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  1. Geography87

    491 offshore

    Thank you! I was teaching in Thailand at a Bilingual school so their term finished in late March. I came back to UK and just doing cover and exam marking so no head to tell really (which I'm glad about, haha!)
  2. Geography87

    491 offshore

    Thank-you. On second check, I actually lodged March 2020, not April, oops! Oh fab, well I hope you get your grant very soon I chose not to pre upload police or medical checks when I lodged as I had just started an 18 month contract at work. I chose to upload medicals myself with no CO contact in April 2022 and the day the results were uploaded I got CO contact requesting my police checks. I uploaded them in late May and got the grant just under a month later.
  3. Geography87

    491 offshore

    Quick update My 491 FS was granted this morning. Offshore, secondary teacher with 90 points. Lodged April 2020. Good luck to everyone still waiting! It's been a long process and played havoc with my finances and CV but all that's in the past now.
  4. Geography87

    Decided I need a change

    Hiya, my brother went to Aus on the WHV around 2014 after an injury which meant he could no longer be a skiing instructor. He did have a sympathetic boss at the restaurant he worked in in WA and he got sponsorship (he did not have years of experience in hospitality or a degree)! He's still there and now with a new baby and an Australian passport
  5. Geography87

    491 offshore

    Okay.
  6. Geography87

    491 offshore

    Hiya, a few teachers yes. One recently on the FS 491. They lodged in Feb 2020 so a month before me. Hoping that's a good sign
  7. Geography87

    491 offshore

    Oh dear. That's rubbish that you have to pay for medicals again, they are so expensive. Hopefully I'll hear something soon then as my checks are done. They're clearly not doing it by lodgement dates or points at any rate.
  8. Geography87

    491 offshore

    Congrats to those who have been granted! I'm on day 816 of waiting for my grant for a Family Sponsored 491. Secondary teacher with 90 points (offshore). Medical and police check uploaded as of May '22. Any similar time lines out there? I'm a member of the DUC agency and am regularly seeing posts about grants from others who lodged in 2021 and even 2022.
  9. Geography87

    Any teachers moving over?!

    The whole process is getting quite pricy as I'm having to pay for police checks from a few countries after having taught abroad. Oh well, worth it in the end. No available appointments at the embassy until mid July so I'll wait until then. Thanks for all your help and advice! Hope I join the WA gang soon. Off to Cornwall for the weekend today-thought you'd appreciate that ;) Weather looking good too, wahey!
  10. Geography87

    Any teachers moving over?!

    Thanks- yeah, they actually emailed back this morning and said that would be the one to go for. Looking into going to the embassy to get the docs certified. Do you remember if you had to pay anything? There is a fee list but it isn't clear exactly what I'd have to pay for what is needed. Would be travelling from Devon so weighing up whether to just pay a Notary Public to do it all here.
  11. Geography87

    Any teachers moving over?!

    Thanks. I can see there are 4 types of registration but only mention teachers who qualified in Australia or New Zealand. I'm not sure which of the 4 types I'm supposed to apply for. Any help would be great!
  12. Geography87

    Any teachers moving over?!

    Hiya, I'm a Geography teacher and have had my 491 visa in the pipeline for a while now. Just had communication with Case Officer and submitted my medical and police check last Friday so I am hoping that it won't be long before the grant. I have 90 points so hoping that pops me a little higher up the list (if that's even how it works). I'm on a Family Sponsored visa so am not obliged to work in WA but I have some family ties there and so am intending to head there. All being well I'm hoping that I'll be over around Sept '22. This being said I am trying to get a head start on the registration process but from what I've seen I don't think I can register without a job offer. Does this sound correct? Might make things tricky as I assume it takes a while to do all the form filling etc after being offered a position. Cheers!
  13. Geography87

    Secondary School Teacher 190/491

    Wow, that's awesome! I would happily work anywhere if it was the means to the end (PR). I looked into the 482 however, it seems you need 2 years minimum experience for that too. Barriers at every hurdle. I am currently teaching EAL and have been for a few years (with some Geography in between). I am now a senior teacher, but because my degree is not related to EAL I don't think I can get there on the 482 with that occupation either. All very frustrating.
  14. Geography87

    Secondary School Teacher 190/491

    Thanks for the reply! Yes, that seems to be the issue and by the time I have enough experience, I will have lost 5 points for age. I haven't heard anything about the 482 so will certainly look into it! Do I currently stand a chance in VIC or, NT or TAS? The SA list came out today and I can see that it's not an option for me unfortunately.
  15. Geography87

    Secondary School Teacher 190/491

    I am now on 75 points as a secondary teacher. If WA revise their list and include secondary teachers my brother would be eligible to sponsor me, giving me a total of 90 points. I submitted my EOI (at 65 (+5) points) in October 2018 for 189 and 190 and have heard nothing. I've recently submitted a new 491 EOI for any state which has secondary teachers on their occupation list. It's all seeming like it will never happen. I already have spent a lot of money on an agents and various document verification. Would anyone have any light to shed on my prospects for any kind of visa with 75 points and fewer than 2 years teaching experience? I'm at a crossroads where I need to start planning my next employment contract and am not sure whether to just give up on Australia.
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