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    After 5 months waiting I finally had my AOS interview and expect letter for bond payment in 10 days. In-laws application 25 June 2015.
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    I've lived in SA for over 40 years, then the UK for 13 years and soon I will be immigrating to Australia forever! Personally if I had children I wouldn't hesitate and would choose Australia. UK to me is not what it used to be when I first immigrated here in 2005. I live South of London and have to be honest in the past 3 years I have started to get nervous walking home from the station at night. The crime rate in the UK is ridiculous with the acid attacks and knife attacks (I know there is crime everywhere) but lately it has escalated to a ridiculous rate. I have to say as well I have a dislike for school kids between the ages of 10 and 17 on public transport they are rude and have the worst manners ever. I know it all depends as well as to where you live - I have friends who live in Basingstoke and have a wonderful life with their kids so its just my personal experience. For me London has run its course and I can't wait to get on that one way ticket to Sydney! And the weather in UK is cr*p I've experienced all 3 countries. Also wanted to add - I have family in UK, family in SA and family in Australia and I never expected them to visit me where I moved to as it was my decision to leave South Africa so I go once alternative years to visit my mum and brothers in SA and my other daughter and grandkids in Australia.
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    It is normally very quick in some instances its been a couple of days and not more than a week.
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    Its coming up for 800 days living in Australia. This place is definitely feeling like home now, we are getting very familiar with our surroundings and are starting to feel like locals. We dont sound like locals but we look and behave like locals. We now have our own home, two cars and two dogs. I decided to get an old Pajero as a second car for its off road abilities since we are able to drive on the beaches here. How cool is that! We have done a lot of exploring in the past few months in the forests and mountains that surround our town. Other than getting lost or stuck I have never felt threatened in any way. The home purchase was quite a big hurdle but we are happy and settled. It is quite a lot to look after since the houses and erfs (or 'blocks' as they call them) are generally quite big. We went for a slightly older property that is more established and homely. We were also lucky enough to get two rescue dogs (Daschunds) which are both similar to our previous pair of dogs when we were back in South Africa which has made my wife and son very HAPPY! I finally know the local Woolworths like the back of my hand. It took a while to get used to all the different brands. However, I still haven't quite got on top of Bunnings(Builders warehouse), there is just too much stuff in that store. Shopping for food is an interesting source of conflict. Woolworths is a straight forward fleece. However, there are scores of fascinating specials which take the form of discounts of either 20%, 40%, half price or 'better than half price'. Every food category has at least one brand item on special. The 'better than half price' special meets parity with prices in South Africa. Can you imagine something being priced on a 50% discount in a shop like Woolworths in South Africa? Word would spread like wildfire and the ensuing crush would risk life and property on a scale that would attract international news coverage. But not here in Australia. The 'better than half price' item doesn't even get cleaned out. There is a peculiar psychology which I now routinely enter into when shopping for groceries which is a mental skirmish between the horror of knowingly being ripped off and the ecstasy of leaving with a trolley full of seemingly bargain buys. Social etiquette is fairly serious business here. I wouldn't dare clear the whole shelf of 'better than half price' turkish delight. I had got so used to witnessing bad behavior in the new South Africa. Now I have noticed a palpable shift in my mental concentration on making sure I do things the right way when in public. I am sure this would have been the case in any first world country. My new virtuous habits will make it harder for me to visit the third world again. At some stage, of course, we will have to visit South Africa again but I must say I still dont miss the place.
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    Just thinking about this some more... Getting a visa to Australia has an age component whereas having a British passport means that you can turn up in the UK any time. So if you went to the UK and then decided after some time that the weather just was unbearable and you wanted to move to Australia after all, you wouldn't qualify for a visa anymore because you don't meet the age requirement. So I would suggest Australia first for that reason with the UK as a plan b if you really needed one.
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    More good news after my interview on Monday received the Bank guarantee now required letter from Centrelink today. Have to go to the Commonwealth Bank tomorrow and get a bank guarantee. Does anybody know what the time frame is from payment to the visa being issued?
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    Okay so for me the MIL's use of emotional blackmail would make it an automatic NO from me. If this is how she handles her closest relationships then I would stay as far away as possible (but that's just me who has gotten to an age where I won't take cr@p like that any more...) We can tell you all the wonderful things about Australia but you probably already know that it is as similar as you can get to South Africa - weather, beaches, sunshine, pursuits, lifestyle, outdoors, did I say sunshine... From a pragmatic view point, there is too much uncertainty with Brexit in the UK for my liking. You won't be moving to the UK of old. Brexit has changed that and not for the better no matter how things eventually work out with the EU. If both of your skills are needed in both countries then I would want to bank on the sunnier, more certain future.
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    Good question - I guess one of the agents would know. @SD_MOA or @TeeTMI can you help?
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    Hi Diveup What was the date of your AOS application. I filed mine on 8 June 2018 and have not heard a word so far. Thank you
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    Good news for you. End is in sight.๐Ÿ˜†
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    We have movement, well some. We are currently assessing applications lodged up to 20 June 2015.
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    We have not moved over yet (planning to go first quarter 2019). As you are both CAโ€™s Im sure your understanding of finances are a bit better than mine . The biggest mistake most South Africans make is they convert everything to rand value. What I did was make a Pie chart of my budget here and my budget there, basically compare the size of the slices. At the end I found the size of the slice left over and above was more or less the same size, but the value of that slice is substantially more. In other words, there is a lot more I can do with my annual savings in Aus than in SA.
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    By a wild coincidence, I received an envelope from the High Commission yesterday and wondered at the standard of staff they hired. The writing of my address was borderline illiterate, and I was amazed that this showed the falling standards of staff in the RSA civil service, until I realised it was MY handwriting. Yup - I'm not South African in any way any more. If I go to RSA in a few weeks and get arrested and abused by the government, Australia will do an Entebbe raid to save me the shame of having threadbare blankets or having to share a cell wit someone who insists on keeping the toilet seat up or down or whatever I don't want - YAY, Australia!!!!!
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    There are a few companies providing this service but legislation now requires that a person has to be OUT of SA when applying. People who are still in SA can not use these services any more. Police clearances Postnet Pretoria and Doc assist are 2 other options which I am aware of. Always good to compare reviews on any company, folks. Yeah. As @Dirkz mentioned, we had to leave Aus when we least expected to in order for our visas to be granted but Fiji was absolutely fantastic! And arrangements with Immi team were pretty straight forward. Just emailed them the exact dates and our itinerary and our visas were granted during that time. Loved it there. The people were so hospitable and we got to meet the Fijian 7's rugby team. Such an honour! Yeah, I am a big rugby fan. ๐Ÿ˜† PS... there are quite a number of jobs for which one may need to apply for SA police clearance again eg. teachers, some hospitality jobs. So keep those companies' details in case you may need that in the future.
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    If I can wager my opinion, check how long you can stay on the 600 visitors visa in Australia. If you get your 143 visa before that stay expires, you just need to arrange with your Case Officer to leave Australia so they can issue the 143 visa while you're off-shore. You need to leave on the 600 visa to "cancel" it and then re-enter Australia to activate the 143 visa. See that's what @Elna57 did. Otherwise you can leave and re-enter on the 600 visa for another stay. I think it is a 3 or 6 month's visit at a time. Just check it. And it's normally valid for a few years.
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    Hahahaha. I think I know the answer to the question of where I see myself in 10 years time already. ๐Ÿ˜† I have been keeping busy doing sewing and cleaning houses for other people. Also worked in a cafรฉ and absolutely loved it. It is quite hectic here in Brisbane. Always things to do and see for free. I would really love to do more networking but it is hard to balance work and social life. Once one has all the licenses and medicare cards and bank accounts sorted as well as tax numbers etc., life throws some more to do's in one's inbox. Like SA tax returns and Aus tax returns. Well, we finally did both and are now looking for work again. Changing one's cover letter and resume for each particular job takes a lot of time but has to be done. Apart from all that, life in Brisbane is good. The weather is good and most people are good and friendly. I am hoping to see some of our room mates join this thread once the get to Aus and also hoping to meet some. Have a great afternoon folks!
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    Iโ€™ve been in Bris for 3 months and itโ€™s fantastic. Relaxed and so much to do and enjoy. Iโ€™ve experienced what bad weather does to you. I lived in the Netherlands for four years and it broke me down piece by piece. Don't underestimate the the power of good weather on your lifestyle and general well being and happiness.
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    Agree about the weather. I was bone cold for 4 years in Adelaide. As soon as we got PR we moved to Brisbane within 6 weeks. Yes, it can get unbearably hot but itโ€™s much better than freezing. I also like Brissy over Sydney, because itโ€™s much cheaper than Sydney, traffic is easier, etc etc.
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    Never say no to Brisbane! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ We've met plenty of saffas that made the move from Sydney to Brisbane and they all wished they'd done it sooner. This is other people's experience so don't shoot the messenger.
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    Haven't posted for a while, but decided to write up our experiences in the hopes that it helps others. Obviously these are our experiences and views and results may be different for others I hope they are helpful but please remember that there are always many ways to achieve a result and what works/not for one may/not work for another - so please do your own research and always make up your own mind about what is right for you/your family/situation. As with all things in life, the more you are prepared to put in the more you will get out. OK ..... sorry, this may be a long post We arrived in country without any jobs and started to look for them here. It has taken me over 7 months to find a job and having spoken to may agents and people over this period, I would like to share my observations and experiences. These are the things that I wish I new before starting to look for a job in Australia; 1. Be humble, be prepared to learn and help others - In my experience these three things are absolutely key to finding work and expanding your network! Park your ego at the door and adjust your approach to be much more humble, less aggressive, more accepting and more willing to learn. Accept that you are not entitled to anything (no one is) no matter how good your CV is or what you have accomplished or what level you have reached. Remember that you are now competing in an open economy against many great local and international candidates for a limited number of vacancies - be respectful and show good form. 2. Ensure that you have enough resources to sustain you while you settle/look for a job. We all hope for the best and while it is possible to arrive with a job and/or find one within weeks of arrival, this may not always be the case. So have a plan "B" to ensure that you are covered in the event that things take longer than you anticipate. I have been told by several agents that it can take between 6 and 12 months to find the right job and this was the case for us. So, hope for the best, but be realistic with your planning and ask yourself the tough "what if" questions Your plan doesn't have to be all about cash savings it could include taking lessor jobs while you look for the right opportunity, work from home/online, start a business, do volunteer work, arrive at different times, transfer within your company etc Important thing is to think about it and have a plan so you are not caught of guard. 3. Australia works on networks - Every video you watch or agency you talk to will tell you the same thing. Only 15%-20% of jobs go through the formal agency market and over 80% of jobs are filled through networks or by the company directly. So start building your network now. You can do this before you arrive in Australia. Don't underestimate this aspect. I looked at it as "planting seeds" that may take time to grow, but when they do ....... Tools like LinkedIn or professional bodies in your line of work or colleagues from previous companies in the Australia branch etc are really good ways to start this process. Look up people in your own network that are in Australia and reach out to them. The best thing that I found was having connections introduce you to others in their network. Don't be shy about growing your network, but please be respectful and don't troll people Just a hint - a 5 person network isn't enough. Also this network is a "business" network not a mates network. Of course mates can help and you should reach out to them, but focus on growing your business potential network. Ok, one last thing on networks is to treat people with respect and how you would like to be treated. I know everyone says this but it really is important here. This is a small market and so you will find that people here are generally more helpful, more humble, more accommodating, more tolerant and less direct, less self absorbed and less entitled. The reason (yes because its good form) but also because this is a small market and everyone knows everyone, so you should treat each interaction with integrity or you may find your network dries up quickly. 4. Meet and Greet - Sitting at home relying on email alone will not land you a job because there is no emotional connection to the person on the other end. Most Seek or Indeed jobs advertised get between 300-700 applications! So, before you arrive expand your network as much as you can and arrange short Skype sessions with as many people as you can. My experience is that if you approach people to learn about the market, about a company, about who you can speak to etc you are much more likely to be engaged that if you hardline them for a "job". Once you are here arrange to have meetings and continue to expand your network. One local person told me that a boss once told them that " ... if you want a new job, then you are at least 100 coffees away from that new job...". Coffees are a thing here, so set up as many as you can. Again, these are short, humble, learning experiences to grow your network and obtain further introductions. I am not suggesting that this is the same/will work for every person/situation or industry its just what I did and the advice I got from others. 5. Diversified approach - Use all the tools available to your advantage! I suggest that you (1) Reach out to the big agencies in your field - find out who they are by looking at various job adds and then seeing who posts most of them - build a personal relationships with them (2) Go onto job boards like Seek and Indeed and LinkedIn (3) Leverage your networks as noted above (4) Pick a small number of company's you may want to work with and approach them directly - I have had the best results this way (5) read the financial papers as many jobs are still posted here, especially government jobs. Again and I can't emphasise this enough - you need to call, meet and Skype with people directly. Sitting at home and relying on a few job applications only and some emails alone will not build your network or land you a job. You need to do a number of things combined. 6. Prepare before you arrive - There are many things you can do to prepare before you arrive. The first is to decide when you will be in country as you will need to communicate this to the people you are going to talk too so that they know. I would suggest that you then create accounts on the various boards, post your CV, reach out to networks, reach out to agents and send them your CV etc. That will get the networking/introduction part going even if they tell you they can't help you until you are in country - they at least know who you are I would also suggest setting up a number of meetings with key agencies and some of your network for the second/third week you are in country. So give yourself a week or two to settle and then get straight into building your network. The quicker you start this the better. So basically get all the admin done before arriving and start the networking process - once you here you just continue with that process. 7. CV's, LinkedIn, job boards and other tools - This topic is to big to cover in this post but I will cover a few basics just to get you thinking. There are a number of resources on this site and also on the web about "Australian" style CV etc. All these things are your "advertisements" or "calling cards" so ensure that they are (1) aligned - nothing worse than CV and linkedin dates don't align etc (2) appropriate - contain the right content (3) honest and right - include the right dates and titles etc look them up if necessary (4) relevant - tailor it for the job you are applying for. OK a few things on CV's that I have learned from agents directly (this is not an exhaustive list); a) Your CV should be about 3-4 pages maximum and should not have any personal information (nothing about religion, gender, age, marital status, children, hobbies, interests, address etc) b ) include your email and phone number (ensure your email is something professional and not something like HotFluffy@......) c ) Lots of white spaces, don't go smaller than size 11 font and don't cram large amounts of text or bullet points in. Less is more! Your looking for 3-5 bullet points for each job and they should cover major achievements, not all your responsibilities etc d ) People here don't know many of the companies you have worked for so included a short 2-3 liner on who they are, what they do, size (like number of people or profit) e) Only include details on the last 10 years of your work history - The rest summarise into one liners just to complete your job history f) Only include the most relevant qualifications g) Don't include all the "buzz words" like "detail oriented" or "strategically focused" or "dependable" etc Every CV has these and it doesn't work - rather focus on what you have achieved instead of describing who you are - so things like "developed XYZ" or "built ABC" or "improved XYZ by x%" etc So things that agents have told me about job postings and reviewing CV's. Many jobs advertised get well over 500 applications both locally and internationally. Obviously this means that agents do not have the time to read everyone one of these. Many use "automated bots" to scan your CV looking for the right phrases and words - so ensure that these are in there. Also they will personally only scan 20-30 seconds through the first page of your CV and if they like what they see they will go further - otherwise its on the "too much effort" pile or "to difficult" pile. Statistically speaking they will find 5-10 good CV's way before going through 500 submissions and will never come back to this pile again. So you need to ensure that you capture their attention in the first half a page of your CV. 8 - DON'T GET DESPONDENT - Always remember why you are here. Don't take things personally. I have applied for over 100 jobs in 6 months and only heard back from less than half of them. Sometimes it took 2 -3 weeks to hear back and the answer was "Dear John, we regret to inform you that ......" others I just never heard back. This is a numbers game, so don't just apply for 2 jobs and then sit back and hope you get one of them. While if is of course possible for this to happen, for may people you need to try many times. So may advice here is that if things seem tough, if you have applied for may jobs and not heard back or been rejected for many - DON'T start second guessing yourself or doubting yourself. Ensure you have prepared properly and just keep at it - things will turn around OK, this is a very long post and I hope that it helps. Again, these are my experiences and observations. Its not about right or wrong just my thoughts and insights. Others may have different views so please don't place any reliance on my experiences - do your own research and make the right decision for you.
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    This article says it all... https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/companies/dont-speak-out-franchise-giant-rfg-warns-against-complaining-publicly-20171210-h01y1i.html and yes, he does seem to be South African ๐Ÿ˜
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    Hi Jamyn, I am not an immigration agent or anything like that but here are my thoughts: For a Skilled Independent 189 visa, his occupation has to appear on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). On the list there is only 221111 General Accountant and 221213 External auditor. 132211 Financial Manager is not on the list so I don't think he can use that. Keep in mind the following: - For External auditor his points will be limited to the articles period (and any time if he stayed on) - For general accountant he can claim work experience for the period as above plus the 16 months as a financial manager. But there is a lot of demand for this occupation, he will require at least 70 points and there is a ceiling on the number of invites that can be issued each month. I think External auditor is also heading in that direction too though so I thin General accountant would be the best bet. Any comments, can anyone else out there verify if the above info is accurate?
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    A family member was in the similar situation - came to Australia on a sponsorship and then the company didn't provide the job they promised. He took them to court and won with costs, but they claimed bankruptcy and he basically saw none of it. He could have taken it further but at some point you have to get rid of the anger and move on or you'll be consumed. He sold cookies for the cancer council door to door, worked in gardens and as a chef's hand. It was really tough for them but they stuck it out and 15 years later they are still in Australia and doing extremely well. I can't really gather from your posts why your husband cannot work in the same industry again but is there not something in a similar line of work he can do? Even if he starts as an apprentice it is still a start. Or maybe do something completely different. Or hubby could stay at home with the kids and you may find a job so you won't have the additional costs of childcare. I would also go to centrelink and have your payments re-assessed as you may qualify for increased or additional payments. You say FIFO won't work - why not give it a try and see how you go? If hubby has technical or handyman skills, how about registering on airtasker? People pay for someone to help them move a couch or paint a wall or deliver a bunch of flowers to someone - we use them all the time. Just trying to come up with some answers here, but I realise it is often easier said than done. There is a huge South African community in Perth. Join their various social groups and reach out for help. There may be someone able to offer you a job or some kind of assistance - miracles do happen. (The 1st link has a jobs tab) http://www.southafricansinperth.com.au/ http://www.south-africans-in-perth.com/ https://www.facebook.com/SouthAfricansinPerth http://www.meetup.com/en-AU/South-Africans-in-Perth/ Thinking of you in this tough & challenging time and I really hope you get a break soon. Just don't give up - there is an answer out there.