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  1. Thanks everyone for your responses, really appreciate it! I thought by July would be ambitious but 2 years is a bit of a blow! I was hoping to get the citizenship then maybe go and work in America for a year or so, we'll have to see now. I will get my application in and see how it goes, thanks again for your help.
  2. Hi, I was hoping for some advice from anyone who may have converted PR to citizen recently. I am eligible to apply for citizenship in March this year after I have had PR for a year, been here over 4 years etc. My query is that I am planning on visiting the UK this July for a month or so, do I have to stay in the country until my application has been approved? If so is it likely to be completed by July (seems ambitious..) If I have to wait I will just apply when I get back but would rather get my application in ASAP. If anyone has been through this process recently I would appreciate any insight, thanks!
  3. Just to give another perspective, I had the same choice but due to wife being pregnant time was an issue so I went for the work sponsored visa as it took literally a couple of weeks to sort out, and my employer paid and provided migration agents so saved money. I then had the choice of getting PR here in Aus through partner visa or work sponsored, to get the partner visa would have took 18 months from Aus and the work visa (i think 481) took 2 months from start to finish,. As we were keen to get a mortgage I took the employer sponsored route. I am tied in to my employer for 2 years or I have to pay it back, but it saved $15k or so and was much quicker. In your circumstance with time on your hands the partner visa seems the right choice as will afford you more flexibility, however due to time constraints the employer route worked well for me, was really straightforward and saved a lot of money.
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    Keeping UK mobile number in Oz

    I can't comment on the e-sim but I have kept my UK phone and number here now for nearly 4 years, I am also with EE. I didn't go on Pay as you go but reduced it to their cheapest package as you got free calls to UK from Aus as part of the package so was quite useful at the start for calling family who weren't on whatsapp etc, barely use it now though.
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Hi, no I didn’t do a Labour market test. Not 100% what that is but I had a 457 sponsored with relocation from the Uk in August 2017. I had to wait 3 years and the same company sponsored my PR. I think the whole process probably took 3 months ish, after my medical was passed the confirmation came through the day after. hope this is useful, let me know if I could help in anyway.
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Ah I just looked, it is 'temporary residence transition' stream.
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Hi, apologies I'm not sure what DE or TRT stands for? The Visa just says 186. My medical cleared on Friday last week, 23/04/21 so it only took one day after that for my Visa which was granted on 24/04/21. I thought this was really quick as my agent said it could take 1-3 months. I am based in VIC and am a quantity surveyor. I was on a 457 which was sponsored by my employer and they sponsored the PR.
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    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Hi, I've just had my 186 Visa granted, if of any use my timeline is as follows: The application was lodged on 23/02/21 I sent across my police clearance on 04/03/21, had my medical 15/04/21 and my Visa was granted 24/04/21.
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    Which Australian Visa to apply for?

    Also worth noting I believe quantity surveyor has been flagged up as under review for the skilled list so may be removed. I came over on a sponsored temp visa as a QS but I was chartered by rics first which helped as they are affiliated with the aiqs which is the governing body. My company is currently sponsoring my PR so worked out well so far. let me know if I can help in anyway.
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    Employment History

    Hi, I'm just filling out some details for my Visa application and was hoping someone on here with experience may be able to help with regards to the employment history part. I am being asked for all employment history since birth - does this include part time jobs whilst studying or really just full time post graduate positions? Whilst at uni I did various agency work and have no recollection or records of the individual companies! Thanks in advance for any help.
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    Cost of moving to Oz

    One thing I noticed is that in Aus although you get less annual leave they are more relaxed with rolling it over to the next year to let it accumulate. My company in the UK had a 'use it or lose it policy' but I have bought some holiday here and let it roll over so after 3 years of being here I am going into next year with 30days ish. I'm sure it's different in other companies, but I find here that my Australian colleagues have one year with minimal leave in order to build up for a good 3-4 week break to Europe the year after.
  12. Hi, I've been in Aus for 3 years on a 457, my company have offered to sponsor my PR but I could also get a partner visa and wanted t oweigh up my options, I was hoping someone on this forum may have been in a similar situation and could point me in the right direction. My main queries as as follows, any information would be really appreciated as I am struggling to get the answers from gov website: - Which one is quickest to get? We are planning on buying a house early next year so will need the visa in place quickly. - How much do the visas cost with and without a migration agent? My company will pay for the sponsored visa but I will be tied to them for a while, if I did the partner visa I would be keen to do it myself but happy to get an agent if it looks tricky. - Re: the partner visa is there a guide at all on any website on how to get started? I am keen to start reading around the process but can't find where to start! Thanks in advance for any help!
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    Quantity Surveying in Australia

    It can depend on your background and experience, have you a contractor or PQS? If you have engineering/infrastructure background there are a lot of opportunities in mining at the moment, I am based in VIC and work for a PQS firm but a few colleagues from our Perth office have recently left to join BHP so they seem to be hiring.
  14. HI all, I was hoping for some advice with regards to how far is feasible to commute to Melb CBD.. For context we've been in Melbourne for 2.5 years now, I'm still on a temp 457 visa but will convert to get PR in August this year. We have been renting in Moonee Ponds but now we are looking longer term trying to decide where we might buy and settle. We love it in Mornington and spend a lot of time down there, ideally we wold be moving to that side of the city, the question is how far is the limit commute wise? We are looking at Frankston South/Mount Martha/Mornington, (Mount Martha would be the ideal) does anyone on here live there and commute to CBD? How feasible is it?? From research it is about an hour to Flinders from Frankston on the train which seems ok.. Currently I cycle into work so will miss the convenience of where we are, but after living in London for 10 years before Melbourne I am keen to get out of the City. I am able to work from home a couple of times a week which wold help. I would love to hear from anyone currently doing it or has experience of it? Thanks
  15. Hi, I was wondering if anyone on here may have experience of the tourist tax rebate, or more specifically how you know if you are entitled to it? For context, I am looking to get myself a new watch and am flying back to UK in October so was looking at duty free, however I have been advised that due to changes in tax rules it is often cheaper to buy in a country and claim back GST/VAT at the airport. I am in Aus on a temp 457, if I bought here in Aus am I not entitled to claim it back as a tourist? If not, can I buy in London and claim back the VAT the other way? or am I not a tourist in UK as I am from there even though living abroad? If anyone has any experience of this I would really appreciate any anecdotal advice! Thanks in advance for any help.