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  1. Hi there I have recently, in fact on the 8th January 2016 applied for my partner visa which is obviously very exciting. While I do understand the process to be quite lengthy it would be great to hear from anybody who has recently been through this to share the timelines, what if any additional information/documentation was requested and overall what to expect going forward. My application was not submitted with a completed medical which I assume is still to come, I also submitted a police clearance certificate that will expire in May along with proof that I have applied for an updated copy. These being the only hurdles I can anticipate at this stage. Thanks in advance for the info Matt
  2. Hi All, I am very new to this but my wife and I have finally made the decision to go ahead with this process and make the move (if Visa application Successful) At this stage we do not have surplus funds to go through an agent so want to first try go it alone - hence the reason for my question: I have 2 possible Occupations that I could apply for (Both VETASSESS): - 1 Is on the latest 189 list Skilled Independent list (224711) - 1 is on the latest 190 Skilled Nominated List (224712) The occupation on the 190 list (224712) is probably a better fit to my experience than the 189 (even though they are very similar and are basically grouped together when I study the classification for the Skills ), but I have heard that 190 Visas are more difficult to get as they are sponsored and need to be state specific.... So which should I go for? (Keeping in mind we want to try go through this process WITHOUT an immigration consultant - who we understand can facilitate the 190 process easier than if we do it alone?) Any advice would be great - thank you Jason
  3. Hi, Is it possible to apply for a visa to work in Australia with a BCOMPT Degree (Accounting Science Degree in Financial Accounting- CA Stream) I will be graduating in Mid 2019 and if so will i be able to get a job in the competitive job market? I am currently working at Barloworld as a senior acccounts controller,however from what iv heard the experience prior to your degree is not applicable. Will my partner be able to get a job? If he has a BTECH in Architecture and registered with SACAP as a professional member? Please advise! Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
  4. Ok. So I am in AUS already and working. KIds and wife arrive in Dec. Anyone know exactly what is now required in terms of my kids travelling on their own with my wife? Must I write a letter giving details of their passport numbers, date of flight etc and get it certified by a commissioner of the oath and then post it from here to my wife in SA?
  5. Hi! We are thinking about going to Australia. I've been trying to read a lot on this site, but we are very ignorant (and confused!). We are thinking of applying for a 189 visa, my husband will be the main applicant (I assume he should be, since I will probably be at home with our young children). On the list of things, he should be able to qualify for 65 points. We want to move to Sydney because we have family there. I am in the process of applying for my British citizenship, but I will retain my South African citizenship. So, if I do get it, will it be of any help with regards to emigrating to Australia? Kind regards,
  6. Hi Everyone! This is my first post on this site - I'm Tam. My husband and I have just TODAY received our invite to apply for our 189 visa. We are absolutely thrilled at the news. We don't have an agent and are doing it all ourselves. We obviously want to have the visa processed as soon as possible... We think we have everything nailed down, but I was wondering if anyone could share their experience in applying for the visa with regards to the required documentation. Was there anything unexpected that your case officer came back with? We have only just applied for our unabridged marriage certificate and my husbands unabridged birth certificate...holding thumbs this comes quickly! Thanks for the help.
  7. Hi Guys, Great forum, helps calm the nerves to see it's a long but certainly not lonely journey. I lodged my 189 VISA on 17 May 2018 but have not received any feedback yet. Anybody else in the same boat, and is it too early to get worried?
  8. After a LOT of planning, finally lodged my S189 visa today!! Now the anxious wait begins!! My timeline: 13 Jan: Applied for Unabridge birth certificates for my wife and I, and marriage certificate. 24 Feb: Wife's unabridged birth certificate ready 9 April: PTE Test 11 April: PTE results 20 April: Applied for Skills Assessment - Accountant (General) 29 May: Received positive Skills Assessment 29 May: Submitted EOI with 75 points 01 Aug: My unabridged birth certificate readyntogether with unabridged marraige certificate 03 Aug: EOI updated to 80 points as I now had 8 years qualifying experience 09 Aug: Received invitation to apply!! 15 Aug: Applied for PCC's 16 Aug: Wife received new passport 20 Aug: Received PCC - forgot wife's maiden name so asked them to amend that 25 Aug: Received updated PCC 13 Sep: Medical Exam 20 Sep: Received Medical clearance 20 Sep: Applied and paid 21 Sep: Finished uploading all documents, we should be decision ready at this point! Hoping that we're decision ready and that as soon as a Case Officer is assigned, that we get a direct grant. Anyone else who's applied, feel free to jump on-board. NAME VISA APPLICATION DATE VISA CO CONTACT ADDITIONAL DOCS REQUESTED VISA GRANTED Rich990 21/09/2017 189 TBC TBC TBC
  9. Hi I don't know if this has been answered before but i cant seem to find any information on this forum or anything specific online but if your Visa application is refused/declined due to a health issue (that you didn't know about or know would be grounds for refusal) then are you entitled to a refund? I am aware if your provided false information then its unlikely that they would but in the situation around a health issue that you didn't know would have grounds for a refusal... Really confused as we don't want to submit the paperwork, pay and do medicals to find out they wont allow us in for some reason and then we lose all our money!! Any help or experiences from anyone would be great as we are NOT using an agent Thanks!
  10. Franchael

    WHERE TO START???

    Hey all, Myself and my partner are seriously looking to move to Auz however with us being very new to this we have absolutely no idea where to start and how to start. Asking for a friend to guide us here? thanks
  11. veinkamerer

    Immigration laws

    This past week I've read some articles regarding probably changes to visas and visa grants. From time periods of applying for PR to qualifying and receiving citizenship. There is also an article about "is Australia big enough for the the migrants entering Australia?" and that they could maybe cut on the amounts of visas issued. My question is... when we apply for a visa and you buy into its rules and regulations at that specific time, can the dep. of immigration change the conditions for that specific visa? eg. 489 regional sponsorship ... 2 years living in a regional area and 1 year work to qualify for 887 PR and then 2 years on that 887 you qualify for citizenship. Maybe a stupid question, but one that got us a bit thinking and are uncertain about. Thank you.
  12. So I got good news and bad news today...good news...i have passed my general ielts, giving me the 20 points I need for visa application...however, in total I have 60 points...and only people with 70 points are accepted for the 189 visa...my only option now is to hope for state nomination to get a 190 visa...or the tasmania 489 visa, which only provides me with temporary residency...which means my options are now limited...I guess I should stay focused on the goal here...but it's hard to stay positive and I'm wondering whether I should even continue...what if I don't get a state nomination? #dreamshattered
  13. Ietermagog

    Visa application & adoption

    Hello everybody, I have recently went through the process of adopting my wife's son, which has been finalized mid September this year. We have already received the documentation from the Registration's office that I am the legal parent of the child and we have submitted the documentation to the Department of Home Affairs in order to receive a new unabridged birth certificate. Unfortunately, with the good comes the bad, and my mother-in-law (citizen of Australia) has been diagnosed with terminal cancer this year. We would like to join her in Australia as soon as possible and that's why I would like to know if it would be at all possible to submit my visa application (189) with his current documentation and supporting documentation proving that the adoption has been finalized. I am still waiting for a response on my query from the Department of Foreign Affairs, but would really appreciate anybody knowledgeable to let me know what they think.
  14. Hiya, we (wife, baby 1 and I) were granted a 190 visa a few years back, which we've since activated. We're currently in SA and planning on moving to Aus early next year. Since our visa was granted a new arrival has joined the family We are now trying to add baby 2 onto our visa so would appreciate the advice from anyone who has recently done this as we are getting conflicting info from the web, and from the Aus visa agency here in CT. The visa agency tells us we need to do it online, but online is pointing us to the visa agency.... and all with different forms. To add to it all, when our 190 visa was granted we received notice that our IMMI account would then be 'destroyed' as it was no longer needed (we were apparently one of the first for this to happen to), so we can't even log in to that to try to update our details. So far the list of documents that we've been told to fill in are: Online research - - form 1229 Consent to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years - form 40ch Sponsorship for a child to migrate to Australia - form 47ch Application for migration to Australia by a child VISA agency - -1469i Including family members in your application - form 1022 Notification of changes in circumstances Both of these seem to be entirely wrong as they look to deal with things before the visa was granted. Has anyone added done this recently, and if so how did you do it? Thanks in advance!
  15. Good day Can some please advise me on what parental visa to look at for sponsoring my parents a visa permanently. They are both at the ages of 55 are qualified with a master's and doctoral degrees and are both of good health. I am a permanent resident for almost 2 years now. I have this list but don't know which one to look into.. https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Brin/Pare Thank you for your help Have a great day.
  16. Quick question regarding the carer visa, is it available for assisting people suffering mental health issues? i tried to research and it mentioned scoring 30 on some health tables but I can't find those tables? thanks in advance
  17. Hi, When submitting a visa application/health declaration; I am asked if the family member has a national identity card. I assume that this corresponds with the South African Id book but clicking on help reveals a short blurb making specific reference to Chinese applicants. Does anyone know if I capture my South African Id book details here or as part of "other identity documents"?
  18. Gerhard11

    Pregnant

    My wife and I discovered a second line one week before medical. I have tried to inform our CO (or whatever they're called now), and have not received any response. Do we have to wait for birth before filling in "Form 1436" to add him/her? Should we inform the department of a change in circumstance? Has anyone gone through something similar recently?
  19. Hi Folks, Is it better to schedule the health checks before applying for the visa, or after when they request the health checks? We are applying for a PR visa (189) so we will definitely need to do the health checks (as far as I understand). Regards
  20. Hi, During the lodgement phase ImmiAccount asks for Partner's "Highest Recognised Qualification". I am not claiming points for my wife, and we have not had her qualifications/skills assessed. She has an Honours degree in Arts specializing in Psychology. There is no option for None, any one have an idea what the correct item to select is? Many thanks.
  21. Hello folks, I submitted my EOI for a 189 visa on the 2017/12/23 and received my Invitation to apply 2017/01/03. I've gathered all the documentation required barring the following (which has been applied for, but I'm waiting on), which I wanted to get some more information regarding: 1) My unabridged birth certificate - Is this required? I have my original Proof of registration of Birth, as well as an abridged birth certificate. The registration document has both my parent's ID numbers on, and I thought if I get certified copies of their ID Documents that this might suffice. 2) Unabridged marriage certificate - Is this required? I have our original marriage certificate given to us when we married in 2013. I think that the marriage certificate alongside our antenuptial agreement, joint bond account statement, and assorted photographs over the last 17 years will suffice. Input on this matter will be much appreciated :-) Thanks
  22. Good morning formanites, Has anyone else perhaps lodged their 190 application in July? Let's keep in touch. All the best, Leah
  23. iceogre007

    Will this affect our Medicals

    Hi Everyone, When I was 11 I had a kidney operation, and my one kidney was bypassed (something in that line), don't know the procedure name. I don't know have any kidneys problems at all but just wondering. When we do our medicals, will this affect or even decline our medicals for a 189 visa?
  24. After being inspired by Jordy's excellent post, The 100 step process to immigrating to Australia from South Africa, I thought I would summarise what I believe is one of the most efficient ways of obtaining a 189/190 visa. It all comes down to timing and making sure that everything that can happen in parallel does so. Even if you're not interested in expediting the process, the diagram may help to give some clarity about the requirements at various stages. I'm explaining this from the perspective of an individual but the steps are mostly similar for a family. Disclaimer: I didn't use a migration agent and I don't claim that this advice is in any way authoritative. It is merely based on my observation of the process. Your mileage may vary depending on your circumstances, points score, etc. Lets say you've made up your mind about emigrating to Australia, you've chosen to do it on a 189 or 190 visa and you know you can score enough points. Although it takes a ton of patience, there is also a lot you can do to keep things running in parallel. Have a look at the attached diagram (or download it here) - the stuff in every column can happen at the same time. Here is a detailed explanation: The first step is to obtain a skills assessment, which requires the following documents. They can all be applied for in parallel and will also be used in further stages: Apply for your unabridged birth certificate (and renew your passport if necessary). This can take a couple of weeks to several months, so it's definitely the first thing you want to do. Get references from your current and previous employers (refer to the relevant Australian assessing authority for details). It's worth doing this as early as possible in case you have trouble getting a reference out of an uncooperative ex-employer. Request your academic transcripts and get your degree translated (if applicable). The company that handles this (MIE) is pretty efficient, so it can be done in less than two weeks. While the above is in progress you can book and take the language test, e.g. IELTS. This is also something worth attending to sooner rather than later, considering that you may have to retake the test if you didn't achieve your target score and opportunities may be limited depending on your location or demand for the test. Once you have a positive skills assessment and language test result, you can lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI). While you wait to be invited to apply for a visa, you can apply for your Police Clearance Certificate. The Aus visa documentation recommends against applying for your PCC before being invited because there is no guarantee that you'll be invited before the PCC expires (12 months). However, in South Africa the PCC can take weeks or months to be issued and can be renewed fairly easily, so it's usually worth the risk. Besides, if you have enough points and your occupation isn't close to its ceiling, the time between EOI and invite can be days. Tip: If you are in Pretoria, you can save a couple of days by visiting the CRC in person to deliver your application and fetch the PCC, or alternatively you can use a courier. Don't post it. Once you have received an invitation to apply for a visa, you need to provide the following: Certified copies of all the previously mentioned documents. Medical test results (can be obtained in days). Complete form 80. Your PCC, which is hopefully ready by then. Sit back and wait for your visa grant. I hope this is helpful to anyone who has ants in their pants about getting to Aus (and those that don't). I personally regret not doing it this way, but so we learn. Please feel free to suggest improvements or correct me on any mistakes I've made. 189_190 visa application timeline.pdf
  25. Hi This morning we got our Visa Invite and State Sponsorship approval after submitting our 190 State Sponsorship Nomination application on the 29th July 2016!! I cant believe how quickly things went!! Now we need to get all our documents together so we can lodge our Visa through SkillSelect but i wanted to know if anyone knows the details of the process from here? • Once i click on the "Apply Visa" tab on SkillSelect then what happens? Will this delay our application if we don't submit all the documents etc right away? • When and how do we create the ImmiAccount? • When would we get details of our HAP ID's so we can book medicals before we pay for the Visa etc? Any help would be appreciated as my wife has a medical concern we would like to address with the doctor before we pay the fees and lodge the Visa PS. I dont know if you used an agent but perhaps you have an idea. Thanks so much!
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