08 Apr 2010 9:10 PM
|Ive just received an email from a relocating company called 'Bridges Relocation', whom I had a chat with at the recent 'down under live' seminar in Leeds and i'm just posting this to get peoples thoughts about the last part, 'its the belief a visa will take 4yrs'...!!
'...You are probably aware since September 2009 there has been a number of changes to the Australia migration system. These changes are mainly to do with the tightening up of the criteria for migration. It is understood that within the next few weeks each state in Australia will release their State Migration Plan this SMP will list the skills required in each state. This seems to be a return to the system previously in place, but with one major exception. Anyone with a job offer from an employer able to sponsor the migrant will jump the queue, as a priority. The belief is a visa will take around 4 years to process where as a sponsored visa will only take a few months...'
Not sure who much truth is in this message...?
09 Apr 2010 4:23 PM
I'm not sure about the processing times now but as far as I am aware nothing is going to change in relation to the current times to process an employer sponsored visa, they still have priority over other applications. Applicants at the moment are waiting to see if their occupations are to be listed on the new SMP's, reason being, if they are those apps. that are currently in category 5 with a state sponsorship will move up to cat 2 and receive higher priority processing.|
13 Apr 2010 1:15 AM
It seems reasonable. Unless you have a sponsorship you are in for a long wait. We applied in April '09 and according to immi.gov website, our application will not be processed until 2012.
13 Apr 2010 3:50 PM
|The only think I heard is that the government is tightening up on skills and thus the shortage skills list is to be cut. Because of the current economic situation round the world, the government announced that employers should employ skilled people from within the country instead of outside to ensure people in Australia still had jobs. Now whether this has something to do with the visa process I have no idea. Can you go for a different visa instead of a sponsored visa. The skills list as far as I am aware is updated in March and September. It may be worth checking the date of the revision on the site to see if new revised dates have been set. If you are on the skill shortage list you may be able to apply for a 136 visa, which will give you permanent residency. |
13 Apr 2010 10:46 PM
The 136 visa was replaced with the 175 skilled independant visa some time ago now. As far as I am aware there is to be a new SOL announced at the end of this month which is to be implemented mid 2010. Also the states are to introduce State Migration Plans which at the moment nobody has any idea when they are to be implemented, rumours are that they will come into play when the new SOL takes effect, not sure how much of this is true. At the moment someone with a state sponsorship applying for a 176 skilled independant visa without an occupation on the csl are currently in category 5, should their occupations be included in the new SMP's they will then change to category 2 with a higher priority for processing.|
14 Apr 2010 6:20 AM
|Did not know the 136 had been replaced, gosh we have only been here 21/2 years so that has only changed since then. When we applied three years ago it only took us 5 months from submitting the application to getting the visa. It sounds like it is getting harder and harder to get into Australia. I guess they have to protect the jobs already within the country which seems sensible. I can understand the reasoning behind sponsored visa's after all these are the skills they need. I know in the past people have trained in a profession on the SSOL to get in to Oz then not done the job when they get here, the government I heard was clamping down on this too. The grass isn't always greener on the other side though, we are dealing with rapidly rising interest rates and the cost of living going up. Good luck to everyone with the visa process, I know it is stressful. |
14 Apr 2010 5:22 PM
There have been lots of changes since Sept 07 and further changes on the way. We have our visa now just can't sell our house, don't know what's worse worrying whether your going to get a visa or having the visa and still not being able to move.|