Originally Posted by KerEng
Thanks for that Kerry,
So can I get this straight ?
JUST BEFORE THE 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY - We can copy or scan a years full time pay slips, all the house bills for the 2 years, our passports and visa stickers, and at 2 years get a police check done by going to our local police station and filling in a form ?
Then as soon as it is 2 years send the fee and completed form by either snail mail or e lodge and wait about 6 weeks ??
Is this correct ? is there somewhere on the net we can get acopy of the form etc ??
Originally Posted by redfoxy
Here is the link to the releveant info on the DIAC website
If you go through all the 5 steps at the bottom of the page to get more info, it looks fairly straight-forward. The provisional visas (495/475) are valid for 3 years but you are eligible to apply for your permanent visa as soon as you've been in Adelaide 2 years and worked for at least 12 months of that. Basically, they are allowing you up to a year to do the application. If you qualify now, or as soon as you do, you should apply and get it done because there are far more benefits available once you have a permanent visa - especially if you have kids.
Originally Posted by Kazzarazza
Cheers Kazza thats great very helpful thanks:)
You need to send a Federal Police check - its about $70 or $80.
We emailed ours on 6th July 09 and still waiting for the visa, so its over 8 weeks now.
Wish it would hurry up, I check everyday, twice a day !
We applied june 9th for 887 - still waiting!!!!
Originally Posted by Tina P
Presumably you can get the police check before the two year deadline as it's going to still be current? Also do you all need to have in date passports - my daughter's has just run out and was going to leave it a while until she needs to use it?
Still confused about whether it's possible to put the application in slightly early, I'm sure someone said they had done this. We really need ours to come through quickly so we can apply for the backdated FHOG, although again I'm sure someone said they had got it despite being over the year deadline because they were waiting on pr application?
Does anyone know what you can claim once pr is granted - do you qualify then for child benefit? Would be a massive help - how much is it? Also can you claim the child care money back at this point?
Thanks in advance for answers on these questions. :)
Yes once you get PR you can head straight to centrelink
Originally Posted by Beanbear
You do have to wait a further 2 years before certain benefits but yes you can claim family assistance
Check out this page there is a calculator were you can put in you earnings and it will give you and idea of the family assistance
Do you know what forms you use to apply for the backdated FHOG ? please ?
Originally Posted by Beanbear
Oh Nick, that doesn't make me feel any better, did you do yours on line or post ? Good luck and hope its very soon.
Originally Posted by Nick11
When I sent a mail to enquire how long now, I just got a standard email back saying they will be processed in order, which is rubbish, a family we know applied after us have got it and it was very quick.
You can not backdate the centrelink payments, its from the date you are granted PR, all unfair.
You carn't put the application in early, I believe you could before when you needed sponcership again but that's not needed now, so you have to do the online one on the date or after. The application link won't let you put a date in before, so I have been told !
Everyone really needs it quickly for various reasons.
We applied by post -BIG MISTAKE!!!
Only good thing is I went into medicare and now have full access to all their services.
Given up on centrelink payments - hubby is working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day and looks like he'll be working like that for at least the next 5 years!!!!!! So looks like we'll miss out on them.
I reckon I'll be looking at next year at this rate. I rang them and they said the usual blah, blah ,blah!!!
Just so frustrating as its the final hurdle!!! Wish I'd done it online now!!!