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  1. And so it ends. After 8 years. So many obstacles in our way. So many journeys and surprises and life lessons. I am older and grey-er. We have bought a house. We have a dog and a cat. We are settled and we have a life. We are all navigating our new reality as best we can. But today? Today we have become citizens of this great country. Something that seemed beyond unachievable. And it was hard. Tears and laughter. So today "Apparently it is now" ends. We are here. WE ARE HERE. I read though my journali
    7 points
  2. We have just been asked for 2nd VAC payment!!! There is light at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel. Briefly, applied Jan 2016 for 143 Contributory Parent, received request for further info Nov 2019, submitted AOS Jan2020, were only able to finalise and submit other docs end Feb (long story, another time), and then....... we all know what hit the world.... We heard absolutely nothing during this time, until today. 2020 has possibly gone from the worst year to the best. Hope this cheers someones day up, that there is indeed movement
    5 points
  3. I am also visiting, but I must confess, it was great those days, I can remember get togethers where we got up to 300 people!
    3 points
  4. I have held this profile as a Registered Migration Agent since 2012. However, I had previously held another profile when I was a migrant myself - that was from 2009. The forum was very active at that time, including arranging meet-ups in South Africa and Australia. It was really useful to meet others at different stages of the process. There was a lot of cross-country friendship also and I know quite a few people who through those friendships on here found help setting themselves up on this side when they first arrived. Within migration people often do not want to tell
    3 points
  5. Did citizenship ceremony on line via webex today. Very simple and efficient. While I regret not having the pomp and ceremony of a public event, I'm so grateful that this was an alternative that meant we didn't have to wait. The Home Affairs official was lovely and made the ceremony special in it's own way. Advance Australia Fair!
    3 points
  6. VISA GRANTED TODAY! My parents' 143 visa was granted at midday today, after paying the 2nd VAC last night. Last date to enter is 12 months from now (Sept 2021).
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  8. @WendyAllison Also keep checking your junk mail. A friend's request for further docs ended up in her junk mail and she only found it a couple of months later by accident.
    3 points
  9. PARENT VISA Processing Times Update as of 9th June 2020 As at the 9th June processing has reached applications lodged in May 2016 for the : - Contributory Parent (143) + Contributory Aged Parent (864)* and - Contributory Parent (Temp) (173) + Contributory Aged Parent (Temp) (884)* * NB: for the 864, and 884 processing had reached later than this (Jan 17) but a policy change means they are currently waiting until they match. For the: Parent (103) + Aged Parent (804) Assessment queuing reached: Jun 2017. Processing applications for visa grant has reached a
    3 points
  10. Hi All, It has gone awfully quiet in this forum. Just sharing that I have seen May'16 including late May'16 143 applicants being asked for further documentation in another group. Thought I'd share this with all just to lift the mood a bit :)
    3 points
  11. Definitely, we're seeing the same thing with the SAAustralia Facebook group. People would rather ask the same question over and over instead of just reading what others have experienced and posted before them. The problem with platforms like Facebook is that its almost like its temporary, nobody is going to spend the time to write up their experiences because in a weeks time it would be lost in a history of 1000 people asking about moving companies and how to bring their pets over.
    2 points
  12. They provide the usual 28 days to make payment.
    2 points
  13. That's sad... I remember spending 7+ hours a day on the forum as there were so many questions and so many people needing support and assistance. Then those members in turn became active contributors, paying it forward. It was also a very social experience and we'd yank each other's chains, share stories and sentiments, laugh about our predicaments... We were like a community. It feels very disconnected now. Glad you're still around 😊
    2 points
  14. 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.
    2 points
  15. And so the journey ends... Well kind of, anyway. Australia Day 2021 is the day that we will officially become Australian Citizens. To be honest, I an not sure how I feel about that. I am glad to have made it this far, I really am. We have no desire to go back at all. So this kind of makes it final. We are not keeping our RSA Citizenship, that is a decision that we have both made for ourselves. I know that there are pro's and con's relating to this decision, but it is the one we made. I just want to say Thanks again to all the people who has help us along ou
    2 points
  16. Hi all, Wafter paying our 2nd Vac on Wednesday we received our visa approval this morning at )1:26 hrs (SA Time). Now we can finally start the process of selling up and getting accross to Australia. The visa must be activated by 9 December 2021. Happy days are here again.
    2 points
  17. You still have my Aus mobile number? Or you can Fb message me. Anytime. I have had so many ups and downs since arriving in Aus. It has been a real rollercoaster ride but I still do not regret any single minute of it. Done some free courses and paid ones too. Found my perfect job at an aged care facility (at my age!)) as a dining room attendant in a really good establishment with good Christian values as a result of one of the free courses. Been truly blessed and am extremely grateful. Despite the challenges, I know that I would have never had an opportunity like this b
    2 points
  18. HI Elna, the waiting game is very difficult. My whole life is on hold. Thank you for your kind words ❤️❤️
    2 points
  19. @WendyAllison Hi there. How are you doing? Hang on and stay strong. This too shall pass and you will be in Aus soon.
    2 points
  20. @JennyLeigh I think Covid has really slowed everything down. I believe that CFDS has posted somewhere that some visas had been granted lately. Just scroll through the posts. Also, a hearty welcome to all new forumites and to @TeeTMI, as always, thank you so much for your input and support.
    2 points
  21. Currently applications lodged prior to May 2016 are being processed for the 143 parent visa. They are still moving but slowly at the current time (processing times can vary considerably over time depending upon a variety of factors).
    2 points
  22. Looks like they're back on track for both being in May 2016
    2 points
  23. Hi Daniel, So glad that your mother is with you. We've been here almost 3 years now and as far as I understand, the Centrelink bond money will only cover me if for any reason I claim from Centrelink before the 10 year no-claim period has passed. Checking on the Centrelink website it states that the Bank Guarantee (bond) is for This is to make sure you can pay us back if your assuree needs a payment from us. We have not claimed any payment from Centrelink. When we use our Medicare card we often have to pay a levy on certain services not covered by Medicare, o
    2 points
  24. Take a bow dear @Eyebrow You are a living testimony to the adage “where there is a will there is a way”. Huge congrats to you all.
    2 points
  25. Its confusing then because a number of people who applied in May 2016 have not been asked for documents and they say that they deal with applications in strict date order!! I am July 2016 so the June news is exciting. Have a great day
    2 points
  26. You are so fortunate. Very happy for you and your family. I'm May 2016 and still haven't heard anything. I've sent emails but had no response. I'll keep the group updated when I hear from them. All the best
    2 points
  27. Eyebrow I do believe there in a book here ? It would be wonderful for you to write one....it would represent a road that all of us have travelled in some way. I am in awe of your persistence and determination. All the very best to you and your family in The Land of Oz. 🤗👏🥂
    2 points
  28. Hi All , Have any June'16 applicants heard from DIBP lately? Please share. Stay safe and Stay healthy!
    2 points
  29. Hi All, Just wanted to share some news. I learnt from another forum that someone who had paid the second vac in March 2020 just before the pandemic was granted the 143 visa yesterday. It is really great to hear that there is progress with DIPB and how they are processing applications.
    2 points
  30. A quick heads-up. We are expecting an update in respect of the Parent visa application delivery address details - I do not know exactly when. If you are looking to lodge a Parent visa application in the near future you might keep an eye out for this.
    2 points
  31. Thanks for sharing, in these unusual times it is always good for people to know things are still moving. I can also confirm that I have had recent correspondence from the Parent Processing Team.
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  32. I hope that you are all keeping safe in these unusual times. Processing Times Update as of 7th May 2020 As at the 15th April processing has reached applications lodged in April 2016 for the : - Contributory Parent (143) + Contributory Aged Parent (864)* and - Contributory Parent (Temp) (173) + Contributory Aged Parent (Temp) (884)* * NB: for the 864, and 884 processing had reached later than this (Jan 17) but a policy change means they are currently waiting until they match.
    2 points
  33. Hi all! I've been around since 2006 and was really active on the forum for years. I occasionally pop in to check what's up - maybe every few months or so. It's quite sad that this once thriving community of support has dwindled. I suppose faceache has had a hand in that. Man, we used to have some good laughs - and some 'heated discussions'. 🤣 I'm still friends (in real life, face-to-face contact @MelG @Kerry-Lea 🥰) with people I met on this forum. And the support in those good old days was just incredible - I don't know how we would've managed to immigrate to Aus without it
    1 point
  34. If you were the sponsor of your parents, then your husband could be the sponsor of his parents. They just need one sponsor, normally a child. If you both are giving your parents Assurance of Support, then you both could probably also give Assurance of Support to his parents IF you can meet the AOS criteria, which will now be much more strict for two parent visas. The best is to contact centrelink and ask them about being an assurer for two parent couples. See https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/assurance-support/who-can-be-one
    1 point
  35. I can confirm this Temporary Concession in respect of COVID-19 commences on the 24th March 2021 (to eligible 143/173 and 103 visa applicants) - good luck everyone waiting - I'm looking forward to seeing that Lodged May 2016 date moving forward again!
    1 point
  36. @Elna57 @Dirkz Thanks guys! I applied in Feb2017 for my dad- it has almost been 4 years an it looks like at least another 6 months to go 😓 .. And now with Covid, who knows how much longer it may take. I have been in Aus for 18 years already and I wouldn’t have it any other way 🤍
    1 point
  37. Hi Everyone, We finally landed in Brisbane on the 23rd of December. We are extremely grateful and lucky that we could get here with well-priced, economy class tickets, without one delay, cancellation, or being bumped off the flight due to the travel caps imposed by the Federal Government. The flight out of South Africa was a bit uncomfortable, but more because everything was different than what we are used to when traveling than the actual flight itself, it is still almost 9 hours to Doha. We had to wear face masks and face shields for the entire flight, a
    1 point
  38. Concessions Announced for certain family visa applicants affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions Some categories of visa require applicants to be outside of Australia at the time the visa is granted. Travel restrictions associated with COVID-19 are affecting visa applicants who are currently based in Australia. The government has announced that changes will be implemented in early 2021 that would allow certain family visas to be granted while the visa applicant is in Australia. This will be a temporary concession for people in Australia and who are unable to trave
    1 point
  39. This link tells you where to email the form to.
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  40. An old thread, but thought to give feedback for those interested in the WA outback. We went in July 2018. We changed about nothing on the caravan, as it was as complete as it could be. We bought another portable deep freezer to complement the portable fridge. Added a dual battery system to the 4x4 and “whoola”, always fresh frozen meat, food, cold beers etc. We initially planned to travel 4 weeks from Perth to Meekatharra, Newman, Karajini, Port Hedland, Broom, Fritz Roy Cross, Bungle Bungle, Ord river, Kununurra, Katherine, Darwin. Then return again the same route from
    1 point
  41. Welcome to the Forum Vero Your sponsorship will be assessed in the later stages of the application No - there are a variety of alternatives/options.
    1 point
  42. Awesome! I literally just today pointed someone who is "starting the process" to the list.
    1 point
  43. Congratulations on your family becoming Australian Citizens Eyebrow! The effort and dedication you have put into making your journey work has been extraordinary. Many (most) people would have given up at any one of the many obstacles (and the pain, frustration and heartache that some of these must have caused) that were placed in your way along the course of your journey. My hat is off to you - I hope they had trumpets celebrating your Citizenship ceremony as you certainly deserved them. Go well.
    1 point
  44. It is state specific, its a lot of red tape but doable - big difference is that self defense is not a good enough reason to own a firearm. But you should be OK as hunting and sport shooting is a valid reason as long you belong to a club, attend the training etc etc. Not sure where you are moving to but below the regulations for NSW https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-firearms-licence-individual "When you apply for a NSW firearms licence you must provide evidence of your genuine reason for the possession and use of firearms. The protection of yours
    1 point
  45. Actually Public is 100% free (The Australian Government has an obligation to provide state education via public schools to all children in Australia) the amounts you referring to are voluntary contributions, social pressure in some areas and in the school as resulted as these fees being seen as compulsory - but they are not. https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/going-to-school/Pages/school-costs.aspx as for the cost of books, uniforms and laptops - yes you will have to pay for that , I think that is reasonable
    1 point
  46. Hi there. Bayley's Worldwide and we waited 3 months. Excellent service and there were no hidden costs.
    1 point
  47. I can concur. LinkedIn is a very effective strategy, especially when applying from overseas. It's a lot more personal when approaching contacts through LinkedIn directly, and you aren't competing against hundreds of other applicants (many of which will have local experience). Job boards such as seek.com.au will offer a more mainstream list of jobs (they're the number one job board) but it's also very competitive.
    1 point
  48. I spend quite a bit of time in SA, 2-3 trips a year. A good friend of mine recently said this in an email..... “living in South Africa things are not as bad as they could be, but things are not as good as they should be!”
    1 point
  49. I am a quantity surveyor by profession and have been in Australia since Dec 2016. Firstly I don't think you will have a problem finding a job because there is a lot of work going on, and Melbourne has current and new infrastructure projects getting off the ground. Whether you want to work for Contractors or PQS's my advice is to review all the big companies in Melbourne and send your CV/Resume directly to them. Agents will not be helpful if you are not already in the country. My advice is if you can afford it then rather get over here and get interview ready, the chances of securing the perfec
    1 point
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