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    1. General Discussion 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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    5. Money!

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    10. Spiritual Life

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    • leeatedinburg
      Hi all   We have gotten our visas and now starting to plan for the move. 1. Any tips or advice for us? 2. We have to small children aged 4 and 15 months, I have heard that child care is very expensive in Australia, what do most families do re work and looking after kids? Is it more viable to plan to stay home with the kids until they can start school and if so is there a developmental programme to make sure they are getting enough stimulation to prepare them for school. My oldest child has been in nursery school since she was 18 months old so am sure would be a big adjustment for her not being at school and with friends her age everyday.  3. We also have not decided yet if we should sell our house or rent and if we should cancel our policies in South Africa or keep paying them so we don`t get the penalties, any of you have advice about this. 4. My husband will be coming to Sydney first to find a job and then bring us over we will be basically be starting form scratch, what would you say the average outlay is for basic furniture and kitchen equipment in a house.  5. I am also super nervous as in SA i have my entire family for support and my amazing domestic worker who is like a second mother to my children and now when we come over we are going to be completely on our own, how is the adjustment to cleaning, looking after kids and being on your own, how do you cope and what impact does this have on a marriage?  6.Does Australia ever feel like home?   Sorry lots to ask a lot on my mind and very nervous about this huge life change. 
    • leeatedinburg
      Hi all   We have gotten our visas and now starting to plan for the move. 1. Any tips or advice for us? 2. We have to small children aged 4 and 15 months, I have heard that child care is very expensive in Australia, what do most families do re work and looking after kids? Is it more viable to plan to stay home with the kids until they can start school and if so is there a developmental programme to make sure they are getting enough stimulation to prepare them for school. My oldest child has been in nursery school since she was 18 months old so am sure would be a big adjustment for her not being at school and with friends her age everyday.  3. We also have not decided yet if we should sell our house or rent and if we should cancel our policies in South Africa or keep paying them so we don`t get the penalties, any of you have advice about this. 4. My husband will be coming to Sydney first to find a job and then bring us over we will be basically be starting form scratch, what would you say the average outlay is for basic furniture and kitchen equipment in a house.  5. I am also super nervous as in SA i have my entire family for support and my amazing domestic worker who is like a second mother to my children and now when we come over we are going to be completely on our own, how is the adjustment to cleaning, looking after kids and being on your own, how do you cope and what impact does this have on a marriage?  6.Does Australia ever feel like home?   Sorry lots to ask a lot on my mind and very nervous about this huge life change. 
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    • Ren
      Thanks for the responses. I must say that this whole process is extremely disheartening :-( We are super grateful that we managed to get an invite considering most people that we know haven't gotten one after months and months of waiting, but this last stretch is just crazy. I just wish that someone could give me a definitive reason for the almost complete lack of grants happening... like, it's because of the elections coming up and they will pick up again in May.. or it's because of Easter and you will see loads of grants happening this week...just anything concrete instead of assumptions and speculation and to give me some sort of hope for when things will pick up again... if that makes sense.   It's also scary that it seems like the only Accountants getting invites for 189 or 190 visas are ones with 90 points now, someone told me that there hasn't been a single invite issued for someone with less than 90 points this year! I mean, imagine if you go through an agent who assures you that your 85 points is sufficient, you pay them a fortune to lodge your EOI and then BAM the rules change and you have no chance of getting an invite! Although this doesn't affect me since we have already lodged for the actual visa - but what if the rules affecting me somehow change now too and we have already spent R180k on this process... what then? Then we lose our house because we just accepted an offer that we couldn't refuse, we have spent our life's savings on the process, and we don't get a visa.   It really is just a massive rollercoaster ride!   In my opinion I also don't think it's fair that there are loads and loads of people lodging for their visas every single day - paying the fees which get deducted immediately and then its just radio silence! Surely they should get through their backlog before they issue more invites and take more people's money? This wait seems to get harder every day.   I have decided to stop checking my ImmiAccount daily and to just wait for my agent to contact me when there is some news...otherwise I'm just going to drive myself mad. 
    • SDS
      Hi Bernadette   I applied for AoS on 8 June 2018 and provided a 6 week wait time. But finally it turned out more like 26 weeks plus. In fact I had to request Centrelink to escalate my AoS phone interview because the case officer requested final documents including AoS. If all your documents are in order the phone interview and acceptance is very straightforward.    Best wishes SDS
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    • maxine

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      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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    • Geronimo

      Geronimo  »  SD_MOA

      Good Day,
       
      On the issue of dependant children etc, I am applying for the SC804 Aged Parent Visa. Is it compulsory or even necessary to complete and submit Form 47A if you have no dependant children?
      My children are all married. It is only my wife and me that is applying for the visa.
       
      Thank you in advance.
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      bernadette24  »  Elza

      Hi Elna, which email address did you send your form 80, police clearance certificate to? Thank you
       
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    • Elza

      Elza  »  TeeTMI

      @TeeTMI I have seen a few of your posts, you are very knowledgable and was wondering if you could help me out with a little information.  I was granted my 143 parent visa in July 2018 and my eldest son is my sponsor.  I only have two son's and am a single parent. 
       
      My younger son and his wife are still in SA, what options do I have in somehow in the future bringing him over so we as a family can all be together again.  
       
      I would really appreciate any advice you are able to give me, the three of us have always been really close and it's such a disjointed feeling knowing he is not here.  
       
      Thank you so much......
       
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