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  1. JSummer

    Financial advisor/planner

    Hi, Does anyone have any recommendations for a financial advisor/planner who they have personally used when working out their move to Oz? We have property in the UK and looking for some advice on how to navigate a move and best ways to mitigate financial loss etc. Lots of confusing info out there! Any help would be hugely appreciated Thank you
  2. Hi - we're about to land in Oz for me to do a PhD at Deakin U. I was meant to be based in Warrnambool but since my OH will almost certainly need to work out of Melbourne (I.T.) I've been offered an office out of the Geelong campus. Having spent months learning about Warrnam am now in a bit of a spin. We're just looking for a rental, but not student digs - a nice place to settle in. Could anyone provide advice, tips or opinion on particular areas? I fly out in 3.5 weeks! In the UK we live in the rural Cotwsolds (have a mini smallholding) but thinking we'll want to have more of a social life in Oz/easier to fit in etc, so possibly living in Geelong or suburbs might suit.. (Geelong doesn't exactly look like a major metropolis, so maybe it's a nice liveable city?) I've seen online a few nice looking properties in Belmont and Newtown - would anyone recommend these areas? Or anywhere else? On the other hand, rural life does call, so Ocean Grove and that area also looks very nice (and doesn't seem too isolated - is it?). We're originally from the coast (used to live in Cornwall) and am hoping to re-connect with rowing and maybe sailing (dont' think surfing is on the cards). We don't have children so no issues there. Re living on the coast, a concern going south of Geelong would be the additional train commute time for OH, if he was trying to get back and forth to Melbourne - is it much additional time? And does the train from Geelong to Melbourne make commuting reasonable? Thanks for any and all tips!
  3. Hi everyone, Im looking for some advice, maybe form anyone who has been in a similar position as myself. I'm looking to apply for 491 - Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa in south Australia. My brother is a Citizen and can sponsor me. I'm a UK citizen. I'm Hoping to apply for 313112 ICT CUSTOMER SUPPORT OFFICER which requires Level 2 skill level, and describes "At least three years of relevant experience and/or relevant vendor certification may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience may be required in addition to the formal qualification." I'm paying special attention to the and/OR. My question is surrounding the Skills test, i have 5 years experience working in this role but the only qualification in IT i have is a ITIL Foundation. i do have 7+ GCSE qaulifications A-C. I understand that my skill level requirement met date will eat 2 years into that 5 years work experience, effectivly making my relevant work experience 3 years relevant work experience. It seems as per the discription of requirements for the ICT Customer support officer role (https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/66DC1F45C5F2AA7ACA257B9500131168?opendocument) 3 years may be enough alone (which is how i read it) but when i look at the ACS website (ICT skills assessor - https://www.acs.org.au/msa/information-for-applicants.html) under their Summary of Criteria it seems i need 8 years work experience as i have no major qualifications. The two sources seem at odds with the work experience needed. Has anyone been in a similar position in this role or any other and has any advice? Is it worth applying for the skills test anyway as they advise the skills test is assesed closly to the role being applied for? Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated =]
  4. psuwara

    From Russia

    Does anyone know who we can get to manage the entire process for two Abyssinian cats from Russia to Australia? We have them with a friend currently while we sort out our own transport.
  5. Hello I'm just looking for advice and a good visa agent to take on our case... I am currently living and working in Broken Hill, NSW on a TSS visa. My partner is living in NZ but is from the UK, he is wanting to join me in NSW as a subsequent entrant as my partner on my visa. The issues we are facing is that we have been together for slightly over a year however only lived together for 3 months, so not sure what our chances are of him coming on my visa as de facto. I have read that registering your relationship in the state you live can waiver the requirements however not sure how true this is. We have plenty of evidence to meet all other requirements. Secondly my partner has a conviction from Australia in 2017 for assault on an officer- he was not placed in jail and released with 12 month good behaviour order. He also has 2 previous cautions from the UK from 10 years ago. No criminal record from the past 3 years in NZ. Obviously before applying for the visa we wanted to know how likely it is that he would be granted a visa especially based on the fact we haven’t lived together for a long time and his criminal record. Does the fact he is coming to live in a remote part of Aus with me have any benefit to our case? Would like some honest advice on the likelihood of a grant and a rough price from an agent. Thanks
  6. I'm in the process of Applying for my Skills Assessment by Engineers Australia including a Relevant Work Experience Assessment. On the Engineers Australia website, I've seen the excel spreadsheet which lists the summary work experience. However it also talks about having a more detailed "endorsed" document which should detail exact periods of work, specific duties etc. which needs to come on Company Headed paper. I'm lucky to have worked for the same employer for over 10 years and for a lot of that time I have worked predominently for one manager who is personally willing to assist me with a statement but i am reluctant to "officially" inform the personnel department by asking for a formal company statement until our Visa is either well underway or granted. Can anyone out there advise me on their experience of RWE statements or possibly share a copy of one? My specific queries are (a) typical content of a statement (b) who it needs to come from? I.e. does it need to come from the personnel department or can it come from a direct manager provided it is on headed paper? The company I work for is a large multi-national and we have little contact with the personnel department so the person writing the statement from personnel is unlikely to know me and will just copy facts from the Company payroll system etc. Your help much appreciated Ashley:hug:
  7. (First time poster) Hi, just putting this out there to see if anyone is in the same boat as me.. i moved here nearly two years ago to be with my husband who is Australian, I left a fantastic network of friends, great job which I loved and my parents who I’m so very close to being an only child.. I moved here in good faith that this would be a better life for us to bring up children (no kids yet) etc but I really can’t help feeling it isn’t, yes the weather is lovely and all that but I am personally struggling so much to fit in I live in a suburb outside of Sydney and it is very hard to explain this feeling of being a fish out of water and feeling on a completely different wave length to everyone, I work with all girls, a real mix, only one Australian all others have foreign backgrounds.. I haven’t been able to make friends and as a result feel completely lonely and lost.. I’m so disconnected. I just seem to work all the time and sit at home (cook/clean) and repeat. My husband works away quite a bit at the moment and has distanced himself from friends as they weren’t for him anymore (let’s just say they like to party hard- another Eyeopener here is the drug scene!) so we both are struggling to make friends, which he feels guilty about, we’re 27. I am out here completely alone and it’s changing me from a bubbly person into someone who is confused, sad and at times bitter. I don’t have anyone I can talk to or lean on other than him and he is sad his family aren’t there for me too, He of course loves his country and is very patient when I say it’s not for me so far, I do seem to get down an awful lot about even the small things- I miss English food so much, it just isn’t the same here (I’m a real foodie!) and I’m a real girly girl who loves to shop and I have tried so hard but cannot stand the cheap crappy shops here, I even miss how the birds would tweet and chirp on a fresh british morning. ANYWAY we’re desperate to get our own place and a mortgage as our living situation at the moment is really spiralling me into depression on top of everything else.. am I making the wrong decision getting something as serious/ permanent as a mortgage? Do I move out have our own place and see if this is when my true aussie life begins, or am I someone who is a true home bird and will forever feel England is home? I just feel I’m missing this aussie dream people talk about.. So sorry for the long first post I feel I’m just letting it all out in hope for Someone to relate or give advise or something! Thankyou in advance xxxx
  8. Hello Forum.. This topic is mainly for 489 visa applicants, i.e. those in the process of applying or have already applied and received a grant or are / have already landed in SA. Migrating is not easy as it requires a lot of planning, courage to make things work out as desired. Moving with a family with young children is not easy and when the time eventually comes one develops cold feet and is lost in transition as there are load's of things to keep in mind. Here I would request all applicants to share their thoughts on some of the best practices, lessons learnt, tips, do's and don't's that are to be followed during: the application process after grant is received pre-landing preparations post landing experiences and lessons learnt This would definitely help a lot of migrants who have many thoughts and questions going on in their mind and it would be great to lend our moral support to who ever needs it Thank you all and I hope you all take the time to contribute as this forum has been stupendous in helping others! God bless and all the best to all those who have migrated or planning to migrate.
  9. Guest

    Advice needed!

    Hi everyone! My husbands a telecom engineer and I'm struggling to find what this job comes under in oz. I can only see lot's of different eletrical tradesman jobs on the government website and we've know idea what it comes under, does anyone know how we can find out?? thanx :cry: :cry:
  10. lividbones

    Pregnant on a Student Visa

    Thanks for reading everyone! I came to AUS last year on a WHV where I met my current partner. I enrolled in school so I could further my education as a nurse. I found out last week that I’m 3 months pregnant and I’m freaking out! Has anyone else ever been in this situation? My course doesn’t start until October and I’m due in February which means I won’t be able to finish it. What does that mean for my visa? Please give me any and all advice and if you’ve been in this situation I’d love to hear from you! Sincerely, Worried like HELL
  11. Hi! I am looking for more information, I am married to an Australian citizen with dual citizenship to the U.K and we are planning on moving to Australia. We are due to have our baby in November and would like to get the visa application ball rolling sooner rather than later. Has anyone else done this? We have been married for 2 years had a house together for 4 years and we also have a dog to bring with us. Any Advice or tips we would be very grateful for. Thanks, Corrinna
  12. mrsozb

    CGT UK to Australia

    Hello everyone and thank you in advance for any tips/advice. I have lived over in the UK since 2012 - 2 years on a work visa and nearly 5 years in ancestry with plans to get British citizenship via ILR. I have been married since 2014 and have one child. My husband is from the UK. We are thinking of coming to live in Australia and starting this process within the next 12 months but of course lots to think about!! Ive been trying to read about CGT but it’s giving me a headache and caused some rather heated debates at the kitchen table!! My husband bought a flat in 2008 and I moved in with him in 2013. From what I have read if we sell before we move to the UK -which we will need to do for financial reasons - we will be hit with CGT i will be getting advice professionally but would appreciate any tips as the more I try to figure it out the more i get stressed!! I guess what I’m asking for is an ‘idiots simple guide’ to what we’re looking at in terms of potential money to the Aust govt and the best way to start planning Thank you!
  13. Brents

    Moving from uk to Australia

    Hi sorry if this sounds boring to some or seems daft but I have been looking around the internet looking for advice and getting very overwhelmed by the different sites... A friend of mine recommended this site so here’s my situation. I am 32yrs old my wife is 33yrs old, i have 3 children daughter 11yrs old and 2 sons one 9yrs and other 5months. I am a hgv diesel mechanic and i have done a online application and get an email back saying with my occupation and having family already in Australia that are willing to sponsor us, the agency are pushing for me to transfer money to them to get things started i have done research about the firm and had both positive and negative reviews does anyone have an idea how much the application process is and hoe long it takes as some sites say years and some say months and like i say it’s getting a little overwhelming but it’s been our dream to move over and family ties are no longer a problem.... any advice would be greatly appreciated ?
  14. Hello, I am new here and really need some opinions and advice. I am 27, have a PhD in my field and have my own consultancy business which is successful. I am married and have two children. My business is really taking off in the UK and is growing very quickly. Next summer, I plan to launch my second service which will be global and entirely online. I already have contracts and travel to work in US, NZ and AUS about once per year. We have always wanted to emigrate but never really thought it was possible until last month when I was offered a consultancy contract in Aus which will last five years. This is offered via my UK registered business. The commissioner has said that I can remain living in UK and they will fly me out 6-8 times a year but I would rather just live there to be honest. I'm struggling to know what to do here. I can't find much information on applying for visas and such if you plan on remaining self employed in your own business. As an example, I often get commissioned to write research or government guidance. I can do that from anywhere in the world, so I don't need a job when I get to Aus as my diary is fully booked for about 18 months in advance. I spoke to a guy who was an emigration specialist and he said that this is not seen as a good thing and that Aus govt would want to see how I am contributing to their economy and would likely reject the visa. Is this true? Do Brits with successful businesses ever go to Aus and operate the business from UK and set up a second one in Aus? The contract value I have been offered in Aus for the whole 5 years is $2.2m ($440k per year - which would be paid into an Aus bank account and I would pay Aus tax on it - so I thought this would be seen as a good thing? Could someone let me know their thoughts? (Husband is 33, and is CEO of our charity here, which we will have to close down when we emigrate to Aus - but he has many qualifications and experience so I think he would be fine for a visa too - our kids are 10 and 8 if that helps anyone). Thanks to anyone who can provide any insight, J x
  15. Hi all, Its a bit of a long shot but I’m wondering if anyone on this site know anyone or them themselves have successfully applied for permanent skilled migration under Drainer, or who have worked as a Sewer Technician (unblocks, cctv, repair and maintenance work etc) My partner has worked as a sewer technician for 10+ years in the UK, we are currently in Australia on a 457. We are looking into PR via subclass 190 visa but it seems to apply as a ‘Drainer’ you need to have experience and qualifications in Gas and Plumbing also? My partner doesn’t have any gas experience but has some minor plumbing experience but no qualifications. He has qualifications in Jetting and CCTV work etc which we believe aren’t enough for the skill assessment. Any personal experiences from anyone who has been in a similar situation/ any other visa recommendations would be much appreciated!
  16. Hi community Thank you for accepting me to this forum, amazing topics over here. I have been offered a job in Sydney with 100.000$ (QA Engineer 7 years experience) as a yearly gross salary. Is it enough for a good living, taking in consideration : - Married and wife is not working. - Have to travel to Spain twice a year for family and parents visit. - Be able to save some money and do some activities over the weekend. I've seen the renting prices are high, what do you think ? Thank you for the help
  17. tedwalls

    Locksmith Qualifications

    Hi. I was hoping i could pick a few brains and get some advise. Im currently thinking of training to become a locksmith. And my ideal plan would to eventually work in Australia. I was wondering what qualifications you would need to eventually work in Oz? As i have read that some of the UK qualifications dont mean much in Oz. Could someone please help shed some light on this for me? Thanks Ted
  18. Hi wondering if anyone can help. Submitted paper assessment, which have received a level 1 for, does anyone know if you paid the extra $250 for the Letter of advice for points test, when you get this? Just worried as we need the points for 8 years overseas employment in the nominated trade, but on the assessment letter they state over 5 years, so really need the points test letter to verify we are going to get the points for 8 years plus. Does anyone know, as when I've rang them they have said they don't give this letter until the practical test has been undertaken, but my point is I feel this is stupid as doing an 1 day practical test isn't going to prove years in service, only the paper based assessment is going to prove this point. Incidentally the lady I spoke to was asian and I wasn't convinced she knew what I was talking about or even understood me!! She took 10 mins trying to find someone and then said they would e-mail me back to give me an answer, but not recived anything yet. Any input would be great if anyone has come across this. Thanks
  19. Hi I am new on here and thought I would see if anyone can offer any guidance please. We are just waiting for final answer 're 189 visa. My family and I are looking to move to the Gold coast. I am a registered children's nurse and my current role is a Team leader in Child mental health and have 16 years experience within this area. Can anyone recommend vacancy websites or links/ contacts that maybe helpful for me. I am interested in continuing my career with children, young people and families and I am open to job opportunities within different settings that care for young people. I do look on smart jobs for Queensland at present, any advice/ suggestions would be really appreciated. Thank you Kerry.
  20. Hi, My husband has just passed his competency profile and is due to sit the VETASSESS General Electrician practical exam this April. The candidate guide doesn't give a lot of detail about what to expect from the exam..........has anyone sat the practical GE exam? We'd REALLY appreciate some info from anyone who completed the practical in February or last October so we know what to expect? Thanks very much, Morris'
  21. Hi all We're returning to the UK in 6 weeks having lived in Australia for the last 9 years. I've had the same mobile number since the day we arrived here and am keen to keep it going once I head back to the UK so as not to loose touch with people (I did the same with my UK phone, having had the same number for the last 15 years and changing to a pre-paid/pay as you go plan when we moved out here which has worked well). I'm keen to find a service provider who can offer a good plan for use outside of Australia - mainly for text messages and the occassional phone call (bearing in mind most of the time I will be using it on WIFI and using only Facetime/Whatsapp etc so no data needed). Has anyone recently found any good deals? I know I can get a SIM through Vodaphone where one recharge lasts 12 months however it seems to only really be good value for use within Australia. I should note I'm currently with Optus on a business plan but as I'm out of contract I can cancel & take my number with me anytime. Oh and Optus have told me it's easier for them if I don't take out an Optus plan but change to a different service provider and they will just port my number across to them... go figure. Thanks in advance, Sarah
  22. Hi, my names Arron, 27. Moving to Melbourne at the end of October with my partner and our dog on a de-facto partner visa so luckily don't need to worry about work visas as such. I've worked for British Gas for the past 9 years as a gas engineer- servicing and repairs. Just hoping for a little advice/guidance from someone who has already been through the process of getting skills assessed and finding gas work in Australia. How was it/ what are the differences/ any tips please?! Thank you
  23. Emily-Jane


    Hi, my name is Emily-Jane and I'm 16 years old, 17 in December. My family and I are seriously considering moving into Brisbane in January; we have visas sorted. I have a great life here in the UK and would be leaving so much behind but I also understand that living out in Australia will create amazing opportunities for me. I was wondering if there was anyone that I can talk to around my age that is also in the same situation as me, or has already moved over and has any advice they could share with me. I would really appreciate it because talking to someone would definitely help and maybe allow me to see other perspectives or learn more about what it's like to be a teenager living in Australia. Thank you! xx
  24. Hi everyone, Myself and the OH are both in our mid 20s and just finishing our degrees. I'll be graduating with a BEng in civil and structural engineering and she'll be getting a MSc in environmental engineering with project management having finished her BEng last year. We both have small amounts of experience in related fields (<1 year) but nothing post graduate. We're just finalising our application for a 476 recognised graduate visa which gives us 18 months in country with no restrictions on employment. We have been looking for employment in QLD (due to family and friend links) via the internet but there doesn't seem to be much for graduates on the usual suspect sites (seek, indeed, etc.). We are persevering with job hunting but we're thinking of coming out whether or not we've secured a job. Our ambition is getting into the resource industry as we both studied in geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, surveying, structural engineering and project management. I was hoping that someone on here might provide some insight on the situation and be able to tell us whether we're being stupid or whether if there is a good chance we can find work when we get out there. Any and all help is gratefully received and I look forward to hearing what you have to say. Thanks, Jay
  25. Hi there! We are new to PIO and are aspiring migrants! I have now spoken to about 5 different agents, and the range of advice is quite staggering. Whilst there will always be differing interpretations on the law, I am amazed to hear such differing opinions! To put this into context.... i am a 34 yr old IT professional with about 5 yrs experience. Whilst I am a graduate, it is not in a subject related to my profession. I would be moving with my husband and 4-yr old daughter. We need to qualify for a visa on my skills, as dh is 45. One agent told me no problem with skilled visa with skills assessment, another said I would qualify for regional sponsorship (SA only) with skills assessment, another said regional sponsorship with no assessment required as my degree would get me in on its own merit. The final one said the only way we would get in would be thru employer sponsorship. I did speak to another one who would only have a serious conversation once money had changed hands! Have any of you guys had similar experiences? The agent who we would plan on using would be Concept Australia- any feedback would be most welcome!!! Any thoughts and feedback most welcome!! Rx