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  1. Guest

    Medicals Early July.

    Hi poms, Our Medicals shipped to Sydney on 1st of July. But still Medicals status is shown as Required. My agent said that HOC is still processing medical received in early June. Any one knows an update on this? OR Did any one called HOC recently? :wub: Many Thanks, Horizone
  2. Hi, we're new to this forum and are planning moving to Melbourne by the end of 2011. Hubby is in medical profession so he's looking to get sponsored fairly quickly. We're going to visit in July for a recce - both in terms of work locations and possible places to live. We've got several job opportunities in south east Melbourne - around Frankston and Mornington Peninsula. We've got a six month old son and we'd be grateful for any advice on areas that are particularly good for young families e.g. baby clubs, future schools! Also, we're looking for good places for outdoor activities as we're keen to take up sailing again and play tennis etc. We'd really like to live near the beach. If anyone living in south east Melbourne would like to meet up in July and tell us all about how wonderful your new life is, we'd be all ears! Thanks :biggrin:
  3. All welcome starting in the Establishment on George Street afterwork this Thursday.
  4. Hi Anyone interested in a final meet up before we fly out. We would like to meet up in Long Eaton or Derby if possible. So don't be shy come along and hopefully we can make some friends. P.s we are going to Perth!
  5. I've been on the immi.gov.au website and want to find out if the recent work experience requirement of '12 out of the last 24 months' still applied for a 175 independent skilled migrant visa? The eligibilty requirement was standard before 1 July 2011 and was very clearly stated across the website and within the 175 visa category sections online. It is now gone from the website but does still appear in "Booklet 6" in a contradictory way. Is this because the booklet is not up to date? Any advice appreciated. (I'm an experienced accountant but have been running my own 'non-accounting' business for 2 years - so this is crucial and I may need to return to work for 12 months if it is still required)
  6. Guest

    South australia smp july 2011

    Hello, All PIO members Please find below link for South Australia Smp 2011. http://www.immigration.sa.gov.au/applyonline/skilled/planning_level_status.php Also please anyone clear my doubt If my Occupation is in offlist criteria. Am I elegible for cat 3 or not? Regard's jackd.:notworthy:
  7. The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, has set new priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas. From 1 July 2011, processing priorities (with highest priority listed first) are: 1). applications from people who are employer sponsored under the RSMS program or who have applied for a Skilled – Regional (subclass 887) visa 2). applications from people who are applying under the ENS program 3). applications from people who are nominated by a state or territory government agency for an occupation specified on that agency's state migration plan 4). applications from people who have nominated an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) 5). all other applications.
  8. WE GOT OUR VISA... :jiggy: Whohoo... champagne in the fridge for the big celebrations tonight... soooooo delighted!!! Thanks to everyone for the help & support "so far"... now the fun begins!!! Sx
  9. George Lombard

    Details of DIAC 1 July Legislative Changes

    DIAC has now released more information on the raft of changes from 1 July, including further details on the new points test, fees and charges, balance of family provisions, etc: Amendments of Migration Regulations 1994 relating to eligible non-citizens Amendment of Migration Regulations 1994 relating to personal identifiers Minor amendments to Bridging Visa A and Bridging Visa B Amendments of Australian Citizenship Regulations 2007 relating to Centrelink concession codes Amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994 (the Regulations) relating to the Bridging E (Class WE) visas Amendments to introduce a new points test for certain applicants for General Skilled Migration visas Amendment of Australian Citizenship Regulations 2007 relating to the payment of fees in foreign currencies and foreign countries Amendment of Australian Citizenship Regulations 2007 relating to evidence of citizenship Annual adjustment of Fees and Charges Amendments to Family Stream visas Changes to the Balance of Family test for parent migration as specified in Regulation 1.05 of the Migration Regulations 1994 Transfer of Business Skills Processing from Taipei to Hong Kong for residents of Taiwan Amended definition of ‘client number’ Amendments relating to Public Interest Criteria 4005, 4006A and 4007 Changes to the health criteria are welcome but will require careful analysis. See http://www.immi.gov.au/legislation/amendments/ Cheers, George Lombard
  10. Hi we are young family re-locating to melbourne from brisbane and need a month long 2 bed furnished let within a half hour drive from cheltenham. Don't mind if it's flat/villa/house so long as it is clean/comfortable and quiet - not on or near a busy main road or highway or near/overlooking a train/tram track and in a reasonably safe area with on street parking if no spaces. We need somewhere from 24 April for 28 days and our budget is 700-1000$ a week but we would like to see photos before booking. The property will of course be left spotless. We need to sort somewhere asap and will consider most areas if they're within driving distance and on a quiet street. many thanks Rebecca
  11. On the new points list the points for Educational qualifications are below, have any diploma nurses applied since 1st July? If so have you been able to claim any points for your diploma, we're getting different opinions as to whether points can be claimed. Not sure whether points can be claimed because of a positive skills assesment? You have met the requirements for award of a: • bachelor degree, by an Australian educational institution; or • bachelor degree, awarded by an overseas educational institution or a recognised standard; or • post secondary qualification or award of a recognised standard as specified by the Minister in an instrument in writing. 15 points You have met the requirements for the award of a diploma by an Australian educational institution, or a diploma awarded by an overseas educational institution of a recognised standard. 10 points You have attained a qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority in determining the applicant’s skills for their nominated occupation. 10 points Thank you
  12. Guest

    175 now or after 1st July

    Hi all, I guess I found the right forum at the right time, hope somebody can me help me. I'm in a tough situation and not able to take a decision, need your opinions which may help me to think wisely.. here is my situation.. I applied for Victoria State Sponsorship on 29th Jan, and I'm still waiting for their decision(5 months completed). I have also provided valid ACS(with new ANZSCO code ie 261312), and ielts at the time of application. Last week when I enquired, they replied saying decision is yet to be taken. I filled my online 176 application (which is ready to submit) with an assumption that I may get Vic State Sponsorship anytime, I'm not sure if i can wait anymore or not. My question is, if I get Sponsorship from Vic after 1st July, and I apply for 176 after 1st July, will my application be considered under priority 2? or do I need to wait again for new SMP of Vic is released. Also, I am currently eligible for 175 visa, I would also be eligible for 175 visa after 10th Aug 2011 (as I will be finishing 5 years experience on 10th Aug) under new points system. So what do you guys think, would it be better to wait for a decision from Vic, or should I launch 175 now, or can I take a chance and wait till 10th August? Any opinion is highly appreciated, I will consider all your opinions before taking a decision. Thanks for reading Kven
  13. Hi, since finding out about the changes on July 1st i have been frantically trying to find out about what to expect, I will be back on the SOL so I move up to Cat 3 I think what I am asking is, Who is going to change Category on 1st of July what processing times have agents sort of said, my agent didnot seem to interested to talking to me, he said he had not looked to much in to the changes just interested in getting people lodged before the new set of rules come in to force. Hope this it not another rotten carrot and is a light at the end of a tunnel, I want to move now now in another 2,3,4 years. I am a fitter visa type 175
  14. For the new visa system - post July 2011: Do you still need the 12 out of 24 months experience? or Does work experience solely go on experience over the last 10 years?
  15. The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has been updated. There are 13 occupations added and four occupations have been removed. See: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/solfact-sheet.pdf
  16. Im not a huge poster but have picked up so much help and advice from this forum so a HUGE thank you to everyone. Excited!!! :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
  17. Hi everyone! My names Faye and after having our visas for about 3 years now we are finally making the move to Oz in July. We are very lucky as Keith has a job waiting for him in Melbourne and they are moving us out there. We just got our travel details confirmed today - Cannot believe we are finally actually going! Now starting to freak out just a bit. We both grew up in South Africa though I was born in the UK so are looking forward to a more outdoor lifestyle for our kids similar to what we had I suppose. We are used to moving around a lot, though since we have had kids - 6 years ago - we have been pretty settled in Leafy Surrey. Like many of you, we have been spending hours and hours researching where the best place to live will be, our gut instinct is we would prefer East though I think our wallet might prefer the West! LOL. We have friends from SA who live in Point Cook and they seem to really like it and have been in the area for years. I worry about limited internet access and lots of the gardens seem really small. I think we will now have to just see when we get there. We are going to be put into a hotel for 3 weeks when we get to Melbourne, should be fun with 3 hyper kids, 6, 3 , 1 !! Would love to hear from anyone who can realte to my post, facing similar situations - agghhh have started the whole goodbye thing - nightmare just wish we were on the plane already!! bye for now Faye xx
  18. I've just come across this - http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/booklets/1119.pdf 51 pages long, but will probablly answer a lot of questions you may have on changes to GSM with the new points system Hope it helps
  19. The removal men: Pickfords is on Channel 5 today (6th July 2011) at 20:00 Not sure if anyone else has posted about this but I thought this might be of interest to anyone else who like us is trying to work out which removal company to entrust with shipping all our treasured possessions over the other side of the world! Not too sure what kind of a light it's going to portray Pickfords but as we've never used a removal company (always a Luton and our own muscle power) it'll be of interest to us. :wink:
  20. INVESTORS STILL WARY OF BOE ASSET PURCHASES Bank again resurrects the possibility of renewed QE. Aussie prospers as confidence returns. The Australian dollar was one of a handful of currencies to strengthen by around 2% against the pound last week. The pound began last week in reasonably buoyant mood, rising by half a cent on Monday morning. After that it was a different story. By Thursday afternoon the pound was four and a half cents off its high and at a record low. Since then it has been treading water in a cent-and-a-half range, going nowhere and shouting for help. The UK economy was unable to throw up any convincing evidence of progress. The finalised figures for first-quarter gross domestic product served only to remind investors of the big problem that faces the chancellor and his adoring electorate: prices are going up and incomes are not. Earlier in the month the 4.5% inflation figure and the 1.8% rise in average earnings showed spending power going down by -2.7% a year. The GDP numbers confirmed that the economy grew by 0.5% in Q1 (incidentally the same performance as that put in by the United States). What they also showed, though, was that household spending had gone up in money terms while the volume of goods and services had fallen. Bluntly, Brits are paying more for less. The rest of the week's ecostats did little to improve sterling's situation. Mortgage approvals in May numbered just under 46k, half as many as for the same month 20 years ago. Consumer confidence fell from -21 to -25 in June. Nationwide's house price index was unchanged between May and June, -1.1% lower than a year earlier. The manufacturing sector purchasing managers' index, which assesses activity and order levels, was down by three quarters of a point to 51.3 (50 represents stagnation while anything lower than that means shrinkage). Sterling's main problem was a renewed fear that the Bank of England might decide on another round of the quantitative easing that saw it purchase £200 billion of government and corporate bonds in 2009-10. Adam Posen is the Monetary Policy Committee member who has constantly been pushing for another £50 billion to help lubricate the economy. He was at it again at the beginning of the week, arguing against the criticism by the Bank for International Settlements that the MPC was being negligent in its duty to hold down inflation. He dismissed the BIS call for higher interest rates as "nonsense". The following day his colleague, Deputy Governor Paul Tucker, did his best to defuse the situation, saying: "This is not a committee that's drifting towards thinking that more stimulus may be needed." He told that to parliament's Treasury Committee and he might have managed to put the genie back in the bottle had he not been accompanied to Westminster by the governor and by written statements from two more MPC members. Sir Mervyn King insisted that a further round of quantitative easing (asset purchases) is still an option because it is "... a perfectly conventional monetary policy tool. This is something we can do." As for higher interest rates, the governor also leaned towards Adam Posen's point of view. Rates would only go up "in the context of a much stronger economy, with unemployment falling rather than rising". The supporting statements from David Miles and Spencer Dale suggested both of those conditions were unlikely to arise anytime soon. One of them spoke of "risks that the recovery in output becomes weaker and then disappears"; the other said "the economic recovery in the UK remains fragile." The market's inference was that it might be another year before UK interest rates head higher. The Australian dollar's fortunes were in the hands of Greece. As the week progressed investors became steadily more confident that Greece would swallow its austerity medicine, thus earning the next €12 billion cheque from last year's bailout fund and qualifying for a second bailout when that one runs out. True enough, the Greek parliament voted for the austerity package and then voted for the hideous details it includes — pay cuts, tax increases and all. By Friday it seemed all that remained was to compose the congratulatory telegrams. As the Greek problem evaporated before their very eyes, investors embraced the Aussie dollar and other commodity-oriented currencies. Although there is still a massive question mark over the proposed restructuring of Greek government debt, investors feel comfortable at the moment that the authorities will come up with a way to avoid it becoming an event of default, so forcing some banks to book sizeable losses. As long as that default can be dodged, investors believe the global economy can rebuild a head of steam and, with it, an appetite for Australia's commodity exports. The Australian ecostats did not have much to do with the dollar's spurt to stardom, partly because they were not much good and partly because there were not many of them. The best result was AiG's manufacturing PMI, which jumped by five points to 52.9. Private sector credit fell short of forecast with a 3.1% annual and a 0.3% monthly increase. New home sales were down by a monthly -0.2%, reversing the previous month's increase. This week opened with a slump in the number of building permits issued in May. The figure was -7.9% down on April and -14.4% fewer than May 2010. Retail sales were down by a monthly -0.6%, having been expected to go up by 0.3%. Yet to come on this week's agenda are the services and construction sector PMIs, the balance of trade and the important employment numbers on Friday. On Tuesday the Reserve Bank of Australia announced its decision on monetary policy, and the expected no change at 4.75% was what transpired. There are just three important UK data sets on the list: the services sector PMI, industrial and manufacturing production and the producer price index. There is also a vanishingly remote chance that the MPC might decide on Thursday to fall in with Mr Posen and increase the size of the asset purchase programme. The AUD is close to record highs against the US dollar and the pound. However tempting it might be to look for a reversal, history teaches that unjustifiable currency strength is not of itself reason for a turnaround. Almost every currency move goes too far. The problem is that it is impossible to tell until afterwards what constitutes "too far". Buyers of the Australian dollar should continue to hedge their risk, and consider fixing a price for up to half the money they need with a forward purchase.
  21. Guest

    1 July Changes

    Hi - haven't seen anything here since the proposed changes on 1 July to 175 skilled migration. Did they happen? Were they what was expected? Have just looked up immi and they appear to have changed the information booklet but I am just surprised that there hasn't been more commentary on the website. Does any one have any hints/tips re the changes as we were waiting till 1 July to submit our visa?
  22. Dear ALL, Today called immi , checked with staff, those priority 4 to priority 3 will be done with effect today..extra info he said , those can expect case-officer soon... i asked soon is when ? he laughed and replied may be 3months.. Good luck and Good hope for everyone.. Today marks my 1001days of waiting TRA- May 2007, Application - oct 2008, Subclass 175 / fitter/ waiting for Co..
  23. Guest

    Changes on 1st July - help

    Hi all, I just had an email regarding my chances of applying for a 176 SS visa from a migration agent: "Please note that the points test is to be changed from 1 July 2011 and the draft of the new test indicates that some applicants, particularly trade applicants and those without formal tertiary level qualifications, may have difficulty in meeting the points threshold (if the final form of the test is the same as the draft.) However, as the new test is only in draft form at present we cannot advise on anyone’s eligibility under the new test yet. If you need to obtain state sponsorship, you may not have enough time to get all steps completed and lodge a visa application before the new test is introduced in July. It is possible that the new test might be delayed beyond July, or that the states may process some applications quicker if necessary, but these are unknowns at present. Therefore only you can decide if you want to take the risk of starting the process when it is not guaranteed you will be able to lodge a visa application in time under the current test." Could anyone advise - what exactly does this mean? Should I try NOW to get everything sorted of should I wait til it's released? When she says 'trade' applicants, who exactly is she talking about - I am a primary teacher, would this impact on me? Do we know anything about what is going to be released? Any help would be great! xx
  24. Guest

    1st July smp lists

    Hi everyone Sorry if this has already been discussed but will the smp lists be changing on 1st July too? Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk
  25. Hi everyone, Young, old, families, no families, new to Perth or not so new. Please come along to the Kings Park meet on the 9th July, 1.00pm at the Lottery West Family area . Bring a barby or picnic or just ourselves. Hope to see as many people as possible. Look for the White Balloons. Contact me for a contact number Joanne