Submitted my application for a 136 skilled independent visa on 29/09/07.
Checked my bank account yesterday and saw that the Australian immigration people had taken thei fee off of my credit card on 10/12/07. All well and good I thought although have still not heard nothing yet from my emigration agent. So I called them today !!!*%$!.
The timescale that I had been given previously by my agent was 6-9 months after submitting our visa application we should expect to get our visa, all things being equal.
The process being application submitted then appprox. 3 months later receive confirmation of receipt of application then get medical and police checks, wait for them to clear and then receive visa, as I say in a 6-9 month timescale. This would mean we should expect our visa around about Feb/March 2008.
After speaking to my agent seems things are now a little different.
Seems the new process is that my agent will receive from the Australian immigration people a receipt of processing funds taken from my account then twelve weeks later my agent should receive a confirmation of receipt of my visa application!! After that I'm told that I will need to wait a further 6-9 months before being asked to go for police and medical checks!! Then wait for the checks to be cleared before we get our visa.
So from expecting to get our visa in Feb/March 2008 we're looking at potentially getting our visa about twelve months from now.
If this is accuraye I'm not a very happy bunny and I think I'll have a large drink!
Has anybody else come across this type of information recently?
If vthis is true it's unacceptable in my book and could well put some people off emigrating. I hope my agent is wrong on this one.
Anybody got any comments. Rant over