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  2. leeatedinburg

    Making the move

    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.
  3. leeatedinburg

    Making the move

    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.
  4. Today
  5. Maz

    Landed! Parent support group.

    Hard to believe you look very confident in your profile photo
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Hi everyone My nephew needs to provide an urgent Police clearance for South Africa for his Perm Res. But he is living here in New South Wales. Does anyone know what’s the fastest way to do it? Any feedback welcome.
  9. The Dept of Home Affairs currently state that they have reached SC 143 applications lodged July 2015 (although no specific date within that month has been provided). The AoS processing times have extending significantly in recent months and can vary between individuals.
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  11. TakeItOnTheChin

    Our 489 visa process

    We applied for the 887 in Dec '18, and coming to know of the long 887 grant process is quite frustrating to say the least. It is quite a simple PR to apply for so one wonders why it takes so long to assess, or do they just want applicants to remain in regional areas for as long as possible. For us all is ok until December '19 but after that my son is going to University and the cost difference is quite significant if we do not have PR by then. We also want to purchase property in the Gold Coast but are limited until we get PR. I am hoping that the application times will decrease again, hopefully after the next election?
  12. I have heard of applications being denied, but it would always be related to applicants lying on their applications about experience, undisclosed medical conditions, etc. If you didn't lie or withhold information on your application you will be fine. After the invitation, the rest of the visa process is them checking that the information you provided matches the supporting documentation. Remember there is an 8 hour difference if your application is at the Brisbane processing centre. If they work until 5pm there is no point in checking your immi account after 9am in South Africa.
  13. frosty

    Change of status

    It is quite normal that the status does not get updated. Nothing to worry about in my opinion.
  14. ShireenAnn

    Change of status

    Hi guys, My husband and I submitted our documents on the 23rd of November after receiving an invitation in October 2018. We got contacted by a CO on the 6th of March 2019 requesting for more documents and responded on the 15th on March, we still did not get any feedback and the status still shows as 'received' since before the CO contacted us. We keep checking immiaccount twice a week but nothing seems to be different... Anyone else face the same issue? TIA
  15. applied in Sep 2015, have not received anything from the team for further information.
  16. saffer76

    Salary in Sydney

    Thanks @Aleku! Great tip re area.
  17. Aleku

    Salary in Sydney

    Hello, 110,000 is definitely doable. You will just have to live frugally as @Mel-B has already mentioned and remember many of the excesses we use in Africa are not as important here. I remember when we first lived in Sydney, we spent a long time looking for a "safe" neighbourhood and then bought a car. We later found that everywhere is safe compared to S.Africa, we didn't have to sign an expensive lease on a house and public transport is very very good, we didn't even need the car. Just look at life with a fresh perspective.
  18. In our case they told my son they would contact him after a certain time (can't remember but it was two weeks or thereabouts). Then when nothing happened a week or two after they had promised to call, he went in to the same Centrelink where he submitted the documents and made an enquiry about it (pestering them). Fortunately the lady who helped him was in a good mood and friendly and checked everything, giving him some advice and trying to speed up the process/call. It then still took a week or so before they called him to finalize the application for AOS. Only then does it get submitted to Centrelink AOS centre in Canberra where they process the AOS application.
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  20. ScubaSteve

    Where to begin?

    HI Lee Welcome to the forum. Have a look at this post breaking the whole emigration process down - Also here is a very nice tracker you can use and modify to track your progress and next steps - Using an agent - I guess this is up for debate. Personally, we decided to not make use of an agent after reading up on all the requirements hopefully saving some money in the process. I guess if you have an extra 30K available with limited time on your hands then they can come in handy. Although you are still required to get all the required paperwork yourself and thus they will only guide you and submit on your behalf. Cheers
  21. how long does it take before my son gets a phone call from centrelink concerning Aos? He submitted all documents on 27th February 2019.
  22. Lee33

    Where to begin?

    Hubby and I have decided to make the move. He is a plumber so wanting to apply for a 189 visa. Where do we even begin, what is step 1? Should we use an agent? Is it worth the R30+k ? Thank you !
  23. saffer76

    Salary in Sydney

    Thanks so much!
  24. Mel-B

    Salary in Sydney

    110 000 plus super plus private medical aid is not bad. I don't know about costs in Sydney, we live in Melbourne. For one year you just make it work. You can spend less on everything. Just go on a tight budget and live frugally. The sacrifice is worth it for what you gain in the long run. Many of us started on small salaries (not that 110 plus super is small) and made it work. I think you could make it work.
  25. saffer76

    Salary in Sydney

    Hi all! Husband has been offered an engineering job in Sydney. Salary is 110 000 per annum. As we are coming on 482 visa, we need to pay for schooling (3000-5000 AUD per child...we have two). Package includes private medical aid plus super anno. Do you think our family of 4 can survive on this for a year with only my husband working?
  26. MichKen

    Our 489 visa process

    We are 18 months in and 6 months from being eligible for our 887, I find myself once again obsessed with reading everything I possibly can about the application process and how to get a direct grant. With 887 waiting periods sitting at 16-17 months, and growing.... at present it feels like getting to PR is a bit of a moving target. It feels like watching a queue grow and grow and knowing that all you want to do is get on with it and get it done, but you have to wait your turn to wait!
  27. Jordy

    SA passport renewal from Australia

    Let me tell you our story: We emailed Canberra in September 2017 to get the finger print forms. You have to use originals and cannot download them anywhere. The finger print forms arrived in WA in November 2017. We then made an appointment with the Perth Consulate to have our ink finger prints done. Takes about 3 months to get an appointment. We got an appointment for end January. I cant remember the exact fee but it costs about $160 per person for the appointment. Perth is a 400km return trip for us, so more petrol money. Then you have to give them a self addressed prepaid registered envelope which costs more money. Perth Consulate then keeps your documents and gets them certified and they post them back you. Then you have to post them off to Canberra with another prepaid registered envelope. More money. Why they cant just send them directly to Canberra from I dont know. My mother was gravely ill so I wrote a cover letter begging them to process it as quickly as possible. This was February 2018. Sadly she died in June 2018 and our passports arrived in November 2018.
  28. Jordy

    SA passport renewal from Australia

    On a Facebook group I belong to someone made this post on the 6th April 2019
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