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Confusion over Subclass 175 visa with state sponsorship agreement


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Old 02-14-2014, 07:24 AM
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Confusion over Subclass 175 visa with state sponsorship agreement

Hi, Guys,

I just joined Australian forum few days ago. It would be of great help to me if any of the members could enlighten me on the following:

I had initially applied for Subclass 175 Skilled – Independent visa in early March, 2010. Due to insufficient points being awarded to me, DIAC case officer advised me to apply for Subclass 176 Skilled Sponsored visa. I acted on the advice and obtained the state sponsorship from Western Australian Government in August 2010. My visa was granted on 1 October 2010, however I noted that I have been granted Subclass 175 Skilled – Independent visa instead of 176 Skilled Sponsored visa.

The issue now is I have Subclass 175 Skilled – Independent visa as well as State Sponsorship Agreement with Western Australian Government. One of the conditions as stipulated in the State Sponsorship Agreement requires me to remain living and working in Western Australia for a period of two years.

My family and I came to and lived in Perth since February 2013. I have also registered my arrival with the Skilled Migration WA office upon arrival. Due to frequent travel back to my home country, I have only clocked in 7 months of the stay and I do not foresee myself am able to fulfill the condition( 2 years mandatory stay in WA) as stated in the State Sponsorship Agreement.

It would be of great help if you guys could advise me as to
1. Whether the condition as stated in the State Sponsorship Agreement is still binding on me as I understand that being the holder of Subclass 175 Skilled – Independent visa, I am given the right to move and settle in any Australian state.
2. Whether my failure to meet the 2 years mandatory stay in WA would jeopardize myself and my family members’ application for Resident Return Visa in future.

I have tried to contact the case officer of DIAC Adelaide on the matters using the email address that the case officer used to correspond with me but not successful (mail failed to be delivered).

Thanking you guys in advance for your help.

Regards,
AnnaLu


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Old 02-16-2014, 08:48 PM
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Given you hold a Sc 175, you are only bound by the conditions imposed on this visa and no other; the Sc 175 is an independent skilled visa and allows you to travel and reside anywhere in Australia.

Regards
Andre


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