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  1. Hi, I am applying under the'Business Analyst' category. I have worked for 4 organizations in the past 10 years. I have reference letters from all of them. However, there are a couple of problems: (a) For 2 of the past employers the people who have signed the letter no longer work for that company. Should I approach the previous company once again and get a fresh letter from someone who is contactable over there? (b) For none of the companies, the contact email ID and phone number are not mentioned. Can I write this information on a separate covering letter? It would be so difficult to approach people who have signed on letters 7-8 years ago! © I have genuine experience letters clearly mentioning my role as a Business Analyst. However, they are not really very elaborate- just 4-5 liners explaining my BA role. Would that be enough. Would consultant services help me in this regard? Would be glad to receive a response. Thanks!
  2. Guest

    457 issues

    Hello. my name is Sam and i am new to poms in oz, i am currently sponsored on a 457 visa in Perth and have been for 11 months, the visa is for 4 years i have a dilemma, my boss is planning on selling the business!?!?!? what does this mean for me? do i go with the company? do i still get paid through the transition period? any news would be great, as the immi website is once again no help!!! Thanks sam
  3. Hi all, So here is my story I hope someone can help and advise. I have recently accepted a job and signed a contract with a gold mining company as an Exploration Geologist in WA, however at the last minute this fell through due to insufficient funding on the part of the company. Ultimately I am left in a position where I am looking to find another suitable position in the mining industry in WA. I and my wife both have 457 visas to work in Australia as part of the previous application. I am the main visa holder and my wife as the de facto. Please can someone advise on the process of finding another sponsor to transfer the paperwork etc. Any help would be gratefully appreciated. Gufti

    IELTS issues!

    Hi all, we have just been told that again we haven't got enough points for a pass. Results were listening 7.5 reading 8.5 writing 9.0 speaking 9.0 overall band score 8.5 We are a young married couple 28 & 29, two children 3 & 10. Catherine is a secondary school teacher (4years) degree in teaching and criminal psychology. Native language is English. We are being told that we need 8 in each section to qualify! At the test centers Catherine spoke with people less qualified than her who said they only needed 7.0 in each section? We've been reading online and have seen that the IELTS if for ppl who are less qualified or not native English speaking. Any ideas on this as we are not looking forward to the stress, payment ad hassle of having to take these test again. Cheers Tyrone Cheers Tyrone
  5. Hi all, i need some help, i am going to perth on a 176 visa which of course means a 2 year obligated stay.However i am shocked by the cost of living and am considering going to another state, am i under strict obligation or is it just that i would be considered a bad sport,morally etc, help appreciated jules
  6. For all here who are over 30 and who have started a retirement program at your current job, or for those who have saved money without having had anticipated a move, are you afraid of discontinuing it to move to a different country? Do you wonder if it's worth discontinuing your retirement plan for a spontaneous move that you had not planned earlier? I know it's too early for some people to think about this, but with the way the economy is going in Europe, the UK and USA, do you guys think it's wise?
  7. Hi guys, My wife has slightly higher level of SGPT (ALT) and SGOT(AST) (both of these are liver tests) but she doesn't have any of TB, HIV, Hep B and Hep C. All of these are negative. I am worried about whether SGPT/SGOT are gonna pose any threat to our application OR these are not that significant to affect it, provided that there are no major problems? Anybody who knows about these tests or have any idea about them?? Thanks Kind Regards
  8. spudmonkey32

    175 Visa & Defacto Issues

    Hi All, Wonder if anyone could shed any light on the following, and offer some advice. My partner and I are in Australia on a 457 visa (I’m on her visa as defacto). We want to apply for Permanent Residency but independently not through her work as we want the flexibility to work and live elsewhere in the country. We’ve been advised by immigration that we can apply for visa 175 whilst we’re in Australia. The main issue is that there may be a problem regarding proof of us being together more than 12 months – we were together for a short while (one month), then she went to Australia, then I joined her after 3 months of being apart. We were in constant contact throughout our time apart, and I couldn’t move to Australia any sooner due to work commitments. When I applied as a secondary applicant on her 457 visa there was no question over the length of our relationship – we just submitted joint bank statements for 6 months and several statements from friends and family. So are they more lenient with a 457 visa, or by already obtaining that visa would that be an indication that they are satisfied that we meet the relationship criteria? If we have to wait until August to show 12 months of us living together is it worth applying now then by the time it gets processed August would have passed? Or do you have to fully meet all criteria at the time you submit the application? What about if my partner starts the application and then adds me on it later? We just don’t want to submit the application then get rejected due to them not agreeing with our relationship timeline and losing $2500. Any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated, as we’ve had conflicting information from people we’ve spoken to at immigration. Many thanks Ian
  9. We completed our meds in Melbourne about 3 weeks ago for our ENS 856 visa. My wife and daughter both had their results back after a week or so, but no sign of mine. However, I declared I had a drink problem for a while in early 1980.s and I had an accident also during that time and lost an eye. I have excellent vision in the other eye, drive and work as normal and it has never impactwd on my life, save for I never picked up another drink. I have been totally honest on all the application forms Can I be refused a visa on health grounds for this???:eek:
  10. Guest

    457 issues

    Hi all, I'm in Australia at the moment on my 2nd working holiday visa, which expires on 8 August this year. I've been employed by a company here, and we have submitted an application for sponsorship via visa 457. Unfortunately... we received an email from DIAC late on Friday afternoon saying that the company needs to display a commitment to spend 1% of their annual salary expense on the training of their Australian employees. Alas, none of us realised this was a requirement, and the company isn't in a financial position to be able to fulfil this requirement. Does anyone know if there's any way around this requirement? Over the weekend (in my panic at the thought I might have less than 3 months left here) I have begun the process to apply for PR (175). I have all of the documentation I need, except for the IELTS exam - I've applied for the next exam which is on 11 June. I'm a Chartered Accountant so the skills assessment can only take 3/4 weeks. Does anyone know what is the average length of time waiting for the 175 to be granted/dismissed after application? Any suggestions on how I could legally stay after 8 August and work, considering 175 won't come through by then? HELP!!
  11. Hi guys - I'm planning on emmigrating in Sept using fiance visa (prosp. marriage visa) and I was wondering if anyone knew if you have to have a certain amount of money (to take with you) and if yes, how much? Thanks in advance, any ideas would be great . Jenn
  12. Guest

    money issues

    Hi A few weeks ago I arrived in OZ on a visitors visa with intentions of sourcing a PMV in the near future. My house in the UK which has been up for sale for a year, sold within the first week I was in OZ. I have ascertained that I can have this money transferred into a bank account in OZ and will be charged 10% on any interest earned. However, I have tried to find out if there will be any financial implications in the UK if I transfer the money to an OZ account. This house was my primary residence and had never been rented. I also want to put this money towards the purchase of a property in OZ with my fiance and need to know if this is possible without implications. I am concerned that i may be liable for taxes that I am not aware of. BTW Loving OZ. Thanks Chris
  13. Harpersgirl

    DIAC Server Issues...

    Is anyone else having problems accessing the website? I know there were problems earlier this week but I've been trying for hours and can't get on tonight :confused: I'm also trying to email our CO and not too sure if thats getting through either. We deal with the Perth COE. Can anyone shed any light please? Please?
  14. As per the title, just wondered if anyone had used this company recently? My wife is trying to sort out a Skype interview for her AQF iii qualification with them, and they took our money in December yet we are still being told they are assessing our information! Call me inpatient, but isn't 4 months a bit too long to be waiting for a Skype interview date?
  15. OK Our daughter is in Aus . This is the reason we are going ourselves. She has been there 18months on a working holl visa (runs out in sept) Our perm res visa is weeks away (he says hopefully) and the plan is to sponsor her in on last remaining rellie visa so we can all stay. Issues !!!! The biological Father is still alive , he is named on the birth cert but shortly after conception he disapeared never to be seen again. He has never had any contact or paid any kind of maintainace ! She has no other brothers or sisters or anyone else and complies to the conditions of the visa (i beleive) Is this a problem and if so can it be overcome !!! Not sure if anyone can help but all thoughts welcomed !! Further more do we have to be onshore before we can commence the application ?? Cheers guys. :biggrin:
  16. Hi i'm new :-) I have applied for a 175 visa and recently been asked to do medicals, my partner was sectioned twice 11 years ago due to "drug induced psycosis" anyway he spent a few weeks/months in hospital. He was diagnosed as scizophenic at the time too! He is fine now and hasn't had any mental illness since then- or done any drugs! Should we declare his medical history or not? Do the panel drs or the DIAC have access to our medical records? Is this something that would cause refusal of visa? Thanks for any advice
  17. Nick UK

    VISA issues please help!

    Hi, I am 33 and interested in emigrating to South Australia in the future. I have been an estate agent for last 8 years currently holding a senior position at a major company. However, I do not have a degree or diploma so a number of VISAs are simply not an option. 457 doesn't have Real Estate Representative (REP) so that's out. ENSOL doesn't have REP listed so no luck there. I fail the points test for the points based ones although when the new points test comes (expected pass mark 65) I do actually pass as long as I score 8 in IELTS but VETASSESS will fail me on not having a Diploma. I believe I can find an employer to sponsor me so the Regional Sponsored might work BUT VETASSESS will fail me as I don't hold a Diploma. So, 176 and 475 are a problem due to VETASSESS. I hoped the RSMS might be an option as you can apply for an exemption under the 'skills' element which is perfect for me EXCEPT 'sales' jobs don't qualify for any exceptional circumstances!! I find it bizarre that if I had a Diploma in beekeeping I'd be fine! But that's the way it is so end of. Therefore, I looked at perhaps the Business Owner categories and after watching one of the Wanted Down Under or similiar program where a couple who had never run a business before were contemplating buying an established business. However, the 'Business Owner' VISAs on DOIC website state one needs to have had experience running a business already with a certain annual turnover over the last X years? This has left me a little confused. Is it possible to purchase an established business in South Australia when one has never run a business before and have a pathway to residency? Any help would be appreciated! Thank you. Nick
  18. Guest

    sp47 issues

    Hi there ppl, hope you can help me with a few questions please.My partner and i are currently filling out an sp47 partner visa form.We are doing this on our own with no help.Im a bit worried as a few websites of migration agents weve visited have said its not a good idea and that the success rate would improve if you paid for there help.Is this just them scare mongering in order to fleece you of your cash or do they have a point? Also is there a minimal amount and maximum amount of cash you can write down on the sp47 form that you intend to bring to Aus? we are saving like crazy but we need an idea of an amount that will be agreeable to the ppl that will process our visa.obviously we will take what we put down. Another final question, We live with my parents in order to save money for our move to Aus.We have been here for a year.Will this cause problems with relationship evidence as we have no rent proof , no councill tax and utility bills and no joint account to give them.All we have is marriage certifacate,photos,cards and those sort of things. Thanks guys:biggrin: ginge
  19. This one is for the migration agents and anyone who has gone through 457 sponsorship. What could be the potential issues with 457 sponsorship for an employer who has never sponsored anyone before? What are the things to give special attention to during the sponsorship and nomination phases? Can you please share your experience.:smile:
  20. The Pom Queen

    PIO Network Issues

    Apologises for the website being unavailable but the data centre where the site is hosted are experiencing problems.
  21. Hi all, I am in a bit of a situation and i'm looking for advise, experience and new friendships too I live in Manchester UK, i've been to Australia 3 times, 2 was holidays and one was working. I have a 5 year old daughter to a previous relationship and know I have to go to court in order to stand a chance of living in Australia. First payment will be made this month, no mediation required as he's not going to change his mind. What am I to expect? I know everything I need to do i'e school, work, housing situations etc I'd just like some advise and experience from people in similar situation/s. My husband is Australian ( I didnt meet him on my travel's - he was my reason for travel as we met on facebook lol ) we have a child together been married 2 years - together for almost 3. Answered questions like how long to expect it to take, the cost, emotional side of it i.e does it get messy etc would all be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much in advance. Sam
  22. Guest

    Social issues??

    Now I'm not naive enough to think that moving over to Australia is going to be like moving onto the set of neighbours, but I read a few posts especially on which suburbs to move to in Perth saying don't move to maddington, Gosnells, Thornlie etc I'm just interested to know what social problems there are in Aus particularly WA is it drugs alcohol do you is get as there is in England families living off the state not willing to contribute to the society they live in, what are the main social issues?? Just after honest opinions of expats already living the dream we have.
  23. Guest

    Migration Issues

    :wink: Hi Every One We Got News To Go for Medicals For Skilled Independent, Applied Aug 2008, Any One Any Input on Timeline for visa grant after all meds are done Thank You !!!!!!!!!!!
  24. lavender776

    Technical issues with medicals

    Has anyone had any technical issues with panel doctors uploading medicals? Mine are all uploaded and met, but apparently, they're having problems uploading some of my partners. They have uploaded some of his, so it must have been ok at some point. The medical centre say that they have contacted the ehealth support centre nearly a week ago, but have had no reply as yet. It's frustrating as that's all the CO is waiting for.
  25. Hiya! I've been living with my English boyfriend in England (I'm Australian) Since April. I know I have to live with him for a year before I can apply and as my Visa is valid until April 2012, this is fine. However, we both want to move home and I want to start preparing everything to make sure my application has a good chance of being approved. I've written a guide for my boyfriend and I of info to find. Some things we don't have but we have months to get them.. This is it. NEED ONE JOINT BILL THING FOR EVERY MONTH WE'VE LIVED TOGETHER Tenancy Agreement (Rent) or Stat Dec from landlord saying both lived at the house for the duration Council Tax Bill in both names Utility Bills in both names Plane tickets to England. Holiday receipts Photos! Lots of photos at events with other people Joint Bank account and evidence of money put into account. PayPal money receipt for money I put into account. Present gift receipt on eBay Engagement ring receipt Stat Dec from both you and I Joint statement on how we live - housework etc Stat Dec from friends Your passport, Birth certificate My passport, Birth certificate My Tax Notice for 2010 Four recent passport photos of you Phone Bill stating my contract is in your name Phone bills showing we call text eachother. MSN Logs, eMails for time before we met up. Letters sent to same address Cards and invites addressed to us both Joint membership of groups? Wills Bank statements to same address Bank statements highlighting we both pay for different things in the house Any documents listing the other as Next of Kin (Doctors, Dentist, GAME) Payslips showing addresses NHS letters/ Tax letters Birthday/Valentines Cards to eachother Official Stuff Police Check Health Exam Offical forms filled out. Including form 80 Is there anything I am missing? Obviously I haven't hunted for that stuff yet but I know we have a lot of it. Also.. I've been reading that I need a certain amount in my bank account in Australia and have a job there so I can sponsor him? I've been living in England and we are just getting by.. So I don't have that, nor will I have a job yet in Australia. Until I go home and look. We are going to be living with my parents in our own half of the house though. Until we can sort ourselves out. Is this a problem?