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  1. Hi guys, Does anyone have any experience buying or building a new property on a 489 visa? Is this at all allowed? Basically, we are selling our house in SA and would like to invest the money we will get for our house, in our own property. Is this at all possible? I've heard that as long as you buy a new property, you will be fine. At the same time I wonder how would anyone give you a 70% bond (for example) if you don't have a job waiting for you. Many thanks for any advice
  2. Hi I'm newbie to this forum and take my hat off to every person who has immigrated or is in the process, gosh what a journey! I would like some advice before we lodge our visa, if anyone can offer their experience on the 489/190 visa I would greatly appreciate it. We have 80 points (my occupation is on the CSOL list) and so we are 5 points short for a 190 visa to South Australia as the points requirement is currently at 85 points. We have the option to do my husbands skills assessment and gain 5 points taking us up to 85 points or we can lodge for the 489 visa now, we have received invitation so we have 60 days to lodge. As the 190 offers PR that would seem the better option but it would require spending more money to have his skills assessment done now and then applying for the 190 not to necessarily receive an invitation when we do lodge an EOI for it. In your experience, is the 489 a fairly straightforward route to obtaining PR (after 2 years living & working in SA/regional area)? I realise the 489 will require us taking out medical aid as we won't have PR, are there any other negatives? I worry if regulations change the route will become difficult. We are working with an agency who recommend the 489 as its the quickest route. We are not in an immediate hurry to get over but at the time the goal posts seem to change and I don't want to miss this opportunity. Thank you!
  3. Charne

    Hi my name is Charne and I'm an...

    I bet you thought I was going to say alcoholic but no, I'm an... African. I've been spying on the forums since June 2014 and decided to climb out of the shadows and into the light to get me some of the action After contemplating where to post my questions or concerns I thought an introduction is in order/ and a good place to start. My partner and I have been on the migration train since May 2014 when we had decided to move over. We've been spending the bulk of our time waiting for my partner's occupation to show up on a state sponsorship list. Late last week after South Australia had released their new point system we realized we had to spark to get our application done and unfortunately we had to abandon the 190 Visa we were originally gunning for due to a lack of points on account of work experience. Earlier this week we've lodged a state nomination application, our intentions is to apply for a 489 visa and with this, new thoughts and concerns came to mind about finding work on a Visa that has a short life span/dependent on renewals/citizenship applications. I suppose we don't need any specific advice, I'd just like some greater support system for our journey as most of you have been through it all and I want to gain ALL the wisdom and share some too!! I'll be posting again should something be burning in my mind. Nice to meet you guys.
  4. In your personal opinion, what is the best REGIONAL AREA in QLD to move to from South Africa, taking into consideration the following: 1. Visa is a 489 so we have to LIVE and WORK in areas that fall under the regional postal codes for the first 2 years. eg. Toowoomba (4350) Townsville (4810 + 4813), Nerang/Gilston/Carrara (4211), Jimboomba (4280) etc etc 2. Husband is a carpenter / Site Manager and maintenance man and we would need to be in an area where there is a lot of residential development happening to ensure we can pay the bills each month and that he has ongoing work or the opportunity for full time employment 3. We have a toddler so ideally an area that has lots to do with a little one, safe, outdoors, parks etc etc and opportunities to meet other mommies and Saffers :-) 4. Least important, my husband is a surfer and surfs every weekend so ideally it would be nice to not be too far from the beach so he can keep his sanity :-) PLEASE can you share your opinions and experience and give us some advice as to the best regional area to settle and work in, given the above facts. We would be extremely grateful!
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