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 ???