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  1. 4 points
    OK, here is a review of the position for 2016/17: Detailed numbers for 2016/17 Non contributory parent visas Budgeted – 1,500 Actual – 1,345 Contributory parent visas Budgeted – 7,175 Actual – 6,218 The Instrument of this week caps the number of visas for 2017/18 at: * Non contributory parent visas - 1,500 * Contributory parent visas - 7,175 Which I'm sure many will note is the same number as was budgeted in 2016/17. Whether this number will be granted remains to be seen. Personally I doubt it, as the Minister wants to be seen to be reflecting the wishes and needs of ordinary Australians. In other words - if I might say - the Government doesn't want to set the agenda. Rather, it follows opinion polls. Remember that under Minister Dutton the migration program sets a ceiling on the number of visas, not a target. See the interesting article here: http://insidestory.org.au/where-now-for-australias-immigration-level/ I have yet to see the non humanitarian migration program breakdown for 2018/19, but believe the total is expected to be unchanged from 2017/18. Best regards.
  2. 2 points
    At my most eloquent... NO! Cheers, Bobj.
  3. 1 point
    So after a few years of posting on here I am now on my way to the airport to head back home. Mixed emotions. My dog and my fiance have stayed as he does not want to go back but I just missed home too much and can't cope with saying so many goodbyes. Hopefully I can love being home right now it just feels gut wrenching to leave.
  4. 1 point
    Like most poms he can talk with a mouth full of marbles underwater, but even less integrity. Probably not
  5. 1 point
    To add to what Marisawright has already said, don’t expect your wife to walk into a job either unless your job is taking you to an out of the way place (if you’re budgeting on her having a job when you get there). Teachers are well oversubscribed in Australia and experienced ones cost schools more to employ so they aren’t as attractive as wet behind the ears youngsters who don’t mind short contracts and there are loads of them all struggling to get a foot in the door. If her BEd(Hons) isn’t a 4 year degree then she won’t be eligible to teach at all. A couple of things I see might be real barriers - one is your age. You say early 40s but the process is going to need to be done by the time you hit 45 otherwise you’ll have missed the boat. The other, as has already been mentioned - you need to reckon on a nice buffer of cash (I’d be inclined to go with £50k for the 4 of you especially if you don’t have a job to go to) and if finding enough to talk to an agent is beyond you, you’re going to struggle. You probably don’t want to sell your home to fund it until you’re certain it’s what you want out of life.
  6. 1 point
    I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter what your occupation is when you apply, provided you have already built up the required qualfications and/or experience in an occupation that's on the list. One thing to consider: migration is expensive. It's not just the cost of the agent and the visas: you need money to ship your goods (or re-equip your entire home from scratch), a car, holiday accommodation till you find a house, and enough money to survive on until you both find jobs. A figure often quoted here, is £30,000. If you are so skint you can't even afford an agent right now, then TBH I'd be wondering whether you could afford to migrate. If you're relying on the equity in your home to finance the move, I'd be worried, for two reasons. One is that housing in many parts of Australia is eye-wateringly expensive now - if you use the equity in your UK home, you may not have enough for a decent home in Australia. Make sure you thoroughly research house prices where you plan to be. The second is what you'll do if it doesn't work out - which realistically is a higher-than-average risk for you, as you have (if I recall) a wife who's not 100% keen on the idea, and teenage kids (who are less likely to settle than little ones). The statistics aren't well monitored but about half of all migrants do end up going home again - and if you use the equity in your home, you'll be back where you started and poor into the bargain. Sorry to sound negative, I'm not saying you shouldn't make the move, just wanting to make sure you're going into it with eyes fully open.
  7. 1 point
    most people see it as perfectly normal these days thank god.
  8. 1 point
    Have a chat with one of the agents who post on here. Their contact details are in their signatures. Some of the frequent posters are @Alan Collett , @Raul Senise, @wrussell there are others. They will do a free consult to answer the “ do I have a chance” question. You then pay then for the “ how do I do it” question. Good luck. ?
  9. 1 point
    The property you mention sounds very similar to the house my daughter rents. It is all on one level...4 bedrooms, lounge,kitchen, bathroom and the ensuite to the master has a walk-in shower. Utility room has sink and washmachine/dryer on top of each other. Pantry is huge with shelves so you can see everything and reach everything quite easily. There are numerous large cupboards throughout the house and a small garden. Only downside are the two steps outside to get in but it is in a hilly part of Port!
  10. 1 point
    The cops I have worked with have been decent and reasonably intelligent. They must get really sick of all the criticism and all the crims who get off with a slap on the wrist. Soul destroying.
  11. 1 point
    Hi I am confused - am I missing something? Both Kath's extract and the legislation that Alan cites refer to the number of visas that may be granted in the year 2017-2018, that is this current year. Neither says anything about next year 2018/2019. Also the maximum number of contributory parent visas (143/173/864/884) stated in all documents is 7175 and the maximum number of non contributory visa (103/804) is 1500. This is consistent with the allowance given at the start of this year and also for the previous 3 years, it was increased to 7175 from 6675 in 2013/2014 for contributory parent visas. So I am at a loss to understand how the conclusion from this information is that the number of visas for next year will decrease and also where the figures 8675 and 1550 for contributory and non contributory parent visas come from in Kath's extract. Can somebody help me out please.
  12. 1 point
    What like this vhttps://policeprep.com.au/qld-police-test/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIw460_OG02wIV7rDtCh1STwJXEAAYASAAEgJc8_D_BwE
  13. 1 point
    Sorry just read the other comment above where it says don't use a complex, only B1 - so must be B1 I used.
  14. 1 point
    Hello I had terrible problems with mozzies bites when I first arrived. I didn't want to use DEET, as I didn't want such chemicals on my skin I went into a local health food shop for more natural repellents. Found some citronella and sandalwood coils. But in the end, I brought them but only needed them for a month. After that, the supplement started working. Whilst I was there, the naturopath on duty suggested B vitamins (I think B1 - but I cannot remember) Anyway I started taking two high strength tablets a day. They took about a month to "kick-in", and then I never got bitten again whilst taking the supplements. I took them daily for about a year, whilst traveling and working in tropical Far North Queensland, outback Northern Territory and Asia I didn't get bitten by sand-flies or any other pesky insect during this time either. Not sure what the mozzie dislikes about B vitamins, but the smell of in your skin repels them As I cannot remember which B it was, maybe a B-complex would do it just as well. Would need to be fairly high strength though. You could even add some garlic capsules daily with the B vitamins too, as that helps. Otherwise you can use coils at home, or a mozzie net over your bed. The big supermarkets sell plug-in mozzie zappers that work really well too. But if you are out and about (and want to avoid DEET) then a citronella oil spray may help (I didin't need to use it - the Vitamin B worked fine) I actually remember camping in the outback with a group of Australians who where all being driven mad by mozzies and spraying EVERYTHING on themselves.........I was just sitting there and not being bothered at all. That was about six months after I started taking the daily supplement. Plus of course, the B's have other health benefits too. Hope you find something that works for you.
  15. 1 point
    1) How long should we plan to "stick it out", "experience it", "settle in" before we make decision to stay or not? (expected answer is six months) I've booked flexi return flights through Singapore. Six months is a ridiculously short amount of time to make such a life impacting decision. Give it at least two years is my reply. 2) Despite the warnings about renting online I am tempted to do all the paperwork for this place before we go: anyone in Darwin got any thoughts? Well places ALWAYS look much better online than they do in person. Better to book into a caravan park cabin, or motel short term, and then look at rentals when you are there. It is hard to break a lease, so better to be sure before signing paperwork I've set up a bank account - Westpac were brilliant Yes I have always found them to be an excellent bank
  16. 1 point
    It's odd that the top 2 threads on here are how great Trump is and how great Brexit is. 2 things that are going to make everyone's lives worse for at least a generation. Bizarre. I honestly think people are at a tipping point. The plot has been well and truly lost.
  17. 1 point
    The US imposes tariffs on UK steel. You can see why Trump favoured Brexit and the break up of the EU. A divided Europe will be much easier to crush. Are Brexiteers licking their lips at the prospects of a great trade deal with the USA and a global trade war?
  18. 1 point
    Hey alam , in our case , they did call our office asking few documents like pay slips .. but surprisingly we got approval same day for stage 1 pathway without even sending any documents .. there are 2 pathways .. first is jus checking your documents such as payslips , tax papers etc etc second is technical interview, they only ask occupation safety questions related to your field .. no practical work .. if u are in Australia, it will be only for 20 mins .. whoke process can take 2 to 3 months .. keep Calling them to check on updates .. it’s helps
  19. 1 point
    That seems to be the way you interpreted it. I read it as a day of positivity and being safe. Unless you construe being safe as negative?
  20. 1 point
    I don't think they were faking positive readings, more the opposite. Blowing into brethalysers themselves (negative results) just to meet quotas of how many tests they are supposed to do in a shift. I don't think it would be possible to fake a positive test.
  21. 1 point
    have patience woody....u r next in line!!!
  22. 1 point
    Prince Harry had his Bachelor Party last week in London and here is his "Quote of the Day" from that memorable event: "It's really weird stuffing money into a stripper's G string when every bill has a photo of your grandmother printed on it." Cheers, Bobj.
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    I don't think I've ever heard it summed up so perfectly!
  25. 1 point
    No problem. Make sure your evidence is comprehensive for the IELTS exemption. AASW are known to be quite stringent about this. Regards, Richard