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Old 8th July 2011, 01:48 PM
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Today I received an odd message from VETASSESS:

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As your qualification and/or employment require further investigation, there may be some delay in finalising your case.
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Is this normal? They've had my materials for about 3 weeks now. Any idea what this means? I'd be grateful for any advice. Thanks

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Today I received an odd message from VETASSESS:

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As your qualification and/or employment require further investigation, there may be some delay in finalising your case.
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Is this normal? They've had my materials for about 3 weeks now. Any idea what this means? I'd be grateful for any advice. Thanks
Wow you got the same email that I got.

This is the deal with it--your application has been "randomly" (apparently) selected to go to DIAC for them to do your assessment. It seemed odd to me since I never thought that DIAC did that kind of thing....

Until my employer reference did in fact get an email from DIAC to verify my periods of employment. Furthermore, I know that VETASSESS sent them my package because VETASSESS told me that they did, and because the DIAC person in Washington thought I worked for VETASSESS and not for the actual employer (turns out that the letter from my employer reference was addressed to VETASSESS but was on company letterhead). This happened just a couple weeks ago.

Now what happens from there will be anyone's guess. I tried to get follow-up info from VETASSESS to no avail, and the best answer I got from DIAC (who's reps never heard of this when I called them) was that they basically check with the skills assessment authorities to insure consistency, etc. and that they don't interfere with the skills assessment authorities' internal processes.

Looks like you're on the exact same path as me with this one. I'll keep you up to date when I hear something else.

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omg are you kidding? Thanks for the background. How did you know it got sent to DIAC? The email I got didn't say anything about that..

Confused and nervous!

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omg are you kidding? Thanks for the background. How did you know it got sent to DIAC? The email I got didn't say anything about that..

Confused and nervous!
I found out because, like you, I was concerned about what the email meant and called VETASSESS as soon as it came through and that's when they first told me about the whole "random selection" bit. I called again in a day or two and found out that they had already sent my file to DIAC! If only they moved that fast with everything!

Then a couple weeks ago an Australian Embassy/immigration employee contacted my employer reference and that verified to me, sure enough, that DIAC was sent the file.

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Wow. That is annoying. Thanks for letting me know. I will call them. Let me know if you hear anything! Thanks

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Hi houtomel, one more question-- is there any way you know what they asked your reference, or how it went, etc? (such as what they asked or whatever) I need to prepare my reference for this upcoming contact-- I'd appreciate it!! thanks a million for all the help. You are making this so much easier for me.

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Hi houtomel, one more question-- is there any way you know what they asked your reference, or how it went, etc? (such as what they asked or whatever) I need to prepare my reference for this upcoming contact-- I'd appreciate it!! thanks a million for all the help. You are making this so much easier for me.
No prob! Glad to help--makes the frustration not be in vain!

They only asked my reference to confirm my employment dates and job title. They didn't ask anything about my expertise or a description of my position requirements or anything else detailed.

I tried asking DIAC and VETASSESS if there was going to be yet another check from VETASSESS in addition to the DIAC email. My unclear impression is that...who knows, lol.

But for now, if they ask the same as they did of my reference, they just need to be ready to confirm your job title and employment dates. They should also verify that they have the employer's company or agency name correct--remember, DIAC thought that I was actually employed by VETASSESS. Let them also know that the email will come from an Australian immigration rep in DC and not VETASSESS.


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Ok great, thanks for that info. There isn't any mention of VETASSESS on the letter from my employer, so hopefully DIAC won't be able to mess that up, but who knows.

I'll prepare my employer to receive the email/phone call.. that is going to be a little uncomfortable but whatever. I got away without telling him what the letter was for originally, but there's no avoiding it now!

Tomorrow night I'm planning to call VETASSESS and play dumb to ask what is going on. It will be interesting to see what kind of information they give me.

This is getting a little crazy. I want to know whether then DIAC then grants you a 'positive skills assessment' that you then lodge with your visa application. Or if they give the ok to VETASSESS to issue that. Being in an information vacuum is so hard.. once you think you finally understand how it works, they throw you a curveball and it's depressing.

Oh well, thanks for making this easier-- please keep me updated if you hear anything! thanks

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update: so I just called VETASSESS and the person who answered spoke to a 'senior assessment officer' and said nothing is abnormal, just some cases take longer than others. Don't worry, check back in 4 weeks.

I wanted to say, 'are you sure my file isn't on its way to the Australian consulate/DIAC or whatever?'

But I didn't. Sigh.

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Yeah that's basically the same thing they told me. I just had to dig a little more to get the DIAC bit out of them. Four weeks sounds like it could be about right...I checked my timelines, and I got the email from VETASSESS on 5 June, and the DIAC email was sent to my employer reference on 28 June. My application had been received since 9 May, so 1 August will make 12 weeks. We shall see what the outcome is!

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