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  1. 6 points
    Received email today, accountant category applied on 07 Mar 2018, Nomination and PR approved on 12 Jan 2019. No further documents asked and direct granted, status changed from Received to Finalised this morning.
  2. 5 points
    So glad to see golden emails coming through!!!! Good luck to all of us!
  3. 5 points
    HI all, I silent reader here. After a long journey finally we've got our Golden email yesterday. Keep focus and faith everyone, I can't describe the feeling to received the GRANTED email. 186 TRT HR- Brazil No applicants-2 Onshore Nomination and Visa application- 28/02/2018 - QLD Nomination approved: 04/02/2019 Visa approved: 11/02/2019 Application status- Finalized Occupation- Architectural Technician Good luck to everyone!!
  4. 4 points
    Hi Everyone, I have been a silent reader for over months and this page helps me a lot to go through this tough time. I finally got PR granted today! Don’t lose hope everyone, things will come at the right time. Nomination application lodged 6 Feb 2018 visa application lodged 13 March 2018 nomimation approved: 27 November 2018 visa application status : Finalised 11 January 2019 WISH EVERYONE BEST OF LUCK!
  5. 3 points
    It appears you imbibe in your home made beer and spirits a bit too much going by a lot of your posts.
  6. 3 points
    Got an email this morning.... ..... VISA GRANTED!! Wooo!!! Thanks for everyone on this thread for the conversation, support and motivation!
  7. 3 points
    Time for some 2017 approvals!! BTW in the last 6 months I already put 6 bottles of sparkling in the fridge to attract good news, but somehow I always find another reason to open them Losing faith here !!
  8. 3 points
    Hi all, notified yesterday to leave Australia to grant 309/100 visa. 241 days after applying...now hopefully it comes in quickly next week. At last! Good luck to anyone else still waiting.
  9. 3 points
    Got my visa approved couple of hours ago. I'm as happy as Larry.
  10. 2 points
    one of my cuttings ...
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  12. 2 points
    Something made me very cranky this morning. Out for my usual walk I passed a small car park opposite the ocean. Only one car parked there. The occupants had just finished their Macdonald's breakfast. They gathered all the cups and containers together and chucked them out of the car window ignoring the large rubbish bin 6 feet away from the car. I could see they were waiting for my reaction. I picked up all their crap and even though I was sorely tempted to throw it back through the car window on top of them, I put it in the bin. Some people are just the pits. Rant over.
  13. 2 points
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the OP has accepted he can't get a permanent visa. They're asking about a 12 month visa, which I assume is the 600 visa. The trouble is that once the 12 months is up, what will he do? He can't just apply for another 12 month visa. Anyway, I believe they sometimes ask for a medical clearance for visas over 6 months, so that could be a hurdle. He should also check whether his disability payments would be affected by leaving the UK for an extended period. I know that in Australia, if you leave the country for more than a few months, the benefits are stopped - I have no idea how it works in the UK.
  14. 2 points
    I think the same, cannot see how he could get a permanent visa. I also think if he could get a 12 month tourist visa then that would almost be worse as he’d just have to return in the end and try and pick up where he left. I’d suggest to speak with a migrant agent just to see if there are any options. The only other option is for you to return to the UK to care for him, I wish you well.
  15. 2 points
    I got my grant! Applied 23/10/2018 - granted 11/02/2019. 80 Days exactly.
  16. 2 points
    I think your signature has wrong dates. we're still in January... Parabéns by the way
  17. 1 point
    The way I read that section of the site, it's saying that if he's granted a "multiple entry" visa instead of a "single entry" one, each visit must be less than 3 months. But all he'd have to do is hop over to New Zealand or Asia for a few days, then come back. I do notice it says he has to meet the health requirement.
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  19. 1 point
    we don't have a cockerel any more ... the last one crowed several times during the night so he had to go ... our frogs were eaten by the monitor lizard ... thank heavens we don't have possums ... bobtails , a python and occasionally kangaroos from the bush behind the block ... an echidna was seen a couple of years ago ... love living here ...
  20. 1 point
    The neglected pear tree is in the neighbours garden just over the fence next to wild plums. Possum central at night but this evening a group of Sulfur crested cockatoos found them and chased off some rainbow lorikeets to enjoy a feast.
  21. 1 point
    I received a Christmas card yesterday from a friend in North Yorkshire. It was posted on the 1st December.
  22. 1 point
    Unfortunately it's not as simple as that. You can look at all the logical reasons why Australia is "better" but at the end of the day, logic is not what matters. It's where you feel at home that matters. There's several threads on these forums by people who came to Australia, didn't like it, and are absolutely thrilled to be back in the UK again, grey clouds or not. People may leave the UK in droves but about half of them do end up going home, though you may find that hard to believe now! Personally, I prefer Australia, but I do know that it's very much a matter of personal preference. It's not a black-and-white case of one country being better than the other.
  23. 1 point
    HI Hi@ma! The link you've shared is for the state nomination, so no police checks or health checks are required at that stage. You don't need them for the EOI either. We're talking about the visa application once the state nomination has been granted. There are no guarantees or "fast tracks" but what we're discussing is that most applications seem to be picked up by the Australian government after about 3 months. If all documents are uploaded (including the health and police checks and relevant forms), then there is the POSSIBILITY of getting a direct grant. This is where you get the visa grant without being asked for any extra documents or clarifications if everything is in order and the case office has no further questions or needs extra evidence. If this happens, it's possible to get a visa within 3 months instead of waiting the 8-11 months that was last advertised on the immi website (if you check today it's saying low volume of applications but this is just because they've upgraded their website and it's not pulling through all the data yet) Just be absolutely clear though, there is no guaranteed way of making sure you get a direct grant. But one thing that helps is getting your police and health checks done before the case office looks at your visa application for the first time. You can choose to "front load" (do all health and police checks prior to applying for the visa) or apply for the visa and then get the health and police checks done between the application date and when the case officer first picks up your application. The other option is waiting for the case officer to pick it up, then they ask you to upload the outstanding documents and get the checks done after they've asked for them. In this circumstance, you won't get a direct grant and it'll take longer to get the visa granted. However (sorry for the long message), there is one main downside of front loading the police and health checks: you have to enter Australia within 12 months of the date of the earliest of these two. If you front loaded the checks, applied for the visa and then it took 9 months to come through. You would only have a few months to get to Australia to validate the visa. Some people get around this by doing a "validation trip" where they don't actually emigrate but they do a short holiday to make sure they get the visa within the 12 months and then go back to their country to finish off selling their house, shipping their stuff, leaving their job etc. I'm not a migration agent but this is my understanding based on my conversations with my agent and many others on this forum. Hope this helps Jon
  24. 1 point
    Thanks all for the advice. I’ve just returned from a short break in the UK which was highly productive - met with several recruiters - and whilst the Glasgow / Edinburgh job market is not the same size as Sydney they were pretty positive and one recruiter even had a role I’ve thrown my hat into the ring for & should make the candidate shortlist for. Also met with 3 old friends and spent a lot of time with family - all of which was great. I’ve know got clarity as to what I need to do ..after arriving back at my unit and bursting into tears at being back, going home, giving it a go and renting out my unit is the answer for me. Just now to hand in my notice at work and get my affairs put in order. thanks everyone for the advice as it was helped enormously
  25. 1 point
    Hi all We have been in Australia since May 2010, initially arrived in Muswellbrook and stayed at a local State Park in the middle of Winter, which was very isolated and very cold. Nobody believes us back home Australia does get cold! Initially we were hoping to live in Muswellbrook as my husband was due to start employment in the mining industry in Muswellbrook, to reduce driving etc. particularly for my husband to enable him to be home and enjoy 'Aussie lifestyle' after having virtually no spare time in UK as we both worked long hours. We realised immediately Muswellbrook was not the place for us to live with two young children. We are from Liverpool, a busy city and believe me, as much as you have the idyllic view of Australia, it is a huge culture shock, to live in semi-rural area after city life. Muswellbrook has its own issues social, housing and crime. Like the UK there are good and bad areas, including the same with people. We were advised by the schools in Muswellbrook due to our childrens interests to look at locating ourselves in Singleton, as it is a much nicer place to live. However, you will have at least 35-40 minute drive (depending on time of day) from Singleton to Muswellbrook on the New England Highway. Initially it is a pleasurable drive but it soon becomes very monotonous on a daily basis. We lived in Singleton for 10 months and have since moved a further 35-40 minute drive from Singleton to Rutherford in April 2011, as Singleton is a lovely small mining based town but has limited resouces and activities for young children. Most people eventually move towards Rutherford / Maitland or further to Newcastle to be nearer the beach, shops etc, as there are limited shops in both areas in comparison to what we are all used to in the UK. My husband travels 90+km from where we live in Rutherford to Muswellbrook, which takes him about 1h 15min leaving 4.45 - 5.00am and I travel 42km from Rutherford to Singleton leaving 7.45 - 8.00am, where I work and the children are still currently attending school. We arrive in Singleton about 8.30 - 8.40am. Our son starts Primary at 9.10am (finishes 3.10pm) and our daughter starts High School at 9.25am (finishes 3.25pm). Most children travel to both Primary and High School by bus as due to being semi-rural there is a large area to cover to collect and return children to. You really do need to look closely at the schools and whether you wish to have your children publically or privately educated. We have also had to pay $4500 per child per year to attend public school with no waiver, no free bus travel if on 457 either. You have to pay for your children to attend school on a 457 Visa. Some private education is actually cheaper depending on the schools you enrol in but if you decide on private education you still have to pay if you get Permanent Residency (PR), whereas you don't have to pay public school fees once you are granted PR. Due to our own personal experiences since arriving in Australia and in the position I am employed in Singleton, there is also a huge housing shortage and high rents due to mining boom in the Hunter Valley. Without transport for you both, it can be quite isolating, particularly for your partner especially with children due to limited activities we are all used to in the UK. It is not the kind of place you can travel on the roads by bike, as some of you are planning, there are huge road trucks and very heavy traffic with lots of hills! There are also limited bus and trains, a good distance away. After owning our own property in the UK and still do currently being on a Temporary 457 Visa and due to the poor economy, being unable to sell our house and also not having Permanent Residency, (currently applied for which we are awaiting decision) we protected our own interests of keeping our house in the UK, as we would not have had much of a return due to the poor exchange rates and also until we made a decision whether Australia was definitely going to be our long term location to make home. We did not confirm a rental property prior to leaving the UK but booked short term stay in a State Park allowing us to have time to make a choice of where we would rent to suit all of our requirements but soon found we had problems finding suitable rental property due to the lack of affordable and available housing. This has also been experienced by many other Brits, especially in the Army and other migrants from other countries. We suggest you contact every Real Estate, not only online by email but by phone, in Singleton or whichever area you are now looking at, following suggestions of other areas to arrange and secure a property but be very careful of the area you choose to settle. We were VERY lucky in finally securing a rental property through D&J Pearce in Singleton, which is one of the most valued Real Estate Agents but have very high standards. They really were life savers and we have now a very good relationship with them, you really do have to build a good rapport with Real Estate Agents. Whilst we hope the information we have given may sound very negative and believe me it is a very stressful move, not just relocating to another country, particularly so far away for you all, as you experience so many emotions not only as a family but as individuals, we are now much more settled since we have moved to Rutherford. We have also had a lot of positive experiences and have enjoyed this beautiful country, not as much as we would have liked up to now, due to two moves, Visa paperwork, getting to know a new culture, new systems, work, education etc. and are rebuilding our lives, we know we still have a lot to take in and have SO much more to experience. The Hunter Valley is a beautiful place, so much to take in, Newcastle beaches just under 1hr away, Sydney 2.5 hrs away but you have to be prepared to drive to gain the best out of this wonderful country. Driving is a different experience in Australia compared to UK, busy roads but certainly not as much congestion as UK and is more free flowing with beautiful scenery and plenty of kangaroos you may see along the way, not all breathing! You HAVE to be prepared to put a lot of effort in to make it work and most people advise that you have to give it at least two years to get over all the hurdles you face, emotionally and financially, it is very true, we believe two years is the minimum but we are sure it really is worth it in the long run. The children love Australia, as we both do and are settling in more day by day. We are looking forward to more positive times. Despite still having long working days we are finally getting more family time, which is quality family time than we ever really got in the UK, particularly the last 15 months prior to us leaving the UK as my husband eventually was forced to working away which put enormous pressure on us all as a family. We are VERY family orientated and enjoy spending our time with each other and our children and when we were losing what little we had it was hard on us all. The UK has also changed so much more since we arrived, as we are obviously still in close contact with family and friends but also closely watch the news and the state of the economy, especially since we still have our own property and many other links. We hope this information has helped you all, as we just wish we had been able to have the information we have given, as you HAVE to be VERY realistic and need to know the negatives and positives in order to survive a major life changing decision for you all. If there is any more help we can give, we will try our best. We both would not want anyone else to expeience the hurdles we faced, which no matter how much research you put in and believe me we did a huge amount of research including information from friends who had emigrated, nothing prepares you for the move, you HAVE to live it to value life and the huge opportunity you are all lucky to have, regardless of the amount of paperwork, we both and the children believe it really is worth it! To wake up to sunshine more than you ever get in the UK is a massive bonus. You also DO have to make friends to survive, as you also need to be there to support each other, as you all eperience the same emotions etc. regardless of which country you have moved from. Without meeting the people and friends we have it would have put an even bigger strain on us all. However, YOU HAVE TO be prepared to get out and about, meet people and make friends yourself as people and friends won't come to you. Who knows you are there if you don't let people know? Good luck and keep updating with your own circumstances and the journey you have already started, we are sure it really is worth it! Jenny :wink:
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