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  1. And you’ve just been granted yours haven’t you? That’s good to hear if that’s the case
  2. I haven’t submitted a form 80 either - I’ve filled most of it in just in case, but I’m hoping it doesn’t get asked for. It’s a complete nightmare trying to remember every detail about employment etc from when you left school
  3. Out of interest, did all of those who’ve just received their grants have “approved” next to their sponsor application status?
  4. Things are looking up...congratulations @LottyC and @LouFerg
  5. Ok, I guessed it possibly would be so it’s good to have confirmation of that, thanks. How would I update my passport number if I don’t renew until after being granted my visa - do I still use my Immi account or would there be some other way to update it?
  6. My British passport expires in a year and I figure it would be easier/cheaper to renew it before heading to Oz. Is it best to renew it now (while my visa application is still in the queue) or wait until I’ve received my visa? My concern with waiting until after the visa is granted is that I assume my visa will be attached to my current passport??
  7. @Ingers @GemTrae Don’t get me wrong...I know there are lots of you still waiting who lodged well before me. Obviously each case, once looked at, can take varying amounts of time to process, and that’s probably dependent on all sorts of factors. However, from looking at the Immi website, they seem to have a queue system for the initial assessment. This, and looking at the spreadsheet, is what’s giving me hope that they’re now starting to look at the October lodgements. I realise that after it’s been first looked at it’s anyone’s guess at how long it takes, but at least there’s a glimmer of hope I didn’t mean to offend anyone...fingers crossed all of you who have been waiting for a long time hear something soon
  8. I’m hoping they’re now working through October lodgements...looks like there were some RFI’s for those applying at the start of October. We lodged on the 28th October, but no contact as yet. Just keeping everything
  9. Yeah, I agree...the waiting is torture and we’re relatively early on in the process. I don’t know how some of you who lodged in the middle of last year are coping. @Ingers we’re similar to you - been together for nearly 14 years and married for 12 this year. We’ve also got 3 kids (all Aussie citizens). I keep thinking it should be an easy “yes”, but there’s always this thought that I’ve filled something in wrong, or not provided enough evidence. Between waiting for the house to hurry up and sell and the visa to come through, I’m a nervous wreck!!
  10. W2O

    Spreadsheet crew does Shipping

    We’ve got a 5 bed house, although we aren’t planning on taking everything. When we had our quotes we said we were taking the following big items - 3 double beds, 3 wardrobes, 3 chest of drawers, 3 bedside tables, 2 TVs, big American fridge-freezer, a few desks, some office furniture. On top of this would be all the smaller stuff, plus 1 bike (I think ). No sofas, dining table/chairs etc though. We were told we were at full capacity for a 20ft container so it would be tight. Having a rethink now though about what to take, although I wouldn’t want to go over a 20ft!
  11. W2O

    Spreadsheet crew does Shipping

    Yeah, I realise that some older properties may not, but most of the properties I’ve been looking at seem to have them. When we had our quotes, we were just at capacity for a 20ft container (with the wardrobes). However, since then, we’ve had a rethink about what we’re taking so we’ll have to get them back out to give a more accurate quote anyway. Apart from the one wardrobe, they’re all Ikea (so not overly expensive), so unless we have room in a 20ft container, we’ll probably risk it and leave them behind.
  12. @ali @Amber Snowball I wasn’t sure either whether those roles existed in Australia...essentially I was thinking of something similar to the role of an HCA in the UK. We’re moving to Brisbane and it looks like they do possibly have AIN roles, but far more for aged care. I know I don’t need to choose a job for visa purposes, but I need to make sure there will be enough roles for what I choose, especially as I will undoubtedly end up having to do some kind of short course initially. I really like the idea of working in the childcare sector, but am concerned about my lack of qualifications/experience (other than bringing up my own children) and my age (early 40’s now). Thanks for your replies
  13. I have done that, but was also hoping to get some advice from someone working in either of those fields possibly. Thanks
  14. I wonder if anyone can help... I’m currently in the process of waiting for my offshore partner visa and am researching job opportunities/courses for when we make the move. I qualified as a nurse in the U.K. via the old DipHE route. However, since qualifying in July 2006, I haven’t actually worked as a nurse; I fell pregnant with our first child before securing employment and subsequently focused on bringing up our children (we now have 3). When we move to Australia I would be looking to return to work, and am interested to find out what sort of roles I could do within the healthcare setting. I understand that I would no longer be able to work as a nurse, but am wondering whether I would be eligible to apply for Assistant in Nursing roles based on my previous qualifications. Would I be able to apply with my existing qualifications or would I still be required to complete a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance? Also, can anyone give me an idea of salary please? The other option I’m considering is working in the childcare sector (teaching assistant/childcare worker etc). I don’t have any qualifications in this, and obviously the only experience I have is bringing up my own children. I’m assuming I’d have to do some sort of course either way, so I’m trying to assess which one I’d have more chance/opportunities with. Any advice welcome, thank you.