Saturday, 19 February 2011

Super fast turn around time by Australia House

This week - and for the second time - I went through the process of registering my child as a Citizen of Australia by descent of her mother.  The forms, birth certificates, fees and SAE were posted off on Tuesday (15th February) by Special Delivery. 

When we received the SAE back today (19th February), I thought it must be a sign that I'd filled the form out incorrectly.  But no - with a four day turn around - my daughter is now proudly an Australian citizen.

You can read about the full application process in my earlier post :: Here!

Friday, 4 February 2011

Fact Sheet 21 - Managing the Migration Program

Fact Sheet 21 is of interest to anyone waiting on a Child or Partner visa.  Chances are if you get fed up of hanging around and poke at your Case Officer, you'll get told something along the lines "We're working as fast as we can within the quota limits set down by the Australia Government".  Which if you look at the facts isn't (or shouldn't be) true :

Family Stream

Partner category visas:
  • Partner (subclasses 309/100 and 820/801) visas cannot be capped.
  • Prospective Marriage (fiancĂ©) (subclass 300) visas may be subject to capping.
Child category visas:
  • Child (subclasses 101 and 802) visas, Dependent Child (subclass 445) visa, Orphan Relative (subclasses 117 and 837) visa and Adoption (subclass 102) visas cannot be capped.
Source :: Australian Immigration Fact Sheet 21

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Routes to PR

In case this is of use to anyone, I copied this chart from a magazine.  It lists most of the basic visa routes to Australian Permanent Residency:

Click the image to see a High-Res (legible copy).

Hope this will be of use to somebody.