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    Overseas UK Work Experience

    Hi, I have tried to get work experience documentation to prove my UK work experience which was about 7-8 years ago. I have contacted my previous employers and they said due to government regulations, they no longer hold any personnel data on their records. My agent said I need a document with my position description on it. Also I need tax records to prove I worked there - I have logged onto my HMRC account and they only go back to 2015. I didn't keep any physical copies as I didn't realise I was going to need them! But will definitely keep everything from now on! Please can you anyone advise if they have come across this before? Thanks.
  2. Hi all, Hope you're all well. I am currently in the process of applying for another visa. I am on a 457 visa which expires in 2 months (July) and have been made redundant due to COVID 19. Does the bridging visa have unlimited work rights? Also is the start date able to be brought forward rather than when my current 457 visa expires? I have been unable to access any financial support since my redundancy so need to get back into the workforce as soon as possible! Thanks
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    491 Visa rights

    Hi all, Not sure if this is the right thread but given the current economic climate, am I able to accept a short term contract (3/6 months) outside a designated postcode area? I will still be living in a regional area though. Will this affect my chances of getting PR? Should I contact immigration first before accepting the offer? Thanks!
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    491..wow..Queensland are quick!

    Hi all, My documents in the QLD migration upload portal have been approved but I have yet to receive an email to apply from Home Affairs or any confirmation from state body? Does this mean that BSMQ has approved my nomination or they have just approved the documents? Any guidance would be great, thanks!
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    491..wow..Queensland are quick!

    Onshore, finance manager. That’s unfortunate that they have stopped inviting offshore. Fingers crossed things get back to normal soon!
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    491..wow..Queensland are quick!

    So I am assuming you are offshore?
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    491..wow..Queensland are quick!

    I believe they have postponed for offshore nominations. I haven’t heard anything about onshore though.
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    491..wow..Queensland are quick!

    Hi Zami, I am still waiting. Submitted all my documents first week of April. Are you offshore or onshore? I’m onshore living in QLD.
  9. helpplease

    PTE Academic ridiculous speaking score

    Hi, I just wanted to share my experience. I ended up taking the PTE 3 times despite being a native English speaker born in the UK. I complained to PTE the first 2 times claiming that the speaking marking process was flawed as I have taken several mock PTE test and always achieved scores in the 70s or 80s. They refunded my fees back due to technical issues they found after their investigation. Even after going through this, I thought I would give it one more shot and ended up getting 84. I changed my microphone position to just above my nostrils so my breathing was not picked up. Previously I had it to the side of my mouth or below my mouth. You might have to speak a bit louder but the speech is much more clearer. Hope this helps!
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    491 visa processing time

    Hi, How long did it take for the CO from the state body to approve your documents? And after approval, how long did it take to receive an invitation from home affairs to apply for the visa? Thanks
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    491..wow..Queensland are quick!

    Hi all, I was wondering if anyone has a rough estimate of the timeline to get an invite from home affairs after you've submitted all the documents to BSMQ (Queensland state governing body)? I luckily received an invite from the state body last week, submitted all documents today. Do you know how long it takes for BSMQ to approve? Thanks! Occupation: Finance manager and onshore. EOI was submitted early January 2020. 80 points.
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    489 Invitation COVID 19 uncertainty

    Hi AmyL, Thanks for the advice! It is for QLD. This is the 491 state invitation from BSMQ which I believe is the process before you get actually invited by immigration to apply for the visa. The email said I had 14 days to supply for all documentation which includes proof of ongoing employment for the next 12 months.
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    489 Invitation COVID 19 uncertainty

    Sorry i meant 491 state invitation!
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    489 Invitation COVID 19 uncertainty

    Hi all, Unfortunately I was made redundant this week due to the current situation and soon after I received an invitation to apply for state sponsorship! Talk about typical timing! I know that you need to provide proof of ongoing employment for at least 12 months. I was wondering what are the chances that the case officer will allow me some time to find another job? Thanks
  15. So now I have a dilemma - do i retake the PTE academic (even though I got a score of 29 in speaking, pronunciation 10!!! despite being a native English speak with a neutral accent but all other scores were good) or the IELTS test (where I got a speaking score of 9 but I am aware that the writing component is extremely difficult!)? Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks!