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  1. Marisawright

    Can I work in both UK and Aus with 189 visa?

    Sounds good. I would urge you to get things moving asap, because being a social worker right now, you have an advantage, and it would be a shame to lose that. Currently, visa processing is almost at a standstill EXCEPT for occupations that are on the Priority list for Covid - and Social Worker is one of those occupations. It means that in the current emergency, your application will be processed much faster and you may need fewer points to get a place. Applying now doesn't mean you have to move now. Once you get your visa, you just need to fly over to Australia for a short visit to activate it, and then it's valid for almost 5 years. So you can take your time to plan for and make your move.
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    Can I work in both UK and Aus with 189 visa?

    There are lots of good tax people who know the British system and lots who know the Australian one, but very few who work across both systems. Alan is one of those few, which is why his name crops up so often. He's also a migration agent so you could consider using him to get your visa application done. I don't know if he offers discounts for bulk!
  3. It would be great to be so easily entertained, but some of us are more demanding. Personally, I want a wide choice of all of the following: adult classes in arts, crafts and dance; social dancing; plays, concerts, musicals, festivals, galleries, clubs, open-air events, shopping, etc. These all have to be real-world things, online isn't good enough. All those things exist in Perth or Surfers but with a narrower choice - not wide enough for me, because I need change and variety in my activities. I'd be happy there at first, but once I'd tried everything (which might take a few years, admittedly), I wouldn't know what to do with myself. I think you are more the type of person who develops a routine and then is happy with it, and there's nothing wrong with that, just like there's nothing wrong with my preferences. We're all different and that's good.
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    Motor Mechanics Needed

    Like I said, I never doubted YOU were genuine. My only concern was whether you were being well advised. You have put my mind at rest, always assuming those Sri Lankan mechanics weren't for a business that met the criteria for a Critical Industry. By the way, the addition of Social Worker was as part of the Covid response, so it's not really a sign of any softening of attitude by the govt.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    It's the same everywhere in the world, though. Each type of football has a "proper" name - soccer, rugby, rugby league, Aussie rules, whatever - but in every country, the most popular type of football is called "football" and the rest (if they exist at all) get their proper name.
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    Motor Mechanics Needed

    Not at all. I am sure you are absolutely genuine. I am just concerned that the agent is conning you - after all, they get their money whether or not you're successful. There are some very professional-looking national and international firms which are total conmen. I would take Raul's advice before I'd take the advice of an unnamed firm.
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    Can I work in both UK and Aus with 189 visa?

    Just curious, why are you thinking of coming for a few years only?
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    Can I work in both UK and Aus with 189 visa?

    Working in two countries Once you have your 189 skilled visa, there is no obligation to work as a social worker or even to work at all. So there is nothing to stop you working in both countries if you wish. It will be a bit of a tax headache but that is easily solved by using a tax agent to do your taxes. It doesn't cost a fortune. Just make sure you use someone like Alan who knows the tax rules for both countries. They can overlap and someone who only knows the British system or only knows the Aussie one, can make mistakes through ignorance than could cost you dear! You do pay tax in both countries, BUT you don't end up paying double tax, because there is a double taxation agreement and they offset each other. Passports The 189 gives you the right to live in Australia, not citizenship - so no Aussie passport unless you decide you want to be a citizen (which you can't do until you've been a resident for four+ years). Even then, you don't need to hand in your UK passport. Many of us hold both passports. Just be aware that on a 189, your right to live in Australia isn't permanent (which is why getting citizenship is a good idea if you want to stay long-term). I won't go into it now, but make sure you look into the ins and outs once you've got the visa. Owning property in the UK and living in Australia Lots of people do it. Again, it's a tax headache if you try to DIY, but you get the same tax agent to look after the tax returns for you - then it's a dawdle! If you're planning to return to the property eventually, then it's probably the best option for you. You'll hear horror stories about bad tenants, and anyone can be unlucky - but it depends on the property and who looks after it. Take a look around the suburb and see how other rental properties in the area are looked after - that will give you some idea of the kind of tenant you're likely to get. Prepare the property as if you were going to live in it, that way you'll attract a top-drawer tenant. Do thorough research into local letting agents before choosing the one you want to manage it.
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    While on a WHV - applying for another VISA

    The only other temporary visa is a 482 employer-sponsored, and obviously they would expect you to work full-time. Anyway, there's a glut of accountants in Australia now, so the chances of an employer getting permission to sponsor are slim (unless you are at a senior level). The sad thing is that the glut is caused by a flood of Chinese and Indian accountancy graduates. Not doubting their accountancy skills, but their spoken English abilities are often lacking and many Australian companies would be eager to employ a fluent English speaker! Unfortunately, as the Chinese and Indian candidates are able to pass written English tests, an employer would never be able to prove they can't find a suitable local candidate (which is a requirement for sponsorship). If you want to migrate permanently, then you need to go for a skilled visa. The bad news is that the application process is competitive and points-based. There is a quota every year. Once the quota is filled, everyone else just loses their money. There are so many accountants applying that you'll need to score 100 points to stand a chance of success. https://iscah.com/wp_files/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/July2020predictions.png Once you have your skilled visa, there is no obligation to work as an accountant or even to work at all.
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    How should I start? :0

    Last week, the Health Minister confirmed that Australia's borders will remain closed till near the end of 2021, so it's unlikely you'll make it this year. Once the borders are open, your best bet would be to apply for Working Holiday Visas (WHV), which are cheap and quick to obtain. They will let you work in Australia for a year (two years, if you're willing to do some regional work). Although there's a perception that the WHV is for people to come and travel around Australia and do bar work, there are lots of WHV'ers who stay in a city and work full-time in their usual profession. It's a good way to make contacts in your industry and you might even find an employer to sponsor you to stay on. If you don't want to do the WHV and prefer to wait until you can migrate permanently, then you're going to need a skilled visa (your parents can't help you, I'm afraid). If you go that route, then you're probably looking at 2023 before you can hope to get here. First, you need to work out whether you're even eligible. That means you have the qualifications AND the experience AND can score enough points (at least 95 to stand a chance). Then you need to apply. Then you wait to see if you're invited (it's a competitive process and only the top scorers get picked, the rest just lose their money). Once you're invited, you wait again for the visa to be processed. The whole thing usually takes about a year. However, due to Covid, there's a backlog of applications from 2020 that haven't been processed yet, so I dread to think how long it will take for new applications to get considered. As Southlander says, these days the whole thing is so complex, you really need to book a consultation with an agent so you can fully understand your options and formulate a strategy. That's especially important if you have a partner, as you want to be sure you can include her on your visa (other than the WHV, which she would get in her own right).
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    Purchasing a Car

    You can use an Airbnb address for everything, but check whether anything will be posted to you - you may not have access to the letterbox.
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    Motor Mechanics Needed

    No, it's not a moving feast. It hasn't moved since last March and there's no sign of the government changing its rigid stance anytime soon - that's what everyone is complaining about. If your agent is getting mechanics approved then that's great news though I'm very surprised. I assume your agent is reputable and MARA registered.
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    Motor Mechanics Needed

    Paul was pointing out that sponsorship is available only for people on the PMSOL, or who have critical skills/working in a critical sector. So currently, you wouldn't be able to sponsor anyone. Not trying to discourage you, just wanting to make sure applicants don't get their hopes up for nothing. Just a few days ago, the government said international borders won't open till near the end of the year, and there 's a huge backlog of skilled visa applicants (hardly anyone who applied in 2020 has had their visas looked at yet), so it's likely you're going to need some patience.
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    Even if they did change, I’d stick with the leaving permanently because compassionate exemptions are less certain
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    Motor Mechanics Needed

    I thought only priority occupations were getting exemptions but I’m no expert. Perhaps some of our experts like @paulhand will comment
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    Motor Mechanics Needed

    Where’s the exemption that applies to motor mechanics?
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    Motor Mechanics Needed

    Seems odd when there are so many existing skilled visa holders unable to gain entry currently
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    Motor Mechanics Needed

    But how are you going to get people into the country?
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    @helppls, if you are genuinely moving permanently and attach all the required evidence (proof you have booked your shipping, proof you have given notice to your landlord/put your house on the market, etc), then you will have no difficulty getting approved. Make sure you apply under the correct category and attach all the necessary paperwork. People who are moving permanently always get approved. They don't care if people leave. They are only worried about you wanting to come back, because then you might bring covid with you.
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    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    The opportunity to return has never passed if you really want to go.
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    Unresponsive migration agent/timeline

    I don't know what a reasonable timeframe is. However, considering the complexity of the preparation the employer has to do, it doesn't sound unreasonable to me.
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    Bridging visa confusion

    It sounds to me as though something is seriously wrong because it would never take so long to get a second WHV
  23. It's up to you, but if your rent from Surry Hills can pay for your rent in Surfers, then I say, why put yourself through the stress of selling? At your age, your super should be "easily accessible". It would be worth contacting Aussie Super to see how much notice you'd need to give them, if you wanted to make a small withdrawal. That way you'll know for sure.
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    Migration agent recommendations

    Doesn't matter.