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  1. :sad: My wife recently had her teaching skills assesment back from teaching australia which came back unsuccessful. She was being assessed as a Secondary school teacher. She has been working in FE colleges (16+ years age group) for over 10 years now and is more than capable of teaching in secondary schools. She has a degree and Masters degree in her subject but the problem is that in Australia the secondary school years run from 12 - 18 and in the UK its 12 - 16. As my wife teaches 16 -18 year olds we thought she would fit into this category and have been told by various agencies that this would be fine. Teaching Australia didn't accept this because she completed her PGCE fulltime based on 16+ students. Is the only way round this for her to give up her 40k a year job to do another PGCE based on 12-18 or do a PHD and then get 3 years experience in a Uni? It seems like all people who have done this PGCE and have many years expereince are being turned away because it doesn't quite fit into the Australian education system. Surely there is something she can do in the evenings to enable her as qualified without doing a fulltime year course. PLEASE PLEASE help we are so deflated by this and are desperate to take our 1 year old daughter and 5 year old son to Australia. Is there anyone who has had the same issue or does anyone know how to get around this? Many many thanks for reading and any help would be greatfully appreciated. Jack & Laura
  2. I got SA State Sponsored 176 visa this year and arrived at Adelaide 2 months ago. However, I can not find a job related to my profession in Adelaide. But I got a job offer from another stage which is related to my profession closely. Can I move to another state before he 2 yrs is up? Do anybody have any idea whether there is any chance of removal of 2yrs work and live condition on 176 visa, if yes what's the process? What can I do? Or must get the endorse (like green signal) from Immigration SA? Dos any negative affection on my citizenship application? And what the role does the state pay during citizenship application? Any successful case before? Hopeing for experienced answers.
  3. Hi guys I just had my vetasses result after 4 months of waiting and its negative. I applied for archi draftsman but im actually an interior designer so now I need to change occupation to vetasses and need to pay $500 aud. Anyone here who experience this situation .. needed to change occupation in vetasses? How long did it take? thanks for anyone who will share :biggrin:
  4. Hi All, I submitted my form80 in December-2010 and yesterday I have checked with my CO about the status of my case.Today I received the reply.There are few points in reply from CO, which I am worried about. First,the reply was from some other CO .It seems my CO has changed..Is this normal? Second,new CO has told me that there are some information missing from my side in form-80.e.g.Country/province of birth was not mention for siblings(only city was mentioned).He asked me to fill these information and send new form80. My concern is that is my case pending from last December.My security clearance was not started after I submitted my form80 due to this info missing?.And will they start my clearance now? It been already a year Thanks.
  5. Guest

    PMV 'Due to be Granted' Email

    Hi All, My British fiance received a lovely surprise email from our CO today! Made our year :biggrin: Here is the first line.. I would like to confirm that all required documents have been received and assessed and your visa is due to be granted around mid-February 2012. We have flights booked to Brisbane for 17th Feb 2012 - as we are surprising my Mum (missing us) by arriving on her birthday 18th Feb! All of this was explained in our original application, so our CO is aware of our plans. My question is - do you think this means that the application has been approved? I take it to mean that it has been, and we are now just waiting for official confirmation - which will be given in mid-february. I'm so relieved and surprised at the short wait before getting good news - so I'm worried I'm reading too much into the email! Have I jumped the gun? I'm curious to hear what other applicants' experiences with these emails have been! Was the expected grant date given accurate? Or was your visa granted before or after the estimated grant date the CO provided? I am concerned that we are cutting it fine with our flights on 17th if the visa will be granted 'around mid-Februay'. A bit vague! I assume 17th is mid-Feb but I hate assuming things when it comes to DIAC! I plan to email our CO to again explain our plans and check if we should look into an ETA & quick trip to NZ/Bali to make sure we are offshore for the grant date. Would definately prefer not to have to do this, but that's the risk we took by booking our flights in advance. Our CO is S.V. and has been very helpful and speedy with communication so far I guess I'm hoping that if they know we plan to arrive on the 18th, they will grant the visa before then, rather than us having to arrive on an ETA then leave/return again so soon after for the PMV. Thanks very much for your advice and assistance! This forum and it's members have been absolutely invaluable! I put our quick turnaround down to the advice and information I found in these threads Hayley Partner's Nationality: British (Applied offshore to Australia House) Application Sent: 15th September 2011 CO Assigned: 21st September 2011 Medicals: Taken 12th October 2011 Police Check: UK sent with original application, AFP requested and sent late October. PMV due to be granted around mid-February 2012
  6. :arghh: hi queensland, really want to come to gold coast, just waiting for visa's to come back, but getting really worried oh will not be able to find work when we get there because of recession, he is a bricklayer but can do other things too like plastering, tiling etc, hearing that there is no work is getting a little worrying and dont no what to do, any advise!!:skeptical:
  7. Hi, I previously posted questions regarding spending time out of Aus when my PR comes through, and got massively helpful info from Amer - thankyou for that! What I had not factored in then was that although I can apply for my PR next month (887 visa after completing 2 years regional), it takes 5 months to process! At which point I will be working overseas for a couple of years. I have contacted immigratiion to clarify if this is ok, but not had a clear answer. In theory my PR visa should be ready by April. I would be able to get back for a 2 wk holiday in Aus in June - would it be acceptable for me to validate my PR visa at this stage? Would it be an issue that I had been out of the country from mid December until June? Very anxious about what to do - don't want to cancel my overseas contract but REALLY don't want to risk not getting PR either! Any advice very much appreciated! Thanks, Lisa
  8. Guest

    Undecided due to loneliness

    Hi everyone, Thanks for your posts. They are actually a comfort. I've been here 13 years, I've not got my PR yet (yes I know still on 457). I'm 42, missing my family, done it tough here. Been single and finding it very lonely and finding it hard to meet people. I love Aus but finding due to becoming ill this year with back problems that i am yearning for family and old friends. It doesnt help my last job was a nightmare! I feel as if the universe is giving me a big push. Once I go - it will be hard to get back at my age. considering selling everything and just going but scared I'll regret it. Haven't been back to the Uk for 5 years for financial reasons. i'm not really doing much in Aus now and not really living life.... Any comments please welcome. Thanks
  9. andromeda9

    return visa due

    our first return visa is almost due as we have been here almost five years, we are on a 143 visa, my husband hadnt a clue one was needed, then why should he, ha when its all done for him,what a shock it would have been if he had needed to go home alone,and couldnt get back in Australia as happened to people we know that had been in australia twenty years or more then went to Ireland for a holiday I put home then without thinking, should have been back to the uk) always home really , got me thinking about my sons visa hes same as his dad, not got a clue,then why would he having me around lol he is on a 115 visa, now going to look and see if he also needs a return visa feel sure he does unless he becomes a citizen he has only been here less than two years so ok for a while cost of return visas just found are $260 each rip off or what just though I would pass this on to make sure you dont overlook your return back
  10. INTERNATIONAL airline passengers entering Australia tomorrow face delays and disruption due to quarantine employees voting to strike for four hours over a pay claim. The union representing Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries employees said inbound international travellers should be prepared for delays and urged those collecting passengers to take account of this, The Australian reported. The Community and Public Sector Union said the industrial action would also affect cargo inspections, the release of imported goods and X-ray screening of international mail. In a letter to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, a Sydney Airport senior manager, Jeff Stirk, warned the action would have a "very significant impact'' on operations. Increased congestion in the Customs hall and baggage reclaims areas would heighten security risks, and there could be problems with baggage handling, including on transfer flights. Strike scheduled for 19th August 2011
  11. Hoping someone can help as i've just completly confused myself looking at the various websites! My husband and i are on a 856ens visa so permanent residents since march 2011. We both hold UK passports and were born in the UK. I am pregnant and due in October :biggrin: We fly back to the UK in february 2012 for a 2 week holiday. I understand that the little one will automatically be an Australian citizen because we are permanent residents?! Therefore i am assuming that we will have to apply for an Australian passport first? I am keen that the little one has dual nationality- is this possible? How do we go about this process? is there something that needs to be done in the hospital or when we register their birth? Do we have to apply for UK citizenship before we apply for a UK passport for them? How does dual nationality work? Sorry to ask a million questions .... I know with only 7 weeks to go before my due date my brain isn't functioning fully and i need help!!:confused:
  12. Hi All, I wonder if anyone could help or has been in a similar situation. We are very worried about our position and hope someone could shed some light on it. I would be ever so grateful if you could offer your knowledge and experience. We were granted our permanent residence visas on 23rd Feb 07. This was a subclass 136 which is now known as a subclass 175. We made our initial visit on 12th December 2008 and returned back to the UK on 4th Jan 2009. We had every intention of coming back in the January 2010 and settling for good. Unfortunately, just as we returned from our first visit, my mother became seriously ill and has since fought a losing battle with Parkinson’s disease. Her health is still declining but she is now able to be looked after by carers rather than me and other family. She urges us to go and live our lives but we love her dearly and I worry about her health and the eventual outcome. Our visas expire on 21 February 2012 and I understand that we have to get a residents return visa, subclass 155. What are my options? From what I understand it’s the following: We can get to Australia before the expiry date and never leave the country. We can get to Australia, stay two years out of a five year window and then apply for an RRV for a further five years in Australia while living in Australia. What are the rules here? Do you have to stay for the full two years, would they let you leave for two weeks in those initial two years on compassionate grounds, i.e. a death in the family? Or is it super strict, ie you have to get an RRV before you leave. My concern would be an emergency call about my Mum, a fast trip back to the UK with no time to apply for an RRV and then not being allowed back in. How long can you be away for after you have spent the two years, returned to the UK. Or I can apply for an extension here in the UK. How hard is this to do? The DMIA website on eligibility states the following: If your last departure from Australia was as a permanent resident or Australian citizen (which it was as we left on 4th Jan 2009) You must provide evidence of substantial business, cultural, employment or personal ties of benefit to Australia ( I will have a permanent job offer) and If you have been absent for more than five continuous years since your last departure from Australia as an Australian permanent resident or Australian citizen, you must provide evidence of compelling reasons for your absence over five years. (Does this mean from the date of your last day in Australia, in our case 4th Jan 2009? Its more than likely we will not be away for longer than 5 years so this rule should not apply, but if it does, Im hoping the compelling reason is my Mum) Also, what is the point of a 3 month RRV, it seems that the requirements for this RRV are not as strict and this is taken from the DMIA website: You must have spent at least one day in the last five years in Australia as a permanent resident or an Australian citizen and you must provide evidence of compelling and compassionate reasons for your departure. So, looking after my Mum, would that be compelling and compassionate grounds? Thank you all in advance, any help would really be appreciated.
  13. Hi all I just posted this in another forum too but basically we need help in making a decision. Moving to Melbourne as unhappy in the UK after travelling and have itchy feet. We will be looking to start a family in the first few years there and am worried after looking at posts from people than it woul ruin us financially. OH is a Plumber so can earn 60-70 once he has his licence. I am in Public Relations and can get 50-70 depending on the role. So I imagine if we both get jobs at first we would be okay? But what happens when I have a baby? Can you manage on 60-70K? Not much point moving halfway round the world to struggle more is there? Is private health insurance really needed? Are there things not included with Medicare? We have to pay my OH's skills test fees ($2400) this week so want to try and make a decision before we do this. Help needed please xxx:arghh:
  14. Can anyone offer some advise as to what we need to do when our Sons passport expires in August 2011 but we are not going to validate visa until October 2011? We have since applied for and received his new passport. His old passport number is on the grant notification letter so not sure how to go about getting new passport number onto notification. Many thanks
  15. I am due to apply for PR this November which is when my 2 years is up on the temporary spouse visa. i''m thinking of having a 6 week holiday in the UK around this time- am I allowed to leave and still apply for PR? I was an onshore applicant when i got my visa. How might this work if I am out of the country when the 2nd stage visa is due?
  16. Guest

    Passport due in expiry in July

    More questions. Both myself and OH and passports are due to expiry in July. Do you think we should renew now before we actually apply for 176 SS or submit the ones we have now for our SS and then for 176. does it make much of a difference?
  17. We are selling our Holden Barina because we are moving back home to Manchester. Black Holden Barina 2002 Model, 1.4L, 5 Speed Manual hatchback Includes 5 months rego, roadworthy, air conditioning, airbags, built in stereo with CD player, central locking, power steering. Great for first car owners Car is in very good condition. $5500 ono We are Southside Brisbane For more information and pictures please click the link below http://brisbane.gumtree.com.au/c-Cars-Vehicles-Motorbikes-Parts-cars-Black-Holden-Barina-2002-Model-1-4L-5-Speed-Manual-hatchback-W0QQAdIdZ274094318 If you are interested please contact Francesca or Andy on: 0418409734
  18. Hey all, well we have had to book 3 weeks to go and validate our visa, we had really hoped that our house would sell in time for us to be able to just make it a one way flight, but after over 6 months on the market and not one offer and having dropped the price to the lowest we could we are now in the position were the visa need validating, so while we are excited about a 3 week trip to melbourne and for me to meet all my family some of which i have never met, it will be gutting to have to come home especially the fact my son is staying on in oz with my sister. So after swearing blind that last winter was the last time i would see a cold harsh british winter, it now looks like i may end up seeing another, how bloody frustrating is this housing market :arghh::arghh::arghh:
  19. Guest

    Clarification please

    Looking for some clarity. Present Situation: My husband is about to submit his Skills Assessment Application to the TRA. Question: There is an option for 2 payments, first is $650 for paper based assessment on all occupations and second is $1550 for Technicial Interview. Do we choose both assuming he will get a technicial interview, can't understand why they give you the option of choosing one or all? I believe the timescale for this is 8 weeks. Then we can apply for State Sponsorship and then Full Visa via DIAC. I am currently expecting and baby is due in 11 weeks? Considering the deadline for the visa application is July 1st, do we wait until baby is here before completing the application or apply as we are now (assuming we get the skills assessment & state sponsorship) and add baby at a later date? is this possible? does it incur costs? Thanks Highlanders
  20. I need some advice and would really appreciate any helpful feedback> I am a permanent resident of Australia and am currently living and working in WA. I'm from the UK originally. My daughter is living with me and is settled in day care here. We are both happy. She was born in the UK and is 18 months old. We have been here for four months in total under this visa (skilled worker - independent). I also spent six months living in Sydney under a working holiday visa. I'm an employed teacher in a Catholic school here in WA. My permanent visa is due to expire in August this year. I have not spent two years in Australia. If I want to leave Australia after the expiry date, I am not legally allowed to re-enter and continue working and living here, as I haven't fulfilled the conditions of the visa. I need to leave Australia after 2011 because: 1. My husband (who I'm happily married to) is living and working in the UK and is unable to leave his current work due to a contract which runs until 2015. He wants to live in Australia with us, but we won't be able to do that until 2015. 2. My daughter's grandad has cancer and is dying. They need to see each other and spend some quality time together. I do not want to give up my permanent residency visa. There is no guarantee that I'll get another one if I have to apply from scratch again (especially as teaching is not on the job shortage list any longer and I'm now 35 years old). My husband and my visa run out this year, but my daughter's visa runs out 2015. If I spend two years in Australia, my marriage may not survive and my father-in-law won't be bale to see his precious grandaughter before he dies. My boss would be happy to write to the immigration department to support my case if this would help. Is there any way I can get an extension?
  21. Hi Brisbane office has been closed due to the floods , I feel sorry for the affected Brisbane residents, hope things get better anyway due to this thing I Think no more applications will be assessed until further notice Please share your thoughts Thanks
  22. Just a quick question. We are planning moving to Canberra in Sept 2011 but i was planning on going over the month before to do a reccie for a few weeks to try and organise a rental,schools etc before we all move over as a family. The 176 visa is in my Wifes name but can i go over as her husband and sort rental etc or do we all have to come together. Just would rather sort out rental/schools etc before we arrive in Sept 2011 but not sure if i wuld be allowed to do this?
  23. Woo hoo after nearly half a year I am due to be reunited with all my stuff that I thought was so important I was prepared to pay large sums of money to send it all the way around the world.:huh: Dont get me wrong I am looking forward to getting hold of my photos and some other personal bits and bobs but to be honest I wish I hadnt bothered with the rest, we could have bought it all cheaply enough here. Ah well as I have no intention of shipping stuff overseas again, I will just have to put it down to experience. Seriously though, its a bloomin good idea to really sit down and think about what you feel is an absolute necessity in your life, because I actually like this more minimalistic life :cute:
  24. Hi All We moved to Sydney from the UK 12 months ago. Exactly a year to the day since I started work my position has been terminated due to company insolvency. I got one days notice, I am owed a weeks wages and 3 weeks annual leave which I probably won't get back as there is so money left in the company and I can't claim from GEERS as I am not 'permanent resident'. I have applied for a new job and the sponsorship application/nomination is still being processed and has been for over 4 weeks now. To be honest we cannot afford for me to not be paid for any longer and the new company who are trying to sponsor me may not even be eligible as they may not meet the 'training requirements'. Me and hubby have been awake all night thinking of what we need to do if we have to go back to the UK, we will need to make a decision soon, if we keep paying rent, bills and living we will not have enough money to start again back in the UK. Can anyone give me any advice on the following: 1. If company is insolvent will I have to pay for own flights back? 2. Can I get the tax back from July to now? 3. Can I get the super back? 4. Has anyone been in a similar situation? Thanks for listening Hop
  25. WA SMP is not coming faster than other states. Because there quota is higher than other states and They have approved most sponsorship as compared to other states. So DIMA will publish SMP for all less Quota states and then WA so its easy for them to manage. As they have been doing VIC, ACT, NT & Now QLD. God knows how much time will applicants get for processing when they will publish WA SMP because May 2010 is not so far.