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    Sydney property

    Agreed. I'd imagine it would be better to own a berth strictly to rent it out.
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    Sydney property

    Or maybe a 200K marina berth I see accidentally pop up in my searches. Anyone ever owned one as a rental investment? Not planning on it myself, just curious.
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    Border opening now mid 2022

    Before Covid, I don't think it's wrong for migrants to expect to see their family every year, despite being as far as 10K away as long as they can afford to do so. I understand this argument during the pandemic, but most migrants didn't know that borders would be closed indefinitely/"forever". To cast judgement that they should've known what they were getting into I find to be pretty ignorant and not a realistic expectation of them. If by this point they don't understand, sure that could be on them. Regardless, there needs to be a plan in place like many other countries are carrying out. We could say migrants shouldn't expect to see family for three to five years due to Covid, but not before or after the pandemic. That's not anyone's business but their own. Before Covid, the world felt like it was getting smaller. You book a flight early enough, use travel card points, and the rest out of pocket or split with family, it can be manageable. In the next two decades the speed of travel will increase significantly and Australia will never feel far away. Humans have migrated for a hundred thousand or more years and migration will continue to evolve with industry and technology. I think there is obvious resistance to this in pockets of society and government and Covid injected enough fear to instill a more conservative policy, but at the end of the day travel is mostly a right - not a privilege or entitlement. It's in our genes to desire to move where we will live better. I congratulate those who are happy with where they were born. Sometimes I wish for that feeling but we can't stop those from following their heart to where it leads them.
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    Border opening now mid 2022

    This pandemic will be behind us by the time they get these opened, or at the very least enough people will be vaccinated between large countries.
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    491 visa grant for offshore non-essential workers

    This is from "Skilled Visa Regional - Australia (190 & 491)", dated 22 June.
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    491 visa grant for offshore non-essential workers

    Found the post: "Good day All Got my PR 190 granted on 22.06.21 10:18 am Sydney time. State NSW Occupation:Carpenter Lodge: 19.12.2019 Points: Total 65 Lodge on shore/ granted off shore First CÔ contacted on 21.03.21 ( medicals) Second CÔ contact on 18.05.21 ( police check from the country that I was stuck more than a year) ; Vietnam “
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    Sydney property

    Same here in the US. I'm in Austin, Texas and people/investors are paying 100K over the asking price. I'm not sure what they're paying for and where all this wealth is coming from. I hear it's about lack of supply in US, not sure if it's the same elsewhere - I imagine this could be on purpose for the sake of rising property value. There's also the timbre shortage. Would love the real estate market to just freeze or cool for 5-10 years and let the youth catch up and own property. Something's gotta be done. Even if we see a crash, I doubt prices would drop to affordable levels. It's still a long term investment and people here flipping and gentrifying suburbs will get burned eventually.
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    Sydney property

    I didn't need a job offer but I do have to live and work in New South Wales for two years before I can move anywhere else. Just part of the standard 190 requirements. I'm going for duel citizenship eventually so trying to be very cautious. I've only spent a total of three weeks in Sydney in the past. There's definitely a lot to love but it felt more intense than Brisbane. I feel like I gotta be hustlin' to stay alive. People were in a hurry. It reminded me of big US cities in that way. My impression could change once I live in different suburbs and maybe the city will grow on me more. I'm still very excited about living there, hopefully soon. People I meet either love or hate Surfer's Paradise. It's definitely not for surfers. My flat mate called it "Shopper's Paradise." I didn't mind it, but there were other areas around Gold Coast I liked a lot more. Brisbane felt just right to me as far as size and the pace of life. Also did some work in Redcliffe. That was nice. Very family-oriented community there.
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    Sydney property

    Thanks for your detailed answer. Would love to be able to buy an investment property in Bris while I due my time in Sydney, but not sure if it would complicate my PR by raising flags about residency. If I own any property, I already know that I want to hold it forever, or if plans change, at least eight years... so my other option of course is to buy Sydney and delay Queensland until I could either afford a 2nd - or sell the first if I don't end up having chemistry with Sydney. Like I said, good problem to have. I'm glad to be in a position to at least think about it after years of not being able to enter the US markets in cities I like. Sydney is pretty tough too looks like but seems like there are more pathways in Oz.
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    491 visa grant for offshore non-essential workers

    This thread used to be a 190 one as well, but it looks like 190 was removed from the title? Should it be added back or do we need a new 190 thread?
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    Sydney property

    I have a good problem right now, but I'm torn. When I finally arrive to NSW in '22, I will fortunately have enough for a down payment and then some. I'm very eager to own property and have my own place. However, my heart is set on Brisbane after my two years in NSW are up. Is it worth waiting two years to buy in Brisbane or wiser to go ahead and buy in Sydney (if I can) and maybe Bris later?
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    491 visa grant for offshore non-essential workers

    An offshore carpenter in one of the FB groups was granted a 190 for NSW today. Applied in Dec 2019. Don't know if he's in these forums. If so, hope he posts his story soon!
  13. Thought I'd make a thread to lighten the mood when it comes to the frustration of waiting for our visa grant. Feel free to rant, vent or share experiences that could help one another pass the time. How are you feeling? Have you found ways to stay productive during this massive delay of life plans? Has the wait turned into a positive experience or has it been destructive? My experience: Fortunately, I've had work to pass the time but I will be laid off in two weeks. My car has bit the dust so now I'm wondering, "do I buy a car when I may move next month... or next year?" Dating or relationships are a no-no and finding a new job would require me to lie about my future so they don't reject me for not committing a lot of time. Ideally, I'm entering the perfect time to move abroad this summer but times are not normal and I may end up waiting until summer 2022 at the earliest. So now, I have to fight to keep my savings as long as I can until I can actually go to Oz. I'm going to focus on my self-employment prospects and learn about real estate (though I can't get a license until Oz). I'll just be doing side hustles until a bigger opportunity arrives and work on being creative (music, skateboarding, writing).
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    Border opening now mid 2022

    There are a few people in power who have a fantasy of keeping them closed forever but reality will prevail.
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    How are you passing the time? (waiting for grant)

    Very good point. Enjoy time with friends and encourage them to visit. You know what - I've been also doing is using credit card points as a little savings strategy to help friends and family visit. It's slow growing but by the time I'm settled, should be a nice little fund for a future airfare ticket. And I also agree planning ahead becomes obsessive. I'm at that stage now so should pull back. Plus, everything will feel different when I do arrive and there's much to learn by just exploring a new place on foot. @ali Yes, then crack open an Aussie drink when the grant comes!
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    How are you passing the time? (waiting for grant)

    Thanks for the advice everybody. Some tips to those who are waiting and get frustrated like me: Don't: • check the news every day about borders. • bug your migration agent every week or month because they won't know either • parachute into the country Do: • read books about Australia • network online with Australians • research everything about the city you're landing in
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    Opening of international borders

    My worry - hopefully just out of paranoia - is that the border closures go from being a medical necessity, to simply an anti-immigration policy. Australia cannot be robust without immigration yet there are a few people in power who have a fantasy of forever border closures who need to be voted out of office. Specifically pointing to Gerard Rennick's recent comments as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald by Latika Bourke, which makes me wonder how wide-spread his thinking is. I believe reality and common sense will prevail, as it usually does. However, this will be a teaching moment that Australians need to watch their freedoms closely. I'd gladly trade my spot in line with an Australian citizen stranded overseas.
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    491 visa grant for offshore non-essential workers

    Wow, thanks Domo. I had asked my migration agent and they had a simplistic answer saying it wasn't required for grant but they didn't amplify their answer by saying it would help. Honestly though, I'm fine with waiting. Fortunately, I have a job right now in the US, even though I'm burned out. If I were unemployed, I could totally see myself doing what you're doing. Thanks for the information.
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    491 visa grant for offshore non-essential workers

    I thought a job offer made no difference to a 190 application?
  20. The closest Vetassess I could find was Belfast, Northern Ireland. Studied for months, flew to Dublin and took a train there a couple days later. Then I rushed to catch a train back to Dublin and flew back to Texas just in time for a 4am call at work. A couple months later, Covid started and Vetassess announced they would conduct interviews over Skype! haha
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    190 Visa Grant

    I went ahead and bought a refundable flight for myself for September, even though I'm not granted. I'm just trying to cover all the bases in case prices jump. If the grant keeps taking longer, I'll just keep delaying it.
  22. If you think that is strange, I'm an American using a South African agency. There aren't any agents in the US as far as I know. They've been great. My medicals are expired too. Before deciding to get an agent, I mistakenly did a medical exam first but I'm told was okay to do so. Of course, it's expired but I've heard of direct grants happening anyway. Worst case, I'll do it again.
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    491 visa grant for offshore non-essential workers

    They're going to need them. I'm from the US so I'm probably the last person Australia wants granted into their country, sadly. However, the vaccination is going well here so hopefully my country's reputation will be better by the end of the year.
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    491 visa grant for offshore non-essential workers

    Carpenter here. Applied for the 190 in NSW, March 30 of 2020. No CO contact yet.
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    Trade Skill Assessment Carpenter Joiner

    Waiting for a date for the interview and then can get back to you with advice and tips. I just got notice my stage one assessment was a success as a carpenter. I had a complicated work history full of self-employment endeavors mixed in with employed work. I had to make more than one self-declaration statement to explain gaps in work. Overall, the paperwork stretched out to about four months before I applied last week. I was pretty nervous but it only took seven days to hear back with the good news! I ended up not needing a letter from an accountant. I explained I didn't have one and do my accounting myself, which is true. Also had lots of taxes, bank statements, invoices and stubs to back this up. I went around collecting a lot of reference letters, including the supplier references. This ended up being close to a dozen brief letters but they were very necessary for my situation. Chances are, most applicants don't need that many.
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