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Australian Visa Timeline Immigration Tracker

How long does it take for my Australia Visa to be granted?

If you’re applying (or about to apply) for an Australian visa, you want to know how long it’s going to take to be granted.
This is understandable, as you’re eager to start your new life in Australia. Having such information will also allow you to get on with other crucial steps in the immigration process.

This can include knowing when to put your house up for sale – too early and you may have to move into temporary rental accommodation if your house sells and your visa hasn’t been granted.
Conversely, if you delay putting your house up for sale, you may end up with your visa being granted and not being able to move as your house hasn’t sold and your equity is tied up in the property.

Other things to consider are knowing when to organise international removals – shipping your goods to Australia takes several weeks.

Knowing when to start job hunting, arranging for your children to finish school etc.

As you can see, being able to accurately predict when your visa will be granted is very important.

There are several ways you can get information to help you determine approximate waiting times.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection publish approximate processing times on there website.

The information is not specific to your case however and goes along the lines of “75% of applications processed in x number of days” for example.

It’s also possible to send a blank email to DIBP for some visas and this will trigger an automated email response which contains approximate processing times.

Australia Visa Timelines Immigration Tracker

Another method is to visit groups and forums such as www.pomsinoz.com as many members post there visa timelines on the forums to compare with other members timelines.

A third way, and a method which is becoming more popular is to utilize an immigration tracker / visa timelines website such as www.australia-visa-timelines.com

This allow you to enter key dates about your visa application and compare them in tabular format with lost of other members.

You can look at who’s applied for the same visa as you, the same dates as you, from the same country, occupation etc.

This will allow you obtain greater insight into the likely time is will take for your visa to be granted.

A good immi tracker website will cater for all visa types and some also allow you to track your citizenship application as well.

Emigrating to Victoria?

Our Emigrating to Victoria Forum – www.lifeinvictoria.com has had a recently overhaul and been given a fresh new look. The forum is getting busier by the month and last month, recorded it’s highest ever number of visitors to the forum. If you’ve moving to Melbourne or elsewhere in Victoria and have any questions about the big move, the members will be only too happy to help and assist where they can. Tap into the memberships knowledge about subjects such as visa/migration, shipping/removals, flights, accommodation, schools, suburbs, jobs and anything else!

 

Moving to Perth Australia?

If you’re considering emigrating to Perth in Western Australia and don’t know where to start, then join our online community at www.perthpoms.com

Perth Poms was formed five years ago to provide help and support to people looking at making the move to WA and also to act as a place where expats who’d made the move down under could socialise and make new friends. After all, rebuilding your social circle and support network is one of the hardest tasks newly arrived migrants face.

The forum has over one thousand active members who regularly participate. Help and advice is available on all aspects on the emigration process such as visas, flights, removals companies, shipping insurance, shipping pets, transferring money etc along with post arrival issues such as where to live/which are the best suburbs, which schools are the best, where can I find work, meeting friends etc

With over two and a half thousand posts made each and every month, the forum contains a plethora of valuable information. If you’re considering making the move to Perth or have already migrated, we’d love for you to joing our ever growing community.

Registration is quick and simple, so what are you waiting for 🙂 Join the biggest Perth migration forum on the internet.

 

 

South Australia General Skilled Migration Information sessions

Immigration South Australia conduct monthly information sessions to help new migrants settle into South Australia.

The Information Sessions address the following matters:

  • your responsibilities as a State Sponsored visa holder
  • employment assistance – details of service providers able to assist you to gain employment in South Australia
  • pathway to permanency, for provisional visa subclasses 495, 475 and 487.

Presenters from a variety of agencies are available to speak with after the session if you require further clarification or assistance.

*Please note: If you obtained a visa under the State Territory Nominated Independent “STNI” or the Skilled Independent “SIR, SRS” schemes, you are strongly advised to attend this Information Session.

 

Information Sessions – GSM

Register for an Information Session:

Time:  1:30pm – 3.00pm  13th June 2012
(registrations from 1:15pm)
Venue: Theatrette, Ground Floor
55 Currie Street, Adelaide

Moving to Australia webchat on Tuesday evening

Our sister site – Poms in Oz is hosting a live webchat session with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, financial/pensions advice, international removals and pet transportation. The chat event will take place on Tuesday 22nd May 2012 from 20:00-22:00 (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAirUK and Vista Financial Services will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move.

If you have an account on Pomsinoz, to participate, head over to www.pomsinoz.com, login, then click on the ‘chat’ menu option at the top of the page. Clicking on chat will launch the chat software. There will different ‘rooms’ for each of the different companies.

If you don’t have an account of Pomsinoz, you can still participate by by following this link – Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the ‘Guest’ option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click ‘Login’ and enter the ‘Moneycorp, NAB, PSS, PetAirUK or Vista Financial Services’ chat rooms.

 

National Australia Bank

Rebecca Joils will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. She will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider.

 

Moneycorp

Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with.

 

PSS International Removals

One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS.

 

PetAir UK

Bob Ghandour, Veterinary Consultant and Director of PetAir UK will be on hand to discuss any aspects of shipping your pets to Australia. PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably – worldwide. No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities. We operate a ‘one of the family’ policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet. We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process. From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team.

 

Vista Financial Services

Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practicing Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters.

Emigrating to Perth Forum

If you’re emigrating to Perth (or anywhere else in Western Australia), then it may be worthwhile registering on the Western Australia migration forum. The open is open to anyone who’s thinking or in the process of moving to WA and to expats who’ve already made the move the the ‘Golden State’. The forum has over 4,000 members who are happy to advise on visas/migration, shipping removals and aspects of living in Perth such as the best suburbs, which schools/colleges to send your children to, jobs/careers etc. Members also have frequent get togethers which are a great way to meet new friends when you first arrive. The forum has members and visitors from many different countries and everyone is welcome to join and participate.

Moving to Adelaide Forum

Moving to Adelaide ForumIf you’re emigrating to Adelaide (or anywhere else in South Australia), then it may be worthwhile registering on the South Australia migration forum. The open is open to anyone who’s thinking or in the process of moving to SA and to British expats who’ve already made the move the the ‘Festival State’. The forum has over 8,000 members who are happy to advise on visas/migration, shipping removals and aspects of living in Adelaide such as the best suburbs, which schools/colleges to send your children to, jobs/careers etc. Members also have frequent get togethers which are a great way to meet new friends when you first arrive. The forum has members and visitors from many different countries and everyone is welcome to join and participate.