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  1. Hi, When applying for OSHC for a student visa for the student and a dependent partner do you have to take a couples insurance or can you do two individual policies? Reason for asking is that quotes for a couple over two years is almost $5000 but a single is about $1000. This seems mad.
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    OSHC for student visa with dependent partner

    I think you are correct MaggieMay. It's just another insurance company scam charging couples more than two singles. Looks like we are better off getting two visas.
  3. Hi, We are looking at a family sponsored visa for my brother-in-law. He is 20 and has been a mechanic since leaving school. Step 1, he did the self assessment at tradeset.com.au but we are unsure as to what the required results are to be acceptable for the TRA. Has anyone gone through this process or know anything about it? Also has anyone done or know about the family sponsored thing for skilled migration?
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    family sponsored visa for a motor mechanic

    Unfortunately, I was well and truly conned on the migration agent front when I migrated. I paid premium price for a much less than premium service, almost ran out of time to apply due to the incompetence of their staff who left my assessment application in 'the out tray' for 6 months. Then the company dissolved, taking my money including over 1000 GBP for a 'resettlement program' which never happened off into neverland. Mysteriously another, unrelated, agency appeared out of nowhere and took on my visa handling (waiting for a response letter from diac) free of charge This is obviously not a normal experience but has adjusted my faith in agents who may have a place in migration but only as a very lastest last resort in my opinion. No offence is intended to yourself or any of the other agents who may be valid, trustworthy and reputable.
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    family sponsored visa for a motor mechanic

    Thanks for the input so far. It looks like he may get enough points for subclass 189, the 489 was a last resort if he couldn't get over the line. The 457 would have been great as an alternative to the 489 but finding an employer to sponsor is not easy (hen's teeth). Any more advice is welcome.
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    WHV appeal

    I got a similar response from immigration when I called them but just hoped that there was another way. Looking at family sponsored skilled migration as a mechanic now but know very little about it so started another thread. http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/migration-issues/238413-family-sponsored-visa-motor-mechanic.html So much has changed since we migrated in 2010!
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    WHV appeal

    Hi, My brother-in-law came on a WHV last year but after 6 weeks his Dad (in Oz on a visitor visa) passed away which led to my brother-in-law going back to the UK early to support his Mum. Over a year later, he now wants to come back to Oz. Is there a way to restart his WHV or appeal to immigration to have a second chance?
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    Migration Agent on GC

    Hi, Can anyone recommend a good Migration Agent based on the Gold Coast please? We need help with identifying potential visa options for Parents but the case is not straight forward so we need someone experienced in getting complex cases approved. The parents are visiting at the moment so we would like to jack up an initial interview whilst they are here. Many thanks in advance.
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    Migration Agent on GC

    Thanks. I have been to google but am canvassing for a more personal opinion. Of course some MA's may also put themselves forward. My experience with agents was not good in the UK - the first one delayed my application by 6 months because they left my paperwork in someone's in tray, then they disappeared during the GFC! The second agent was not very helpful but for some reason they picked up the first agent's clients free of charge. It all still baffles the stuff out of me!
  10. Thanks for the link lastonealive I've seen these guys punting their wares in SP. And, all us blokes have always been classy Tickled!
  11. Hi, My brother-in-law is a bored 18 (sorry, I got it wrong again Dad!) year old visiting us and would like to meet up with someone of a similar age to hang out. He has the big3 theme park tickets and is interested in bikes:jimlad:, beach :cool:or just having fun:biglaugh:. Unfortunately we are a bit too boring for him :SLEEP:. If there is anyone out there interested in showing him what we have for 19 year olds on the Coast, please let me know asap. He will be going back to the UK at the end of September if nothing attracts his attention here :sad:.
  12. Thanks. But I think that he is looking for something based from the freebie creature comforts of home
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    Can I extend UK stay on emergency passport

    Thanks for sharing your experience and confirming that the observation is the important date to abide by. My wife will take my daughter to Newport (marginally the closer passport office) and they can have a day out shopping - ouch! $$$$$$ :err:
  14. Hi, My wife and daughter have gone back to the UK to visit ill family. We had to get an emergency passport for my daughter which contains an observation stating the planned flight dates including return on or before 16th June. The valid until date was put at 30 Dec 2012 to allow us a little leeway (i.e. return up to 30th June - 6 months vailidity left) - that was my understanding at the time anyway. The question is can my daughter return to Australia after 16th June (the observation) but before 30th June (validity) without any changes to her passport? i.e. does the validity take presidence over the observation in this case? As it is a long weekend here in Australia, I cannot contact anyone (immigration, British Consul) to confirm and time to change the flight is running out. If anyone can give me an out of hours number to ring this weekend to confirm with officials, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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    Can I extend UK stay on emergency passport

    And the answer is..... The FCO in London got back to me and said that the observation definitely overrules the valid date. The FCO response was that an emergency passport is issued for a specific journey only and that my daughter must return by the date stated or the passport will not be accepted by the Australian Immigration. Two options - return by the 16th or get a new full passport from the UK before departure. It is unfortunate that the red tape has to be there, but I suppose it helps protect us in the long run. If by any chance anyone thinks that the FCO are wrong and can find me evidence to the contrary, please, please let me know.
  16. PM them when you are ready together with when you expect to be available etc.
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    Owning three dogs?

    Hi, I spoke with the GC council last week regarding bringing another two dogs to add to our current one. As Cal said, you must live on a plot larger than 600m2 to be allowed more than one dog. If you want to have more than two dogs, you will need to make an application for the additional dog to the council for a fixed fee (three hundred and something dollars). The council told me that there were no speciifc guidelines to acceptance of additional pets but factors such as space and how close you are to other homes may be considered. The indication they gave me was that it was simply a paper exercise (your background depending). The local council laws only allow for a maximum of 4 dogs to be kept at a domestic home. Bottom line is call the GCCC to be sure.
  18. Hi, I work for an IT solutions company with offices in most major cities. We are an Australian company who have grown rapidly and are involved in major large budget projects across the country. The head office is in Perth, if you are interested, I can forward your CV's and cover letter's to the appropiate person. (I get a little handshake if we hire anyone I recommend). For the record, my experience in Brisbane was similar to the UK where getting the right job offer involves dedication and a lot of 'pounding the streets' in order to develop a network through agencies and professional bodies etc. Good Luck, Simon
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    Other family wanting to join us

    Thanks. I feared that a student visa would be the only way. Any experience of the 572 vocational training visa? Unfortunately 3 sisters and 3 brothers with only my wife living in Oz counts the parents out of a parent visa. What we were hoping was that the parents could visit for long periods of time frequently. As they still have family and a home in the UK, they will want to return every year anyway. I guess the question really is how long must they wait between 676/679 visa applications? It does seem strange that Australia want the skilled people but not their families even if they are self supporting. I guess this is one reason why so many skilled migrants return home.
  20. Hi, Could anyone out there please give some helpful advice on visas for our family? We have been living in Oz for 18 mths on PR visas and now some of our family would like to join us. My wife's brother at the age of 16 having just left school in the UK would love to come and live with us. As he still has parents and is related us and he has 4 other brothers/sisters, we cannot adopt or claim that he is dependant. Is there another option that will not cost a fortune? Probable a dead duck but my wife's parents would also like to come. Again money is constraining so investment visas are not an option. Is there any other option than repeated vistor visas? How often and how long can someone keep visiting? Can someone come on a 12mth visit, go home and come back for another 12mths a couple of weeks later? If anyone has had experience or knowledge of these situations, your comments would be very welcome.
  21. My experience is that there is little to choose from between the major airlines. I now choose based on duration of the flight and cost. Emirates, Singpore, Quantas and Brunei have all been decent flights however no alcohol on Brunei makes it a less favourable option for me The only airline I would not recommend based on comfort and convenience are air asia, a friend says that they are cheap because they are cheap but he would fly with them again because they are cheap. Just be wary of all the add ons to the base price, like taking luggage or wanting food.
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    Cats & dogs AFTER quarantine.

    Our two cats stayed in Sydney quarantine for 30 days when we arrived. They had no lasting personality changes, it was similar to moving home in the UK for the cats. They just adjusted to the new home gradually. The staff in Sydney were excellent, as we moved to Brisbane, being away from our cats was frustrating but the staff were willing to talk to us frequently and we sent red cross parcels with food and toys by post. We visited the cats twice in the 30 days, it was a bit stressful for us, but the cats were well looked after and had plenty of room to climb around and enjoy the leafy surroundings. Your pets will be fine. One point, if you do not live near the quarantine station, you will have to arrange ($$$) for collection and shipping to your new home.
  23. Hi, I work for a National IT company who are currently looking for good Oracle DBA's (Urgent!!) with a wide breadth of experience including RAC, RMAN, Data Guard and some Linux sys admin, SQL Server also an advantage. Also the company is looking for Oracle Functional Consultants (not my area but I can put you in touch with the right contact). I am currently aware that we are looking for people in Brisbane but there may also be opportunities in Perth, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. Please contact me if you feel that you may have the right skills and experience. NO AGENCIES PLEASE!!!!!!!:mad: