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  1. Marisawright

    Overstaying in Australia

    A professional agent is entitled to get paid for their advice. That's how they make their living.
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    189 Visa with delayed move

    It's probably misleading to think of it as a skills shortages list. Australia used to be a new country crying out for workers, but not any more. Now it's the same as any other developed country, training most of the workers it needs. Australia needs migrants to keep population numbers up (due to a declining birth rate), but the unemployment rate is similar to the UK, so they need to be careful who they accept. The skills on the list are the ones where applicants can be reasonably assured of not ending up on the dole. That's all.
  3. You'll miss both in Australia, big time! Don't get me wrong, there is some great produce here, but Australian supermarkets are not good at value-adding. You'll need to make your own pies and sausages and paellas and beef bourguignon from scratch, because there's not a big range available in the supermarkets. I still miss the meal deals in M&S! During the Covid lockdowns, some cafés and restaurants have been surviving by selling ready meals (i.e. cold meals you take home and heat up) as well as straightforward take-away, so it will be interesting to see if that continues,
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    Subclass 300 Visa advice please.

    The only way to know if you can get an exemption is to apply for one. It costs nothing to apply. It doesn't expire. So you can apply for an exemption, wait and see if you get one, then try to see if you can get a flight. Flights are taking off and landing every day. They do contain mainly business and first class passengers, though, so don't bother buying an economy ticket.
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    Childecare leader assessment

    Experience before your qualification may be counted in the skills assessment. However, it does not count towards the requirements for the visa.
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    491 English Requirement?

    That’s far from certain
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    189 Visa with delayed move

    Raul is a highly experienced agent so you can trust what he says. I wish Immigration would update its information, because the 65-point threshold is grossly misleading. It's been many years since anyone got invited with less than 75 points, and in recent times, no one has got invited with less than 90. Here's a table from 2019: https://www.iscah.com/will-get-189-invite-updated-predictions/ ....and it's got worse since then. Unfortunately, as you get older, you lose points, and there's nothing you can do about that. Your only hope, as Paul says, is that they seem to be giving priority to medical-related staff, so your wife might stand a chance - but I suspect you'd have to go for an employer-sponsored or provisional visa and that would mean moving now not later, so you stand a chance of transitioning to PR in due course. I think you may have missed the boat unfortunately.
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    491 English Requirement?

    Who is the agent? Are they MARA registered? Paul is a highly experienced agent. If he says it won't work, it won't work, so I would be suspicious of your agent, There's a lot of shonky ones out there.
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    189 Visa with delayed move

    No it isn't, smoke and mirrors I'm afraid. There is no way Australia would accept totally free movement, because that would allow thousands of parents and retirees to flood into Australia, and the government has done the numbers - being entitled to Medicare and benefits, they would cost the Australian taxpayer many times more than the money they bring in. Even Tony Abbott has been careful to qualify it, talking about free movement "for work". So there will be conditions and it might work for you - but then again, it might just be for temporary transfers of staff working for UK companies.
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    Just begining

    What Tulip said. You need to look at that skilled list. ONLY people with an occupation on that list can migrate. It's a short list. Even if your job is on the list, that doesn't mean you will make it. It's a competitive process, like applying for a job - thousands apply but only a few are chosen. You don't get a refund of the fees if you don't get chosen. If you don't stand a good chance of being chosen, it's a lot of money to throw away. So the best plan is to have a consultation with a good migration agent, who can give you a fairly accurate idea of what your chances are. Try Suncoast Migration or Pinoy Australia or Go Matilda.
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    Modular Homes

    They're not necessarily cheaper. The big advantage is speed: the house is constructed off-site so it's not at the mercy of weather or site conditions. It's a lot less fuss and more certainty than a traditional build.
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    What Book are you reading??

    I avoided the books for ages because I saw a bit of Wire in the Blood and it seemed too gory. Then a friend gave me one and it was excellent. Gruesome murders but also good characterisation and plot
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    What Book are you reading??

    Yes, I’ve read two, both excellent. If you like him you might like Garry Disher, thrillers set in Melbourne mostly. Have you read Val McDermid?
  14. Me too. I can say, "I prefer the Aussie lifestyle" but the truth is, I'm not a beach or sporty person, so most of the Aussie lifestyle passes me by. I just feel more at home here. I had always felt a bit of a square peg in a round hole in the UK, and arriving in Sydney, I suddenly felt as if I slotted into the right place at last. That came as a total surprise to me and I still can't explain it. Moving back to the UK in 2015 just confirmed it - I had that square peg/round hole feeling all over again.
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    What Book are you reading??

    In that case, my choice was a bit lame too. Jodie Picoult's books are just chick lit, even though she usually picks a social issue to include. They're all the same - a woman with a child, something happens which leads to a long court case - which the woman wins, of course - and she'll have a romance along the way.
  16. No help to you of course, but I would always advise against moving to another country temporarily, unless you have a visa which is temporary (which means there's a definite end to the stay). There's too much risk there's a hidden agenda there. I've seen it too often: one partner wants to move to Australia, the other isn't keen. So the keen partner persuades the other to move "just for x years". They're lying: the truth is, they're thinking, "you're just scared, once you get to Australia you're guaranteed to love it, it's such a fantastic place, and then you'll want to stay forever." They're so sure Australia is fabulous, it doesn't enter their heads you won't like it - so they don't think they're being mean. They've convinced themselves it's for your own good.
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    What Book are you reading??

    The two I read were Vanishing Acts and Keeping Faith. Both started really well with a great idea, but for me, they just got worse and worse the further I read. I couldn't finish Keeping Faith!
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    143 visa type - processing timeline

    But normal is still extremely slow
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    What Book are you reading??

    I’ve read two of hers, both rubbish
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    Sudden pull to move back to UK after 8 years in Aus

    I think he was speaking in general - though personally, I would avoid a suburb that hadn't been developed yet, as they normally lack infrastructure and are soulless. However, I do understand that sometimes, it's the only affordable option at the time.
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    Sudden pull to move back to UK after 8 years in Aus

    You are right, most of the immigrants living here are happy - that's only logical. Most of the unhappy ones go home pretty quickly, so you're not going to meet them! It's only the ones who can't afford the move, or those who are stuck due to family, who would hang around for long. However I suspect you've met a few that you didn't know were unhappy. Just look at the number of people you've met on these forums, quietly putting on a brave face because their partner won't leave Australia. Unless you know that person well, you'd have no idea if they're unhappy or not. For instance, I wonder if you met @Quoll at a social occasion (as a stranger), would she let you know her true feelings about Australia? I suspect she'd need to know you fairly well before she'd open up about it.
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    What Book are you reading??

    Because he's a man!
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    Info on points system and selection

    Ah, but you were unsure together. That's different. I've been on these forums for a long time and have seen so many people - men and women - arrive on these forums because their partner had a dream to move to Australia and they didn't. After years of listening to their partner rhapsodize about Australia, they agree to move, because they know it will make them happy. It seems like a small sacrifice - after all, Australia is such a lovely place. Then they arrive and they're terribly homesick. They realise that their friendships and family are far more important than nice weather, or they discover they have a visceral attachment to their homeland. But their partner, who loves Australia, thinks it's all fabulous and simply can't understand what their problem is. "You're just not trying". "How can you not love this place?" "Look how much better off we are". Eventually, the unhappy partner is faced with a choice between a country or their marriage, and surprisingly often, the country wins.
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    Where to begin? Time to return home

    Hang in there, it will be worth it.
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    Info on points system and selection

    I'd say, do not even consider migrating if your partner is not 100% as keen as you are. A reluctant partner is a recipe for failure (or a broken marriage!). When you get the visa, there will be a date by which you must all activate your visas (i.e. enter Australia). If any of you is not ready to make the permanent move, that can just be a quick visit. After you've done that, you'll each have about 5 years to make the permanent move (you'll be told the deadline). If one of you doesn't make the permanent move within the 5 years, their PR lapses. However even then, if they have strong ties to Australia (like having close family resident here), they can apply for a RRV (resident return visa) which will give them another year to make the move.