I've heard back from DIACs and they have said they are working on apps from around 8th November, so we're not too far off I think. They have given me a Client ref number anyway, so I've sent that to Immi SA today. Hopefully that will mean we are sorted as far as the 6 month deadline goes. I'll let yu know once I've heard.
Our letter said the following, which I guess is standard. To me it reads that you need to let SA have a CRN within 6 months for the sponsorship to remain valid. I've only been able to get this when I have emailed ASPC to check progress as we hadn't got a case officer yet. Until you have this you can't confirm that you have completed your main application.
I may be wrong, and apologies if I am, but I would hate to think that someone missed any deadline and it affected their application.
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']In order for the Sponsorship to proceed to Approval stage, you must, as soon as possible, lodge your visa application with the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship “DIAC”, if you have not already done so. You will receive a Client Reference (CLF) number from DIAC.
You must then provide (fax/post/courier) Immigration SA with a copy of the DIAC letter indicating the Client Reference (CLF) number together with the Application Cover Sheet (with all your application details).
Unless we receive the DIAC Client Reference number, your Sponsorship will not be confirmed. Immigration SA will also let you know when confirmation has been sent to DIAC.
This Sponsorship Offer is valid for six (6) months. This means that you must lodge your visa application with DIAC within that time or the Sponsorship will not be valid.
Originally Posted by Obedoh
Hi, thanks so much for taking the time to do this - we have received SA sponsorship ;) (it doesn't seem long since I was askign for your advice on what that stage entailed!!?) and received information like yours.
I am hoping that our agent will sort out most of it for us (we are def paying them enough to!!) and have just been told that with the current timings, we shd get a CO by Aug/Sept. I will keep my fingers crossed that it happens asap, and will be front-loading the medicals and police checks too.
Hope you get news soon - looking at other people's timelines it should be soon,
Take care, Alexis
Thanks for the reply. Hopefully we will hear soon. Good luck with your application.
[FONT='Times New Roman','serif']This Sponsorship Offer is valid for six (6) months. This means that you must lodge your visa application with DIAC within that time or the Sponsorship will not be valid.[/font]
I still think this means application has to be lodged within six months hope I'm right because we have had sa sponsorship for 3 months and have just e lodged application
I'm sure you will be right. I guess this is what agents get paid for as they know the rules inside out.
Best of luck anyway.