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My visa was lodged on May 5th 2020, i am still waiting for the approval (offshore). The agent suggest that there will be some update on either this month or next month. Checking on immigration page, the processing time for TSS482 is now 4-5 months.
 

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Not only is there a delay in granting visas, once you have your visa grant, you have to apply for an exemption to travel to Australia , if you are eligible.
https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/critical-skills-and-sectors#toc-1
Once you get the exemption the next hurdle is to get a seat on a flight to Australia.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/more-th...y-coronavirus-are-still-trying-to-return-home
The price gouging by airlines, they cancel economy tickets and force you to buy business or first class tickets, and the cost of hotel quarantine soon make any journey to Australia an expensive exercise
 

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Hi Sauzer, the nomination has been approved from May 2020, not so long after the application was lodged. Hope we can get good news in the near future.
 

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Hi Blueridge, are you offshore ?
Seem your employer is accredited, you have more chance to get priority on your application
 

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As outlined above, right now (Sept 2020) Australian borders are still 'closed' and travellers need to be granted an exemption from the govt to enter the country, and then it's a backlog of many months to get onto flights as weekly arrival numbers are capped, passengers are getting bumped ofd their bookings and fares are astronomical (thousands of dollars). Then every traveller faces a $3,000 quarantine fee. Ouch.
 

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Hi Sauzer, yes i am in offshore and my company is accredited sponsor. I get the information today from my agent that i was requested to take medical checkup by DHA, hope it is a good sign for the completion of my application.
 

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yes, seem your application is processing to next step, good news for you. where are you from ? want to know because of your requested medical checkup
 

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Hi!

Got my travel exemption approved on the 1st of Sep, so at least one step forward.

But I also see that the flights will be the next problem when the visa is approved...
 

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Hi htervo, congratulations on getting your travel exemption. Mechanial engineer is featured in the "Priority Migration Skilled Occupations List" , are you applying under that? That might fast track your visa application.
 

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Hi htervo, congratulations on getting your travel exemption. Mechanial engineer is featured in the "Priority Migration Skilled Occupations List" , are you applying under that? That might fast track your visa application.
Hi!

Actually got great news this morning, and my visa is now granted!

Yes, it was applied under the "Priority Migration Skilled Occupations List" so probably affected to the processing time positively.

Visa application lodged: 3rd of August 2020
Visa granted: 7th of September 2020
 

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Hi people, i applied yesterday for a travel exemption, it was approved this morning. Anyone know if i have to do something to update my visa application and let them know i have a travel exemption ?
Anyone know if this travel exemption will speed up my visa application ? My visa app. was lodget in August. Thank you
 

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Hello! Visa application lodged today through Fragomen for the role of Marketing Specialist. I have started work since April 2020 to help my current company recover lost revenue from Covid. Very worrying that the wait time could be as long as 4 months now! :eek:
 

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Hi Nicole, under the current circumstances I would be happy if I get my visa in 4 months.

I have lodged my application in June and have heard nothing so far
 

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Hi people, i applied yesterday for a travel exemption, it was approved this morning. Anyone know if i have to do something to update my visa application and let them know i have a travel exemption ?
Anyone know if this travel exemption will speed up my visa application ? My visa app. was lodget in August. Thank you
Hi Sauzer,

I was exploring going down the path of applying for exemption. My agent confirmed that having an exemption does not guarantee speedy processing of 482 but it does help the application as the case officer may take note of this.
 

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Hi, I totally forgot to add updates 🙂. I submitted my travel exemption request Tuesday two weeks ago. Next Saturday, it was approved. On next Monday, my visa application, lodged 1st August changed its state to initial assessment. I supplied the requested documents translated three days after. Day after, this Friday, my visa was granted. It took 1 month and 22 days.
 
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