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176 visa (skilled sponsored) SOL - schedule 4 list

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Old 09-22-2010, 10:00 PM
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Can anyone tell me when applying for the 176 visa (Skilled - sponsored) on the basis that my Aunt (an Australian citizen) will be sponsoring me, can I use the SOL - schedule 4 list?

On the Australian immigration website it states 'SOL - schedule 4' is "relevant only for GSM applicants who are nominated by a State or Territory government agency under a State Migration Plan" but when you actually open the SOL - schedule 4 list (dated September 2010), it states "This list applies to applicants for subclasses 176 (Skilled Sponsored), 886 (Skilled Sponsored), 475 (Skilled Regional Sponsored) and 487 (Skilled Regional Sponsored) visas who are nominated by a State or Territory government agency".

My occupation (career counsellor) is on the SOL - schedule 4 list and that is why I am keen to know if it is relevant to the 176 family sponsored visa. I have already had the VETASSESS skills check approved.

Any help/ information would be gratefully received.

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Old 09-23-2010, 12:48 AM
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It is quite clear with
visas who are nominated by a State or Territory government agency".
That the schedule #4 is just for state/territory sponsorships as part of a State Migration Plan and family sponsorship is separate.

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Am I right in saying that state sponsorship lists are still being approved by the government?

It is so dissappointing that the 176 skilled - sponsored visa by a state has access to a bigger SOL list but the same 176 skilled - sponsored visa by a family member does not

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The state migration plans are still somewhere in the process of being prepared by states/territories for the Immigration ministers approval and it is disappointing the states/territories have dragged the chain so badly for they did have from February to get organised to do a relatively simple task based you would have thought on what they previously did anyway to form their state sponsorship lists.
The reason for the difference between the SOL #3 & #4 is that the SOL3 is really seen as a nationwide in demand list whereas all the occupations on the SOL #4 may not be used by all states/territories but will allow the states some flexibility in stating what their in demand requirements are over and above what has been recognised nationally.
One of the problems with a much broader national list has been that more people can be eligible to apply which not only can clog the system but may mean people go to states where there is not so much of a demand.

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Old 12-09-2010, 06:33 AM
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Hi - My understanding is that Sch 1 is for applications received before 1 Jul 2010.

Sch 2 is for transitional arrangements - for people already have some kind of temp visa and in Australia currently.

Sch 3 is for a normal applicant who doesnt fall in any of the above categories and doesnt have any sponsorship either relative or state.

Sch 4 is for applicants with sponsorship eithr relative or state.

The reason why is say this is if a person falls under sch 3 he doesnt require any sponsorship.

Looking forward to hearing from you to become more enlightened. Thanks!

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Old 12-16-2010, 08:11 AM
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Did we ever get a proper answer for this?

Cause i am also in the same situation. I have my ACS approved under schedule 4 and i have my brother Australian national in Australia who is ready to sponsor me.. But my agent is insisting that i can only apply under subclass 176 with State Nomination where as per my understanding... subclass 176 has both options.. either State Nomination or Relative sponsored... but on Schedule 4 it does not say anything about relative sponsorship.

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