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    Teacher - confused about visa requirements please help

    Hi want to be in oz, Unfortunately everything is "set" at the time of your application, therefore you must have met all of the criteria before you lodge you application. I hope this helps :-)
  2. Hi there, They say you need to have an 'unstamped' visa so if you can I would try to get your visa evidenced - it is very easy and costs nothing. You just go to Australia House and they do it for you, or if you are not in London you can post it with a prepaid addresses special delivery envelope and I believe it takes about a week.You may get the double allowance without a physical visa, but you may end up with a snotty person who makes things difficult. Good luck :-)
  3. That doesn't sound right at all! When I spoke to them they said you will automatically get the baggage allowance if you have the right visa etc. I would just print out the first email and ignore the second one :-)
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    Decision Made

    :wubclub: have a great time! X
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    Decision Made

    Sorry I don't know your situation, but is there no way Stacey could return for September and you could stay just the extra couple of months to get your citizenship? Also a lot of unis will let you start in January, it might be worth considering? Good luck though!! X
  6. > Thank you for your email. > > Please be advised, if you hold an unused/unstamped/not validated migrant visa that specifically states that you are permitted to remain in Australia indefinitely / permanently, you will then be entitled to the double baggage allowance (40 kilos, per passenger). > > The double baggage allowance will only be granted when you check in at the airport when this visa is sighted and checked that it has also not been travelled on before, this has to be the first time it is being used. > > You can have as many items of checked luggage as you wish provided: > > The total combined weight of all the items put together does not exceed your total checked allowances > No single item of baggage exceeds 32 kilos in weight, as a health and safety requirement > > If you are not holding the correct visa mentioned above at check-in, then you will be entitled to the standard free checked baggage allowance of 20 kilos per passenger. > > Yours Sincerely, Hi all, Yesterday I emailed Singapore airlines to double check that we will get 40kg of baggage allowance when we fly to oz. We just bought a regular one way ticket, we bought it online. I also spoke to them yesterday - to request this email confirmation, and they said I didn't even need the email, that the check in staff would automatically grant the extra on seeing the visa, but it is nice to have something to wave under their noses just in case! Anyway I just thought I would pop their reply in here, for all to see. X >
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    Gumtree Private Rentals Safe?

    Is there no way he will accept the money on arrival? Surely he will understand that you are concerned about transferring money overseas to someone you don't know. :-)
  8. china

    Medicals stress

    Did you do the e-health, or a paper one? If you did paper you should at least be able to track it and see if it has been read. I remember the waiting, it killed me!! Good luck and hold tight :-)
  9. I have sent sweets - last year I included an oversized box of tictacs (they had a funny package design) and after I posted them I worried as they might look dodgy on an X-ray - anyway they were declared as tictacs! And no problems. I always write exactly what is in a a package as I worry about not doing it properly, but I know lots of people just write gift and t is also fine. We have been sending xmas gifts to oz for four years and have never had anything quarantined or charged. In fact I just remembered that we sent a parcel of tea from Darjeeling (india) which also passed through quarantine - although they did open the package! Tea he! X
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    straight answer

    Practice, practice, practice! These kinds of tests really do have a 'knack' to them, and you need to make sure you are thinking in the way they want. Either buy the practice material or do some of the free online ones. I made my oh write practice essays in the time, I would just come up with a topic. It helped I think as he got all 9s. Good luck!!
  11. Just a side note, ss is not an easier route for unskilled migrants, you need to be skilled AND in demand in that state. The reason they have a lower point requirement is because THEY NEED your skill and the reasons you are going to go there include you have a good chance of work if your skill is in demand, and you have a moral obligation. There will always be a small amount of people who apply without even the intention of going to their sponsored state, but the majority are probably not like this. I also don't think the states, or DIAC are stupid - they don't just give the visas away!
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    Help planning suprise trip to the UK

    If you end up in Manchester, Yorkshire is close by and lovely, as is the peak district. North Yorkshire moors, west yorkshire (ilkley and otley) are beautiful. If you're in the uk in summer there are lots of adreneline activities you can do, paragliding, sky diving, land rover driving etc. Also as another person has said, Wiltshire and Somerset are beautiful, with stone henge etc, you also. Can visit Glastonbury tor (& Glastonbury itself), cheddar and the cheddar gorge, very beautiful, nice campsites there, caves and lots of history, and cheese! Also trains cable good, although they get slated all the time, if you know when you are going to be travelling you can get really good deals, you can book train tickets up to three months in advance on websites like http://www.thetrainline.com and you can chose to pick the tickets up at the station using your debit card, so no need to worry about postage. Have a wonderfull trip! X
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    Rent Good or Bad??

    Hi Robyn, a lot of people advertise shortish rentals on gumtree to, like when they go overseas for a month or so, might be worth checking out. :-)
  14. china

    Question about luggage allowances

    I can imagine! It is written very small, at the end of about three pages of other information! I will probably chance taking everything I can, but will probably be scared - might highlight the information and take it with me - hehe! :-)
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    to medicare or not to medicare?

    Yes, that is it. Basically, until we are 'settled' there, ie after six months there we are probably going to leave for two years for work, before returning, we won't know if we want/can afford private health insurance, but don't want to be priced out of it due to lifetime loading if we sign up for Medicare when we go in January. Sorry I know it's a bit confusing, I just wondered if anyone else had done anything similar. I guess we'll just have to do some more research on insurance prices. I know that Medicare is similar to the NHS but it just doesn't seem as simple or comprehensive, so we just want to be sure. Thanks everyone for your replies