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  1. GB537

    British visitors during corona virus

    My mum is in the same position - on an e-visitor 651 - valid for 12 months but has the condition that she can only stay a max of 3 months per stay. Let me assure you it is not easy to get a flight out of here right now. We were both due to return to the UK on Friday (I'm on a 489 so have since decided to stay and unintentionally move here early so I don't have problems returning). The original flight was cancelled, not had any contact from the travel agent, and the airline is just telling us to talk to the travel agent. Airlines have pretty much shut down service to Adelaide so cannot get a flight abck from here. There is an option to go to Melbourne or Sydney for an international flight from there, but many of the flights are extremely expensive (think $10 - $14k for a single one way ticket!). Some cheaper in a few weeks' time yet if we book that, it's likely those will cancel again and we will be even worse off waiting for airlines to refund... Also concerned that airlines like Singapore were still advertising tickets when they've banned transit passengers... same as Etihad with Abu Dhabi... so my mum (who's a nervous flyer anyway) is concerned that she could end up stranded in the transit country. We went to the airport yesterday to try to get some advice about the flights - we were advised its best to hold on here because of the dicey situation with the transit lockdowns. Been on the phone to Border Force and Immigration - they won't waive the 3 month stay condition, so it may be the case of applying onshore for a 12 month visitor visa or try to get some assistance with the flight situation. Been in touch with the local MP for an update on what is happening to help people held here to get home, they're currently working on finding a workable solution.
  2. GB537

    Old 489 and 190 visa.

    Hi, I'm due to move to Australia soon on a 489 visa. My migration agent said that I can work in any employment. As long as I live in the specified regional area for 2 years and work in ANY full time job for 1 year I can then apply for permanent residency.
  3. How did the moves go, @Jody & @TheReads? I hope you're all settling in okay! @Jsmull87 I'm still here! I won't be over until March (3 week hols, then the big move in Mid April). It's a bit early but I can look at meet up places, if everyone lets me know their suburb, I can try find somewhere convenient. Unless you'd prefer the city? How are you finding living over there?
  4. Yes, hopefully you should have your grant soon. The waiting is so stressful, isn't it?! Would you be interested in meeting up somewhere in the middle? Is anywhere like Oxford/Cambridge/Northampton etc easy to get to? Happy to travel out.
  5. GB537

    489 or 190

    I had my 489 granted in November, my entry date is 12 months from the visa grant date. Not sure if it would be different for different visa types?
  6. Wow, so close! Good luck with the moves, both of you, hope it goes smoothly! What part(s) of Adelaide are you both going to?
  7. Hi guys! I wasn’t quite sure where to post this... I was wondering if anybody here is due to move to SA in the new year? Im heading out on a 489 visa, first for a 3 week holiday in March, then moving properly in mid April. Looking to settle in Seaford, south of Adelaide. I was wondering if anybody else due to move over there would like to meet up in the UK before going? Maybe get to know people in advance so it doesn’t feel quite so lonely once we get there? My sister did something similar before she emigrated and is still good friends with a bunch of other expats 15 years later! Anyway, let me know if anyone is game and I’ll try to organise something!
  8. GB537

    489 (new 491) Time to enter Australia

    I don't know about any changes. It was a direct grant, and that was on the paperwork. My agent was also expecting it to be the date of the police check.
  9. GB537

    489 (new 491) Time to enter Australia

    Hi, my 489 was granted last week. The 'enter by' date on the grant letter was 1 year from the visa grant date, not the police or medical dates which were in September and October this year.
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    I used Katherine Van Greuning at Get Me 2 Oz. I found her to be the most helpful agent at the preliminary stages (eg. discussed my case and options more when others were asking for hundreds of pounds for an initial consultation), and appeared to be the most knowledgeable in discussions so I got a much better feeling with her than any of the others. She answered all the questions I had, kept me updated and was a pleasure to work with in a time when frustrations over wait times were running high! The whole process, costs and breakdowns were made clear from the start, before signing up, and there were no unexpected shocks. I first made contact with Katherine on (I think) 3rd/4th Jan and received my 489 visa last week, 28th Nov. Would definitely recommend. https://www.getme2oz.com/ https://www.facebook.com/katvangreuning/
  11. GB537

    Financial services - is it worth it?

    Thank you for the advice. Will definitely look into those. And thanks for the tip about keeping my UK bank account open - I hadn't thought about the problems reopening!
  12. Hi all. I'm due to move to Australia in April and am trying to get everything arranged well in advance. I'm finding the financial side of things a bit confusing though, in regards to the companies that handle money transfers. What are the fees charged? Is it worth it? I don't have property to sell so I will just be transferring a little bit of savings - really not very much - before I go, then probably a second transfer after my last paycheck gets paid into my UK bank account after I have left. Would there really be any benefit for me using a company to handle the transfer, or should I just do online banking to transfer the funds between UK and Aus myself? How much do people typically lose in any bank fees? Thanks.
  13. GB537

    489 visa Grant waiting 2018

    Not sure if anybody else is still waiting for their 489 visas but I got a direct grant on 28th November. I submitted the visa application on 9th September, completed my police check on 11th September and medicals on 3rd October. So that's 11 weeks all in all. Good luck to anybody else still waiting!
  14. GB537

    South Australia 489 state nomination

    Yes, I submitted that. I've been working with an agent so luckily she completed that for me with information I filled in when I first started working with her. Police checks complete, I'm just waiting for my agent to get back to me with the HAP ID referral for the medicals. Then, as you said, settling in for a long wait! I feel so impatient!
  15. GB537

    How long do police checks take to come?

    I just got my certificate back this week. It took 8 days to process (I received an email confirming when the check was completed saying they'd post the certificate out the next day). I received the certificate in the post on the 10th business day.