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    If you aren't set on a specific test also have a look at PTE tests. Many people think these are easier to get over the superior threshold with. I think ultimately they are both as hard/easy as each other - it's just a personal learning style thing
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    Also be aware that it's going to be months before you can take it as all IELTS testing is on pause due to CV19
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    Visa Medical Refusal

    There isn't a lot the agents on here can do to help you (except in very broad anonymous generalised terms) as they would all have the professional view that they shouldn't advise you to do something that your own agent hasn't (as you taking external advice very likely nullifies your contract with your agent - or at least your ability to claim if they are negligent)
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    British visitors during corona virus

    I'm not sure I agree, the UK has 8000 confirmed cases, Australia 2,500 but the population disparities make it that they are roughly the same statistically Both countries acknowledge that they have many more unconfirmed cases than the offical numbers I suspect it's goign to bad wherever you are, it's going to ramp up quickly everywhere I don't think anywhere is safer than another (on a country level) - what is safer is if you live in a community that is abiding by the advice and personally you take every precaution you can
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    British visitors during corona virus

    No one is saying it will be easy (or even possible) but I'd certainly be trying. Whilst it's currently unthinkable that someone presenting at a hospital with symptoms wouldn't be treated, roll this forward 2 months and things haven't improvement and health services are on their knees, then we are going to start hearing the anti-immigration people (in every country) saying that we shouldn't be treating aliens, and the governments should only be looking after proper (insert country) people.
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    British visitors during corona virus

    Personally I agree, but the edict has gone out and the Foreign Sec has said come home. They should at least look into options so if it isn't possible they can at least have evidence that they tried
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    British visitors during corona virus

    Also worth taking into account that the UK Foreign Secretary issued a very forceful call yesterday that all UK citizens overseas should return as soon as physically possible. This basically means the UK Government is saying it's your choice if you choose to stay away from the UK, but if you choose not to heed our warning we won't be breaking our backs to help repatriate you if required. I would think very carefully about where you would want them to be in a months time when they are no longer covered by the medicare agreement for treatment of a British person because their visitor visa has expired. The safest thing to do here is to return home...
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    489 visa covid-19

    I've not heard of people having problems getting work on a 489 visa, it is as valid for working as a 190 or 189 and unless you are right at the end of its validity (which is years) then no risk to the employer that you will be forced to leave the country straight away
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    Visa options ... confused

    Being a management consultant that lives in a suit I own 15 of the things (and am on an active purge - it was many more) I guess I've got a long way to go before being trustable then
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    491 visa

    You certainly need to stay within a regional region (so you can't get a 491 and then run off to Sydney). Its longer than a year though, I beleive its three years that the regional requirement exists for. I don't know if you can transfer to regional areas in other states or only within the sponsoring state (I would suspect they want you to stay in the place that sponsored you but I'm not an expert)
  11. I'm no expert, but as they are activated you are holding a valid an active PR status so would think you are OK. I'm just not sure if a 190 is a PR status once granted or only once activated
  12. I don't know the answer but I have a supplementary question. Does a 190 holder who as yet hasn't landed since the grant count as a PR in terms of arriving or do they only count as a PR if its already been activated through a prior "first landing"?
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    COVID-19 and postponement of Citizenship Tests and Ceremonies

    No - you are still a PR (and subject to RRV) until you have the actual ceremony You can come and go as much as you want, but only under RRV rules. You can't get an Australian passport until you have the ceremony, so you can only travel under your home passport, which requires a valid RRV for entry to Australia
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    190 processing time increases to 10 months

    Ultimatley I guess thats sort of good news, it shows they are at least still processing rather than gone into hibernation. I thought they would have diverted most staff either into other Government services or on sorting out emergency visas as required to cover the COVID needs right now
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    Visa Medical Refusal

    It will all come down to how much they anticipate she might cost them in health care. It doesn't matter that she will grow out of it, it's how much it will cost before she does. If it's over the threshold then it's over and that's how they measure it. From what you describe we've certainly seen stories on here of people getting grants with more serious afflictions. The truth though is you can do nothing about it so put it to the back of your mind and wait to here the outcome Good Luck
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    491 visa grant

    I'm sure some people may have, but given the 491 only opened for application at the end of November I would think there are very few so far (just over 3 months since it opened) - given the 189/190/489 are all around 6-12 months for a grant from lodging application
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    Shipping craft beer...

    It feels like the sort of thing that would get "randomly" opened to "test" and most likely "confiscated" and "destroyed" by customs agents in the above randomly = seeked out test = drunk confiscated = taken home destroyed = invite mates round for a party
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    Visa options ... confused

    Chef is available for sponsorship in NSW, VIC, TAS and NT It's also available as a 189 visa - but I'm guessing you want/need the extra sponsorship points The 190 program for QLD is in "suspense" and has been since Nov 2019 so if you are applying for a 190 I'd be asking your agent why it took until March for them to tell you this. If you are applying for a 491 that is still open - however chef is one of those that has additional requirements "Require 70 points; Require minimum post-qualification work experience of 5 years – 190 OR Require minimum post-qualification work experience of 3 years – 491 – must have 5 STAR Hotel experience or high-end restaurant experience" Again though these have been in place for months (since July) so again I'd be asking why they didn't tell you that you couldn't get it earlier than now
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    Occupatiosn list

    Your job duties need to match the duties that the ANZSCO code refers to, less about the title (as many will be in foreign languages where there is no direct equivalent) You need to review what they think the role involves and make a call as to whether or not your experience is similar to that
  20. As they aren't divorced, the way they will look at it is that she is applying to come over as a single person but as soon as she lands she will put in a married partner visa application. This way they can assess if that would be a risk before granting her a visa in the first place. They have three options. 1) Divorce 2) Send on Dad's PCC 3) Don't send the police stuff and probably have the visa denied
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    Ilets expiry date

    Maybe that's true for language skills but it isn't for age based criteria. For instance you need to be under 45 when you are invited to apply, once invited (even if the night before you turn 45) you are still eligible to apply
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    Work on the Gold Coast.

    Electrician looks like it is an option for the 491 visa in regional areas except for QLD and WA (unless you are already in Australia). Import/Export is not on the list unless you get a DAMA placement - so it looks like the electrician will need to be the primary applicant. Most electricians will need to do some retraining in Australia as not all certifications "carry-over" (wach Wanted Down Under - every time an electrician is on it they are always disappointed they will need to retrain in Australia). Equally in a regional area your partner may need to think about a diffferent career than they have now as import/export is a big city / port activity and not a lot of that in the regional areas - you might find some in places like Newcastle, NSW (which is technically regional) but there will not be a lot of choice (Note : the 489 visa which the 491 has replaced used to exclude the Gold coast as a regional area. For the 491 it is now classed as a regional area, but this may change so if you really want the Gold Coast you shouldn't hang around waiting to apply)
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    491 questions

    As Paul says they expect you to work in the regional areas of QLD for the agreed period. This is a requirement (whereas for the 190 it is a moral obligation only - although they are apparently becoming more interested in people honouring these commitments too). The reason is simple: 1) A 190 is a full PR grant - if you didn't honour your obligation the only time it would likely "bite you" is when you want to apply for citizenship. If you are happy to just be PR (and apply for RRV if you need to travel) for the rest of your life then you would probably never hear of the obligation again 2) A 491 is a provisional visa - if you don't meet the requirements of the provisional visa you go home at its end - if you do meet the requirements (of which one is you stayed in a regional location) you can apply to have the provisional visa converted to a permanent one - so if you didn't abide by your side of the agreement I can see them refusing the PR at the end of the process
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    Can we get a visa??

    Few people do. 40 years ago it was as simple as just asking to be let in. Even 10 years ago it was likely you'd be allowed in of you wanted it. Now it's tough, and it's been getting tougher each year with no respite in sight
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    Management consultant

    No idea, but if you look on the assessing body's website (not all careers are assessed by VetAssess) it tells you how much experience is considered a base requirement. I know the MC one as that's what I applied under