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  1. Please find below a brief roundup of this week major currencies. EUR: Rumours and stories of a new and conclusive solution to the Euroland debt crisis came thick and fast: The new Spanish austerity package would make the Spartans look like Barbra Cartland; the jointly-guaranteed "eurobond" project would be revived; the IMF would lend €600bn to Italy. None turned out to be true but collectively they supported the euro. Nevertheless, investors are increasingly reluctant to lend their hard-earned to Euroland governments. They need serious action to stabilise the situation and they need it now. USD: The failure of a Congressional "supercommittee" to agree on a deficit-reduction programme has not put off investors in US Treasury bills and bonds. They can live with the stalemate because they know America will always repay its debts; it can print as many dollars as it needs. The same is not true of euro zone governments, none of which has the same printing power. Greece or Italy could default; the US cannot. AUD: An almost total lack of Australian economic data left the Aussie to wander around in the unlikely company of the Swiss franc and Japanese yen. They were accompanied by the Canadian dollar, which also had no place of its own to go. The commodity currencies received a boost early this Monday after the report that the IMF would hand over €600bn to cover Italy's refinancing needs for the next year. It was enough to turn a losing week into a winning one for the Aussie. NZD: Like the AUD, the NZD found itself in the middle of the field after a strange week in which market liquidity was drained by the US holiday and investor's appetite to get involved was hampered by their lack of conviction, especially with regard to the euro. The NZ dollar's big break came this Monday morning when Prime Minister John Key's National Party won the general election by a street. Investors think he will deliver free markets and a balanced budget. CAD: The Loonie kept company with its antipodean cousins, neither shining nor sinking in mid-league. A 1.0% monthly increase for retail sales in September was twice as strong as expected and therefore positive for the currency, but it served more to nudge than to drive its direction. Had it not been for the Keys election win in New Zealand the Canadian dollar would have come through the week as the commodity currencies' leader. GBP: Sterling was far from successful in the week's currency lottery, sharing penultimate place with the South African rand. It did nothing wrong; the UK economic statistics were mostly in line with or better than expectations. The problem was that investors seemed more inclined to buy the euro on good news than sell it on bad. Because they were buying US dollars anyway the pound got the rough end of the stick.
  2. Dear all This June I got through my ACS assessment and IELTS. I was hoping to apply for state sponsorship but suddenly SA changed the ielts requirement to each 6.5 for my occupation. My IELTS results are L6 R6.5 W6.5 S7 overall 6.5 band. I have 55 points at the moment and in need of 5 more. Age: 30 Experience: 10 Degree: 15 I was hoping to claim the last 5 points from the state sponsorship but now I am stuck:arghh:. So I decided to re-sit for the IELTS exam but the results were same as my first attempt. I checked the northern territory's occupation list and they have mentioned "At least three years of post-qualification experience. IELTS score of average 7.0 or higher. Must have IELTS 7.0 in speaking". Next I checked the western Australia occupation list and sadly my occupation is not available. Can someone advice me on this. Thanks
  3. wanda&wayne

    Driving licence

    Hi, my son recently got a speeding ticket and can either pay the £60 fine and get 3 points or pay £70 and do a course and get no points however there may not be time to do the course as we leave in a little over a week. Does having the 3 points effect his licence over in Australia or not? If not he'll just pay the £60 fine and get the points. Can you help? Thanks!
  4. I'm SO nervous waiting for my IELTS results. I've missed IELTS superior grades 4 times in a row now - each time by 0.5 or 1 mark across writing, reading or listening. Sadly my overall mark has allways been 8.5 ! I sat IELTS for the last time ever on 12th May, before I'm too old to get age points. This time I took personal tuition and attended an IELTS test takers course before the exam, so I've given it my best shot. Everything else is lined up and ready for final visa submission....! Just want my results now so I can either re-gain my old life or a get on with the visa submission. IELTS can be a nightmare.... If you need SUPERIOR English for points, practise and if you fail, get tuition ASAP. Roll on Friday.
  5. Guest

    Confused - 175 Visa or 121 Visa

    Hi, I am currently in NZ on a 457 visa going to Aus on a casual basis (well, the last casual assignment was for 8 months!!!). I am now thinking of migrating to Aus and weighing up options for different visas. The company is willing to sponsor me for 121 visa. But there is a 2 year contract attached and the company is relatively low-paying. On the other hand, I will qualify for 70 points for the 175 visa. I see that the minimum points is 65 points. My biggest concern is, 70 is only marginally above 65 points. I am afraid that the application may be rejected/delayed/lost interest. Do you guys think I am better to stick to a 121 visa? Or is 70 points good enough? Does anyone know how Immigration compares points against minimum point requirements? Any suggestions/ideas/sharings will be appreciated.
  6. Hi, My OH wants to know if the points he has lost from his license here in the UK will show up (or affect) when he applies for his license in Australia - He had a letter through yesterday, he got caught on camera speeding ... tut tut
  7. just recently heard that the points test is changing- we were already just scraping it before, now its even worse! to pass my partner needs to pass an engilsh test at the top level. tried googlin it but dont really know what i'm looking for. does anybody know what the engish test is? hw hard is it? what we have to do? thanks kind regards, shaz
  8. Hi Everyone, I have been looking into things and feel that we are going round and round in circles so thought perhaps some advice/experiences and a discussion may help me and hopefully some others in a similar position in making decisions. I realise that there are many others on here that have been waiting aggeeesss for their visa's and we have only started the ball rolling a few months ago. I have so much symathy for all you guys and really hope that you all get your visa's asap. :hug: However, I feel the decisions we make now will directly impact on how long we wait in the future. I have every expectation and am happy to accept that whatever happens the whole Oz process is likely to take about 18months however, if it takes much longer I think that's when things get difficult with regards to getting on with your life and making decisions etc. eg we haven't had children yet We sent off our skills assessment last week and are now trying to decide what to do next. We can apply for state sponsorship or we can just apply for the 175 visa. Now I know that the 175 is supposed to take a fair bit longer, however,we are concerned that as we won't be able to apply for state sponsorship until probably January, if we don't get it back before 1st July 2011 then we will have to resort to applying for the 175 anyway as we do not have enough points after this date (which means we've then lost another 6 months). Also if we go for ss, what happens if the ss places run out - are those cases on the back burner until 2012 or scrapped, could it mean then the 175's overtake the newer applications? The option of the 175 would mean that we could lodge it as soon as the skills assessment comes back (hopefully positive!) and possibly get a 6 month head start on applying for the 176 which could close the gap somewhat. My main concerns with the 175 are as we do not have enouh points after July will they still process it after that as we did have enough points before? Also as the whole process takes longer is there more chance that something could go wrong ie they make more changes? So in summary, weighing up timescales and the most likely chance of getting a visa - which would be the best option for someone in our position? Both seem to have pro's and con's and neither seem that secure! Thank you so much for listening and I always really appreciate and value the time taken to give me advice. :notworthy: Cara xx :wubclub: :chatterbox:
  9. Hi everyone, I received my ACS PIM3 Group B assessment. But it does not mention explicit recognition of my overseas qualification. DIAC mentions that to claim points for qualification at the Bachelor Degree level, it should be assessed to be comparable to Australian Bachelor Degree. And this assessment should come from the Skills Assessment Authority. I have been corresponding with ACS on this. They say that they do not provide any qualification assessment. They say they only confirm suitability under Group A or B. And DIAC reserves the right to award points for qualifications. This means that one can't be certain of receiving qualification points before putting in the application. I want to avoid this uncertainty. Can anybody advise as to how to get the recognition for my overseas qualifications ? (frustrated) Joy
  10. Guest

    New points system questions

    I am getting a bit confused about some of the new points system to qualify for migration to Australia. I have entered my information on several different points calculators but get different answers each time which vary from approved to not eligible. Could someone tell me if I am eligible? Age - 39 (later this month) Occupation - Systems/Network Administrator (certifications - MCSE, MCSA, MCP, MCTS and CompTIA A+) Knowledgeable with Windows OS, some Linux and Macintosh. Can program a Cisco router. Work experience - 20 years (but have gone back to school these last 2 years towards getting my degree) - last position I held was as a Level 3 tech (A technician's technician). Education - 2 years towards Bachelors degree in Network Administration English proficiency - I do not speak English but I do speak American. (I hope you appreciate my sense of humor) If you need more information, feel free to ask. I appreciate your using valuable time in answering my query.
  11. Hello everyone, hope you can share with me the processing timeline of your South Australia 176 Visa Application. I am done with IELTS (done in May 2011), Positive Vetassess (received result in Sept. 28 2011), State Sponsorship in South Australia application was forwarded in October 25, 2011 and approved in November 30 2011. This December, perhaps on Dec. 12, I wil be able to lodge my visa. However, I was told that we can already lodge our visa while waiting for the Points test Advice. In this regard, I would appreciate if you can give us an idea how fast or what is the timeline that they follow for points test advice and also the processing timeline for 176 Visa Applications particularly to SA. Success stories of those who lodged their visa after July 01, 2011 will also be appreciated. Hope to hear from you guys. Regards, Mjcgito
  12. Guest

    5 Points for partner

    Hi guys, i hope somebody can help me out with this. to claim five points for your partner, does your OH's occupation have to be on the state migration list of the state you want to get sponsorship from, as well as the SOL state/terriorty list? Hope this makes sense to somebody!
  13. My husband has just had a positive RPL skills assessment result from the ACS, but they have only classified the last 6 years work experience as closely related to his ANZSCO code and the job he held 8 years ago to be not closely related. He needs to demonstrate 8 years work experience in his field to qualify for the extra 5 points to reach the 65 points required when applying for our 176 visa. Does this skills assessment now mean that we are unable to proceed any further or will the main immigration application be assessed differently? Any help greatly appreciated.
  14. Hi all I know this might not be directly relevant to some members, however please see a brief summary below of the major global currencies (I have received some requests for this type of information). AUD: The weak US payrolls number hit every commodity-related currency hard because, as legend has it, if America sneezes the global economy catches a cold. That has not prevented the Aussie from hitting a record high against the pound and coming close to its all-time high against the dollar but it might be a sign that an end to the one-way street is in sight. USD: If President Obama and the house of representatives cannot reach agreement on the budget and the debt ceiling the United states government will run out of money on 2 August. Few believe it will come to that but the possibility makes investors nervous about the dollar. Last week's horrendously soft payrolls number is another reason for their dislike. NZD: New Zealand's products are mainly meat and dairy, exports which unlikely to be compromised in any major way by the possible fall in demand for minerals and metals. In the last week the Kiwi has scored record highs against the US dollar, the euro and the pound. It might have further to go. CAD: Canada's economy is closely aligned to that of the United States and to global demand for oil, of which it is a major exporter. With the US economy stuttering and the risk of a financial crisis in Europe dampening global risk-appetite the Loonie is fighting on two fronts. ZAR: While the rand is vulnerable to any reduction in demand for commodities, one of its products - gold - is as popular today as it ever has been. On top of that South Africa's 5.5% benchmark interest rate comfortably outweighs its 4.6% inflation rate, a situation that no European or North American currency can match. EUR: The failure of EU ministers to come up with a comprehensive and permanent solution to the Greek debt crisis is turning into a disaster for the euro. The longer they fail to sort it out, the worse investors fear the problem will become. Italy has now joined Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain on the list of government bonds that investors least like to own. As a result the euro has lost ground and is likely to lose more.
  15. I have just been told that the skill is assessed (child care manager) and now no points issued. Then you apply for the visa and point I find this a little confusing as I need the points for eight year to make my visa add up can any shed some light on this:confused:
  16. Hi.,., Just wondering if anyone has any experience on collecting flight points / rewards / miles etc. I know you can bag them up from each particular airline. And I`m still open to best suggestions on which carry the best rewards (freebies) etc. But, with sooo many flights / airline companies, I was wondering if there was a scheme where I could collected them together. ( ive heard about credit cards flight rewards.,., but you end up paying for the flight miles / points by the 3% card charge - or whatever it is)... Just wondering as i`m booking flights soon and may need to register before hand etc.:idea: CHEERS!
  17. jyotikhtr

    Points for State Sponsorship

    Dear All, I falling under ANZSCO CODE: 262113 - Systems Administrator I am confused whether I will be eligible for 5 or 10 points if I take state sponsorship from New South Wales or South Australia. As stated in this link Sponsorship by state or territory gives 5 points and Sponsorship by family or state or territory government to regional Australia gives 10 points. Regards, Jyoti Khatri
  18. Guest

    IELTS GSM Points post July 1

    Hi just taking a shot in the dark. Need five more points to be sure cross 65. I got 8, 7.5.7,7 and overall 7.5. Can this score give me 15 points on better english levels. The requirement on new points system is 20 points for a score of 8 in each and 10 points for score of 7 in each. Does anyone know if this exists or is on the discretion of the case officer. Or is it a straight NO. Thanks,
  19. Thinking about taking Audi A6, I think the only modification it will require to meet the Australian Standards is the installing of car seat anchor points and was wondering if anyone could give me an idea about how much this costs. Thanks
  20. l have been working as an engineer in the company for 11 yrs with a diploma in mechanical engineering, my job scope is equivalent to an engineer. During my work peroid, 1st yrs onwards l took up offshore part-time studies and have graduate with a mechanical engineering degree from University of South Australia in April 2010. Does this allow me to claim points for 8 yrs of Overseas Skilled Employment? Please kindly advise me. Thank you..
  21. Can anyone inform me if you get any points for the ''Nominated Skilled occupation'' see link below http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/475/eligibility-applicant.htm
  22. Guest

    Points Test

    Hi All, New here so apologies if this has been asked/answered elsewhere... I have submitted for a skills assessment with ACS (sys admin) - current status 'with assesor'. I have also just been looking at the points test on the DIAC website. I have an MCSE which is, apparently, equal to a diploma (at least for for skills assessment purposes). I also have a BA(Hons) degree that is not related to my nominated occupation. Will I get 15 points for the degree or just 10 for the diploma-equivalent qualifications when it comes to the DIAC visa application? Hoping its the former or else its another two years until i can get 8 years experience!! Thanks in advance for your help/advice
  23. Hi all, I am aiming for a 176 Vic sponsored visa. To claim 10 points for Educational Qualifications the DIAC says you need to "have attained a qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority in determining your skills for your nominated occupation" Possibly a silly question but I'm frazzled, like many, from reading it and re-reading it and doubting and all that goes with it!!:confused: I have a successful OTSR(so expensive under new VIC UNI scheme!!) for my nominated occupation(general electrician), is this the document/award that fits the bill to get these points? Thanks Guys
  24. Heather Law

    Partner Points

    My OH is a chef and i was wondering, does he need to have a positive skills assessment in order to claim the additional 5 points on the VISA application? He has alos lot his certs a long time ago and can't get replacements as he qualified before the awarding bodies started keeping records of named students. we have contacted the awarding body and that was there response. :chatterbox:
  25. Guest

    Do we have enough points?

    Hi All, Can anyone recommend an accurate website that I can visit to see if we are eligible to emigrate to Oz. I have been on a few different agent website and completed the eligibility assessment but I'm becoming increasingly confused as some sites say we have 65 points and can apply and other sites say we do not have enough points! My other half is 32 and is a wall & floor tiler. He has over 10 years experience in the UK but no experience gained in Oz. He could take ILETS for extra points but was hoping to avoid having to do this as he isn't great at reading and writing. He has an NVQ 2 in his trade. Could we gain extra points if we got SS? (Hoping to move to Perth). Unfortunately, we aren't entitled to any partner points. I have experience in admin and welfare work but these are not on the SOL. I have qualifications in relation to both of these also. We are going to the down under live expo in September so there will probably be agents there who I can ask this question to, however, in the meantime can anyone recommend and agents? Help! Sue