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Which visa consultant to use??       started by shelly23 on 27 Feb 2010   (22600)
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From shelly23

27 Feb 2010 1:25 AM
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Hi to all those who have already been successful in receiving their visas. Can anyone tell me which company where really good or really poor. At the moment where looking at going with Visa-go Emigration, has anyone used them. We were there 2 years ago on sponsored visa but now going back on perm visa. Any help grateful, and assistance I can give them just ask, we were there 9months. Thanks in advance. shelly
From lucy1

To shelly23

28 Feb 2010 12:08 PM
(107683)
Hi Shelly Have you considered doing your app yourself??? We did this and saved
From shelly23

To lucy1

01 Mar 2010 3:14 AM
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Thanks Katie for reply. Will look into doing ourselves. Now they have stopped the extra 25 points from MODL, it's a little more difficult. I'm a nurse who has to get sponsered by wa gov to gain entry, on 176. Also where do you sit the english exam are there special places. Any help please thanks shelly.
From alexpim

To shelly23

01 Mar 2010 6:46 AM
(107691)
If you want to save a few bucks and don't mind reading all the forms and triple-checking all information, consider self-applying. We did our application ourselves and it went pretty good, despite the fact our VE175 is quite a challenging visa. Applied on Oct 18 2009, granted on Feb 23rd, 2010. The biggest advantage is you will be in full control of your process at all times. Lots of useful tips on this site, plus you can always post a question. Good Luck.
From donaa2

To shelly23

01 Mar 2010 6:52 AM
(107692)
Hi there, we also managed our own application without using an agent and the process was fine and we saved a lot of money. I have just sat my IELTS exam ( the English Language exam) as i am also going to be nursing. If you go onto the IELTS website is gives you all of the centres across the country that does the testing. What a performance that was but thats another story. Just shout up if you need any help. Andrea
From Judy33

To donaa2

01 Mar 2010 6:43 PM
(107696)
Interesting to read that you had to sit an English Language test for nursing. I was also requested to do this and rang the Nurses board in WA. i was informed that I wouldn't need to sit this as long as I had proof of UK education. I provided certified copies of my secondary school leaving certificate and GCSE English Language certificate. Seems to be another added expense having to take this test if you are able to provide supportive evidence of written & spoken English ability. Judy
From leelise

To Judy33

01 Mar 2010 7:58 PM
(107697)
Hi Judy IELTS (International English Language Testing System) New immigration requirement. All nurses (and other occupations) that are applying now are required to take the test. Things have changed since we applied 5 years ago. lise
From shelly23

To Judy33

02 Mar 2010 5:08 AM
(107703)
Thanks For message, that makes sense. I actually am already registered with NBWA as was there up until 18 months ago and used my school certificate and they were happy, so shouldn't need to go through it again, will need to look into it a bit more. michelle
From shelly23

To donaa2

02 Mar 2010 5:13 AM
(107704)
Hi Andrea, thanks for reply, as I'm already registered with NBWA, as already worked there,so don't think i'll need to do again but will check. That might one hurdle we don't have to jump, although still have to be sponsored by wa gov as am short on points due to my age. what visa you going on? were looking on 176 Michelle
From shelly23

To alexpim

02 Mar 2010 5:15 AM
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Hi thanks for reply, That was quick turnaround, how come???? michelle
From donaa2

To shelly23

02 Mar 2010 7:40 AM
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Hi, we are going on a 175 skilled independent with state sponsorship. Applied in july 2008 and got it july 2009. Twelve long months of waiting. Just need to sell up now and we will be off on our adventures. Andrea
From donaa2

To leelise

02 Mar 2010 7:50 AM
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I must say that i have been particularly frustrated and a little insulted at have to sit the IELTS considering i was born and bred in the U.K and educated to degree level in the U.K. Never the less it is just another hoop to jump through and it really is just about the end result. Just hope i have passed it!!! Andrea
From leelise

To donaa2

02 Mar 2010 10:43 AM
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Hi donaa2, Hopefully you wont have to sit the test as stated in your earlier messeages. Not sure i would pass the IELTS lol OZ has now introduced a national registration body which is great if folk decide they want to move state. some good info on this topic on pomsinoz. Good Luck. lise
From alexpim

To shelly23

02 Mar 2010 3:25 PM
(107711)
Pretty good actually, I guess the CSL helped us a little bit. We also made sure all documents were uploaded upfront, so the case officer had everything available right away, including completed form 80s and all my evidence of experience and work. Good luck!
From Judy33

To shelly23

03 Mar 2010 12:06 AM
(107718)
Thanks Shelley & Good Luck!
From shelly23

To donaa2

03 Mar 2010 6:58 AM
(107721)
Hi, daft question maybe. How do you start getting state sponsorship, do you get that then apply for visa, or does it run concurrent. Michelle
From donaa2

To shelly23

03 Mar 2010 7:13 AM
(107722)
Michele, we had submitted our visa application before we applied for state sponsorship. We were hoping it would speed our visa application along . Depends on how many points you have as to whether you require the points awarded from the sponsorship to go towards the visa application. We did have enough without the sponsorship but as i said was just hoping it would speed things up. Not really sure if it did in the end as it still took 12 months to be granted the visa. We just applied for the sponsorship online through the Victorian Government website Andrea
From shelly23

To donaa2

04 Mar 2010 3:43 AM
(107734)
Thanks Andrea, We'll try that too. Michelle