Just wanted to start a thread for anyone to share their stories, whether you have been successful in getting your Travel Exemption approved, or still stuck in South Africa waiting to get a Travel Exemption approved. Maybe you even have some tips on how to have a successful application, or just need some support from people in the same situation.
My name is Morne, last year I was offered employment at an Australian Telecommunications company, with their office in Gold Coast QLD, as a Senior Network Engineer. My partner, Megan, and I received our Visas in December and have since been applying for Travel Exemptions. So far we have had 4 Travel Exemptions rejected, obviously they don't tell you why, but based on all the official websites explaining the Travel Exemption requirements we should be exempt. We were counting on borders opening between July/October as a backup solution, but the latest news is that its being pushed out until Mid 2022... Just wonderful. Would be interesting to see if they will actually extend our Visa validity.
We were initially supposed to travel to Australia in January 2021, so in December I opened a bank account with NAB. Since I'm unable to transact with that account, and still being stuck in South Africa due to not getting a Travel Exemption approved, I opened another account with Revolut Australia.
My employer in Australia is able to pay my salary into this account, and I am able to spend some of that money in South Africa using a virtual card. Also worth mentioning that Revolut allows you to have multiple virtual accounts which can be in many different currencies, so my main account is in AU$ and my virtual account is in ZAR. They also allow you to buy and sell different currencies at actual rates.
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I was able to open the account just with my SA cellphone number, my SA passport (I believe they automatically checked if there was a Visa granted on my passport number), and a selfie. There are also no monthly fees for the standard account. Once you arrive in Australia you can order your free physical card and have it delivered.
Hope this helps
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