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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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  6. Technical

    1. Forum Help

      Having problems? Ask a question and hopefully get an answer! Answers are not in Chronological order but the best answer is at the top of the thread. 

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    2. Computers and Internet

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  • 5 Most Recent Posts

    • Donovan83
      Even back in 2011, IELTS was a scam. It was amazing how they managed to give me just 0.5 of a point off to get enough points... twice. Given the amount of money they scam out of people, it's bizarre that they have all their exams in the Joburg CBD... I sat and wrote my exam watching some members of the EFF marching across the Nelson Mandela bridge... at least it was affirming to me that the pain was worth it
    • LekkerOuJan
      They must be the exception then. I'm over 30, and have a very specialised job, not even close to R700k. I know a great many engineers and I earn more than almost all of them in the same age/experience range. Some guys are earning around R25k per month after 10 years experience.    I've also looked at some industry research, and the average for an engineer after 10 years experience is about R450k per year. And a salary over R1mm is very rare.   I've been trying very hard to get out of engineering, especially in South Africa it is a dead end career with very limited potential.
    • F1veClaw
      I don't know, I would say around one third of my friends are engineers (Mainly Mech, one Civil who is a rebel). The lowest paid one is at around R700k a year below 30 years old. The highest paid one is above R1.2 mill a year (Although technically not doing engineering work anymore), and a year or two above 30.
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      I already tried the 190 stream, although no 190 invites have been handed out in months as far as I know. I think only NSW have given a 190 to an Industrial Engineer and that was back in 2016. My career isn't listed at all on the 491 list.
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    • rich1203

      rich1203  »  SD_MOA

      Hi there SD_MOA 
       
      hope that you are well 
       
      I have a question for you in regards of the new 491 visa. Will those people that have just received their 489's will the same rules for the 491 apply to them as well. can only apply for PR after 3 years.
       
      Kind regards 
      · 1 reply
    • rich1203

      rich1203  »  SD_MOA

      Hi there Luckytobethere
       
      Hope that you are well.
       
      I saw, while on the hunt for some clues, tips or resources to pass this Ielts. Without the whole singsong of it: I need to apply for a NESA registration in Australia in order to teach over there. I have the actual 489 grant and need to start getting into work again quite soon. I am at my wits end with this process and the Ielts as well. I am going to write the computer based test again on the 30th October and need L8, R7, W7,S8, the last score i got was 7, 8, 6, 9.  I have bought the full volume of the Cambridge tests as well, I have bought the Udemy package as well and I am continuously practicing on the Online Computer Ielts site. I have also been using Ielts liz. If there is any way that I can write a topic 2 essay for you to get some guidelines that would be greatly appreciated.
       
      Kindest regards 
      Richard   
       
      · 0 replies
    • rich1203

      rich1203  »  luckytobehere

      Hi there Luckytobethere
       
      Hope that you are well.
       
      I saw, while on the hunt for some clues, tips or resources to pass this Ielts. Without the whole singsong of it: I need to apply for a NESA registration in Australia in order to teach over there. I have the actual 489 grant and need to start getting into work again quite soon. I am at my wits end with this process and the Ielts as well. I am going to write the computer based test again on the 30th October and need L8, R7, W7,S8, the last score i got was 7, 8, 6, 9.  I have bought the full volume of the Cambridge tests as well, I have bought the Udemy package as well and I am continuously practicing on the Online Computer Ielts site. I have also been using Ielts liz. If there is any way that I can write a topic 2 essay for you to get some guidelines that would be greatly appreciated.
       
      Kindest regards 
      Richard   
       
      · 0 replies
    • Freshlife2015

      Freshlife2015  »  SD_MOA

      Hi Stephen, I have applied for 887 during Nov 2018. My 489 visa expires on Feb 2020. Will this (expiry of 489 Visa) affect the processing of 887. Do i need notify immi dept? Please advise. Thank you
      · 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. 
      · 2 replies
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