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    1. General Discussion on Immigration

      For all general discussion specifically related to immigration. Post in this thread if you looking for various opinions and advice.

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    2. Questions on Immigration

      For asking a question specifically on immigrating to Australia. Post here if you are looking for an exact answer to a specific question.

      Ask a question here and get an answer. Note that answers are not in Chronological order but the post that best answers the question appears at top of the thread. 

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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

      For asking a question specifically on the visa application process.  Post here if you lare ooking for an exact answer to a specific question.

      Ask a question here and get an answer. Note that answers are not in Chronological order but the post that best answers the question appears at top of the thread.

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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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  2. Discussions

    1. Foyer

      Just joined? Please let us know a little about who you are and how we can be of service.

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    2. General

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    3. Events

      What's on the social calendar for South Africans in Australia?

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    4. Communities

      Want to share ideas with the folks in your home town? This is where it's at. If you don't find your city or town here, drop us a line in Technical -> Forum Help and we'll consider adding it :)

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    5. Money!

      .. makes-the-world-go-round-the-world-go-round, anything you'd care to ask or share about personal finances, taxes, retirement, or any other money matters

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    6. Home and Hearth

      Have some recipes to share? Found a shop that sells Mrs. Balls? Share your homemaking ideas here.

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    7. Health and Wellness

      Whether Baby Boomer or concerned parent, this topic is always of interest, and even more so in a new country!

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    8. Ladies' Lounge

      For the ladies only (21+). Contact a hostess for access.

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    9. The Men's Shed

      For the men only (21+). Contact a host for access.

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    10. Spiritual Life

      Emigration is not always easy. Share your spiritual support here.

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    11. Lost-n-Found

      Lost contact with a friend or family member? Let us know, maybe someone else knows them too!

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    12. Places of Interest

      Articles posted by "locals" to entice you to attractions across Australia.

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    13. Journals

      Undercover writer? How about sharing some of your experiences with us? Post your stories here!

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    14. Travel

      Planning to "go home" for a visit? Come here to discuss airlines, flight tickets or impressions of your travels.

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  4. Employment

    1. Queries, Tips and News

      What's it like to work in Australia? Want to share good ideas and tips?

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    2. Networking

      Look in here for hidden job markets, networking and advice from folks already in Australia!

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    5. Business

      Everything you need to know about establising and running a business in Australia.

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  5. News from South Africa

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  6. Technical

    1. Forum Help

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  • 5 Most Recent Posts

    • SDS
      From mum's experience recently I can offer the following suggestion: 1. Get Australian phone number 2. Collect a Bank Card issued by Australian Bank if you've not already got one 3. Visit Centrelink or Medicare offices carry Australian Bank details, Visa Grant letter and Overseas Passport and do all the following in a single visit: a) Register for Medicare b) Register for MyGov c) Collect LHC loading exemption letter to prevent medical insurance being charged higher  I went with mum had utility bill handy wasn't asked good idea to have handy for proof of address as different branches may work differently. 4. Apply online for Australian Senior Card (if eligible) using Medicare details for verification. 5. Apply for Seniors Opal card (if NSW) For concessions on travel using Seniors card for verification. 6. Apply Hospital cover medical insurance as soon as possible and no later than 1 year from Medicare registration - the LHC letter above is needed for this.  7. Check online on Roads and Maritime Services for NSW driver's license conversion. It needs Drivers Knowledge Test which you need to prepare for and book to complete at the Govt office online, followed by driving test and vision test. Different states may have different requirements.  However new migrants can drive for 3 months on overseas license in NSW. Use passport for photo ID until then. 8. Google 100 point verification and ensure you have all the items needed to prove identity locally.   Best wishes for settling in
    • Elna57
      @Maz Oh yes! I absolutely love it and we do not work weekends so it is great to catch up on weekends. Thank you for asking. @Elza Anything new with you?    
    • frosty
      Good luck. Also keep in mind that you will use your Medicare card quite often as an additional form of ID. Might be worth having a copy of that as well for the drivers license just in case.
    • Hunts
      I called Westpac and unfortunately they will only order the cards once I have been into the branch. I guess my plan on that Monday is to first go to Westpac and activate the account (can't believe banks only open at 9:30!), getting a bank statement at the same time that shows my sister-in-law's address in Geelong. I will then go to my drivers license appointment using my passport and bank statement as 2 forms of identification. After that I will go sort out Centrelink and Medicare. I'm hoping that it won't take too long as I'll do everything in Geelong before heading up to Melbourne later that day.
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      @Elna57 Are you enjoying your night shift job?
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    • bernadette24

      bernadette24  »  Elna57

      Hi Elna, i have just been granted my visa 143 today. Thank you so much for all your advice. Very much appreciated. Travel outside Australia is unlimited until June 2024. However i would like to know what is the maximum time i can spend out of the country after that date? Thank you
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    • Leroy

      Leroy  »  Hugo2

      Hi Hugo

      I came across your name on the forums and I am hoping you can provide some guidance.
       
      My wife and I would like to initiate the process to financially immigrate from South Africa. I have provided some more information regarding our situation below. 
       
      We immigrated to Australia on a 189 PR visa in August 2018
      I have been employed since November here in Australia, my wife is on home duties. 
      We both have Mercantile bank accounts which we have been using to transfer ZAR to AUD through Rand Rescue. (I am happy to close these if going through FNB is easier)
      We both have retirement annuities with PPS investments (roughly R250 000 total)
      We both have cheque accounts with FNB, I also have a credit card with FNB. 
      We have a joint bank account with Commonwealth Bank in AUS. 
       
      I approached one or two financial immigration agents, however that would cost me nearly 10% of my investment in fees. So I am hoping to tackle the process myself. 

      If you have any advice you could possibly give on the process and the way forward it would be greatly appreciated.

      Lastly as it is almost tax season in South Africa, should we proceed with submitting a final tax return to SARS? We were both employed up and till end July 2018. 
       
      Kind regards
      Leroy & Claudia du Plessis
      · 0 replies
    • Lynnie

      Lynnie  »  Hugo2

      Hi Hugo,
       
      Just a question, please?
       
      We are doing the financial emmigration through FNB. My husband already has an existing account with FNB. Do we need to submit 2 seperate applications or can we just submit 1 application as a family unit? Do we both need an FNB account?
       
      Thank you very much.
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    • maxine

      maxine

      Temporary Accommodation 
      We are wanting to rent our home out to fellow South Africans who are looking for temporary accommodation during the month of October- mid Nov this year. 
      We have planned a trip to South Africa and would like for our home to be taken care of whiles we are away. We are in Mount Barker South Australia. If you are keen please send me a message and we can discuss further.
      A Lovely large property with everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. close to shops, schools and parks.

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    • Geronimo

      Geronimo  »  SD_MOA

      Good Day,
       
      When lodging your visa, are you required to include a cover letter that is like an index of all your submissions. 
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