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(@coffeelover2023)
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Hi there,

We submitted our visa application in December 2022. Now we're just waiting for the government to decide on our skilled 191 visa. It's frustrating because my husband is getting job offers, but he can't accept them since we haven't gotten our visa approved yet, and the jobs aren't offering sponsored visas. We had a baby during this time, and she's been added to the visa application and had her medical exam. What's the current processing time for a 191 visa lodged in South Australia? When I search for it, it just says it's out of the processing time range from when I enter the date we lodged our application. It feels like we've been waiting forever! I know our visa was put on hold until our daughter was born and her medical was cleared, but it still feels like it's so far away! ☹️

Thanks!


   
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(@velvetthunder_8)
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If you can apply for a 191 visa, doesn't that mean you already have a 491 visa and the right to work? So what's stopping you from just taking the new job?


   
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Posted by: @coffeelover2023

Hi there,

We submitted our visa application in December 2022. Now we're just waiting for the government to decide on our skilled 191 visa. It's frustrating because my husband is getting job offers, but he can't accept them since we haven't gotten our visa approved yet, and the jobs aren't offering sponsored visas. We had a baby during this time, and she's been added to the visa application and had her medical exam. What's the current processing time for a 191 visa lodged in South Australia? When I search for it, it just says it's out of the processing time range from when I enter the date we lodged our application. It feels like we've been waiting forever! I know our visa was put on hold until our daughter was born and her medical was cleared, but it still feels like it's so far away! ☹️

Thanks!

If you are using a migration agent, part of what you've already paid that agent for is to answer questions like this. They'll have a much better idea than we will, based on how their other clients' applications are going.

But I think you might mean the 190 visa, not the 191? You can't apply for the 191 unless you've already lived and worked in regional Australia.

 


   
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(@coffeelover2023)
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@velvetthunder_8 I think it's the 190 based on the descriptions, but I'm sure my husband said 191. We've applied for the skilled permanent residency state visa for South Australia, whichever one that is! He's a specialist class electrician, so he was on the list.

@redflute Yes, we have an agent. When I ask her for updates, she just says there's still a big backlog and to wait for information from her. We've had to get our police certificates twice because the first one expired, but we haven't been told to redo our medical exams, even when I had to take my 4-month-old for hers. So I was wondering if anyone else has applied for this visa and what timeline they're on or how long they've been waiting too!


   
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(@redflute)
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Maybe your husband can push those employers to see if they'll reconsider and offer him a sponsored visa?


   
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(@coffeelover2023)
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@redflute They don't seem to be offering sponsored visas in his field at the moment and only want people who already have a valid visa and the right to work in Australia. When you look at job ads for sponsored visas, it's mostly nurses right now. But his profile is on Seek, and a few employers have approached him, so you'd think they're clearly in need of people in his field too, but they just don't offer sponsored visas, which is annoying!


   
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I suppose the issue for the companies hiring is that he'll have to do his one-year apprenticeship when he gets to Australia, so it's not as if they're getting an electrician who's fully qualified right from the start.


   
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