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  1. On 11/12/2016 at 22:21, dthomp123 said:

    Hi there,


    My scores from first attempt was: L 88 R 88 S 67 W 90

    Then after lots of speaking practice: L 89 R 76 S 69 W 88


    The only thing I can think of for my failing the 2nd speaking section was the fact that my pen didn't work for the first retell lecture and this threw me somewhat as I fumbled around to find and get the other pen into action. I'm not sure about a third attempt at the PTE as without feedback to know where I am going wrong I'd worry that I will just keep on failing it. I'll probably get a session with a language tutor who knows what is expected for IELTS speaking and perhaps go on to try this exam instead, here in London it seems to be a well known exam, it may be that I am not suited to a fast paced computer based test !





    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

  2. 17 hours ago, Prajwol said:

    Registered nurse(nec) pte overall 7

    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

  3. 11 hours ago, Prajwol said:

    i jus aplied for eoi on 65 points in victoria....does anykne knw hiw long it might take for invitation and how much chances ti get....


    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

  4. 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

  5. 2 hours ago, Martynd said:

    Hi, thanks for the advice! what action do you suggest i take and how do i go about it?. I am using an agent and they haven't guided me down this route? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated



    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)

  6. 2 hours ago, Jon the Hat said:

    I would place a bet that Australia is a better place to be than the UK in the next few months.  It is going to ramp up very very quickly here.

    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

  7. 34 minutes ago, shaunfreo said:

    All well and good but try getting a flight back to the UK 

    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.

  8. 1 hour ago, MacGyver said:

    It may be tricky/almost impossible for them to get home even if they wanted to, given airlines grounding their fleets and borders closing. If the whole family is self isolating and staying home (Which it sounds like they are), it may be safer to stay put.

    Very tough call, I'd personally be worried about any family members with health issues flying anywhere at the moment. 

    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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  9. 9 hours ago, Marisawright said:

    In that case, the first thing you need to do is check the exact conditions on the visa.  They can stay as long as the visa allows them to, obviously.   

    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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  10. 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

  11. 10 hours ago, wrussell said:

    I left my honest opinions in my other suit.

    Never trust a man who owns more than one suit,

    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 😁

  12. 4 minutes ago, 33963 said:

    Hi!  Would like to know i applied for NT region under 491 visa. Does this visa allows me to stay & work at other region if i choose not to go NT when its approve? Is there a requirement i must stay at NT at least a year or so before changing to another region? 

    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)

  13. 20 minutes ago, North to South said:

    Same - Our 190 visas have been activated, but we’re not residing in Australia and scheduled to move in July and not sure if we’re covered under the PR statement.  Hoping a visa expert might be able to assist us all.

    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

  14. 50 minutes ago, KangaKit said:

     I'm guessing that visa holders on provisional visas such as 491  and temporary visas will not be allowed in until after the blockade is lifted?

    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"?

  15. 1 hour ago, olloyd21 said:

    I was of the impression once your application status goes to 'Approved' you are free to depart/enter the country as needed as a decision has been made?

    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

  16. 2 hours ago, DukeNinja said:

    As above.

    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

  17. 2 hours ago, Martynd said:

    It’s either a or b! They have said that she will grow out of it anyway so hopefully anyone looking at it will have some Sense and pass it 🤦🏻‍♂️

    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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  18. 36 minutes ago, 187cook said:



    Every one

    Any one got grant for 491 visa

    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

  19. On 04/03/2020 at 19:19, 31Hillbury said:


    Has anybody shipped craft beer with their personal effects.

    Im trying to see how much tax I would be liable to pay. 

    Any help appreciated.



    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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  20. 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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  21. 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

  22. 5 hours ago, nitz said:

    Hi Lubz,i guess it will be better if you can ask your dad to provide pcc because if they are not separated he lb considered a non migrating member so they need to see everything is perfect.

    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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  23. 10 minutes ago, KangaKit said:

    So latest advice after speaking to a couple of people...although points are calculated when you are invited..it MUST be valid on the day you lodge application too.

    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