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    PR; 189 vs 186 visa

    Just to clarify it was the Nomination that was granted NOT the visa, that may still take 13 months!!!! Had an excellent employer to work with who provided me with first rate documents as requested so makes for a happier agent! MARA registered agents in Perth are generally all pretty good, especially if they have been doing it for a good few years. And as I say you have been quoted a very average fee! All the best
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    PR; 189 vs 186 visa

    BTW, you said you thought 186 processing times are longer, there is something crazy going on at the moment in that Dept. I lodged a 186 DE Nom on Tuesday, granted yesterday, so 2 days taking into account ANZAC DAY. No RFI's just a quick grant, I think they are trying to cut down the average processing times!!
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    PR; 189 vs 186 visa

    Hi rollingstone I can not comment on how or what your agent does but I would say from a personal perspective, filling out a form is yes indeed very easy! knowing the complex legislation and regulations, eg Reg 5.19 for 186, addressing various caveats, writing submissions etc is a different matter and your agent probably like myself holds a Post Grad Cert in Migration Law. I specialise in Drs and medical professionals and they certainly see value in a migration agent. I can also watch youtube and learn how to rewire my house, or service my car, but I chose to get an expert to do these things for me. When I recently sold my property in Perth I paid my real estate agent $17K to sit in my lounge, drink coffee and get me a buyer! Migration agents charge a fraction of that cost and are responsible for life changing situations. However, only you know whether you find using an agent of value and as I said previously you need to know how experienced your agent is with the type of visa you are applying for, how many refusals they've had etc to know whether or not they are of use to you. The refusal rate is high I believe due to integrity issues and incomplete applications. How happy would your boss be if he loses $5540 nom fee and SAF levy because someone has lodged an invalid or incorrect application? Your agent will know if you are able to apply with grandfathering provisions aswell. Good luck, it is a personal preference whether or not you use your agent, however I think you need to speak to them and ask them to explain what they do for their fee and how experienced they are with the Subclass you chose to apply for.... If you are unhappy/resentful from the outset I think you may be best to DIY!
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    PR; 189 vs 186 visa

    Hi verystormy!!!
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    PR; 189 vs 186 visa

    I believe there is around 40% refusal at the moment verystormy on 186 and 187 are higher! Employers are also very wary nowadays with the huge SAF levy they have to pay. rollingstone1980, I think you have an agent already so speak to them. My fee for a 186 is $4400 , the going rate in WA is between $4000-$5000, but if you find a new agent they may be cheaper. You can tell how long they have been registered for by the first 2 digits of the MARN. Mine is 1173200 which means I have been doing this for 8 years since 2011!
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    PR; 189 vs 186 visa

    Sad to hear your agent is not useful! For ENS you need to have a fulltime position to be sponsored. BV's are issued in most cases upon the valid application of a substantive visa onshore and only come into effect when the current visa ceases. BVA is the usual with no travel rights. I heard no invitations under 80 in the last round, but that could just be rumours! Havent had anyone invited under 75 points this year
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    Reference letter

    If you are claiming points for any work experience you need to provide evidence of such ie as Ali says letter from HR confirming dates, position, duties etc. Also may need payslips, tax returns etc. DOHA do verification checks on references and there are often integrity issues so make sure it is on letterhead if possible!
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    Skill Select - EOI Minimum POints now 65

    Just wanted to update everyone re Skill Select https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00920 The minimum points to lodge an EOI will increase on 1st July to 65, so sadly anyone sitting on 60 points who have lodged an EOI will no longer be able to be invited.
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    SAF just waiting Royal Assent

    The SAF was passed by Parliament last week and is just waiting Royal Assent to be written into Migration Act and Regulations. There is a short window to lodge Subclass 482/187/186 without the additional SAF contribution. Hurry UP!
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    Parent visa query

    You can look at onshore 804 visa possibly
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    https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00425/Download The Dept of Social Security last week announced changes to the Assurance of Support for Parent visas. There are now income requirements for assurers and now they must meet the financial capacity to offer assurances. These commenced 1 April 2018
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    143 parent visa

    https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00425/Download The assurer must meet the inceome requirements in PART 5
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    143 parent visa

    Please be aware all potential parent visa applicants that the Assurance of Support will be increasing and also the assurers salary requirements has now gone up. Manyassurers will now not meet the requirements, so a lot of potential parent applications will fail.... Also the contribution is rumoured to be going up consistently from $43600 to a lot more. Must confirm this is the rumour and is supposedly being debated in Parliament in May
  15. Just an update the Skilling Australian Fund (SAF) has not been passed by senate yet so will not be applicable until passed. Therefore anyone looking at TRT for 186 apply NOW! It will cost your employer an additional $3000-$5000 so I cant see many wishing to sponsor when this is introduced
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    2 weeks left to lodge 457s/ENS/RSMS

    Hello Perth Poms, remember the 457 will be being replaced in a couple of weeks time by the new TSS visa. As much as the 457 has many pitfalls, it will be looked back on fondly by many who will no longer be eligible! Likewise the current nomination fee of $540 for ENS is a bargain when the new SAF gets introduced. Heads up........ LODGE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Parent migration options

    If they are not aged they will not get a BVA to remain in Australia
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    2 Occupations Axed from Lists

    Yep, but watch this space, reckon there will be some more changes in March when TSS is released
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    2 Occupations Axed from Lists

    https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/work/work/2018-changes-of-eligible-skilled-occupations Two occupations have been axed from the lists yesterday. Hair and Beauty Salon Manager and Building Associate. Some additional occupations have now got caveats attached
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    Get those 457s in !

    They are different visas altogether! Have never submitted a Subclass 408 but havent heard any news about it either
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    Get those 457s in !

    Just a friendly reminder that the 457 will be abolished in a matter of weeks, so apply now if you are still on the list! Heard that Recruitment consultant is coming off next week but this may just be a vicious rumour!
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    GPs on 457 apply for PR ASAP

    https://www.racgp.org.au/download/Documents/Reports/Submission-Removal-of-General-Practitioner-from-the-MLTSSL.pdf The RACGP are pushing for GP to be removed. If you are here on a Subclass 457 apply for PR as soon as you can. Perhaps when the TSS is introduced in March this occupation will not be avaialble for Subclass 189 visas anymore
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    GPs on 457 apply for PR ASAP

    You too verystormy. Hope it isnt too stormy in Blighty!
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    GPs on 457 apply for PR ASAP

    Happy Christmas Rossy and all the other Perth Poms on here and I hope 2018 is a good one for everyone!
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    Sponsor pulled out after 457 application submitted.

    As verystormy wisely pointed out it is illegal for an employer to make a visa applicant pay any fees for setting up a Standard Business Sponsorship or Nomination . You should politely ask for a refund of those fees pointing out that the penalty for doing this could be very costly $50400!! https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/FAQs/Pages/what-are-the-applicable-penalties.aspx HOWEVER, the Department can cancel the visa of anyone involved in it, so you are also doing the wrong thing, however, if you were not made aware of this, that is a different issue! If you used a MARA Reg Agent, I would be shocked if this was not pointed out to you? Also, why did you lodge a visa application without the financials ? Did you use a Registered Agent?? You are now likely to receive a Notice of Cancellation of your BVA, if so, you do not have long to leave the country. DO NOT BECOME UNLAWFUL as you will have further problems. You need to speak to your agent asap about your options before cancellation is issued. Also, presumably you are withdrawing, not getting refused?? Good luck