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How long does it take 2 get a Visa


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Old 03-14-2008, 07:57 PM
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How long does it take 2 get a Visa

Hii i got another question about working in Australia

I was planning 2 work there 2a 3years from now. When is the best time 2 take action. How long does it (approximately) take 2 arrange all those bureaucratic papers like Work permit, Visa


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Old 03-14-2008, 10:28 PM
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I have had an advice from immigration in the past that they aim to process an application in a minimum eight weeks, and could be 12 weeks depending on department workload at the time (it varies).
And that is based on from time of receipt of application by them and all of your paperwork being in order, ie. qualifications and recent experience evidence, health and character (police report) all being in order.

Likewise I have had advice from a qualifications assessment organisation that their process acn be of the order of minimum eight weeks, and again that would be from date of receipt of appliucation and documents all in order.

So you add that together and I'd allow a minimum of six months from when you have done the things you have to do.
Maybe you should look upon it as a years project.

Once you have a visa (PR or TR) of a nature allowing work, that is it, it is your entitlement to work in Australia.

Once you have been granted a PR visa good for five years you naturually have five years in which to use it, and so if you are serious about application, there is no time better than right now if you feel you will get a positive assessment on your qualifications and you have sufficient experience.


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Hmm, the times wanderer quotes are significantly shorter than what are in the official website: General Skilled Migration

Over there, it's stated that "Service Standard for Low Risk Countries" is 12 months for offshore applications.

Wanderer, do you know whether the "official" time of 12 months is just the worst-case-scenario? Would the typical expected processing time be significantly shorter?


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Old 03-27-2008, 06:23 AM
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Obviously mko, I'm being told something different to what the web site shows and look, I could go back and as immigration direct, like in face to face (telephone to telephone at least) with an immigration officer and I'd suspect I might be given something different or happen to haplessly get a bureaucratic type who might say exactly what the web site says and worse - maybe you could be in the 25%.

I imagine the use of 12 months on the web site is a bit of bum covering for if they put something like 12 weeks, even 24 weeks and they continually failed to achieve that, then their performance would look a damm side worse than using 12 months as a benchmark and regularly achieving 20 -30 weeks.

That said, the advice to me was they "aim to process in a minimum of eight weeks but I expect more like 12-20 weeks could be more usual ( that is still in 12 months btw, a rather broad statement!)

So yes mko, I would expect 12 months to be very much a worst case scenario and that the immigration processing time, everything all in order will be quite a bit less.

But the emphasis is on having all requisite information and supporting documentation correct, dotting i's and crossing t's and no shortcutting.
If there is something that is not clear you are better off getting it clarified before submitting the application rather than have it delayed because immigration have to get back to you, for then as they say the processing is going to be interrupted.


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