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  1. bellaboshade

    190 visa application lodged 48 days ago and no sign of CO

    CO tells me that all Medicals were returned and all were 'satisfactory' - Medicals done 9 weeks ago, police checks all done and have provided everything they have asked for, including bank statements and p60's going back 10 years - all information uploaded over 10 weeks ago and all I have been told is the application is still going through routine processing
  2. bellaboshade

    Medicals refered for more than 30 days ets connect

    Our Medicals were done 8 weeks ago in Brisbane and we have not heard anything (all of the paperwork, including extras requested were submitted prior to this). I have emailed the case officer to find out if they were referred but no reply so emailed the medical centre who have let me know that all Medicals were fine - getting very frustrated
  3. bellaboshade

    190 visa application lodged 48 days ago and no sign of CO

    My C.O was allocated 10 days after I applied in May for a 190 - they requested further documents which I submitted by the end of May and medicals done on 7the June - since then nothing - frustrated at the wait
  4. bellaboshade

    May 190 Visa Lodge Gang

    I uploaded all of my documents mid May, adding extras requested by the C.O at the end of May - medicals completed on 7th June and now nothing - no notification that the medicals have been referred or what the delay is - tried to email and got a reply stating my application was being regularly monitored - any ideas anyone?
  5. bellaboshade

    Moving to Hervey Bay -Advice Please...

    Hi John, my family and I have lived in the Bay for the last 18 months. we originally lived in Eli Waters but I'm allergic to sand fly so it wasn't for us - nice area though and I have a friend living there who has no problems. Dundowran beach is lovely - it's out of town though and some parts of it struggle for Internet so I've been told. Torquay and Wondunna are both nice. You should spend some time having a drive around (the bus service isn't great) to see what you like and how close to things you want to be - as with everywhere there are nice bits and not so nice bits but they tend to be pretty obvious - hope I haven't put you off Tracy
  6. bellaboshade

    May 190 Visa Lodge Gang

    Am finding the waiting game so frustrating, and it hasn't even been that long - submitted our application on 13th May, CO allocated within 10 days. Was asked to submit further details for the points claimed, including bank statements and P60's going back 10 years - took a couple of weeks to get them as we are already in Australia on a work visa but managed. Then was asked for a written statement from my ex husband, plus a certified copy of his passport, to agree that my daughter could be included in the application (I have a court order for Leave to Remove and a Residency Order but they wanted his consent again) - got that as well. Medicals on 7th June and then heard nothing - kept checking on line and medicals plus extra documents kept saying requested. After 2 weeks emailed the CO to ask if they had received everything and, after a few days, reply came saying they had everything, that the medicals were on file for further review (not sure if this means they are referred or just haven't been looked at yet) and that although they were reviewing things regularly we need to appreciate that everyone is assessed on their own merits - as I said, frustrating
  7. bellaboshade

    Hervey Bay

    Hi Suesk, Regarding entertainment it all depends what you are looking for - at different times during the year there are festivals in or around the Bay but they aren't weekly. There are a couple of places that do a veriety of water sports, mostly at the weekends, numerous kids parks, loads of beaches and a number of cafes and restaurants. There are also small markets at the weekend in different areas so you can find one either every Sat or Sun in different locations. For schools my daughter goes to Fraser Coast Anglican College which had a good reputation and my son is starting Kindy there later in the year, at the minute he goes to day care at Star of the Sea which is a Catholic day care although you don't have to be catholic to attend as far as I am aware ( at least I'm not). I've only been to Toogoom once and think it took no more than 20 minutes or so to reach the bay, it was a Sunday so not sure if it would take longer in the week but not much I wouldn't have thought. Urangan is the other end of the bay, about 15 mins away. As for the employment, sorry I can't be much help ther as my husband and I are both in the medical side so not sure about metal machinists. Hope this is some help. Good luck Tracy
  8. bellaboshade

    Hervey Bay

    Hi Emma, Regarding the accommodation - you shouldn't have too much trouble as its winter here around the time you are looking to come over and although there are some school holidays they are in early July so places shouldn't be booked solid as they are at Christmas which is summer ( still haven't got my head around it). I have met Denise who runs The Bay a couple of times as my friend Angela stayed there with her family for several months whilst looking for a house and they are now great friends. I will have a wird with Angela about you coming over and ask her if she can drop you a reply on this site. I know she has had a bereavement yesterday and is also due to go on holiday this weekend but sure she will be in touch when she can. If you like send me a personal message with your email address and I can let her know. You could also drop Denise a line to let her know the situation and ask if you could book provisionally and let her know the dates as soon as you book your flights. If all else fails let me know and I will try and send details of other places you moght like to try. Good luck with the Visa and catch up soon Tracy
  9. bellaboshade

    Hervey Bay

    Hi Emma, Congratulations - you must all be really excited about the job and moving - it's a big haul but so worth it we think. As you have a sponsor the process doesn't take all that long - I think for us it was about 5-6 months once we applied for the Visa. Have you applied to Aphra yet for your nurse registration - mine didn't take very long, only a couple of months, but I know people who have waited a lot longer and haven't been able to start their jobs on time as the NMC didn't confirm their registration etc so if you haven't do it I would look into it sooner rather than later. With regard to accommodation we stayed at Quaterdecks Harbour Retreat in Urangan for about 8 weeks when we arrived. It gave us time to get to know the area and look around at the houses available. Most agents ask for copies of your first 2 pay slips as well so it gave us time to get those. They also asked for our most recent council tax bill as we obviously hadn't rented here before so bring a copy with you if you can. You also need two people to put down as references - as my husband was working he put down two people from here as chasing people from the UK can be a bit much for the estate agents (some aren't very friendly and will do a lot to avoid work). One of the girls knows the owner of The Bay Apartments and stayed there for several months whilst looking for somewhere to live - it looks lovely, good facilities and is right in the middle of 'town' on the sea front whereas Quaterdecks is right at the end and you really need a car to get around. At the minute we are living in Eli Waters which is the opposite end of the Bay - beautiful house, pool, quiet area but SANDFLY (they love me), Torquay and Urraween are nice areas - there's a lot of competition for the good properties so you are probably going to have to be here if you want to stand a chance. Avoid the Augustus Estate at all costs - from what I've heard it's rather rough. Also with regard to furniture - we brought most of ours with us except for the white goods - glad we did as nice furniture here is hard to find and pretty expensive - also as the houses are in the majority quite big you need a bit to fill them out. At the minute my 13 year old goes to Fraser Coast Anglican college which was recommended as being the best school here and my son goes to day care at Star of the Sea catholic School - he is starting at Fraser coast Koala Kindy in August when he is 3. Anyway, good luck and let us know how you get on. Email back if you need anything else Tracy
  10. bellaboshade

    Moving to Hervey Bay

    Or you could come and be eaten by midgees here
  11. bellaboshade

    Moving to Hervey Bay

    Hi Rob, Don't really know Kawungan that well, have been told there are some parts of it that are a bit rough but don't really know with any certainty. Urraween is a nice area at the top paet, around Christensen street etc rather than e other side of Urraween road. We stayed in Urangan for 8 weeks and I liked it but others had problems with midgees. We now live in Eli Waters and although the house is beautiful I wouldn't recommend it as there are mangroves and loads of midgees who enjoy me on a daily basis but unfortunatel we have signed up for a year so are stuck unless we break lease. I have a friend who lives in Point Vernon and that's lovely, another lives in Torquay which is also nice. Avoid the Augustus Estate off Burrum Heads Road as I have heard from a number of people that there's a lot of trouble there. Dundowran beach is also beautiful but quite far out. Good houses are never on the listings very long so avoid anything that seems to have sat for more than a few weeks. Good luck, let us know how you get on. Tracy
  12. bellaboshade

    Hervey Bay

    Hi Emma and Gary, We have now been in e Bay for tgree months and are loving it so far. We hqve two kids, aged two and thirteen and as Claire says the beaches are very safe, the water lovely and warm and the sand hot enough to thaw out your bones after the UK. I am finding out about toddler groups, and our little one goes to a kids gym, swimming lessons and a play group - he also has a nursery place ( child care centre as its known here) and a kindy place in August for two or three days a week. Hope your move goes well and let us know if you need anything Tracy
  13. bellaboshade

    Moving to Hervey Bay

    Hi bear, Meeting up next weekend would be great, just let us know time/place and we will find you Somewhere child friendly or outdoors for our toddler would be great Looking forward to meeting you Tracy
  14. bellaboshade

    Moving to Hervey Bay

    Dear all, Well we have finally arrived in the bay after a long flight and a bit of jet lag. Trying to find our feet and explore the area although our two year old is still a bit grumpy (at least our daughter is slightly less so - she is 13 next week). Would be great to meet up and find out more about the area if anyone can. Best wishes
  15. bellaboshade

    Moving to Hervey Bay

    Hi Rackcatt & Tez, thanks for the reply - we are coming over as my husband has a job there, working in hospitals between Bundaberg and the Bay - chose the bay for the beach and because we all liked the look of the area. Must admit I am really looking forward to it ( the last few weeks have been a nightmare packing furniture and sorting out our house and bank accounts but it will all be worth it) It would be lovely to meet up and find out about the area, things to do with the kids, places to see etc. Will be there end of next week so times after that would be great (also advice on where to go christmas shopping for a teenager and toddler greatly appreciated) Looking forward to meeting you Tracy
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