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  1. PFC1975

    489 (new 491) Time to enter Australia

    Having got a couple of visas for Australia & spoken to friends who’ve got visas to Australia I’ve never known it to be the police certificate. Maybe for some it’s police certificate Your visa when granted says you have a year to enter the country. That date it what’s on your Notification for when your visa runs out whatever visa it may be ie 489. A police certificate is valid for a year and if the process takes longer then yes you have to re do a police certificate I can only say from personal experience of visas & chatted to friends all have used the visa grant day and the year that gives you to enter.
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    489 (new 491) Time to enter Australia

    As someone on the 489 when we applied for permanent residency the two years started from the day you can prove you arrived and was living in a regional address For example we arrived in Melbourne 3rd January flew to Darwin landing 11th January. Moved into a house 16th January It basically starts the day you have documentation proving you living there such as a rental agreement etc We did 2 weeks back in England which comes off our 2 years due to time out of Australia. So we couldn’t apply until 1st February & by the time you get all your documents, police checks etc our application went in on 27th February. I can’t say for everyone if that’s the same but hope this helps
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    My Experience Living in the NT

    Can you please advise me of your research, data & National network of contacts that says I’m in the minority nationally As in my 25 years of living & traveling around Australia I’ve not met these MANY people who all hate Darwin. Most have never been or given the place a second thought to be honest Secondly you say nationally speaking and there lies the problem. Opinions of people who may not have spent as much time or know Darwin that well from afar & pre judged possibly My experience of people locally is the majority love it . Local people we’ve spoken to through work, clubs, school etc enjoy living in Darwin . Far from a minority locally All our friends with young families agree it’s a great place for kids . Not the voices of people worried about rampant crime on every street corner As I’ve mentioned nowhere is perfect & Darwin is not for everyone and people are entitled of course to say what they may not like . There are people who will be moving to Darwin from the UK who would read this forum and opinions should be balanced . Darwin can be frustrating at times goods, services & products compared to other parts of Australia can be inferior. Patience needed which can be difficult. It’s expensive to live & flights in & out are far too expensive Of course some anti social behaviour but no more than anywhere else Another point about the crime statistics is within the NT domestic & family violence crimes are mandatory by law to report unlike other states . Therefore again skewing crime statistics Why has Darwin worked for us How do you explain. Don’t be too English ( if your English) So much stuff on for kids often free The best school in Australia Amazing scenery, National Parks & beaches Easy to drive around Relaxed lifestyle Friendly people Indigenous culture ( don’t be scared or believe the misinformation & Understand) Great museums Good festivals Embrace the great weather . The dry season is sensational & the wet season amazing storms The best thing about Darwin is no one gives a shit No one cares where you live , what job you do, what car you drive, where you holiday, what school your kids go to, where you shop , where you drink, what clothes you wear. How much you earn Great
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    My Experience Living in the NT

    The perceived reasons you mention It is worth pointing out that what increases that crime level is Indigenous on Indigenous crime High levels of domestic violence This skews the figures and crime which very very rarely affects other people in Darwin More are affected in Alice Springs though For the Indigenous population it’s a terrible and sad situation
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    My Experience Living in the NT

    I’ve lived in Darwin for 2 and a half years now My experience is completely different to Canada2Australia My family absolutely love it here & I have to say other than the rental prices & yes economically it’s having a tough time , I disagree with virtually everything said Crime isn’t rampant on with drug or alcohol abuse on every street corner. Sorry Absolute rubbish scaremongering. We’ve found the people amazingly friendly and have made friends for life and have a fantastic social circle We have so many friends who have children who love Darwin as it’s such a great place for kids and relaxing lifestyle We all have opinions and ours clearly differ. Our experiences shape a place & the issue with friends that Canada2Australia had may have left a sour taste & association with Darwin . I can only guess Some of the comments & scaremongering about Darwin I’ve read are not warranted No where is perfect but we know so many people that love Darwin
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    Unfortunately live in Darwin & have friends staying with us in October otherwise would have loved to have gone. Cracking band . Enjoy
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    Hi Toni&Paddy My family moved to Darwin from UK , two & half years ago Ignore the negative comments Darwin is fantastic we love it We’ve had family & friends visit us from UK & other parts of Australia & have all & I mean all gone back saying WOW . That was not what I expected what a great place . Seriously underrated & to many myths & bullshit about the place Nowhere is perfect. If you have any questions please ask
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    Single person move to NT ....

    Interested to know why The NT is a tough place is some aspect & a big tradie , construction & mining area which generally are male dominated but a lot of females up here working in those industries Depending on how you rate crime it’s a safe place. Yes you can have anti social behaviour, burglaries like anywhere else but you very very rarely have more what’s classed as serious crime against the general public. You’d be more at risk walking around parts of the larger Australia cities than you would in Darwin. Due to the weather there’s very few pedestrians anyway Common sense prevails & unless you have a extreme valid reason or circumstance why as a male or female go out of your way to walk around alone late at night anyway
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    Darwin - housing for initial month

    Hi Zoe, Late to the message as you may have booked Darwin isn’t cheap we did an Airbnb for a month in January 2017 I recall was about $2200 That was just a two bedroom unit There are a couple of resorts called Free Spirit resort & Club Tropical that may do discount on a longer stay Otherwise most hotels are near the city or airport. With a couple in Palmerston a Quest & Rydges Good luck if you have any questions regarding Darwin please ask
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    489 to 887 PR with State Sponsorship

    Darwin is great place to live try it We’ve just done our 2 years & applied for PR in February We were conscious of doing our 2 years in the NT so we ticked all boxes When you apply for your 489 visa you have to do a commitment statement for the NT
  11. Maybe so in my two years here having met, chatted & managed quite a few people on 489 visas not one required a job beforehand for there NT visa If you do then I won’t sugarcoat it but it will be virtually impossible. Never say never but if your occupation is marketing specialist then very difficult Firstly Darwin is nothing like Melbourne or Sydney etc it doesn’t have large marketing, Tech or IT firms most of those roles are government Now the NT government will not employ you full time contact on a 489 visa . Been there tried spoken to HR my partner worked for them plus other friends on 489 visas but only in either a fixed term contract or casual To be blunt as an organisation they are terrible & as with most companies here have no idea or understanding of a 489 visa Your not a citizen or permanent resident so they don’t get it I don’t wish to sound defeatists but Darwin is unique & the majority won’t employ from overseas if they don’t need too & 95% here don’t . Plus the very little understanding of the visa itself Recruitment agents are terrible in Darwin basically a waste of time . If you had specific trade in mining or amazing HR or Health & Safety experience & Skills maybe you could get a job but a lot of occupations no chance from overseas in Darwin Good luck though & apologies it may not be what you want to hear
  12. Hi We’re here on 489 visas in the NT. Been here two years & just about to apply for permanent residency. We arrived with no jobs & I never saw on any documentation or information that for a 489 you need a job offer. It’s State Sponsored not employee sponsored Unless something has changed in two years but who’s advising you of that
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    489 Visa to Permanent Residency

    Hi Can I ask which agent your using as I think your being conned Are you able to use the same agent for your original 489 visa We are also coming up to the same thing in January & have been quoted agent fees of $1600 total for me, partner & one child We are using our original agent PM if you like
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    How long before you feel settled/Happy ?

    Settled immediately & love it the whole family do We live in Darwin & have done for 21 months now & it’s amazing i can only speak as I find & I can say in that time we’ve made friends that will be friends for life & we know that . I’ve two mates from UK one in Melbourne another on the Gold Coast & have had various struggles of making friends etc Now of course personality comes into this but I feel the main issue is location location location. Darwin is a small city isolated where all in the same boat . It’s hot , relaxed , easy going, friendly. A lot of people live here also don’t have family there from other parts of Australia & usually work has brought them here . You learn to to rely on each other. All our friends are Aussies & our social life of BBQ,s going out to water parks with the kids or camping. Going for a coffee to watch the sunset etc is just amazing Would this happen in a large Australian City I don’t think so . Life is more rushed hectic , people already have there established friends & family close by Darwin is a hidden gem in someways it’s great place to meet people just on how it is . I can’t recommend it enough but so few come here Plus it has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Australia As I think BobJ said he’s lived a lot of regional places in Australia. I think it’s best & the way to go if you can . You’ll experience the real Australia & not just a big city like any other in the world its a shame people don’t settle & if it’s that bad honestly look to move regional or Country Australia it’s a different feel
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    Moving To Darwin

    You may be In Darwin now but this may be helpful to others I live in Darwin & personally if you’ve young family the best suburbs are Muirhead & Lyons in the northern suburbs new housing with parks plenty places to rent . Near the beach & Casuarina square the main shopping centre . Plus in Lyons is Tracy Village a local sports & social club , it’s nothing fancy but cheap food & has a great outdoor grass area for kids to play ok whilst you can sit & watch eating & drinking etc Although some nice new suburbs Palmerston is not for me . To much anti social behaviour out there to far out I don’t like the look of it . Even in the nice suburbs people I work with who live there moan about the anti social behaviour. The Gateway shopping centre is nice but small . Most of the suburbs have a few average houses etc but probably better ones include Leanyer, Nightcliff ( but only near the foreshore side not near Coconut Grove side ) , Parap , Stuart Park , Bayview Tiwi & Brinkin are ok . Cullen Bay & Larrakeyah are lovely but probably expensive if with a young family hope this helps Paul