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Priority changes to Australian skilled migration visas

Hi everyone,

Many of you will no doubt be aware of the changes to the processing times for skilled migration visas.

Read our coverage here - http://www.australiamagazine.co.uk/?p=300, but if anyone has been affected under the new rules, let us know.

John

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Comment by Kim and James on September 28, 2009 at 20:36
Hi Helena - You seem to be in a similar situation and you've been waiting longer too. I just read somewhere that a migration agent told a client for £150 she could change to a state sponsored visa.... Have you heard about that? Does anyone else know if it is that easy to change to state sponsored from 176 skilled family sponsored? Please help?????
Comment by John on September 28, 2009 at 16:53
My understanding of this is that the decision was taken very quickly - so quickly in fact that it took the states by surprise as well. Initial feedback is that DIAC are being deluged with queries and complaints so this may well be revised within the next few months. (hasty government scheme / never...) It is definitely a bit of political grandstanding, but nontheless, its going to upset a great many people.

We'll be running a special report on what to do next about all this in issue 44 of Australia Magazine
Comment by Helena Sumpter on September 28, 2009 at 15:45
Absoutely depressed by it all.
DIAC received all our docs for 176 family sponsored a year ago, 22 Sept 08, our medicals were sent October 08, at their request...bottom of pile now!!!
Comment by Kim and James on September 28, 2009 at 15:41
We are so so upset. Our visa application will be at the bottom of the pile for even longer now. Don't know what to do next?
Comment by steven keast on September 27, 2009 at 17:39
Hi John, ( or anyones else with knowledge of these things )
I've read the new directives and would appreciate your intrepretation of our position. We have received an acknowledgement that our application for a ENS subclass 856 was received on 9th of this month. The sponsor is Qld Heath and my wifes occupation (she is main applicant ) is on CSL ( Radiographer ) .
How would you see our position been affected by the new legislation?
Comment by Buurmeisje on September 26, 2009 at 9:28
Yep same here,..we're gutted because we've put our 176 visa application in on Jan 18th!! We will be looking into trying to get a employer sponsored visa now (my husband is a chartered surveyor). Not ideal because it's not a permanent one and if you loose your job you'll either have to fly back within 28 days or try to get a new employer to sponsor you. All rather depressing!! :(
Comment by john on September 25, 2009 at 22:27
this has knocked the stuffing out of me, big time////
gone are my dreams of being in oz next year. gutted

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