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).