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We have had our first bit of positive news on our application for 176 Visa... we lodged our application in June 2008 and have today been contacted by our agent (after some months of silence) stating we have been appointed a Case officer and medicals, x-rays and police checks are now requested again within 70 days (all previous tests expired). Am I being too optimistic in thinking this could mean a way forward.....it is more than we have ever had previously so doesnt hurt to hope I guess. Does anyone know why the 70 day deadline has been implemented and when, if all checks are ok, is visa likely to be granted, then upon granting..what time scale would we be given before we would need to travel to Australia ???

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Comment by jennifer salter on October 4, 2010 at 17:17
Marjm I would definately agree with John and wait for the Case Officer to request your medicals, otherwise you will be in our position and having to pay for two medicals. I have checked with our agents about reimbursement of the first medical costs due to being wrongly advised, however they just say that everything changed with timescales of processing etc and they are unable to reimburse...suprise suprise!
Comment by jennifer salter on October 4, 2010 at 17:13
Thanks Ken, that helped a great deal. Lets hope this time next year, we will be there !
Comment by Ken Fayers on October 1, 2010 at 21:28
Jennifer,
To your final question "upon granting..what time scale would we be given before we would need to travel to Australia" the general answer is that you will be given a date by which you would need to enter Australia to validate your visa when the visa is issued. This date will be 12 months after the date of your medicals or police checks are finalised (whichever one is earliest). You don't need to move to Australia to validate the visa as a holiday trip (or recce as us prospective migrants would call it) is sufficient. The date the visa expires (5 years after issuing) is the latest date you need to move to Australia by - but watch for any conditions imposed by the state that has sponsored your visa.
Ken
Comment by mark roberts on October 1, 2010 at 20:39
Maybe your right, I am just getting a bit impatiant, I feel like I should be doing something.
Comment by john on October 1, 2010 at 19:53
Mark DONT book them until you are assigned a case officer, it says that as part of the initial email you receive when your application is lodged.
Comment by mark roberts on October 1, 2010 at 16:16
Thanks for the info, I will certainly be looking to book them now.
Comment by jennifer salter on October 1, 2010 at 15:24
Hi Mark, it certainly is the first bit of positive news we have had in a long while. Judging by past experience, I would wait until a Case officer requests the medicals, we were able to book these within 3 weeks, not sure if it would be that quick within your area. The medicals and x-rays take place on the same day. The police checks, from memory took about 3 weeks also so it is definately achievable within the 70 day deadline. We spent a thousand pound in 2008 which proved to be a total waste of money so certainly would hold fire until officer requests. Fingers crossed we will all have some good news this year ! Good luck
Comment by mark roberts on October 1, 2010 at 6:22
Great news, gives me some hope as my application went in in October 2008. I haven't had my medicals or police checks done yet as I was waiting for a case officer. I am now seriously thinking of getting them now, how much notice would one of the panel doctors require to book you in, on average?, if it's a while I may book them sooner than later, any idea?.
Comment by jennifer salter on September 29, 2010 at 19:33
Thanks for that John...food for thought! I went back over my emails and on checking in 2008, my agent suggested we had all medicals and checks done over next 3 mths...no mention of Case Officer been appointed and reqeusting these...I have therefore today emailed the manager attaching the original email and asking them to consider reimbursing our costs !!! Lets see if I get any luck, and if I do, big thank you for suggesting it...a big thank you anyway ! Good luck with your plans Jen
Comment by john on September 29, 2010 at 7:42
Hi Jennifer,
I think thats good news, but you say medicals expired, you should get your agent to pay for them because at lodgement of application it states "If you have applied for an offshore GSM visa, your case officer will contact you when you need to undertake health and character checks".
So I dont know why you were instructed to obtain them in the first place. I think once you have them though you will be looking before xmas to get visa, this is just my opinion. I am praying for smp to be approved for WA very soon oh with my occupation being on plan.
good luck
john b

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