Just have a few questions in relation to the 175 Skilled Independent visa.
Our own personal situation is that we are currently a family of 3 – myself, my wife and 3 yr old daughter. We lived in Sydney previously from 1999-2002. We both work in IT and have occupations on the Skilled Occupation List. We’re just not happy with life in Ireland anymore and want to make the move while we are still relatively young enough. My wife has a couple of sisters currently living in Sydney as well
Anyway, after studying our options, we feel that the 175 Skilled Migrant Independent visa is the one to go for. It gives us flexibility, which is something very important for us …So we have done our research and everything is adding up for us. We’re happy with our decision so the next step is to get our application in
Now we have talked to a couple of immigration agents but were a bit shocked at the money they are charging. So we’re thinking that we’ll just apply ourselves – we’re pretty organised people, so how hard can it be?
Anyway would like to get people’s feedback in relation to a few things, before we go any further:
Immigration agents – have you used them? Did you find them helpful? Were they worth the money you paid?
Visa processing times – we understand the visa will take between 12-18 months to process. Is this a fair estimate? What are people’s experience of the processing times?
One immigration agent suggested waiting until July 1st to make the application as the points requirement is changing. But seeing as processing times are lengthy would we not be better off starting immediately and applying as soon as possible, especially if we were happy that we satisfied the current points requirement. Is there any advantage to waiting until July?
My wife’s sister is a permanent resident. So therefore I presume we could apply for a 176 visa using her as a sponsor. This would mean that we would require less points to satisfy the criteria. However while this is an advantage, are there any disadvantages with this visa application – is it trickier to apply for? Would my sister in law have to do much in relation to the application? Are there any more restrictions on this visa in comparison to the 175?
The visa process itself. From what I have found out myself, if we are going to apply for a 175 Skilled Independent visa, we will need to do the following:
• Undertake a Skills Assessment test and English Test prior to submitting the application
• Fill out the application form and pay the fee
• If successful, then we would need to get medical checks as well
Is that it or am I leaving anything out?
Would appreciate any feedback, experience or advice that people might have. Especially in relation to using an immigration agent to help with the application