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  1. After a pretty rubbish start to 2011, found out my partner of 3.5 years was having an affair with my best friend, a few weeks later my Mum emigrated to Australia to be with my sister, and then I got put at risk of redundancy.... my luck is finally turning :biggrin: I got my positive VETASSESS skills assessment back this week after a tense 5 months, have applied for SA state sponsorship yesterday and have just found out I've won a camcorder in a raffle at work (Oh and I found out my job is safe... which is partly sad as the payout would have come in handy). Roll on state sponsorship approval and then onto visa app.... sending the good luck out to everyone else who needs to share a bit :jiggy:
  2. Guest

    Finally booking my flight!

    Oh my god is it so bad that i feel extremely nervous but excited but emotional but glad about booking my flight?? Its being booked tomorrow and im scared!! Its only a bloody one way too! :smile:
  3. After months of dreaming and hoping we have finally sent the first payment to the migration company for them to start the visa process for us!! I know we still have a long way to go but i finally feel like we have started our journey to Oz! Cant wait to get there!!! Lou x
  4. yoyo333

    Finally Got it :)

    After just over 2 years, I woke this morning to the visa grant email! I'm so chuffed and relieved that the wait is finally over!! I don't think I would of managed it without PIO, so thank you to all. I hope some of my posts have been useful to others on the journey and I now look forward to the next stage! Which thread do I join?? Good luck to all those who are in the process. Your day will come. If I can help anyone please feel free to drop me a pm Yoyo xx
  5. Salma

    Finally.....

    After plannng since 2008 I have finally booked my flight Aus on the 9th November, arriving in Sydney on 16th November (5 day stopover in Dubai with family) Thank you to everyone who has helped with the application process (mine and my son's citizen) My son has not got his citizen yet but it was sent off on friday. Getting nervous as I will be leaving everything I know behind to a country where I will know a handfull of people!
  6. Hi all, I would like to share the good news with all in pomsinoz; my 2 year 4 months of wait is over. I have been on and off here, frustrated with the changes and all.Then one day, my mailbox shows I have the grant letter .... finally! My special thanks to Gollywobbler (who sadly no longer around the forums), Reza (for his information on adding de-facto/spouse), VickyMel , siamsusie pumpkin, GeorgeD, _shel and everyone else that I may have unintentionally left out for the support, encouragement and sharing their experiences here. My timeline: Date applied: 03 March 2009 s175 (MODL/SOL) Low Risk (LR) country Medical checked: 03 April 2009, police clearance done Priority changed Sept 2009, s175 given lowest priority Applied for NSW SS and granted: 10 Sept 2009, changed to s176 (cat2) Priority changed again, s176 and s175 priority goes further down (cat5) unless you are in CSL/ENS AU election ... everything on hold again ... ---looong wait ---- NSW election ... SMP on hold the longest of all states SMP out in 03 Mar 2011 - My occupation no longer listed ... (cat4 for having SS but not SMP) CO first contact: 03 April 2011 Asked for S80, F47A, de-facto evidence, spouse IELTS, etc Health check re-done, police clearance re-done Visa granted: 12 Jul 2011, must enter AU for validation by Dec 06, 2011 I guess I am the last few dinasours to be out ... Best of luck everyone!
  7. robeaves

    Finally got it :)

    Hi all, Not posted for a while but just wanted to say we have got our visa today subclass 176 so anyone still waiting hang in there and they will get to yours soon i'm sure. I started this process in 2008, 3 years, 2 agents and a new girlfriend later finally got the golden email this morning !!!! Also wanted to say thank you to everybody on here, this site has been so useful, helpful and not to mention supportive throughout the whole process, everyone is so friendly and willing to help i don't know what i would have done without you. Thanks again and good luck everybody still waiting. Rob. :biggrin:
  8. Guest

    Whooo!! Finally....

    :biggrin: AARRGGHH!!! Im so excited finally got our visa this morning!! Me and the Hubby going to Perth hopefully begining of August!! Let the good times begin. Although i havent spoke much on here I want to thank everyone who posts and replies as this site can be soooo helpful, I picked up most of the things I know on here. Time Line: Our first trip to oz was a working holiday visa in 09/10, fell in love with the place and just knew we had to go back. Applied for hundreds of jobs asking for sponsorship. Finally a break through in April 2011, Interview May, 457 Visa applied for, visa approved June 30, Whooo!! Patience does pay off, so stick with it guys dont give up!! xxx :wink:
  9. janice1uk

    Long wait finally over

    :biglaugh: Visa Granted after a very long journey. First appointed agent in Feb 2008 and all the changes effecting us and changing from a 175 to a ss 176, medicals were referred for just under 4 months. Today we got or visa they have granted a 175 in the end. So SA here we come. Thanks for all the support without Poms in oz and poms in adelaide i think i would have gone insane. Good luck to all still waiting.:biggrin:
  10. Woohoooo!!! I got my VISA... Thank you team6. The journey started on the 25th of June and after 2 long yrs got the approval on 23rd June. Thanks one and all for your suggestions and support in this forum. Good luck to those who are still waiting. Your number is next. Thanks :yes::cool::wink:
  11. I've spent the last couple of weeks disheartened by the lack of carpenter's jobs advertised on seek, careerone etc. bored of waiting at the computer for new jobs to be added all day i decided to get more proactive. while touring around buderim and moloolaba this weeken, i stopped at any building sites taking the main contractors details off sign boards, later at home i sent nice emails that i was looking for work and was wanting to settle my family on the sunshine coast etc, and attached my resume. Yesterday I coldcalled construction companies out of yellow pages. nobody was pissed off with this and a couple asked for my resume, and i mailed it straight away. After a nice long phone call today i've accepted a nice job for a great looking company (going from their website) and start on monday. Im stoked. I started out too timid, 2 weeks waiting for people to contact me after applying through jobsites. I got pissed off this weekend and went for it, got 2 job offers and an interview in the space of 3 days. Not sure if this approach would work for all but if you're in construction. It seems you have to go to them, the good companies often dont need to advertise for staff.
  12. Hmachanick

    Finally taking the steps

    Hi all, Its great to be able to post on this forum after a few years of reading it and a few years trying to decide whether to take the plunge or not. So now the decision has been made - yay So myself and my husband (in IT) have decided to apply for the skilled visa based on his work experience. We are currently getting all the documents together for the ACS approval - has anyone done this before? How many years of experience do you have to prove? Currently we are thinking of Perth (as my brother lives there) but are a bit fearful of feeling cut off? We love nature and getting into the car and driving into it, so we still need to do research as to where we can do this best. Well thats my story, hope to be chatting with you all soon.:laugh:
  13. stoorob

    Finally

    Not long to go now, we leave for Singapore this Sunday for a 4 day stopover before arriving in Melbourne on the 25th. Start work on the 4th July, so have a week or so to settle before getting into my new work. Scary and nervous but really looking forward to a new adventure with my wonderful wife :-)
  14. fraser355

    457 - Finally Got it!!

    After a long wait I finally got my Visa approved this morning at 5am, so my wife and I can stop stressing and get some sleep! Has been a long wait 8 weeks exactly since it was lodged, my company had a call yesterday from DIAC to apologise as they had misplaced my paperwork hence the long time waiting and they promised it would be done immediately which they did and I got full e-mail confirmation today! Knew there was something wrong with regards to timescale but just glad it is all sorted now! So Sydney here we come!! We fly out on 28th June with Singapore. Thanks to all the useful posts and answers to some of my questions on here! Good luck to others waiting I know how stressful it is just waiting on that confirmation!! Fraser
  15. stoorob

    Finally

    Finally had our 457 visa approved on Friday and are now very much in the process of making the move to Melbourne. It''s been a longer than expected process for us with lots of bumps along the way but we're just glad it's finally over and we can begin concentrating on making our new life down under! :biggrin:
  16. Long awaited details: On 1 July 2011 a new points test for skilled migrants will come into effect. Information about the points test, which visas are affected and how this relates to those eligible students and former student visa holders for transitional arrangements is available. http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/whats-new.htm
  17. I have at last secured an IT position in Western Australia, and I have managed to do it from the UK. It has been a slow process though. But I sent my acceptance letter last night. So don't give up it is possible to secure a job from the UK however its just harder. I will be moving to Busselton WA mid August so if anyone out that way wants to show me and the family the places to go PM me.:arghh:
  18. gemstone

    Finally an answer...

    Hello everyone, I have been a bit stressed recently as the DIAC have not been able to give me a straight answer to what category I was in after a recent change. However I emailed them yesterday saying how concerned I was that I believed my application had been missed. The application that was returned this morning stated that 'my application had now been updated and my case had been highlighted under schedule 3 foir attention'. Does this now mean I am in category 3. My processing time has already been and gone for category 3 18.09.09. So do you think they will just pick it up a lot quicker. Any ideas?
  19. twinkletoes35

    Finally, Visa sent off

    hello all Just wanted to share with you all an update, finally after lots of sweat, worry and tears have dispatched our ENS 121 application off to Paramatta via DHL now cross our fingers and wait! all the best TT xx:biggrin:
  20. Guest

    Finally - we got it!

    After a year and a half of nail biting we finally got it! 176 WA SS was granted today after a super speedy finalisation on medicals and police checks. I have been on this forum since the beginning but have been lurking in the background - I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks so much for all your amazing posts and insights... and for everyone still waiting - hang in there!:-) x x x
  21. We are finally ready to start the whole proses;) colin was at the specialist today about his PKD, thankfully no change everything ok;)even told him he shouldn't have a problem with his medicals...as you know i have been a little worried about whether he would pass his meds or not. Feeling a lot better about it now;) he has an appointment next week with JP to get all his documents certified NO CHARGE;))))we were quoted £180 for a notary just for AHPRA docs.....has to travel to scotland but as we come from there originaly will just visit family;)) at last something that doesn't cost a fortune;)) when he has everything then its sent to AHPRA....have heard horror stories about this but as we are off to Perth, hopeful it wont take to long (have read on here that perth is quick, fingers crossed;)) getting excited now;))) sharon.xxx
  22. http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/delivering-assistance/government-programs/settlement-programs/ccs.htm Is this what DIAC have been working on for the past 2 weeks?
  23. http://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-malaysia-to-trade-asylum-seekers-gillard-20110507-1ed1a.html She has forgotten that there is an army of aging liberals who know how to tell stories and who protect those non-genuine refugees. Generally I am happy about her thought to solve this popular topic which has flooded media recently and Mr. Bowen can finally focus on finishing clearing the mess with backlog. Julia we love you!
  24. Just wanted to share our fantastic news that we finally have got our visa grant yesterday 29/4/11. :jiggy: Lots of laughs, tears and excitment. Had a fantastic day celebrating with all our friends at the local street party. Celebrated a little too hard! Thanks to PIO - this has been my saviour over the last few months. There is so much great information on here and great people. We hope to make the move in November if we can get the house sorted. Thank you again! Penny x
  25. Wonderingaloud

    Finally arrived in Brisbane part 2

    Bit of a long one this, have been so busy the last 2 weeks have barely had time to think, but now getting into the swing of things thought it was about time for arrival report number 2. Perhaps a grap a cuppa and get comfy first though...:wubclub: First few days were really crap, jet lag really hit us hard, we felt so drained and ended up spending 2entire days in bed trying to recuperate. Two weeks on and we are both much better, but I have to say I was surprised at just how much it knocked us for 6. We went to Melbourne 2 years ago and were fine within 2-3 days... I think the worse jetlag this time around is owed to the fact that because our flight leaving the UK wasn't until 22.00, and getting up at 9am, meant an additional 13 hours of being awake. We were then delayed by 6 hours as well once we got to Singapore , bringing our total 'being awake time' to just over 42 hours.:goofy: We did of course doze on the plane but I shall think twice about booking a flight at place of origin so late on in the evening again... Anyway, when I say us, it's just me and my hubby. We have no children and this is our own little adventure before we settle down and look at starting our own family. Being a midwife I am lucky that I have a job that is transferable around the globe (which is partly why I chose to get into that field in the first place) and after almost 3 years of working in the NHS decided the time was right to try something different. So I started job hunting last April and applied for my then QNC registration (which subsequently turned out to be an extremely lucky decision, and granted in 5 weeks after hearing nightmare stories of all those poor people being stung by aphra) and by May had had 2 telephone interviews and offered 2 jobs. Now we would have been in oz a lot sooner if it wasn't for our house, which lost 15k with the market crash, and the bank refusing to let it out as we were almost in negative equity. Fortunately after 6 long months, the bank finally realised that if they could keep us paying our fixed rate mortgage (higher than the bank of englands current rate) they would be on a winner, so agreed to us letting it out. November 2010 onwards has been crazy, we decided to ship some of our sfurniture and belongings, as I was offered a relocation package and had some lovely furniture that we felt would be irreplaceable for the same or even similar cost in oz. We applied for the visa, which took 10 days, and then thought of nothing else but oz morning, noon and night that only those who have emigrated can relate to! We lived with the inlaws to save some money for 4 months and then flew on April 3rd 2011 after a tearful farewell from friends and family. Our first impressions of Australia were and still are great. Climate wonderful here in Brisbane, sure afew rainy days but warm, and when the sun does come out, the heat is unbelievable. We have a litre tub of suncream which we keep in the car and is fast becoming our best friend! Friendly people (I was quite scared of being called pommy all the time but so far so good!) and great coffee! I just love the coffee culture here, cafe tables lining the streets and people sitting out in them virtually all day. There is no recession here that's for sure. We are initially staying up in mango hill for 4 weeks (being jest the 2 of us we didn't need a big house, nor did we have the money to spend on an inner city apartment) which has been great albeit a little far out. We spent the few days after the jet lag driving round and looking to buy a car, and managed to pick up a little Toyota echo for 7000 dollars. We already knew from researching ahead how expensive to our English pound, cars are here, although we found quite a few little garages who had much cheaper vehicles if you don't mind roughing it for a bit! I would have been quite happy with a banger but the OH was adamant we would find something a little more upmarket, so the 7000 dollar echo it is. Next task, find somewhere to live. Now that did take us by surprise, whether it's because of the floods, or population growth or a combination of both, real estate is ferocious here! After doing the commute on the M1 from bris central to mango hill/ north lakes we soon decided that lovely as the area is, the journey is a killer. So have recked up quite a few kms looking at ferny grove and it's surrounds, the gap, camp hill/ norman park/ coorparoo and eventually decided that any of those areas would do for now! Especially as we couldn't limit ourselves to just one area as trying to find a rental was soon becoming a nightmare. We would phone up enquiring about properties newly listed, only to be advised that they had already had applicants. Or we'd be advised of an inspection date, push for a private viewing which the agents would be adamant they couldn't do, and then get a phone call the next day to say the property had gone. It turned out people are blindly applying for property, and for particularly for Coorparoo area, anything within the 350-400 per week would be snapped up. We learnt fast to keep an eye out on real estate website and as soon as anything new came up that looked ok, called up for a viewing, and blagged a bit to get a viewing asap. With this method we managed to view quite a few of which about a third were absolute wrecks. How anyone would put their homes up for viewing in such a state I will never know. Anyway, After a week of intensive and unrelentless searching, driving and phone calls and fearing we'd never find anywhere to live, we viewed a couple of apartments in Coorparoo/ camp hill area that was just within our price range and perfect for what we were after. So we hot footed it down to the agents offices and applied there and then, we were the first to view one of them and were told they'd call us the next day to let us know. One of the receptionists seemed unsure about us as we have no credit rating is oz, and no previous rental history, but we fought our corner and attached a covering letter with our application really selling ourselves with phrases like 'a young professional couple,' ' as landlords ourselves to our UK property, we understand how stressful it can be letting out your home, we are honest reliable and responsible who will make excellent tenants'. I also played up to the fact i needed a crb check and letters of good standing for my QNC registration, and attached references i had written by contacts before we left the UK. Our savings account balance in the UK, my contract of employment, a letter from our mortgage provider saying our mortgage was paid on time and never been in arrears etc, as well as paperwork from other financial dealings like our council tax letters were all added into the mix. Basically it came down to throwing as much paperwork as we could at them, as well as a good chat at the desk to try and make them see that we were decent people.! After all that, the next day we had a phonecall from one of the agents saying wed been approved and that they had 'decided to give us a chance'. Bloody cheek, still we were chuffed to bits and it came at the right time because we were absolutley shattered. I dont think we could have continued our search for another week! The second property, we didn't get but at least it made our decision easier. The only small problem is that our current accommodation finishes end of the month, I start work on the 3rd may, but the property isn't available for us to move into untill 17th may. As a side note:**Any tips anyone has on cheap self catering accommodation close to the mater for 2 weeks would be fab.... On the shopping front, I have to say some items brought from our uk pound savings are expensive, coke for some reason was 2 bottles for 22 dollars in Coles! We stuck with the Coles cola brand, 99c can't go wrong! But on the whole, we haven't found it to be that bad. Reason being, you have to look at what you earn in dollars and work out your shopping cost from that. You can't keep converting it to uk pounds because then yes, everything is really expensive. We have also found some great little hardware shops, fruit and veg markets, and little shops on the side of main roads which are loads cheaper than in the supermarkets. Same goes for little butchers and bakery shops dotted around. If you look around, there are cheaper places, and neither of us can understand what everyone is going on about in terms of food shopping being so expensive. Perhaps the supermarkets up north of the city are a lot cheaper? Or because its just the 2 of us ? To be honest It's really baffled me that one... If you want the convenience of everything in the same place, then be prepared to pay the prices, tesco doesnt dominate the landscape here, and you have to be prepared to shop around. So in addition to the above we have also sorted out Medicare, which was easy and took a few minutes, and applied online for a tax file nimbler, again didn't take long to apply but we still haven't had them yet. Now we have sorted out a car and somewhere to live we are spending some time exploring this beautiful country (or at least a very small part of it!) and enjoying every minute. The beaches on the sunshine coast are stunning, being in mango hill it's easier to nip to mooloolaba than battle with the southern motorways to get to the gold coast, but it's more for us to explore when we eventually live that side of the river. I had my first experience of body boarding today (along with all the little kids lol) but good fun. Water temp 24 celcius, and just beautiful. Southbank too, is a real gem, and even in the aftermath of the floods there are pools and lagoons free to use, as well as the gardens or stroll along the river. The weather here just makes it so much easier to enjoy these things. It will be amazing once they have finished all the renovation going on there. The only little moan I have is traffic here. It is a nightmare. And some of the drivers here are nutters! Have never commuted to a major uk city for work, so can't compare (perhaps it's the same) but you have people overtaking you, undertaking you and if you don't go as soon as the light is on green (no amber here is like red, red now GO) they are up your a**! Quite an experience I can tell you! Peak times avoid like your life depends on it, or be prepared to sit in traffic for endless hours. On the other side, public transport here is fantastic, and cheap. Costs 3.88 dollars from bald hills station to Brisbane central. Where we lived in shropshire it cost us £5.59 to go 10minutes two stations away. So there you go, long rant but we are thoroughly enjoying ourselves here, and skyping home for free and being able to see and speak to loved ones like they are in the next room makes it so much easier to stay in touch. Going to a brisbanittes meet up a week on sat so hoping to meet some fellow poms. Considering 1:10 are brits here (apparently) we have only met one young girl in pizza hut from Liverpool. Cheerio for now:smile:
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