5-8 months is a long time, I was under the impression that 857's we're quicker than that as you are onshore.
Usually they are quoting times from when you lodge your application (so after RCB approval).
I got my 857 in Perth in two weeks from lodging the application, this was DRC through an agent though.
You planning to use an agent? Would probably speed things up considerably!
Hey thanks - no we have done it ourselves.....
Its all approved by the NT gov for the RSMS and we have been verbally advised (as I phoned) by Melbourne that they have received the application.
We also noted yesterday that the visa fee has been taken, lol no surprises there.
We were told that even though onshore could still take between 5-8, fingers crossed its sooner!
thanks and congrats on yours!
If all else fails smile! RSMS/ENS PR application placed with NT Gov March 16th 2012; acknowledged by DIAC June 12th 2013......all complete and now we wait!