We applied on 11/04/2020. We went for our Citizenship Interview and Test on 14/10/2020 (The interview itself was not that long for us. If I remember correctly they just checked the documents that I submitted, I got asked 2 or 3 questions by the agent. Then I went to do the test. Took all of maybe 15 minutes.) I think it took maybe 1 to 3 days after the test for it to show Approved on the Immi.gov.au website (We got a letter in the mail confirming the approval some time later. Not sure when.) Then on 30/11/2020 we received invitations for the Australia Day ceremony.
So all in all from the day we applied to the day of our ceremony it will be about 9 and a half months.
As a software developer, you'll find work pretty easily.
The borders aren't shut to citizens or people with permanent residency so you'd be able to come if you get your visas.
I don't think we're paranoid about it at all, relatively speaking people in both countries have been able to continue with life as if there is no virus because of the precautions taken by our respective governments.
On buying a house, I wouldn't be putting down any roots in South Africa. Get your visa and get into Australia as soon as you can.
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.
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 .
Thanks , Jan Botha