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  1. 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.
  10. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. Hi, I did a post on this before but it was a bit vague, I've been doing more research and it would be great if anyone with any experience of getting PR could help as seem to go in circles on the govt websites. I have been on a 457 for nearly 2 years, I am keen to get PR and I believe I have the following options: - Spousal - Works sponsored - Skilled I could have got the spouse or skilled one from the UK before I came here but we needed to get out here quickly and the 457 only took a couple of days, however I am keen now to convert to PR so we can hopefully get a mortgage next year. I keep getting advised that after 2 years I can apply for work sponsored PR? Does anyone know if the 2 year timeline is still significant? My company have intimated they will sponsor and they are an approved employer so I believe can fasttrack visas (I understand this is why the 457 was so quick) I would be keen for my company to pay but I will be tied to the job for a while if I did that. My other options are skilled as my job is on the list or spousal as my partner is Aussie, does anyone know which of these two is cheaper and quicker? If anyone has been through the process how long did it take and what sort of cost? I am happy to do the application without an agent as should be a straightforward case. Thanks in advance for your help.
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    457 - PR - Quickest Route

    Thanks MaggieMay - this is really useful. My employer has confirmed that they will carry the costs but I will be expected to work for 4 years to pay back, if I leave earlier there is % discounted on sliding scale. Interesting that the accredited sponsor makes no difference, i hoped it would. I'm pretty confident with the skilled visa as I started going down this route when we first looked into coming over, but we decided to have our baby in Aus over UK so had a tight time limit so went 457 as it was quicker. Partner should be fine as we have baby/lived together in UK for a few years etc. Thanks again really useful, I'm pretty dubious about migration agents as they seem to just regurgitate info from gov websites and when we started doing the forms before they were really straighforward, I think they try to make things sound complicated to justfiy their fee but I will but will refer if necessary. Thanks
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    482 visa tax %

    This is useful: https://www.paycalculator.com.au/
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    Sponsorship advice

    I agree with the above, this can be a useful forum but the usual suspects are so negative. I got sponsored on 457 from the UK, as above the Visa took 4 days to come through will be getting sponsored for PR. I found the job through Linkedin and I had some contacts at the company. I found it to be a more rigorous process with regards to checking references etc than I was used to in the UK. As the advice above, if it is a reputable company then you should be fine. Good luck with it all, I can only talk of my experience here in Melbourne but there are loads of ex pats here on temporary visas and they're not all living in fear of being made redundant, having jobs pulled from lists or changes that may or may not happen in 3 years time.
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    457 - PR

    Hi, I used this forum a lot before I came out to Melbourne on a 457, it was really useful through a quite stressful time so thanks! I've been our here around 18 months on a 457 Visa, I was wondering is anyone knew when I can get PR? Is it after 2 years? I appreciate that the answer will be on the gov website but I seem to find conflicting information? Particularly since the rule changes. My company has offered to sponsor me and I could get a spousal visa, but I think I would prefer to do it independently, anecdotally people have mentioned applying after 2 years but I can't get this confirmed? Thanks in advance, if anyone has been through this process and could advise me where to start/what it entail it would be appreciated.
  19. Hi All, we're looking to book a trip back to UK for Christmas this year, does anyone know what a 'good' price would be? I know it is loads more expensive at Christmas, but I've been looking daily on sky scanner and I've seen some around $1600 with Etihad which seems a good deal, I'm keen to buy them but don't want to find them cheaper a few months down the line... I know there are a lot of factors in the prices but I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on when the best time to book is and what sort of price to expect to pay? Thanks in advance!
  20. Thanks for the responses, I just saw this morning qantus flights from 09/12 - 03/01 for $1,400ish so gong to book it up, and try my hardest not to check into Sky Scanner again to check prices, I know it serves no purpose but I'm terrible for it! Snifter: great advice to look at the same dates for a month before and compare prices, puts the increase over Christmas into context which makes it more palatable. Ancient brits: you must be excited for the first trip back in 10 years! Christmas feels a way off but will come round quick, I will have only been here about 18 months when I go back but we had a baby here so looking forward to introducing him to the family. Thanks again
  21. Hi all, I was hoping some one may be able to offer advice on our chances on getting a mortgage. I am in Aus on a 457 Visa, my gfriend is Australian and we are going to at some point convert my Visa to a spousal/skilled Visa. In the meantime we are very keen to buy a property, mainly to take advantage of the fist time buyer grant and stamp duty relief. The issue is that we are aware of the potential 10 months wait to get the Visa and would hopefully buy somewhere before, the question is can we get a mortgage in my gfriends name but taking my salary into account? Or if we have a joint names mortgage will we not get a deal due to my being on a 457? Also if anyone has any brokers contacts who may be able to advise it would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for any help, this website has been incredibly useful to date in getting out to Aus, so thankyou for your contribution.
  22. Hi, just a note re: 457, I had a company sponsor mine and it only took a week to be confirmed following submission of the docs, really straight forward. This was last week. I was also concerned about the changes and was anticipating waiting for a much longer time, I think the challenge is finding an employer willing to sponsor but I wouldn't give up on it 100%. I appreciate there are a lot of issues with being on a temp visa, but it has suited us. Good luck with it all.
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    Approved '457' since April 18th?

    Hello all, just got my 457 Visa approved this morning it was very quick in that I had a note on Monday morning from the migration solicitor that my documents had been submitted and an email today confirming my Visa had been granted, so only 2 days. The company that is sponsoring me has accredited status with the dept of Immigration which apparently expedites the process, however I was advised that it would take 2-6 weeks so was quite surprised. Now have to get prepared for new job/country/baby in the next few months so I'm sure I will be popping up on the forum for advice!
  24. Hi All, After untold ups and downs looks as our move to Melbourne is finally on, as such we are starting to look into budgets for renting etc and was hoping someone may be able to advise broadly what budget to allow on top of rent for rates/utility bills/council tax equivalent etc? We are looking to spend around $500 a week on rent, is there a rule of thumb of what to allow on top of this? Thank you in advance for your help.
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    Total rent costs (inc bills etc)

    Thanks for this, really useful. I've been looking on realestate website and it seems for $500 you get a 2 bed new build flat, we're looking around the Kensington/Moonee Ponds/Ascot Vale/ Essendon area. I'm conscious that they look nice on the website but perhaps will be pretty small in person. We are hoping to buy but will probably be renting for a year or so. If you don't mind me asking it would be useful to know how much is the internet and mobile phones of the $500 budget? Thanks.