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  1. Guest

    Australian Visa Bureau

    Has anyone used them and how did you rate them? Also whats the average cost of using an agent? Thanks
  2. Guest

    Joining the Australian Navy

    Hi All my I just say what a fab site , Its really good. Just wondering if there was anyone here who has left the British Royal Navy and joined the Australian Navy ?? Would be greatful for any advise, My husband who has done 12 years service is really thinking of doing this as my parents are going out there but would relly like some info especially on pensions and pay Thanks all in advance and have a good day
  3. HI all My friend Lisa is in strife and I am hoping that we may be able to help her. Lisa has recently migrated to Adelaide with her husband and children. They paid a remobals company in the UK to pack and send a container to Adelaide. The container has reached Adelaide but the company there refuses to release it, claiming that the UK company owes them money. The UK company is not answering the phone or responding to faxes and e-mailes so they might be about to go bust, I fear. The container contains all of Lisa's husband's certificates confirming his qualifications. His new employers in Australia are demandng proof of his qualifications. It also contains all their furniture, crockery etc and they have agreed a rental of an unfurnished house from 24 October. Can the Australian company hold Lisa's container to ransom in this way? Can anybody suggest what she ought to do? I have absolutely no idea about shipping and international removals, so I haven't got a clue what to suggest and would be very grateful to anyone who can suggest anything. Many thanks Gill
  4. bruce 7

    Australian need skills expo

    Has any one else applied to go to this expo in October and if you have have you been sent any further details regarding if your application has been accepted? :?
  5. Guest

    Australian Geography Lesson

    There is a very good reason for forcing wannabes to wait months on end for the hallowed call to pack bags and 'migrate' (dreadful word: implies pigeons and other feathery friends.) Australia is a vast country and it takes time to decide where to settle. There is a town called Fir King. Many gentlemen would prefer the quieter hamlet of Wet Beaver Creek (oh it is definitely on the map of Australia, I can assure you.) Most ladies consider that Iron Knob would be well worth a visit at least. For those who can never seem to get anything right, the pleasant little village of Buggerup might suit. Any more...........................?
  6. Guest

    Australian Capital Investment

    Hello, This is my first post but I have been reading this forum for a few years now. I have recently made a huge 'faux Pas' with my General Skilled Independent application. I started compiling my application in 2003 and therefore all of my paperwork was from 2003. I eventually made my application in Dec. 2005 with 115 points, while being blissfully unaware of the fact that the points requirement went up in 2004 to 120 points. Doh!! :oops: I have only just found this out when receiving a case officer at the end of July who immediately pointed out that I didn't meet the points requirement. So, my only option now is to invest AU$100000. But, it will take me some time to raise that sort of cash. My questions for this forum are: Has anyone else been as stupid as me and found themselves in this situation (and what did you do). At what stage during the application do I have to part with the cash? Many thanks Steve.
  7. Hi! Great Web site.... I've been planning on working as a nurse in Aus for a while now and have gained 4 years experience in coronary care. I am wondering if anybody could recommend a good and trustworthy nursing agency to me. If you've ever used an agency to place you in Australia, i'd really love to know a little about your experience. Has anybody ever used a company called "Geneva" and if so what was your experience like? I seem to be going round in circles and would really appreciate the wisdom of exprience! THANKYOU... :lol:
  8. The Australian Government has announced significant changes to its subclass 139 visa, commonly known as the Skilled, Designated Area-sponsored (SDAS) visa. Starting from 1 July 2006, incidentally the same day changes are being introduced for Australia's Working Holiday Maker visa, the subclass 139 SDAS will be replaced by a two-stage visa process. The visa will not be points tested. To be eligible for the first provisional portion of the new visa, known as the subclass 496, SDAS (Provisional) the visa applicant will need to: be under 45 years of age have a good level of English have recent work experience be sponsored by an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia; and have skills and qualifications assessed by a relevant assessing authority as suitable for an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). Once the Provisional visa has been granted the holder must retain that visa for at least two years. The applicant must also have complied with the conditions set out in the SDAS (Provisional) visa. SDAS (Provisional) visa holders should apply for a SDAS visa on or before the expiry date of their SDAS (Provisional) visa. To apply for the Residence portion of the visa, applicants must: have held the SDAS (Provisional) visa for at least two years be sponsored by an eligible relative have lived in a designated area for two years have worked full time in a designated area for 12 months; and have good English skills The applicants may be inside or outside Australia when applying for and granted a SDAS (Residence) visa. For further details, please visit http://www.visabureau.com/australia/news/27-06-2006/australian-subclass-139-to-cease-1-July.aspx
  9. Just noticed an update on the DIMIA website which takes you through various links to find out whether your particular trade needs a licence once you get there.. I found it very helpful...
  10. Guest

    Proud to be an Australian

    > Why We Are All Proud To Be Australian Citizens: > > 1) Only in Australia... can a pizza get to your house faster > > than an ambulance. > > 2) Only in Australia... is "are you awake?" the standard > > concept of foreplay. > > 3) Only in Australia... do supermarkets make the sick people > > walk all the way to the back of the store to get their >Panadol,etc., > > while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front. > > 4) Only in Australia... do people order double cheeseburgers, > > large fries... and a Diet Coke. > > 5) Only in Australia... do banks leave both doors open, have > > no armed guards and chain the pens to the counter. > > 6) Only in Australia... do we leave cars worth thousands of > > dollars in the driveway, and store our junk in the garage. > > 7) Only in Australia... do we use answering machines to > > screen calls, and then have call waiting so we won't miss a > > call from someone we didn't want to talk to in the first > place. > > 8) Only in Australia... do we use the word "politics" to > > describe the process of Government. "Poli" (poly) in Latin > > meaning "many";and "tics"meaning "blood sucking creatures". > > 9) Only in Australia... do we live by the saying, "you're > > never too pissed if you can still find the floor". > > Stand proud Australia.....
  11. Guest

    Australian 2006 Budget

    The 2006–07 Commonwealth Budget will be released on Tuesday, 9 May at 7:30pm AEST http://www.budget.gov.au/
  12. The Australian Federal Government has announced changes its popular working holidaymaker visa program. The most significant change means visa holders will be able to work for any one employer for six months rather than three. Study periods have been extended to four months rather than three. The Government has also widened its definition for qualifying fields of employment for the popular visa ‘extension’ program For further info, please visit: http://www.visabureau.com/australia/news/03-05-2006/significant-changes-to-australia-working-holiday.aspx Cheers,
  13. (in hours) Adelaide 2 Alice Springs 3 Brisbane 1.5 Canberra .45 Darwin 5.5 Hobart 1.5 Melbourne 1.5 Perth 4.5 -Eastern Standard Time (EST), which includes New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory; - Central Standard Time (CST), which includes South Australia and the Northern Territory, this one is the most curious of all as many visitors to Australia have never heard of half hour time zones before and think you are trying to fool them. - Western Standard Time (WST) - Western Australia. CST is one half hour behind EST, while WST is two hours behind EST.
  14. Guest

    Australian Migration Solutions

    Has anyone used this company? Exchanged emails with Greta who is the director -seems really nice and helpful. Would just like to ask how others got on with them. Ta
  15. Hi, We've been informed by our agent that the above visa is suffering from the same deprioritisation as the 136 visa that Neil mentioned in another thread. Essentially, we've been told the case officers have currently been allocated to cover mid-July - September and expect to begin processing post September soon. Our application was lodged in late November. I think what this means is that subclass 138 applications are running two months behind. What this means for us is that we should expect medical requests in June at the earliest rather than April. It's not the end of the world, though it is disappointing. It's better than a rejection. So, back to waiting then Cheers Choobs
  16. There are two major websites, which most Real Estate Agencies Advertise rentals and homes to buy on... http://www.realestate.com.au and http://www.domain.com.au
  17. Hi peeps, after doing some research I found these two migration bank accounts that you can set up before making the move. I like the look of the Westpac as there charges seem to be lower . http://www.migrantbanking.co.uk/ OR http://www.westpac.com.au/migrantbanking/ Does anyone have any experience with them and which ones would you recommend? three weeks and counting.... :lol: :lol: