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    1. General Discussion on Immigration

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    2. Questions on Immigration

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    3. Discussion specifically on applying for visas

      For specifically discussing everything regarding applying for a visa!  Post in this thread if you looking for various opinions and advice.

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    4. Questions related to applying for a visa

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    5. Discussion on LSD Trips & Arrivals

      For discussing Look, See & Decide trips and those needs for when you arrive.

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    6. Settling In

      Now that we've arrived, what do we need to know?

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    7. Coffee Clubs

      For our immigrants-in-waiting to get together and share triumphs and frustrations.

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    8. Schools & Education

      ... because it's for our kids that we came here, right?

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    9. Going Back?

      yes, there are some of us who "verlang" too much, and return home ...

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    3. Events

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    10. Spiritual Life

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    11. Lost-n-Found

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    12. Places of Interest

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    • FromDurbs
      I moved with older kids, so this is not first hand experience.  Just looking what my friends and colleagues do. About doing interviews with children: There are lots of people who advertise babysitting for a fee.  Older people, stay at home mum, students etc.  I have no idea where they advertise, but finding a paid babysitter might be a solution.  I have a friend whose university age daughter does babysitting for a fee.  I think childcare stays open during the school holidays.  At least for pre-school children.  I am not sure what you do with a 6 year old during the school holidays, but my colleagues with younger children are fine during school holidays and do not take time off to be with the kids as people did in South Africa.  When the kids are sick you take carers leave.  You and your husband have a certain entitlement for carers leave during the year.  I also find  my employer very accommodating.  They would even let people work from home in cases like that - not sure if all employers are like that.  Mine is generally very nice and accommodating.  You might not be able to get the kids in school immediately.  For starters you need to know where you live before you choose a school.  I would strongly recommend living VERY close to school.  It makes your live easier in so many ways.  It also makes it easier to make friends and to do play dates.  The cities here are large and you could easily spend an hour driving between suburbs.  Trust me, play dates disappear when it takes an hour to get there.  So you need to decide where you want to live, find a school close by.  Or choose a school you want and then find a house close by.  We struggled with that combination and ended up moving to a different suburb we originally planned because in our favourite suburb we could not make both the house and the school work.  It might be bad to put the kids in a school and move them again when you finally find a place to live. Also look for playgroups to make friends.  There are many playgroups at libraries, churches etc.  The Australians are big on community.  Go to your local community centre or library and find all the activities put up for children.  I have not tried this myself (a bit weird to find friends for teenagers), but assume parks would be a great place to find friends for your children as well. Some of the childcare centres are full and have waiting lists, so you might not be able to get the 3 year old in anywhere immediately.  Although many people take extended leave in November/December/January so you might be able to get a temporary place.  Childcare is VERY expensive.  You might not want to pay for childcare until you have a job.  A bit of a chicken and egg situation.  Where are you moving to? Best of luck  
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    • janey1509

      janey1509  »  TeeTMI

      Hi there.  We have already submitted the Form 80, PCC and Medicals as requested for our 143 visa (application dated Sept 2015).  On 15 July our son submitted all the info required for the AOS and was told they should have a decision by 21 August.  We have still not heard anything and on enquiring, he was told we just have to wait. On his Mygov account, it states "on hold". Any idea how long this could take?  Also, should we have an 'Immi' account at this stage? I wasn't successful when trying to open one.  Your advice is greatly appreciated. 
      · 1 reply
    • janey1509

      janey1509  »  TeeTMI

      Hi there.  We have already submitted the Form 80, PCC and Medicals as requested for our 143 visa (application dated Sept 2015).  On 15 July our son submitted all the info required for the AOS and was told they should have a decision by 21 August.  We have still not heard anything and on enquiring, he was told we just have to wait. On his Mygov account, it states "on hold". Any idea how long this could take?  Also, should we have an 'Immi' account at this stage? I wasn't successful when trying to open one.  Your advice is greatly appreciated. 
      · 0 replies
    • forrie

      forrie  »  SD_MOA

      Hi Stephen
      Thanks to your response about a recent question of mine related to cancer.
      Could you please have a look at my post below. 
      When you apply for 190, do they only look at the years deemed skill on the Vetassess?
      VETASSESS only included some of the years I worked based on the docs submitted (so I will have to do a new assessment with new proof if I want all my last 10 years worked  included....)
      Regards johan
       
       
       
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    • Ney

      Ney  »  SD_MOA

      Good day,
       
      I was wondering if you could help me out with some information. I want to migrate to Australia hopefully next year or whenever is soonest but I am a bit overwhelmed with all the information out there and where to start.
      I have a degree from Monash South Africa from when it was still under Monash Australia (BSc double major in Communications & media and Marketing) meaning i have both South African and Australian certificates for my undergrad. Is this something I can utilize? Judging from just this what would be the best visa to apply for?
      I would also like to know how much are your agent costs.

      Thank you in advance.
      Ney
      · 2 replies
    • janey1509

      janey1509  »  Elna57

      We have finally been asked to proceed with the AOS, medicals etc (143 visa).  We have completed the Form 80 as requested but not sure how to get it to them.  Must I scan each page and email it to them together with the Police Clearance or can I send it all by courier?  Perhaps I need an Immi account? Thanks for any assistance you can offer. 
      · 3 replies
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