She has not contacted us for a start. But then after what happened to us I don't suppose she would, would she??
Please please fill in Form 956.
Hi Carol ann
Thanks for the reply. Hopefully Clare is going to phone us on monday morning to answer some of our concerns. I am not sure if we should fill in form 956 because if the CO asks for more information I have not got a clue how to send this. We will speak to Clare first and then decide but I have not got a clue what I should do.
Hi Susan and Others
Please don't stress about any of this. Alan Collett of Go Matilda, George Lombard of GL Consultancy and Richard Gregan of Overseas Emigration in Edinburgh have all been involved for some weeks now.
All 3 are very experienced, able Registered Migration Agents and all 3 have offered to respond to anyone who wants a word with one of them in confidence. Richard's office is only 5 minutes away and he has offered to collect and review files if people want that.
A picture speaks a thousand words, particularly when someone is anxious, so here are their mugshots, followed by their contact details:
Alan is in Go Matilda's Melbourne office and says to ask for him by name if you want a word on the phone.
Who is George kidding? That pic must be at least 20 years old, taken when he had more hair! (Sorry, George!) Here's a less ancient photo of George!
I am currently using visa connection and am now concerned with all this.
I have spoken to Danielle today who has said that clare is back the first week in September and that the reason for all the confusion is that there MARA agent has left them and set up on his own so they are now using Australian Lawyers to deal with all applications.
But when she gave me my acs number of 314687 or 314689 it did not work which has concerned me does anyone have any advice or can tell me how long my ACS number should be?
Hi ..did you try 314688 :). The reason I say this, I had to input a password into the goverment website to ascertain what was happening with the visa but I wasn't privvy to the password as this was set up by VC. Clare replied to my email immediately and did say that she didn't have access to my file at the time and it might be "blah" and "blah". None of which were right and I had to try combinations..which did finally work. But I'm thinking, by the sounds of things here, she may well be in Australia and therefore not have access to your file therefore gave you the wrong number. I'm just surmising..but it might be the case.
Originally Posted by andrew_obrien
I had an email Tuesday morning, from aspc, about handing over from Clare to myself and it basically said that I hadn't given the correct agent information i.e. the visa agent wasn't actually clare. I emailed her at 5.30 am our time and I got the quickest response and she told me who the name of the agent was. It was a name I'd never once heard before which makes me think this was indeed the MARA agent you're talking of. Clare was extremely helpful with any emails I batted over all morning. I then phoned the aspc and they too were extremely helpful. I spoke to a woman there and said "does this set back on the "956" form mean I'll have to wait another fortnight for the amendment to be made regarding the agent name"..she said "normally it would..but you know what..I've got access to that database and I'm going to change it right now"....she then proceeded to tell me everthing I needed to know including the fact that I was a form short and she sent me the pdf there and then. They were unbelievably helpful. Anytime I phone the aspc they are so nice.
I'm not sure of the ACS number your quoting. I actually don't know what ACS means..I have a TRN number I use which is a mixture of letters and numbers and is 10 digits / numbers long.
I hope maybe this has set your mind at rest a little. I would continue to talk to VC though...but my guess is that Clare is in Oz right now and if you get up early enough and batter some emails over ..you'll get the answers you're looking for.
TTFN... Carol Ann
Just wanted to wish all you guys the best of luck.
Emmigrating is difficult enough even with a good and well respected agent - never mind a bad one!
Hi Carol Ann
Originally Posted by rockpool crab
It is illegal - not unlawful but illegal - for anybody who is physically in Australia to offer "immigration advice or assistance" (or very similar wording) unless he or she is a Registered Migration Agent. Potentially the penalty is prison. I am not kidding.
Anyway if Clare is competent to handle your visa application from outside Australia (which she technically is because there is no system of regulation of migration agents who are not physically in Australia themselves) why did she need a MARA-registered Agent to act as her "front man" with DIAC? She was entitled to lodge and run your visa application without involving Ashley as far as the Law is concerned, so why didn't she choose to do just that instead?
If I were you, I would ask Clare rather more searching questions than you seem to have asked hitherto, lassie. Where are the Australian Lawyers who are about to take over the business? Why have you not heard from them yet? Which firm might this be and who should you contact within it, perhaps?
Yours is one of the visa applications that has been "ring-fenced" by DIAC in order to protect all the clients involved because ultimately you are all DIAC's clients and they DO take that responsibility seriously. That is why they are accepting the Forms 956 immediately, so that they can let their clients know what is needed without any further delays, and so that they can protect any clients who need it.
If you would care to re-read my posts on this thread, it might help you to gain a better understanding of the situation?
Last edited by Gollywobbler; 23-08-2008 at 03:29 AM.
Originally Posted by Gollywobbler
Can I ask how you know this? My application has been "ring-fenced" by DIAC? If I phone up aspc and ask this, they will now tell me this I assume?
Thanks for your help.
Best of luck with your new life. Happy Days now it's all over, we'll all laugh about it one day... the VC nonsence.
LOL..wow..long time since I've been called "lassie"...my dad sometimes called me that.
Originally Posted by Gollywobbler