31 Mar 2010 10:02 PM
|Having been to down under live last week in leeds and having a discussion with Darren Chatt of visa go, I can apply for a 176 visa. My question is does anyone know of the approx applications times for this type of visa and did you come up against any problems..?
31 Mar 2010 11:28 PM
I got my state sponserd visa in about 16 months it would of been quicker except for changes in the vise rule last year.
It is a long process of form filling and emails but its easy to do it yourself instead of paying someone.check my blog most details are in there.
Good luck Mick|
31 Mar 2010 11:29 PM
I applied for a state sponsored visa (176). Approx. times suggest 3 months but I can tell you that so far I have been waiting 7+ months. I'm told I will get a definate answer this week (my IELTS results went awol, resulting in a slight delay).
I was turned down becasue of the missing IELTS results and told to re-apply but after a chat with them (and they are now in receipt of these results) they agreed to pick up where we left off. However, it was 6 months before they actually sent me my origional rejection letter so base your timescale on 6-8 months. They don't rush things.
Before you apply, you need to have your skills assessed by the relevant work body (mine was Engineering Australia by way of a CDR) and your IELTS test results (for the extra points as I assume you are going SS becasue you don't get enough points normally).
Other than that, there isn't much to it. By the way, it took Engineering Australia 3 months to give me a positive response and nearly 3 months to prepare the CDR).
Now I can apply for a visa!!!
You'll not be over there anytime soon!|
31 Mar 2010 11:31 PM
|P.s Getting state sponsorship does not guarantee you a visa either.|
31 Mar 2010 11:45 PM
|For what reason does it not guarantee a visa...?
31 Mar 2010 11:53 PM
|cheers for that mick, ill take a look at your blog...
01 Apr 2010 1:14 AM
Once you've had your positive skills assessment I would suggest if you have enough points to submit the 175 application and then apply for state sponsorship then once granted change over to the 176, by doing so your application will already be in the system as ss taking approx 7 months now I believe|
01 Apr 2010 4:21 AM
|Hi can I ask how easy it is you change from 175 to 176 visa, do you have to pay more money. it is easy to do if your doing it yourself, any help michelle|
01 Apr 2010 5:05 PM
When we applied it didn't cost us anything, however I do know that WA are now charging for submitting an online application $200 or thereabouts. Some agents also charge for assisting with completing the application, we were lucky enough to have an agent who didn't charge for the extra services. We completed the online application and once the state sponsorship was granted completed the relevant paperwork accepting the ss which was then sent of to diac and that was it our application was then changed from 175 to 176. I'm not sure about doing it yourself as we had help from our agent. Which state are you thinking of applying to?|
02 Apr 2010 2:38 AM
|I'm applying to WA,and we were told about switching over from 175-6, but think it will be loads easier if get an agent to do it. Unfortunately more expence but think will be better in long term. We were there few years ago on 457 but had to come home,(house didn't sell), but this time go on perm visa. Thanks for info michelle|
02 Apr 2010 5:49 PM
|If you do it online you can't save the application and then go back to it, it has to be completed. I think I have a saved template that our agent emailed so that I could handwrite it and then copy that onto the online application so that I knew exactly what to type. If your interested in having a look at the sort of questions they ask then pm me your email and I will send it to you if I still have it.
05 Apr 2010 10:50 PM
|Hi there, we changed from a 175 to a 176 after we had submitted the initial 175 application. Just Emailed DIAC to inform them we wanted to change and submitted our evidence of state sponsorship.No cost involved. We didn't use an agent did all the paper work ourselves. Took 12mths from start to getting Visa granted July 2009. Good luck Andrea|
06 Apr 2010 9:30 AM
|Just worth noting, but Engineering Australia does take a long time, so try the TRA instead, they take less time to approve qualifications.
We went through the TRA with my husbands qualifications, he is an electrical software engineer.
Whilst we are not on a sponsored visa I recommend everyone does their own applications on line, you can easily find out how it is progressing by sending the link from your application and whilst it is a bit time consuming, it is not rocket science. We did it ourselves and it took us 5 months from submitting the application to being granted a visa.|
06 Apr 2010 5:50 PM
After doing a bit of 'digging' is this the correct website to apply for TRA..
06 Apr 2010 6:21 PM
|Things have changed a little since your visa was granted, WA now charge for submitting an application for state sponsorship and visa grants are taking alot longer now. Ours was granted 15 months after submitting the initial 175 application.|
06 Apr 2010 7:46 PM
|Yes that is correct. Shout when you need some help. PM me. |
06 Apr 2010 11:38 PM
The attraction of a 176 visa is that you only need 100 points and 10 points of those is for applying for state sponsorship. I'm pretty sure that going for a 175 means you need to get 120 points. I went for a 176 becasue my job on the general skilled list (civil engineer associate) was only worth 40 points which left me short. You start to lose points on your age as you get older too and I recently turned 35, which was another factor for me. I applied in August and got my approval letter last week from WA.