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  1. Hi everyone! We recently received our 189 visas, flight tickets are booked to Melbourne in May. Can anyone point me in the right direction as to where we can find a room to rent in the area it will be appreciated (it's just hubby and I with our suitcases)? Also, if anyone knows of any work in the area, we would be extremely grateful. Hubby has red seal trade for instrumentation and has been working in a petrochemical plant and coal mine the last couple of years, but willing to do any job really. We also don't mind moving to a more regional area (will go where ever we find employment). We are also applying for any positions we might qualify for on Seek. Greatly appreciate it!! ­čĄÖ­čĆ╝
  2. Hi everyone I joined the forum a few months ago and have really enjoyed reading the journals. So I decided I would write my own, it serves as a nice repository of the experience. I'll try keep the details to a minimum. 1. We (hubby and I) started our journey in 2013 by signing up with a migration agent - it used to be called Ivan Chait and Associates and is now part of the Sante Fe Group (EXCELLENT service!) 2. We applied for a 189 VISA with my husband as the applicant and received a direct grant in November 2013. 3. We got married in October 2013. 4. Since the visa allows us 5 years to move, we decided to take advantage of a work opportunity for hubby in Amsterdam. 5. Sold our house in JHB and off we moved to The Netherlands in May 2014 (PS calling it Holland is like calling South Africa Gauteng or Limpopo). 6. I struggled to find work as an English speaking expat but eventually found something by being flexible and putting ego aside and being willing to go from a senior consultant to a junior. 7. We left Amsterdam and bought a COMPLETE fixer upper in Haarlem (which is 20km west of Amsterdam) in December 2015. 8. My amazing son was born in June 2016 and after 7 months on maternity leave I found a new job. 9. It took a REALLY long time to receive my son's SA passport (we still don't have his SA birth certificate ) and therefore we only applied for his OZ visa (a child 101) visa at the end of June 2017. 10. I anxiously wait for his visa In a few short years we have bought and renovated 2 houses, gotten married, moved countries once, had a child and are gearing up to move again next year. Needless to say it's been stressful as I have found living in NL very difficult even though it's a very well run country. I do certainly enjoy the safety, good public transport and general ease of things, however the different language, totally different culture and abysmal weather has certainly made me want to move to Australia much sooner. That said, I can say that I have learned that you have to take the good with the bad and no situation will be perfect. I've also realized in the absence of your family, your childhood friends etc. you really have the space to reassess who you are and what's really important to you. You no longer care about keeping up with the Jones' because you simply don't know them. And whilst I still do miss my family, the sadness about leaving SA has passed. There's so much I haven't written but this is my "giving back" to you all (don't want to just be a troll). I have already made contact with an old buddy of mine through the forum. Cheers for now TamTam
  3. Hi All, Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! My wife is a physiotherapist and I am an engineering technologist (Civil engineering: water). Are there any physio's out there that have done the assessment with AHPRA? We believe that it is a lengthy and expensive process - apparently, my wife would need to go to Aus for the second part of the process (Practicals) as well (my wife is currently researching the assessment and registration). We have therefore been advised to look at entering Aus on my occupation and my wife does temporary work (possibly as a physio assistant) whilst she does her assessment and registration. Does anyone know what type of work she may be able to secure? A bit of other information - 1) We are looking to settle in Adelaide (we are a young family and like the idea of a smaller city!), but Melbourne is still also an option. (Personally, I think Brisbane looks amazing, but my wife is keen to try for the south as the first option as its a little cooler!) 2) We would have to enter SA on a 189 Visa as our occupations will not be sponsored by SA. We are also thinking that maybe we should try a 190 Visa (Victoria). Does anyone know the probability that we would be accepted on either of those visas to the respective territories? (I should achieve 60 points with proficient English - Takes the stress of trying to achieve superior English, however, I will try!) Maybe someone else has another entry option that we can investigate? 3) We are trying to minimise trips to Aus prior to the big move (For monetary reasons!) so we are prepared to do as much (remotely) as we can and then sink or swim as we set foot on Aussie soil for the first time when we immigrate! Many thanks, in advance, for the assistance! Cheers
  4. Hello We submitter our EOI on the 24th of October this year for a 189 Visa. So far we haven't heard a single thing. I was just wondering if this is normal?? Does submitting it mean we can just watch the draw's every two weeks and wait for an email that approves us? I'm a little lost on the process ... Thanks.
  5. There has been some recent talk about the change in service standards for visa processing times. I thought a slightly more detailed look at publicly available data might help those who, like myself, are patiently waiting. The following figures are based on data drawn from myimmitracker.com on 15 March 2017 for the current (partially completed) cycle, and the two previous visa allocation cycles. Figure 1 shows the (smoothed) probability mass, while Figure 2 is the cumulative distribution. If anyone is interested, the data strongly follows a log-normal distribution. Figure 1: Distribution of days-to-grant. To facilitate presentation the curve is smoothed with a simple moving average. Figure 2: Cumulative distribution of days-to-grant. Jagged curves are raw data; smooth curves are fitted log-normal distributions. Black curve is log-normal fitted to both 2016/2017 standard deviation and the published processing times. So far, the 2016/2017 cumulative distribution below 90 days of waiting follows the 2015/2016 cumulative distribution quite well. Things may initially look bad waiting periods above 90 days, as the curve seems to peters out. However, many of those cases may not have been reported yet, so we simply do not know what the distribution of the longer waiting times will be. This means that the shaded green area may become filled, or at least partially filled, as more data for the 2016/2017 period becomes available. Note that the actual distribution may differ from the reported data on myimmitracker. Anyway, I am posting this in case someone finds the data interesting.
  6. Hi all My wife and I have made the decision to emigrate to Australia (Queensland is where we want to move to), and I have done a lot of reading on the visa process. I used the online points calculator and I am sure that I would get 65 points, using either the nominated employment category "electronics trade worker" or "engineering manager" as I have been working as a production / operations manager for the last 8 years. my question to anyone on this forum would be, must my wife submit a RPL to ACS, for her skills (System analyst) to claim the points. She has over 6 years experience but has no formal qualifications. Any advise would be appreciated.
  7. iceogre007

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    Good day Everyone, Me and my wife has started the process for a 189 visa. My wife will be the main applicant for a secondary teacher. I am currently in IT as a systems engineer. We are still at step 1 but hey we are already very excited. We were looking at Queensland maybe brisbane. This forum is a great resource and I enjoy reading everyone's experiences and information. Regards
  8. Hi all, I am stoked I found such a great resource and hi to everyone. I am currently in the process of applying for a 189 ( as Analyst Developer) and wanted to get some opinions as I can't seem to find any threads on it. I am currently self employed and developing my own online SaaS services, so I do not have an employer or partner and the clients utilising the services are not commissioning technical work. Prior to my current venture (6 years) I started and was 50% owner of a successful digital agency that I exited after 10 years. I wanted to see if anyone else had a similar situation and how they approached their ACS Skills Evaluation. I can get my ex partner to do a reference as well as a few choice clients, but worried about the last 6 years of self management. I have been in tech since an early age and have been everything from Network Admin and Third Line Server Support to Analyst Developement (full stack front and backend web) for the last 25+ years so actually do the full stack and hence a self contained free agent. How should I go about referencing the last 6 years? Regarding references as self employed, I wanted to check how many references were submitted by guys who were successful. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance. Enjoy the day guys
  9. Hi guys I am currently busy completing the 189 visa application. So far everything seems quite straightforward , just have a few quesions. Hoping anyone who has lodged can assist. 1). Under the employment section for myself and wife, it requires the start date (Date from), as well as end date (Date to) for each of your jobs in the last 10 years. However, it does not allow you to leave the "Date to" field empty when capturing your current job. Surely my current job does not have an end date. So what date do I add? 2). I am not claiming points for my partner's skills, but see the application still asks for her qualifications and work experience in the last 10 years. Will we at any stage need to submit any supporting documents for her (e.g. degree, employment letters, etc), even though we're not claiming points for her skills? 3). When do we upload our docs and make payment? Am I correct in assuming I will be able to do this after I hit "submit" as currently I don't see any place for this to be done. That's it for now. Thanks in advance for the help! Amper daar!
  10. I received the golden email this morning! And all this after uploading the last of my required information on Sunday evening! 2 days turn around time?! From payment to visa grant a total of 4 weeks! This is unheard of here in SA! I just want to personally thank MarkSalter, sianvz, and last but not HadEnoughofJuJu, Steven, thank you for answering all my questions, as silly as some of them were. Without you guys and this forum, this would have been impossible! Haigen
  11. Hi all What are the main differences between these VISAs besides the fact that the 190 has the limitations of where you live and work? Are there cost benefits of one over the other? Are there differences in the application process? Why would someone apply for 190 visa over 189 visa? thanks
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