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I put my 175 skilled migrant visa application in, in October 2008, still patiently waiting. I have heard that the priorities are going to change again, does anybody know when, I was told that they were going to change at the end of last year. I don't know wether to carry on waiting or try for state/ employer sponsorship.

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Comment by Clare Pocock on January 25, 2010 at 7:43
Hi, We did exactly what Ken has said. We started our process in July 2007 and had a case officer at one point but when priority processing changed our application was put on hold. We then applied for state sponsorship with WA in April 2009 and finally gained our visa in September 2009 4 days before the rules changed again! so we were very lucky. Hold in there! But would recommend applying for state sponsorship as it can't harm your application. Good Luck
Comment by mark roberts on January 23, 2010 at 7:14
Thankyou very much for the advice, much appreciated.
Comment by Ken Fayers on January 22, 2010 at 23:22
Priorities seem to be changing all the time. You might want to carry on waiting and try for state/ employer sponsorship. I don't know much about employer sponsorship but it is currently the head of the queue - however I think if you find a sponsor you may need to make a fresh application. Still no harm in looking for an employer sponsor. State sponsorship is currently further down the queue (but ahead of those of the same type without state sponsorship) and once you get state sponsorship you just attach the sponsorship to your existing 175 application for it to automatically become a 176. And remember if you don't get the sponsorship your existing application is still running the whole time so you haven't lost your place in the queue.

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