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  2. I moved with older kids, so this is not first hand experience. Just looking what my friends and colleagues do. About doing interviews with children: There are lots of people who advertise babysitting for a fee. Older people, stay at home mum, students etc. I have no idea where they advertise, but finding a paid babysitter might be a solution. I have a friend whose university age daughter does babysitting for a fee. I think childcare stays open during the school holidays. At least for pre-school children. I am not sure what you do with a 6 year old during the school holidays, but my colleagues with younger children are fine during school holidays and do not take time off to be with the kids as people did in South Africa. When the kids are sick you take carers leave. You and your husband have a certain entitlement for carers leave during the year. I also find my employer very accommodating. They would even let people work from home in cases like that - not sure if all employers are like that. Mine is generally very nice and accommodating. You might not be able to get the kids in school immediately. For starters you need to know where you live before you choose a school. I would strongly recommend living VERY close to school. It makes your live easier in so many ways. It also makes it easier to make friends and to do play dates. The cities here are large and you could easily spend an hour driving between suburbs. Trust me, play dates disappear when it takes an hour to get there. So you need to decide where you want to live, find a school close by. Or choose a school you want and then find a house close by. We struggled with that combination and ended up moving to a different suburb we originally planned because in our favourite suburb we could not make both the house and the school work. It might be bad to put the kids in a school and move them again when you finally find a place to live. Also look for playgroups to make friends. There are many playgroups at libraries, churches etc. The Australians are big on community. Go to your local community centre or library and find all the activities put up for children. I have not tried this myself (a bit weird to find friends for teenagers), but assume parks would be a great place to find friends for your children as well. Some of the childcare centres are full and have waiting lists, so you might not be able to get the 3 year old in anywhere immediately. Although many people take extended leave in November/December/January so you might be able to get a temporary place. Childcare is VERY expensive. You might not want to pay for childcare until you have a job. A bit of a chicken and egg situation. Where are you moving to? Best of luck
  3. Hi @NastashaBrandsma, 232days I think, and it was a direct grant.
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  5. TEAM3REDEL

    When to call it quits????

    Hallo Avatar, Carrots, Frosty and Luckytobehere Thanks to all of you for the advice and help. This is to important to give it all up. Blessings
  6. I would very strongly suggest that you put your 6 year old in school as soon as you arrive. Even if he does no real academic school work in that time, he will be occupied and making friends till 18th of Dec when the Xmas holidays start. You will also have been introduced to a few school families that you can hook up with in the holidays. You do know school only starts right at the end of Jan 2020, so it would be great to organise some playdates (hopefully with younger syblings) and you could pick the parents brains. Please, please consider this. It will be a lifesaver to you.
  7. As mentioned, you should see if you are able to claim additional points in November. Single applicants will be awarded additional 10 points, applicants with Skilled Partner also 10 and if your partner is not skilled you can still claim 5 points if they prove their Competent English. Down side to these changes is that that those who can’t claim any additional points will find it difficult to compete as they will fall 5-10 points behind the others who at this time are on par with them points wise.
  8. luckytobehere

    When to call it quits????

    Hi Team3 I have extensive experience in preparing candidates for the IELTS test. The Writing section is often the biggest hurdle. I would be willing to check a sample of your writing, in the hope that I can point you in the right direction. If you "PM" me (never having sent or received a PM I am assuming it will arrive in my email inbox), I will let you know what I want you to write. Don't give up: it is really worth getting through the nightmare and reaping the benefits of all Australia has to offer. Witz
  9. Hello Muzz, The 'reasonable effort' only starts after the PR visa grant. Regards
  10. There are definite ups and downs, but looking at the trend it always ends up being slower than the year before. What will likely happen is that the queue will get to a stage where they either stop sending invites or make the invitation criteria much much stricter.
  11. The Aussies are very different when it comes to this stuff. Family comes first here. My wife initially didn't work and waited for the container to arrive and at the same time found a daycare for my son. After 3 months my wife was also starting to lose her mind at home. The logic of saving $1000 by not working has never made sense to me, even on minimum wage you would probably make enough to pay for daycare and have spare change. Dads play a big part of the childrens lives here. If both parents work, you simply have to share the responsibilities. You would be amazed how often dads take carers (sick) leave to look after a sick child. Most Aussie companies are also very flexible with work hours, my wife for instance have Mondays off. We usually spring clean the house on a saturday morning, mow the lawn, etc. Keep in mind that nobody has maids, gardeners or full-time nannies (they do have the luxury of grandma and grandpa). If each partner puts in his/her fair share of the effort you'll be fine.
  12. Just bumping this post. EOIs have now closed for the 489 visa. If you have recently been invited to apply for a 489 and have not yet done so, applications for the 489 close on the 15th November at 11.59pm (note your invitation will stipulate the date that you must apply by and it may be sooner than this).
  13. Hi Choonx There are new points available in November, you might look at whether your partner may be able to get 5 extra points (Competent English) or 10 points (meet the Skilled Partner criteria). Alternatively you might look to the state sponsored visa options 190 / 491 (489 have now closed to new EOIs).
  14. ChrisH

    Hi there, possibly going to Brisbane

    Welcome to the forum! You are going to love Brisbane! There are a couple of forum members in Brissie so ask away.
  15. Should prob be the same. We drop 5 points in December due to age. Moving from age 32 to 33
  16. Very few invitations are being sent at the moment for 189, there is probably bit of a backlog. What do your points look like after the changes coming in November?
  17. ozosborne

    Hi there, possibly going to Brisbane

    Hi there, Currently living in Alberton. I own a trailer manufacturing company (X Factor Sport). Got a sudden offer come up out of Brisbane as a branch manager for a towbar manufacturing / fitment company. I am looking at doing a medium to long term sponsorship visa application, think it is a 482 visa. Seems like we should be taking the leap in taking my family of 4 over. I have many many questions, but thought I would introduce myself first. Cheers, Oz.
  18. We lodged our EOI on the 26th of June 2019. 80 points, accepted by the AASW as a social worker. Still haven’t heard anything about invites yet. Anybody have advice or news on this??? Many thanks.
  19. Hi Everyone I can't believe that in 2 months time we will be in Oz starting our new life! The best decision that we ever made was sending my hubby there on a LSD trip this month because at least one of us will kinda be orientated when we arrive (neither of us had ever been to Oz before). So it helps that he already has his driver's license, bank card, knows the transport system, has booked an Air BnB for our first 3 weeks there, etc. We have 2 small kids - 3 and 6 years old and I am assuming that they wouldn't start school this year since we will only be arriving mid November and that I will need to stay at home with them until they start school at the end of Jan. Hubby has already made a whole lot of connections on his LSD, some of whom want to see him again once we are settled. So we are hoping that a job can come out of it for him. I just want to know what people do in my situation - I would like to start applying for jobs as soon as we arrive, yes I know the market will be quiet, but it is still worth a shot - how would I go for interviews etc with my kids? What do you do? In SA I would just leave them with the nanny or call a friend or a grandparent, but we wont know anyone in Oz when we get there. One of the people that my husband met wants to meet both of us for coffee to discuss a potential position for me - how do you do it with kids? I also don't want to be in a situation where I can't start the job hunt until they are in school because then it will be even more time without a salary. I must also add that my children are both VERY busy boys and the Terrible Twos have nothing on my 3 year old - so asking them to sit at the table quietly while mommy talks to someone is not an option. I know a lot of moms stay at home with their kids to avoid paying the costs of daycare - not an option for me. I will go nuts and so will my son. Then in addition to the above - if by some miracle I do get a job, how does one shuffle the work and mom responsibilities? What do you do during the holidays or if your child is sick? My kids are constantly picking up germs from school but it doesn't really impact me because I just leave them at home with our nanny - what do you do in Oz? I'll probably get fired on my second day :-( Please help calm my nerves! I am assuming that there is a way around this since there are so many people there with kids.... but we will have no support structure. Gosh..scary!
  20. frosty

    When to call it quits????

    I believe the points he is referring to is claiming partner points. For this he requires a skills assessment from AISTL who only accepts IELTS.
  21. Carrots

    When to call it quits????

    She should be able to get the same amount of points, regardless of IELTS or PTE-A? I claimed the 20 points for superior English with PTE-A. I only did the IELTS general, but bought some courses on Udemy which helped a lot. Not enough to get an 8 for writing (got a 7.5), but I feel my writing improved significantly. There's usually a $10 sale on courses every couple of months.
  22. NastashaBrandsma

    Activating 190 Visa

    Hi! Just a query, how long did your 190 visa take, from the time you applied to the time it was granted? Thanks! Nastasha
  23. My understanding is that there may be a bit of a backlog processing the 189/190 applications, which may account for the extended processing times (there are a couple of other potential factors playing into this as well). It also may partly account for the current low number of invitations being made for 189 visas in the last few months, potentially the department may be trying to reduce the backlog/processing times. Processing times / policy on processing varies considerably over time therefore is very difficult to predict.
  24. Hi Chris, Thanks a lot for the encouragement. Based on the cycles will the processing times pick up again or does this become the new norm? Still keeping the faith and hope the grant comes through soon.
  25. Avatar

    When to call it quits????

    As a suggestion, there are YouTube videos that give ideas on what words to avoid in writing IELTS, or the common mistakes that people make in writing the test; maybe these videos will help. What stood out for me in your writing was the use of "do not" instead of the more common "don't"; I'm not sure if IELTS would prefer the long form, but "don't" is generally the more accepted use of the phrase; you could also use other replacement words. I am sure you will be able to get through the IELTS stumbling block soon!
  26. TEAM3REDEL

    When to call it quits????

    Good morning Cyber Joe, ChrisH Thanks for the info and advice. I wish we could write the Pearson tests, but my wife need the extra points for her visa application. We are both secondary school teachers with her as the main applicant. Glad that you are happy with your decision to move. God bless
  27. We keep on going through this cycle. It slows down every year because government makes it more and more onerous for people to emigrate. I suspect the case officers have more details to check on every case hence it takes longer. When we applied in 2016, the application went from being lodged on 29/08/2016, CO contact on 12/09/2016 to granted on 11/11/2016. 2.5 months from start to finish! Looking at immitracker, it looks like they are only up to applications lodged end of Feb 2019. Hang in there, it is so worth it in the end.
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