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Old 02-15-2013, 03:18 AM
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unfortunately you havent dodged it. I lodged in October and unfortunately it doesnt matter when they stopped the priority process. Unless you have a case officer already, you are in the queue. I found out that I still dont have a case officer and mine was decision ready, so unfortunately that doesnt matter. They usually wont tell you if you have a CO either way, depends how helpful they are...

You also need to be careful about the 457 thing. Mine expires in 2016, but once immigration contact you to say that they have been instructed that your job has ceased, they will most likely cancel your 457 (also killing your A bridging visa) meaning you are unlawful. Your only option at that point is to apply for an E bridging visa, which gives no work rights or overseas travel. I know all this as ive spent the last few weeks talking to migration agents and immigration about this and they have all confirmed the same, as its exactly what will happen to me.

If you have an immigration agent already I would bring this up with them ASAP or speak to Mark Northam who has been commenting on this post. He is a very helpful and knowledgable agent and is fully aware of this situation that we find ourselves in.

Immigration will send you an email anyways when they get around it to, this might take a few months or it might be immediate, but you want to make sure that you are not unlawful which is what will happen when your 457 and BVA is cancelled..


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Old 02-15-2013, 07:49 AM
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that must be very hard to have submitted in october and still be waiting on a decision ready :-/
Did you use a migration agent and there ability to lodge visas decision ready?
I have had a case officer for some time now according to my migration agent and am advised i am at the front of the queue, however i still dont have any kind of time frame.
As for my 457 DIAC was informed of my redundancy as per regulation when i was made redundant all the way back in november now. Since they have received another visa application for me the 457 stays in effect untill a decision is made on that application. There is alot of confusion that the 457 is cancelled within 28 days of DIAC being informed of employment termination but i understand this is not the case, they are quite lenient with allowing you more time if you are seeking an alternate sponsor or if you apply for a new visa.
However thats not very helpful if there are no sponsoring jobs available and you need to take a none-sponsoring job to get by but you are unable to while the 457 is in effect. Definitely a dodgy area of the regulations like previously mentioned in this thread! There should be an easier option for transition to the BVA+work rights. I have been in Australia for 2 years now and am quite settled , life is very difficult with the work restrictions currently in place.


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Old 02-17-2013, 11:01 PM
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We just had an immigration agent check our application thoroughly to make sure it was decision ready, we prepared and lodged it ourselves. We stated in the cover letter it was decision ready and frontloaded the medical etc with it.
Yeah its quite frustrating when you hear people lodging their applications end of december and getting approved 5 days later, yet according to DIAC, we dont even have a case officer after almost 5 months, which basically means we are in the main 13 months queue with everyone else.

I should think if you already have a case officer assigned that it will happen pretty fast for you now.

Did you lodge the spouse visa while you were on the 457 still employed or after you lost your job?

See ive been told so many different stories, the general one seems to be that I would have my 457 cancelled even though ive lodged a spouse visa and that I would have to go on an E Bridging visa, though one of them also said they would be a bit more lenient about not cancelling my 457 as I had another visa lodged.

Who told you that you would not get your 457 cancelled? Id rather that and at least be able to keep looking for another sponsor and be allowed to leave the country, rather than being forced out of work and travel on an E bridging visa!

Good luck anyways, lets hope it comes through for you soon!


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Old 02-20-2013, 11:27 PM
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good news! I submitted my letter on Thursday and they approved my visa on Monday! huge relief!

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Excellent , i very much look forward to that day! Sounds like it will not be to far of now if there up to october submitted decision ready apps. :-)


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good news! I submitted my letter on Thursday and they approved my visa on Monday! huge relief!
Oh Congratulations Templeton!!! So happy for yous..... worth the wait aye??

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Visa Granted this morning :-)

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