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  1. We have just been asked for 2nd VAC payment!!! There is light at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel. Briefly, applied Jan 2016 for 143 Contributory Parent, received request for further info Nov 2019, submitted AOS Jan2020, were only able to finalise and submit other docs end Feb (long story, another time), and then....... we all know what hit the world.... We heard absolutely nothing during this time, until today. 2020 has possibly gone from the worst year to the best. Hope this cheers someones day up, that there is indeed movement
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  2. HI Elna, the waiting game is very difficult. My whole life is on hold. Thank you for your kind words ❤️❤️
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  3. @WendyAllison Hi there. How are you doing? Hang on and stay strong. This too shall pass and you will be in Aus soon.
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  4. @JennyLeigh I think Covid has really slowed everything down. I believe that CFDS has posted somewhere that some visas had been granted lately. Just scroll through the posts. Also, a hearty welcome to all new forumites and to @TeeTMI, as always, thank you so much for your input and support.
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  5. Currently applications lodged prior to May 2016 are being processed for the 143 parent visa. They are still moving but slowly at the current time (processing times can vary considerably over time depending upon a variety of factors).
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  6. VISA GRANTED TODAY! My parents' 143 visa was granted at midday today, after paying the 2nd VAC last night. Last date to enter is 12 months from now (Sept 2021).
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  7. The Government has published the detailed outcomes from the 2019-20 Migration Program. South Africa came 9th in the list of source countries for visas with 3,743 visa places They have also confirmed that the size and composition of the 2020-21 Migration and Humanitarian programs will be considered in light of the developing COVID-19 situation and announced as part of the Budget process in October. Taken from the relevant information the government advise: The permanent migration intake was 140,366 in 2019-20. Seventy per cent of the visas
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  8. The Dept of Home Affairs has released the Outcomes for the Migration Plan 2019-20 (year ending 30th June 2020). As suspected there was a significant reduction in the number of applications processed compared to places available. I am adding a copy of the table that shows the number of Parent visa applications Lodged and Granted (Granted = 'Program Outcome') by year - plus the number of applications still awaiting processing within the system (Note that the applications 'Onhand' include both the Contributory and Non-Contributory visa applications. The Non-Contributory have a sugges
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  9. @Robyn2259 What great news! Congrats! So happy for you.
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  10. You still have my Aus mobile number? Or you can Fb message me. Anytime. I have had so many ups and downs since arriving in Aus. It has been a real rollercoaster ride but I still do not regret any single minute of it. Done some free courses and paid ones too. Found my perfect job at an aged care facility (at my age!)) as a dining room attendant in a really good establishment with good Christian values as a result of one of the free courses. Been truly blessed and am extremely grateful. Despite the challenges, I know that I would have never had an opportunity like this b
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  11. There are 2 (or 3 with the 173) main CPVs the 143 offshore visa and the onshore 864 visa - with applications being made offshore/onshore respectively. A Bridging visa would generally only be available with the onshore CPV.
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  12. An old thread, but thought to give feedback for those interested in the WA outback. We went in July 2018. We changed about nothing on the caravan, as it was as complete as it could be. We bought another portable deep freezer to complement the portable fridge. Added a dual battery system to the 4x4 and “whoola”, always fresh frozen meat, food, cold beers etc. We initially planned to travel 4 weeks from Perth to Meekatharra, Newman, Karajini, Port Hedland, Broom, Fritz Roy Cross, Bungle Bungle, Ord river, Kununurra, Katherine, Darwin. Then return again the same route from
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  13. Welcome to the Forum Vero Your sponsorship will be assessed in the later stages of the application No - there are a variety of alternatives/options.
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  14. Our migration agent in RSA said that it looks like visas are still being processed and 143 visas are taking 48 months. We are sitting at 50 months. Could anyone throw any light on where theIr visa applications are? Has anyone had their applications processed that are living off shore? TIA
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  15. The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) has attempted to answer this in their brochure ASFA Retirement Standard Comfortable lifestyle 43k but then you own your own house. See website for details & budget https://www.superannuation.asn.au/resources/retirement-standard However, that figure changes depending who you ask and if you are an Aus citizen!
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  16. Hi All, I just received the following from the ACT: http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/portal/migrating/article/skilled-visa-act-nomination/ It seems that we will need to wait till after the Budget on 6th October before we get to see what the states will be sponsoring for the remained of the 20/21 program year. Regards
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  17. The Skilled Occupational Ceilings have now been announced for the 2020/21 Migration year. Please note that the Subclass 189 visa (MLSSL list). The Occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses. Please note that this is NOT the number of places that the government is seeking to fill within the 189 visas (we will hopefully see the 2020-21 Migration Plan quota of places when the budget is announced in October). These figures are the maximum number of places that can be accommodated within tha
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  18. Looks like they're back on track for both being in May 2016
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  19. yes, I saw that too. 173's are still May 2016 though.
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  20. Hi all Am a newbee here. Trying to gather docs to file 143 visa for my parents. Appreciate if someone can clarify 1. Is it worth filing 143 visa directly or go via 173 +143 route? 2. My parents doesn't have birth certificate but they do have high school leaving certificate which confirms their date of birth. Is that ok? Or we definitely need birth certificate? Thanks
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  21. Hi all, I am new to this forum but often read the topics for advice and it's super helpful! I am now in need of some clarification surrounding the Contributory Parental Visa for my parents who live in South Africa. They have Dutch passports but they have expired and they would need to travel to Holland in order to renew them. I live in Brisbane (have been for 3 years) and have my PR based on my Dutch passport (originally from SA). Is it a possibility for my parents to do one the following: A. Can they come over to Aus on their Dutch passports on a Holiday Vi
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  22. Hi All , Have any June'16 applicants heard from DIBP lately? Please share. Stay safe and Stay healthy!
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  23. PARENT VISA Processing Times Update as of 9th June 2020 As at the 9th June processing has reached applications lodged in May 2016 for the : - Contributory Parent (143) + Contributory Aged Parent (864)* and - Contributory Parent (Temp) (173) + Contributory Aged Parent (Temp) (884)* * NB: for the 864, and 884 processing had reached later than this (Jan 17) but a policy change means they are currently waiting until they match. For the: Parent (103) + Aged Parent (804) Assessment queuing reached: Jun 2017. Processing applications for visa grant has reached a
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  24. Hi All, It's really quiet in this room. Hope all are well. Has there been any movement. Any one had any correspondence from DIBP?
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  25. Hi All, Just wanted to share some news. I learnt from another forum that someone who had paid the second vac in March 2020 just before the pandemic was granted the 143 visa yesterday. It is really great to hear that there is progress with DIPB and how they are processing applications.
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  26. Basically North of the river the traffic sucks, you have one two lane highway (busy widening it since we arrived four years ago). South of the river there are proper highways, but much more chance of ending up in a bogan area. When we first moved here we stayed in North Lakes. Lovely place to live. All the shops you can shake a stick at. Loved coming home on a Friday and heading out to the bay for a swim/fish and chips/scoot on the board walk/sausage sizzle. Very nicely laid out, so you can walk/cycle around without going into the road and never hit a dead end. But....
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