

Hi Tony,
I applied for GSM Independent 175 visa(2211-11) in May 2008 with IELTS overall 7 but not 7 in all four module, than the changes came. I knew that though my occupation is on CSL but not having four 7s my case will take long time to be taken up. Seeing this I have applied for SSV-WA and again the sposorship application will take 3 months or more to decide. I was wondering if I would have not applied for state sposorship how long I had to wait?
Thanks and regards

Asif Rupani

5/19/2009 5:58:57 PM

Hi Asif

When the WA State Sponsorship comes through, DIAC will process your visa as quickly as they can. Without State sponsorship or subsequent IELTS 7 results, you may be anything from 6 months to more than year away from anything happening with your case.

Regards


Tony

Tony

5/22/2009 4:06:38 AM

Hi Tony,
I really appreciate your constant help of all our querries.
For my case, i had applied skilled sponsored visa subclass 886 on 25th September,2008 and had already supplied all documents necessary. Can you give me any tentative time when they will open my case ? or Untill in your knowledge, into this category which date applied are they processing now ? And can you tell during my bridging visa how long i can stay overseas ?
Thanks heaps man you are doing a great job and your blig is really helpful.
Regards,
Prajwol

prajwol

5/22/2009 2:08:27 PM

Hi Prajwol

If you are state sponsored 886 you should have a case officer and be progressing to Visa grant. If you are family sponsored and on CSL, you shoud get some meovement in the next month or so. If you are family sponsored and not on CSL, could be a long time. Bridging visas are generally given for 3 months but you could request a longer one as the delay in processing is out of your control.

Regards


Tony

Tony

5/24/2009 4:37:44 AM

Hi, Tony,

I just read CSL, thanks a lot. i graduated with accounting master and now am working in an accounting firm with 6 staffs include my boss.

According to your aticle, i understand that i can got the priority if i achieved a score of IELTS 7 in each of the four competencies, or has completed The Professional Year.

But i am wondering if i can get the priority with my 12 months working experience(20 hrs per week at least).Thanks.

Helen

5/26/2009 2:44:18 PM

HI Tony

Me and My wife have applied online base GSM 475 with family sponsorship in October 2008
under IT professional (2331-15) with Computing Professional - specialising in C++/C#/C *
2231-79. I did my medical examination on 2nd May 2009. And Submitted PCC on 3rd May 2009

As per this My application is under CSL priority but so far I did not hear from CO.

When I enquire about the progress of my application via the immigration website it says that
processing started on 23rd of October
when will I allocate to CO ?
Please advice
Regars
Janaka

Janaka

5/29/2009 2:50:45 PM


Hi Tony
Me and My wife have applied online base GSM 475 with family sponsorship in October 2008 under IT professional (2331-15) with Computing Professional - specialising in C /C#/C++ (2231-79)
. I did my medical examination on 2nd May 2009. And Submitted PCC on 3rd May 2009

As per this My application is under CSL priority but so far I did not hear from CO.

When I enquire about the progress of my application via the immigration website it says that processing started on 23rd of October
when will I allocate to CO ?
Please advice
Regards

Janaka

5/29/2009 3:52:07 PM

Hi Janaka

Currently, State sponsored cases are being allocated to case officers as they come in. DIAC is still ploughing through the CSL cases and is allocating case officers as fast as they can. If you have not already got a CO, I would expect you to get one soon. As your priority is a bit obscure in that it comes under a separate Provuisonal Visa priority, I would send an email to ASPC pointing out that you are in the 2nd Provisional Priority for family sponsored CSL applicants.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/1/2009 7:13:14 PM

Firstly thank you for organising this site. Sometimes getting answers to questions regarding immigration issues is quite hard. We are currently waiting for a reply from WA to see if they will sponsor us - if we are fortunate enough for this to happen will we then go to the bottom of the State Sponsorship pile or will we be given a CO within 10 days and processing start straight away?

Thank you again

Claire

6/2/2009 10:52:22 AM

Hi Claire

You should receive a CO within 10 days of ASPC receiving the form 1100 from WA. It can take a couple of weeks for WA to send it and for ASPC to process it and get it to you file - so is best to give them 4 weeks before chasing up.

Regards



Tony

Tony

6/3/2009 9:40:10 AM

Hi Tony

I applied for a Regional Sponsored Visa (475) with family sponsorship in December 2008. My occupation is not on the CSL nor MODL. Could I be looking at next July before my application is allocated a CO as I am not clear if this is classed as a low priority or not. I know that one of the pushes in the program is for families but I'm not sure if we fall into that category.

Kind regards

Michelle

Michelle Patton

6/3/2009 2:00:46 PM

Dear Tony
Please see the comment of PLE I dont understand whats going on there

Your enquiry has been referred to the Manager of the area processing your
visa application. They will follow up and have your application allocated
to a case officer for further processing.

We appreciate your patience in this matter.

Janaka

6/3/2009 2:21:13 PM

Hi Michelle, unfortunately you are in the lowest of 3 priorities for the provisional skilled visas. It may not be clear when your application will be processed until some time after 01 July 2009. I am hoping we will all get some indication of processing times for the low priority cases by August at the latest.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/3/2009 2:23:44 PM

Hi Janaka

You are priority number 2 out of the 3 priorities for the provisional skilled visas. DIAC are currently going through these cases for allocation to case officers - so it looks like good news and you should get some indication of a case officer shortly.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/4/2009 2:17:29 AM

My case is similar as Asif Rupani

" I applied for GSM Independent 175 visa(2211-11) in May 2008 with IELTS overall 7 but not 7 in all four module, than the changes came. I knew that though my occupation is on CSL but not having four 7s my case will take long time to be taken up. Seeing this I have applied for SSV-WA"

I applied in Janurary 2009 and i got the nominaiton in April. I send 1100 form and my acceptance of the nomination on 29 April 2009 to WA.

I also checked with DIAC wheather they have recived my state and territory nomination.

on 26th May 2009, i got this message from DIAC:

"Systems records show that the State/Territory Nomination submitted in
support of your application has been received and attached to your visa application"

Appreciate if you can advice by when can i expect a reply from them.

Many Thanks
Thanks and regards

Chand

6/4/2009 9:38:49 AM

Hi Chand

You know for sure that DIAC have your nomination on your file as at 26th May. So you would expect your case to be with a cse officer now. That case officer may review your case and could do a number of things:
1 - request further documentation
2 - request health and character clearances
3 - request overseas post to check your employment

If they do 3 and decide not to request health and character until they are happy with your work experience, you will get no email to indicate that your file is being actioned. You can do no more other than wait. If you receive no communication and can see no activity through on-line tracking, I would politely enquire 4 weeks after your last response.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/4/2009 11:29:49 AM

Hi Tony,

Thanks for your advice, I finally lodged my application under ENS on 27 May 2009 in person at Sydney Office. Unfortunately, I am not eligible for onshore subclass 856 (Ok for 121 - offshore)and not holding bridging visa whilst its processing. My application have been lodged same time as the employer nomination as my employer asked me to post it for them. In my case, will they (the nomination and my application)be processing at the same time or my application have to wait until the nomination get approval? Could you advise how long would it take? Highly appreciated.

Bao Nguyen

Bao Nguyen

6/5/2009 9:21:51 AM

Hi Bao

The ENS application is highest priority for processing but they will not commence processing until they receive the nomination approval. As you say you can only get the "free" off-shore 121 ENS application as your skilled visa application is an off-shore visa. When the 121 is ready for grant, they will request that you go off-shore for a week so that they can approve your application and you can then get the visa evidenced in your passport at any overseas post. You could, at that stage, (assuming you are in Australia in a 457 visa)pay the fee and lodge an on-shore ENS application which could be approved pretty much straight away. I think the application fee will be going up to over A$2,500 from 01 July so you may consider it better to lodge the on-shore 856 before then - the cost being offset by the fact that you will not need to get a return flight somewhere and will not use a week of your holidays.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/8/2009 5:55:44 AM

Bula Tony,
my family and i are planning to lodge an application under 176(family sponsored).My occupation is on the CSL.Do you suggest that we lodge our application under this category or seek for a state sponsorship.

aman pratap

6/8/2009 10:16:14 AM

Hi Bula

I would lodge the 176 application as soon as possible if you qualify for the visa now. I expect CSL applications to be processed fairly quickly but what you can not be sure of is staying on the CSL throughout your processing. So, if the State you intend to live in is offering State sponsorships for your occupation, I would apply for State sponsorship as soon as you have lodged the 176 family visa application.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/8/2009 9:23:15 PM

Hi,

I am intending to give IELTS for australian Immigration. My profession is Accountant , I would be greatfull if you let me know which IELTS do I have to give General or Acadamic ? Another question , after your degree assessment ( let s assume it s positive ) and your IELTS 7 Score in all the bands , how long does it takes to get your immigration case processed? When do you get Perminent residency letter?
best regards

hamid

6/10/2009 3:44:46 AM

Hi ,

I am intending to prepare for my ielts. I fall under the accountant category . I would be greatfull if you can let me know that do I have to register in IELTS GENERAL OR IELTS ACADAMIC.
Also let me know , how long does immigration process takes after you file your documents if you fall under the accountant category in CSL , Holding 7.0 band of ielts in all the four areas!

Best Regards

hamid

6/11/2009 12:58:08 PM

Hi Hamid

You can do either the Academic or the General IELTS. When you give DIAC the results you should advise them so that they identify your case as one now coming under the CSL priority.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/15/2009 11:23:27 AM

Hi Tony,

I have good news! My application have been approved after ...two weeks lodging (It been switched from sub 175 to sub 121 ENS). It was super fast!!!!Now, I have to arrange my trip to be out of Australia to get visa granted.
I highly appreciated for the useful information from your blog. It helps me alot.
Once again, thank you very much Tony.
Bao Nguyen

Bao Nguyen

6/15/2009 4:57:05 PM

Hi Hamid

You can do Academic or General IELTS for the CSL. When you notify DIAC of the new IELTS score they should allocate to case officer within 2 months, may be a little bit longer as they are currently catching up on a back-log of CSL cases. Visa could take anuthing from 3 to 6 months from there.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/16/2009 7:08:02 AM

Hi, I wish to apply for visa subclass 176 after i get my IELTS result in end of Jun09.
I wondering should I opt for online application, would it be faster?
Do I need to attach all the docuents with application or wait until it was
required by the officer? can i post my documents?

kristy

6/16/2009 10:23:52 AM

Hi Kristy

on-line is porbably better as you know you have made the application when the credit card transaction completes in front of yoru eyes. Documentation should be uploaded within 28 days of receiving the email requesting the documents - which usually comes soon after lodgement. If documentation is not attached within 28 days, DIAC will later request - depending on the priority this may be a month later, 6 months later or even years later. You can forward certfiied hard copies of documents if you prefer not to scan them directly into your application.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/17/2009 4:40:53 AM

hi tony,
"greetings of the day"
again this is amala dass somu from bangalore.i give below my details just go through,then what i have to do.
regional sponsored :-26th april
visa application lodged :-9th may
TRN got on :-9th may
health checkup(panel dr) :-18th may
health reportreceived DIDC :-28th may(SMS from DTDC courier)
my wife IELTS report send on :-16th june
wife PCC & MY PCC report send on:-16th june
I STRTED MY PROCESSING YEAR OF 2007.AFTER I MET SO MANY STRUGGLED I GOT RIVERINA REGION SPONSORSHIP(2009 APRIL).I SEND ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO MY AGENT.STILL HOW LONG I HAVE TO WAIT FOR "case officer"
dear mr tony i am expceting your usefull answer from you.pray for me to get 475 skilled regional sponsored visa very soon.

warm culinary regards
amala dass somu
somujero126@yahoo.com
+91 0 9980223152

somu

6/17/2009 9:20:48 AM

Hi Somu

It sounds like everything is going your way at last. Processing should be swift from here but there may be some delay if they decide to do a nemployer check and/or there are delays with the security check.

Regards

Tony

Tony

6/17/2009 9:57:10 AM

hi mr tony,
thanks for you quick reply.yes once i receive my visa,i will contact you.praise the lord.

warm culinary regards
amala dass somu
somujero126@yahoo.com
+91 0 9980223152

somu

6/18/2009 3:38:27 AM

Hello,

I have applied for an 856 visa but they are telling me I am not eligible as I am the dependent on a student visa.

I have a full time job and my employer has sponsored me with nomination already approved.

Should I go for a 121 visa? or should I bother my employer to sponsor me for a 457?

Meet

6/19/2009 10:46:10 AM

Hi,
I applied for relative sponsored visa subclass 886 on 1st Feb. 2009 with occupation
Accountant. Even after lodging application I was resitting for the IELTS test again and again in the hope that I will get 7.0 or over in each band. In June 2009 I got 7 or over in each band of IELTs which i have already submitted to DIAC and informed them as well. Now, In this scenario, Will I be prioritised even if I applied relative sponsored subclass 886 or it needs to be subclass 885 for my application to be on critical skill list? IF only 885 is prioritised, Is there anyway i could swith my application to sub class 885?

Jitendra

6/19/2009 10:58:37 AM

Hi Tony,

I am so confusing with my case. I have received the email from CO states that she is ready to make decision on my application (ENS 121) and asks me to arrange the trip to be out of Australia. I have replied to her twice regarding my trip (back to my home town on 1st of July for 2 weeks) and asked her about next steps I have to do for granting visa whilst I am out of Aus??. I have done every thing ready to leave Aus but I have not got the response to confirm that she has noticed my leaving and her advice for next steps. What should I do now? I could not contact her either email or phone. Thanks for your advice Tony.
Bao Nguyen.

Bao Nguyen

6/19/2009 10:59:25 AM

Hi Jitendra

You have CSL priority processing whether you are 885 or 886 so nothing more to do. It may still be a couple of months before your case is allocated and actioned by a case officer. But you are now in a much better position than you were previously.

Regards

Tony

Tony

6/19/2009 11:05:46 AM

Hi Meet

That is right, a student dependent vsia is not a qualifying visa for the onshore 856 ENS application. So you have to apply for the 457 and then re-apply for the 856 OR apply for the 121. IF you apply for the 121, you will have to go offshore for about a week when it is ready for grant - so return airfares are needed for the 121. Withdraw the 856 and request a refund as you obviously applied by mistake and the application could never be approved - they may or may not agree to the refund.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/19/2009 11:10:13 AM

Hi Bao

Your case officer should acknowledge your travel plans so you need to contafct as a matter of urgency. After you are back home for 3 days, approach the Australian Mission to advise of your request to get your 121 visa evidenced. If they have not heard they should contact the Australian processing office. There should be no problem unless you are a long way from the overseas office.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/19/2009 11:10:55 AM

one thing that worries me is my sponsor is getting baby benefit allowance. Does that weakens my case?

Jitendra

6/19/2009 11:14:53 AM

Hi Jitendra

This benefit would not affect a person's ability to sponsor you. When anyone applies for an 886 visa, they also apply for an 885 visa (and an 887 visa for that matter). So if your points score with the improved 25 for English is now 120, they can process you as an 885 anyway so the sponsorship becomes irrelevant.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/19/2009 3:38:03 PM

Hello, I am a bit confused, I am applying for visa under the ENS scheme - my new employer is sponsoring me (currently am on 457), it is being processed, but want to move to another employer, am i legally obligated to stay with the current employer? immigration said no, apart from what is on my contract, - which is nothing really apart from notice period, however, another person said I had to stay with them for 3 years,
your help would be appreciated.

Dawn

6/19/2009 3:45:17 PM

Hi

The RSMS has a 2 year contract requirement and also has special cancellation procedures for those who do not make very effort to stay with their sponsoring emplyer for that 2 years. The ENS has a minimum 3 year contract requirement but as long as you were genuinely intending to work for the sponsoring employer up to when the visa was granted, Immigration have no problem with you changing employer. So all you have to worry about are the terms of the contract with your employer.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/20/2009 4:28:12 AM

thanks tony!

Jitendra

6/20/2009 12:59:06 PM

hi,i applied for a sponsered skilled migration visa 886 on the 29 of april 2008 .my occupation is hairdressing .do u think i should get pr straight away after the first of july .or i have to wait again until all the applicants with the nominated occupations get their visas.thanks alot....

gihad

6/21/2009 3:06:14 PM

Hi tony!
After how long a permanent resident can sponsor his relatives? Is their any time frame like 1 yr. or 2 yr. of permanent residency?
Thanks

Jitendra

6/22/2009 8:59:35 AM

Hi Gihad

If yo uare state sponsored and have been requested to do your health and character clearances, then your visa will be approved as quickly as DIAC can process it. If you are family sponsored, it may still be some time before MODL cases are allocated.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/22/2009 9:01:14 AM

Hi Jitendra

You can sponsor relatives for General Skilled Migration as soon as you are usually resident in Australia - so can be from day one unless you are just going over to validate. Other family sponsorships like parent visas require you to be "settled" which can mean up to 2 years of living in Australia before you can sponsor.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/22/2009 9:02:40 AM

Thank you for the response Tony. I have withdrwan the 856 and appplied for the 121. They are processing the refund. What is the timeframe for the 121?

Meet

6/22/2009 9:38:54 AM

Hi Meet

Will take as long as it takes to do your health and character clearances and arrange a 1 week holiday for you and your family when the visa is ready. Lodge the 121 before 01 July if you huave not already done so, as the applicationm fee increases by 20% on that day.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/22/2009 2:12:04 PM

HI Tony
I have received pre grant letter saying that I am writing to advise that your application for migration to Australia is nearing completion. A decision whether or not visas will be granted will be made when all the requirements listed in
This letter has been met.
The information in this letter applies to the following:

If all requirements are met and visas are granted, all applicants will be required to make at least
an initial entry to Australia on these visas by no later than - 10 December 2009.

2nd Installment Visa Application Charge (VAC) (English language tuition)
● The following applicants over 18 years of age have not demonstrated
Functional English language requirement required for this application.

So I paid the amount last Monday could you please let me how log will it take to grant me the visa

Regards
Janaka

Janaka

6/22/2009 2:45:01 PM

Hi Janaka

They should contact you soon to re-confirm that all requirements are met except for the need to be outside Australia at time of visa grant. You will then need to advise them of when and where you will be departing to. They recommend that you go for at least 7 days but generally things are sorted within 3 working days, but take the 7 just in case.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/22/2009 10:14:40 PM

Hi Tony,

You are really so much helpful to applicants like me ! would you please put some light on my e-lodged visa application subclass 475-(SA)state sponsored.

date of lodgement-27/05/09
form 1100 sent on 03/06/09 by SA
Online status asked for medical on 04/06/09
I got CO on 06/06/09 and he requested for Form 80
medical sent to sydney on 12/06/09
Form 80 sent on 14/06/09


Online status(document checklist) as follows;

09/06/2009 Birth certificate or other evidence of age Met Message
09/06/2009 Copy of your passport Personal Particulars/Photo (bio-data) page Met Message
09/06/2009 IELTS English Test Report Results Met Message
09/06/2009 Evidence of overseas qualifications Received Message
09/06/2009 Evidence of skills assessment Met Message
09/06/2009 Evidence of Specific Work Experience Received Message
09/06/2009 Evidence of work experience Received Message
09/06/2009 Form 80 - Personal particulars for character assessment Requested Message
09/06/2009 Overseas penal clearance certificate 1 Met Message
09/06/2009 Passport photo Met Message
27/05/2009 Form 160EH - Radiologist report on chest x-ray Required Message
27/05/2009 Form 26EH - Medical Examination for an Australian visa Required Message
09/06/2009 Evidence of State/Territory government agency or Regional Certifying Body nomination Met Message


27/05/2009 Health requirements outstanding Message
18/06/2009 Further medical results received Message
18/06/2009 Further medical results received Message
18/06/2009 Further medical results received Message
18/06/2009 HIV blood test received Message
18/06/2009 Hepatitis B antigen blood test received Message
18/06/2009 Hepatitis C antibody blood test received Message


but document checklist remained as before still now.

For your kind information,in March 2007 I had been refused australian tourist visa twice within 1 month which I applied for taking part in the AMC exam at Sydney on 24/03/2007
As per my refusal letter I was refused as I could not show sufficient bank statement and as I chosed Sydney as my exam center inspite of the presence of overseas center in Singapur and Bankok.My interviewer at australian high commission regarded me as high risk group and mentioned that if he granted a visa to me I would most likely stay in Australia after my exam.Now I have lodged my application with the same passport.Could all these past things have negative impact on my current application?Or could these be indications for my current job verification?And if there is possibility of job verification,how this might be conducted?


Please let me be well informed about my application's status with your experienced and valuable comments.

I am keen to hear from you.

With thanks
afifa

afifa

6/23/2009 2:39:23 AM

hi toni
i have lodged 886 visa application and my state spOnsership for WA was approved on 3rd nov 2008 .i did not have any condition on the state sponsership approval that i had to moveto to WA IN 6 months time but know i came to know that i was supposed to move there or otherwise my state sponsership can cancel.but when i enquire about my GSM application at DIAC they said that my sponser hip is approved .could you please tell me if there is any such rule that we have to move to state before getting PR who got there sponserhip in novemeber

sarpreet

6/23/2009 8:37:02 AM

Dear Tony ,

I am a Sri Lankan applicant and still in Sri Lanka ,I have received pre grant letter saying that I am writing to advise that your application for migration to Australia is nearing completion. A decision whether or not visas will be granted will be made when all the requirements listed in
This letter has been met.
The information in this letter applies to the following:

If all requirements are met and visas are granted, all applicants will be required to make at least
an initial entry to Australia on these visas by no later than - 10 December 2009.

2nd Installment Visa Application Charge (VAC) (English language tuition)
● The following applicants over 18 years of age have not demonstrated
Functional English language requirement required for this application.

So I paid the amount last Monday could you please let me how log will it
take to grant me the visa ?


Is it true that 2nd visa application charge non-refundable and Co only ask to pay it on finalization / grant of your visa?

Once you have paid it on advice of your CO. then you would definitely receive you visa after the given timeframe to pay i.e. co again open your file after that time frame



Janaka

6/23/2009 9:05:27 AM

Hi Afifa

Are you sure you have told me everything? The checklist will probably not be updated until yoru case officer does final assessment and is ready to grant the visa. This may be in early July if they are close to the program numbers for this year or it may be until after they have done an emplyer check. If they do an employer check they contact the overseas post nearest to you and get them to check it out. Your previous refusals have nothing to do with your 475 visa processing unless there is conflicting information with any applications they hold on file. s we are so close to the end of the program year, I would not encourage anyone in your position to chase the file until at least the second week of July.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/23/2009 9:09:49 AM

Hi Sarpreet

As long as you have applied for the via hile the WA sponsorship was valid and DIAC have approved it, then you are OK. You have undertaken that you intend to live for the first 2 years in WA AFTER you get your 886 visa. If you are still worried, please ring the sbdc in Perth to confirm.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/23/2009 9:14:56 AM

Hi Janaka

The 2nd VAC is requested as the last stage in the processing and, after paying, you will then get an email approving your visa application. If you decide not to go to Australia and do not validate and they then cancel your visa, you can get a refund of the 2nd VAC charge.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/23/2009 11:20:01 AM

Dear Tony ,

Thanks a lot and I understand that The 2nd VAC is requested as the last stage in the processing. I paid vac2 on last Monday (15th oct) till today no news from CO can you tell me any time frame to get grant letter.
Regards
Janaka

Janaka

6/23/2009 11:30:08 AM

Hi Janaka

Due to the end of year being so close, I think they may not grant your visa until July - so sit tight until teh second week of July and if you have not heard by then, chase it up with DIAC.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/23/2009 4:56:21 PM

Dear Tony,

My migration agent lodged my visa for 175 skilled independant subclass on 30 January 09
its been almost 5 months, i am an accountant with IELTS 7 in all categories hence come under CSL.

I HAVE YET TO HEAR OF MY APPLICATION BEING ALLOCATED, HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE, PLS COMMENT

jeniffer

6/23/2009 5:48:06 PM

Hi Jennifer, it could be any time over the next couple of months as they are currently working through the CSL backlog.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/23/2009 8:18:50 PM

Hi Tony

Thank you so much for your kind and valuable comments on my application.I checked online status today.It's the same as before,I mean medicals received but not the Form 80.And specific work experience and work experience is not met yet.Is it likely that I will be verified in the early July and if they do so,will they inform me prior to the verification ?

Again thank you so much!

Regards
afifa

afifa

6/24/2009 6:25:40 AM

Hi Tony,
It is true that a case officer will be assigned for each applicant?
or its depend on the type of visa?
I saw a comment that some got their visa without CO taking up their case?

kristy

6/24/2009 9:25:58 AM

Hi Afifa

If they decide to ask the overseas post to check your employment, they will not give you any warning. Like I say, if you have heard nothing by second week in July, chase them and they may then advise that they are performing checks prior to a decision.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/24/2009 9:27:28 AM

Hi Kristy

Everyone gets a case officer. If you case has been front-end loaded with police clearances and medicals and they don't need to check anything, the first you hear is that your visa has been approved - but it would have been approved by your case officer.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/25/2009 10:17:37 AM

Dear Tony!
I am on critical skill list with 7.0 or over in each band of IELTS. I am planning to go overseas in Nov. 2009 so do you reckon i would get my residency till then. If i don't get it what is the process of getting the bridging visa?

Jitendra

6/25/2009 10:34:17 AM

Hi Jitendra

It depends on when your case officer gets allocated and whether you have already done the required health and character checks. As long as you held a valid student visa when you applide for your 885/886 visa you will hold a Bridging Visa A. So if say in September it looks like your 886 visa may not be granted in time for your November trip, you can advise your case officer of your travel plans and seek advice as to whether you should apply for a Bridging Visa B (BVB) for travel. The BVB costs A$75 from 01 July and are quick to get processed.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/25/2009 1:18:17 PM

Dear Tony!
Sorry made a mistake . I will be going on the second week of septmeber. And I have already given DIAC my health and character documents. Now I don't have any substantive visa and only bridging visa A. so how long before travelling would you advise me to apply for bridging visa B ?

Jitendra

6/25/2009 1:36:03 PM

Hi Jitendra

Advise your case officer about 4 weeks before you travel as your case officer may be able to finalise your main visa before you travel.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/25/2009 1:37:50 PM

Thanks Tony!

Jitendra

6/25/2009 2:03:44 PM

i have submitted my medical and police clearance for subclass 175 visa. when the visa will be granted . my case officer didn't give me a message for receiving the medical and police clearance certificate

baneshkhan

6/25/2009 3:20:09 PM

Hi Banesh

The Medicals will update on the system when they are cleared in Sydney. Your police clearance will show as outstanding until your case officer assesses your case. Assuming your application is in CSL priority and you already have a case officer, the case officer will wait for the medicals to be cleared before updating the documents received info on your case.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/26/2009 4:48:09 AM

Hi Tony,
I'm applying visa 176 under family sponsor,recently i get my IELTS result but i not manage to get score 6 for all the modules and I will resit the test again. In this case, can I still apply visa online provide with new booking number? How many time can i relodge the IELTS result? is there a limit?

Ann

6/26/2009 9:30:25 AM

Hi Ann

You must not lodge a 176 application unless you already have sat an IELTS that gives you the required score OR you hold a passport that substitutes for the IELTS requirement. If you lodge prior to sitting your IELTS and do not hold such a passport, DIAC must refuse your application without looking at anything else.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/26/2009 9:35:03 AM

Hi Somu

It means that you have appointed an agent to receive information on your case - so you either get that agent to send a PLE or you change the authority with DIAC and appoint yourself as the authorised recipient.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/26/2009 10:09:55 AM

Hi Tony, thanks for your advices.
Anyway I would like to know about ENS, how long it take for DIAC to approve the employer nomination? Are there a requirement to have IELTS score 6 to eligible for ENS?

Ann

6/26/2009 12:07:05 PM

hi tony,
this is amala,yes i follow my agent only,i dont want to keep direct contact with DIAC.But Is it effect my further processing or no? i am little confused.....my agent in wagga wagga (australia)..

warm regards,
amala dass somu

somu

6/26/2009 5:35:47 PM

Hi Somu

It is no problem - they will keep communicating with your appointed agent unless you formally instruct them to do otherwise.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/26/2009 5:36:12 PM

Hi Ann

DIAC are pretty quick to process the nomination from the employer if all reqiored information is provided. You need IELTS 5 for ENS but there is a waiver oif that in exceptional circumstances.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/27/2009 2:37:55 AM

Hi Tony,
Under ENS,it is a compulsory to stay with the employer for 3yrs?
How do DIAC assess about the 'genuine need' to fill the position and the commitment of training?
Isn't that mean the company must be a 'big' corporate achieve certain no. of employees and etc.?
thank you so much.

Ann

6/27/2009 1:30:09 PM

DEAR TONY

I have got an e-mail from a support officer on behalf of my CO which states that my Form 80 is incomplete as I did not mention whether I was employed or studying from May,2003 to august,2004 (during while I was taking training after passing MBBS) and from January,2007 to April,2007(I was on non -payment leave at that time)In fact,i could not understand whether compulsory training falls in the study or employment category why I did not mention it in form 80.However, I did submitted my training certificate with my other documents during my application lodgement.And from January 2007 to April,2007 I was on leave .moreover,it was a very short period .

What will be the consequence of incomplete submission of Form 80.She requested me provide the missing information.Could this result in any adverse situation?

Please let me know.I am anxious of this.

Thanks.
afifa

afifa

6/27/2009 4:01:38 PM

Hi Tony!
After their annual quaota get redeemed in July, Do you think DIAC gonne give the residency visas quickly according to the priorities. I think most people used to get residency within 3-4 months of applying before 2007. one of my fren. who applied in february with occupations on crital skills list hasn't yet been allocated case officer? So what do you reckon will be the situation after they get new quotas?

Jitendra

6/28/2009 11:22:47 AM

Dear Mr. Tony,

Thanks for having this site which puts to rest lot of our anxiety and really provides us with
factual and correct guidance.

Hi i am Ashley, I have lodged my Visa application in August 08 under subclass 176 of Family sponsor
By occupation, I am a Secondary School Teacher since last 3 yrs. , wherein the assesment for
visa application was done under the category of Educational manager on advise of one of our
accompliances. I have already cleared my Medical and PCC, which is submitted to Immigration
Department. The case officer is still not been allocated.

Now with the recent changes in processing priorities my visa grant seems to be a big question.
Even if it is considered I am not sure as to when it will be considered.

Whereas the Secondary School Teacher now appears on Critical Skill List ( CSL ). I had cleared
my IELTS - Academic with 7.5 bands in August 07.

With this backdrop, I request you to kindly guide me on the next move even if it means
redoing the whole process again under different category.

Request you to kindly suggest the forward path.

I am sure with your experience and expertise, I will be provided with a proper solution.

Thanking you in advance.

Ashley

Ashley Mathew

6/29/2009 10:03:11 AM

Hi Ann

for the ENS DIAC only need to see a permanent contract OR a minimum 3 year contract that does not preclude an extension. When the permannet visa is held, DIAC do not get involved in issues relating to termination of this employment contract - unlike the RSMS minimum 2 year contract where DIAC will consider cancellation if you leave employer prior to the 2 years.

"Demonstrated need" is assessed in many ways but there is no need to advertise the position. Instead the employer should demonstrate that the nominated position is important to the future success of the business. This can be demonstrated by, for example, the employer:

• providing a breakdown of the organisational structure to indicate how the position “fits into” the business

• providing an outline of the business outputs (ie the goods or services ‘produced’ by the business) and how the position contributes to maintaining or enhancing the volume and/or quality of these outputs (this may include detailed and quantifiable plans for future expansion)

• providing evidence that the position has existed and been occupied in the immediate past but has recently (ie in the three months prior to nomination) become vacant either through promotion or loss of the incumbent employee and/or

• providing evidence that the position is currently occupied by a temporary resident.

Although the onus is on the employer to demonstrate that there is a genuine need for a paid employee, it is not necessary for the prospective nominee to be currently working in the position.

A commitment to training can be met by a sole proprieter if they show an adequate provision for future training. Skills transfer can also be OK where an overseas person's skills will be transferred to Australian employees. So there are exceptions to the general training requirements.

I would strongly advise that any employer should engage a competent on-shore registered migration agent to handle the ENS application.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/29/2009 10:29:37 AM

Hi Afifa

It should be no problem at all. Just give them the info they request and a vwery small explanation as to why you did not include it originally, like you have said to me.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/29/2009 10:38:29 AM

Hi Jitendra

Yes, I think after a couple of weeks into July, the State sponsored will be procesed very quickly and, when they get through teh backlog of CSL cases, the State and CSL cases will be allocated within 10 days of receipt or as quickly as DIAC can organsie this.

Regards


Tony

Tony

6/29/2009 10:47:37 AM

Hi Ashley

It was probably sound advice at the time that you got to go through VETASSESS as Education Officer in stead of the Teaching Australia assessment as you only needed 50 points to get to the 100 pass-mark. Assuming you have a four year Education degree or a minimum 3 year general degree plus 1 year Post Graduate in Education, yo ucan llok at getting assessed by Teaching Australia and lodging a new application for a 175/176 application. This would ensure that you get a case officer say within 6 months from now with the second application. So if you can't wait another 18 months to 2 years (who knows exactly how long your current application will take) and can afford the TA fee plus new visa application fee, then you should go for it now.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/1/2009 9:57:41 AM

Hi Tony,
Regarding the visa 475, it is compulsory to stay and live in the regional areas?
Thank you.

Kristy

7/1/2009 1:04:14 PM

Hi Kristy

As well as the permanent visa requiring you to live in any regional area of Australai fro at least 2 years and to work full-time in any regional area of Australia for at least 1 year, there is a condition attached to the 475 visa which means that you must ONLY live work and study in any regional area of Australia. So when you get to Australia on the 3 year 475 visa, it does not mean you can live in Sydney for a year and then live for the required 2 years in any regional area. Contravening the visa condition could lead to cancellation of the 475 visa and/or refusal at the permanent stage.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/1/2009 4:52:47 PM

hi tony,

could you pls tell me how long it taes the sydney health operations center to clear a
medical.? I am an applicant on CSL and couried the medical results to Sydney,
which was recd by them on june 26th, how long will they take to clear it and issue
a result to the DIAC. Pls let me know.

jeniffer

7/1/2009 5:12:23 PM

Hi Jennifer

As at 15th June, Sydney was taking 16 days to clear a medical that did not need referring to the MOC and 20 days for those requiring MOC asessment. Your medical status will be updated automatically on your visa record which you can access and check every day.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/2/2009 6:28:53 AM

i received the pre grant visa advice on 29th may, 2009. the letter advice me to pay the 2nd VAC2 payment for english language requirment for my wife. i paid vac2 on 3rd jun-2009 but still i am waiting for visa approval. can anybody tell me the usual timeline regarding the same case.

Nadeem

NADEEM

7/2/2009 10:02:12 AM

Hi Nadeem

It sounds like your case is ready for approval now - some similar ones to yours were approved yesterday and today - so it should not be long now.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/2/2009 10:21:08 AM

Toni, Thanx for your comments but now the waiting hours are long.

NADEEM

7/2/2009 10:35:51 AM

I know Nadeem

But you are fortunate, many more have no idea when processing will even begin with their cases.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/2/2009 11:52:58 PM

Hi Tony,

I recently (June 17) lodged my 175 visa application. I am on the CSL as a Java Specialist(2231-79) and am a Canadian citzen. My plan is to locate to Sydney ideally in march of next year. I looked into state sponsorship but NSW has a very limited list and my profession is not included. Given all the uncertainty I read about we are considering applying for SS with Victoria and shifting to Melbourne. This is not however our 1st choice.

My question for you is, does being on the CSL give me a decent chance of having my application processed in 9-10 months or is it advisable to pursue the SS 176 visa?

I realize this is not a science but any thoughts would be appreciated.

Cheers,

-- Grant

Grant

7/3/2009 9:59:14 AM

janaka,

have you received VISA GRANT LETTER?

NADEEM

NADEEM

7/3/2009 11:04:23 AM

Hi Grant

being on the CSL should mean that your case will be processed quickly and probably quicker than 9-10 months if you are quick to respond to DIAC requests. The one proviso, is that your specialisation remains on the CSL right up to the day your visa is granted. You may wish to pursue the Vic sponsorship as insurance and, when Vic approve you and ask you to confirm your State Sponsorship obligations, you can then put it on hold while you see how the 175 goes.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/3/2009 7:04:44 PM

Thanks Tony. That echos what I was thinking as well.

Cheers!

Grant

7/4/2009 4:18:31 PM

dear tony,
hiiiiiii i lodaged my application under 475 visa on 11-06-2009 sponsored under saouth australia and the state sent the 1100 form to diac at 14-06-2009.so i want to ask when can i allocate a case officer to open my case? thank you
mohamed safaa

mohamed safaa

7/6/2009 8:24:42 AM

hi guys,

today i have got grant visa letter. my time line is below:

27-aug-2007 - applicaiton lodgment date
13-feb-2009 - medical done
29-may-2009 - pre grant advice for VAC2 (ENGLISH LANGUAGE REUIRMENT)
03-JUN-2009 - PAID VAC2
06-JUL-2009 - GRANTED VISA

Regards,
Nadeem (Pakistan)

NADEEM

7/6/2009 9:32:11 AM

Hi Mohamed

If you do not get a case officer by the end of July, you are justified in requesting DIAC to confirm they have identified yoru case as a high priority. It should take a couple of weeks but things slowed down towards the end of the program year which is the end of June. Things should start to pick up again now so you should get a case officer any day now.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/6/2009 10:38:59 AM

hi tony,

pls let me know for 175 visa category if the occupation is on CSL currently
applications lodged in which month are being processed now? i heard that
applications lodged in Jan 09 are currently being processed is it true?
I have an idea of resigning from my current job, and would do so once the processing
of my application commences and the case officer contacts my employer,
My aplication was lodged in Jan 09. but still no news of processing, when i view
th online status it says'processing commenced' is this the standard wording
once the aplication is lodged? Its so fraustrating not to know even rough time limits.
Thanks Jeniffer


jeniffer

7/6/2009 11:33:20 AM

Hi Jennifer

"processing commenced" just means they have receipted your application. It is hard to tie down whether it can be said that DIAC are processing CSL cases lodged up to a certain date. We are getting them from all sorts of dates and in no particular order. All I can say is that DIAC should be through the CSL backlog within a few months as they have already over run their previous estimate for getting through these cases.

Also, I would not advise you to do anything as drastic as resigning until you have the visa in your hand. If your occupation comes off CSL before the visa is granted, processing will be suspended and you could have to wait another year or two before you get the visa - always plan for the worst.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/6/2009 1:06:39 PM

Hi

I lodged Sub 176 - SA state sponsored visa application on 1st June 2009.
I also got Employment check at my company by Embassy.
On 25th June 2009 CO asked me to submit medical & PCC.
How much time will it take to get PR after I submit medical & pcc?

Thanx

Robin Goel

7/6/2009 1:25:32 PM

Hi Robin

As long as the medicals are marked Category A by the panel doctor, Sydney should process within 2 weeks and your on-line visa record updated with medicals met. Could be a further couple of weeks then to get visa unless there is a hold up with the internal security checking procedures.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/8/2009 6:02:11 AM

Dear Tony,
I lodged for the Permanent Independent GSM (subclass 136) as Materials Engineer around Aug 2007 (BDT Aug 1978). I got MSc in Material engineering, IELTS overall 7 (R7, L8, S7, W6). I am also an International Welding Engineer (IWE) diploma certified by International Institute of Welding (IIW) which is recognized by Australia and as far as I know there are only less than 50 IWE holders in Aus. But despite all of these because of new priorities imposed to the immigration program I have not yet even requested for med exams (police clearances were sent more than a year ago) and right now I just don't know for how long I should wait for my visa to be granted. In this regard I want to seek your advice whether it will be logical (helpful) to change my visa subclass to 176 or even 475. It should be noted that based on my research the Materials Engineer (2127-15) is not on any list of in demand occupations of territories for subclass 176 and its only on South Australia list for subclass 475 (Provisional). Please advise what you would do if you were in my shoes. Would you contact them directly by email and inform them on your advantages and ask them for a share among their 500 available visas out of the predefined lists?
Thank you in advance for your kind advice.
Payam

Payam Ghafoori

7/8/2009 9:39:27 AM

Hi Payam

I would immediately approach Western Australia to see if they will state sponsor you (176) out of their 500 off-list places. WA are still actively seeking to fill skills shortages especially in the Engineering sector. Most of the ones we have had approved were Engineering Technologists and Professional Engineers. Failing that, you could try South Australian 475 sponsorship although this would require a new application and fee. If you get WA to sponsor you for the old 176 (the 137) your 136 application is already also an application for a 137 visa - so no extra fees.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/8/2009 11:44:52 AM

Dear Tony,
My visa sub class is 475 state sponsored lodged on Dec 2008.
allocated to CO in Feb 2009
Sent Medicals & PCC on 15 May
VAC2 Paymant made on 22 May
So I'm waiting for the reply from my co
Since VAC2 is made upon DIAC's request,Can I assume that all varifications(PCC & Employment) have been done in my case?

Thanks, Beeshman

Beeshman

7/8/2009 11:47:40 AM

Hi Beeshman

It is fair to assume that all checks have been completed and I would expect your visa to be granted any day now. If it has not been granted by the end of next week, I would chase it with them.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/9/2009 2:28:57 AM

Hi Tony,
I have applied for Subclass 176 visa(relative sponsored) on 12th june.My occupation is not in the CSL.I have been in this job for more than 2 years that satisfies the basic criteria for this application.And since this job is not in priority it looks like it will atleast take a year before i get a case offiecer.I'am interested in switching to a different job.Will it affect the outcome of the application.
Thanks
John

John Sylver

7/9/2009 6:56:25 AM

Thanks Tony, I have received the visa grant letter today.

Hi Gays, For you information My time line is below

Visa Sub Class-475 SA State Government Sponsored, Nominated Occupation - Electrical Engineer
18-Dec-2008 - applicaiton lodgment date
16-Jan-2009 - Form 1100 sent to DIAC
27-Jan-2009 - Allocated to CO
12-Feb-2009 - Medical Done
12-May-2009 - PCC sent
22-May-2009 - VAC2 Payment Made for my partner
08-Jul-2009 - Visa Granted

Tolat Time in my case approx. 7months

Regards, Beeshman



Beeshman

7/9/2009 10:24:27 AM

Hi John

There is no problem changing jobs, can be an unskilled job, you can be unemployed for the next year or so. Just let DIAC know when you finish so that there are no surprises if they do an emplyer check in 2 years time and nobody at the company has heard of you.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/9/2009 11:59:06 AM

Hi Tony,
I have applied to DIAC under subclass 175 on sept.2008 and I have vocational IELTS score i.e. overall 6.0 band(L-7,R-5.5,W-6,S-5). Here I would like to know that after the changes to GSM prog. apply on 1st july 2009, Can I eligible to apply for state nomination sponsorship(176) to any australian state/territory.

Regards

Karanveer

7/9/2009 12:10:40 PM

Hi Karen

DIAC will have no problem but it will be up to the individual State/Territory - you may be able to convince them as you have already applied under the lower IELTS requirement.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/10/2009 1:32:43 AM

Hi tony,

I have aaplied for subclass 175 visa, I am an accountant and on CSL with IELTS OF 7. My migration
agent says that my application lodged on 30 Jan has been allocated to a case officer on 30 June.
I have submitted PCC and medicals almost two weeks ago (I have no health problems)

1) How can i get the file number allocated to my case ?

2) Please give me a rough idea of when i can expect my visa (assuimg there are no changes
to CSL during this time)?

Thanks in advance,

dilkushi

jeniffer

7/10/2009 7:45:35 AM

Hi Jeniffer

Very hard to guess from here as it will depend on whether they have instigated an employer check and whether your security check gets a quick clearance. Your file number is the TRN number which would be on your receipt. You must already have this as you have checked your online status previously. Great news tha tthey have now commenced processing.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/10/2009 10:20:26 AM

Hi Dear Tony,
I have applied for subclass175,my occupation is not on CSL presently,So I applied my application for state nomination to Victoria state. victorian deptt. sent me e-mail and ask-"We are currently processing your application and need you to specify exactly how much money, in Australian Dollars, you will have available to assist your migration to Victoria"

In application form financial detail section- Question:Total estimated amount of financial resources you have; including all of your assets (in A$) e.g. 100000?(Financial resources include cash, car(s), house(s), furniture, stocks, shares, bonds, jewelry, gold, etc.)
My answer for this question is-AUD 145000.00
How much amount would you suggest me to reply the Victorian department? Will they check that said amount on the arrival in Australia? Whereas,there are no any information available regarding financial funds on the department's website. Kindly advise me on this matter.

Resham

7/10/2009 10:23:59 AM

Hi Resham

Make sure you put an amount that you could prove if you had to. They do not seek evidence that you have transferred funds later. A$145,000 demonstrates that you have enough money to support yourself for a long period, should you not find work straight away.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/10/2009 12:30:39 PM

Hi Tony!
If you remember we had a bit of chat before and I informed you that i applied for relative sponsored visa subclass 886 initially and then later on after achieving 7.0+ in each bands of IELTS I notified the department and even they confirmed me on email that they have noted CSL on my file and i would be priority processed. However, couple of days back when i called immigration just to follow up, the operator said she can't see anything marked critical on my file. Apparantly i ended up sending DIAC another PLE requesting them again to check it for me.

DIAC says that they are taking the applications according to the lodgement date and I lodged my subclass 886 application in the 1st week of february. Because i only updated my 7.0+ IELTS score sheet in 1st week of so do you reckon my file is on the CSL applications lodged in february.My accountant fren who applied in mid january and who was on CSL got his residency few days back. So just being curious on what could happen next.

thanks
Jitendra

Jitendra

7/10/2009 12:33:17 PM

sorry Tony!
That was I updated my new IELTS score sheet in 1st week of june.

Thanks
Jitendra

Jitendra

7/10/2009 12:38:32 PM

Hi Jitendra

The fact that they have now acknowledged you as Priority CSL means that they should put you into the CSL backlog. I can't guarantee that they will put you in at the original February date but I am pretty sure that is what they do. So it should not be too long before they start processing your case.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/10/2009 1:26:35 PM

Thanks Tony!
Thats good to hear...Referring my friends application of mid january decided a couple of days before, I am hopeful that my application of february will also be looked upoon soon. Are the telephone operators of DIAC are allowed to say whether a case officer has been allocated or not.



Thanks again!
Jitendra

Jitendra

7/10/2009 2:55:04 PM

Hi Jitendra

Yes, they could tell you that over the phone.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/11/2009 1:35:34 AM

Hi Jithendra,

Saw your note on an Accountant friend who was on the CSL and had lodged his application in
Mid January and got residency a few days back, could you pls let me know when his application
had been allocated to a case officer? Just curiuos on how long the process takes after
being allocated for subclass 175 visa(assuming all information is given as soon as requested by
DIAC.)

Regards

Jen

jeniffer

7/11/2009 11:26:45 AM

Hi Tony,

It's again Payam. First thanks for your helpful advice which based on that I made my mind to contact the state athorities (especially WA) to see if I can get sponsership for visa sub 176 among 500 off-list. Second I want to ask whether it will affect the states goverments if I approach for example two of them once. For instance consider if I approach WA and SA to seek for their 500 off-list visa sub 176. Are they in close contact with each other and does this approach affect the ultimate decision?

Also please kindly advice me on kind of documents or reasons I should put on the table for them to increase my chance of getting sub 176 among those golden 500 off-lists. Should at first I have to send the scanned images of my diplomas and certificates or CV? or what.

I do appreciate your assistance on this.

Regards.
Payam

Payam Ghafoori

7/11/2009 11:26:30 PM

Hi Payam

I would strongly advise you to apply to WA as if one finds out that you are applying to other States, it shows you may not be that serious about settling in their State. Research availability of suitable jobs in WA. Emphasize your Welding skills as the Welding trades are on the Shortage lists for WA. Go online to apply - they need your skills assessment and c.v. plus give them copies of your certs.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/12/2009 8:55:39 AM

Hi Jeniffer!
My friend applied onshore visa subclass 885 with occupation on accounting. I do not know exactly when his case officer was allocated however when he was following up in the month of may, they said his application is in the lot of CSL however the case officer was not allocated. So I guess in the First week of June.

Thanks

Jitendra

7/13/2009 6:53:55 AM

sorry jenniffer,
I somehow typed wrong information. I meant when he was following up in the month of may the case officer was not allocated. So I guess first week of june.

sorry about than anyway.

Jitendra

Jitendra

7/14/2009 8:23:52 AM

Hi all, do u guys think is it advisable to apply visa 475 as it is just a provisional visa. Will we facing any problem in seeking job in Australia? I wonder what if i manage to get visa 475 and can I switch to ENS to obtain PR directly without waiting for 3yrs kinda conditions? provide advice. thank a lots.

Ann

7/14/2009 8:50:54 AM

Hi Tony!
I followed up with immigration few days back and they mailed me saying that my enquiry has already been referred to the manager of the area processing my visa application and then they will follow up and have my case allocated to case officer. I didnot understand what that really mean? Does that mean that my case has gone a bit ahead in the queue and not waiting for case officer?

Eagerly waiting for your reply.

Thanks
Jitendra

Jitendra

7/14/2009 9:55:38 AM

Hi Ann

The 475 is better than no visa - work may be a little harder to find as the visa is not a permanent visa. If while on the 475 you find an employer willing to sponsor you for the ENS (subclass 856) visa, you only pay A$230 application fee but you must have held the 475 visa for at least 2 years when you apply for the on-shore ENS visa.

so if you get a good employe rsoon after arriving on the 475 visa and you meet the basic ENS requirements, yo ucan apply for the "Offshore" ENS visa subclass 121 and pay teh application fee of A$1705. You can be inside Australia when you apply for this visa but you, and any family members included in teh visa, must leave for about a week when it is ready to be granted.

Regards

Tony

Tony

7/14/2009 9:58:40 AM

Hi Jitendra

It means you will get a case officer very soon - the manager allocates the cases to the case officer - so great news.

Regards


Tony

Tony

7/14/2009 10:41:27 AM

thanks tony!
That was a great relief.

jitendra

Jitendra

7/14/2009 11:52:22 AM

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