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  1. Iam currently registered in WA as a nurse, and wonderedif anybody has transfered to the national scheme with mutual recognition. Also,if so, how long did it take to come through? I had assumed that it would be transfering automatically on the 1st of july,and have not done anything, to find that it didn', and we are now moving to Melbourne at the end of august, aghhhhhhhhhh
  2. Hi Not sure if under correct heading but I am a nurse of 20yrs and have paid superannuation for that length of time . Have you any ideas on what I do regarding this and moving to Austraila on a PR status . Nicky
  3. Hi all, Having had a fairly productive trip to Australia House last week, I have been advised that this is probably going to be my best route back. Can anybody recommend any web sites that have postings of jobs for this kind of scheme? I have been told that I could even be sponsored by a farm, doing outdoors work, which is what I want, in rural areas. Just wondering if anybody has any experience of this, etc... Many thanks Simon
  4. markandtraceyessex

    Emirates, skywards reward scheme

    www.skywards.com register and they email you your personal login details then login and enter your flight number. you can select seating for both legs of journey, meal choices and even look at available upgrades. it also awards you points (like nectar airmiles) to give your savings on future flights etc. hope this helps.
  5. Hi, Does anyone know how long it takes to get an Employer Nomination Scheme visa processed from the point an employer offers a job and starts the processing of applying to DIAC to sponsor the open position? I just got offered a job but my visa agent is saying that it is normal for an ENS visa (which I thought was Category 1) to take 9 months. That doesn´t sound right! Not many employers will wait that long for someone to arrive. I already have ACT sponsorship and the job offer is from ACT. We lodged our application back in May 2009 and are trying to speed things up!!! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Michael.
  6. Hi, Normally when I have approached Australian companies to see whether they have vacancies and whether they would be willing to support my visa application via the Employer Nomination Scheme (i.e. Category 1), they say no. However, I've found a company who said they would be willing to support my visa application if I am successful in an interview. Now I'm a little nervous as the Employer Nomination Scheme wasn't something I'd thought about much until now. I have lots of questions: 1) With all the recent changes, is the ENS still treated as Category 1? 2) Does the fact that I'm state sponsored matter? The job will be in the same state that sponsored me. 3) Are there any additional risks going down the ENS route rather than waiting it out for my non-CSL SS 176? 4) How long would I expect it to take to get my visa processed via ENS? If anyone has been down this route, any answers to my questions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Michael.
  7. Hi, I'm about to lodge my application and nomination for ENS 856 visa at Sydney Parramatta office. Does anybody know how long it takes for the visa to be granted? Thanks heaps! :hug:
  8. We are emigrating at the end of November. We have been advised to transfer our personal pension schemes, currently in SIPPS, to a QRops scheme in Australia. We were advised to consolidate our pension funds into a UK pension with a currency exchange facility prior to transferring to Australia. Can someone who has done this advise us and suggest funds that have this facility? Help please we do not wish to pay large amounts for people to complete forms on our behalf or to take a percentage for the rest of our lives - particularly with the exchange rate as it is. Many thanks Julian
  9. Hi All, Hoping someone might be able to help! I've been on a 457 visa for 3 years and recently been offered nomination for PR under Employer Nominated Scheme. I've been working with my employer for 3 years, and therefore should qualify for the scheme but my company has recently merged with another, and I've recently transferred over my sponsorship to the new company. I've therefore been told by our HR dept and lawyers that I have to wait until I have worked for the merged company for 1 year before I can apply. My role has recently been removed from the SOL therefore I can't apply through a skills assessment. Has anyone else had a similar situation? Seems a bit unfair given that it's pretty much the same company that I've been working for the whole time. Has anyone got any advice on how I could proceed with this?? Any help would be much appreciated!!
  10. Out of the blue been offered one of these and a job to start as soon as I can get there,what I was wondering is what are the Pros/Cons of this route over the normal Visa route. From what I have been told : The visa requires you to work for the employer for 2 consecutive years, at which time I beleive you can apply for citizenship. So in effect I am tied to one employer and if I dont like the job/area I have to go home? Any help much appreciated. Steve.
  11. Hi, Please help advise and unhappy pomme !! I have just been granted my 119 regional sponored migration scheme visa which makes me a permanent resident.... although i cant stand my boss which nominated me.... gave me a world full of promises and i get here to no cigar. I want to move jobs, i believe i will have to stil be in the same trade that i was sponored for, but can anyone help advise me as to how i go about moving jobs. My sponsorship is in NSW.... so can i just apply for another job in NSW and inform immigration if i get it ?! Is this a difficult process? has anyone done it ?! Please help ASAP !!! Many thanks Sincerley Grateful !!!
  12. Does anyone know much about Regional Skilled Migration Scheme as I cant find much Information on it? I have asked my agent for infomation but he has not got back to me yet and I have a telephone interview tonight. Is it a perment visa? Does it entitle you to medicare and schooling? Does anyone know how long it will take for this type of Visa to be processed?? Thanks Stewart
  13. Hello, We are taking our cat to redcliffe in september. I have found a company to ship her and have started the process with them, ie; filled out the relevant forms and sent payment for the first part. She is being collected on the 28th aug. My question is; should i have got her a pet passport and/ or can i now, or is it too late? I considered doing it in the first place and looked into it a bit, but then got caught up with everything and just wanted to get things booked, including her booked with the shipping co. Ive now thought maybe i should have done it because i dont want her to have to go into 6 months quarantine (let alone the expense) if we ever had to come back to the uk. Not that i would even consider it, but then you never know whats going to happen. Reading up on it now, i didnt reaslise they had to have the rabies vacc, and then blood tests ect. they talk about waiting 21 days, then 6 months and i dont really understand it!:chatterbox: As you can tell im not really sure what to do. Should i just leave it and hope for the best? or is there a chance that i can still apply for the passport and that will be safer? Any thoughts on this will be great as i dont know what to do for the best!!:err: Thank you for any help you can give Chloe xx
  14. First Home owners scheme to continue Updated: 19:49, Tuesday May 12, 2009 First home buyers have another six months to locate their dream dwelling and still benefit from the boost to the first home owners grant scheme. As part of last year's 10.4 billion dollar stimulus package the grant was lifted from seven thousand dollars to 14-thousand dollars for existing dwellings and to 21-thousand for new homes. Set to expire on June 30 it's been extended as is for another three months before being phased out after December 31. It'll be halved between October 1 and December 31 meaning first home buyers will receive a total of 10-thousand-500 dollars for established homes and 14-thousand for new homes. Treasurer Wayne Swan says the boost has already helped 59-thousand people achieve the great Australian dream. Data released this week shows first home buyers accounted for 27.3 per cent of all home loans approved in March.
  15. Hello all: Apologies if this seems like a silly question, but I've been looking around the web (here, immigration website, etc) for an answer and keep finding bits of information that seem to contradict each other. Firstly, I'm trying to find out the process of getting sponsored by an employer in Australia. Do I just start applying for jobs and if they like me (and want to) they sponsor me? If so are there any better websites to use? Or do I start applying for my part of the visa (Subclass 121) so that I can be entered onto the Skills Matching Database? Basically if anyone has any experience of this I'd really appreciate some help. Thanks to anyone who can help! Simon
  16. kernow43

    Proposed paid maternity scheme.

    Do you think it is a good idea? :unsure: http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,25099741-953,00.html
  17. Or are these two different areas? I'm asking as my other half is a scaffolder, and wonder if a Labour Agreement is possible as he has a company that wants him to work for them thanks
  18. Hi - i know these aren't visas that are talked about on here much - but i'm hoping someone can help. They are the Employer Nominated Schemes - and our situation is this: When we were out on a year working visa my other half worked for a scaffolding company that desperately want him back. They can't get anyone with the experience and qualifications he has in scaffolding. Now as scaffolding isn't on the skills list, i'm guessing this is his only route (i can do the 176), but i hear the ENS is alot quicker??? Can anyone shed any light as to whether or not this is infact a quick option - his old boss emailed him this morning literally saying he still wants him and would we be able to come over asap! Any help on the ENS appreciated Suzanne
  19. Hi Everyone I have already applied for my Skilled - Independent (VE 175) visa ( Toolmaker ) in April 2008 and waiting for it result. As Toolmaker Occupation is on the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL) and as it is in the Priority Skills List . My Occupation Skill have been assessed by the Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) as TOOLMAKER.I want to migrate to Perth on my Skill basis. I would like to know if it is possible that I could change my Application to State Sponsorship under the Skilled Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 176) scheme to Western Australia for faster Migration to WA as there is a great demand of jobs in WA. Or what are the other ways to Migrate to WA. Hope you could give me some suggestions .Thanks
  20. Hi, Hoping if anyone has any ideas about the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 119/857). We have been in oz for 3 months, me on a toursit visa (i am 40) and my wife on a working holiday visa (she is 30). We have worked out that there is no way we can stay here with what we have (qualifications/experience) and our only option would be to take the student visa option, but this is so expensive and not really a dead cert, but I have just been looking at the above visa. I have read on various pages that the RSMS visa is also available to people who don't have the necessary points going through the normal methods and that there are 500 visas available this way (not sure per state or country). My wife is a childcare worker has level 2, 3 and 4 in the usual qualifications for chilcare and has 4 years working with special needs kids. There seems to be plenty of jobs in this profession. Does anyone have a clue if she was able to secure a job in a not so popular area wether she would be able to get state sponsorship? Is it possible to write to each state asking for sponsorship or is it catch 22, you need a job to apply for a visa, but might not be able to get a job without a visa? thanks in advance for any advice
  21. connaust

    Moves to overhaul 457 visa scheme

    AUSTRALIA should pay temporary skilled migrants market rates and name companies employing 20 or more such workers on a website, an independent review of the 457 visa scheme has said. Moves to overhaul 457 visa scheme - National - smh.com.au
  22. We've just had our visas granted today, whoo hoo!!! Barring any major disasters, we're off to Melbourne on Jan 31st, spending new years eve at 33,000 ft! Anyway, here's our timeline for anyone that was in our position 2 months ago, desperately wanting to know how long it was all going to take. Employer submitted nomination (Melbourne) Aug 13th Nomination approval Sept 1st Posted visa application (Form 47ES and police reports) Sept 3rd Request for medicals and fill out Form 80 Sept 16th Medicals completed Sept 24th Medicals reached Sydney Oct 13th Visa granted Nov 11th Thankfully all proceeded without hitch, even if I was starting to stress about it all. Now it's just down to the realities of shipping our stuff and getting to Melbourne to start a new life. Hope this helps Michelle
  23. I've read all the stuff on the immi.gov.au site about RSMS (including book 5), but I'm not clear on the order in which I have to do things. I'm in IT, so I've had my skills certified by the ACS and have had a confirmation letter from them. Do I now need to find an employer willing to sponsor me? If so, any links to sites listing Oz IT firms? Must I register on the skills matching DB and just wait? Do I apply for the visa now? Any help appreciated, Thanks, Andy.
  24. Hi All I’ve just been reading the last 30 pages of the big BE thread on the Capital Investment Scheme. I refer in particular to Post # 1660 on Page 111 of the thread – the FAQs extract. For what it is worth, I have the following comments: It was the prerogative of State and Territory Governments to particpate in or withdraw from the scheme, and the Commonwealth has no power to compel States or Territories to continue in the scheme. Whether the State or Territory Government authorities actually issue a security is, and always was, a matter for them to determine. If so, was it lawful for the Commonwealth to get involved with a scheme over which it now says it has never had any control? Why did the DIAC website contain no warning to visa applicants that the Commonwealth was apparently relying on nothing more than a wing and a prayer? Wasn't it irresponsible of the Comonwealth to offer this wheeze to visa applicants without tying the State Treasuries into it legally first? Applicants for any visa must meet the requirements specified in the Migration Act 1958 and the Migration Regulations 1994. The applicants have done so. The requirements included lodgement of the $100K. Their intention to pay it was frustrated by the actions of others, not by the applicants’ failure to meet the requirements specified. So does the Commonwealth actually have any valid point to make with the statement above or is it just waffling about nothing? So, those GSM applicants who had deposited a capital investment before the scheme closed received the bonus five (5) points. Those who were unable to lodge their capital investment are now unable to receive the 5 bonus points. I have seen DIAC process and grant two GSM applications within 48 hours of submission during the last two months. The legislation does not envisage that the Minister will drag his feet over the processing times for applications, nor does it authorise him to do so. The only reason why the applicants were “unable” to lodge their bonds before the State Treasuries ditched the scheme was because the scheme closed on to new applicants on 31st August but by 3rd December the Minister’s own inefficiency about processing applications lodged on or before 31st August meant that some 3000-5000 applications had not been sufficiently processed by a date some 3 months later. Why not? Why can’t I just put the money in Commonwealth bonds or a bank? The Instrument in the Regulations specifies that the capital investment must be deposited in one of the participating Australian State or Territory government authorities. The Regulations do not permit a deposit in Commonwealth bonds. So change the Regulations with retrospective effect. Doing so would not disadvantage a single visa applicant but the Minister’s current dithering around does. The department is currently considering a number of options within the limits of the legislative framework which applies to the pre 1 September 2007 visa applications. Pressure from the High Court would encourage celerity of thought. Decisions on those applications dependent upon receiving bonus points for making a capital investment, will not be made until all available options have been fully explored. The Court can make the decisions on behalf of the Government, I expect. The Court does not find it necessary to deliberate for ever and a day in a state of complete mystification about how the relevant Law works and what the limitations on the Minister’s powers might be. Which section of the legislation empowers the Minister to dither indefinitely? How long will it take? We are unable to give a definite time frame regarding the outcome of our investigations. There are complex legal and policy issues associated with any possible options which are still being worked through. An announcement will be made when these issues are resolved. I suspect that this stance is not lawful. The Court has been known to excise provisions in the legislation which operate unfairly and/or unlawfully. It can probably find the power to do so again in this situation since the Government seems unable to resolve its dilemmas without assistance from the senior judiciary. If a provision cannot work - and the Minister claims that it no longer can - then the best solution is to get rid of it instead of worrying about what it says. Applicants are advised when they apply for a visa that there is no guarantee of a visa being granted. That advice is predicated on the notion that the applicant might make a mistake or might be unable to comply with the legislation. In this case, the Law-makers are the ones who find themselves unable to comply with their own legislation, it seems. The advice above does not envisage or cater for the facts which have actually arisen. This clutching at feeble straws makes the Minister look like an incompetent idiot and his Government risible with it. The Bench would be able to assist the Minister, I suspect. Why has the Minister not sought help and guidance from his own Court – the finest legal brains in Australia? Applicants who have applied for a Class BN intending to meet the criteria for the Skilled – Independent (subclass 136) visa can seek state/territory nomination in support of their application – to be assessed against the criteria for a Subclass 137 visa. Applicants should check each State and Territory nomination website to determine whether their occupation is on one of the State and Territory lists. See: Nomination by State/Territory Government. Wasn’t the bonus points scheme supposed to be an alternative to the above proposition? If so, why is the Minister trying to avoid dealing with the issue that is actually at stake here – his own inability to award the extra points because his intentions were frustrated by third parties? And which State lists should the applicants be considering? The current ones, or the ones that were in effect at the relevant times? Some of them have been altered since 31st August 2007, I believe. The Minister cannot have this one both ways! If applicants have not already claimed the maximum for English language points available under Schedule 6A, ‘competent English’, they may undertake an International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) test. To achieve ‘competent’ English, an applicant must score at least six on each of the four components. Applicants who can demonstrate this level of English language proficiency will achieve 20 points on the GSM points test. Were native English-speaking applicants able to do this under the old scheme? Applicants can also withdraw their current application and reapply under the new GSM visa stream and be assessed against the post 1 September 2007 requirements. Why should they? They were and remain able to comply with the relevant requirements. The applicants are not the ones with the problem. The Minister is the one with the problem, so why should the applicants give him a get out of jail free card? However, please note that withdrawal of your application will result in the loss of your visa application charge (VAC) paid to lodge your current application, and a new VAC will need to be paid to lodge a new application. Not if the Court declares this avaricious notion unlawful, buddy. The department is concerned that there has been considerable speculation by some migration agents and others regarding the resolution of this issue. Intervention by the Court would resolve any speculation. When a decision is made, an update will be provided on the ‘What’s New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration’ page. Or in the case law database in AustLII, of course….. AustLII - AustLII: Advanced Search
  25. suzy+1

    Employer Nomination Scheme

    Hi, Just wondering if someone can give me some info with regards to the ENS (currently on a 457 visa)-will i still be tied to the employing company if i apply for PR through this scheme? Thanks for any replies!