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Old 11-26-2012, 12:13 PM
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I can not agree with their statement that "there is no low and high risk countries". I often visit Poms in Oz forum and there is a forum topic about timelines etc. Majority of people who post their timelines submitted their application in London office and almost all people submitted in May got their visa granted and just now London office started to grant visas for people submitted applications in June. So for London office June applications are going to be granted before Christmas and Vienna June applications are going to be granted in February. Enough said about being "the same" for everyone.

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Thank you Mica, but there will be nothing before February 2013. I called my CO and she told me that the earliest date to get the visa will be February but it could be April as well, she told me that everything is ok with my application and I`ll get the permanent status, but there is just a standard procedure and she can`t help it. And she told me, that there is no more high risk and low risk country, now its all the same. To be honest, its maybe better, so I have more time to make a very good plan, my husband was now for 3 weeks in Perth (after 15 years) and of course a lot of things changed and it will be difficult with a job and accommodation and school...More time-less mistakes-hopefully!
I just got my visa!!!Sooo Happy! Permanent !!!!

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Old 01-01-2013, 08:04 PM
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Congradulations on your visa 01/01/13

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Old 01-01-2013, 09:06 PM
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Congrats on your visa!! Great news.

FYI to clarify re: the previous post, there are officially "low risk" and "high risk" countries at DIAC - Low Risk countries are those eligible for the ETA visitor visa. High risk are countries not eligible for the ETA visitor visa. Whether a country is low or high risk can affect visa processing time, requirements for medicals for certain visas, and is part of the info used to determine the Assessment Level (AL) for student visa applications which can create a big difference in what is required to apply for one of those.

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@MarkNortham, I appreciate your effort to help but if you would really like to help about that matter please first read whole topic and all posts. In the last post by Fuearstin in the first page she said that her case officer told her that there is no high and law risk countries and that all the countries are treated the same. We all know very good about law and high risk countries, they are mentioned on the official website of DIAC but our discussion was about the information spoken on the phone by our case officers:"there are no high and law risk countries any more and we all treat the same". That is why I replied that I don't buy that info from them.

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Old 01-01-2013, 09:41 PM
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Congratulations. I am very happy for you. I submitted my application two weeks after you so I hope I am the next from Vienna. We are going to Melbourne.

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Hi Sunnysmile -

Yes, I read the thread. I was not criticising your post or anyone else's, just commenting on a topic of interest in the thread. Like you, I would disagree with the case officer's statements about there not being high/low risk countries.

But I think it would be inaccurate to assume that everybody knows all about country risk levels and how they affect different types of visa applications. You may know a lot because you spend a lot of time on forums and have educated yourself (good for you!), but many other people do not, and come here looking for information.

This also brings up an interesting point (challenge) about immigration law and policy - it's always changing. The rules/regulations/law of days, weeks or years ago might be completely different today, and outdated "knowledge" can create huge problems - it's the reason why it is so important to keep up to date on the very latest changes in migration regulations and policy, and it's why depending on previous knowledge/assumptions can, in some cases, be dangerous.

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Congrats on your visa!! Great news.

FYI to clarify re: the previous post, there are officially "low risk" and "high risk" countries at DIAC - Low Risk countries are those eligible for the ETA visitor visa. High risk are countries not eligible for the ETA visitor visa. Whether a country is low or high risk can affect visa processing time, requirements for medicals for certain visas, and is part of the info used to determine the Assessment Level (AL) for student visa applications which can create a big difference in what is required to apply for one of those.
I agree with Mark as usual

Despite the rhetoric from some people in immigration, there is clear evidence that they rate countries into high and low risk based on ETA eligibility, I have read about this on many ministerial sites of the Australian govt. for example the site below rates them thus:

Client Service Charter

Definition low/high risk

The terms 'Low risk' and 'High risk' show whether passport holders are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Low risk applies to nationals from countries which issue ETA eligible passports. A list of these can be found on the department's website. High risk countries are those which are not ETA eligible.
See: ETA Eligible Passports

More information on working in Australia is available on the department's website.
See: Workers

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This also brings up an interesting point (challenge) about immigration law and policy - it's always changing. The rules/regulations/law of days, weeks or years ago might be completely different today, and outdated "knowledge" can create huge problems - it's the reason why it is so important to keep up to date on the very latest changes in migration regulations and policy, and it's why depending on previous knowledge/assumptions can, in some cases, be dangerous.
I agree with you, Mark. It can be amusing, to say the least, how some people tend to base their perceived information about a specific subject/process on "outdated knowledge" or even mere speculation. (And before I get swamped with negative comments, let me be clear that I am not alluding to anyone in particular! ) An example is the requirement of an NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) clearance for Filipino applicants. When applying for this clearance, one has to state the purpose for the request. There has been a variety of answers shared, ranging from "Travel to Australia", "Visa to Australia to "Travel abroad", all of which are logical. However, depending on whose opinion is strongest, that person usually influences everybody else into believing that his/her answer is best. The result is that others who wrote a different answer sometimes go through the trouble of applying for a new clearance all over again just because someone said that the right answer is this and not that. I for one have stopped sharing information on the forum because once, after making a comment that a stat dec is only valid for 6 weeks, I was corrected by a member that my statement was not accurate, because the 6-week validity of a stat dec was not applicable to the PMV visa I was applying for, but for some other type of visa. True enough, I failed to read the rest of the information relating to this because my selective eye took it in as a general requirement, if only to comply with everything I believed Immi wanted! Mea culpa. (I'm not even sure if this validity period holds true until now because as you said, the rules keep changing.)

Alexander Pope was right -- A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Happy 2013, everyone!

P.S. Thanks for all the expertise you have been sharing Mark, much appreciated!

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Old 01-02-2013, 01:20 AM
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Hi Marianina - thanks for the kind words. Immigration law/regulations/policy reminds me of that Harry Potter movie where the house keeps changing shape - stairs that went somewhere yesterday now go somewhere else, etc.

For those that are interested, law, regulations and policy are contained, essentially, in 3 separate areas:

Law & Regulations:
Migration Act 1958
Migration Regulations 1994

DIAC Policy Guidelines (used by their own personnel):
Procedures Advice Manual 3 (PAM3)

The PAM3 is probably the most interesting of the 3, although Policy does not trump law (Regs/Act). But Policy can be very enlightening as it explains how DIAC applies the law/regs (at least, in theory). The Act and Regs are located at comlaw.gov.au however the PAM3 is available only through certain Australian libraries, and if you purchase a description to LEGENDcom, which has the Act, Regs and PAM3 in a searchable database.

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