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    update: my Mom in law applied in Sep 15, just received email requesting for more information. moving forward.
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    The 103 and 804 are the non-Contributory parent visas. Part way through their wait their application is examined further and assuming all is well at that stage they then get 'queued' and the DHA provided a time line for this. This is not applicable (N/A) to the Contributory visas as they are not queued.
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    Hi @Hunts We did not even need a rental cover letter, our agents were only interested in: The application form completed for the rental we wanted Identity documents References - Any previous place you've rented who would be willing to give you a reference. We asked the AirBnB owner we rented from for a month for a reference and this was accepted Proof of previous rental accommodation payments - This was the big one. The agents were very happy to accept our proof of payment for the AirBnB as well as our previous home loan statements. If you have a rent journal, get a copy and submit that. The agent said, it shows good tenancy characteristics. As for finding a rental, best to be prepared. Unlike South Africa where houses are available for a viewing the whole of Sunday or during the week. Apartments in Sydney at least are only available for 15 minutes on Saturdays! So, if you want to see two places a bit further away from each other it is quite a bit of a rush to get around. We found it best to make use of RealEstate.com's map search function to determine if we'll be able to make the inspections in time for the rentals we were interested in. Domain is also a great site to find more options. https://www.realestate.com.au/rent/in-melbourne+city+-+greater+region%2c+vic%3b+/map-1?channel=rent&includeSurrounding=false&persistIncludeSurrounding=true&source=location-search https://www.domain.com.au/ All the best, it is a bit nerve wrecking at first but sure you'll be fine!
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    Hi all, Just an update, have connected with an immigration agent and starting the process for a partner visa. Thanks for all that commented and did provide some tips. its appreciated
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    I don't post articles about South Africa on the forum and I generally don't read them either but this article appeared in Australia news and while reading it I had to stop to compose myself enough to continue. I cannot imagine what this family went through and those kids!!!! It rips your heart in pieces that there are people in this world who have no soul and no conscience! https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/mum-shot-and-raped-in-front-of-her-children-after-gunman-broke-into-home/news-story/dd85df9b39f648c683759a9267ac9857 I know that South Africans don't "qualify" as "refugees" under the UN convention but surely there must be something that can be done to allow people who want to leave and start a better life to be able to do that. They've done it many times out of compassion in other instances where a situation did not meet the requirements of current immigration laws. Why not allow a grace period of a few months where farmers can enter under a special visa? Something like a "leave now or stay there" type special provision? If I had that opportunity I'd be on the next flight out - I'll leave everything: farm, furniture, money, everything to get out and save my kids! I honestly don't even know where to start but I can't sit and watch people including children and defenseless old people being raped, tortured and murdered just for the sake of it.
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    @Duggen when you hijack someones post about how concerned they are about farmers, to make a post about how someone else is worse off it make me wonder what your point it. Why dont we skip south Africa and talk about Ethiopians, how much should we be sending to Venezuela, there are kids starving to death there right? There is always someone worse off and all comments like yours do is convince people that it is better doing nothing, derailing a post on how people who are suffering could be helped by telling the people that they should be looking at some other group is not helpful, leave people who are interested in helping a group who is suffering to do so and if you have a group you are interested in helping go ahead and do so. I am looking forwards to your posts on what you are doing to help the people on the cape flats
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    Actually, The Cape Flats consists of people who were placed there by a government, based on their skin colour and subjected to lawful policies, at the time, that made them second class citizens, solely based on their skin colour! These "active policies" (although they are badly managed) are meant to include all people into the economy and are not meant to exclude anyone. You cannot be excluded from something you already participate in.
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    @Barkies The applicant (your dad) needs to complete a Form 1022 if it is to do with any changes with the sponsor The Form 929 is if there are any direct changes with his details like passport renewal or address change etc. Don't worry about Queue Assessment - you just need to follow visa assessment - when did your dad lodge his application? I did it like this with changes of my sponsors address, email address, telephone number etc. I emailed it and received a response from an individual to say the details had been updated.
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    I just want to know when, if ever, I can stop submitting tax returns to SARS. Or do I need to do this each year forever more? So a few details on my situation. I received my PR visa in 2012 and moved to Australia in 2015. I have no assets and no RA's in South Africa, just a single bank account with about R2000 in. (Should I close this bank account??) I'm at the final stages of getting Australian citizenship (citizenship test is in 2 months) After hearing about new tax laws in SA where you might have to pay double tax if you earn more than a million rand overseas I am concerned about whether I need to financially immigrate? My pay is already more. Does getting Australian citizenship and letting go of South African citizenship have any effect on SARS tax returns? I'm really annoyed about doing eFiling each year and wish I can just forget about SA now that I have started a new life. What are my different options and what are the pro's and cons? Very much appreciated! tim
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    Hi Tim, I am not a registered tax agent (so dont take this as formal advice) Many consultants have been using scare tactics and the threat of double taxation to get you to Financially immigrate (and get them fees) – you won’t get double taxed if you permanently reside in AUS (As you do) you will be taxed here. The loophole SARS is trying to close is where South Africans leave their family and home in South Africa, but they work in Kuwait, Dubai, etc and exploit the 180day rule (ie they are out of SA for 180+ days so they don’t pay tax in SA, but they don’t pay tax in the Dubai either…anyway. Your citizenship has no impact If you decide to Financially immigrate you won’t have to do SA tax returns anymore. (assuming you have no income in SA and are not in SA longer than 180 days, or have a "base" there ) You can do it yourself (I did mine a while ago) or you can get a SA or Aus based based firm to help you – go for a fixed fee one (aprox R20k+) I am sure someone (that does this full time) will get some more detailed advise on this forum – good luck
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    Not sure if things are different in Melbourne to Adelaide. We recently went through the process of securing rental. As mentioned each viewing is literally 15 minutes and all those who are interested will be viewing at the same time. The agents here unfortunately don't work around your schedule, you need to work around theirs. Also, no use in really contacting an agent directly and telling them what you are interested in, 9/10 times they will just refer you to the website and request you do everything online. You are not going to get the 'hands on' experience that one is use to in South Africa. Most agencies require you to register a profile on a website and from there you upload all the required info. If you are lucky all the properties you are interested in will use the same platform and you can submit your Expressions of Interest for all the ones you like from the same platform (saves a lot of time). Only once your EOI is successful do you have the opportunity to officially apply, so don't be afraid to send out more than one EOI. Search for what you like online and go view them when they are open for viewing. Have documents such as Passports, Bank Statement, Visa Letter, Salary Slips etc available to upload. We didn't have any rental info as we had lived in our own property back in SA and just mentioned that and showed proof thereof. We also didn't have any current salary slips in Australia as we just arrived, so we just showed funds we have available in accounts (both Australia and abroad) and showed we are receiving an income from properties back in South Africa. In short, provide enough information that will make the owner feel comfortable having you as a tenant, so put yourself in their shoes when providing information. You can detail you situation in a cover letter and upload that, however I don't think we did that. If I remember correctly there was a section on the online form which allowed us to provide additional information. But in the end I guess it comes down to the platform the agent uses.
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    Someone, somewhere on the internet said that when you take your container over, you will have to pay some import tax on items newer than a year. That doesn't sound practical to me, so I have my doubts. Can anyone confirm or deny this?
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    That is useful information, I was wondering whether you might get one overnight. From my mailbox this morning at least some of the 80 pointer backlog was invited.
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    Yes, it is costly. Decide to handle it like a project i.e tasks, budget & timeline - start with the 100 steps from Jordy here: Check if your skill is on the skills occupation list - in your case it is. That makes your application just a formality (Internal Auditor 221214) decide which visa will suite you best and the number of points needed. https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list# As @frosty said collecting your papers is the most time consuming.Steps 6-19 The next part for some will take an enormous amount of effort - step 20: Apply for skills recognition/assessment from the relevant Australian skills assessing authority In your case VETASSES here: https://www.vetassess.com.au/Portals/0/Downloads/qualification_assessment/internalauditor.pdf?ver=2018-05-29-140955-993 Just do what they ask for - search the forum for other that went the same route Wait till you get a positive assessment - once done check what else you need to do to make the points needed for your preferred visa and do that. Follow steps 21 - 100. Voila!!!
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    Best advice we ever got: Buy the smallest house in the best street rather than the best house in the worst street. We literally did that and made a killing when we sold it (even got more for it that the bigger homes that sold 6 - 18 months earlier) because it was in the right spot. Also don't discount up and coming areas - buy a bargain when it starts showing potential and sell it when the area is booming. The thing with property is that it takes time (7-10 years) for the natural flow of the market so you have to be patient and buy/sell at the right time.
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    Pretty much the case for everyone and the older you are when you get here, the harder it is to save up enough for a decent retirement. So when I hear this younger crowd saying they'll immigrate later, there's plenty of time, I want to shake them... 😅
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    So in exactly 12 days we will be at the airport about to board a flight to Melbourne and start the next chapter of our lives! We still have quite a bit of admin to do but should have enough time to complete it all. Part of me wants to just enjoy the last bit of time that we have in Dubai as it has been our home for so long but another part of me wants us to be siting on that plane knowing that all of the (UAE) admin is behind us. It still doesn't feel real that we are leaving next week. Friends of ours, also from SA, are on the same flight as us as they received their 489 visas for NSW Southern Inland a few months ago so it will be nice for all of us to be closing our Dubai chapter at the same time. The 13.5 hour flight will be interesting with a 1-year-old boy who doesn't like to sit still and is too big for a bassinet. We arrive on Saturday morning (20 July) and will drive a rental car down to Geelong to stay with my sister-in-law and her family for a couple of nights and then head back to Melbourne. My company has luckily put us up in a hotel apartment in the CBD for 2 weeks. We will have to hit the ground running when we get to Melbourne in order to find a rental house that will accommodate our dog. At this stage we are thinking either the Williamstown/Newport area or the Watsonia/Greensborough area however we need to first see the areas in person before deciding on our final choice.
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    @Maz I have no idea about NSW but it should not be too much of a problem if you do have to redo. Most rules of the road are the same and in my opinion, if one can drive in South Africa and survive, one can drive anywhere in the world. 😁
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    It has arrived !! Just over 5 months 😁
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    @Hugo2, you are missing the point mate. All we are trying to say is that there was no need to be so aggressive no matter whether you were attacking a "FALSE MESSAGE" (which actually was not false at all seeing as what I said was confirmed by you in your later responses) or a person. In any case, as they say, you'll catch more bees with honey!
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    Points can usually only be claimed for experience after the relevant qualification. You can obtain the details for the Skill Assessment from the relevant Assessing Authority. Each have their own requirements of what is required for the Assessment. If I am not mistaken it will be VETASSESS for Restaurant Manager. You could also possibly look into subclass 489 Visa. https://www.anzscosearch.com/141111
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    Yip its a mind shift to accept your RA (or Prov fund ) is now tied up in prop here (we did the same) -- but historically property does well in Aus as an investment (lets hope), and at least we not paying someone else's bond anymore 😉
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    This is a very personal choice and not a very popular one to make, but bringing over pets is super expensive. The toughest decision we made was to leave our pets behind in South Africa, we do regret the choice sometimes but with the amount of expenses we had once we got here it was the right choice to make. Relocating 1 dog is around R40k - you could fly your entire family to Australia for that money. Depending on which city, it could be up to 2 months rent. We had to put down 3 months of rent in advance (fresh emigrants that hadn't had a payslip yet, just an employment contract) + the bond (effectively a 4 months rent lump sum). We also had to buy our cars cash as my probation period was 6 months, couldn't get finance. The other alternative for pets is to leave them with family here and start their move process once you're settled in Australia. Paying for these things is much easier when you earn $$$. In terms of RA, we cashed out everything and used the entire amount on a deposit for our house - its still an investment so not too worried on that front. Once in Australia, I suggest bumping up the mandatory 9.5% super contribution to the max if possible. I've set my super contribution to 15%
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    As such it needn't increase. The 189 visa is issued to those with the highest points up to the available quota each month, so is automatically limited (last round needing 85+ - due to the small numbers of invites issued in the last few months). The states can pick and choose who they wish to invite, some states already have points or other selection criteria due to the increase in interest in state sponsorship. I have not seen a new points limit yet and as a guess suspect that it may be allowed to run for a few months before being increased depending upon the resulting EOIs?
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    Thanks Riekie Edited my post for clarification.
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    Hi Ianzunckel I see you asking for advice all over the place on Facebook, as well as on here. It would be nice to acknowledge people who offer advice and assistance on this forum, especially when you get a detailed response. This keeps the wheel turning for those following you in the process. Cheers Dill
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    Media Release (1/7/2019): A plan for Australia's future population (BETTER MANAGING AUSTRALIA’S FUTURE POPULATION GROWTH) Joint Media release by the Ministers for Immigration, Population and Education. Including the following in respect of Immigration: The Government’s population policy includes: Reducing the migration cap by 15% and incentivising more new migrants to settle outside the big cities where there are jobs and services Reducing the migration ceiling from 190,000 to 160,000 places. Introducing two new regional visas for skilled workers requiring them to live and work in regional Australia for three years before being able to access permanent residence. 23,000 places will be set aside for these regional visas. Introducing new tertiary scholarships to attract Australian and international students to study in regional Australia ($15,000 scholarships will be available to more than 1000 domestic and international students each year). Giving international students studying at regional universities access to an additional year in Australia on a post-study work visa. The changes also enhance the Government’s focus on skilled migration, with the number of Employer Sponsored skilled visa places increasing from 35,528 in 2017-18 to 39,000 places in 2019-20. There is no change to the Family stream of the program, with 47,732 places available in 2019-20. Under the two new regional visa categories, skilled migrants will be priority processed and will have access to a larger pool of jobs on the eligible occupation lists compared to those who live in our major cities. Migrants on these visas must demonstrate they have lived and worked in regional Australia for three years before being becoming eligible to apply for permanent residence. The changes will mean migrants will stay in regional Australia longer-term, as they will build ties to a particular location through workforce participation and community involvement, easing the pressure off our congested cities. https://www.pm.gov.au/media/plan-australias-future-population https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman/Pages/plan-for-australias-future-population.aspx
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    @Maz I opened a bank account online and deposited some money (or had my daughter deposit money) into it. When we arrived I just went into the bank to activate it. All the info will be on the bank website. I think I only had my passport and SA bank card with me. They normally require two means of ID when dealing with Centrelink, a bank or Dept of Transport. When I went for my drivers license I did need proof of a residential address. I had my brother, who also stays here, to give me a letter that I am staying with him with a copy of his drivers license (that's your Australian ID) and a utility bill showing his address. That was acceptable. Of course you don't have any utility bill yourself when you arrive here (unless you purchased some property beforehand), so a letter from your daughter stating that you reside at her address with a copy of her drivers license, her signature and utility bill should suffice.
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    Hi Natasha, We requested it and it took almost 2 months but can send you the email address we finally got after 100 attempts of phone calls and email, even going to the military base. Send me your email address? Regards Tracy
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    Mostly people start over financially in Oz; nothing or very little in the bank as all their savings/sale of property profits/annuities etc. have gone towards making the move to Australia possible. Some arrive only with their suitcases and they all made it. It's hard to start over again like 18 year olds but absolutely 100% worth it (and 100% possible!)
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    I'm a software engineer and looked at Perth and Brisbane extensively. Unfortunately there's not a lot of software development jobs in Perth. I know a few people who tried to make it work there, but eventually left for one of the other 3 cities due to a lack of Job opportunities there. Brisbane has enough software development opportunities to make it a viable move, so in terms of your profession I would choose Brisbane.
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    To me it sound if you already have all the facts but the emotions are getting in the way. Therefore it should rather be an emotional decision backed by logic.
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    People living on the Cape Flats have a much much higher chance of being murdered than any one else in South Africa, perhaps we should be advocating that they are "saved" first...... or are they less important?
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    I noticed a Facebook group which seems to be focused on helping farmers: Boere Maak n Plan in Oz and in March Scott Morrison said that farmers can access regional visas https://www.sbs.com.au/news/pm-backs-current-schemes-to-fill-farm-jobs. The National Farmers' Federation is pushing for more farmers so they are on board too. "Earlier this week, the government added a host of farm jobs to the Regional Occupations List to allow migrants to be sponsored for up to four years." After reading up a bit, I wondered who to suggest it to that it could work to get a few farming families from the same district in RSA to band together and move together. That way they could pool their resources and also have an inbuilt support structure and "geselskap", particularly if they are Afrikaans. I wonder if this would work and how to make it happen? So many people are desperate to leave...
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    We are in Adelaide, South Australia and were were able to Collect Bank cards, Register for Medicare and obtain Drivers License all in one day. I would suggest you wife open a Bank Account as well in the meantime as this is what we used for proof of address for our Drivers License. We stayed with family in the start as well and just gave this address to the Bank when we went to collect cards. We then asked the bank to print and stamp a letter stating we have an account with them. The driving center accepted this letter as proof of address. The department also wanted our Bank cards as one of the proof of ID, so it helped that we had collected these first. Not sure if they would accept foreign cards for this (or if this is only a South Australia thing, but its something to keep in mind.) Also remember to take printed copy of your VISA grant or VEVO check with for your Medicare. We forgot to, but luckily were able to print them there. Tax File Number you can apply for online so don't need to go in anywhere for that.
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    The Dept of Home Affairs is currently advising that the non-contributory visas should expect 30+ years to process, so not a realistic option if applying from overseas for most people. Given your mothers age she would currently be looking at the offshore 143 parent visa, assuming otherwise eligible. The issue with 'getting her here first' is that the 143 does not provide a bridging visa and the processing times have extended in the last few years (currently processing 143 visa applications lodged Aug 2015). So if you wished for her to be in Australia whilst waiting she would need another visa option, e.g. the temporary sponsored parent visa (subclass 870 which provides a visa 3 or 5 years, maximum 10 years) or visitor visas (which may not permit her to remain in Australia the whole time).
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    No our application wasnt lost. We were part of a small group that got the short end of the stick - stuck at the end of a retired PR visa class (175) that was placed at the lowest priority. I know its not the same situation but keep in mind when we applied the average waiting time was 9 months. We sold our home and moved into my mums garage to wait the last 6 months out.... just be informed that the visa system has been changed. No refunds, no guarantees. My point is you don't know what happens, things go as they go. You have to be patient. I know living in limbo sucks. Hope you get some good news soon!
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    Hi Guys and Gals It is a good idea to regularly check your junk mail as well just in case that e-mail you are waiting for has slipped into the junk mail. A friend accidentally (and fortunately just in time) found their request for medicals and further documents in their junk folder and had to request an extension in order to get everything done. Good luck to everyone and a warm welcome to all new roomies!
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    Good morning RBR Me and my wife are both secondary school teachers with her as the main applicant. All the best with your application. This is from RIKAMARIE also a member on the forum Hi All In 2013 I wrote a post on teaching in Australia: The process explained. I updated it again in 2015, but some of those links are outdated and since the post is still helping teachers until this day, I thought I would do an updated version to help everyone out. Here is an explanation for teachers from South Africa who want to teach in Australia. There might be information here and there that might be/might not be applicable to your process. Also, teachers who have been through the process, please feel free to add to this post! Step 1 Apply for unabridged birth and marriage certificates for everyone in the family. Step 2 Complete the Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test through The British Council British Council: http://www.britishcouncil.org.za/exam/ielts You have to achieve a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing and a score of at least 8.0 for Speaking and Listening. Step 3 Complete your skills assessment through AITLS (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership). Application forms can be found on the AITLS website: https://www.aitsl.edu.au/migrate-to-australia Step 4 Once you have completed the IELTS and the skills assessment, you can lodge an EOI (Expression of Interest) on the Skill select website: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/busi/Empl/skillselect If however, you don't have enough points (60 points minimum), you can apply for state sponsorship (which will add 5 points to your EOI). All the information can be found below on the state websites. Just be aware that not all states sponsors teachers but the lists of sponsored occupations change regularly. Western Australia http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/how-to-apply-for-state-nomination Northern Territory: http://www.australiasnorthernterritory.com.au/migrate/migrate-to-work/northern-territory-government-visa-nomination/skilled-nominated-visas South Australia: http://www.migration.sa.gov.au/skilled-migrants Queensland: https://migration.qld.gov.au/skilled-visa-options/im-offshore/ New South Wales: https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visas-and-immigration/skilled-nominated-migration-190 Victoria: https://liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au/migrate/skilled-migration-visas/skilled-nominated-visa-subclass-190 Tasmania: https://www.migration.tas.gov.au/skilled_migrants/skilled_nominated_visa Australian Capital Territory: http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/portal/migrating/article/skilled-visa-act-nomination/ Step 5 Once you have state sponsorship and an invitation from Skill select, you can start filling in the visa application. Make sure when you are filling in the application form that ALL details are correct especially the dates of the documentation. Double and triple check all is correct and that there are absolutely no mistakes on your application. Also make sure you have all the supporting documents in front of you and ready when submitting the application. Submit and pay for the application. You should receive a confirmation email that your application has been received as well as the payment. Step 6 After submitting your application, the online application page should change, and you can now start uploading all your supporting documents. Make sure all the documents are certified clearly. Upload colour copies. Step 7 Apply for police clearance certificates and go for your medicals. Your application automatically generates a medical form that you can download (which has your unique reference code on it) and you need to take this along to your medical appointment. There should be link such as “Organise health assessment”. Step 8 Your case officer is assigned. Your CO will email you (sometimes they don’t if they don’t require any extra information, so make sure you upload as much supporting documents as possible), to let you know which documents are still outstanding. If your medicals get referred, then you will have to wait for it to get cleared (can take up to 3 months). If they are cleared and no further information is required by the CO, that you will be doing the Pyjama Dance soon when you receive that GOLDEN email one morning. Step 9 Once you have your visa, some states will allow you to register with them. Unfortunately for some states you physically must be in the state to register and might also first need a Working With children check (information in step 11). Please see the individual state information pages for more information. WA: http://www.trb.wa.gov.au/teacher_registrations/Becoming_registered/Pages/default.aspx NT: http://www.trb.nt.gov.au/registration/new-applicants/how-to-apply.html SA: https://www.trb.sa.edu.au/applying-registration QLD: http://www.qct.edu.au/registration/applying-for-registration NSW: https://www.teach.nsw.edu.au/find-teaching-jobs/teaching-qualification-check/apply-for-approval-to-teach VIC: https://www.vit.vic.edu.au/registering-as-a-teacher TAS: https://www.trb.tas.gov.au/Web Pages/Applying for Registration.aspx ACT: https://www.tqi.act.edu.au/teach-in-the-act/Professional-Registration Early childhood teachers (birth to 9 years) MUST apply to have their qualifications approved by ACECQA (http://www.acecqa.gov.au/Assessment-of-equivalent-early-childhood-educator-qualifications) This can be done online and is done quickly. Early Childhood teachers can consider teaching Kindergarten in day care. Check out the following day care companies’ websites. I have found that they are more than willing to give you the opportunity to teach with them. Look for the job title ‘Teacher’ as Educator refers to someone that holds a diploma or certificate III in Education. Goodstart Early Learning - https://careers.goodstart.org.au/search/ YMCA - https://ymca.org.au/get-involved/Pages/Jobs.aspx Great beginnings - https://greatbeginnings.com.au/careers/ There are plenty more and you can just google ‘teacher day care’ or go on Seek.com.au and search for teaching jobs there. Step 11 The Working with children check (not all states call it this) WA: https://workingwithchildren.wa.gov.au/ NT: https://nt.gov.au/emergency/community-safety/apply-for-a-working-with-children-clearance SA: https://screening.dcsi.sa.gov.au/screening-process/types-of-screening/child-related-employment QLD: https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/ NSW: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-working-children-check VIC: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ TAS: http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/working_with_children ACT: https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/1804/~/working-with-vulnerable-people-(wwvp)-registration Step 12 Applying for jobs Applying for jobs from South Africa can be tricky as most if not all schools prefer you to be immediately available for an interview. But don’t stress if you go over without a job. Here are some tips on securing work fast. 1. After you have applied for your Working with children check card (WWCC) as well as your teacher’s registration, print out copies of your resume (see below for tips on resumes), teacher’s registration letter and copies of your WWCC. 2. Do a drop-off of resumes at every single school that you are willing to travel to. Every school has there very own relief teacher application form that you will have to fill in, so take your own pen along. Submit your application along with all your supporting documents. You can also ask to see the relief teacher coordinator, so that you can introduce yourself and leave an impression. 3. You can also register on relief teacher websites and apps (Class cover, Randstad, relief ruler. Smart teachers etc. A google search will help here, as every state has their own cover they use) 4. Update your Seek.com.au and Linked In profile as much as possible. Create an online portfolio if you wish (portfolio gen is good for this). An online portfolio showcases all you proudest moments and best achievements as a teacher. Believe it or not, but this is a very popular method of selling yourself and really works! Make sure you upload the portfolio link into your resume and professional profiles (Seek, LinkedIn) http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/make-your-linkedin-profile-kick-ass.html 5. You can call schools in the day to ask if they are in need of any relief teachers the following day. 6. Wake up early and be ready in the morning so that your voice is not groggy when answering a call for relief work. Sometimes they sms and you can reply that way. 7. Set up a relief teacher pack for yourself, so that you have work to do with the students (fortunately or unfortunately, however you choose to see it, teachers do not expect or even leave you work to complete with the students, so you are left to deliver any work you see fit (within the constraints of the curriculum of course). Google again will be your friend here for relief teacher packs. 8. Once you have done some relief work, schools will offer you longer blocks of work. As permanent positions become available, you may apply and by then the school knows and trusts you and will be more likely to hire you. 9. Apply for jobs on Seek.com.au and on the government jobs websites. 10. If your application has been unsuccessful, always ask for feedback! Some are more general feedback, but some really give you insightful information as to where you went wrong, and you can concentrate on improving your application next time around. Applying for jobs – the cover letter The cover letter will make or break your application. When applying for a job, address the criteria in the job advertisement only! Use the SAO (Situation, Action, Outcome) or STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Response) method as you have to address the Professional Standards for Teachers in your cover letter too. Here is link to an information booklet explaining these methods. I would highly recommend reading up as much as possible about these two methods. https://www.ecu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/636860/Job-applications-information-for-new-ECU-teaching-graduates-Final-update-3.pdf This document also contains links to other websites that will help you learn how to address a cover letter. Here is a link to the professional standards for teachers: https://www.aitsl.edu.au/teach/standards Applying for jobs – the resume http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/careers/what-your-cv-should-look-like/news-story/d46731f52a8597b159ef6e1654c6b29d#sharehash The common mistake we make is that our CV’s are too long and too in depth. As short as possible is key. Have a look at the above link for the perfect CV! Your CV should be tailored to every application. This sounds like hard work but focus only on the information in your CV that the job advert is referring too. All the other information is useless if that is not what the advert is asking for. You can even use the SAO/STAR method in your CV. Please feel free to add any information in the comments that I might have missed and feel free to share your journey with everyone.
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    Hi Roxanne, I'm glad our list was helpful and it's a great idea to start compiling a list of things to do once you arrive in Australia! Why don't you start a new topic "101 things to do when you arrive in Australia" and post your list, inviting others to add to it... It could be the forum's next great achievement and you'll be one of the forumites to gets the bells on that one 😎.
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    @MargotOrch whoever you stayed with can give you a letter and you can also get a statutary dec. You can also use other letters, bills etc that may have been sent to your address. Remember that you only need to prove that you lived in a regional area so any other documents which may also include receipts of major purchases, doctors bills and appointments.
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    My wife and I are dark brown skin you could say. Before we moved to Aus, many so-called "Australia experts" told us the same thing. After been here for close to 7 years I can say it is all complete BS! When the Sydney siege took place I witnessed something quite pleasantly surprising making me proud to be part of this country. Since the gunman was a Muslim there was an initial fear amongst that community (we have a number of Muslim friends) that there would be a reprisal. There was none of that. the Twitter #IwillWalkWithYou went all over the country with people from all communities coming together to protect Muslims (especially from the white community). A true testament to what the greater population of this country values. Something you need to keep in mind though is sarcasm is part of the Aussie culture. It is by no means intended to be prejudicial in any way. It is certainly not racism. I remember in our early days we walked into a pub and whilst seated at the counter the person next to me asked "so which boat did you get off?" in reply I said it was far more luxurious than the one his family came in. Since then he has become one of our best mates. He's always been there for us during our highs and lows over the past years. Aussies are very chilled out welcoming people. But being humans there can be personality clashes in the odd occasions. Don't take this as racism. Also worth mentioning is, once you get here do the social integration. Go out there to make friends. Don't stick to one community only. Also, don't wait for others to come to make friends with you. Like my dad used to say "don't get stuck in one culture when there is so much more to experience through friendships." Having lived here, when I do visit RSA from time to time I find there is more prejudices there than I realised when I was living in RSA.
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    The 100 step process to immigrating to Australia from South Africa What follows is a 100 step process that the average immigrant would need to follow. I write this based on various posts from the www.saaustralia.org forums. So most of the stuff you would have read before. Not everything listed here applies to everyone. Some things are not required for some visas and everyone's situation is different. But maybe you will see something you never thought of. The decision 1. Make the decision to immigrate 2. Make the decision to apply for a visa yourself or to use an immigration agent. 3. Start reading the www.immi.gov.au website. Spend hours reading about all the different visa options and who they are for. It is a fantastic website and most of your questions will be answered there. 4. Register as a user on www.saaustralia.org and make your first post in the foyer thread. Do not be a lurker who reads and takes but never contributes or helps. If you get help by reading then try give help to others. No one expects you to be an expert before you post, and no one is going to hold you personally accountable if you give a wrong answer to someone's question. All we really want is an opinion from people who are in the same boat. The Visa application process 5. Choose which visa is best for you and your situation. 6. Start collecting the required documents for your particular visa. 7. Get multiple passport sized photographs. You will need about 8-10 per person. (You even need photo for the customs department that inspects your container.) 8. Apply for passports 9. Apply for all family member's unabridged birth certificates from home affairs 10. Apply for unabridged marriage certificate from Home Affairs or get proof of De Facto relationship. 11. Get certified copy of custody documents (and access arrangements) / adoption papers (if applicable to dependents) 12. Apply for military discharge papers from the Defence force if you did National Service. 13. Book to write your IELTS exam with the British Council if required 14. Apply for academic transcripts from your university 15. Apply for a letter from your university saying the course was taught in English (if not using IELTS to prove English speaking ability) 16. Apply for a letter from your High School saying the medium of instruction was taught in English (if not using IELTS to prove English speaking ability) 17. Get certified copies of all academic qualifications 18. Get certified copies of all licenses you hold to practise your profession 19. Ask for detailed references from all places that you have worked (previous and current) 20. Apply for skills recognition/assessment from the relevant Australian skills assessing authority. See document 1121.pdf for all assessing bodies. 21. Make a curriculum Vitae (this is not only for looking for work but needs to be attached to some visa applications) 22. Study up on the different areas in Australia. 23. Do an LSD (look-see-decide) trip - either actual or virtual - to help make the decision. For a virtual tour use Google Earth / Google street Maps http://www.google.com.au. 24. Choose where in Australia you would want to live. 25. Secure work in Australia from an employer who is willing to sponsor you to DIAC (if not going the independent route) 26. Get a formal letter of appointment signed by both employer and employee 27. Complete your character Assessment (Form 80) 28. Apply for police clearance certificate 29. Book your medical exams (form 26 for medical and form 160 for x-rays) 30. Read and sign the Statement of Australian Values (Form 1281) 31. Get a copy of Regional Certification Body approval (if applicable) 32. Get a copy of the Nomination approval letter 33. Submit your visa application 34. Get your "visa granted" letter 35. Book your airplane tickets through IOM (International Organisation for Migration) who often provide cheaper one way tickets and increased luggage allowance. The moving house process 36. Make the decision whether to sell your house or to rent it out and finish paying off your bond, then to sell. (As it not seller's market at the moment might mean that it is better to rent and pay off the bond with the wonderful A$1 to R6.75 exchange rate (Note was R6.75 in 2008, it is now A$1/R10 in 2014) 37. Make the decision whether to ship all your belongings across or to sell up and buy everything new once there. A 20ft container will cost in the region of R30-R45000 and a 40ft will cost R60-R75000). If you sold all your belongings for say R30000, could you replace everything for between R75-R100000?) 38. Get three or four removal companies in to give you quotes (eg Magna, AGS Frasers, Crown, Chess, Pickfords, Biddulphs, Amphibious Freight) 39. Choose which one you will use. 40. Start throwing away things that you have horded for years. Keep only what is going in the container. This takes longer than you think so start early. 41. Make an inventory of everything in your house (with Australian replacement values) that is going with you to Aus. (You can even take photographs of the contents of each room before they start packing - open your cupboard doors and photograph your clothes, CD's, DVD's etc) Take this with you on the plane. 42. Do some research on what can and cannot be imported. See http://www.customs.g...te/page4369.asp or http://www.agricultu...ravel/cant-take as to what you can take with and what you cannot.. 43. Make a list of all the serial numbers on the valuable items in your house (TV, PC etc). Take it with you on the plane. 44. Clean perfectly all items like garden equipment, vacuum cleaner, camping and fishing equipment 45. All Australian King and Queen size beds are extra length (203cm) - that means if you buy a new bed in Australia, your old linen (fitted sheets) will be too short. Consider replacing your linen with extra length here, as linen in Australia is pricey. 46. Keep all receipts for your relocation costs (medicals, etc). You may be able to claim it from your tax. 47. Make sure your passport is not in the container! 48. Keep the keys for everything that is locked inside your container with you - customs will request it. The pet decision 49. Make the decision whether to take your pets with you or not. 50. Contact Keringa (East Rand); Global Paws (West Rand) and Kookaburra (Pretoria) for quotes 51. Visit them to see where your beloved pet will spend quarantine. 52. Get certified copies of your pet's vaccination records 53. Select one and book them a place 54. Ensure your pets are micro chipped 55. Ensure all their vaccinations are up to date. 56. Ensure their rabies vaccination is valid. All pets must have had at least two Rabies vaccinations, one of which must have been done not more than 6 months, but not less than 1 month, before entering quarantine. (Extremely NB: ensure that if they need a rabies shot that the vet does not use one containing Leptospira interrrogans. var. canicola. This affects the blood tests during quarantine. 57. If your pet is ten years and older, then have a geriatric profile done by your vet. It is advised to get full blood counts, liver and kidney enzymes and urine analysis. Your vet may require chest and hip x-rays. If they fail this profile, you will not be allowed export them. "Shutting up Shop" process 58. Change postal address of all accounts to a reliable friend or family member two months before you go (so you can see which companies did not make the change, and you have enough time to sort it out before you go - things like telephone account, DSTV & MNET, City Council, Security company, insurance - both short term and life, Bank (all accounts - some bank's you have to change it for each account!), Medical Aids, Shopping Cards, Memberships, Doctors, Specialists etc.) 59. Set up a free email account like gmail and start using it two months before you leave. Then you can see who is still emailing your old email address. Remember when you cancel your ISP you will lose your email address. 60. Start obeying the South African speed limit and road rules. Takes time to get used to watching that speedometer and the cars behind you edging you to go faster. Australia works on the Driver's license point system. Too many speeding fines will see you losing your driver's license. 61. Get a reference letter and client code from your bank. 62. Give bank Power of Attorney to a trusted person. This allows them to conduct banking transactions on your behalf etc. 63. If you don't already have internet banking, get it set up and test it. 64. Get a reference letter from your short term insurance detailing your no claim bonus etc. 65. Cancel Telephone account (Do this in writing and keep proof - applies to all cancellations) 66. Cancel cell phone contracts (all three VC, MTN, Cell C contracts require 3 months notice). 67. Cancel ISP 68. Cancel DSTV / MNET 69. Cancel Security Company 70. Cancel SABC license 71. Make the decision whether or not you will continue paying your policies (Life Insurance, Annuities etc) from Australia. Speak to your broker about the effects of early cancellation. 72. Cancel your medical aid (read the fine print - they may require 3 months notice) 73. Close your store accounts. 74. Cancel all membership debit orders etc that won't continue. 75. Get all you kid's immunizations up to date and have it recorded on their immunization cards. (To attend day care and school in Australia it has to be up to date). 76. Get a letter of membership and involvement from your church. Advise them that you are leaving. 77. Get a reference letter for your family if you were involved in volunteer work. Volunteering is big in Australia and if you were involved in volunteering, it goes a long way - also, when you want to get involved again in Australia, you will need references. 78. Back-up everything on your computer (photos, documents, inbox, sent items etc) and take the CD's or removable hard drive with you on the plane. 79. Make certified copies of ALL important documents (passports, visas, ID books, birth certificates etc) and leave it with a reliable friend or family member. Even better yet, have it scanned and leave a copy of the disk - take the other one on the plane with you. 80. Update your Last will and Testament and leave a copy with a reliable friend/family member. 81. Give a reliable person General or Specific power of attorney to attend to your business on your behalf. Make sure they have details of all your bank accounts, policy numbers, contact persons etc. As well as copies of all important documents. The banks require a special POA and do not accept a general one. 82. Get transfer cards from your kid's schools and their latest report cards or a progress report. 83. Get reference letters from your kid's activities e.g. ballet report, etc - this will assist in placing them in the right group when they take it up here. If your child performed in anything, get proof. You WILL need it! 84. Take the whole family for a medical check-up, have their eyes tested, go to the dentist, get that filling etc. Dental and optometry is very expensive. 85. Get the contents of your medical files from all your doctors and specialists. Saves you from going through the whole process again. Aus doctors don't take your word for it! If you have a special condition, let the doctor write a letter. If you have contacts or glasses, get your script. 86. Get scripts for all medication your family is currently using - especially chronic. You can bring 3 month's prescription medication if you have a written script. Take it on the plane with you in case your container is delayed etc. (Also bring some general medication that your family use regularly if it is anything stronger than panado or if it is something specific such as anetheine cream, myprodol, etc). 87. You do not need an international driver's license but make sure that RSA driver's license is not about to expire. You will require a current RSA license is convert. 88. Leave your flight details, first accommodation details etc with a family member/friend. 89. Also leave the details of your next of kin with this person. 90. Write this person's contact details in the back of your passport. 91. Service your washing machine and dryer if they haven't had one in the last 12 months (just a call out by a technician for a quote is A$125). 92. Pay your UIF and de-register. Give your employees their UIF documents as well as a letter that they no longer work for you. (UIF does not only accept the UIF document - they also require a letter that they no longer work for you). Get your domestic worker to sign that they have received their severance package. Keep proof of all of this. Give your employees reference letters and assist them in finding work elsewhere. (Advertise with you school, church, neighbours etc that they will be available from a specific date etc). Pay them their last salary, notice pay, leave and pro rata bonuses. Keep proof. 93. Go to the AA travel shop and buy some SA to Auz/NZ plug adapters. Pop them in your hand luggage! Then buy some mulitplugs. The kind with 4 or 5 plugs on a cord. Then when you get there replace the main plug with your Aussie plug - you can then use your old SA plugs in the multiplug. 94. If you haven't yet sold your house, but are planning to do so, get an electricity certificate before you leave. Give it to your agent or the person who will be handling the sale of your property. Keep a copy. 95. Inform your tax consultant that you are leaving. He will still have to complete a tax return for you for the current tax year. Then he may need to deregister you as a tax payer at some point and arrange a tax clearance certificate. In which case you might need to sign papers before you leave. 96. Help the older members of family set up Skype before you leave. Buy them a microphone for their computer as a gift. Install it for them. 97. Take photographs of everyone and everything, your friends, family, the neighbours, your pets, the kid's friends (give your digital camera to your kids to take to school for a day). Take photographs of your house, neighbourhood, church, school, street.... This is all you will have of your life in South Africa. It may not seem important now, but when your kids, or grandchildren one day, want to know what life was like, you'll have more than enough visual memories to share. 98. Have a farewell party at least 3 weeks before you leave. Less tears & emotion than having the goodbyes at the airport!! 99. Sell your cars. 100. Arrange your transport to the airport. NOTE: This post was made almost 7 years ago. If it is helpful let me know by making a post in this thread. If info needs updating tell me too. The rules changed in 2014 for the import of pets. No longer 6 months but now 10 days.
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    Kings Baptist is very full and difficult to get into. Even siblings can't be accommodated at the moment. Torrens Valley Christian School is at Hope Valley and was started back in the eighties by some NGK Saffas. There are a number of Saffa families there even now and The School of Languages holds its Afrikaans extra curricula classes there (after school). They also have a few Afrikaans staff members (who teach in English obviously). I usually read the newsletters of a school from their website to get a feel for the place so maybe that will help you too. http://www.tvcs.sa.edu.au/newsletter/
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    First off, I am in no way experienced in either going to New Zealand, or moving in favour of spending time with family. But I'm very practically minded. If you have citizenship sorted, and you have work sorted, and you really really want to spend time with the people who are there, I see no reason why you can't do it. You've moved once, into the unknown, without even having family there waiting, I can't think that this move will be harder? And Australia and NZ aren't that far apart, if you miss your friends you can always visit. Just going on what you've told us, I'd say it's 100% fine. Make your plans and do it. After all, nobody else can tell you how to be happy in life.
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    Okay I've had some replies on another forum and have the following suggestions: Reynella East CollegeEmmaus Christian CollegeSouthern Vales Christian College and it is a wonderful school. There are a few South Africans teachers and students in various year levels. It is a relatively small school where I believe students get good attention.There were also two more votes for Woodcroft College. Southern Vales Christian College has a lot of resources about SACE and how it works as well as pathways to tertiary education. You might find the following publication helpful in understanding how the system works: https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CDoQFjAEahUKEwjAp6OQtOzIAhUG0WMKHdUrBJU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.svcc.sa.edu.au%2F__files%2Ff%2F2157%2F2014&usg=AFQjCNEzFE6QI88fdPHa1I5cfgSGFlQyIw
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    Here is another school suggestion from the Potgieter family (Afrikaans): Woodcroft College, best school in the south.
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    Thank you, What is the meaning of - “Although the students do not complete the South Australian Certificate of Education, they undertake high quality studies” (http://www.sunrise.sa.edu.au/our-schools/marion/secondary-school)? How do the ATAR score works in this case? Is it not more difficult getting the desired ATAR score? Is there a wep page "ATAR score explained for Dummies"?
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