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  1. 3 points
    G'day All, Seeing as though I have relied quite a lot on this Forum for information and moral support in the time leading up to our departure from SA, I though it might be good to take stock and give some account of our experience since arriving in Brisbane, Australia on 5 January 2019. But first, a short history of how we got here... My wife and I got married in 2010 and ever the years whenever big negative events happened in SA (Nkandla, Axing of Finance Ministers, Ratings Downgrades, Load Shedding, SOE Bailouts, Land re-appropriation policy changes, visits to home affairs etc.) would be inclined to think about emigration and we probably seriously explored the idea about 3 times between 2010 and 2016. Then life events happened (Father was diagnosed with Cancer and the premature birth of our first child) which would then stifle our plans and force us to focus more on the situation at hand. That and the estimated amount needed for a PR visa and related costs of R100 000 and R 100 000 to ship a container was a bit of an issue. That all changed drastically and quickly in September 2018 when my wife was approached by an HR person for a local Australian Engineering company and after we debated it, we decided we have nothing to lose by my wife going through the interview process. A few weeks later, my wife received decent job offer with the company offering to sponsor our Visas, relocation costs, flights etc. and we grabbed the opportunity. After jumping through a lot of hoops, selling our property and cars, cashing in all of our pensions and investments, we got on a plane and landed in our new home, Brisbane, on 5 January 2019 with 2 backpacks, 3 suitcases and cautious optimism... Our first hand account of Life in Brisbane... It seems that most immigrants aim to start their new lives in Sydney and Melbourne with Perth and Brisbane probably being viewed as the second or third choice for some. I must say that the fact that living costs and property prices in Brisbane are much lower than Sydney and Melbourne as well as the fact that there are a lot less people living here which means that roads are less congested is a BIG PLUS in my opinion. The City is also quite small with the CBD probably spanning around 2km so you could walk from one side to the other in about 15-20 minutes but it is by all account a world class city with a lot going for it. We arrived at the Brisbane airport at around 11:30 pm due to a 2 hour flight delay in Sydney due to heavy thunder and missed our booked transfer (Connexion) by around 2 hours. The airport was quiet at that time and we thought we would probably need to get an Uber to transfer us to our temporary accommodation. Luckily the Connexion counter was still open and I asked the person at the counter if there is any chance they could still transport us to our apartment. He said hang on, quickly ran to the minibus driver and came back saying we can hop aboard, the driver will drop us off (All of this without even checking the system if we actually had a booking). So off we went and 30 minutes later, we we are checked into our temporary apartment which would be our home for the first month. Around 01:00 we realised that we needed to urgently get milk for our toddler so we quickly took the lift down and walked to the nearest Seven Eleven which was probably 200 meters from the hotel. We felt absolutely safe and confident to walk alone in the CBD and it is as if we just left the fear at the airport in SA. On the way back we saw two police officers on horses patrolling the streets which also gave a nice warm feeling. We were able to open a bank account from South Africa (over the internet) with one of the big 4 banks and between November and December as we liquidated our assets in SA transferred our life savings and Net Asset value into the account. On the Sunday after our arrival the previous night, we decided to explore the City a bit and to find out where the closest shops were and we ended up at the Queen street mall (not a mall like in SA) where coincidentally there was a branch of the bank we had opened an account with and it was open at 3pm on a Sunday. We had to visit the branch in person to activate the account because before activation, you can only deposit but not transact. It was very painless and quick and we left about 20 minutes later with an active bank account and bank cards for both me and my wife. The next admin issue that was high on our list was to get driver's licenses (Technically this wasn't urgent as I think our SA ones are valid for about 3 months after arrival) but I have a bit of OCD and want my affairs in order so on Monday, we went to the closed department of Transport and Main Roads (there were 3 to choose from all within walking distance). We received a ticket at the entrance and were helped within 10 minutes as well as issued with temporary licenses with a note saying that our Licence cards would be delivered after 21 days to our apartment. I must say when one is used to the type of service from government departments in SA, this is a breath of fresh air and it was my best experience ever dealing with a government department. As promised on day 21, low and behold, our actual drivers cards was delivered to our residence (another breath of fresh air when you are used to SA standards). Our next new experience was going to buy groceries (our first experience was at a Coles but Woolworths is very similar). When you come from SA, you tend to convert everything back to Rands for a while and when you do that, most things are SUPER EXPENSIVE. Other things are similarly priced or even cheaper than SA. For example, we buy 1 kg of Cheese for around $6, Milk for $1 per litre and sliced bread (like Albany) for $1.25 which is close to SA and even cheaper for some items at R10 to the $. Tomatoes vary between $4-$9 per kg but it is dependent on supply and there is a severe drought in Australia at the moment. When we got to the pay points, there was no cashier and we quickly realised that it is self service. They have terminals and clever scales where you scan each item and place it in the packing area and once all the items are scanned, you click pay and tap your card and you are done. Don't remove items from the packing area prematurely though as the scale flags this and you need an attendant to come and unlock the terminal. This happened a lot during our first go and we probably spent 20 minutes the counter to finish our first grocery shopping. Labour here is expensive, I think the minimum hourly wage is $25 so most places require self service. As a guideline I would say one needs to double your Rand Spending to have the same meaning if you spent R 5000 per month in SA for groceries, you could easily end up spending $1 000 per month. Next we needed to experience and figure our how the public transport system works so with a bit of research we figured our you could buy a Translink card (Similar to a Gautrain Card) at any Seven Eleven so we did that and set off for our first experience using the city public transport. We ended up going to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and paid around $70 for me and my wife (Luckily the baby was free) to enter and spent about 2 hours there. It was a lovely experience but it felt expensive as I was still converting the price to Rand and going to the Zoo in SA doesn't cost a couple R700 for entry. The public transport in Brisbane is Amaze-balls and you have a choice of using Trains, Buses or Ferry's all with tapping your Translink card on and off. The people in the buses are also generally very well mannered and they get off their seats in the wheelchair areas to make space if they see you have a baby in a pram (Stroller). You also have other options to get around in the city with Bicycles that you check out an and in to designated areas and Lime electric scooters that you unlock and lock with a smartphone app. The city is lively and buzzing with activity and there are shops, convenience shops, coffee shops & restaurants all over. Technically one does not need a car as the public transport is efficient, safe, clean an reliable but we decided to buy a car for leisure and weekends because it is just a lot more convenient if you are travelling with a baby and have lots of peripherals to take along. Also the public transport is not the best choice after doing your weekly shopping as you will have to physically carry all the bags. If you plan on exploring a bit over weekends and want to go around 50km out of the City, having a car is much more convenient and that is why we decided to buy one. We bought a brand new Hyundai Tucson 2.0 TDCi Elite AT for $41 000 which is much cheaper than what you would pay for in SA, when I checked the equivalent in SA would cost about R 580 000. So cars here are a lot cheaper. Fast food and any restaurant food is quite expensive (when you convert it to Rand). As an example, a meal a McDonalds of Burger King that would cost R 60-70 would easily cost around $15. My wife and I do take-aways one night a week and pay about $ 30 for the two of us. Eating in restaurants are a lot more expensive though and you could end up paying $30-40 for a main, around $8 per beer and if you include starters and dessert you could easily have a bill of $120-$150 for two in a nice (not fancy) restaurant. Daycare is amazing here, the staff are very well trained and the facilities is just a big notch higher than what is available in SA. Our child went to Opti-Baby in Highveld and it was a good quality school with good facilities and good staff. But here it is just on a completely different level and we have definitely noticed a marked improvement on our son's development since he started going to daycare here. All of this unfortunately does come at a HUGE cost and Daycare is our single biggest expense, more than our weekly rent and much more than our weekly grocery and living costs. We spend a whopping $147 per day on Daycare which means in a year we would need to foot a bill of $38 000 or close to R 400 000. Now if you convert everything to Rand (like I still do) this is just an inordinate amount to be spending on daycare. In SA we would spend 10% of the per year. Things do get better though, when we get Permanent Residence we would be entitled for a government rebate of $ 10 000 per year for daycare so that helps. Private health insurance (Medical Aid) is a pre-requisite of our VISA and we got the equivalent of Discovery's Executive plan (and they even pay for In-Vitro) for around $600 per month for the entire family. Once again if we get Permanent Residence, we would qualify for the national healthcare (Medicare) and would only need to supplement it a little bit with private health insurance. Housing here is SUPER EXPENSIVE and a very average house which would not be anything near to a descent house in South Africa could easily cost $ 700 000 with houses of $ 1200 000 being nothing to write home about. We had a very entry level house in Midstream, South Africa that we sold for R 3 million. For $ 300 000 you will be getting a dump, fix me upper with a lot of work. Gardens here are also very basic and not as nice as in SA because one simply could not afford garden services or an Amos to work in your garden one day a week. The same goes for house cleaning, a cleaner would cost around $30 per hour so it is just affordable to have someone spend a day a week to clean your house and do the washing. That being said, we were spoilt in SA with a cleaning lady that came two days a week and garden services that came once a week all for around R 2 500 per month. Here you do almost everything yourself and although it is something to get used to, it is fine and very possible, everyone does it. We won't be buying a house anytime soon so in the meantime we are living in an apartment in the City that is easy to keep clean and in proximity to most attractions. If you are a professional, you can expect a very decent salary and even if you are not, you can make a good living in Australia doing low skill jobs. If you are married and both of you are working, you can have a very good quality life and would even be able to save and go on plenty of holidays. My wife was obviously sorted with a job when we landed as that is how we got here. I have however also been very fortunate to find a good jobs that pays well within two weeks of landing here so I really can't complain. Now that we are earning in Dollars, we tend to convert things less into Rand and everything doesn't seem that expensive anymore, it is the new standard. I also feel that everyone her has an equal opportunity to land a jobs and there is absolutely no prejudice or preference given to certain race groups when applying for positions. If you have the required skill set and experience that matches a job requirement, you do stand a good chance of landing the job. Also the red tape is cut down to a minimal when starting a new business and work gets awarded fairly not based on any BEE credentials or Nepotism. Everyone has a fair chance to succeed. Also unemployment is like 4 % which really help and I believe is the one thing that SA's government would need to fix before there is any chance of a turn-around in SA. The one caveat of being here is missing the family and at times one does feel very lonely but if you come over as a family, you can give each other comfort knowing that you are in a stable country with a stable economy where your children will have a bright bright future and criminals are actually caught and prosecuted. There is not that constant fear that your life is in danger whenever you leave your house/office and you don't wake up at night when you hear noises expecting the worst. We try and set up regular Skype/Whatsapp calls with our people at home and although it is not the same, this is becoming the new normal for us. I don't regret our decision one bit, we do miss our family and friends but I honestly believe this is the best decision we could have made for us. It is a very personal decision that everyone that is considering to uproot their life in SA should think about, it is not easy, you will go through stages of depression and loneliness but time heals everything. It is possibly the biggest decision you will make in your lifetime so take the time to really consider the pros and cons of staying in SA or leaving and starting a new life. Be very clear about your reasons for leaving if you do decide on that. But when you commit to a decision, commit fully and just do it without regrets and without looking back. Close the old chapter behind you and be open to embrace the new experience that lies ahead. I am grateful for this excellent platform (SAAustralia) as there is a wealth of information and people genuinely make an effort to assist and answer questions would be emigrants might have. If anyone is in the same position where we were 5 months ago and need some guidance or advice, please feel free to reach out to me, I will gladly assist. Thanks everyone, and take care. ZPrinsloo
  2. 3 points
    Hi everybody. There seems to be a lot of confusion going on regarding the AOS process. Some people have applied and then much later found out that incorrect forms had been submitted. This is just one case that I know of. Centrelink could see the AOS docs on their system but they were not aware of the fact that those were the incorrect documents. I am only stating this to explain all things that can hold up a person's process. So, if you feel that the process is not moving along as anticipated, I would suggest a special visit to Centrelink to double check on documents etc. Ask them to check whether the docs are correct. I know it is a hassle but it can and it does happen. I hope that this helps a little.
  3. 3 points
    We're almost a year in - just 2 more weeks. What a whirlwind. Looking back it was probably the hardest year we've ever had, on many many levels. The lack of support system, uncertainty about what the future holds, new job and country and schools and house and everything. But we're here, and life is really good right now. It's interesting what the lack of support did to us as a family - we are definitely all closer than we've ever been before, because we've had to rely on each other where in the past our friends and family would have picked up some of the support roles. We have made wonderful new friends, ex-Saffas and Ozzies and a bunch of other immigrants. We really like our church and the kids are much more involved in the church ministry than they've been in the past. The kids' school is great (public school), they've made great friends and are doing extramurals that were not an option in SA - my youngest plays the french horn in the school band, my oldest does diving and art lessons, we take them kayaking on the Lane Cove river on the weekends... we really can't complain. I only wish we came earlier.
  4. 3 points
    Well all that worry was for nothing. Very happy to report that my Skills Assessment is successful! Now for IELTS! I think the other applicant did not provide all the necessary information for the Skills Assessment as it is a lot of work and one could very easily slip.
  5. 2 points
    Our 11 year old just took it in her stride. We got her a math & science dictionary for her age group that explained the English terminology in a very simple, easy to understand way with colourful mages to make it easier. She made friends right away and was made to feel very welcome at school. Initially we had to be fairly involved in her homework, being Afrikaans, but it was really a non-event. Our 18 year old completed school in South Africa but because he did not go to uni here right away, he really struggled as he was not in a group or social situation that would have help him meet young people his age. Make sure your kids get involved in things where they will meet many other kids their age in more than one setting - not only at school, but also with other activities such as sports, guides, drama classes etc. - whatever it takes. The sooner they socialize, the quicker they'll adjust. Long story short: they'll be fine! 🙂
  6. 2 points
    Just to confirm that, once your Australian permanent residence visa have been validated (if offshore), that each person that was granted a Permanent Residence visa holds permanent residence. If the primary/main visa applicant was to die this would not impact on the Permanent Residence status of the other family members that were included within that application.
  7. 2 points
    @Roxanne If you are granted a 189 PR visa then all secondary applicants hold the right to live and work in Australia independently of the primary visa applicant. It's only when you are on a temp working visa (like the 489 or 457) that you may have issues. I know of several instances where after arriving in Aus, couples have divorced or separated and the primary 189 applicant has return to RSA leaving all the secondary visa applicants behind and they haven't had issues.
  8. 2 points
    Keep your tools, way too expensive to replace a big tool collection. We brought along hubbies entire collection. And as for the bikes just give them a good wash and get the dirt off - no need to do more than that. We took a huge wooden railway sleeper table and had no issue - we just specified it was an indoor dining table. For wooden things you just need to be concerned about items that may harbour wood borers.
  9. 2 points
    Hello Alex, You don't need to have your qualification assessed - if it is a Degree from a recognised South African institution then it will be fine. You need to be careful when calculating your points for work experience though as depending on when you obtained your Electrician qualifications not all of your work experience may be claimable. I did reply to the email you sent me - please confirm receipt. Regards
  10. 2 points
    We moved from regional WA to Melbourne in 2017 and got a self pack container (20HC shipping container for around $7000 +GST. Going to Perth should be a lot cheaper. They allow 12 days before and another 12 days after. They arrange door to door pick up and delivery. Had a very good experience with them. We used You Pack Removals
  11. 2 points
    They did not ask my son any questions. Just explained to him that AOS is a great responsibility and wanted to make sure he understood what it involved to be an Assurer.
  12. 2 points
    Just to make anyone who may be interested that the 3/5 year Temporary Parent Visa has been announced to commence on the 17th April 2019.
  13. 2 points
    Skill Select 189 visas - Results from the January 2019 Invitations Details of the number of invitations issued in the 11th January 2019 round of Invitations for the 189/489 SkillSelect visas have been published by the Dept of Home Affairs For ALL occupations NOT in the table below see text for the number of points required is: - 189 Invitations 2,490 invitations were issued for the 189 visa to EOIs with 70+ points (EOI date of effect prior to 08/12//2018). - 489 (Family Sponsored) 10 invitations were issued for the 489 visa to EOIs with 80+ points (EOI date of effect prior to 28/08/2018) The attached table shows the points require ONLY for occupations that are issued on a ProRata basis. All other occupations required the points detailed in the text above. The points required to receive an invitation for a 189 visa in previous recent months can be seen at our web site https://www.taylormadeimmigration.com/DaystoInvite
  14. 2 points
    Start with the 100-step process Then search on the forum, using the search tab, in quotes "where to start" - you will find many posts to assist you Do not use the search in the top right hand corner (as it goes to Google)
  15. 2 points
    I see that your current location is New Zealand so this may alter things too if you are residents there. It really is probably best to contact Tafe and ask them directly.
  16. 2 points
    We are on a 489 and did qualify for local fees at TAFE. Nice thing about TAFE is you pay per unit, so that also makes it easier to manage.
  17. 1 point
    As far as I know, it is only the experience gained once you have qualified.
  18. 1 point
    Weekend boost for my fellow roomies.... I've had my mum's application progress to 2nd VAC today afternoon. I created an Immi account within the next 15 minutes and paid via credit card. I wish they gave BPAY option as it would help avoid the $575 in fees. But after the excruciating wait I am in no mood to haggle 😅 See my detailed timeline below. For those who are wondering how I paid AoS before I got the acceptance letter please see my AoS saga as per my posts on 28 Nov and 3 Dec 2018. We all have unique circumstances and each one shared means learning for the rest of us. In my case, it so happened I had travel plans and couldn't wait for the AoS acceptance letter to arrive at it's usual 5 working day pace. The Centrelink officer who confirmed my AoS acceptance on phone considered my circumstances and offered to release it the same day. However I needed to visit a centrelink branch near to me and print it manually there and couldn't access through my Centreelink account yet. To avoid blank looks and delays from the branch I would visit, as this is not normally what they do, I anticipated the local branch would need instructions on how to access the letter to print it for me. I asked the kind lady on the phone to give me a Standard Operating Procedure of sorts (verbally and I jotted down the steps) that the local branch staff should take to find the letter. I also asked if she can provide her name or staff ID so they could check with her through internal communication channels if they were stuck for any reason. She obliged. The staff at the local centrelink branch were delighted at a written procedure they could follow and thanked me for my foresight, I gave it to them as my gift 😁 - well Necessity is indeed the mother of invention!! The local branch officer mentioned she had done this once in her career and it took half a day and her supervisor getting involved as they have multiple systems and are not trained for this. In my case it took 3 minutes 😎 I have reproduced my timeline as below since it doesn't show from my account details on mobile. I have lumped it by process rather than chronologically so you can see how each process went in my case: 143 Lodgement date: 25/06/2015 Acknowledgement Letter: 7/07/2015 Invitation for further documents: 3/04/2018 AoS application: 8/06/2018 AoS interview: 3/12/2018 AoS Acceptance Letter: 10/12/2018 (but manually extracted at Centrelink same day) AoS payment: 3/12/2018 CO's Formal Request for docs: 28/11/2018 2nd VAC Payment: 22/03/2019 VISA GRANTED: Still waiting INITIAL ENTRY DATE DEADLINE: 12/06/19
  19. 1 point
    Like mentioned above, there are pro's and con's to both. My wife and I sat doing the IELTS for a few months (were unaware at the time Pearson PTE was an option). This set us back almost 5 months as the exam dates are limited and the results take much longer than PTE to be released. The other issue we had with IELTS is that there is a very high probability your Speaking Test will be on a different day (we both had to take a half day leave to do the speaking in the middle of the week). I can't speak for anyone else, but both my wife and I were unable to score higher than 7.0 for the Writing with IELTS. Even had one of the test sent back for a re-mark. This after we Scored 9.0 for all other sections. PTE on the other hand you could probably book a sitting for early next week if you booked today, and as mentioned above results are released very shortly thereafter. If we had know this sooner we would have had everything done much sooner. Either way, we have since received our 189 Grant and are flying out 19 May this year. We did everything ourselves without making use of an Agent as our situation was pretty straight forward. Feel free to send a PM if you have any other questions.
  20. 1 point
    Hi Alex I wrote my test on Friday last week. I suggest downloading the PTE Tutorials App. I downloaded the Apple version. Used this only as preparation and passed with superior English, despite running out of time. App was free and included lots of material in test format. The thread above was extremely useful in terms of what to expect and how to answer the questions correctly. My tip: once prepared and comfortable with test format, pay attention to the time. The test groups multiple questions into one time slot, so it’s very easy to run out of time. Don’t spend too long on each question and understand how much time you need to allocate to each question. This is probably evident on the packages you purchase - the App is only timed per question. It’s not timed collectively as a total test. Hope this helps and good luck!!
  21. 1 point
    I don't think they are overly concerned with Centrelink delays. They may have problems of their own. I am a June 2015 143 lodger who received invitation to commence preparation of documents in April 2018. I submitted AoS acceptance in Dec 2018 but have still not received the 2nd VAC request. So it's not AoS holding up my application I am sure.....It is almost unconscionable that applicants have no way to communicate freely with PVC and are also denied a meaningful general update on progress or not 😕
  22. 1 point
    Hi Alex I'm writing in 2 weeks time in Cape Town (my second time). The best material out there is the E2 PTE Academic YouTube channel. They have great methods and provide good guidance on each question type. I did not pay for membership with them, but looking at what they offer, I think they would be your best bet if you want to pay for services, as they will help you with methods, one-on-ones, reviews, mock tests, and they have a pronunciation app. I would recommend leaving yourself 2 weeks before the exam to cram in your studies. I did it last time in 1 week, but it was a bit hectic. Also, go write the test in the morning when your mind is fresh.
  23. 1 point
    A bit of an update since my last post. We finally received the 482 sponsorship - my start date agreed with the company is 1 April and they only wanted to start with the application at the beginning of March not to lose out on any time. Medicals done and dusted. Now waiting for feedback (and hopefully approval...). Medicals included chest x-ray and general check-up only. No blood samples as that is only required for permanent visas according to the doctor (cost of R910 for the x-rays and R1,100 for the check-up). What we were told during the 482 process by the agent is that they will submit the 482 nomination for accountant (general). This caused some concern for me as I submitted my EOI for 189/190 for an external auditor. They recommended that I update my skills assessment from CA ANZ which was done. On 20 February we submitted a new EOI for 189 / 190 as accountant (general). I am now stressed about the skilled employment part as I cannot update my reference letter and obtain an additional skilled employment assessment from CA ANZ (they do not accept any updates / changes to a reference letter). And now we will have to support skilled employment claims ourselves. I have already obtained a more detailed reference letter from my current employer to show my accounting experience as well. We received our invitation to apply for NSW nomination yesterday (14 March 2019). Was so excited and immediately submitted the application. Now waiting for approval from NSW to apply for 190. At this stage it feels like our 190 may come before our 482! Plan is to fly out on the 25th of March (hope we receive our 482 before then) to give me a week to settle in that side. Cost to date: Item Date Start Date End Cost (R) Quantity Total Decision made 15-Sep-18 Unabridged birth certificate 20-Oct-18 75 2 150 Police clearance 20-Oct-18 15-Nov-18 114 2 228 Offer of employment 22-Nov-18 PTE Test 04-Dec-18 2,645 2 5,290 Skills Assessment - Auditor 06-Dec-18 5,500 2 11,000 Skilled work assessment 06-Dec-18 100 1 100 Lodge EOI (189 & 190) - external audit 17-Dec-18 Pets - Rabies Test 04-Jan-19 7,784 1 7,784 Medical costs 06-Feb-19 2,010 2 4,020 Skills assessment - Accountant 20-Feb-19 1,700 1 1,700 Lodge EOI (189 & 190) - accountant 20-Feb-19 Accept NSW Invitation for nomination 14-Mar-19 3,165 1 3,165 PetPort - Deposit 3,165 1 3,165 NSW Invitation for 190 3,000 1 3,000 Accept 190 Visa invite (Gov fee) 60,900 1 60,900 Re-do police clearance 114 2 228 Import permit for 2 pets (Gov fee) 44,750 1 44,750 PetPort (2nd payment) 23,068 1 23,068 Container shipment 96,000 1 96,000 264,548 Estimates
  24. 1 point
    In the past I subscribed to the "Barefoot's inner circle" and he provided a great checklist "Everything in one place" - get it. Their you should include for when passing: Contact details for people who can help you; A statement of my net worth; Details of all my bank accounts, insurance and investments; Access to my email, and social media accounts; Answers to the questions you’re probably asking yourself right now; My funeral instructions; Plus, something special at the end Included is an Estate Plan checklist (he strongly advice against online Will kits template) - get that. (Differentiate plan if total wealth is < $1 million or > $1 million) The Estate Plan should include: 3-generation testamentary trust mutual wills; Enduring power of attorney; Medical power of attorney. Single/Couples Testamentary Trust Bundle available here: https://www.legalconsolidated.com.au/estate-planning-and-wills/
  25. 1 point
    @HadEnoughofJuju Great, thank you so much for this info.
  26. 1 point
    @JIG, refer my posts dated 14/12/2018 ( page 73 ) and 19/02/2019 ( page 77 ). I did receive the letter of invitation with request to supply further docs / medicals / PCC etc. All done except PCC - still waiting to get it from Pretoria ( I am in Durban ) Also just to let you all know that yesterday my son received a letter from Centrelink confirming receipt of the AUD 14000 AOS deposit and that they ( Centrelink ) have already informed DHA accordingly. Best wishes to all in the waiting room
  27. 1 point
    Skill Select 189 visas - Results from the February 2019 Invitations NB: Fewer invites seen this month, resulting in a longer wait for people with only 70 points, and an increase in the points score required to receive an invitation for many of the ProRata occupations. As of the 11th March the number of occupations available to the 19 visa increased therefore there may be additional competition for places in future months. Details of the number of invitations issued in the 11th February 2019 round of Invitations for the 189/489 SkillSelect visas have been published by the Dept of Home Affairs For ALL occupations NOT in the table below see text for the number of points required is: - 189 Invitations 1,490 invitations were issued for the 189 visa to EOIs with 70+ points (EOI date of effect prior to 09/11//2018). - 489 (Family Sponsored) 10 invitations were issued for the 489 visa to EOIs with 80+ points (EOI date of effect prior to 02/10/2018) The attached table shows the points require ONLY for occupations that are issued on a ProRata basis. All other occupations required the points detailed in the text above. The points required to receive an invitation for a 189 visa in previous recent months can be seen at our web site https://www.taylormadeimmigration.com/DaystoInvite Edit: We have placed a list of the occupation list changes for the 189/190/489 visas on our web site - https://taylormadeimmigration.com/Occupation_Lists
  28. 1 point
    Yes received a request for documents on 13th February 2019. Documents requested . 1) Character form 80. 2) Police clearance certificate. 3) Medical Exam . Already submitted the AOS form and completed 1& 2 and doing the medical tomorrow morning ( Tuesday 12) in Toronto about a 2 hour drive from where we live.. Application date was AUGUST 17 2015.. Hope you hear very soon . Good Luck.
  29. 1 point
    Hi there. Nope, they don't care here. You register when you land and if you ever do leave then you just notify them of how long you'll be gone.
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    Two new Labour Agreements have been made Note that these Labour Agreements are within the employer nominated visas - i.e you need a employer to nominate you for these visa options Aged care Labour Agreement Aged care providers are now able to hire overseas workers with specialised skills that will support older Australians from multicultural backgrounds. Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said these special visa arrangements will allow aged care facilities to access a personalised visa arrangement to hire employees with the skills to cater for the needs of their communities' elderly. "Australia has a long and proud history of migration. Aged care providers have identified a need for bilingual carers, as elderly people or those with dementia may revert to their native language or lose the ability to speak a second language," Mr Coleman said. "This visa arrangement demonstrates the Government's commitment to migrant communities and those organisations who care for Australia's elderly. It will greatly assist them in finding the right staff to deliver vital aged care services." "Company specific labour agreements will enable aged care providers to deliver specialised services that better understand a residents' cultural needs." In delivering vital aged care services to the Australian community, aged care providers can request a company specific labour agreement to sponsor skilled overseas workers for a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, or an Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa. Labour agreements will only be considered where it is demonstrated that Australians cannot fill skill shortages and standard work visa programs cannot be utilised. The company specific labour agreement enables aged care providers to access overseas workers where they previously have been unable to, as the required occupation is not on the list of eligible skilled occupations. https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman/Pages/aged-care-labour-agreements-to-support-migrant-communities.aspx Minister of Religion Labour Agreement Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman has announced changes to the Minister of Religion Labour Agreement which will allow religious institutions to sponsor overseas workers under the additional occupation of 'Religious Assistant'. This broadens visa sponsorship options which were formerly limited to the occupation of 'Minister of Religion'. Thresholds for sponsoring the occupation of 'Minister of Religion' have also been made more flexible. Previously, a nominee for 'Minister of Religion' was required to work in a specified location in the most senior position. Under the new measures, the nominee can work in any senior position. Sponsors must be a religious institution under the Migration Regulations and provide evidence of Australian business registration and charitable status. The sponsor must also meet salary requirements unless a concession is awarded owing to a vow of poverty being declared by the nominee. Nominees will still need to meet occupation requirements related to qualifications and skills. Sponsors will need to demonstrate why the nominated position is unable to be filled by an Australian worker. Temporary Skill Shortage visas under the labour agreement stream can be granted for up to 4 years. The new measures will take effect from Monday 11 March 2019. https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman/Pages/new-measures-back-australias-religious-communities.aspx
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    @Geronimo Yes I got ya. Note the heading of the form: ...dependent.... We understood it as any member of the family unit that was dependent on us, whether migrating with us or not. We didn't have any dependent children or family members over 18 left in South Africa who were migrating with us to Australia. All our children were self sufficient and already in Australia and elsewhere. I did find that Form 47A in my Aus Immi file but we never filled it in due to above explanation. See Part H on Form 47PA. If you have anything to fill in there (Dependent children or other dependents) You MUST ALSO fill in Form 47A. Otherwise NOT. There is enough other info they get from you pertaining to your children and family members. Most of it will be in Form 80 which you will probably be required to fill in for both you and your wife at the end. So just keep a filled-in copy of Form 47PA so you can give the same correct info for Form 80 when asked. Some info will overlap between the forms. Note: Remember to let them know when you get a new passport, when you change your residing address and when the info on Form 47PA changes. Like our parents died during our waiting time, my youngest son got married, and we moved to a rental townhouse when we sold our house. Also another grand child was born. Form 929 - Change of address and/or passport details Form 1022 - Notification of changes in circumstances (like children getting married, new members added to the family - grand children born, parent/s die, etc) Hope this helps 😊
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    Trades Recognition Australia - TRA Skills Assessments New Payment Arrangements & Charges - significant changes to how payments are made The TRA have announced that as of the 1st March 2019 that payment for Skills Assessments (TSS/OASP/TRS) which are currently paid directly to the relevant RTOs (Registered Training Organisations) will now be made via the TRA portal. (I have been informed that there will be no change to the MSA skills assessment charge at this stage) The new skills assessment fees (depending upon pathway) as of the 1st March 2019 will change to: Assessment step Fee Amount (GST Excl) Documentary Evidence $1,280.00 Technical Interview - Pathway 1 $2,000.00 Technical Interview - Pathway 2 $900.00 Practical Assessment $2,200.00
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    1) No idea at this stage - even the processing times that are provided by the Dept of Home Affairs are guidelines based upon how long it has taken them to process the visas that they are currently granting - it may or may not apply into the future. 2) There would not be a bridging visa applicable to that option, the temporary visa is not aimed at people aiming to remaining permanently.
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    The full legislation has not yet been published to be able to provide any absolutes. The Dept of Home Affairs general information states 'Parents are still eligible to apply for Visitor visas and/or permanent Parent visas.' This is a temporary visa you would not be considered permanent residents on this visa. However, other temporary residents e.g. 457 / 482 visa holders often come with their furniture and would be able to open bank accounts in Australia (adding a word of caution, should your 143 not be granted for any reason then you would have moved your belongings to Australia).
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    Hi @Justyna, Thanks so much for that. I saw the different statuses, but I was just wondering if they were ever actually used ... Sitting on "received" for the longest time, and ANY difference or change would be welcomed right about now! Haha. Thanks for the wishes - I hope something/anything comes through soon too! 😄
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    okay my 2c worth but everybody feels differently.... We brought everything and are very glad we did as we felt at home instantly and didnt have to spend more money when we arrived replacing things. That said there are a few exceptions- 1. Dishwasher - most if not all places- purchased or rented come with a dishwasher. 2. Fridge- we brought ours but it sits in the garage as a spare drinks fridge as it was too tall for any of the houses we looked at here. 3. Washing machine and dryer- we bought new here - I had heard that the wattage etc was different - I dont think that is the case but my nice new one is more energy efficient. 4. Beds- a BIG thing to note is that Australian beds are NOT the same size. We brought our beds with as they were new and Australian beds are HUGELY expensive!! Just remember if you are bringing your beds to bring enough bedding to keep you going. Obviously duvets can be bigger so can be bought here but fitted sheets and any linen for your current duvet wont be able to be purchased here. We go back to South Africa fairly often so linen is always on my shopping list. 5. lounge and dining suite - we brought ours - as long as your pieces are not huge they should fit , my dining table sits 12 people so is a little snug but really good quality so I am happy it came along. 6. Apart from those listed above bring bring bring - I find Australia expensive. Oh and bring something African - always nice to have a little ornament or something to remind you of home. Our container arrived about 6-8 weeks after our arrival - plenty of time to find a home to put it into and not too long that you get sick of being stuck in short term furnished rentals. Hope that helps.
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    Hi, I would highly recommend you phone a MARA certified migration agent, there are a few very helpful guys on this forum. Migrate 2 Oz helped us with our application, they are great and will offer you a free advice over the phone. Good luck;)
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    Queensland State Sponsorship 190/489 - Closes until July BSMQ has now closed our business (188) and skilled nomination (190/489) programs for the 2018-19 financial year due to federal government quota being met. The programs will be opened in the new financial year, in July 2019, once the new QSOL lists and criteria are available.
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    Due to the changes with the TRA skills assessment payment method the VETASSESS Application portal will be closed for maintenance from Wednesday 27th February 5.00pm (AEST) and will reopen on Friday 1st of March at 8.00am to implement these changes.
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    If you have the funds and often need medical or dental treatment, yes. Or if you don't want to wait for non-emergency major surgery, yes. We are very healthy and decided not to pay for private medical insurance. So far all our needs have been met by Medicare which include doctor and hospital visits. If you decide to get medical insurance, you need to do it within one year of getting your permanent residence. Otherwise you will pay a loading for the years you are past 30years. But you can research that when you are here. Lots of options. Also if you earn $90 000 or more per annum, you will start to pay extra tax if you don't have private medical insurance. ($180 000 for a couple). The reason is that you can afford to pay towards your medical expenses and not lean on the government and Medicare alone.
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    Thank you so much guys, I will give the Tafe a call as well. At this stage, still hoping for the visa, and praying :)
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    My 2 cents. We lived in London for 11 years, pre kids. We travelled a lot (43 countries), partied a lot and were generally self indulgent. Time and age came, and we wanted something more "wholesome" and looked into moving to another country. Aus turned out to be the easiest at the time (2005) for obtaining working visas (for our professions) and the length you have to live here to obtain citizenship. Aus is one of the few countries where you very quickly "become" a local (officially and unofficially). We have been happily living in Sydney for the last 10 years. We have two kids now, no other pets. There are many, many RSA's in Sydney who have done a stint in the UK. All happily settled here for good. Where as we never felt the UK, as nice as it was, was a permanent address for us. My humble opinion on the "respected lecturer who is still renting after 14 years". People are all different and your profession is just one part of your tool kit. I am a hairdresser and have always been extremely money savvy. When I was a apprentice, waaaayyy back in Stellenbosch in 1994, I earned R495 a month (true story). Of which I saved R100. Anyway, I digress. People have different priorities. I am a Libra and need to live in my own home. I buy old, rundown places with potential. I pour over floor plans, googlemap satellite and walk up and down streets on Streetview. I can scrub, dig, demolish, paint, weld, do woodwork and I read a hell of a lot about property/politics/economy/location-location/global news. I am immune to the opinion of the Joneses. Who, by the way hardly exist in Aus, but is still very active in the minds of ex-South Africans. We bought an ugly 1962 house on Sydney's Northern Beaches almost 6 years ago. If we had managed to land here 14 years ago in 2004, the property market would have been much kinder to me as a buyer, so your man must have not had been looking very hard. I would ask: where are they looking to live, what is on their property wish list, what does their monthly expenses look like, how much is the family income and how much of that do they save, is there kids in expensive private schools, how many cars do they have and how often to they replace them, how many overseas trips do they take per year, etc, etc. Its a how long is a piece of string exercise and should not effect YOU as an individual and your journey. It does make for a good urban legend story, true as it may be. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/sydney-house-price-cycle-2017-11
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    I am only due to do my medical on Monday but I saw in the past someone posted if you go to https://www.emedical.immi.gov.au/eMedUI/eMedicalClient and put in your details I believe you can track it. Before it’s done it will say incomplete, and then about a week later it should change to completed. Medicals will be uploaded online by the medical professional.
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    I used Tanya from Sable International, Each case would be unique so they would have to quote based on what your move would include.
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    In the October round of invitations for the Family Sponsored 489 visas - invitations were provided to applicants with 80+ points who had been waiting in the pool since 20/06/2018. The wait varies over time depending upon who is in the pool - but if memory serves me right I do not think it went below 80 points this year?
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    If applying for a 189 - as per your original post, then the Primary Applicant must obtain a positive skills assessment to proceed.
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    Hi Jelly Some of the skills assessment bodies provide the option to provide a skills assessment based on your qualifications (depending upon the occupation different assessment bodies may also require you to show some work experience details towards a basic skills assessment). Some also offer the option to in addition to providing a skills assessment to also comment on the number of years they consider you to have worked in the nominated occupation at the appropriate level. For example, you don't provide your occupations but Skilled Employment Assessment would be the term used by e.g. the Accounting profession assessors to examine your claims of 'skilled employment'. Note that the options available, and the wording can vary across the different assessment authorities. Depending upon the circumstances it sometimes (not always) can be useful to have the main applicants employment assessed. To claim 'Partner Points' you, other than if required for the skills assessment you do not need to provide evidence of employment. .
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