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  1. I find facebook a great way to keep in touch with friends that are far away. It's also a bit of a lazy way to keep in touch with them :embarrassed: I find it odd that I get friend requests from people from my past who I hardly know though. I am pretty picky about who I allow in to my "friends" group - I take the view, if you weren't close to me all those years ago at school / wherever, why would you want to be friends with me now?? Nosey so-and-sos!!:biglaugh: Does anyone else find that some people share a bit too much on their status updates? "just had a sexy and romantic date night with my hubbie - I love him so much" :wideeyed: Seriously?? Do you feel the need to share this? Isn't that personal? Or are you insecure about your relationship? Do you update your status continually with personal info? Do you have friends who you wonder about??:wubclub:
  2. Guest

    Useful info on Medicals

    Hiya, I just had my medicals done this Wednesday and would like to share some useful information with everyone. I received the March 18th letter and booked the medical check in Maidenhead. From the experience I've had, a couple things people might need to be aware of: 1. It's extremely busy at Maidenhead at the moment due to the fast process of the visas in DIAC. The appointment waiting time is up to 3-4 weeks. 2. Maidenhead staff are very friendly and helpful. The whole process took no longer than 90 minutes. Any problems, do not panic. 3. There seems to be problems with e-health system which can not be accessed by a few e-lodged applicants. But the clinic staff will assist you with the paper work. 4. You need to bring in documents such as your passport, 2 photos and Bridge Clinic Registration Form. Photos are essential if you can not access e-health system. I believe that all my results have been uploaded onto my file within 48 hours. (I used the e-health) My status shows that all my medicals are recived and finalised this morning. Very impressed with the clinic. Charleyinlondon
  3. Hi all, I have been offered a position at the Thomas Embling hospital in Melbourne...they will start me on grade 2.9. so really quite pleased with that. I have an Interview for The Hollywood clinic in Perth (Wife has her heart set on Perth) Can anyone tell me anything about it???It is a private hospital "Ramsay health". I applied back in Jan. through an oversees recruitment drive that Joondalup health campus has. I got a reply saying they weren't looking for RMN's but they would keep me in mind if something came up......got an email yesterday saying they would like to interview me for the hollywood clinic and if I can attend an interview next tuesday in Manchester!!!!! Any info anyone has would be great. cheers colin.
  4. Hi can anyone give me some advice on secondary schools on the west side of melbourne around point cook area, is there an offsted report or a ranking system, like in the UK where you can compare their academic acheivments. i have two teenagers 1 - 14yrs 1 - 16 yrs thanks Andy
  5. Guest

    Vetesses Plumbing info.....

    Hi all, Just ba quicky to anyone who has done it really. How did you find it? Is there any way you can prepare for the practical?? Our friend in Adelaide says that plumbing is sooooo different out there, and we were wondering if, when ur tested over here, ur tested to your way of working or the ozzy way of working? OH has 10 years experience and is good at his job, very particular lol. He is abit nervous though, feels like he is re-taking his driving test. I can understand where he is coming from tbh. We are waiting on Vetessess now hopefully to invite him to take the practical but just thought we could get a good insight into it before the time comes. Any help would be great....thanks in advance.
  6. Guest

    House Sale info

    Could any one give us some info on the following If we leave money in a UK bank account and move to OZ, then I believe we are locked into the exchange rate the day we arrive in OZ. If we leave our UK house empty and move to OZ then sell it say in 6 months time, are we locked into the exchange rate the day we emigrated or at the time we sell it later? I know we have to have the house valued just before we emigrate. We have a Permanent visa
  7. Guest

    info please.

    hi all, new to this? giving serious thought to western aus. had enough of uk. anyone give me a idea how long it takes to get a state sponsored 176 visa. any info would be helpfull thanks. p.s my trades on sol list.:chatterbox:
  8. Hi im new to this we are due to emigrate to darwin in 3 moinths i have a job at the royal darwin i have a 13 yr old boy and 3 yr old girl and husband, i have done a lot research throughout the year into darwin, but nothing like hearing it from the horses mouth so to speak, just wondering where do all the poms live in darwin? Which are the less desirable suburbs to live in and which are the better? I wont have transport and really thought about walking to work, i am aware that renting is very expensive, ive been looking at suburbs of tiwi, wanguri, nightcliffe, brinkin, malak, nakara, but really dont know what these areas are like to live in?? If i have to travel to work to get a better suburb to live in then so be it, if possible could someone give me some idea on how far away on foot and by transport are the best suburbs to live in to the royal darwin hospital, i have looked into dripstone school for my son but again really dont have a clue can anyone advise !!!!! We are going on a 457 sponsorship
  9. Guys, Is there anyone from Singapore who got their Meds done recently from SATA? I have the form 26EH and 160EH downloaded from the DIAC page which has all my details. However SATA is unable to book an appointment if I dont have form 501 and 502. I searched in the DIAC website for this info, no luck. Please advise. Cheers Div:confused:
  10. Hi there. So I moved to Sydney for work in January this year. i've finally settled into things (job, accomodation etc) and now am trying to find some ways to meet people and make some friends. Work's pretty isolated job and the people I work with, although are similar age, are married men or with younger children ... not that I'm saying anything wrong with that, but I'm a single female and it can make partners and wives a bit unhappy sometimes. I've joined local gym and classes outside of work, but am just wondering if anyone has any ideas about where I could go to meet some more people... or even any places good to hang out without guys assuming you just want to hook up for an evening! Thanks in advance! :-)
  11. Guest

    Student visa info

    Hi all We have an 18 year old that can't be included on our skilled visa, does anyone know where we can get the best info about student visas. thanks Paul
  12. Just wondering how strict this is as it is not going to be possible to get the things we need in time. We have a new daughter so she needs to have a passport before she can have a medical adn also we lived in oz and we need oz police checks so not sure how long they will take? Any thoughts??
  13. :yellow_guy_smiling_ I am coming out to oz, initially on working visa's to see how i find life as a bricklayer in comparison to here in the uk. I can earn very good money here in the summer. But its the long cold winter months and wet weather when i struggle to make ends meet. ive created this forum to try and get an insight as to what to expect from bricklaying in oz. I will be landing in brisbane mid may. But am not thinking of starting work as a brickie until september, possibly in perth as i have heard there is more work for bricklayers in WA. I am after any help, info or tips in general to do with oz, places to live, places to avoid, best places/websites to look for work...just anything to help prepare myself for this move. ...if there are equivilant safety tests in oz to the cscs card in uk ....i have also heard u can buy other brickies tools as they have finished their travels b4 they're flying back home, which would save me buying a whole bucket of new tools. ...how much i should expect to earn as a bricklayer out there thanks for taking the time to read this :biggrin:
  14. Hi Guys, First of all I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone on the forum (too many people to name names) whose posts have been immensely helpful in completing my 309 spouse visa application! There seems to be a lot of confusion about certifying documents so thought I'd share this info with you in the hope that it will help someone if future: 1) From reading various posts it seems that there are different rules when it comes to certifying documents depending on which visa you are applying for (for example some posts report that docs can be scanned in colour instead of being certified, whilst this is not possible with all applications. Be aware that works for some might not work for you, depending on the visa you are applying for. 2) For subclass 309 spouse visa, originals are rquired of character references only. Certified copies should be provided of key documents (birth certificates, passports etc) and in all other cases simple photocopies of supporting documents can be provided (i.e. utility bills, rental agreements etc) 3) Certified documents can be witnessed by: A Notary public, commisioner for oaths, police officer, bank manager or solicitor (Info from Australia House). In my area (Cambridgeshire) Solicitors fees tend to be around £5-7 per sheet, whilst one Notary public quoted £50!!! (I only have 4 documents, but apparently it was a flat fee). A quick call to the local police station and they told me that if I brought in the documents, an officer would happily phoitocopy and certify them for me there and then at a total cost of £7. If you have a lot of documents to certify, then their usual price is £7 for 3 sheets which is still cheaper than any solicitor I spoke to, and they will do it whilst you wait so no need to wait for the solicitor to 'get round to it'. Ok so that's my two cents. I hope that the information is of use to people and apoligise if I have repeated things already mentioned. The forums have been of great help to me at no charge and so thought it was about time I made some type of contribution to help others in future. Best wishes everyone, I'm off to the cop shop!
  15. susieo

    Info required for newbie

    Hi all, I'm relatively new to all this and am looking forward to gaining some insight into life in Australia before my family and I move down under. My husband has SS NSW in Riverina region as an electician and we cannot wait to move although I think it will be this time next year (hopefully) before we go. Our visa application was submitted on Friday and the relief that it's finally in is immense. Even though we have an agent it has been a long process but I think there may be light at the end of the tunnel now! Any info would be more than welcome especially on what the first while will be like and any tips to make things easier and to combat homesickeness. I know that we have a year but I have a funny feeling that the time is going to fly by and I'd like to be as clued up as possible. We cannot wait to start our new life!:biggrin:
  16. so i typed up a stat dec and had it signed by a solicitor stating we hvae no contact with my son for 6 months his father refuses his medicals so we cant meet the req for his medical. got email this morning to say they are not happy with the stat dec and that we have to provide one of two of the following Statutory declaration from the ex partner (custodial parent) stating they are unwilling to cooperate. cant get this we have no contact Failing this - 3rd party evidence from a Solicitor that the applicant has made reasonable attempts to contact their ex partner & request the medical clearances for the child. This evidence then needs to be submitted with a statutory declaration from the applicant detailing the circumstances & efforts made. The applicant will also need to acknowledge that as far as he is aware the child does not have a health condition which might preclude meeting the health requirement; and, that there are no clear intentions for the child to eventually migrate. what evidence do they want? a stat dec from a solicitor stating exactly what we have just sent along with the stat dec? im not sure what evidence they expect? help plz?
  17. olly

    Weather info

    I knew it was raining more than normal but Second wettest summer in 111 years
  18. :wub:Could anyone give an accurate account of the process of their medical exam start to finish? I would like to know specifically what they examine and what they seem interested in? Many thanks to all you guys! Specifically do they test your reflexes (such as hammer on knee reflexes etc), do they look in your eyes/ears/throat etc? Sorry to ask this but I have a really awful problem with being examined and would really appreciate an accurate account to prepare me. Many thanks. :arghh:
  19. robthomas821

    Just received some info from my CO

    Hi all, Just received an email from my CO confirming receipt of all of our supporting documents via email, and that the AFP Certificate is the last outstanding requirement. Once received my application will be finalised same day. I do however have a question. On immi website and Partner Migration booklet, it does state that if we have been together 2 years and have a child of the relationship, that we would be eligible to be processed for the 801 Permanent visa. We have been together 2 years last month, and baby was born on 25th Feb. We lodged our application in December, so just before the 2 years and baby's birth. Does this mean we are still liable to the 2 year waiting time? Thanks for any advice. WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!! Visa going to be granted next week!!!!!! :biggrin:
  20. Dear agents we are not sure what and when the immigration dept is going to process our applications.many of us submitted the ACS new skills assessment to DIAC and moved from priority 4 to priority 3 processing. we contacted the immigration dept and operators told us different information 1.within the 6 weeks CO will be allocated 2.within the 2 weeks CO will be allocated 3.processing not commenced for the applications whos applications moved from priority 4 to 3? we are not sure what to believe or when we will get the information? any agent can you please confirm the information or processing from MIA or from DIAC relating our applications? i really appreciate your valuable time and answer. Thanks in advance.
  21. Hi, I would like to know first hand off preferably tradies who have done the 175 route if they had to provide proof of earnings tax docs etc to the case officer, as I have lost most of my self employment history from moving houses and getting anxious about it, cheers 4 ur help vettasess prac (17/5/10) Visa lodged (27/09/10)
  22. Debabrown

    More info on Meds

    We have been asked to submit further information for oh's daughter who is 14 and is on our application as a non-migrant. She has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and is under a specialist in the UK. She is very mobile and takes prescribed medication for the condition. DIAC have asked for further reports on her condition, mobility, drugs etc which we can get from her specialist. They have also asked for the long term prognosis, which is like asking how long is a piece of string, she could grow out of it or it could get worse, no one knows. We have come such a long way like a most people on this site and we really thought we were nearly there, in fact we were just waiting to pop the champagne (should of know better). I am really worried now that this will affect us being accepted and wondered if anyone had been in a similar situation.
  23. Does anyone know of any practise exams for the TRA or know where you can get more information on what is involved in particular exams/tests? Many Thanks Tosh Good luck to all those applying or waiting.
  24. GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION PROCESSING INFORMATION This is an automated e-mail response which provides updated information on processing of applications for General Skilled Migration (GSM). This information is updated fortnightly. Last updated 17 February 2011. Please do not send enquiries or reply to this email address as this mailbox is not monitored. Contact details for GSM are listed below. Current Processing Dates If your application date has recently come into our current processing date range you should allow at least 6 weeks to enable a case officer to complete the initial assessment. Please refrain from sending requests for an update on the status of your application within this 6 week period. Priority Processed Applications Under the priority processing direction we are giving priority in allocation to applications with a nominated occupation that appears in an active State Migration Plan - Priority Group 2. Priority Group 3 applications are allocated only where all Priority Group 2 have already been allocated. Priority Group 4 cases will be allocated once all Priority Group 3 are allocated. To determine which priority group your application falls into please read the information on the department’s website at: General Skilled Migration For further information regarding State Migration Plans please visit the department’s website at: What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/statmig-fs.pdf http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/statmig-faq.pdf Applications lodged before the following dates are currently being considered by a case officer: Priority 2 State Migration Plan*: (* State migration Plan currently available for VIC, ACT, NT, QLD, Tas, WA & SA) Please see the attached document for important information relevant to those with a current application in Priority Group 2. (See attached file: Important Information for Priority 2 applicants.pdf) Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged): 17 February 2011 VE 176 (paper): 17 February 2011 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged) 17 February 2011 VB 886 (paper): 17 February 2011 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 17 February 2011 VF 475 (paper): 17 February 2011 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VB 886 (e-lodged) 17 February 2011 VB 886 (paper): 17 February 2011 Priority group 3 Please see the attached document for important information relevant to those with a current application in Priority Group 3. (See attached file: Important Information for Priority 3 applicants.pdf) Skilled – Independent (Migrant) subclass 175 VE 175 (e-lodged): 28 April 2009 VE 175 (paper): 28 April 2009 Skilled – Sponsored (Migrant) subclass 176 VE 176 (e-lodged):28 April 2009 VE 176 (paper): 28 April 2009 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 475 VF 475 (e-lodged): 28 April 2009 VF 475 (paper): 28 April 2009 Skilled – Independent Regional (Provisional) subclass 495 and Skilled – Designated Area Sponsored subclass 496 UX 495 and UZ 496 (e-lodged and paper): All applicants who have an occupation on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 3 have been allocated. Skilled – Independent (Residence) subclass 885 VB 885 (e-lodged) 15 June 2010 VB 885 (paper): 28 May 2010 Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 886: VB 886 (e-lodged) 15 June 2010 VB 886 (paper): 28 May 2010 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) subclass 487 VC 487 (e-lodged) 15 June 2010 VC 487 (paper): 28 May 2010 Priority Exempt Applications Visa Subclasses 476, 485 and 887 are exempt from the current priority processing direction. Applications under these subclasses will be processed in the order in which they were received by the department. Applications lodged before the following dates are currently being considered by a case officer: Skilled – Recognised Graduate subclass 476 VF 476 (e-lodged): 2 December 2010 VF 476 (paper): 2 December 2010 Skilled – Graduate subclass 485 VC 485 (e-lodged) 22 December 2009 VC 485 (paper): 14 November 2009 Skilled – Regional subclass 887 VB 887 (e-lodged) 17 February 2011 VB 887 (paper): 17 February 2011 Subsequent Entrant Applications All subsequent entrant applications for subclasses 485, 487 and 475: 28 January 2011
  25. phil 26

    Welding info!

    hi there, does anybody know who will give a time served fabricator/welder sponsorship or any good agencies to use? not to bothered wereabouts i just want to get back over there! thanks phil.