I assume you're over 50 and that's why you can't apply for the 186 earlier?My current 457 expires in October 2016. Planning to apply for another 457 with same employer in July 16. Hopefully issued in 3 months. Then in November 16, I would have passed the 4 years mark with the same employer so I. An apply for 186 which takes 5 months to be issued. So by April may 17 I should get PR. If I continue on 820 then I can't apply for 801 before January 17 and it takes 12-15 months which means April 18.
Hi Mei81, are you from high risk country?Hi daveykeeg, I am also in the same position. I applied through a migration agent on 20/12/2014 and have not received any contact apart from the generic email to say our application has been transferred to the Perth office (October 2015). I spoke with our Migration Agent approximately 1 week ago and she said in December 2014 she lodged 6 applications for that month where only 1 lodged on 06/12/2014 was approved so far. So it seems that the approvals are coming in date order, however with regards to why applications lodged in 2015 are being approved so much quicker is still a question I continue to ask as well. we are currently 14 months and 5 days since application date completed online.
Can I ask about the email adress you mentioned? And what you write in the email? Just tell them our application number?Hi there! Im in almost the exact same boat as you. I applued onshore online myself on 24th December 2014. I recieved a generic email also stating that our application had been transferred to the Perth office! I called up last week to see where the application was and if a CO had been assigned and she said it had been transferred again to a QLD office!! And that there were multiple case officers looking at my file. I then called up against to ask a seperate question, but wanted to be aure if what they were saying was true. The next person I spokenwith said they couldnt give me anymore information other than thatbit was stil within the 15months waiting time.
So I emailed partner.visa.qld and I got an email back from an office in NSW?!? Stating that my application would not reach the cue for another couple of months.
I think its possible that Immigration got flooded with applications before the prices went up in January, and they tried to spread those out so that not one office in particular would be overwhelmed. Just a theory!