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    Been here 10 mths - update

    Hi everyone, Well, its true what they say, once you arrive here and are busy settling, you dont bother to go on pomsinoz. It's been 10mths and I thought it was time to post an update. I used to love reading about people arriving and settling in the 4.5yr wait for our visas to be granted, so i thought someone might be interested in our post arrival story! So, after aforementioned long visa wait, and the arrival of our first baby, we finally sold our house in July12, booked our flights for Oct12, shared the love round the rellies with goodbyes for a good 6 weeks and off we flew! We had done a reccie trip whilst I was preggo and to validate our visas, and had visited friends in Melbs then drove to Adels. We decided that Adelaide offered us the lifestyle we were looking for, so here we came. We landed on Oct 19th 2012, exhausted and with a just 12 mth old baby who refused to sleep on the flight! haha We had pre booked into a 3 mth rental with Judi at Roo Rentals, so that was lovely to be able to get straight into a 'home' when we arrived. The first 2 weeks were a blur of jetlag, medicare apps, trying to find a rental, visiting opens on rentals applying and getting nowhere, trying to find a second hand car that doesnt cost the earth and/or is a piece of sh*t....shopping, adjusting to the weather and trying not to be in 'holiday' mode. Those first few weeks are a killer, just soooo much to do. Easier with no kids i would imagine! But still, we managed. We found a car, agreed on a nice rental just 2 mins from where we were (Hallett Cove btw), bought all the new furniture we needed (our larger items in the UK were knackered so we knew we wanted to buy new once here) and tried to settle into everyday life. Its hard, it is soooo different here, but everyone was so friendly when we arrived, 'welcome to Australia' was a regular thing we heard after announcing our recent arrival, which was nice. We met lots of people who jsut stopped for a chat on the beach, on walks etc...it was lovely really. The visa was in my name and based on my job, so after finding house and car, the next port of call was find a job, as it turns out, not as easy as i had expected. Firstly, applying for a job mid nov - it aint gonna happen! People here seem to start gearing down for Christmas in Nov! And its pretty quiet until beginning of feb, as January is the school hols and its seems everybidy who is anybody (decision makers) are on their jollies with their kids! I got a lot of knock backs due to having no 'networks' in Adels. It is quite different here than any other state, so if you work in any kind of communications role, PR, marketing, events,a advertising, charity.....they expect you to know everyone! They love linkedin here, i have had to embrace it wholeheartedly to succeed in getting a job! I worked for a temp agency from Feb-May at the Starlight Children's Foundation which was great as i got to work on Clipsal 500 Adelaide and met lots of influential adelaide people. Its quite incestuaous in a way, although you can see how it works to your advantage when you 'know' people! My contract ended and i applied for heaps of jobs, getting quite a few interviews and never getting the position due to 'networks'! It was so frustrating, surely they could see from my resume that i had only been here since Oct, why the hell interview me? Anyway, after 2 mths unemployment again, I finally landed another contract position in local gov (v hard to get foot in door) and I am hoping this will lead to a perm job. I had worked in charity in the UK for 10 years (and trust me when I say we are 10 yrs ahead on Aus in the charity stakes!) I wanted to stay in charity but the 'networks' issue was my nemisis, plus it turns out that alot of charity workers here are 'jumping ship' so to speak as its getting too hard. Anyway, i know that a more secure future for us now means me staying in local gov. Its strange, I went to some of the free events last yr, that I am now organising. When i applied for the job, through an agency, it was a split second decision, i just rattled off an email and attached my resume with no real hope...i was really quite depressed at this point and didnt expect anything. Two hours aft email, i got a call from the agency, 2 days later i had an interview with the council and by the arvo, they had offered me the job! Moral - dont give up, never give up, the next opportunity can be jsut around the corner, if you're not in it, you can't win it! So, there we are 10 mths that have flown by. Its strange as we feel like we have hardly been here anytime at all, but its like we've only been here 5 mins at the same time. We have family visits booked in for the next few mths, in laws in sept/oct, my folks in december and jan and my sister in feb! So pleased they all coming, but it doesnt feel like we've really had chance to settle ourselves yet. I yearn and dream about building our own house, i cant wait for that to happen! Still, need a perm contract first..... come on council?!! All in all, I dont really miss the UK in itself i dont think, i miss family and friends. Its hard to make new friends, it feels as if oyu are almost like a limpet if you find anyone you can have a bit of a laugh with/have anything in common..at all... and all feels a bit deliberate...'will you be my friend?' Feel like a kid again, its ridiculous! My hubbie struggles a little more as he is daddy day care for our daughter, with no car, trying to get to playgroups to meet other people! For a while, i wondered why we had come, i didnt think getting a job would be an issue, our parents were sad about not seeing their granddaughter, and we were haemoraging money left, right and centre. But, what i can say is, we go out more here, we make an effort at weekends to go to the beach, events, anywhere my daughter can stroke an animal, wineries, lunch, bbq's...we love that aspect, and I know that once we own our own home, I just cant feel settled completely in a rental, and i know i can get to work in under 20 mins (the benifits of working down south and not in the city anymore, no back to back traffic is simply bliss!), and we know where our daughter will be going to school...etc etc.. then i think it will start to feel like home. Moving your entire life to the other side of the world is exhausting, upsetting parents, especially ageing and ill of health ones is kinda devastating, i cry sometimes when i think of how much my folks are missing out on our gorgeous daughter, but i know they support us and are happy that we made such a brave and exciting decision. I said if we were uphappy we woudl go back with our heads held high, but I really want to feel 'home' here, and I think we are now well on our way! Having a job and finding an area you want to put roots in I think is key! When i see how happy my daughter is and I catch a glimpse of the sparkling sea as I turn down my street, I thank my lucky stars that we got our visas and what an amazing chance we have here! To anyone waiting for their visa, feeling like your life is on hold and the dream feels like it is slipping from your grasp, hold tight, keep trying, believe! love and peace, Leanne x:jiggy:
  2. cutiemcprettybobbi

    child visas

    Hi Wrussell, unsure what you mean by 2nd opinion. I have an agent, used for our visas but is quoting a huge sum just to basically check over the application and send off and if i can save some much needed moving money by doing ourselves if relatively simple then i want to do that. Agents will always say its best to do through them wont they? cheers
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    child visas

    thanks for reply and info Nerek123. My agent is quoting £2400 to sort visa, who did you use? its so tough with a new baby to get everything moving again isnt it? you've done fab to be goin in march, good luck in brizzle! x
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    child visas

    hi all, not been on here in ages, got visa last feb 11 then found out was pregnant, validated in april, and now trying to sort all to get down under for good! so, my agent that i used for visa is asking for £2400 to process child visa. How can i do the application all by myself and how much is it to do this way? Is the medical the full one adults have, ie with x-rays? So looking forward to going but seems so much to do, sell house, get job, blah blah blah thanks in advance x:err:
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    visa grant notice and specific conditions 176

    Gaz n family - i am sorry, the time of posting was obviously unfortunate, plus i was just getting narked with lots of different people seemingly implying that i am of immoral character because i wanted to move to my original desired destination, i certainly did not intend to appear aggressive in any way. Its very hard when you are answering one persons queries, ie 4lan's who advised me to check my DIAC online status, about family bit being 'met' and there was no live to suggest state sponsorship, which i did, posted and then someone else jumps on the bangwagon to say that isnt a sufficient check, and also that my agent of 15 years experience in also incorrect. She has managed to guide me through a long process and i now have a visa so she isnt incompetent! the 'I am right and the experts are wrong' attitude also was rather annoying. I think its also quite hurtful after i have congratulated so many people before me getting their visas, especially when it seemed so unfair that i, and i know many others, were getting 'queue jumped' due to stupid changing goalposts from DIAC, that i have had alot of negative responses to my post. I have copied and pasted my grant info doc below for all the non-believers who have questioned my integrity towards the state sponsorship system, but i dont think anyone would do any different if in the same situation that i have, fortunately, found myself in. I thought it was a 176 family sponsored, and was told it couldnt have been a 175, but checked through all docs and there it is. I couldnt have been happier last week, and now so many people have put a downer on the situation, i'm rather upset by it all. IMPORTANT INFORMATION Notification of grant of a Skilled (Migrant) (class VE) Skilled - Independent (subclass 175) visa All forms are available on the department's website at www.immi.gov.au/allforms. Social security payments Now that your visa has been granted, you need to make adequate financial arrangements to support yourself while looking for work. Help with job seeking, social security payments and other assistance is provided through the government agency called Centrelink. Newly arrived residents can register with Centrelink to get help with looking for work, having overseas skills recognised, and accessing relevant courses. Centrelink also has Tax File Number application forms and can assist you to lodge your application with the Australian Taxation Office, so that access to any payments is not delayed. If you have children, you may be eligible for government-funded Family Assistance payments to help with the cost of raising them. Contact details for Centrelink are listed in the Whitepages telephone directory or through their website at www.centrelink.gov.au. Medical Care The Australian Government provides help with medical expenses through a scheme called Medicare. The government also subsidises the cost of most medicine under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. You may be eligible to join Medicare and gain immediate access to health care services and programs. These include free public hospital care, help with the cost of out-of-hospital care, and subsidised medicines. Medicare has an Information Kit which is translated into a number of different languages. It explains Medicare and other government health services and the eligibility requirements for benefits and payments. Remember to ask for it when you visit your local Medicare office or Migrant Resource Centre. To enrol in Medicare, you should go to a Medicare office with your passport, travel documents and permanent visa. If all registration requirements are met, you will be advised of your Medicare card number and your card will be posted to you soon after. In most cases you will pay for medical care then receive a refund for some of the payment. GSM Adelaide, Level 4 55 Currie St Adelaide SA 5000 GPO Box 1638 Adelaide SA 5001 • Telephone: 1300 364 613 • Facsimile: 61 8 7421 7615 • Website: Department of Immigration & Citizenship If you need to see a doctor urgently, you can register with Medicare and ask for an interim number. Contact details for Medicare are listed in the Whitepages telephone directory or through their website at www.medicareaustralia.gov.au. In addition to Medicare there are also many different private health insurance funds that offer options that cover services not covered by Medicare, for example dental care, optical care and ambulance. Information about private health insurance is available from the Department of Health and Ageing website at www.health.gov.au. Emergency treatment is available on a 24 hour basis at the 'Casualty' or 'Emergency' departments of public hospitals. Working in Australia All holders of a Skilled (Migrant) (class VE) Skilled - Independent (subclass 175) visa have permission to work in Australia. However, the granting of this visa and the acceptance of qualifications for migration purposes does not provide a guarantee of employment in Australia. Employment in some occupations is limited. Registration and licensing requirements for particular occupations vary between states and territories and may be amended from time to time. More information on these requirements is available on our website at www.immi.gov.au. The Australian Government has developed an Australian Skilled Migrant Job Seeker website dedicated to help you find employment in Australia. The site enables you to register your interest in job opportunities available in Australia under the Skilled Migration scheme. By entering details of your occupation, education and qualifications and uploading your resume, you will be matched and notified of appropriate employment opportunities. For further information please visit www.skilledmigrant.gov.au. Tax File Number To receive an income in Australia, you need a Tax File Number (TFN). Income includes wages or salary from a job, payments from the government, and money earned from investments including interest on savings accounts. To apply for a TFN you can either telephone or visit an Australian Taxation Office shopfront who can provide you with an application form. Contact details for the Australian Taxation Office are listed in the Whitepages telephone directory or are available on their website at www.ato.gov.au. Forms are also available from Centrelink shopfronts which are listed in the Whitepages telephone directory. Alternatively, you can apply for a TFN on the Australian Taxation Office website. English language tuition Following arrival in Australia, visa holders who need to develop English language skills and who have paid where applicable; the second Visa Application Charge may be eligible for English language tuition under the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). - 2 - You may phone the department’s enquiry line on 13 18 81 between 9 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday, or visit the AMEP website at www.immi.gov.au/amep for more information about eligibility, registering for English classes and locations of AMEP service providers. You should retain receipts for all payments made in association with your visa application. These receipts may be required as evidence of payment before enrolling in the AMEP. Migrant Resource Centres and Migrant Service Agencies Migrant Resource Centres and Migrant Service Agencies provide information and assistance to help you settle in Australia. They are especially useful if you are from a non-English speaking country. They can provide you with support and help you to access a range of useful services. The local Migrant Resource Centre provides various courses, including conversation classes, to assist new settlers. Free childcare facilities may be provided for parents doing these courses. Your local Migrant Resource Centre may be located through the Whitepages telephone directory. Settling in Australia The ‘Citizenship and Living in Australia’ webpages, found on our website at www.immi.gov.au, provide detailed information about living in Australia. These pages include links to the Beginning a Life in Australia booklets. The booklets provide detailed information about services for migrants and how to access those services. There is a booklet for each state and territory available in English and a number of community languages. The booklets can be downloaded from our website at www.immi.gov.au. Further information about life in Australia such as social security, health care and English language classes can be found in Form 994i Settlement information for migrants to Australia, available on our website at www.immi.gov.au. To ensure that we can continue to improve our services for migrants, it would be appreciated if you could complete and return Form 886 Settlement detail, available on our website at www.immi.gov.au. Travel on your permanent visa Your permanent visa allows you to travel, or remain outside of Australia until 01 February 2016. If you have not become an Australian citizen, you will need another visa after this time to travel and return to Australia. Further information is available on the department’s website at: www.immi.gov.au. Australian citizenship The Australian Government strongly encourages eligible permanent residents to apply for Australian citizenship. Australian citizenship is the final step for many in their migration journey. Becoming an Australian citizen represents your commitment to Australia and its people and values and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship. Australian citizenship enables you to fully participate in the democratic process of government including the ability to vote and stand for parliament. - 3 - Generally, the requirements for Australian citizenship include living in Australia for a specified period of time and being of good character and have passed a citizenship test if aged between 18 and 60 (unless otherwise exempt). A person is usually eligible for Australian citizenship if they have resided lawfully in Australia for four (4) years immediately before applying, including: • at least 12 months as a permanent resident • no absences from Australia of more than 12 months • no absences from Australia of more than 90 calendar days during the 12 months before applying. For more information you may phone the Citizenship Information Line on 13 18 80 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. You may also visit the Citizenship website at www.citizenship.gov.au. Further detailed information about Australia The ‘Life in Australia’ webpage, found on our website at www.immi.gov.au provides detailed information about services for prospective and newly arrived migrants. Beginning a Life in Australia booklets are provided for each state and territory and are available in English and 23 community languages. These booklets may be downloaded from this website.
  6. cutiemcprettybobbi

    visa grant notice and specific conditions 176

    bless ya, and good luck to you in getting your visa x:cute:
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    visa grant notice and specific conditions 176

    i have checked with DIAC and it isn't state sponsored, can nobody read? i completely understand why someone would be miffed if it was and i wasnt going to abide by the conditions of visa, but as there are no conditions, who exactly am i hurting by going to my original desired destination? i havent 'bent any rules' Jeez!
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    visa grant notice and specific conditions 176

    Wow, you are condescending! i am not sure why i bothered to do this, as if i care what you think, but I was incensed by your attitude and conviction that you are right, and the audacity to suggest my registered agent of 15 years is incorrect. Therefore I have checked on diac and evidence to family sponsor is 'met' and there is no line for evidence of state nomination. You are all about 'scoring points' in would seem. why are you so interested? you've also just received your visa, so why are you loitering around a forum arguing your case and convinced that you are right over a qualified agent? you were right about one thing though, i do now have 'peace of mind', so thanks very much for that! Who knows my visa was processed when as you said ' should have been cat 4', i guess it was simply, meant to be! so, why don't you 'Jog on' and concentrate on your own big move and stop trying to ruin other people's joy!
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    visa grant notice and specific conditions 176

    'With all due respect'??? have you not read my previous posts? i havent been granted a state sponsorship visa, my original family sponsored visa has been granted. and, if you read VickyMel's post, within the grant important info document, it states your obligation to sponsoring state, should that apply. It doesnt apply to me. yes, i agreed to live and work in ACT should that have been the visa i received, but once again, my visa that has been granted is NOT state sponsored! I have an agent and they have confirmed this. i didnt just guess! and please, dont take the moral highground, I have worked my ass off to get my visa, and all the ridiculous changes that have taken place since we lodged have meant my life, as well as others, has been on hold. I have paid for my visa in both time and money, and i am just fine with my 'ethical integrity' thank-you very much.
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    visa grant notice and specific conditions 176

    i was orginally 175, had enough points for gsm, then we went family sponsored so yes, 176, then ss from act in march 10' as back of a huge queue as happy to go to Canberra rather than remain in UK. i paid the additional for ss. However, grant letter states 176 skilled sponsored with no mention of obligation to state, my original visa was granted, i dont know why, but it was, and i am thrilled because we had always wanted to go to SA, so that's where we will be going now. :wubclub:
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    visa grant notice and specific conditions 176

    Hi, sorry is this message aimed at me or PissLUR?? coz i got my original visa granted, so i'm not abusing anything or anyone, and i applied in 2008 so i deserve the visa i now have!
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    visa grant notice and specific conditions 176

    hey VickyMel, god, you're a speedy replier! I had sent a message to agent but really didnt think she would still be in the office at this time. We have been granted original visa, and can therefore go wherever we like, which is so so amazing, i didnt think i could be happier than i was yesterday, and although i was happy to go to Canberra and abide by the rules, i can now go to Adelaide where we initially wanted and live by the sea!!!! i am quite literally, shaking and grinning like an eejit right now!!!!! have you booked flights yet? xx:wink::biggrin:
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    visa grant notice and specific conditions 176

    hi, can anyone help decipher this? Visa granted 9th feb, very happy, whoop whoop. Was so excited yesterday i could barely read the grant notice letter, but just been through all again, Grant Notice document has a bit about Visa Conditions, and it says 'no conditions', for 176 VE skilled sponsored, doesnt mention state. the i have a grant notification document, same visa 176. but the third doc - visa grant important info, says 175 visa. There is no mention on any documents about ss and being obliged to live in sponsoring state. What is going on?? have i had my original visa granted?? any knowledge appreciated, ta muchly x:err:
  14. cutiemcprettybobbi

    Category 2's - Where are you now?

    Connie, turn me purple!!!!!!!!!!!!! visa granted 9th FEb!!!!!!! sooooooooooooooooooooooo happy, crying lie a fool could barely read grant letter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yey yey yey!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Omg!!!!!!!!! Visa granted!!!

    good point, changed, happy happy happy all the way!!!:wink:
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