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  1. Have you tried Seven Seas? They're handling the shipping of my move cube and apparently they've been uneffected by COVID. The service so far has been really good and efficient. In regards to where you're staying, have you checked Facebook? There's groups on there for people seeking rentals and tenants, both short and long term, a lot of those are furnished. Also, I'm not sure about Tasmania, but most of the shops are still open here in SA, so hopefully you'd be able to pick up any essentials if you needed to buy anything in the meantime.
  2. I came out on holiday to set everything up at the start of March, and was meant to make the final move this week (was actually meant to be landing in Adelaide today!). When I saw how the virus spread while I was over here on my holiday and found out that Australia were closing the borders to everybody except citizens and PRs, I decided to stay in Australia and effectively bring the move forward. I'm on a 489 visa, so I was worried that if I returned to the UK I wouldn't be able to get back into Australia for who knows how long, and that would then eat into my living and working time to be eligible to apply for PR before my visa expires. Possibly a bit of a reckless decision, given that I was giving up an okay job to become unemployed in a time when there is now mass unemployment, but I wasn't prepared to let my Aussie dream slip through my fingers at the 11th hour, and it appears to be paying off so far - Yesterday I was offered a full time post starting in a few weeks' time, on a better salary than I was on back in the UK, for less responsibility and with a lot more additional benefits. I think the job situation depends on what field you are in - I'm here as a community worker and have had 4 interviews in the last 3 weeks and new posts coming up each day, so there is still jobs out there in certain fields that will still need staffing throughout this pandemic. I think some places (such as the supermarkets) are giving a priority to Australians who have lost their jobs in hospitality/retail/travel industries, though.
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    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.
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    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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
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    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?
  9. 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?
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    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.
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    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.
  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.
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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/
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    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!
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    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!
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    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!
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    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.
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    South Australia 489 state nomination

    Congratulations on your invite! Glad it came through in such good time for you. Yes, I applied for my visa last week. I completed my application for the police check and am just waiting for my agent to send over my referral letter for me to book in my medical, then back to just waiting again! Have you put in your application?
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    How early?

    Hi everybody. I am just on the verge of putting my visa application in, so still have a little bit of a wait before any outcome. I was just wondering when most people started making contact with removal companies for quotes? And were there any long waits from first contact to getting a date for removal? My plan is, once I (hopefully) receive a visa, to hand in notice at work (5 weeks) and make contact with removals to move in my last couple of days - would 5 weeks be enough time for visits/quotes, and to make arrangements for packing up and shipping out? I won't be taking much, if any, furniture with me, just a whole lot of clothes, books, a couple of electronics and some sentimental things.
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    South Australia 489 state nomination

    Thank you! I will have my fingers crossed for your invite. I have read on https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/skilled-migrants/skilled-visa-options that South Australia stopped accepting 489 state nomination applications on 14th August, so I'm sure that they will be trying to process all of the applications already received before the cut off. Seems unfair that people already in the system would need to wait 2 months and possibly pay again to apply for the new visa?
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    South Australia 489 state nomination

    I sent in my application on 20th June and received my nomination today. There was a slight delay because the office closes for a week before July and there was some mistake with the form declaring my estimated savings at the time of moving, so they came back querying that, so the average time might be slightly quicker than my 8 weeks.
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    Medical - mental health

    Congratulations, that's fantastic news! Good luck with all the preparations for the move, now - you must be so excited!
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    Medical - mental health

    I had similar concerns, I have also had anxiety due to work related stress and some particular life stressors at the time. I was offered medication, but didn't get on with it so am not taking any, and am on the waiting list for CBT. I spoke to my agent about this, as I was convinced it was game over. She seems to think that it should not have an impact on the application, and it would be more problematic if you'd been hospitalised or was under the care of a psychiatrist etc. Good luck, and let us know how you get on. I'm still at the skills assessment stage at the moment, so hope I get through to medicals!
  24. Hi all. Last month I finally started the ball rolling on moving to Oz by employing a migration agent! She has advised that my best option is a 489 visa for SA, and said my most appropriate occupation would be a Community Worker (I have an educational background in psychology and forensic psychology, 4+ years as a support worker in offender, homelessness and mental health services including family support work, and am currently a manager in a mental health supported housing project). Despite my agent appearing confident, I cannot help but be anxious about the skills assessment as I do not know what to expect. I was wondering if anybody else here has had a skills assessment under the community worker occupation? What was it like? Do I just have to submit things like education transcripts and my job description/contract, or is there an interview or any tests, etc? Many thanks in advance!
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    Skills assessment - Community Worker

    Hopefully somebody will correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure you need to have a positive skills assessment before you apply for a visa. The skills assessment is done by a different regulating body, not immigration who deal with processing the visas.