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  2. Hi all My wife and I have just received our visas and we are trying to book flights to Melbourne. We realize that Melbourne is closed to international travel and we qualify for a travel exemption. The flights are incredibly expensive (R45k each one way) and we're worried that they’ll get cancelled closer to the time. Does anyone know if or when the next travel announcement will happen? Surely with the lower case numbers, Melbourne airport should open soon? Our next best option would be to fly to a Sydney and then drive to regional Victoria, which is where we’ve been pla
  3. Hi Everyone, This is my first time joining and posting on this forum. I have been fortunate enough to have been offered a job at a company in Gold Coast QLD, and they will be sponsoring my Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482). My girlfriend and I have been living together for almost 2 years so luckily she qualifies for a Partner Visa. Having not left South Africa before this is a big step, but we're excited. We will be selling all of our furniture, etc. here in SA and just take the necessities in our luggage, so the move will be a complete fresh star
  4. Hi there. You need to lodge a form 929 - Form 929 Change of contact and/or passport details immi.homeaffairs.gov.au › Sorry - just saw others had answered you already!
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  6. TamTam

    Immigrating in 2020

    Oops double post - sorry
  7. Thank you so much Hanno, will check it out. We have fingers and toes crossed for a speedy response 😅
  8. Dear @CurlyT, When we waited for our visa I used to monitor this site (https://myimmitracker.com/) to see how long other people have been waiting, not sure if they keep track of State Sponsored Visa information. When I used it back in 2018 it was pretty accurate, it is community driven and not official. Hope you get your VISA soon. Best regards, Hanno
  9. Hi all, Hoping someone can give me some guidance. We have lodged a visa application in April 2020. With all the delays due to covid - we only managed to complete biometrics on 2 November. How long after can we expect to get a CO assigned? I know the timelines are somewhat different during covid times, just looking for an average wait time (even if pre-covid). ** Hubby is a Fitter, we have been state sponsored by QLD.
  10. https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-wa WA
  11. Hi Sru999 - welcome to the forum. You will receive confirmation that your application has been submitted. The Department usually advise it may take 6 weeks. Also worth keeping an eye on your junk/spam mail box just in case.
  12. Hi, My Fiancé is a qualified radiographer and has been working at Netcare for 5+ years. She has received her diploma but not a degree. What are our options available to emigrate to AUS? I am applying for ASC Visa and should be ok with my occupation. Are we still able to emigrate if she doesnt have a degree? Or is it pointless trying? Please can someone advise
  13. CurlyT

    Immigrating in 2020

    Hi there! That is so awesome, have you received your visa already? We applied for a SC 491 visa in April, and submitted all our documents except for biometrics before covid hit. With the opening of VFS on Monday, we finally managed to do the biometrics (whooohooo!), now just waiting (not so) patiently for the response on the visa. Our visa is state sponsored QLD, and we are hoping to settle in Mackay, as there seems to be many job opportunities for my husband. Crossing fingers that we may travel in December some time as well, to settle i
  14. Lienno

    Immigrating in 2020

    Good luck @hannesRSA, It is indeed crazy times we find ourselves in and very few things are certain and "planable". We have come to realise that you have to be very flexible in order to stay sane. The travel caps into Australia is currently the single biggest issue for us as it determines much of the flight schedules at short notice. We have friends that had their flights cancelled 4 times before they eventually took of in September on an almost 50 hour journey to Brisbane. Their MoveCube took 3 months to get from Pretoria to Australia. It seem
  15. hannesRSA

    Immigrating in 2020

    Thanks Riekie! My back up plan is to rent unemployed living out of a suitcase after my wife and I resign (maybe start remote freelancing) and send the kids back to school. I guess there's no other way. The flights seem to only be from Jhb... so for me this also means flying to Jhb in time for the international flight (which hopefully doesn't get cancelled last minute) with extra baggage.
  16. Hello everyone! Am a newbie to this group and I have to say that I am so glad to be part of people travelling in the same boat. Quick question: How do you know if your Parent Visa Application is acknowledged. Is an email sent to the applicant or the sponsor? How long has it taken to get an acknowledgement letter. Thanks in advance!! Kind regards, Sru
  17. Riekie

    Immigrating in 2020

    At the moment flights are still being cancelled all the time - even if you have a confirmed flight with an issued ticket. Make sure you have a back-up plan for a place to stay and a way to support yourself if your flight is cancelled and you're in a holding pattern for a few weeks/months. When you book your flights, make sure you have fully flexible and fully refundable tickets.
  18. Riekie

    Tomale

    The categories under which you can apply to have your fees waived or reduced are on the basis of: Financial hardship: To be granted an exemption on the basis of financial hardship, an applicant must provide evidence that they are either having difficulty meeting their current financial obligations, or that a requirement to pay the fees would cause them financial hardship. Compassionate circumstances: This category would apply where a person needs to travel for compassionate reasons, for example, needs to travel to provide care for a friend or relative, an end of life vi
  19. Riekie

    Tomale

    In QLD it is $135 per room per night plus $64 per adult for meals per day and $32.50 per child (3 years and over). Children under 3 does not pay for meals. You cannot have your meals fee waived - you pay it wether you're eating or not. In WA it is $180 per room per day plus $60 per additional person (6 years and over) In Victoria the cost is covered by the government. In SA it is the same as in NSW (see previous post) In NT it is $2500 per person. Family rate is $5000 (2 or more persons in the same family). If you need to extend your quarantin
  20. Riekie

    Tomale

    Fees for quarantine NSW The fee is a fixed amount that contributes towards the overall costs of quarantine incurred by NSW Government. You will not be charged more if you are required to stay in quarantine longer than 14 days. Travellers will be charged $3000 for one adult. Fees for additional occupants are additional adults: $1000 each children under 18 years of age: $500 each child under 3 years of age: no additional cost. All charges are in Australian dollars. Example calculations A group or family of 2 adults and 2 children (over the age
  21. hannesRSA

    Immigrating in 2020

    Hi, we're aiming to fly to Brisbane in January but still have to sell our house, book a movecube, and flights. Also to try and get the kids there for the start of the school year, but more likely there will be some delays. I'm still flipping coins on location.. trying to find a place where we can afford a property. Maybe Kenmore, Mansfield, Stafford heights if it is to be close to the CBD. Maybe in a more expensive area and hope for the best on job prospects.
  22. Thank you @TeeTMI appreciate the response and makes sense re the waiting game. Sure we will see some movement come 2Q 2021
  23. TeeTMI

    Tomale

    Welcome to the forum and Congratulations on your visa You might do a quick search of recent posts - I think Riekie posted on this very recently.
  24. Welcome to the Forum Onourway 2) as long as sufficiently explained this need not generally be an issue that would cause a refusal 3) unfortunately this question is not easily answered - at the current time it is like asking how long is a piece of string (sorry) it varies considerably by state/occupation/circumstances/individual/overtime All the best
  25. Biometrics Facilities will commence opening as of 19th October 2020. Note that opening of overseas Biometrics facilities will vary by country due to COVID restrictions within each country and you should contact your local provider to see when they may open. The Australian Visa Application and Biometric Collection Centres in South Africa will resume limited operations from 02 November 2020 for Biometrics collection, strictly by appointment. https://www.vfsglobal.com/Australia/southafrica/index.html
  26. Yayas

    Occupational therapist

    Hi Roxanne, I’m also trying to register as an OT. How did your process go?
  27. Thank you for your response, OT seems best route indeed because I’m targeting the ACT nomination (where OT is on the critical skills list) and university lecturer is not on the critical skills list. My employer unfortunately doesn’t sponsor PR anymore for contract workers.
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