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    Citizenship Timeline for years 2015-2016

    Hi Vickit89, A friend from Perth applied in Jan/Feb 2018, received the invitation for the test in Dec 18. Had the test in Feb 2019 and received the approval a week or so later. No date on the ceremony yet though. Application done online. Hope this helps.
  2. Thanks for the replies NickyNook and VeryStormy. It certainly does appear that I may have to wait a little longer. Strangely, the Home Affairs calculator seemed to indicate an earlier date than I’d initially thought. But I understand now that the calculator just computes the actual number of days without taking into account the visa status etc. Thanks again...
  3. Hello, Need some advice on the residency requirements for citizenship, please. The dept of home affairs website says one needs to have lived in Australia for 4 years before applying with at least 12 months of that being on a PR visa and I understand that one can't be away for more than 12 months at a time and no more than 90 days in the past 12 months. I worked in Australia on a 457 for about 13 months in 2013, went back to the UK in 2014 but made several short trips for holiday/meetings between leaving in 2014 and when I came back on another 457 in 2016. Been in Australia since March 2016 and on a PR visa for about 18 months now. In March 2019, I would have completed 3 years since I arrived in 2016. And technically, I've never had a continuous period of 12 months that I've been outside Australia. My questions : 1. Can I add up the 13 months (in 2013-2014) + 3 years (2016-2019) to qualify to apply for citizenship in March 2019 and meet the 4 year residency requirement? 2. I tried inputting all the dates I was in and out of the country on the home affairs calculator and it did say I would be eligible to apply in Feb 2019. I understand the calculator is just an estimation tool and can't be used as evidence of eligibility? Thanks in advance for replying! Best wishes for a great 2019! JustUs
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    How do people actually get into work in Australia?

    Which is what you’d see in Beijing University...a whole lot of non-Chinese not being able to speak Mandarin. Your point mate?
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    How do people actually get into work in Australia?

    Tootsie: And you’re making the assumption that Indian and Asian looking people at universities aren’t Australian?
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    How to watch UK Sport in Australia

    The FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United is being telecast live on SBS at 2.15am 20/5/18.
  7. Hi Anna, You can convert your UK licence anytime. Just need to head to the nearest department of motor vehicles or whatever the equivalent is in Tassie. However, as the screen capture from Transport Tas states, you need to convert it within 3 months of the date your PR is granted. http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/licensing/newtotas/overseas Good luck.
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    Additonal evidence for 189, certifying...help!

    Hi, Read somewhere else that that certification by a solicitor, JP, magistrate or notary public would be acceptable. People seem to have rung around their local solicitors and notaries public to find out the best rates which appear to be quite variable.
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    RSMS(187): Direct entry stream: Physio

    Hi Allan, There are some changes that will be implemented beginning March 2018. I’m not sure if it affects the RSMS stream but there’s not much time left until March. I’ve heard that the skills assessment exemption if you’re earning above the threshold amount either has been removed or will be. With the removal of that exemption, you might require a positive skills assessment to qualify for the visa Again, I’m not a migration agent/lawyer, so my information may not be correct but since time is tight, I’d recommend either getting your employers to seek the advice of a migration agent or you get one yourself. There are a few here are in POI who are quite helpful. Good luck!
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    Aussie Broadband Worst in World

    I would recommend giving Aussie Broadband(the title of this discussion might be a little misleading as it refers to the broadband situation in Australia and not this company in particular) a try (https://www.aussiebroadband.com.au/). I'm getting decent and consistent upload speeds of 40+/15+ on a 50/20. They DO NOT have a contract lock in period which means if you don't like their service/speeeds you can switch without problems and apparently they've built their own "backend network"...which from my limited understanding is that most providers rent ports from Telstra or Optus at the exchanges before internet traffic gets on to the NBN. This often leads to congestion at the exchanges/POI's and can lead to slower speeds during peak hours or if you're connected to an exchange with many users and generally the 2 giant telcos tend to prioritise their own customers to that of a reseller. If you've got bandwidth congestion problems, you complain to your provider, who then investigates and sends a report to either Telstra or Optus. Aussie Broadband on the other hand, have invested in their own POI's. When I signed up last year, they were the only other company other than the big 2 telcos to have this. On top of that, their customer service is pretty slick. Some locations have packages up to 100Mbps. Not had too many issues with them. Like I said, no lock-in periods, good customer service...btw, we've only got FTTN. (before the NBN we were getting 2-4Mbps on ADSL which was miserable.) Hope this helps.. PS: Disclosure :The only commercial ties I have to Aussie Boradband is that I have to pay my NBN bill monthly...
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    187 Visa Processing Time

    http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/australia-requests-a-period-of-transition-on-new-indian-tariff-20171228-p4yy2x.html It was reported that the Australian Agriculture minister was flying to India to try and convince the Indian government to allow a transition period so that these new taxes wouldn't affect pre-existing orders as farmers and relevant industries would be affected and crops etc had been harvested... I feel for the farmers and exporters and everyone else involved in the industry as it's not their fault...but lives and crops and incomes will be affected if India decides to stick to the new regulations on the taxes... Similar situation with all those people who've moved to Australia based on existing regulations and jobs that were needed and are being told the rules have changed. It feels different when the shoe's on the other foot doesn't it?...So have some compassion...you never know when you're going to need it yourself.
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    Jan 2018 Changes to eligible skilled occupation lists

    Thanks for that clarification barker. Never knew that bit about a doctor in training being able to use the ANZSCO code of the specialty.
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    Jan 2018 Changes to eligible skilled occupation lists

    Thanks for the update Pom Queen. Resident Medical Officers which are essentially entry-level doctors have been moved to the short-term skilled occupation list. The only other specialist doctor category in the short term list is anaesthetists. Interesting..Not sure what the visa implications of that will be.
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    187 Visa Processing Time

    Hi 420dream, I wouldn't apply for another credit card yet. Previously when I applied and got rejected, the kind customer service agent advised not to apply again for a while as the rejections end of on your credit report and if you have too many, it can affect your credit rating. But perhaps, discuss with your bank where your account is based and see if they have some advice. Perhaps request for a low credit limit 1st. Just some thoughts.. But,, having a phone plan and paying the bills regularly does help your credit rating when you're ready to apply.
  15. Hi, We applied in April 2017 for 187 RSMS DE, RCB approval was in early April. PR approval received at the end of Aug 2017. Employer/Sponsor : Queensland Govt. I know it is frustrating. It was for us too, as we had no idea at all. Checking immi account 3-4/day sometimes. Be strong guys...hoping for the best for everyone. Good luck,