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  1. And so it ends. After 8 years. So many obstacles in our way. So many journeys and surprises and life lessons. I am older and grey-er. We have bought a house. We have a dog and a cat. We are settled and we have a life. We are all navigating our new reality as best we can. But today? Today we have become citizens of this great country. Something that seemed beyond unachievable. And it was hard. Tears and laughter. So today "Apparently it is now" ends. We are here. WE ARE HERE. I read though my journali
    7 points
  2. 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
    5 points
  3. I am also visiting, but I must confess, it was great those days, I can remember get togethers where we got up to 300 people!
    3 points
  4. I have held this profile as a Registered Migration Agent since 2012. However, I had previously held another profile when I was a migrant myself - that was from 2009. The forum was very active at that time, including arranging meet-ups in South Africa and Australia. It was really useful to meet others at different stages of the process. There was a lot of cross-country friendship also and I know quite a few people who through those friendships on here found help setting themselves up on this side when they first arrived. Within migration people often do not want to tell
    3 points
  5. Did citizenship ceremony on line via webex today. Very simple and efficient. While I regret not having the pomp and ceremony of a public event, I'm so grateful that this was an alternative that meant we didn't have to wait. The Home Affairs official was lovely and made the ceremony special in it's own way. Advance Australia Fair!
    3 points
  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).
    3 points
  7. 3 points
  8. @WendyAllison Also keep checking your junk mail. A friend's request for further docs ended up in her junk mail and she only found it a couple of months later by accident.
    3 points
  9. Just for information as this impacts very much on the speed of processing and will let you see why it takes so long to go through each month and the processing times extend. The number of 143 visa applications lodged in 2016/17 was 19,787
    2 points
  10. Definitely, we're seeing the same thing with the SAAustralia Facebook group. People would rather ask the same question over and over instead of just reading what others have experienced and posted before them. The problem with platforms like Facebook is that its almost like its temporary, nobody is going to spend the time to write up their experiences because in a weeks time it would be lost in a history of 1000 people asking about moving companies and how to bring their pets over.
    2 points
  11. They provide the usual 28 days to make payment.
    2 points
  12. That's sad... I remember spending 7+ hours a day on the forum as there were so many questions and so many people needing support and assistance. Then those members in turn became active contributors, paying it forward. It was also a very social experience and we'd yank each other's chains, share stories and sentiments, laugh about our predicaments... We were like a community. It feels very disconnected now. Glad you're still around 😊
    2 points
  13. As a software developer, you'll find work pretty easily. The borders aren't shut to citizens or people with permanent residency so you'd be able to come if you get your visas. I don't think we're paranoid about it at all, relatively speaking people in both countries have been able to continue with life as if there is no virus because of the precautions taken by our respective governments. On buying a house, I wouldn't be putting down any roots in South Africa. Get your visa and get into Australia as soon as you can.
    2 points
  14. And so the journey ends... Well kind of, anyway. Australia Day 2021 is the day that we will officially become Australian Citizens. To be honest, I an not sure how I feel about that. I am glad to have made it this far, I really am. We have no desire to go back at all. So this kind of makes it final. We are not keeping our RSA Citizenship, that is a decision that we have both made for ourselves. I know that there are pro's and con's relating to this decision, but it is the one we made. I just want to say Thanks again to all the people who has help us along ou
    2 points
  15. Hi Everyone, We finally landed in Brisbane on the 23rd of December. We are extremely grateful and lucky that we could get here with well-priced, economy class tickets, without one delay, cancellation, or being bumped off the flight due to the travel caps imposed by the Federal Government. The flight out of South Africa was a bit uncomfortable, but more because everything was different than what we are used to when traveling than the actual flight itself, it is still almost 9 hours to Doha. We had to wear face masks and face shields for the entire flight, a
    2 points
  16. Hi all, Wafter paying our 2nd Vac on Wednesday we received our visa approval this morning at )1:26 hrs (SA Time). Now we can finally start the process of selling up and getting accross to Australia. The visa must be activated by 9 December 2021. Happy days are here again.
    2 points
  17. 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
    2 points
  18. HI Elna, the waiting game is very difficult. My whole life is on hold. Thank you for your kind words ❤️❤️
    2 points
  19. @WendyAllison Hi there. How are you doing? Hang on and stay strong. This too shall pass and you will be in Aus soon.
    2 points
  20. @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.
    2 points
  21. 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).
    2 points
  22. Looks like they're back on track for both being in May 2016
    2 points
  23. Hi Daniel, So glad that your mother is with you. We've been here almost 3 years now and as far as I understand, the Centrelink bond money will only cover me if for any reason I claim from Centrelink before the 10 year no-claim period has passed. Checking on the Centrelink website it states that the Bank Guarantee (bond) is for This is to make sure you can pay us back if your assuree needs a payment from us. We have not claimed any payment from Centrelink. When we use our Medicare card we often have to pay a levy on certain services not covered by Medicare, o
    2 points
  24. Take a bow dear @Eyebrow You are a living testimony to the adage “where there is a will there is a way”. Huge congrats to you all.
    2 points
  25. Its confusing then because a number of people who applied in May 2016 have not been asked for documents and they say that they deal with applications in strict date order!! I am July 2016 so the June news is exciting. Have a great day
    2 points
  26. You are so fortunate. Very happy for you and your family. I'm May 2016 and still haven't heard anything. I've sent emails but had no response. I'll keep the group updated when I hear from them. All the best
    2 points
  27. Eyebrow I do believe there in a book here ? It would be wonderful for you to write one....it would represent a road that all of us have travelled in some way. I am in awe of your persistence and determination. All the very best to you and your family in The Land of Oz. 🤗👏🥂
    2 points
  28. Hi All , Have any June'16 applicants heard from DIBP lately? Please share. Stay safe and Stay healthy!
    2 points
  29. 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
    2 points
  30. 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.
    2 points
  31. Hello Carole, DHA must be doing an initial review of your application and need more information re your family composition. Once you provide this if DHA are happy with the content it is likely you will not hear from them for another couple of years I am afraid. DHA are currently assessing SC143 application lodged in May 2016 (they have been stuck on May 2016 for the last 6 months). You can check this here. I hope this helps. Regards
    1 point
  32. It is still on May 2016. I'm May 2016, and I was informed that the quota for 2020 had been filled. The next intake will be reviewed in July 2021
    1 point
  33. Hi all, Just a quick update to all the members still awaiting approval. Hang in there!!! We submitted at end of March 2016 and received final approval on 9 December 2020. Mad scramble put house on market and sold up everything. Happy to say we are on a repatriation flight which departs JHB on 10 April 2021 at 16:30 hrs. Did our covid tests today at the approved Qantas/Australian approved testing center. This flight is going to Darwin where we will quarantine at Howard Springs quarantine center. If all goes well there we will join our family in Silverdale NSW on 26 April
    1 point
  34. I can confirm this Temporary Concession in respect of COVID-19 commences on the 24th March 2021 (to eligible 143/173 and 103 visa applicants) - good luck everyone waiting - I'm looking forward to seeing that Lodged May 2016 date moving forward again!
    1 point
  35. 2006 - but not really active...just visiting
    1 point
  36. Hot off the press For anyone who has applied for a 143 (173) currently onshore and expecting their visa to be granted soon. Whilst we are still waiting to see the required change in legislation - the media is reporting that the Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has stated that the temporary concession that allows parents not to have to travel offshore (during the COVID-19 period) in order for their visa to be granted will be extended to the Parent (subclass 103) visa, Contributory Parent (subclass 173) visa and Contributory Parent (subclass 143) visas. The current expectation/sugge
    1 point
  37. Thanks, thats not actually too bad. We're eligible in June so I'm trying to figure out if its even worth renewing our saffa passports of just wait for Aussie. Don't think we'll be able to travel internationally this year.
    1 point
  38. Possible cause? - If you send too many emails they stop replying - you need to leave a decent gap between sending emails. This is the January email responce PROCESSING DATES Temporary to Permanent Contributory Parent (143) + Contributory Aged Parent (864)* Contributory Parent (Temp) (173) + Contributory Aged Parent (Temp) (884)* Parent (103) + Aged Parent (804)** Acknowledge New Application
    1 point
  39. Hi everyone, We started planning our move to Brisbane at the start of the year, then the pandemic happened 🥺 During lockdown we decided to continue with our plans to move before school starts in 2021 so that the children can at least get a fresh start to the new school year. We put our house in the market in Feb and got lucky in Sept with the third offer we received. By 1 December we need to be out of our home and will probably stay with family until our flight. Our container is booked for 23 November and currently we have booked a flight for 22 December.
    1 point
  40. We applied in February 2016 and have just been asked for the second visa payment. I believe the visa usually is granted very soon after payment is made. Is there a time frame within in which my MIL has to arrive in Australia after visa grant? Sorry if this has been answered before but I can't find it! Thank you
    1 point
  41. @acmac website https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/form-listing/forms/929.pdf
    1 point
  42. @acmac The new email address is parents@homeaffairs.gov. au I think you need to fill in form 929 and email to that address. (Just google forms on the home affairs website) And yes, you need to inform them of any changes.
    1 point
  43. Hi all, First time posting here, but I wanted to thank everyone's contributions as they have helped me and countless other in knowing what to expect through the different steps of this very long visa. I'm happy to say that my mother was granted the visa earlier this year and she is finally here. If anyone has questions regarding this recent experience that may be able to help you, I'll be happy to answer. I had a question of my own, regarding Medicare. I know that once this 143 visa is granted, the parent can apply and obtain Medicare. However, do the Medicare service
    1 point
  44. 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
    1 point
  45. All Quite 23 June 2016 applicant myself
    1 point
  46. I have never attached Form 80 to a Citizenship application.
    1 point
  47. @EyebrowCongratulation with the citizenship and home ownership! Your story is a story of real resilience. Thank you for sharing that with all of us!! Best wishes to you and your family.
    1 point
  48. Thanks for sharing, in these unusual times it is always good for people to know things are still moving. I can also confirm that I have had recent correspondence from the Parent Processing Team.
    1 point
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