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  • 5 Most Recent Posts

    • frosty
      They usually do. Good luck with the move. Adelaide is a great city.ūüĎć
    • AndreSpook
      Yes, Adelaide airport.    Okay cool, thank you. We are pretty chilled about it - I am sure things will work out as they should and we will end up exactly where we are meant to be.   Cheers.
    • frosty
      I'm assuming by airport you are referring to Adelaide International and not Parafield? You could look around West Beach, Henley Beach and possibly Westlakes. Those are the only areas I can really comment on as I have not looked into any other areas near the beach and airport. Its difficult to comment on the weekly rent as everyone has different needs, some will say $400 is doable, others may tell you that it is unrealistic to get a decent place near the beach for that amount. I would suggest you take a look on realestate.com.au to compare your price range with what is available. As mentioned rentals here differ quite a bit to SA. In SA we are use to calling up an agent, telling them what we want, they then take you to inspect the places and if you are happy you sign a contract and get the place you want. Here each rental has a designated viewing date/time (usually just a 15 min window on a certain day) where all interested tenants can come look through the house. You are then required to submit an application which includes a whole bunch on documents with regards to financials etc. These applications are then all sent to the owner who basically gets to pick who they want as the tenant. Keeping in mind that sometimes someone will offer a higher rent than what is initially asked, or terms which are more favorable to the owner. So as many people may tell you, finding a place can sometimes take longer than what you were hoping for if you are not prepared for all of this. Like us you may end up sending in applications for a few places and only getting approved for one of them. 
    • Rossen
      I'll assume that you are talking about the 189 visa which I believe is the most expensive. If you cant afford the visa application fee then you might not be able to afford the rest of the immigration process. I mean the when we immigrated in 2018 the visa application fee cost us if I remember correctly around R65k, the rest of the immigration process including plane tickets, shipping container and then setting ourselves up here cost in the region of another R100k minimum. Mind you that was for a family of three.   You could look at trying to get sponsorship where some companies will pay for your visa and relocation costs but this is quite a challenging route and the relocation costs might not be a given. There's also the short term temporary visas which have pathways to permanent residence but thats not the best option for all as there's always the chance that you could lose your job and would have to then go back to RSA.    Also with a finance degree you might bot be able to meet the points requirements as a lot of the finance fields have a high points requirement.   You mentioned that you want to relocate to a very specific region of AU... the way most people do this is either by getting a sponsored visa and then going where the company that's sponsoring them is located or by getting a 189/190 visa and going wherever they find work.    Having said all that I'd actually recommend that you speak to an immigration agent. There's a few on this forum and from my experience it wont cost you a cent to have a conversation and evaluate your options.
    • ChrisH
      https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/skilled-independent-189/points-table I don't see how 105 points are even achievable for a 189, you would have had to study in Australia, have years of local work experience, be married to somebody that gives you a 10 points boost...    
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    • LaurenL

      LaurenL  »  SD_MOA

      Hi.
       
      I hope you dont mind me messaging you direct? I have noticed people always get the best answers/advice from you.
       
      I understand the holdup with COVID-19. My wife has accepted a job in Brisbane. We just hoping this all clears so we can get over there soon.
      If all goes well and according to plan and we are fortunate to move over, I need to convert my trade.
       
      I am a qualified electrician from South Africa. Due to time constraints I wont be able to do anything in South Africa with regards to skills assessment etc.
       
      You did send me a link https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/licensing-and-registrations/electrical-licences/interstate-overseas-and-defence-force-applicants/overseas-applicants  of the process. I was wondering if you could please simplify it.
      What do I need to do to convert my electrical trade when I am in Brisbane? Once again if all goes well we will be coming over on a 482 visa.
       
      Many thanks,
      Brendon
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      Looking for an Apartment or Town House Rental in Brisbane, North Lakes area. This is for my  daughter who just finished with her studies and will move from Perth to Brisbane early January. Will appreciate any assistance .
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    • rich1203

      rich1203  »  SD_MOA

      Hi there SD_MOA 
       
      hope that you are well 
       
      I have a question for you in regards of the new 491 visa. Will those people that have just received their 489's will the same rules for the 491 apply to them as well. can only apply for PR after 3 years.
       
      Kind regards 
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