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  2. It challenges some people's inner believe system - should be a breeze for some western cultures. Wonder if it was designed with that purpose?
  3. Hi everyone, I can't believe it's been close to 4 years since I immigrated to Australia! I just wanted to check whether I would need to get a police clearance certificate when I apply for citizenship? Below is a summary of my situation: Permanent residency (subclass 190) granted on 13 January 2017 whilst offshore in South Africa Moved to Australia on 9 March 2017 - i.e. 8 weeks after my PR visa was issued Visited South Africa for 1 week in 2018 and travelled to Fiji for 2 weeks in 2018 Visited South Africa for 2 weeks in 2019 Since I moved to Australia I haven't b
  4. "The Australian government has released a revamped and tougher citizenship test for the first time in more than a decade. Five new questions about mutual respect, equality and democracy would be included in the multiple choice test. Getting any of the five new questions wrong would be an automatic fail." See https://www.9news.com.au/national/australian-citizenship-test-2020-could-you-answer-these-questions/e5932299-0d53-420f-9cac-b5a3ee5387ca Practice for the test here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/test-and-interview/prepare-for-test/practice-test-new
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  6. VISA GRANTED TODAY! My parents' 143 visa was granted at midday today, after paying the 2nd VAC last night. Last date to enter is 12 months from now (Sept 2021).
  7. The Government has published the detailed outcomes from the 2019-20 Migration Program. South Africa came 9th in the list of source countries for visas with 3,743 visa places They have also confirmed that the size and composition of the 2020-21 Migration and Humanitarian programs will be considered in light of the developing COVID-19 situation and announced as part of the Budget process in October. Taken from the relevant information the government advise: The permanent migration intake was 140,366 in 2019-20. Seventy per cent of the visas
  8. The Dept of Home Affairs has released the Outcomes for the Migration Plan 2019-20 (year ending 30th June 2020). As suspected there was a significant reduction in the number of applications processed compared to places available. I am adding a copy of the table that shows the number of Parent visa applications Lodged and Granted (Granted = 'Program Outcome') by year - plus the number of applications still awaiting processing within the system (Note that the applications 'Onhand' include both the Contributory and Non-Contributory visa applications. The Non-Contributory have a sugges
  9. @Robyn2259 What great news! Congrats! So happy for you.
  10. Congrats @Robyn2259 !!! Hopefully your visa will be issued as soon as the 2nd VAC is received by them. At least that's what happened to us. To enter Australia from South Africa at this moment.... let us know what the conditions are. Good luck!
  11. We have just been asked for 2nd VAC payment!!! There is light at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel. Briefly, applied Jan 2016 for 143 Contributory Parent, received request for further info Nov 2019, submitted AOS Jan2020, were only able to finalise and submit other docs end Feb (long story, another time), and then....... we all know what hit the world.... We heard absolutely nothing during this time, until today. 2020 has possibly gone from the worst year to the best. Hope this cheers someones day up, that there is indeed movement
  12. COVID-19: Overseas financial assistance For Information - Added to the SmartTraveller website. If you’ve been unable to return to Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions and are experiencing financial distress, you may be eligible to access financial support from the Australian Government. The support comes in the form of both loans and grants. It aims to help cover living costs and/or a flight back to Australia. Details at: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19/covid-19-overseas-financial-assistance
  13. They sound expensive. We only have about R50k left in RSA and it's really not worth it for us to use someone who's going to charge us R30k to do it. No reply from ABSA yet. Might try one of the other banks, ABSA has always been pretty pathetic.
  14. I will also try to look through our documents to see at what stage the sponsorship issue was addressed. It has only been 2 and a half years ago, but feels like a lifetime.
  15. You still have my Aus mobile number? Or you can Fb message me. Anytime. I have had so many ups and downs since arriving in Aus. It has been a real rollercoaster ride but I still do not regret any single minute of it. Done some free courses and paid ones too. Found my perfect job at an aged care facility (at my age!)) as a dining room attendant in a really good establishment with good Christian values as a result of one of the free courses. Been truly blessed and am extremely grateful. Despite the challenges, I know that I would have never had an opportunity like this b
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  17. HI Elna, the waiting game is very difficult. My whole life is on hold. Thank you for your kind words ❤️❤️
  18. F1veClaw

    LLB conversion NSW query

    It would depend on what you want. If you are looking at Big6, you would most likely need to rely on networking as opposed to standard grad entry. I have a friend who is a few years into the big6 who does grad interviews and generally takes people from a select few onshore uni's with averages above 85%
  19. AngieMM

    LLB conversion NSW query

    Thanks so much for taking the time to reply and for the links. You are right, though, about the selling; in this case it will be all about selling my skills!
  20. There are 2 (or 3 with the 173) main CPVs the 143 offshore visa and the onshore 864 visa - with applications being made offshore/onshore respectively. A Bridging visa would generally only be available with the onshore CPV.
  21. @WendyAllison Hi there. How are you doing? Hang on and stay strong. This too shall pass and you will be in Aus soon.
  22. https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/assurance-support
  23. As far as I know, your parents can be sponsored by more than one person and it doesn't necessarily have to be a family member.
  24. @JennyLeigh I think Covid has really slowed everything down. I believe that CFDS has posted somewhere that some visas had been granted lately. Just scroll through the posts. Also, a hearty welcome to all new forumites and to @TeeTMI, as always, thank you so much for your input and support.
  25. We were in Aus on holiday visa when our visa was about to be granted. We then booked a short holiday in Fiji and then returned soon as our visas were granted.
  26. You will have to obtain unabridged birth certificates as well as unabridged marriage certificates from Dept of Home affairs. I think that you could try sending your docs off to Perth and as soon as you receive the unabridged versions, send those off quoting your application number and all relevant information.
  27. UPDATE: State Sponsored 190/491 visas. The government has allocated an interim, limited, quota of places to the States/Territories to enable them to nominated people with skills considered 'Critical' to the COVID response in their State (the occupations may vary by the needs of the State). Note the number of places is limited (4145), and the different states will as always be able to pick and choose those applicants they feel suit their need. Basic details include: - NSW 'selected health, ICT and engineering o
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