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Old 03-06-2014, 10:44 PM
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Thanks for the link CCMS.
I will try and do some number crunching over the weekend and see what comes up.

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Thanks for the link CCMS.
I will try and do some number crunching over the weekend and see what comes up.
That would be good. There is no doubt that the new VAC system is having an impact, especially on skilled and employer sponsored applicants, who now have to pay extra fees for their spouse and children. For a family with 2 children, fees are approaching $ 10000 ! I have also heard stories of partner visa applicants leaving their children behind, because they cannot afford (or are not willing to pay) the extra fees. It would be hard not to draw the conclusion that this will have an impact on people being able or willing to fork out the extra money for professional assistance.

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I found the article interesting and I believe that the higher refusals could be due to people not using an agent to try to reduce costs but then again we used an agent for our partner visa and were still rejected.

Afterwards I read here extensively and realized our application was manifestly inadequate however our agent's only warning to us was that it was a "little risky" to apply so quickly after we were married but we were worried about him being on a previous MRT for a different visa and she said we could add evidence as we went along and that it was a case of luck of the draw depending on which CO we got. Our application was rejected within two months of applying.

We were also advised to marry as soon as possible by an associate at that firm. So our relationship was probably rushed along in the beginning because of this advice. Which of course now raises eyebrows at immigration I suppose. We both wished we had waited and let our relationship grow at our own pace but on the other hand we are happy that we are married because that was what we both wanted ultimately. I was always a little annoyed that I had to consider what immigration may think about this or that thing and sometimes not be able to just live the way we want. I feel that really it was our bad luck to get bad advice but I wouldn't want to not have gone through an agent as our case has various complexities that I dont think we could do it ourselves. And I guess it is the luck of the draw what kind of agent you get as well when in the beginning most people have no idea how difficult the whole immigration process is or even how to choose a good agent. Our agent is mara registered and thats all we knew to check.

Anyway we are on our way to MRT which we can ill afford but what can we do... hopefully by the time it comes around we will have enough convincing evidence. The one thing that really annoyed me in all of it was that for the $5000 or so application fee we didnt even get the chance for an interview or a call for a chance for them to ask us questions or see us in person and see that we are genuine. I know it doesn't work like that but for them to take $5000 from us for what taking half an hour to read our documents I think is very unfair... I hope you know what im trying to say

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You can find the statistics here Steve:http://www.immi.gov.au/media/publica...tics/index.htm
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Checked these figures out but unfortunately they dont give any information regarding the number or percentage of applications approved.

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Checked these figures out but unfortunately they dont give any information regarding the number or percentage of applications approved.
I believe no one has access to those figures, except DIBP, so it will be hard to establish what the effect of the increased VACs exactly is.I think they do provide figure on the percentages of people using migration agents or doing it themselves and those figures could be compared over the years. I'll gladly leave that to someone with more time on their hands than I have...

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