Just wondered if everyone was aware that as of midnight tonight EST (7/5/10) all applications for 175/176 and 475 visas will be suspended until 30/06/10 at the earliest. In conjuction with this all lodged state sponsorship applications will also be suspended til this date with the exception of onshore applicants who can still apply up to 14th May.
Check it out on www.immi.gov.au
As far as I am aware any applications already lodged are fine and will be processed as normal but any applications recieved after this time with be declared invalid and returned to sender. Fees will be returned shy of IELTS fee, medicals and police checks as these are non-government fees.
This is a huge blow to us as we thought we were finally going to get on track, as it is i'm growing tired of being kicked in the teeth every other day with every single thing we do here and as much as it pains me to say it because I love Australia dearly, i'm getting to the stage where I no longer feel that it is in the best interest of our family to be here. We are so stressed out by it all and I don't know how much more I can take before they lock me up in the loony bin!!!
Somebody please tell me it is still worth the effort and heartache cos i'm fast losing heart and energy with it.