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Possible to change 175 to 176?


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Old 09-02-2010, 09:09 AM
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Possible to change 175 to 176?

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Find the info on this forum very helpful as we are just in the beginning stages of application. My hubby has his positive skills assessment from ACS. We were hoping to apply to NSW for sponsorship but his IELTS expires on 6 September 2010 so we just a bit short to make the application. Our IELTS test date is the 11 September. In the interim we thought maybe we could apply for 175 VISA and then do a conversion to 176. Is this possible? Or would we need to pay a new application fee? I have seen differing info on various sites and don't see anything on DIAC website. We are a bit desperate to immigrate as the crime around us (we are in South Africa) is spiralling and since the last attempt at our property have been doing all we can to leave South Africa.

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Old 09-03-2010, 04:31 PM
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Hi there
Find the info on this forum very helpful as we are just in the beginning stages of application. My hubby has his positive skills assessment from ACS. We were hoping to apply to NSW for sponsorship but his IELTS expires on 6 September 2010 so we just a bit short to make the application. Our IELTS test date is the 11 September. In the interim we thought maybe we could apply for 175 VISA and then do a conversion to 176. Is this possible? Or would we need to pay a new application fee? I have seen differing info on various sites and don't see anything on DIAC website. We are a bit desperate to immigrate as the crime around us (we are in South Africa) is spiralling and since the last attempt at our property have been doing all we can to leave South Africa.

Please advise?

Thanking you
Vee
There's some uncertainty at the moment re 175/176 visas because of the SMP situation and I've done a sticky thread on this matter.
Have a read of http://www.australiaforum.com/visas-...certainty.html
Given that an occupation on an SMP will have a higher priority, it may be best that the IELTS is done prior to applying and get on to an SMP if possible.





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Old 09-08-2010, 09:25 AM
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Thanks again Wanderer!

I received feedback from DIAC and after reading and re-reading the email I am under the assumption that one can convert a visa application if it is assessed under the same visa class. So 175 and 176 get assessed under the same conditions so it appears to me there would be no additional fee if visa type is changed once SS has been obtained. This is my opinion on reading the email received. But should the visa class change refund may not be given and one may have to pay additional assessment fee.

Here is the extract:

Changing visa subclass

Once a valid application is commenced under the General Skilled Migration program, it is generally not possible to change this application to another visa class. Limited provisions may, however, exist for applicants who have lodged a valid application, and who have received a nomination from an employer under the RSMS, ENS or LA schemes detailed in Migration Booklet 5 Employer Sponsored Migration. In all other cases, if you wish to apply for a different visa class you may lodge a new application providing you meet any current requirements to lodge a valid application, including a new application charge.

Please note - Your visa application will automatically be assessed against the criteria for each visa subclass that belongs to the specific class of visa you have applied for. For example if you have applied for a Skilled - Sponsored (Class VE, subclass 176) you will also be assessed under a Skilled - Independent (Class VE, subclass 175).

If you wish to apply for a different visa class you may lodge a new application providing you meet any current requirements to lodge a valid application, including a new application charge. Please be advised that changing visa classes does not warrant a refund of your previous application fee.


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That's all standard info available on the Immi site and the uncertainty I've raised is re the SMP situation and most states having their sponsorships closed for the moment.





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