ENS / RSMS Processing Times & Decision Ready Applications

 

Updated: 30 January 2014

In our experience, current processing time for employer sponsored permanent residency applications (ENS and RSMS) lodged in New South Wales is around 3-6 months. This estimate is just based on our experience with our own applications, and we do generally lodge complete and decision-ready applications.

Please do not ask us to predict the processing time for your application, or why there is a long delay with the processing of your application. The processing of your application is completely in the Department’s control. If you want an update in relation to the processing of your application, you need to contact the Department or your case officer (if one has been allocated). You are allowed to contact the Department or your case officer directly, even if you have a legal representative or registered migration agent acting for you. It will not harm your application if you ask the Department or your case officer for an update.

If you want to know about other people’s experience with processing times, many people have shared their experience on this website.

Decision-Ready applications lodged between 1 July and 22 November 2012

Because of problems with the eLodgement system, if you lodged a decision-ready application between 1 July 2012 and 22 November 2012, it is not possible for the Department to identify this application as decision-ready.

If you lodged an application as decision ready between 1 July 2012 and 22 November 2012, and have not had contact with the Department, please inform the Department by emailing via the link below:

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193 thoughts on “ENS / RSMS Processing Times & Decision Ready Applications

  1. Jazz

    Hi Peng, I have applied for a SA RSMS sub class 187 for the position of Accountant, I have got my RCB clearance on Feb and on April 2012 I’ve applied for Employer nomination DIAC approval and by next month I am going to apply for the third stage DR visa application. My problem is I am on 485 TR and its going to end by Jan 2014. This process is going to take as long as 8 to 10 months. So will I get a bridging visa as I am working with the employer.. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jazz,
      You generally get a bridging as a result of lodging a valid visa application while in Australia – you can’t get a bridging visa in anticipation of lodging an application.
      PC

      Reply
  2. Lee

    Hi Peng, I applied RSMS on 28 June, yesterday I had an email from DIAC requested a job offer letter from my boss and RCB approval letter as I had applied my file with a receive of lodgement with RCB. My question is do I just have to email them with the attachments of job offer letter and RCB approval letter or do I have to send to DIAC the original paper as in email they mentioned that Certified documents received by email or fax will only be accepted to commence processing but acceptable original certified documents with the original certification stamp or signature must immediately follow. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Lee,
      Just send certified copies over the post – you can send them scanned copies of the certified copies as well if you want.
      PC

      Reply
  3. joops

    hi..i lodged my RSMS viza. last May 24 2013.and I don’t know how to start the next step like providing documents.my question is I need to wait a case officer before I start the next step.?

    Reply
  4. Robbie

    Hi Peng,
    I renewed my student visa on March 15 2013 and got my student visa till March 15 2015. I already got sponsor who is willing to give sponsorship in regional which is RSMS but I heard that I cannot apply 187 visa onshore and only apply offshore because of my student visa So please suggest me what is the best option other than applying offshore. I also heard that if I apply 457 fist and once my 457 gets approved I can straight way apply 187 from same sponsor in regional is it true . Even if its true suggest me other way that I can apply 187 visa without leaving this country.
    Please advice
    Thanks in advance
    Robbie

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Robbie,
      You need to check your student visa conditions which may prevent you from lodging an onshore application.
      PC

      Reply
  5. Kamran

    Hi Peng,

    First of all I really appreciate your kind efforts to bringup some good stuff to common people who are in deep worry about their visa issue.

    I am from Lahore Pakistan, I filed my student visa application subclass 573 on 5th June 2013 thru new lodging system in which they send your application and doc within same day to adelaide australia, on 15th June I got aknowledgment letter and health examination requirement, on 2nd of July 2013 my health examination was completed and with 48 hours it has been sent to DIAC.

    I am curious to know, how much chances are there to get my visa application approved by DIAC after medical assessment, as my classes are about to start from 15th of July 2013. Do you think, getting aknowledgement letter for health examination is a positive sign to get your visa application approved ?

    Your kind reply is awaited.

    Regards,
    Kamran

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kamran,
      Such requests are just part of DIAC’s normal processing of the application. Sorry but I can’t predict DIAC’s internal processes like processing times.

      Reply
  6. fran

    Hi Peng

    I had an employer nomination approved under pre 1/7/12 regs, but put in my application after 1/7/12 for the Transition Stream.

    I finally got a Case Officer in Feb 2013 who said this was invalid because only a Direct Entry Stream application could be submitted with a nomination that was approved prior to 1/7/12. The email then said that I could change my application to Direct Entry Stream & be assessed under that, but that it was likely to be refused:

    “You may advise me in writing if you wish to have your subclass 187 visa application processed under ‘‘Direct Entry’ stream. However, I note from your visa application that you declared not having a positive skills assessment/Australian qualification at the time of application. Consequently, if you wish to change stream to ‘Direct Entry’, you may still not meet criteria for visa approval unless you can provide skills assessment that you had obtained before lodging your application but declared incorrectly in your application. I also note that you are over the age of 45 at the time of application. Unless you are Minister of Religion, researcher/scientist/technical specialist employed by Australian Government agency, Academic employed by University; earning at or above $180,001 per year; or holder of subclass 444 and 461 visa; (which you are not) your application is likely to be refused”

    Because of this, I withdrew my application and started again (lodged March 2013 & still waiting). However, re-reading the Direct Entry stream requirements on the DIAC site, it would appear that a) I only needed to be under 50 & b) I didn’t need a skills assessment or Australian qual UNLESS I was applying as a tradesperson (my application is for an ANZCO skill level 2 job).

    It seems, therefore, that I was given incorrect advice by the CO, when I could have simply switched to the DE Stream & been processed back in February. Could I have your input on this please?

    thanks
    Fran

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Fran,
      Once the 187 application is lodged, you can’t change it from a TRT application to a DE application – you are not allowed to make such a change. You would need to lodge a new application if you want to apply under DE stream.
      But your understanding in relation to when a skills assessment is required is correct.
      PC

      Reply
  7. Angel

    Hi Peng,

    I just want to ask my employer already lodge the nomination for rsms last July 8,2013, we received a letter of acknowledgement from DIAC that they received the online nomination form. My employer submit all the necessary documents but until now we haven’t received from a case officer that the application has been assessed. Do you think we need first to wait for the nomination approval before we apply for the visa. Or do you think it is much better to do it now even we don’t have yet the nomination approval. Your advice is very much appreciated. Thank you very much.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Angel,
      You can lodge the visa before the nomination is approved – however, if the nomination is refused, then the visa needs to be withdrawn or it will be refusal. You can avoid this risk by waiting for a decision on the nomination.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Angel

        Hi Peng,

        It is more than 2 months since my employer submitted the nomination thru on line. He received the acknowledgment receipt but he haven’t received yet any reply from the case officer. Is that normal? A bit worried.

        Thanks,
        Angel

        Reply
  8. Vick

    Hi peng
    I am on student visa i hv got permnent part time hairdressing job .
    If my employer would like me on full time and willing to sponsor me on rsms is that possible to apply rsms with same employer with whom i am working part time now . Another thing is busines where i work its two months operating since previous owner changed i have got 6 each in ielts academic .

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Vick,
      For RSMS, the business needs to operate for 6 months first before it can sponsors anyone. But if they meet the requirements, they may be able to sponsor you for RSMS.
      PC

      Reply
  9. Raju

    Hi Peng
    Thanks for your help, wonder how serious DIAC on training requirement? have you heard they reject nominations for this?

    Raju

    Reply
  10. Raju

    Hi Peng

    Thanks for your quick reply, is training requirement start from date of sponsorship approval or previous 3 years from date of application? my employer kind of agreed for sponsorship, I can satisfy other requirements but doubts on training spending by my employer. thanks for your help.

    Raju

    Reply
  11. Rishi

    Hi Peng,
    My query is my boss is happy to sponsor me in 187 visa for a cook. And he says that I need to have a 2 years experience post qualification and my cert III and cert IV, is there any alternative for that. I’m in real worry! Plz help me out. Thanks

    Sapi

    Reply
  12. Ankit

    Hi peng,
    I am really in critical situation to apply for 187 visa. Recently i heard about 2 years work experience requirement which make my mind waivering. I am a motor mechanic.
    My overseas qualification is diploma automobile engineer and two years postqualification experience as a mechanic.
    My australian qualification is certi 3, 4 amd diploma in automotive. So my question is that, will diac consider two years overseas workexperience as a mechanic? Or do they only need onshore experience?

    Reply
  13. Guz

    Hi peng
    I have applied 187 visa (cook)(decision ready ) from Hobart
    It has been nearly 8 months haven’t hear anything after that
    My query is that Is decision ready application took longer than normal?
    Thanks

    Reply
  14. Ankit

    Hi peng,
    Thanks for your reply.
    I had overseas experience after finishing my overseas study and before starting australian study. Because in overseas i studied to become a motor mechanic and in australia also i studied to become a motor mechanic.
    Do you reckon diac will consoder two years work experience requirement for 187 visa application? As i m applying this visa onshore and i do not have full skill assesment .
    Thanks,
    Ankit

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ankit,
      We can’t confirm – we would need to complete an assessment to confirm. We would need to check that the experience aligns with the duties listed in ANZSCO, that your qualification is comparable with an Australia qualification etc. But yes, overseas experience can count in theory.
      PC

      Reply
  15. Mandy Sidhu

    Hi peng
    I applied RSMS visa 3 months before. And my nomination has been approved this week. So I just wanna ask that how long normally it’s takes to grant visa after nomination. Thanks for ur help.

    Reply
  16. JJ

    Hi Peng,
    Appreciate your generous answers here.
    My employer has submitted 186 nomination on 16thAug this year but without any response yet. In order to expedite it, I’d like to lodge visa application now. I know the potential risk is that my visa application money gone in case the nomination get refused, but can it make the whole process faster? If yes, how fast will it compared to submit visa app after nomination get approved?

    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi JJ,
      It makes it faster in the sense that your visa application is placed in the queue at an earlier time.
      PC

      Reply
  17. Nick

    Hi Peng,

    We were trying to apply PR under 186 transition stream after working more than 2 year on 457. Just found that it seems they have not met the training requirement and they say they can only prepare the proof for the last 12 month.
    Can we still go for it?? Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Nick,
      For the TRT stream, sponsor is suppose to demonstrate satisfaction of training for the entire period that they are approved as a sponsor.
      PC

      Reply
  18. Aks

    Hi Peng.
    I am on 457 from last 9 months in Sydney and got an opportunity of RSMS in SA on the same job description from a different employer.
    My question is that if I apply RCB, Nomination and application together–>

    A: am I eligible to apply for RSMS while still on 457?

    B: Which visa I would get after applying RSMS?

    C: will it be legally possible to work anywhere else except my 457 sponsorer?

    Thanks And Regards
    AKS.
    Thank you so much.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Aks,
      1. It is possible to lodge a valid RSMS 187 visa application while holding a 457 visa
      2. 187 visa
      3. No due to condition 8107 which is placedon 457 visas
      PC

      Reply
  19. Guz

    Hi peng
    I have applied 187 visa ( decision) (cook) nomination applied
    22jan 2013 n visa lodged 4 feb . It have been 8 months now
    No nomination approved . Is it normal or worried ?
    Thanks ur help

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Guz,
      Normal processing time is like 4-8 months, so it is within the norm. All you can do is wait, or call DIAC yourself if you want to check up.
      PC

      Reply
  20. Sam

    hi Peng,

    I applied for visa 187 in end of june and i just got RCB approval and havent heard from DIAC yet . Can you please suggest how long it will take? do you think i can apply for student on safe side as my TR visa expiring in october.
    Thank you..

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sam,
      Normal processing time is say 4-8 months. You should have a bridging visa which will come into effect once your current visa expires, so there is no need to apply for a student visa – you can confirm this with DIAC.
      PC

      Reply
        1. sam

          My concern was if in some cases if they will reject the file, i want back up visa. if they will reject and if i will lodge MRT , during the MRT period can i apply for student visa or not? just assuming above situation..

          Reply
          1. Peng Cheng Post author

            No – if the application is refused, s48 bars you from lodging a student visa application while in Australia. You may be able to apply if you are offshore.
            PC

  21. Navatha

    Hi peng
    My name is navatha I just want to know upto which month decision redy applications allocated case officers in Melbourne…what is the curent update…
    Thanks

    Reply
  22. Vick

    Hi Peng
    I just wondering if i apply RSMS in south australia Decision Ready ,nomination and visa same together with all documents , police checks and medicals after lodging my file when case officer get located to my file , he will be the one who will work on my nomination and after nomination approved the same case officer will continue process my visa application at same time or , for visa they will locate another case officer to work on my file ??? In south australia its taking 4-6 weeks to approving nominations , so it means if i lodge Decision ready file i will get my visa result within 4-6 weeks is that right ?? Bb

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Vick,
      It is usually the same CO but not always the case.
      I’d be surprised if processing time is only 4-6 weeks. In NSW, it is 4-8 months for processing.
      PC

      Reply
  23. Abbi

    Hi Peng,
    I’ve been sponsored via Red Rooster (WA) for subclass 187.
    Lodged my application last week of JUNE 2013.
    4months are passed and no news. Any news on processing with delays ?

    Also, When is my 2 yrs contract gona start? is it after the visa been granted? or
    Is it the moments i lodged the application?or
    Is it the day when started working as nominated role in the company?

    Am i free to get another another job after 2 years of contract?

    Kind Regards
    Abbi

    Reply
  24. RK

    Hi PC,
    I have applied for a 187 in jan 2013. Have been waiting for 9 months now. I have contacted the immi re the issue but they have no response as usual. in you experience is it usual for a visa decision to take such an extended period of time.
    I have not been assigned a case officer yet and the Melbourne processing center cannot give me a time frame or any concrete information to proceed with, all of the responses were vague.
    my question since i am outside of the client service charter by a substantial amount (6 months as per immi website) + outside other normal times such as 4-8 months, is there any body else i can contact is this regard.
    There a lot of issues that plague non-substantive visa holders and it is holding me back in many aspects of my life.

    I would appreciate any help, you can provide.

    thanks in advance

    r

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi RK,
      Honestly I don’t think that there is anything that can be done about your process time – even the Department has told you that there is no time frame for the processing of your application. Unless you have a good reason to request for priority processing, all you can really do is wait.
      PC

      Reply
  25. Rosy

    Hi peng, I am a cook with Australian qualification of advanced diploma in hospitality plus 2 years full time post qualification work experience ( after completion of cert 3). At the moment I work in a regional area of Queensland and my employer is willing to sponser me for rsms visa. My only concern is that do I need to have full skill assessment in order to apply the visa regardless of my Australian qualification and experience? I am on 485 visa and I have only got provisional skill assessment.. And I have come accross the new change from 28 th of October which states that provisional skill assessment will be no longer accepted for 187 and 186 visa. Do I really need skill assessment for 187 visa? Or can I apply with out it..your suggestion will be highly appreciated..thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Rosy,
      You can’t use a 485 skill assessment for a full skill assessment is required for the visa application.
      If you hold a relevant Australian qualification and you have 2 years of post qualification experience, you can be exempt from the skill assessment requirement for the 187 visa.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Rosy

        Hi peng, thanks for your reply. It is really helpful. I have one more query regarding my job position. Can I apply frsms visa if my position is cook/chef level 3 ? One of my friend told me that I need to have the position of cook level 4, 5 or 6 ( grade 3, 4 or 5) in my employment contract to apply for rsms visa? Thank you

        Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Hi Rosy,
          Extract from the following post: http://myaccessaustralia.com/regional-sponsored-migration-scheme-rsms-subclass-187-visa/

          To apply under the DE stream for the RSMS visa, the following needs to be satisfied:

          The tasks required (and accordingly the nominated position) corresponds to an occupation at an ANZSCO skill level of 1, 2 or 3. These skill levels generally correspond to occupations which are managerial, professional, or trade based. This means that if you are nominating a position within the ANZSCO code, it needs to begin with a 1, 2 or 3 (eg, Engineering Manager ANZSCO 133211, Registered Nurse ANZSCO 254412 or Motor Mechanic ANZSCO 321213).
          PC

          Reply
  26. Kawal

    Hi peng,

    I have an Australian qualification of advanced diploma in hospitality management(commercial cookery). I am working in regional area of queensland. My owner agreed to sponser me a as restaurant manager. My concern is do I qualify to get sponser as a manager and do I need a 2 year experience before applying.

    Thanks
    Kawal

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kawal,
      For RSMS application in the role of restaurant manager, 2 years of experience is not required.
      PC

      Reply
  27. Kawal

    Hi Peng,

    Thanks for the reply. One more question, do I need skill assessment as I have an Australian qualification and did my qualification is eligible to apply 187 as a restaurant manager?

    Thanks
    Kawal

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kawal,
      For 187 visa application for the role of restaurant manager, you don’t need a skill assessment. You need to have a relevant qualification that is equivalent to an Australian diploma or higher qualification.
      PC

      Reply
  28. Kawal

    Hi Peng,

    I have done advanced diploma of hospitality management(commercial cookery). Is it eligible to apply rsms as a restaurant manager.

    Thanks
    Kawal

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kawal,
      I can’t guarantee that this is how your case officer will assess the application, but I think that qualification should be relevant and sufficient.
      PC

      Reply
  29. Radhika

    Hello peng,
    I have done my diploma in hospitality and I got a sponsor in regional bk Vitoria who is willing to sponsor me for rsms direct entry stream as a cafe manager i got my skills assessed for 485 visa..is that ok for cafe manager occupation and a small doubt peng why are they asking full skill assessment for cook and not for cafe/restaurant manager ?
    Thanks in advance .

    Radhika

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Radhika,
      For RSMS, you don’t need a skill assessment if the nominated occupation is cafe manager. You just need a relevant qualification that is at the appropriate level – which would be at least a diploma level qualification for cafe manager.
      PC

      Reply
  30. james

    Hi PC
    l applied visa 187 on 26 june 2013. My partner the second applicant has ielts expires in december 2013. Is it likely that DIAC going to refuse application,if we get a CO after dec 2013?
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi James,
      Functional English through IELTS is satisfied by the following:

      the applicant provides evidence of having achieved an IELTS average band score of at least 4.5 based on the 4 test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening in a test conducted: · not more than 12 months before lodging the relevant application to migrate; or · at the time of the processing of the relevant application to migrate

      Technically, the examination result is valid if the test was conducted not more than 12 months before lodging the relevant application to migrate, even if it is expired by the time of decision.
      PC

      Reply
  31. Geenu

    Hi peng
    I read all your question and answer above very helpful information .
    I have applied for RSMS visa and nomination is approved last week . Can you please advise any idea how long immigration can take to grant visa .
    Regards
    GM

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi GM,
      Say 4-8 months from when you lodged. You may need to wait 1-2 weeks if it is the same CO for the visa application.
      PC

      Reply
  32. Manu

    Hi peng,

    Have you got new updates of DR application processing time after March 2013 as now almost 8 months finished.i applied on 17 June 2013 for nomination and 22 of June for PR my agent ask them about processing time but they didn’t give proper answer so if you can update which file they are opening now will be great help
    Thanks

    Manu

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Manu,
      I don’t know which applications they are currently processing – I don’t think anyone would have this information. I always just tell people its going to be 4-8 months at least. Just depends on how busy the case officer is.
      PC

      Reply
  33. joti

    Hi Peng,

    My DR nomination and visa application assigned to same CO on 4 November 2013. I got approval of my nomination on 22 November 2013. For my visa application, she told for health exam coz the visa application was offshore. She got on 8 November all my medical details. Last week, my agent ring my CO. she said all the requirement are done but she didn’t tell about processing time of approval. Is it effect on my application if my MA call her again or I have to wait for her decision. Secondally, is there any difference of offshore and onshore visa application for taking decision. How long could be processing time of taking decision can you please explain. I would be thankful to you for such kind of help.
    This blog is really helpful for us. I appreciate to you for such kind of assistance.
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Joti,
      Processing time is just dependent on how busy the case officer is, so it is not really possible to predict. Whether it is an onshore or offshore application shouldn’t affect the processing time.
      Your agent can follow-up, but obviously there is no need to follow-up if they have done so recently.
      PC

      Reply
  34. Sam

    Hi peng ,i was checking online status of my application(vc 187) and status is’ processing ‘what is that meaning?i mean is case officer allocated and working on application or some thing else? Thanx

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sam,
      I don’t think it means much – just means you are in the queue. Its not an indication of allocation.
      PC

      Reply
  35. KVN

    Hi Peng,

    I have applied for 187 (Direct Entry Stream) and Case Officer has been allocated.. CO requested to submit Medicals and I have done my medicals on last Friday (Dec 06th ). Do you know how long it would take to issue PR…? During my Medicals, I was really stressed out and my BP levels are bit high… Is there any rejection for high Blood Pressure?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi KVN
      The processing time really depends on your case officer and their case load. Generally, it may take possibly 2-4 weeks for you to get a result after you respond to a case officer’s request, although it may take longer in your situation because of the holiday period.
      You need to meet the relevant health requirements, but we cannot confirm whether or not your blood pressure will impact your health examination.
      PC

      Reply
    2. Vishal

      Hi KVN, I have the same issue, I have applied for RSMS 187, as my medical tests were done on 10th December, still haven’t heard from CO, so if you get to hear any reply about your Visa application, plz inform me so I can chase up with my CO.
      That will be great help!!!

      Thank you
      Vishal Patel

      Reply
  36. Ankit

    Hi peng,
    I would like to know, is it a visa condition that 187 visa holders have to live in regional area?
    The reason i am asking you this question because dibp site only says applicant has to work in regional australia. Before two or three months when i have checked diac site it was saying that visa holders have to live and work in regional australia. And now it says only have to work in regional australia?

    So, is it alright if visa holder work in regional area and live in metro area?

    Thanks,
    Ankit

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ankit,
      You can live anywhere, including metro areas. You just need to work in that regional role.
      PC

      Reply
  37. Risham

    Hi peng
    Just got question about saturatory declaration form that immigration asked me to fill . Because some document I couldn’t provide at time of application nd I provided at time immigration requested . They ask me fill that n
    And explain the reason why not provided at time application . What is the reason declaring that .nd why they can ask to fill that form
    Thank peng please reply

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Risham,
      Your case officer can ask for whatever information, forms or documents as they think to be necessary. You can respond with whatever documents you think are appropriate. However, how you deal with your case officer and whether you comply with their request will obviously affect the application.
      PC

      Reply
  38. AA

    HI PC

    You have been very helpful with all the inquiries from everyone and this site is proving helpful to all.
    Its been over a month since my nomination for the store manager has been approved and when i asked for the update from CO she said, ” kindly note that there is no outcome at this stage and I will advise you in due course”.
    Its getting close to xmas holidays and m feeling like over the edge of mountain as its been almost 7 months for me.
    Should i be worried? how long does it usually take to get visa grant after nomination approval?
    What could be the cause of delay?

    Kind Regards
    AA

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi AA,
      There is no standardised processing time. It really depends on how business the case officer is. Processing time in total is usually 3-6 months because this is just the average and plenty of applications fall outside of average processing times.
      I don’t think that there is much that you can do other than wait.
      PC

      Reply
      1. AA

        Hi Peng,
        Unfortunately there is still no answer from the CO that has approved my nomination back in Nov 13.
        Until now it has been 10+ months and in frustration I’ve also contacted my CO and she gave me the same reply “no outcome yet” and didnt even asked me for any other documents.
        Some of my documents are even going to expire like medical and police clearance certificates.
        So are they ask me to do that again or they will just consider the once that has been submitted at initial lodgement state?
        What could she be checking after approval of nomination?
        Is it just the applicant details now?
        Also the store i was being sponsored from is going to be franchised in like few weeks from now, will that affect my application if the new franchisee decides to replace the existing management team including me?
        Your reply will be highly appreciated
        Warm Regards
        AA

        Reply
  39. Neil

    Hi Peng,

    My employer applied to nominate me but made a mistake and clicked the DE scheme rather than the TRT scheme.

    I have been on a 457 visa with them for 2 years.

    My employer has written to the department to change from DE nomination to TRT nomination. Is this possible? the department told me it was not possible but my employer is adamant it is.

    Also, I have been employed on two separate 457 visa’s for the same employer for 2 consecutive years, both visas were for an ‘Urban and Regional Planner’ however I have been working in a different role with a different position description for each visa – i.e. a different position but still carrying out duties associated with Urban and Regional Planer occupation – first role was assessment of applications and the other role was the enforcement of applications.

    Does this still qualify as two years sponsored in the same occupation?

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Neil,
      As far as I’m aware, its not possible to change the stream after lodgement.
      If the roles were similar and align with the selected ANZSCO for the PR application, then you should still satisfy the requirements.
      PC

      Reply
  40. basanta uprety

    hi peng
    im on 457 visa. i have worked more than 22 months in this position and like to have the nomination of the company before i complete my 2 years. can the company apply before the completion of 2 years or not?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Basanta,
      Applying under the TRT stream, the employer and yourself need to lodge the applications after you have completed the full 24 months of employment.
      PC

      Reply
  41. Veena

    Hi,
    It’s me mrs. Paul .
    I applied my 186 visa after 457 on 18 sept 2013
    It’s already four months going to complete but we didn’t get any reply.
    How much time it can take

    Reply
  42. AA

    Hi Peng,
    I’ve recently received my PR under rsms 187 as retail manager in fast food restaurant. Unfortunately the company has gone downhill and they’ve decided to franchise all the running stores. Someone has offered the company to buy the the store that I’ve been working in from 2 yrs but he doesnt wana have the management team.
    And the company is asking me if i want to stay with the company or not?
    if i choose another job now, will i lose my PR?

    PS you comments are very helpful.

    Regards
    AA

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi AA,
      If you have already completed your 2 years of post PR grant work in the nominated role, then I don’t think that changing employers will affect your PR.
      PC

      Reply
  43. john

    Hi peng,
    i was checking online status of my application(vc 187) and it says “in progress”.
    i got my nominationd done 2 weeks ago.so how do i know is the same CO handling my visa and how long it might gonna take?
    Thanks,john

    Reply ↓

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi John,
      It is not always the same CO but it is usually the same CO if both applications were lodged at the same time. There is no set processing time – usually takes 3-6 months from when you lodged.
      PC

      Reply
      1. AA

        Hi John,
        I am in the same boat. My nomination was approved 2 months ago and still waiting. Its been overall 7 months until now and during this I’ve asked the CO about my status or if any documents required? to which CO replied that immi will reply the outcome shortly. I’ve got friends who applied at the same time with me and they received visa in minutes after getting nomination approved. its frustrating but m gona wait for another 2 months.
        hang in there.

        Reply
        1. Sidhu

          Hey guys
          I am in same situation as well. I got nomination approval in August. And after my medicals my co didn’t reply. Then I knew that she has been changed and new co has gone for one month holidays and I am still hanging. I don’t know when they gonna reply me. I am waiting from 5 months. Thanks

          Reply
  44. Anil

    Hi peng
    How r u? U r so helpful to us…I Have one question regarding rsms
    Visa..I got approval for rsms 187 visa….is that ok can i work
    For onther job for 2 days… Which are my day offs and different department and that to
    In melbourne ..

    Thanks
    Anil

    Reply
  45. peter

    HI Peng I am on 485 visa right now and working in a company.. I am looking for employer sponsorship. my visa is expiring on 27/03/2014.. can you tell me if I found an employer ready to sponsor me and I apply for regional employer sponsored visa 187 how long it wud take ?? I am worried cuz my visa is running out soon and I need to apply soon. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Peter,
      Department process time is around 3-6 months. But you should a bridging visa which will allow you to lawfully remain in Australia until a decision is made if you lodge your RSMS application in time.
      PC

      Reply
  46. Sunny

    Hi, I recently got my 457 visa as a CSM. I got 6 in ielts can I apply resturent manager as rsms 187 visa. Someone ready to sponser me . I have skill level 2 advance diploma in business management .

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sunny,
      Can’t determine whether you meet the requirements of RSMS just based on the above. Restaurant manager can be sponsored under RSMS.
      PC

      Reply
  47. basanta uprety

    Hi peng
    Thanks for being kind and giving the answer.
    we are about to lodge 186 nomination but my employer forgot to do training on 2012 ,but he has done the training for 2013 and beginning 2014 of 1 % of his company payroll.does it really matter for nomination? or immigration just need last 12 months training receipts. and do they need any company documents because our COMPANY SBS is valid until 2015 jan 16.
    And another question for you
    2 years count from the day you start work or the day you got 457 visa? my 457 nomination got approved on 12th jan 2012 but i got my 457 visa on 16 Th. april.so am i eligible for apply 186 visa now ?.Thanks in advance

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Basanta,
      They need to satisfy the training benchmark requirement in order to get nomination approval – so yes it really matters.
      The Department has a checklist for the 186 nomination application.
      For the TRT stream, you count time from when you started to actually work as a 457 visa holder.
      PC

      Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sunny,
      The nominated occupation for the 187 visa doesn’t have to be the same as the 457 visa.
      PC

      Reply
  48. John

    Hi Peng
    how are you? i have applied for my rsms 187 visa 3months ago and lodged nomination and visa pplication together and 3weeks before i have got the approval for the nominations but theres no news about the Visa yet.
    i want to know if theres a time frame after nomination approval to get the visa granted because i have heard from my friends when there nomination approved they got there visa within days.should i be worried?
    thank you for your time

    John

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi John,
      There is no specific time frame, but it is usually pretty quick if the visa and nomination were lodged together – say around 2-4 weeks.
      PC

      Reply
  49. kayani

    hi peng
    i applied rsms in customer service manager but there is already an officde manager in business.and our business is likw we provide batteries collect expired batteries nd installation of batteries to rac customers basically we are contractors of rac .we have staff of 22
    we are serving more than 100 customers in one day an we have 6 vans on road everyday.can u plz tell me is it possible to have two managers in business like that big…and can the case officer can say that office manager can also handle the complians nd operations of business and operational staff aswell…or office manager is just for office work…?
    your help will b really appreciated

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kayani,
      I can’t really comment on the prospects of your application just based on the above information – case officer needs to take into account various factors such as the financial position of the company, evidence provided in relation to the duties of your role, stated duties of other employees etc.
      Whether there is a genuine need for your role is a subjective decision – we would need to have an understanding of the whole application before we can provide our advice.
      PC

      Reply
  50. Preet

    Hi
    I applied for 187 sa after 7 months my one case officer refuse. My application for nomination but after that i got email from senior case officer asking me give the reson why rcb is not satsified with application becasuse my advertise was not in local newspaper and my contract was not sent to them by my agent so if i sent them all qoestion how much chances i got for approval as i hv end up with my agent as well and m dealing with my application myslf thanks an

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Preet,
      Your CO cannot approve a 187 visa application if the 187 nomination application is not approved – that is just how the law operates.
      PC

      Reply
  51. kayani

    hi peng
    i already provide them an accountant letter(ca) stating that business is financially good to ad another employee…
    when we provide registred accoutant letter to them still they look the financials..?
    and compny turnover is around 700000$ and payg summary for all employees is 329000$.company has 22 employees 3 for office work including office manager nd rest are on operations of business….business has 6 vans with 14 hrs shift for each van and director of company is not working atm coz of his family health….business is 6 years old .i also have the evidences of complains of customers and losses which company faced due to poor performance of staff…
    plz help me out on this
    will b thankfull to u

    Reply
  52. Angel

    Hi Peng,
    I received the approval of my RSMS nomination . I’m now In the process of lodging my visa application on line. I’m a bit nervous because I don’t have an agent and I’m just relying on online informations. Do you think I have a big chance to have my visa to be approved. Have you got any idea for the time frame. Your response is very much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Angel

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Angel,
      I can’t really comment on the prospects of your application – processing time is around 3-6 months.
      PC

      Reply
  53. ali

    hi peng

    can u plz tell me when the case officer is been allocated to your case normally how long case officer take to give decission . only for nomination

    Reply
  54. ali

    Hi peng

    When the case officer is been allocated it means he oopened the case and starts processing or it means the case is handed to case officer and will starts processing when he will finishe other cases first..

    Thanx

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ali
      It means: the case is handed to case officer and will starts processing when he will finishe other cases first
      PC

      Reply
  55. Angel

    Hi Peng,

    After I received the approval of my nomination I lodge my 187 visa application last feb 4,2014.
    Have you got any idea of the time frame for the results.

    Thanks,
    Angel

    Reply
      1. Angel

        Hi Peng,

        I want to inquired what will be the citizenship of my baby?
        I gave birth for her last Sept 12,2012 here in Australia.
        We just lodge the permanent residency this year 2014.
        What will be her citizenship is she will be an Australian citizen by default if we got our permanent residency visa approval.

        Thanks,
        Angel

        Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Hi Angel,
          She would need to satisfy the citizenship requirements, and apply for citizenship. She is not automatically granted this.
          PC

          Reply
  56. Priyank

    Hi peng,

    I have been reading your blog for long time . I have got rcb approved from geelong rcb last week as a restaurant manager. I am hoping to lodge my nomination +visa application for 187 visa by the end of the next month. In my rcb my employer has lodged
    *bank Statement for last three months
    *abn and acn
    *letter of support from accountant
    *business activity statement
    *profit and loss statement from accountant.
    *business plan and organisation chart
    *job advertisements

    I would like to know that is it alright if my employer lodge same documents for nomination purpose or does he need to make everything again like letter of support profit and loss statement etc? Because geelong rcb wants everything which requires for employer nomination through dibp.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you asap.

    Regarda,
    Priyank

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Priyank,
      You should prepare the application in accordance with the 187 visa checklist, which may require additional documents which were not required by the RCB. You can use the financial records submitted to the RCB as long as the records are still relatively current (say issued within the last 3 months).
      PC

      Reply
  57. Rick

    G’day Peng..

    I have lodged my Nomination and visa application in January 2013..after more than a year I finally got a case officer..
    one aspect of our business was temporarily closed for renovation but it did not affect my work as i relocated to the other restaurant in the same building, under the same company name and ABN but the case officer checked up on the closed restaurant and sent us an “adverse news regarding business letter”
    now we have provided her with all relevant documentation to prove that the business is still running and is a part of the same company
    i.e BAS statement … Lease Documents.. Photo evidence of me working and workplace running..Payslips etc..

    all i want to know is there a guideline to which the case officer must adhere to in regards of replying to emails or with providing a result for the nomination..because another one years wait just get a result would be too long..
    great if u can provide me with any relevant info..

    thanks in advance..keep up the good work..

    regards,

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Rick,
      There is no specific assessment process for case officers to follow, at least I am not aware of any specific process. Your case officer should get back to you within the next few weeks – you should be waiting months and months again.
      PC

      Reply
  58. Kevin Brock

    Hi Peng

    Thank you for answering so many questions so professionally.

    I notice that some qualifications require a skills assessment for the 187 RSMS visa and some don’t. I qualified with a cert 3 and diploma in Locksmithing in Novenber 2012. My employer has just lodged their nomination application. Do I need to provide a skills assessment for my trade or not if applying for the RSMS.

    Looking forward to your reply

    Kind regards
    Kev

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kev,
      For Locksmithing, you do need a skill assessment unless you have a relevant Australian qualification.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Kevin Brock

        Hi Peng

        Thank you very much for your answer. Yes I have studied in Australia for 2 years and gained my Certificate 3 and diploma. Is 2 years of full time work required within this trade too or is the qualification good enough.

        If its good enough, how long will my nomination application take to be approved and if i wait until its approved to sent my application off for PR, how long then will the PR application take. Just trying to sum up if its much quicker to apply for both at the same time, or not.

        Kind regards

        Kev

        Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Hi Kevin,

          Department will take around 3-6 months to process the application from when you lodge – that is for both the visa and nomination applications.

          See this post which explains: http://myaccessaustralia.com/regional-sponsored-migration-scheme-rsms-subclass-187-visa/

          Two years of on-the-job training or work experience

          It is important to note that under the Department’s policy guidelines, even if you have a relevant Certificate IV, you may be required to have the additional 2 years of on the job training if the units of the Certificate IV program are essentially the same units as the Certificate III program.
          For example, for the ANZSCO of Cook 351411, the qualification requirement for this occupation is:
          AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV
          If you completed a relevant Certificate IV course, such as Commercial Cookery or Asian Cookery,
          Under ANZSCO, there is no requirement of 2 years of on-the-job training for Certificate IV qualifications. However, under policy, if:
          higher level Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications essentially consist of Certificate III units and
          these higher level courses do not provide for 2 years of on-the job training that should have been part of these Certificate III course units
          such Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications cannot substitute for the Certificate III requirement of two years of on-the-job training. These higher Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications must also include two years of relevant on-the-job training. In the absence of such training as part of the course, you are required to demonstrate two years of relevant post-qualifications experience which can substitute for the required training.

          PC

          Reply
  59. hemu

    Hi Peng

    My employer has lodged 186 nomination ( non DRC) on October 15th 2013. Its been 4 months and we haven’t heard anything yet. I heard that department has stopped DRC applications now and processing in the order of date of lodgement. Is there anyway to track of which dated applications the department is processing now?? How much is the current processing time for just nomination? ?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Hemu,
      I heard that department has stopped DRC applications now and processing in the order of date of lodgement.
      That is right
      Is there anyway to track of which dated applications the department is processing now??
      No
      How much is the current processing time for just nomination? ?
      Say 3-6 months.
      PC

      Reply
  60. Andy

    Hi peng,

    187 visa,
    Regarding two years of work experience requirement for trade qualification, i would like to know that i have 6 months of vollunteer experience and six months of parttime onshore experience and still working . I have two years of overseas experience as well. 1)As i have studied to be a motor mechanic overseas too. Will that be valid for 187 visa application?
    I tried to assess my overseas qualification and work experience in vet assess. But they told me that i need atleast one year fulltime employment to assess my trade in last two years which i do not have.

    2)However i have overseas qualification(diploma in automobile engineering) and australian qualification (certi 3,4 and diploma of automotive management).so do i need to have skill assessment?

    3)Dibp policy says applicant need to have two years of poststudy experience. Does it say parttime, fulltime or vollunteer? What will happen to my overseas qualification and experience which i can not assess at the moment due to time gap?

    4) however, two years of experience is a policy it is not a legislation. So dibp follow the policy or legislation?
    If dibp refuses visa on the base of policy, can we challenge it through mrt?

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Regards,
    Ankit

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Andy,

      1. As explained above, you don’t need a skill assessment if you hold a relevant Aus qualification and the nominated occupation is motor mechanic
      2. You need least 2 years post-qualification experience, obtained on a full time basis or its part-time equivalent. You can only count paid work experience, so you need to exclude volunteer work
      3. It is possible to appeal a refusal to the MRT – including if the application was refused on the basis of policy

      pc

      Reply
  61. prabat

    Hi,peng.
    I applied rsms 187 on Nov.last year offshore..what is the nomination mean? I did my health check too.how long I have to wait..thanx peng..

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Prabat,
      The nomination application is what is lodged by your sponsoring employer. Processing time is around 3-6 months.
      PC

      Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Hi Prabat,
          Generally speaking, you can only count paid work experience, not volunteer work.
          PC

          Reply
  62. Preet

    Hi peng,u r helping a lot .i have a question??i lodged 187 visa n file is already opened but Rcb is nt decided yet..so hw long it take to approve RCB.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Preet,
      Each individual RCB has its own processing time so you need to contact the relevant RCB – it usually takes around 2-6 weeks depending on the RCB.
      pc

      Reply
  63. ali

    hi peng…

    my nomination was been approoved on10 feb and i lodged my visa application on 17 of feb …
    how long DIAC is taking time to process the only visa application now adays if u saw any guy whose visa came from last couple of days …?

    Reply
  64. Jaswinder

    Hi peng
    Hope u going well. I have one question that if Diac refuse RSMS OFFSHORE visa then are we able to apply in MRT and will granted a bridging visa which will allow me to stay in Australia? I m already on visa A bcoz I got rejection of student visa. And also are they goona put some ban on me for apply visa again for Australia.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jaswinder,
      The decision is MRT reviewable, but I don’t think that you can be granted a bridging visa in association with that MRT review since it is an offshore application.
      PC

      Reply
  65. niro

    Hi peng,

    Im an RN and applying for a 187 visa. My employer lodged a nomination with diac and RCB already last 30 of January. I got the TRN nmbr but with no approvals yet. Can I lodge my application now? Or is it better to wait for the RCB opinion and nomination approval?

    Kind Regards,
    Niro

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Niro,
      You can lodge the visa now – but some people want for nomination approval just to avoid the risk of nomination refusal.
      PC

      Reply
  66. Qiqi

    Hi Peng,

    Currently I am planning to apply 187 visa with agent, was suggesting to agent to wait for employer’s nomination approved, then only lodging my visa application; but was then advised to lodge my visa application the same time as employer nomination as worried the law might change after 1 July 2014. My question is if the employer’s nomination is not approved by DIBP, would my visa application be cancelled right away too? Do I have enough time to withdraw my visa application once I am notified that the nomination is not approved ? -to avoid the record of visa being refused. Your advice is much appreciated.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Qiqi,
      If the nomination is refused, the Department should give you an opportunity to withdraw the visa application before a decision is made.
      PC

      Reply
  67. Vicky Singh

    Hi there i am hairdresser i m going to apply rsms i havn,t got ielts 6 each yet can i lodge just a nomination without ielts ? if i get ielts 6 each after applying nomination or applying nomination without ielts will affect my nomination application ? Can they refuse my nomination beacuse of ielts ? i will apply visa file after getting 6 each

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Vicky,
      The English ability of the applicant is not relevant to the nomination application – only the nomination requirements need to be satisfied, which relate to the role that is being sponsored. Your IELTS result will not result in nomination refusal.
      PC

      Reply
  68. andy

    Hi peng,
    I have a quick question , my mara has lodged 187 application. Can i create immi account and check which document he has uploaded by using import application facility ?
    If i do that will my application be disappeared from mara immi account?
    Thanks,
    Andy

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Andy,
      I’m honestly not sure how the Department’s system operates – I suggest that you give them a call and ask.
      PC

      Reply
  69. Bhav

    Hi Peng.
    First of all i would like to thanks for doing such a great help. Thanks a lot.
    I have a question about my 187 rsms visa i lodge my RCB and nomination on 10th of jan 2014. unfortunatly i got refusal from Rcb Due to did not published the add . i got my 457 visa on the same company and my employer happy to help me to get pr visa. But when lodge my rsms that time my lowyer dint told me that need to publish the add and told me i am the exesting employee on that business thats why no need to give add. Now my employer place the add on 24th jan 2014 so we can re lodge the application in Rcb now ? and if the case officer should appoint for nomination what might happen he / she can counsider my application or they will refuse the nomination Base on RCB refusel.??
    Looking forward to your reply..
    Kind Regards
    Bhav.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Bhav,
      You need to have RCB approval by the time that the Department assesses your application – otherwise they will likely refuse it. Although when they start to assess your application, they are likely to contact you to ask for the RCB approval.
      PC

      Reply
  70. Saad

    Gday Peng:-

    i have question if u can help me out.
    my nomination was been approved 1 month before nd now i m in a process to lodge visa app.
    can you plz tell me do i have to attach employment contract aswell with all other doc..?
    Thanks

    Reply
  71. zohaib

    HI PENG:-
    I AM IN A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION PLZ IF U CAN HELP ME OUT
    TWO employers lodged individually nomination for me .First employer nomination was been approved on 10/02/2014 and i lodged the visa app on 17/02/2014.i was about to tell to second employer to withdrawl the nomination but didnt get time and he got an email from case officer today.
    Second nomination lodged on 12/12/20. My second employer receive the below email from case officer today .THE case officer said In your business notice of proposed deregistration has received by the company on 19/11/2013 .so we cant proceed the nomination.AND providing misleading information is a serious offence.
    The thing which i m worried is about ,the case officer also mentioned my first employer and his nomination aswell and saying that ” as our records show there are two RSMS,S FOR the ONE Nominee ” ”is the first employer(business) associated with the second one(business)” .Which is absolutely not both are different entities but the owner of both business are brothers.but they are running business separetely ,everything is separate….
    will it effect my first visa application 187DE whose nomination was already been approved. CAN DIBP refuse my first visa application or cancel my first nomination on the basis of second one misleading information…?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Zohaib,
      The Department can look into this as part of your visa application assessment. But if you say that the two companies have nothing to do with each other, and the nomination has been approved already, then I don’t think that you’ll have any issues with using the approved nomination since the Department has completed its assessment already.
      PC

      Reply
  72. QSR

    Hi PC
    I’ve lodged my application via MA for RMS 187 on 20/6/13. Got my nomination approved on 18/11/13.
    My CO officer for visa app is the one who approved nomination. in a few days it will be 9 months since the application has been ladged.
    During this I’ve contacted the co 3 time regarding the status/update on my file or if she require any other docs. she has given me same rely all the time i.e. There is no outcome for the application at this stage, will contact in due coarse.
    What can I do?
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi QSR,
      I don’t think that there is much that you can do – your matter is under assessment so you pretty much just need to wait for your case officer.
      PC

      Reply
  73. Vick

    Hi peng thanks in advance
    I would like to ask you how long it does takes to approve a visa (rsms) if we lodge visa seperate after approved a nomination ? For how long approved nomination valid before visa?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Vick,
      Visa applications needs to be lodged within 6 months of nomination approval. Processing time is around 3-6 months.
      PC

      Reply
  74. Vick

    Hi peng thanks for ur previous reply
    Can i sit in ielts to get 6 each to apply a visa after nomination approved ?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Vick,
      You need to have a valid IELTS result at the time that you lodge the visa application.
      PC

      Reply
  75. zack

    Hi there…
    When my nomination was approved ,on th end of  approval letter it was witten paramatta proceasing centre, but my employer lodged nomination in perth..
    Now i lodged my visa app ,it will also go to paramatta processing centre. ? ..i lodged it here in perth…i dont understand whats this…

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Zack,
      Applications can be allocated to different offices depending on work load. This shouldn’t affect the decision that is made.
      PC

      Reply
  76. zohaib

    Hi peng
    thanx for ur rep
    When my nomination was approved ,on n regards to similarities or relation to both companies i want to tell smthing,as co asked that is the second company has any association with the first one…
    Following are the similarities between two companies
    Both companies owners are brothers
    Both have same accountant
    Both are registered in 2007
    Both are contractors of RAC
    Both uses same MA for nomination

    Does this matters.? These similarities CO want to know.
    Else both have different entity, different ABN number , and operating totaly separatly to each other

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Zohabid,
      I don’t know enough about your application to say much – if they are different legal entities and there is no relationship between these entities, then they shouldn’t affect each other for the purpose of a visa application.
      PC

      Reply
  77. sam

    Hi Peng,
    currently i am on 457 visa customer service manger. I recieved a job offer in reginal area as restaurant manger. i have advance diploma in business management (Skill level 2). my query is can i apply RSMS visa with new sponsor. and keep working with current one unless my RSMS visa is grant. Or i have to leave my current employer and start with new one with different occupation. In this case what happen with my 457 visa. if immigration cancel my 457 visa Is they put any condition such as bared to apply onshore or such thing . Please help me

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sam,
      While you hold your 457 visa, you can only work for your approved sponsor. You can work for your RSMS sponsor once this visa has been granted, as this visa will replace your 457 visa.
      PC

      Reply
  78. Angel

    Hi Peng,

    I’m a bit worried I’ve applied my 187 visa (Decision Ready) last Feb 4 2014 and received acknowledgement letter last Feb7,2014 but until I have not received any feedback.
    Time Frame of application:
    July 2013 lodge the 187 nomination
    January 2014 received the approval of nomination.

    February 2014 lodge the 187 visa.
    Until now no feedback yet.

    Per website it says 3 to 6 months but in my application time frame is 9 months now.

    Your assistance is very much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Angel

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Angel,
      You lodged your visa as a separate application – processing time will be around 3-6 months from when you lodged the visa application.
      PC

      Reply
  79. Jason

    hi peng…
    First of all i would thanks to answer the queries of all.
    Today i find it out , actually in my visa app(rsms)i mentioned i worked for kfc for 6 months its actually 4 months and the second main thing is i mentioned i worked in hungry jacks for 2.5 months but actually i only worked in hungry jacks just for couple of days because i did trainig in hungry jacks so altogether time period was about 1 month, and i didnt even get paid for that in hungry jacks because i left without informing them….
    please let me know what should i do ,should i attach the form (form 1023) or i should leave it as it is…?
    As they will assess my app by my qualification and there is no experience required but still it can be a issue that i provide them misleading information which can result in very bad outcome .
    My nominated position is customer service manager and i have australian diploma of managment of 1 year in that i dont need experience but still i mention it in my visa app but its not accuate ,as when i fill the app form i didnt consider it important because i thought my app will be go through my diploma whixh i already have and no need of experience..
    and really i didnt know the dates because i did these jobs as a customer service representative in 2012 and its already 2 yeras past so i forgot but today when i checked my bank statment from that i confirmed the dates .
    please let me know what i should i do now
    i will be very thankful to you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jason,
      Providing inaccurate or misleading information can lead to visa refusal, even if you are not required to have any work experience in order to satisfy the visa requirements. It can also result in a ban period where you cannot be granted most temporary visas.
      The Department can check your references.
      PC

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  80. jadon

    hi peng…
    so pls let me know what should i do now…! should i attach form 1023 with my app and will let them know about the correct information …i lodged app electronically on 17 feb 2014

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jadon,
      Can’t really advise in relation to that – it is really up to you because adverse consequences can result if you inform the Department, and also if the Department finds out themselves.
      PC

      Reply
  81. Kathy

    Hi Peng
    The information you provided were really helpful. I have got some questions in realtion to 187 visa.
    I wanted to do the medical so I got HAP Id through my health decleration. But I found that we can only go through my health decleration if you haven’t lodge the application, but if you have lodge the application we should wait for CO. But I have already got the HAP id and have two TRN in my application now, one is for health and one is for 187 application.
    I don’t have no idea what to do? should I use that HAP id and do the medical or wait for my CO.
    Really confused. Any information would be really healpful.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kathy,
      You can use the IDs to book the examinations now – you don’t have to wait for a request from the case officer.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Kathy

        Thankyou Peng
        I will surely book the medical . But I am bit worried two TRN numbers one for medical and one for application going to effect my application? Other question is which TRN number should I can give to medical my application or my medical one?

        Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          You should use the visa TRN when booking the medicals. TRN is associated with the visa application, not the medical.

          Reply
  82. Shindi

    Hi peng
    I have question that I want to apply 457 visa offshore because I got rejection of my student visa. I just want to know that I will go offshore when I lodge application for 457 and then can I come back or wait overseas until case officer give decision. Or I can come here on my bridging visa and stay here until co tell me to go offshore again.
    Thanks for your assistance.
    Kind regards
    Shindi

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Shindi,
      Generally speaking, you need to remain offshore until a decision is made on the 457 visa because if you are in Australia at the time of decision, you need to satisfy Schedule 3.
      PC

      Reply
  83. Vick

    Hi there
    My sister in india she is hairdresser have one year experience and ielts 6 each
    My question is ‘is its possible for her to apply south australia state sponsorship ?
    How she can get her skills assessed ? How long it does takes? Is there practical test involved ?

    Reply

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