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  1. katie3736

    Girlie friends on the Gold Coast :)

    Hi both! Sorry i didn't realise until now you were meeting up today, hope it went well? I've just moved into an apartment this weekend so its been pretty hectic! I'll pm you both my no and if you meet up again I'd love to join if ok? Speak soon, Kate x
  2. katie3736

    Girlie friends on the Gold Coast :)

    Hi Brooke, Kelly Sorry for the slow reply, I haven't been receiving the notifications! Anyway I'm here in Burleigh yes! Just got through my first week at work! I would love to meet up - my partners not here until the 10th though, so if you're doing a girls meet up anytime let me know, otherwise it'd be good to meet up with you all once he's here too? Kate x
  3. katie3736

    Girlie friends on the Gold Coast :)

    Hi Brooke! They sound great jobs! Im in project management, and my partner is a landscaper. We've had good news today... my visa got approved! I'm so happy! :-) and yes its a 457. My partner is coming on a working holiday visa though to begin with, but hopefully we can get him some more permanent arrangments too before that expires! I've heard great things about Burleigh, it's so excitng! Will definitely be in touch once I'm settled to meet up - I'm hopefully heading out next week, and my partner earlier September (as he has to finish his job here first) - will keep you posted! X
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    457 Visa Timeline - June 2013 [Sydney]

    Hi all! After abit of toing and froing between my employer and the case officer about my salary, my visa has finally been granted today!! . Finger's crossed they are picking up speed again with everything now following the changes, and everyone else gets their visas soon also! x
  5. katie3736

    Girlie friends on the Gold Coast :)

    Hi Wokos, As far as I'm aware the meet ups arranged on here, but then those who have met up before probably exchange numbers too! That's great that you're from Leicester too - We're in Syston, how about yourself? X
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    457 Visa Timeline - June 2013 [Sydney]

    Yes I would definitely say so, and yes it is a pay rise! :-) However its not just my salary that needs to meet/be above the new TSMIT, the market rate does also (I.e. the salary of an Australian citizen currently doing the same job within the company) - so fingers crossed that is the case also!
  7. katie3736

    Girlie friends on the Gold Coast :)

    Hi Brooke, When we finally get over to Australia (Im currently waiting visa approval) it would be great to meet up with you and your partner! Me and my partner are heading right near to Palm Beach on the Gold Coast - Burleigh Heads. We also love Brisbane so can see ourselves visiting there a lot too! What is it you both do? Kate X
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    457 Visa Timeline - June 2013 [Sydney]

    Hi all, Just thought I'd let you know that a case officer contacted my employer and told them about the TSMIT changes and that they had to be met for the nomination to be considered for approval - so they are complying with the new changes against existing applications. I'm fortunate in that my employer has increased my salary to meet the new threshold, however that doesn't guarantee me approval. Will just have to wait & see! Just hoping a decision is not too far away
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    457 Visa Timeline - June 2013 [Sydney]

    Oh Jazz I hope you're right! but like Chubbs says it does say on the immi website about the new laws applying to unfinalised applications also...so confusing!! I've still not heard anything :-( it'll be 8 weeks on Tuesday. My employer rang immigration mid week and they gave them a number to call once it does reach 8 weeks, as apparently then you can officially chase them up! They did also say they've been inundated with applications in June due to everyone wanting to get them in before the 1st !
  10. katie3736

    Girlie friends on the Gold Coast :)

    Hi Sophie, Sorry for the delay - been manic here moving out of our house this week! Hoping to be in Oz by late August/early September time, and will be heading to the Burleigh Heads region of the Gold Coast. Do you know it there? Still no news on my visa though - looks like it has been caught up in a delay surrounding all these changes which have recently been introduced, so abit concerned now it may even get refused?! :-( Hope not though...goodness knows what I'll do then! Just want to get out there! :biggrin: Kate
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    Girlie friends on the Gold Coast :)

    Hi Sophie, I'd definitely be up for meeting up once I get out there (currently waiting visa approval!). Whereabouts on the Gold Coast are you? I have the same concerns here with leaving the girls at home! Kate x
  12. katie3736

    457 Visa Timeline - June 2013 [Sydney]

    Unfortunately I don't think it matters if it was lodged before 1st, it's dependant on whether it has Ben finalised reading this advice: http://migrationblog.immi.gov.au/2013/07/03/changes-to-the-subclass-457-visa/ . My role is in ICT project management, how about you?
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    457 Visa Timeline - June 2013 [Sydney]

    Morning Sarah, That's great news! I'd say that the more info you can send now the better? It might delay things further else if they turn round and ask for it later down the line! No news for me unfortunately. I've been reading about the changes introduced to the 457 and how they actually affect applications lodged before the 1st, and my GAE (Guaranteed annual earnings) fall below that outlined in the requirements. Concerned now this is going to be an issue.
  14. katie3736

    Girlie friends on the Gold Coast :)

    Hi girls, Just stumbled across this thread and wanted to say hello! Me and my bf are moving to the Gold Coast next month and are keen to meet some like-minded people in a similar position to us! We're 26/27 and will both be working in the area. Have things got easier for you guys over recent months? Hope to hear from you, Kate x
  15. katie3736

    457 Visa Timeline - June 2013 [Sydney]

    Ah that's great, thanks again! Good luck with yours too, and hopefully next time we speak one of us will have our visa's!!
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