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  1. Hi We are looking to appoint the above agency to help us with Visa application but wanted some feedback on them?
  2. Still no change for sterling interest rates Pace of UK economic growth slows in April RBA hints at an early interest rate increase A down-up-down move covering five and a half cents left sterling lower by an insignificant one third of a cent on the week when London opened this morning. Not a single eyebrow was raised when the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) announced on Thursday that its bank rate would remain at 0.5% for a 27th month. During that time it has become increasingly irrelevant to the real cost of consumer credit and the average rate on credit cards has risen to 19.1%. A one-off increase in the bank rate to 0.75% would indeed be a futile gesture, as the governor has earlier said. Whether or not credit card lenders would pass on the increase, taking the average rate up to 19.35%, is of little or no consequence when the cost is already so eye-wateringly high. The effect would be more noticeable on mortgages but the MPC will be conscious that 150,000 customers of Lloyds banking group are already in a position of negative equity; for the country as a whole the number is said to be nearly two million. The MPC evidently believes that making its monthly payments higher would have no conceivable benefit to the UK economy. It was not the continuing low interest that most weighed on sterling though. The downward pressure came mainly from a series of weak and disappointing economic statistics. Purchasing managers' indices for the manufacturing, construction and services sectors were all lower by a couple of points in April, averaging 54.1. Although they were all above 50, and thus still positive, the pace of growth has slipped. Nationwide and HBOS both reported lower house prices in April compared with a year earlier. For Nationwide the fall was -1.3%, while HBOS put it at -3.7%. (The average sale went through at £163k - a long way below the £236k average asking price reported by Rightmove for the same month.) The only positive ecostats were those for producer prices. Manufacturers' costs were up by an annual 17.6% and factory gate prices rose by 5.3%. Both numbers are a worry on the inflation front and the gap between them must be a concern for manufacturers themselves. Normally such high numbers would have an upward effect on the pound because they theoretically point to higher interest rates, but that did not happen on this occasion because nobody believes there will be any reaction to the figures from the MPC. The Australian Industry Group's performance of services index and performance of construction index are akin to Britain's purchasing managers' indices, measuring activity in those sectors. Last week they told a mixed story. Services firms appeared to be pushing ahead, with the index up by five points and in the growth zone at 51.5. Construction is flagging though. The index was down by another point and a half at 37.9. Building approvals performed strongly in March, up by 9.1% on the month, but were still -18.1% down on the same month last year. The main impact on the Aussie dollar came from the Reserve Bank of Australia's monetary policy statement, following its decision to leave interest rates unchanged earlier in the week. Analysts interpreted the wording of the statement as pointing to an increase next month. Certainly at the time of its release the market grasped onto the higher forecast for inflation and the comment that interest rates would have to go up "at some point". This week's Australian ecostats are restricted to business confidence, the balance of trade and employment. Of the three, it is the change in employment that is most likely to make waves. Analysts forecast that the Australian economy will have added 17k jobs in April after an increase of 38k in March. The UK data are quite thin on the ground too, with nothing beyond retail sales, the balance of trade and industrial and manufacturing production. The most important event ought to be the Bank of England's Quarterly Inflation Report. However, in his speech of introduction to the report, the governor is likely to stick to his line that inflation will fall back next year, thus divorcing the QIR from monetary policy.
  3. SHANO7

    Australian Budget 2011

    Hi PIo's Link attached for the budget due to be announced at 7.30pm AEST www.budget.gov.au/ Lets hope this brings good news for all cat 4ers Cheers Shane
  4. Hi We arrived in Sydney at the beginning of March and our furniture etc all arrived last week. I need to arrange for the electrical items to have an Australian plug put on them in place of the UK plug that is currently there. I have been told that it is illegal to do it yourself and it should be done by a registered electrician over here. What has anyone else done regarding this? I am sick of having adaptors in every plug socket and really want to get everything converted asap but am concerned about how much this is going to cost if I go to an electrician. Any advice would be gratefully received. Cara
  5. connaust

    Australian Immigration Queues

    Lives on hold. Changes to Australia’s migration program have stranded tens of thousands of international graduates at the end of a queue that shows no sign of moving — and the immigration department has warned the issue could end up in court, writes Peter Mares.
  6. Australian Universities represented by Universities Australia (UA) have called for changes in the international student visas particularly from China and India. Source: http://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au/resources/1067/2011-04-UA%20Sub-Student%20Visa%20Review.pdf armandra!
  7. I'm in serious trouble right now. I really hope anyone might be able to offer me any help. My case officer informed me today that my visa 886 is not sucessful due to two reasons. 1 I was not a holder of V485 and i was holding a V485 bridging visa. 2 My v886 lodged in Aug 10 which was more than 6 months after completing my study on Dec 09. She could only grant me with V485. I may either choose to withdraw my application or she will fail it. It looks like there is nothing i could really change. But I try to give my last effort. My question is does my information provided below satisfy "overseas students who have met the Australian study requirement" ? My bachelor degree is IT. I initally planned to do a graduate diploma in Economics in 2010. I enrolled, attended a week or two class in the late Feb 2010. But i applied program leave due to the reason that i found a job in Mar 2010 somehow. Then i've been in that job until now. I have the following evidence with me: *a graduate diploma offer acceptance declaration i signed on Nov 2009 *an overseas student Confirmation of Enrolement created on 10/02/2010 by my program convener *a tution payment confirmation *an email indicates that i received my tuition refund regarding to my program leave application i submitted on Mar 2010 I wonder whether the above information could possibly suggest that i was an oversea student and met the Australian study requirement until Mar 2010? Thanks a lot.
  8. :mad:Hi all im currently a dual passport holder oz/brittish married my brittish partner we have 3 children one of which is my step child lookin to come back to oz. i have been in the uk for thirty years, are my biological children entitled to oz passports, also have not been able to find my stepsons biological dad, although i have brought him up as my own since he was 2 i seem to have no rights with him, where do i go from here , really lookin to come back by august????? what sort of visa would i need, any suggestions??? have an appointment with the oz high comm next week to try to sort things out..................
  9. ...But if they did they'd probably look like this...
  10. Hi All, This is my first post and I hope to be a regular on here throughout our journey to try and move down under. I have read lots of the posts on the forum and picked up some excellent advice and idea's and knowledge on Australia and the process of moving there. However on checking the SOL I can't seem to figure out if my job actually maps to any of the jobs on there. Me and my family have a huge desire to move down under and will do everything we can to fulfill our dream, if this means learning a new skill and trade then so be it. I currently work for a college and am the Manager for an IT Training Centre for adults. We deliver the ITQ/CLAiT/CLAiT Plus qualifications (teaching MS Office at level 2). I am also a qualified assessors and verifier (A1 and V1) and currently working towards my level 4 management NVQ and CTTLS (Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector Level 4). My main questions are: 1. Does anybody know if my experience/qualifications are needed in Australia as I can't figure out if it maps to anything in the SOL. 2. I have a CCJ from 7 years ago which I still pay and my credit rating is not brilliant, will this affect my application? I am 27 and my wife is 26, we have 2 daughters (7 and 3). My wife is currently not working due to looking after our children but has now started looking again, she has no real qualifications but a background as a care assistant. My wife is also willing to learner a new trade to strengthen our application to live in Australia. Any advice would be extremely appreciated. Thanks Joe
  11. Australian Dollar has just hit a new all time high of $1.09 against the US Dollar. Commonwealth Bank are saying it will continue to rise to at least $1.12 against USD. It seem likely then that £1 will also break below $1.50 over the next month or so. Not good news for migrants needing to exchange money.
  12. I need to open a UK bank account or offshore account in Sterling. I approached NatWest & Jersey offshore and it appears that anyone in the world is allowed to open an offshore account - except anyone with an Australian address! It's all to do with the Aust. Corp Act 2001 apparently. But, HSBC have said they can open one for me, but it pays no interest and will cost me $200 in fees to open. So how can they escape the dreaded Aus. Corp Act? Can anyone shed any light on this, I urgently need to open a Sterling account?
  13. simonwilliams

    Australian pin ???

    Hi, I'm worried about whether i would be able eligible to receive an Australian pin. Im currently in my third year due to qualify in feb! my parents have received there visa in which i am on as a dependent and are moving over in dec (they have booked their flights) I really want to be able to go straight to aussie as soon as i qualify and apply for jobs.. does anyone know if this is possible?? i have emailed countless people in regards to being able to gain an Australian pin , just waiting on replies. i wont have any experience except placements as a students , and a few years healthcare assistant. any help would be appreciated many thanks Amy Williams
  14. Hi there, could do with your thoughts on this one. Me and my family (2 adults 2 girls 3 & 5 years old) were planning in moving to Sydney. We've just been there for 3 weeks where I was offered a job ($90k). After experiencing Sydney's high living costs and also seeing how ridicously high the housing prices are we're now thinking of another city suburb. Which Australian city is most the family orientated with plenty to do but also quiet enough for laid back living? Can anyone give any of their thoughts and experience on this question. Thanks
  15. :wink:hi all, g'day. i previously made a thread on De Facto Australian Visa 820 - documentations. i've got some really helpful info from some of u here, so thanks again to those who gave me these great replies. here are some quick questions that im confused about. im actually planning to lodge my 820 application in late june, can i... 1. do the medical check now? 2. do the aussie police check now? will they both give me the reports back? so i can mail my application with those reports? or they will actually post these reports to the corresponding department like how i did those with my 485TR visa?! im getting a bit confused here... :confused: what im planning to do now is, get these 2 checks done in here. then, go back hong kong to do my police check there too. get that report, birth cert. from home etc. come back and lodge the whole application with all the required documentations. are all these sounded logical?! :err: i kind of know what sort of documentations i have to include with my application, but im a bit confused on how i actual do it... thanks in advance for the help from anyone of you. much appreciated. spzzzzzzzz
  16. The Australian Broadband Survey for 2011 Cheers B!K3R
  17. STERLING HELD BACK BY LOWER INFLATION UK employment data show more people in work. Aussie dollar prospers on little more than rate outlook. Sterling covered a range of two and a half cents. It climbed two cents higher on Monday and spent the rest of the week in retreat. The low came as London opened this morning, at which point the pound was looking at a net half-cent loss. Sterling managed successfully to negotiate three major data threats on consecutive days. It did not come out of the exercise in triumph but it did escape without coming to serious grief. The first two hurdles were on Tuesday, with the UK balance of trade and the inflation numbers. The trade figures were good, with the lowest deficit for more than a year. With inflation it was a different - and curious - story. Analysts had expected consumer price index (CPI) inflation to be unchanged from February at 4.4%. For a change, they overestimated the figure, which came in at 4.0% with retail price index (RPI) inflation down from 5.5% to 5.3%. It was disconcerting for sterling. If the Bank of England had not been minded to increase interest rates with inflation at 4.4% it would be even less inclined to do so now. Wednesday's employment data were more helpful. Unemployment fell by 17,000, bringing the unemployment rate down from 8% to 7.8%, and the number of people in work went up by more than that. In the three months to February employment went up by 143,000. For investors the one disappointment was the 700 increase in the number of jobseekers instead of the 3,000 reduction they had been led to expect. There was consolation for them next morning in the shape of Nationwide's index of UK consumer confidence, which improved by six points to 44, ahead of forecast. The only other headline-grabbing statistic was the perennially-amusing Rightmove house price index. It rose by 1.7% in April, putting the average asking price at £235,822. That is 44% more than the £163,832 average selling price reported by the Halifax and Nationwide. The discrepancy probably accounts for what Rightmove described as "the biggest jump in unsold stock on agents' books that we have recorded in nearly four years". The Australian dollar's main claim to fame was a recovering global economy, continued demand for the country's commodity exports and the likelihood of higher interest rates (the benchmark rate is already at 4.75%, one of the best returns around). The ecostats were of minimal importance but they were not bad. NAB's index of business conditions rose by 11 points to 9 while confidence fell five points to 9. Westpac's consumer confidence index went up from a negative -2.4% to +1.2%. Consumer inflation expectations were almost unchanged at 3.5% and new motor vehicle sales went up by 3.4% in March. This week's data will be scarcely more illuminating, with just the import/export price index and producer prices. On Wednesday the Bank of England publishes the minutes of the monetary policy committee's April meeting. Critical here will be the number of votes in favour of a rate increase. Thus far there have been three. If the number went up to four in April the pound will get a boost. The other important figure will be Thursday's retail sales. Here, any positive number would be good for sterling; sales fell in February and are expected to have done so again in March. Buyers of the Australian dollar should continue to hedge their risk with a forward purchase of half the money they will intend to buy. The coming three weeks will include just 11 UK business days. With London responsible for more than a third of global FX turnover the holiday mood will mean, at best, reduced market depth and liquidity. At worst there will be price spikes and troughs that make it more difficult than usual to figure out what is going on.
  18. Hi, I am interested in a job i've seen but it is asking for a trade certificate, I have City & Guilds and Advanced Associate Insitute of Carpenters, how do i go about getting an Aus trade Certificate? Thanks
  19. I was put in touch with Geneva Health - recruitment agency and was advised to do the IELTs academic test, which I did, passed and I am now making a start on my registration paperwork. However, I've been thrown really as there is a box to tick to indicate whether or not secondary education was taught and assessed in English. Of course, I am English and was about to tick the box when I realised that I would have to provide evidence of this. However, my recruitment adviser told me that as I've done the IELTs test, I should tick 'no' to the question and provide my IELTs results. It seems a bit odd....has anyone else done this or can any advice be offered? I'm keen to get this out of the way!!!! Zoe
  20. Still no increase for UK interest rates It was a good week for the Australian dollar that included a new record high against the US dollar. The pound started well, rising by two and a half cents on Monday and Tuesday, but finished badly, giving back all that and more. When London opened this morning the pound was a net one cent lower on the week. Sterling's week revolved around interest rates; specifically Thursday's decision from the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). Nobody expected any change to the 0.5% Bank Rate that had been in force for 25 months, nor to the asset purchase programme that has seen the Bank buy £200 billion of government and other bonds. So why the excitement? Well, it's tradition, really. Anyway, the Bank might have sprung a surprise rate increase, given that inflation is knocking 4.4% off the value of everyone's savings annually. But of course the Bank did nothing but issue the same statement it has used since July last year, explaining what it was not doing. The market will have to wait for another ten days to find out from the minutes of the meeting the reasons for the inaction. It is fair to guess that the MPC did nothing because a majority of the committee expects inflation to subside of its own accord, without the need for higher interest rates. The week's economic statistics were, on balance, positive for sterling but were not unanimously so. Industrial and manufacturing production in February were a serious disappointment. Manufacturing production was static and industrial production (manufacturing plus mining and energy) was down by -1.2%. Balancing the equation were the purchasing managers' indices (PMIs) for the construction and services sectors in March. Both were better than expected. The construction PMI was almost unchanged at 56.4 and the manufacturing index surprised everyone with a four-and-a-half point rise to 57.1. The Halifax house price index went up by the smallest possible 0.1% increment in March but was -2.9% down on the year and accompanied by the Halifax's expectation of "a 2% decrease in house prices in 2011 as a whole". Producer price index (PPI) data on Friday were either positive or negative for sterling, depending on how you think the Bank of England will respond to the 5.4% annual rise in factory gate prices and the thumping 14.6% increase in manufacturers' costs. In theory, they will feed through into yet higher consumer prices and that will make the Bank more inclined to raise interest rates. In practice, the Bank believes all this rising price nonsense is a temporary phenomenon that will vanish next year. Time will tell. The Australian dollar was among half a dozen currencies that led the field with little to choose between them. It was a motley crew, including the NZ dollar, the Norwegian krone and the Swiss franc, and there was no obvious reason for the combination. There were plenty of Australian economic data though. AiG's performance of services index - the services PMI with a different hat on - was two points lower at even further into the shrinkage zone at 46.5. The balance of trade clocked an unexpected $205 million deficit in February. Investment lending was down by -2.3% in February and mortgage lending fell by -5.6%. The construction sector PMI fared even less well than the services index, down by five points to 39.4. But it was not all bad news. The rate of unemployment was down from 5.0% to 4.9% in March and nearly 38k people found jobs. The employment change number was well ahead of the 24k increase analysts had predicted and was a welcome reversal of the previous month's 10k job losses. The coming week's Australian data will not be a great deal of help. There are confidence measures for companies and consumers, motor vehicle sales and consumer inflation expectations. In the UK the interest rate debate will continue, with consumer price index (CPI) inflation scheduled to remain steady at 4.4% on Tuesday. The following day brings the employment figures, with an expected fall of 3k in the number of people claiming jobseekers' allowance and an unemployment rate unchanged at 8%.
  21. Hello All Just a question............... I'm eligible to apply for Citizenship in May 2012...........does anyone know how long the process will take? Can I put in an application before the 4 year mark so that it may be granted as soon after May as possible? I need to go back to Europe for a Family reunion in Sept 2012 but didn't want to leave until I can try and get my Citizenship because I believe "days away" count against you? Is that correct? Thanking you for any advice in advance
  22. :cute: hi all, i am new to this forum and i'm currently living in Sydney with my boyfriend. we've been together since 2003. i'm currently holding a 485TR which will expire in July. i've been reading some previous post in regards to visa 820. i just wanna ask some questions in preparing the correct documentations before i sumbit my application forms. 1. I don't quite understand what the character check is. So, is it like a police check in both Sydney and Hong Kong (where i'm from)? 2. Is there a page limit on "Evidence of genuine and continuing relationship"? 3. I've got lots more evidences than the checklist stated. Should I give them more than what they ask for to support my genuine relationship with my boyfriend? 4. I don't share a property with my boyfriend because we live together with my boyfriend's parents too. If we only have a joint account, and the car insurance has got both of our names in it, would it be a bit hard to prove that we've been living together? thanks in advance for the help from anyone of you. much appreciated. :biggrin: spzzzzzzzz
  23. Just having my daily fix of breaking headlines down under and in the top 5 stories I found this: From: NewsComAu April 05, 2011 STRICT English tests will make it almost impossible for migrant tradesmen to enter the country, according to employers. Alternatively, you can copy and paste this link into your browser: We need foreign tradies, say employers | News.com.au Interesting times ahead... I think I may have summed up how many of us may feel about the pending cut off date and the crazy 1st July changes.... Time flys The years fly by The months go so fast* Marking off the weeks one by one But the hours of waiting painfully go on With every tick and every tock Time appears to stand still* For us on the immigration clock There's a deadline in place of the first of July Many of us will have tears in our eyes* We are involved in the race against time Holding out desperately for *news* But all we have are the spring time blues Tick tock, goes the immigration clock Its a process that takes it's time Takes days, weeks, months and many a year have gone by
  24. STERLING ON THE RETREAT UK growth worries increase as hopes of higher interest rates fade Kiwi and Aussie dollars lead the commodity currencies' rebound Sterling was steady against the Aussie until Wednesday, when it began a downward slide that cost it seven cents over the next 72 hours. When London opened this morning the pound was showing a net loss of six cents on the week. It was Tuesday's consumer price index (CPI) data that market the turning point for sterling. Up to that point there had been a lingering hope that the Monetary Policy Committee would eventually decide that it must do something about Britain's high inflation rate, especially if it turned out to be as high as the 4.2% analysts were predicting. In the run-up to the CPI announcement many investors took precautionary long positions, buying sterling in the speculation that the figure might be even higher. They turned out to be correct in their supposition but wrong in their assumption that sterling would go up. CPI rose by 4.4% in the year to February and the pound went down. Initially it fell as those long positions were sold off. The suspicion grew that Bank of England governor Mervyn King would continue to shepherd his MPC along the path of policy relaxation however high the rate of inflation. A day later, the minutes of the March meeting showed that there were indeed still only three members of the committee in favour of an interest rate increase. Hours after the minutes were published the chancellor of the exchequer delivered his 2011 Budget speech. In it he gave tacit approval to the MPC's stance, saying that inflation of up to 5% this year would fade to 2.5% next year and 2% thereafter. He confirmed that the inflation target remains at 2% but gave no impression that the MPC was under any pressure to achieve it. Also in the speech he delivered the widely-anticipated downgrade to estimates of economic growth; 1.7% for this year, rising to 2.5%, 2.9% and 2.8% in the following three years. Friday's retail sales figures for February rammed home that new reality. After a tolerably successful January Sales season turnover in February was down by -0.8%. It was not a figure calculated to do sterling any favours. With the economic impact of the Japanese earthquake becoming clearer investors felt less need to pursue a strategy of safety. They moved out of the haven currencies (actually there is only really one haven as long as G7 central banks are sitting on the yen, and that is the Swiss franc) and they moved back into the commodity-oriented and higher yielding "risky" currencies. The New Zealand dollar was the main beneficiary of that change of mood but the Australian dollar was very close behind. And there is no doubt that it was a change of mood; the Australian economy had but a single piece of statistical evidence to offer; the Conference Board's leading index, which slipped from 0.7% to 0.1%. A reminder of Britain's struggling economy will come on Tuesday with the revision to fourth quarter GDP growth, previously estimated at -0.6%. House price indices from Nationwide and the Halifax are pencilled in for the end of the week and are unlikely to deliver any positive surprises. Australian data are more plentiful this week than they were last but can still not be described as prolific. There are new home sales, private sector lending, building permits and the AiG performance of manufacturing index (the purchasing managers' index with another name). In a single week sterling spiked up from its two-month-old horizontal channel then down and out of it. The pound is now pointing at the all-time low it clocked at the turn of the year, with little to stand in its way. Buyers of the Australian dollar should continue to hedge their risk with a forward purchase of half the money they will intend to buy. Those who will need the money soon should buy all of it at current levels.
  25. Guest

    Passports - Australian House

    I think this question has been asked before but I can't find it. Do you have to send your passports to Australian House, London before you fly out to validate your visa?? I know all passports now have a 'chip' ... is it okay just to fly with this or do you need the paper visa actually in your passports. Thanks