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Folks,

I'm applying for Subclass 175. Here's some background:

ACS submitted: Feb 10,2012
ACS green signal received: Feb 28,2012
IELTS scheduled: Mar 31,2012

From what I know, IELTS result will be out ~15 days after the examination date. So, if all goes well (fingers crossed!), I'm hoping to submit my application by April 20,2012.

As you're aware, the rules are changing in July 2012; so, I don't know if I'm too late in the game. Thoughts/Views?

Also, can an agent help reduce the processing time of your application with DIAC?

Thanks for your help!
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Also, can an agent help reduce the processing time of your application with DIAC?
No, agent has nothing to do with your application processing time.
 

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If you apply before july 2012, the new rules will not affect you..

No agent can speed up an application...
Folks,

I'm applying for Subclass 175. Here's some background:

ACS submitted: Feb 10,2012
ACS green signal received: Feb 28,2012
IELTS scheduled: Mar 31,2012

From what I know, IELTS result will be out ~15 days after the examination date. So, if all goes well (fingers crossed!), I'm hoping to submit my application by April 20,2012.

As you're aware, the rules are changing in July 2012; so, I don't know if I'm too late in the game. Thoughts/Views?

Also, can an agent help reduce the processing time of your application with DIAC?

Thanks for your help!
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Folks,

I'm applying for Subclass 175. Here's some background:

ACS submitted: Feb 10,2012
ACS green signal received: Feb 28,2012
IELTS scheduled: Mar 31,2012

From what I know, IELTS result will be out ~15 days after the examination date. So, if all goes well (fingers crossed!), I'm hoping to submit my application by April 20,2012.

As you're aware, the rules are changing in July 2012; so, I don't know if I'm too late in the game. Thoughts/Views?

Also, can an agent help reduce the processing time of your application with DIAC?

Thanks for your help!
PM
never believe an agent that they can speed up the process, its v common for agents to tell you that in order to win you over, unfortunately even from mara registered ones.

You are not too late, you are applying in april which is well before july 2012 skillselect changes, so you should be ok
 

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pm4553 ,

Why are you not considering 176?
 

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pm4553 ,

Why are you not considering 176?
I need some freedom; I don't want to be tied to one state for 2 years. Besides, I think, going forward the rules are going to stringent. So, if you'd want a (175) PR or citizenship, say after 2 years, there *might* be tighter rules to apply/avail the same.

This is just my personal opinion
 

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I need some freedom; I don't want to be tied to one state for 2 years. Besides, I think, going forward the rules are going to stringent. So, if you'd want a (175) PR or citizenship, say after 2 years, there *might* be tighter rules to apply/avail the same.

This is just my personal opinion
sraza, you got me thinking.

On second thoughts, I think I'd want to test the waters to see if I can get VIC SS. I meet the eligibility criteria+have the documents ready. So, I don't see any harm; besides, it doesn't cost: free (if I'm not mistaken).

I'm applying for ICT Business Analyst. I managed a score of 8 in IELTS (however, for some weird reason my writing was shot down to 6! - I'm still trying to recover from this bitter number!). I'm again writing the IELTS because it requires a minimum of 7 in each band to apply for 175.

On a side note, I would have preferred NSW vis-a-vis VIC because of the number of opportunities. Well, let's see how VIC pans out.

What's your status?
 

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sraza, you got me thinking.

On second thoughts, I think I'd want to test the waters to see if I can get VIC SS. I meet the eligibility criteria+have the documents ready. So, I don't see any harm; besides, it doesn't cost: free (if I'm not mistaken).

I'm applying for ICT Business Analyst. I managed a score of 8 in IELTS (however, for some weird reason my writing was shot down to 6! - I'm still trying to recover from this bitter number!). I'm again writing the IELTS because it requires a minimum of 7 in each band to apply for 175.

On a side note, I would have preferred NSW vis-a-vis VIC because of the number of opportunities. Well, let's see how VIC pans out.

What's your status?
without having 7 in each band in IELTS, you can't apply for VIC SS.
 

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without having 7 in each band in IELTS, you can't apply for VIC SS.
This is what is there on their website(liveinvictoria.vic.gov) - am I missing something?
Sorry, I'm unable to post the URLs since I don't have enough posts.

English language

All applicants must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least six in each band score. Certain occupations require a higher standard of English for the purpose of state sponsorship - these occupations are specified on the State Sponsorship Occupation List for Victoria.

Please note that:

You must provide your IELTS assessment when you lodge your online application
If you are a citizen of the USA, UK, Canada, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand, you are not required to submit an IELTS assessment.
If you are required to provide an IELTS assessment, you must upload a scanned copy of your IELTS results as part of the online sponsorship application.
 

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This is what is there on their website(liveinvictoria.vic.gov) - am I missing something?
Sorry, I'm unable to post the URLs since I don't have enough posts.

English language

All applicants must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least six in each band score. Certain occupations require a higher standard of English for the purpose of state sponsorship - these occupations are specified on the State Sponsorship Occupation List for Victoria.

Please note that:

You must provide your IELTS assessment when you lodge your online application
If you are a citizen of the USA, UK, Canada, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand, you are not required to submit an IELTS assessment.
If you are required to provide an IELTS assessment, you must upload a scanned copy of your IELTS results as part of the online sponsorship application.
Yes my friend, you are missing it, though you have already mentioned it by yourself in this very post.

English language

All applicants must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least six in each band score. Certain occupations require a higher standard of English for the purpose of state sponsorship - these occupations are specified on the State Sponsorship Occupation List for Victoria.

Your ICT BA needs 7 in each band.

http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/225920/State- Sponsorship-Occupation-List-for-Victoria-Mar-2012.pdf
 

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sraza, you got me thinking.

On second thoughts, I think I'd want to test the waters to see if I can get VIC SS. I meet the eligibility criteria+have the documents ready. So, I don't see any harm; besides, it doesn't cost: free (if I'm not mistaken).

I'm applying for ICT Business Analyst. I managed a score of 8 in IELTS (however, for some weird reason my writing was shot down to 6! - I'm still trying to recover from this bitter number!). I'm again writing the IELTS because it requires a minimum of 7 in each band to apply for 175.

On a side note, I would have preferred NSW vis-a-vis VIC because of the number of opportunities. Well, let's see how VIC pans out.

What's your status?
I have 75 points without state sponsorship and I am already good for 175 right away. I applied for NSW and VIC SS on Mar 9, 2012. While SS gives you only 5 additional points, whole PR processing time is reduced to a few months. Its just been a day so I have to wait for atleast 3 weeks before I think of anything else.

Few members on this forum have opted for 175 online while waiting for SS. Then they file 176 paper application and eventually withdraw 175 online.

And yes, I prefer NSW over VIC because of the opportunities. Infact, my profile is half BA , half project manager. It was easy to prove Software Engineer so I went for it.
 

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Yes my friend, you are missing it, though you have already mentioned it by yourself in this very post.

English language

All applicants must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least six in each band score. Certain occupations require a higher standard of English for the purpose of state sponsorship - these occupations are specified on the State Sponsorship Occupation List for Victoria.

Your ICT BA needs 7 in each band.

http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/225920/State- Sponsorship-Occupation-List-for-Victoria-Mar-2012.pdf
Thank you, saydur! I didn't read it this way. So, I'll have to take another shot at IELTS, and then apply.
 

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I have 75 points without state sponsorship and I am already good for 175 right away. I applied for NSW and VIC SS on Mar 9, 2012. While SS gives you only 5 additional points, whole PR processing time is reduced to a few months. Its just been a day so I have to wait for atleast 3 weeks before I think of anything else.

Few members on this forum have opted for 175 online while waiting for SS. Then they file 176 paper application and eventually withdraw 175 online.

And yes, I prefer NSW over VIC because of the opportunities. Infact, my profile is half BA , half project manager. It was easy to prove Software Engineer so I went for it.
I couldn't agree more. The processing time of 176 is much lower when compared 175. However, it really boils down to what you're looking for in that state and your urgency to move to AUS. Also, if you're really someone who wants flexibility in terms of options of moving around, then 176 limits this.

Fortunately, I do have some space and I'm not pushing my self to reach AUS asap.

For me, my profile is more inclined towards I-banking with a mix of business analyst, so Sydney comes naturally because of the higher number of opportunities there. However, ICT Business Analysts isn't available in Sydney, else I would have only apply for 176 SS instead of 175.

When you say withdrawing 175 application - what does this really mean? So, you're applying to 176 and 175, and eventually you get the green signal from 176; however, you've already paid for 175 - so why withdraw? (I know it'll free up space of other applicants). Is my understanding correct?

Nevertheless, Good luck, sraza! with SS. I'm sure you'll be hearing good news soon.
 

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Your case seems quite similar to mine. I work in the same industry (a hedge fund) and
I am not in a hurry either. For jobs, location is likely to be Sydney or Melbourne so I applied to VIC and NSW.

I am comfortable with 175 but it takes much longer, there is uncertainty with rule changes, and above all unnecessary anxiety during the wait time. Having a PR in hand will allow me to look for Australian jobs from here and of course plan the whole move with dependents.
 

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When you say withdrawing 175 application - what does this really mean? So, you're applying to 176 and 175, and eventually you get the green signal from 176; however, you've already paid for 175 - so why withdraw? (I know it'll free up space of other applicants). Is my understanding correct?
I think if one visa is granted, you will have to withdraw the other. Seniors can correct me if am wrong.
 

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Folks,

I'm applying for Subclass 175. Here's some background:

ACS submitted: Feb 10,2012
ACS green signal received: Feb 28,2012
IELTS scheduled: Mar 31,2012

From what I know, IELTS result will be out ~15 days after the examination date. So, if all goes well (fingers crossed!), I'm hoping to submit my application by April 20,2012.

As you're aware, the rules are changing in July 2012; so, I don't know if I'm too late in the game. Thoughts/Views?

Also, can an agent help reduce the processing time of your application with DIAC?

Thanks for your help!
PM
No . Agent can not reduce your processing time but sure he can help you ( and surely he do) to increase processing time. Thats what I have learned with my experience.
 
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