I wonder how the change will apply to applications submitted late last year? I sent mine on Dec. 15 to Washington, they didn't charge my credit card till Jan 2012, but the case number still has a "2011" on it.
My Australian wife has a part-time job (and has received Centrelink payments in the last 2 years).
I have been employed in USA for many years, have a bachelor's degree, and believe I would be employable in Aus. We have about $10,000 in savings in an Australian bank as well. I wonder how/if this change will affect us?