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  1. Wondering if anyone has any insight on booking flights from the UK via airlines other than those that fly from the UK to Australia, namely Singapore, Qatar, Etihad and Emirates (https://uk.embassy.gov.au/lhlh/CAOTA.html) The prices are quite high for the above airlines and there are other routes on Skyscanner or Kayak via the US or Malaysia for example. Some posts here mention people getting bumped and when rebooking having to wait in transit for a lot longer than the initial booking. Instead of that I was thinking about booking something transiting via the US with United, Delta, AA (https://usa.embassy.gov.au/news/covid19-stay-informed) or transiting via KL, Malaysia (https://malaysia.highcommission.gov.au/klpr/covid19.html#transit_malaysia) The prices are a fair bit less than the carriers from the UK, with some journeys of under 30 hours which we're willing to do, and there's probably a similar chance of being bumped, but presumably as long as we start the journey in the UK, they can't bump us mid-travel and strand us in an airport like Tom Hanks in The Terminal? Am thinking through different scenarios to cover bases.
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    491 visa grant for offshore non-essential workers

    Radiologist. Doesn't cost anything to submit an EOI. Give it a go and best of luck.
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    Info on points system and selection

    Thanks. Went for the 189. Medical job so should be OK travel now but don't intend to migrate immediately. Seems a waste of seats for those in a genuine need to get back. I also need to read around to clarify whether if we came over to meet the date of first entry condition, would we then need special permission to fly back to the UK to resume life until we're ready to move properly. Don't fancy get stuck there atm tbh and neither could we afford to now with work and educational commitments here, plus the financial costs of tickets for 6 and potential two-way quarantine. Will likely just leave it a few months and see what happens with the vaccination programmes and travel restrictions later this year. Have until April 2022 for first entry so no real rush, then 2026 for must not arrive after.
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    491 visa grant for offshore non-essential workers

    Offshore medical practitioner 70 points for 189, 6 applicants 4/9/20 EOI submitted 2/10/20 EOI amended 21/10/20 Invitation received 25/10/20 Application submitted 23/12/20 Medicals and police checks submitted 5/3/21 s56 more info request to be provided within 28 days 31/3/21 Info submitted 6/4/21 Granted Well aware we got lucky to some extent due to occupation and present pandemic. Good luck to everyone
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    Info on points system and selection

    Success....now the hard part begins I guess. 4/9/20 EOI submitted 2/10/20 EOI amended 21/10/20 Invitation received 25/10/20 Application submitted 23/12/20 Medicals and police checks submitted 5/3/21 s56 more info request to be provided within 28 days 31/3/21 Info submitted 6/4/21 Granted
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    Info on points system and selection

    Thanks both @Marisawright and @ali Wasn't as painful as imagined, just loads of scanning. Have more than one evidence of each job and uploaded everything, hoping it's satisfactory. Only waiting on the AFP check to come in the post. Part of me can't wait for a (hopefully) positive response but I'd also like it delayed due to current travel limitations. Reading it back it may come across ungrateful but it's not meant that way. Just thinking of the costs and quarantine hassle for validating visas currently is eye-watering!
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    Info on points system and selection

    *Not literally hundreds, but well over a hundred!
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    Info on points system and selection

    Just an update. Received an s56 request for more info today. Bit of a pain but very glad to have some acknowledgement of movement. Asked to provide: ● employment references ● contracts ● pay slips ● tax returns ● group certificates/payment summaries ● superannuation information. For a load of NHS jobs going back 10 years. Going to be a real pain as that's probably a dozen different NHS Trusts. Fortunately I keep most of my contracts and payslips. Question if anyone has been through similar: Do they really want me to upload literally hundreds of payslips, last 10 years of tax returns, contracts and pensions statements, and seek employment references that far back or is there a simpler way of providing a satisfactory answer. I suppose the tax returns would list the employments so hopefully two birds... I've been asked to do an Aussie police check even though I haven't had 12 months there in total. Will see what the website says and send the screenshots back. I've also got to provide a translation of the wedding certificate but I was half expected that. Was hoping having the same details on birth certificates going back 20 years would suffice as proof of relationship but that's easily sorted anyway. Application submitted 25/10/2020 Medicals and UK Police check took us to before Christmas.
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    work/travel visa

    We applied for visas recently and one of us had a similar scenario, having had accessed mental health services and been prescribed medication. It didn't affect the visa medicals as they were approved promptly. Waiting on the visa outcome is a separate issue but I don't see it affecting the outcome. If she needs to see a psychiatrist she really should do so without delay. She also needs to mention it to the dermatology team in case it is a known adverse effect of medication and there may be alternatives or modifications to be made. Hope it works out for the best.
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    Brisbane Lockdown - Anal or Prudent ?

    It's difficult all round but living under lockdown part III and working in the NHS, I know I'd happily trade a strict limited lockdown and next to no Covid cases for what we currently have in the UK. I don't think you can be over the top of you're currently getting away with it. You should carry on doing all you can to avoid the situation we have in Europe. Especially being so close to vaccine roll out, however useful they out to be. It's no conspiracy but certainly lots of continuous cock-ups which fuel speculation.
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    189 Visa on 85 point

    As above - go for it, nothing to lose. There's far too much off-putting heresay to pay too much attention to. Proportionally you might be in luck. https://gettingdownunder.com/australian-skillselect-invitation-rounds-october-2020/ Best of luck
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    Medical Examinations

    There are 8 Panel physicians / Visa Medical Centres listed for the UK here https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/contact-us/offices-and-locations/list
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    Queensland 190s

    Great news. Congratulations DrDougster! I'm hoping to finalise our paperwork this week (waiting on ACROs, applied for last week) and then play the waiting game.
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    189 Visa with delayed move

    It was about £170 for the PTE Academic 3h PC based exam. Can book about a week ahead. There's a good sticky about IELTS Vs PTE on PIO. Decent YouTube resources and an app on the phone for PTE examples. Could do the English language test and see where it takes you points-wise.
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    189 Visa with delayed move

    @Daffyduck are you including a potential 20 points from the language test? If not then definitely worth looking into.