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    1. #11
      Hi Sarah, thanks for your posting - we are also with ASA agents. What I find strange is that we applied for SA Sponsorship on the 20 Sept and still awaiting our decision yet you only applied on the 29 Sept and you have been accepted - why does it take some cases longer than others!!! Also can I ask you why you have been told you must lodge the 40k bond - although I am aware of this - we havent been told by our agents that we must have this amount as a condition of our application!! What kind of a visa are you applying for? (mine is a 495 SIR visa - occupation Graphic Prepress Tradesperson).



    2. #12

      Senior Member
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      Oct 2006
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      Hi Paul,

      This is just a hunch...but you probably know how offices can work...Im NOT saying this is the case, but ASA may have heard and its in a post tray for someone to add a message....it could be something like that. What I tend to do is ask when we are likely to hear (they said 4-6weeks) when it came to 4 weeks, I kept adding little messages like 'cant wait anylonger - no nails left'...'do you think it will be soon?, getting anxious'. I just like to highlight myself, and also little messages just remind them that we are here...waiting. Its really strange, because we had to wait ages for the Vetasses and as soon as I started doing the little message on a daily message for a few days....we got a reply! Same thing happened with the Sponsorhip.......give it a go - it might work!

      Also, we will have to pay the 40k bond as it gives us the extra 5 points that we needed. We are having to sell our house to release the equity.......we were told that the bond will be requesting once medicals and PC have been sent and its usually requesting just before they are about to issue you with the Visa....

      We are also applying for a SIR 495 - under 'General Manager'....think it was a 50 pointer, but cant remember now....

      Will be crossing my fingers for you.....getting posting those messages...make yourself sound desperate for info.....

      Chris, Sarah, Molly & Phoebe - Arrived in Adelaide 21st August 2007, Living in Moana

    3. #13
      Hi Paul

      There are other states that also do the SIR. The main difference is that they have a skills shortage list you must be on to apply for sponsorship whereas SA will sponsor you as long as you are on the general skills occupation list.

      We too had 105 points as Gregs skills (metal polisher) are worth 60 points so with the extra 10 from sponsorship we have 115 in total.

      Am sure you will hear anyday now - ours took 29 days but someone else at similar time got their reply in 10!!!

      Lisa :D

    4. #14

      hello,from steve and lisa

      hi every body , visa have been granted, house is now sold, subject to contract :D fingers crossed we hope to be out in oz, (adeliade), before christmas!!!! thats the plan..its been along and sometimes very stressfull, but now that seems to be in the past. good luck to every body bye for now Steve and Lisa.

    5. #15
      Many thanks for all your replies and support - I still think I must be the person with the longest wait so far (Currently into the 8th week now). Cant help thinking its gonna be bad news - I hate this!!!

      Good luck to everyone who has had their visa's granted - bet you cant wait to get there. Out of interest has anyone who has had visa's granted, previously visited Adelaide for a holiday or to visit friends etc and if so what did they think off it???

      Paul (still anxiously awaiting visa)

    6. #16
      Hi paul,
      We have never been to adelaide before so really dont know what to expect we are going in on a 136 visa, cameron is a joiner and if i remember rightly we had to wait ages for the skill assment, seems ages ago cameron kept ringing the agency up but we got it eventually,we left it too late to sell our house really!!![visas granted 17/01/06] We have friends who went over in september and i spoke to them the other day and they are loving it they talked about buying a property and doing it up and selling it to make money as he has not got a job yet,they said the people are great, the schools were great the weather was great driving was great [no cars on the road] all in all everything was great.I heaved a huge sigh of relief after speaking to her as i was getting quite nervous.We have just got skype on the computor and so have all my family so we can speak to each other for virtually nothing so that will help.
      bye for now,Hayls

    7. #17

      Senior Member
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      Hallett Cove
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      I recall that the SIR495 visa allows you to go to Queensland BUT there are restrictions where you can live ie its unlikely that you could live in Brisbane CBD.
      We went to Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney in Apr 06 - luved it! We always thought we have enough for a PR visa but when it came to the SIR495 & the lifestyle/ med climate suited us with the kids.
      If I am honest I think SA low growth & more house for your money appeals, you are not far from beaches & believe me Queensland is very humid - not sure I could stick it all year round! :oops: :oops:

      I am sure you will receive sponsorship soon, I am waiting too its been 14 days tomorrow since it was received! (not that I'm counting!!)

      Good luck

      Angela (43), Ashley (45), Bradley (17), Thomas (13) & Max our Spoodle (6) Visa Process 23/10/06 - granted 27/04/07. Now permanent residents as of Sept 09.
      Arrived 6th Sept 07 Living in Onkaparinga Hills. Building a new home 2014 Hallett Cove with Rivergum 2 Story & views back / front :D
      AGS Painting & Decorating PM me or email agspainting@adam.com.au

    8. #18

      Re: children

      Quote Originally Posted by hayls
      Hi catherin, grant and sam
      Wil you be having turkey then or not, i hate it myself!
      Well my girls are Charlotte 13 and Georgia 12 they are coming round to the idea its just the new school thing, Charlotte is quite shy and i do worry but we are going to adelaide, its taken us over 2 years.We are waiting to see if we have got the oaa so fingers crossed.Another thing that is worrying me is my younger sisters baby is due on the 28th dec as i fly on the 1st of jan!!!!!.
      speak to u soon Hayls.
      Enjoy that sun!!!
      Sorry I haven't been on the site since my last posting. Not sure what we will have for Christmas dinner, but at least we are both off that day, hurray! Will probably have a walk on the beach instead of the usual - lying practically comatose on the couch having stuffed ourselves silly and watching the Christmas re-runs. I am sure the girls will settle into school well. Sam is a bit shy but had no problems integrating into the new system. He has made lots of friends, and in fact has a better social life than we do! I hope you get your OAA sorted out, we arranged a holiday apartment for 2 weeks and it was fine, bit expensive though, but we were on the North Esplanade at Glenelg. I hope all goes well with your sister's delivery and that you get to see the new arrival before you fly over. Good luck to you all and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Catherine.


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