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Advice needed on changing skill visa to a state sponsored visa

Hi their everyone just after advice if anyone knows if the advice from my agent is 100% true or are they just after more money. The thing is that my wife and i applied for our skilled visa in November 08 but like every one else it has been delayed till July 2010 before they will even look at it but last week my agent phoned saying that if we change and go state sponsored we should be there with in 8 months from now. Hard to believe but if thats 100% true it seems mad now changing it. Any advice is welcome hope all is fine.


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Comment by Ken Fayers on November 10, 2009 at 20:00
I see that my comment of 17 September has been published in the December 2009 issue of Australia & New Zealand magazine. Just to confirm that the 24 September changes to the priority processing mean that state sponsored applications are no longer ahead of the CSL list. They are however still ahead of other applications of the same type - so a state sponsored CSL is ahead of a non sponsored CSL and state sponsored non-CSL application is still ahead of a non sponsored non-CSL application, so state sponsored may still be of value but clearly is no longer as valuable as it used to be.
Comment by Kim and James on September 29, 2009 at 21:47
Hi Ian
Yeah its awful! I'm still in shock.... I've looked into doing the same as you but primary teachers are not on the list for state sponsored... I'm waiting for our agent to get back to us. I hope its possible. Good luck with you lot

from Kim
Comment by ianandleeanna on September 29, 2009 at 12:19
Hi Kim and James, its a right nightmare is int it and the agents seem to not care when they have all the money of you it seems any way. My agent is Visa -go in Edinborough and its a Darren Chatt who told me to change to a state sponsor as Western Australia have Carpenters on the list and it should take around 8 months to be complete. Dont no if the news out on the 24th sept changes that but will find out this week as going to go ahead with state if its true.

Let me know if you hear any thing on this as still cant help but think they are after that little bit more money and will still be hear in 3 years.

Comment by Kim and James on September 28, 2009 at 20:07
Hi Ian and Leeanna - your post was very interesting. We are in the same position as you although we didn't put our application in until March 09. We have not heard from The Emigration Group...... I'm hoping we can do the same as you. Who did your application? We have not had any advice at all and feel very lost and alone in all this. I may try a new agent ..... thanks and good luck. Kim and James
Comment by ianandleeanna on September 18, 2009 at 23:25
Well fingers crossed all picks up and you get your move. Thanks again Ken for your infor as it really helps.
Let is know if it all comes together for you.
Comment by Ken Fayers on September 18, 2009 at 21:24
Ian, I didn't need to go for it as my profession (I'm a Chartered Accountant) stayed on the CSL and my Visa was issued on 2nd July (11 months after I applied). However there were various rumours that the CSL might be changed from 1st July which was why I was getting edgy and checking what I'd need to do if I found I'd suddenly dropped to the back of the queue. I've activated my visa by visiting Perth (but still undecided as to which city to settle in) but now need an improved housing market to be able to sell up and fund the move.
Comment by ianandleeanna on September 18, 2009 at 17:43
Thanks Ken that helps as i was thinking my agent was just after more money. He says it will only cost 150 pound plus vat and that was all i need to pay plus need 13.500 pound in funds.did you go for it.whats your trade.

cheers again
Comment by Ken Fayers on September 17, 2009 at 21:01
That sounds about right. Australian immigration are prioritising employer and state sponsored visas even ahead of the CSL list. All others are delayed until July 2010 at the earliest and there is no guarantee they won't be delayed longer. If you're not on the CSL state sponsored is the way to go.
I enquired about changing to a state sponsored visa as I was concerned about what would happen if my profession was taken off the CSL list. Apparently it is quite simple to change as once you get the sponsorship it can be attached to your existing skilled visa application and thereby automatically converting it. Your existing application remains in the queue throughout the process so you don't need to fear you'll lose your place by seeking state sponsorship or what will happen if you don't get the state sponsorship (you'll be in the same boat as you are in now - albeit a good few pounds lighter).

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