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  1. Marisawright

    Applying for more than one visa?

    I think it depends why the first visa is declined. Honestly, the best approach is to book a consultation with a migration agent and get them to help you work out a strategy. Be aware, though, that the government has drastically cut migration this year and there are big changes coming. Whatever those changes are, you can bet they will make migration more difficult, not easier. You may end up planning to study for an occupation that's currently on the list, only to find it gets cut next year. For that reason, if your strategy involves retraining, make sure it's in an occupation you'll want to follow even if your Australian dream doesn't materialise.
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    HR Manager/Advisor - vetassess/AIM

    Paul is a migration agent and he is surprised you're having trouble booking a consultation because the agents he knows, and he himself, are not excessively busy. I suggest giving him a call.
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    Student visa

    If you hold a PR visa or you're a citizen, then your fees are subsidised, and citizens can access loans. If you are from overseas, you don't have access to any of that. On top of that, you are only allowed to work 20 hours a week - and many students can't get anywhere near those hours, because it's hard to find work that fits around lectures. So it's unrealistic to expect to earn a living wage while you study. For that reason, most people on student visas either have rich parents, or substantial savings, or they're living form hand to mouth in cramped share houses. If you need to improve your qualifications to get a visa, it will be much more practical and far less expensive to do the course in your home country. At the moment, it will also be quicker - because it's unlikely you'd be able to even start a course in Australia till 2022.
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    Residents return and child visa (101)

    You're not in the same situation, because you applied for your RRS before it expired and you met all the residency requirements. Whereas they have to get their RRV sorted first.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    I wonder if it''ll come back for women, too? It used to suit me. I don't suit long hair round my face, but a short-all-over cut can look too harsh. The mullet worked pretty well (though maybe not at my current age...)
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    Sponsorship requirements if both partners living in UK long term

    Yes you are mistaken. You’ll have to provide extensive proof that your relationship is genuine including shared finances, but you don’t need to prove his capacity to support you
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    Real estate agent for Caloundra, Mooloolaba

    They will put you on their mailing list but I know how those lists work. They’re all fully automated. The agent isn’t actively looking for properties to suit you. It’s certainly worth contacting agents to get on their mailing lists, but it’s not worth looking for one recommended agent
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    Real estate agent for Caloundra, Mooloolaba

    It's rare these days to find a real estate agent who's willing to take a buyer under their wing and find properties for you (unless you hire them as a buyer's agent). These days you're on your own - keep an eye on domain.com.au and realestate.com.au. It's just possible Caloundra is small enough to still have some of those old-fashioned agents. Just remember it's the seller who is paying their fees.
  9. Well, he has said he and his wife are no longer a couple. He's only living in the family home for the sake of the kids. He has also said he would've gone home long ago but he can't bear to leave the children. That's his dilemma.
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    Air Freight for small amount of stuff?

    There's no really cheap way of sending air freight. Essentially, what you're talking about is excess baggage. There are several companies which handle it.
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    Pension remittance from UK

    Both Moneycorp and Transferwise always beat the banks. However the rates do vary all the time - one month Moneycorp will be cheaper and the next month it may be Transferwise or some other company. The best strategy is to keep accounts with both, and check the rates when you're ready to do each transfer.
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    HR Manager/Advisor - vetassess/AIM

    If a body takes experience as a substitute for a degree, then that experience is deducted. So in your wife's case, if she uses the 5 years as a degree substitute, she has zero experience left over. Most occupations need both the qualification and experience. Also, the more important thing is to check what the visa requires. If the visa says you need a degree, then it doesn't matter whether VETASSESS accepts experience as an equivalent - Immigration takes a different view.
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    309/100 application

    I'm not sure of the current timescale. The published timescale includes all countries (and most other countries take longer than the UK) so it's misleading. When you say, "family unit" do you mean who can be included on the visa? Only the partner and their children. Parents are not included. It is difficult and expensive to get a visa for parents. The processing time for the most expensive parent visa, if you apply today, is about 10 years, and that is going to get worse. The Australian government has calculated that elderly parents cost the taxpayer millions of dolllars in healthcare and aged care, so they grant only a few thousand parent visas each year, in spite of the thousands on the waiting list. If it's important to you to have your parents close by, then I suggest doing your research on parents' visas so you can get a realistic idea of whether it's even possible.
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    Pension remittance from UK

    You could do exactly the same thing with Moneycorp. They still transfer money, exactly the same as Transferwise
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    Partner visa(820) with a partner with disabilities

    You didn't mention you were married, that does make a difference. However the onus is still on you to provide evidence of a genuinely shared life, so I suggest you get on with uploading things like bank statements asap.
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    Pension remittance from UK

    It must be a very recent decision as they still mention recurring payments on their website. Maybe @Susan from Moneycorp can shed some light. They do still transfer money, all you need to do is book the transfer yourself each month. That's what Ramot and MaryRose do. Not as convenient but if you have an online account with them, it's very simple and would take you less than half an hour. I'm not aware of any other money transfer company that does recurring payments but maybe someone else will know someone. Otherwise, like I said, if you want automatic payments then you can just tell the Pension Centre to pay the money straight into your Australian bank account.
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    Partner visa(820) with a partner with disabilities

    Oh dear, it sounds like you wasted your application fee. You must meet the definition of "de facto" BEFORE you submit your application. When they are ready to process your application, they will look at the date you submitted it, and they will expect to see solid proof you were in a de facto relationship for one full year before that date. They'll check your evidence for the time after that, but only to be sure you are still together. It's the year before your application date that really counts. Unfortunately, there are some unprofessional agents out there, and I think yours was one.
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    Partner visa(820) with a partner with disabilities

    I wonder if you're misunderstanding or misheard what the agent said. The department is looking for evidence of SHARED finances, not SAFE finances. They want to see that you are both contributing financially to your shared life together, rather than running your finances separately like single people. In your case, the fact that your partner is willing to support you, or that you paid for other expenses on his behalf in the past, is all good evidence that you are willing to support each other. Such evidence is a very important part of proving that you are a genuine couple, and not just two people living together for convenience.
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    Pension remittance from UK

    I'm not quite clear which service you mean. Do you mean they no longer do recurring payments? I simply instructed HMRC to pay my UK pension directly into my Australian bank account. I may not be getting the best exchange rate that way but it's completely painless.
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    Got my RPL, my employer wants to sponsor me

    The first thing is that it's your employer who has to do most of the work to apply for the 482, not you. They will need an agent because it's too complex to do on their own. That agent can advise you, or you can get your own agent. Never use a lawyer for a visa application. They are useful if you need to go to court, but they are too expensive for a visa application. Use a MARA registered migration agent.
  21. There is a thread here that might give you some information https://www.pomsinoz.com/topic/203607-visa-461-very-long-wait
  22. @Laura421, I see no one replied to your post. Paul did explain it above. You must apply for the 461 before the 457 ends. Then you must stay on the 457 until its official end date, and then the bridging visa will kick in. However, if the 457 gets cancelled or terminated early, then the bridging visa will be cancelled as well, and you'll have no visa.
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    Aeronautical Engineer Help

    @Aimee25, I'm assuming you are planning to apply for a permanent visa. If you want to work in a government job or in any job that pertains to national security or defence, then yes, you need to be a citizen. If that is a requirement of the job, it will be stated on the job advertisement. I guess your approach should be to check what kind of organisations could potentially employ your husband, and check what their requirements are. In the old days, you could gamble on finding enough make-do work for 2 years until you could become a citizen. Nowadays it takes almost 6 years to become a citizen - 4 years till you qualify and 1-2 years to apply and get approved.
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    173. Extension of date of entry expiry date

    The 173 is a temporary visa
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    Introduction of Covid PCR Tests

    What do you need to ask the ATO about? Surely you need to check your superannuation fund. I didn't know you were still working?