Thought I would say hello and tell you our story since I have shared in so many of yours. We are just putting our application in for a permanent skilled visa.
My husband started the immigration process in 2007, when he passed TRA as a Plumber and we gathered up all the paperwork for emigrating. Getting married and a dodgy agent put us on hold for a year then we began again - then I feel pregnant and we decided to wait until the baby was born before we put our application in. We managed to get a new agent who is fabulous, but due to rule changes he advised us to get my husband reassessed as a Gas Fitter (he is both) as he felt it would keep more doors open for us. When his TRA came back in Oct 2010 we had some very bad financial problems, my husband's business went bankrupt and a property we rented out was flooded in the really bad winter weather and needed a total remodel, so we had no money to put our application in. At no point have we ever stopped wanting to emigrate, we talk about it all the time and have made plans a million times over. We have to get our application in before July with the new rules. I am terrified to get my hopes up this time, so much has happened in the past to put us off track. My tummy heaves every time I think we could be let down again.
For those going on a perm skilled, what are recent experiences of timescales, has it gone in quicker/slower than advised? Do you think the new rules are going to make it happen slower or quicker?
Many thanks for reading my boring story, if you managed to get to the bottom, well done xx