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  1. I've been living in the UK for nearly 8 years, and I'm heading back to Adelaide on tuesday, starting Uni next month. Just curious as to whether anybody else has been in a similar situation, and knows how Uni fees work [what benefits are available, or whether I have to be back in the country for a while], and the asme with healthcare. How much am I covered? Thanks =]
  2. Just wondered if there's anyone out there who has had a similar problem to ours and been able to resolve it. We've just been informed (after waiting 5 months) that our WA SS application is invalid because three documents were missing. I know I attached all the required documents (wish I had taken screen shots) but it seems there is a problem when using vista! We've e mailed WA with missing docs, in the hope that they'll reconsider our application, so are waiting (again) with baited breath!! Helen
  3. Guest

    Family issues

    We are recently married and on a marriage visa,(in Australia) my wife's son who is 21 and still in England wishes to join us but does not qualify under "last remaining relative rules". He is currently a student studying architecture but we are not sure if that will help him either.Can anyone one suggest a visa or route which will enable him to join the rest of his family in Australia? Thanks for any advice.
  4. Chops1963

    Re: Laptop issues

    Hi there I am looking for advice about bringing a Laptop into Australia (i will be going back there in 2010). Somebody told me that the Electricity supply system is different from the Uk, if so can i buy an adaptor to use with it when i arrive ? Thanks Andrew:christmaswreath:
  5. grpaway

    RSMS issues

    My daughters boyfriend has been on a Working Holiday Visa and whilst there a firm agreed to sponsor him. He did 6 months work for them under this visa. He duly applied for a RSMS visa and went off and worked elsewhere for some further months until the RSMS came through He has just received his RSMS visa. On contacting the sponsoring firm he has now been told that this firm has since been sold, there is no work for him and that his contract to work for this firm (original sponsoring firm) was not part of the condition of sale. He is not worried about finding other work (although he says it would be very difficullt to find another sponsor) but is most concerned that the DIAC will take away his RSMS visa. Has anyone got any ideas on how he should proceed. (Don't know why I should get so involved with OZ and children's immigration probs )- twice this week!! Any suggestions wouldbe greatly appreciated. Thanks
  6. Cerberus1

    PIO Server Issues

    Since the hosting company that PIO use have recently moved their datacentre there have been quite a few intermittent problems, these may continue for a few more days. It isn't just PIO that is affected but all of the Sydney datacentre. I understand how frustrating this is, and unfortnately there is nothing we can do at this end. I would like to thank you all for your patience and let's hope things get back to normal soon.
  7. Hi everyone, I am abit confused about the requirements for the permanent 175 visa and some of the paper work. I had considered the idea of using a migration agent but costs are so high!! My skill which is a podiatrist is currently on the critical short list so will get piority processing apparently. I have recently been offered a job in Victoria as a podiatrist and the company have emloyed a migration agent to sponsor me for a 457 visa - which I know ties you to one employer. Having been to Australia on a previous 457 and returned I have decided to apply for my own independent permanent visa and have the follwoing questions which would appreciate any advice from. How do you go about arranging police checks? Also I have had medicals done in Janaury this year for a previous 457 visa - which I have been told are fine for my new 457 lodgement - but from advice I have got I understand that I will have to re-do medicals for the 175 visa. On the DIAC website it says not to have medicals or police checks done until advised - can anyone outline this and can I book medicals soon. I am due to go to Australia in late January to start this new posistion and would like to lodge ASAP. Also does anyone have any relalistic ideas on how long the whole process takes. I have had my skills asessment done! Thanks:v_SPIN:
  8. Hi All With all the current issues over migration and much of the criteria changing where does this leave us? We are at the final stages with our visa application and have been asked by our agents thinking australia for our final payment. My wife is a hairdresser and we have been told that we could be waiting another 2-3 years with the recent changes. Should we be paying based on this as we are very confused now as to how and where we stand. Many Thanks Darren & Natalie:arghh:
  9. There is a twenty/20 cricket match being held At: 10am Sunday Nov 29th Where: Memorial Oval, Aquinas College, Mt. Henry Rd Manning The event is to raise awareness to help those sturggling with Mental Illness and all funds raised will go to improve facilities at Greylands Hospital. Entry and Parking are Free, there is live music, Auction and bouncy castle - if you're stuck for something to do - it's a worthwhile cause Ali
  10. Hey all, please give me some expert advice here on my situation. I am currently holding a student visa, just graduated and have all my documents ready to apply for the Skilled – Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 485). However, I am planning to include a partner, my girlfriend (3years relationship) into the Subclass 485 visa being her as a secondary applicant while me as a main applicant for this visa. My girlfriend is currently here in Aussie too holding a Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462) and her visa has a 'condition 8503' on it. I would like to ask whether is it possible for her to be the secondary applicant for the subclass 485? If can't, what are the other solutions I can look into? I really appreciate all your opinions and all your tips. Thanks loads
  11. Guest

    457 issues

    hi I`ve just received my nomination number from my employer for my 457 visa. My employer has put visa date for 1st June 2010 but I was hoping to get out there before that. Will the visa department process it earlier if possible or do they stick to the given date by the employer? Regards Kerrie
  12. Hi Guys, Im currently getting all the information together for the defacto visa application. I will have been living with my partner 1 year in November so am going to apply then and am aiming to move to Melbourne around next July / August. I met my partner last summer and he ended up moving into the house share I was already in where we share a room. We have both names on our lease, and on some bills and we are just opening a joint bank account. As well as stocking up on all the other information you need! Does the fact that we live in a house share and not our own place affect our application? I have searched online and cannot see that this should be a problem but just want to check! Thanks
  13. Guest

    Case officer issues

    Hi, I have had quite a journey with our partner visa app as most of you all have...Have had to recently withdraw my app on the recomendation of our original case officer due to the fact that we had been apart for a month in July and couldnt prove we had been in a 'marriage like relationship' for that period or before.... so as we sent our app in July stupidly it would not be approved... We decided to pull out take our losses and reapply from sept to sept, which she said would fly straight through as there was ample evidence for that period.... A couple of days and another 900 pounds later we have had an email fom our new case officer requesting.. get this.. a second police cert. because the one they have does not have his middle name on it??? As you all prob know, that ino your app for a police cert you have to send your passport and certified pics etc to even get it so why is she being so petty and ridiculous??? So I guess my question is, if she decides that she will not accept my explanation that there is no point in getting another, do we have any options like going over her head or having a senior officer go over the case also to see if she really is being ridiculous?? I know there is the appeal, but thats another stack of cash and god knows how long.. Im at my wits end and dont think i could take another beat by this ridiculous system.. PLease does anybody have any help or guidance.. Devasted and exhausted:frown: Leah
  14. Guest

    Server Issues

    Sorry all, Lost the server for 10hr there.... these things happen occassionally. T
  15. exenger

    457 issues - any comments??

    HI all. I have been here in Oz/Melb for about 4 ish years with my partner. I came over on the working holiday wanted to stay, so did a Occupational Visa for 2 years and I am now applying for a 457 visa. The job front is excellent and the long term prospects with this company are good despite the recession. (Dental Technician). I am still young enough and have maximum points or there abouts. So my problem has occoured because my boss is a slacker, too laid back. We have a HR Department which deals with staff and visa issues as we are large company with branches throughout Oz/US/Malasia etc. Long story short...I end up doing my own application, decided not to use the agents as I had previously done. I applied online, paid for all three sections with just two days left on my 442 visa. Unfortunatly, I filled out one section incorrectly and therefore had to relodge this part after my 442 expired which meant I was given a different catorgory bridging visa plus they slapped Condition 8101 on it. No work rights. That was unexpected, financially unprepared I just kept on working whilst 457 is being processed. The boss dont mind. My questions are... Its so far been three months, 2 weeks...is this a reasonable processing time? And I have have continued to work. I need the money, bills rent, living. Will they check this as well? Does the tax department speak to the immigration department? I did speak to my case officer last Monday, she says "check your inbox by friday" Still nothing... If so then I think I might be up merde creek without a paddle. Its absolutly crazy, the stress is unbelivable, not knowing whether Im staying or going. The annoying thing is that I tried to rectify this as soon as poss, tried to change the status of the bridging visa, but my case officer:arghh:, it seems, does not give a merde .... Anyway, if anyone has any experience or comments, they would be much appreciated. By the way, it was a beautiful day here in Melbourne. 25 degs
  16. Guest

    advise on bankrupcy issues

    hi has anyone ever had an issue with bein bankrupt and getting there visa as im most of the way through the process and having somes financle difficultys cheers matt sorry about the spelling :confused:
  17. kennychina2009

    Visa Issues - Any Advice?

    Dear Sir, I am A Bachelor of Business Administration degree holder working as Director of sales, marketing and Distribution since 6 years. i have got my qualifications assessed positive by the Australian Institute of Management(AIM) as suitable. i would like to hear your suggestion regarding my experience as I dream towards migration to South Australia under the General skilled migration program. Already i have my application for VE 475 refused by the South Australia Immigrations due to IELTS on 15/06/2009. i got an overall band of 6.0 in my IELTS exam. And SA Immigrations stated that i did not request to be considered under the concessional english when i submitted my application. However, i have re submitted all documents, including academics, work experience, financial status together with a written letter asking for consideration under the concessional english as obtained in South Australia . But since 15 july 2009 when my application for state sponsorship was refused by SA government up to the 28july 2009, the date I relodged a fresh application with a written request asking for consideration under the concessional english , i have not heard anything since from SA office.Sir what do you advise ? Any body with similar experience? How long am i to wait further? Do i go for another Ielts and forget the concessional english application request i submitted? A word from you will calm my nerves. Sincerely, kennychina Please PM me for my private email
  18. Guest

    Nursing issues and visas

    hi, im new to this site. im due to qualify from nurse training in january 2010, single parent and (bravely/stupidly?) thinking of living in Perth. (and working in rockingham hospital?). I would like any advice such as- do i apply for a job in Oz THEN start ball rolling with visas etc or apply for visas first? dont want to spend cash to find out i cant go/not wanted etc. Also heard that have to work full time for year-what about fitting hours around child? dont have family out there, just a pal but she has own family and job etc. (thinking of probs if have to work nights). have to decide soon as not getting any younger!! lol :laugh:
  19. Guest

    Application issues

    Hi everyone, I am new to the forum so hello. I am needing help and suspect this might have been an issue that someone else my have posted before and I have done a search but I can't seem to find anything. Well here goes, I am looking to apply for a working holiday visa (12 month) and have two concerns, one that I have criminal convictions from over 10 years ago and the other is whether I need/should use a migration agent. My convictions are from when I was in my teens and made stupid drunken mistakes. They are from two separate events. One is for criminal damage (received a fine) and the others are from the same evening and are Section 18 (wounding) and assault PC for which I was sentenced to 2 months imprisonment at a young offenders institute. I believe I have to declare these as they are within a 15 year time frame.Although I have since turned my life into a positive one, have graduated from university and am employed within a professional role I am wanting to know will this effect my application? The migration agent issue is that I considering applying direct through the Australian immigration website. But also thinking that migration agents might make the process easier? Thanks in advance for any advice, Renton
  20. Guest

    Issues with furniture!!

    We are still based in the UK, awaiting outcome of our visa application. I have a few questions which I hope somebody can answer: 1. I believe you are not allowed to ship wooden furniture to Australia. Is this true? I have solid oak furniture and would hate to sell it. 2. Can you ship electrical appliances (tv, washing machine, tumble dryer etc), are they compliant in Australia? 3. What about pets? I believe they have to be confined for a month. Is this correct? Anybody else shipped their pets? Sorry about all the questions, but have lots to ask?
  21. Guest

    ::: 457 issues :::

    Hi, I applied for subclass 457, and I also have a sponsor who offered me a job... but unfortunately my application is refused...I dont know what to do now, is there any way out ? It says in the email that its a REVIEWABLE DECISION - ONSHORE APPLICANTS Reason given to me were : 457.223 (2): The applicant has not been nominated by a party to a labour agreement. Therefore, the applicant does not satisfy the criteria of this subclause. 457.223 (3): The applicant has not identified that he is to be employed in relation to a Regional Headquarters Agreement. Therefore, the applicant does not satisfy the criteria of this subclause. 457.223 (4): The applicant has not been nominated by an employer who is an approved business sponsor. Therefore, the applicant does not meet the criteria of this subclause. 457.223 (5): Under Schedule 1 of the Migration Regulations, applications which are lodged in Australia are invalid if the applicant proposes to be employed in Australia by an employer who does not operate a business in Australia (ie. an Overseas Business). As the application was lodged in Australia, an application under this subclause is invalid and cannot be assessed. 457.223 (7): Under Schedule 1 of the Migration Regulations, applications which are lodged in Australia are invalid if the applicant intends to develop in Australia a business activity that will be conducted by the applicant as a principal (ie. as an Independent Executive). As the application was lodged in Australia, an application under this subclause is invalid and cannot be assessed. 457.223(7A): Under Schedule 1 of the Migration Regulations, applications which are lodged in Australia, are invalid if at the time of application, the applicant did not hold a Subclass 457 [business (Long Stay)] visa granted on the basis that the applicant was an independent executive. The applicant has not identified that he is the holder of a Subclass 457 visa granted on the basis that the applicant was an independent executive. Therefore, an application under this subclause is invalid and cannot be assessed. 457.223 (8): The applicant has not declared that he proposes to enter Australia as a service seller and has not provided any evidence to show that he meets the criteria of this subclause. Therefore, the applicant does not meet the criteria of this subclause. 457.223 (9): The applicant has not declared that he is a person to whom privileges and immunities are accorded under the International Organizations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 or the Overseas Missions (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1995 and there is no evidence before me to suggest that he is such a person. Therefore, the applicant does not satisfy the criteria of this subclause. 457.223 (10): A party to an Invest Australia Supported Skills Agreement has not nominated the principal applicant. Therefore, the applicant does not satisfy the criteria of this subclause. As the applicant does not satisfy any of these subclauses I find that the applicant does not satisfy the criteria at Migration Regulation 457.223 of Schedule 2 of the Migration Regulations. As the applicant does not satisfy Migration Regulation 457.223 he does not satisfy all the requirements for the grant of a visa subclass 457. Therefore, I have not assessed the applicant against the other requirements for this visa. PLEASE GUIDE ME AND SUGGEST ME A WAY OUT I am really upset and sad and really distressed ....please help Thanks & Regards, Josh :cry:
  22. Hi folks, First post so thanks for reading. So to cut a long long story very short.......if it's possible, bear with me. Mum is british, brother is british, both living in uk and father is british with australian citizenship. Not sure where he is right now. (Father and I not on speaking terms since 2005) Father remarried after divorce in 1983 to my mum, has 5 children, all australian with 2nd wife.. I've always known about them but have been told that they wanted no part of our lives. After argument with my father whilst on last visit to Perth in 2005 I decided to try to get into contact with the eldest 'half' brothers and sisters. Eventually found the two eldest via internet, thankfully........... To my absolute astonishment and horror, they had no idea who I was or that they had two elder brothers in Europe!!! They we're as astonished as I was. More of a shock to them. So when eventually I get to speak with their mother it turns out that my father had always maintained that WE never wanted contact with THEM!!! Go figure! I was sooo angry. They have no contact with my father and nor do they wish to, not since their mothers divorce from him 12 years ago, which seems funny as he suddenly got into contact with me at that time after a long time........ you see a pattern developing? Anyway, my wife and I went to visit them in Perth to meet them for the first time in February just gone, it was so emotional, a wonderful yet surreal experience and we so wish to emmigrate there now to be with them and forge some sort of relationship. My question is, does anybody know if this is possible? I have scoured the family stream for a relevant visa but have found nothing.........Is there a special circumstances route? secondly, if I were to have to study or work to begin with,.......Is an NVQ level 2 in Warehousing management and distribution enough, followed by 6 years Royal Airforce experience in the same field? I truly am stumped, (like the aussies right now, watching the cricket, 117-7 ) any advice would be greatly appreciated ......... thanks for reading........ Nick
  23. Hi im after a bit of advice. We are wanting to apply for a visa but I am worried we will pay the money out for it but i will fail my medical as I have renal damage and high blood pressure. Has anybody else been in a similar situation and what do you think my chances of passing my medical are. Anyone know what grounds they fail you? Its just a lot of money to waste if ive got no chance of passing my medical in the first instance. Any advice big or small would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance Stacey :confused:
  24. Hey everyone Im new on here and i was wondering if anyone could give me some advise. i have been in oz 2 and a half years now and currently on a sponsored 457 visa for the next 4 years. Now here is the problem, the company had decided to put me on leave this being the sixth week, also without pay? are they allowed to do this to me? the visa is a legal document signed stating they can afford to pay me for the next 4 year a such a rate? anyone have any ideas? part 2. also im thinking of starting up a small business for myself could i do this and swap the visa's over or apply for a new one, how would i go about doing this anyone have any ideas? thankyou
  25. _shel

    Form 80 Issues

    Can people give me idea how likely it is I'll be asked for form 80 applying for a spouse visa? I'm getting really stressed about it now having read this statement on the form......... Q19 "Note: You must complete details for any person who is or was your parent or with whom you have had a parent-like relationship with. This should include, but is not limited to, natural parents, adoptive parents, IVF parents, surrogate parents, step-parents, foster parents, and/or guardians." Thing is I grew up in (so called) care. I lived in 35 different places, prob 20 of were foster parents, I couldnt even tell you there surname let alone the D.O.B etc. I 'know' my parents but not enough to even put in a D.O.B for my father. Same for my siblings except one sister whos son lives with me. Getting stressed that if they can not check me they'll refuse me. How do I 'prove' I dont know this info, not like I was adopted and have a certificate to say so.