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    PTE Academic ridiculous speaking score

    I had done a few practice tests before doing the actual PTE exam and realised doing them that actually taking notes seems to make the end result worse than just listening and recalling. To the people not used to talking to a headset without the ability to see body language, even a native speaker tends to sound forced and robotic. This gets you marked down quite heavily. It's best to try and imagine you are talking on a phone to someone you know rather than concentrating on getting great BBC accents
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    190 eoi submit on 65point

    So you need to be careful with the English Score as the Australian government doesn't recognise an overall score, each element needs to reach the score threshold in it's own right. I would suggest your chance of an invite would be greatly improved by raising your English score to SUPERIOR - lots of anecdotal (but no actual proof) stories that 190 invites are much faster if you have SUPERIOR english Nurse is one of the more popular career codes so I would think with just 65 points you will be in for a long wait - sorry I know that is something you didn't want to hear
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    190 eoi submit on 65point

    What is your job (ANZSCO code) and English Level that you can prove?
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    190 eoi submit on 65point

    It all depends - what visa number did you apply for (189.190, 491 or soemthing else) and what career code (ANZSCO code) did you include in your EOI If you applied for a 189 visa then you have little hope of ever being invited, they haven't invited anyone on that sort of points score for about 2 years for that visa
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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)
  15. 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
  16. 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
  24. 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