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      Australian Visa Timelines Tracker website now live   19/10/17

      If you’re applying for an Australian visa, you want to know how long it’s going to take to be granted. This is understandable as you’re eager to start your new life in Australia. Having such information will also allow you to get on with other crucial steps in the immigration process. That's why, after feedback from our members,  we've launched our Australian Visa Timelines Tracker https://ww.australia-visa-timelines.com The tracker allows you to enter key dates about your visa application and compare them in tabular format with other applicants around the globe. You can look at who’s applied for the same visa as you, the same dates as you, from the same country, occupation etc. This will allow you obtain greater insight into the likely time is will take for your visa to be granted. We've still a couple of changes to make over the next couple of weeks, but the site is now online and available for use.

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      1. Brisbane

        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
      2. Hi Everyone, Just looking for some advice on mine and my boyfriend's situation. I previously lived in Brisbane for 3 years 2012-2015 and during this time I met my now partner as we worked together for 2 years - we were very close friends but with other people, so nothing ever more than that. Since then I returned to the UK after leaving my partner that I'd moved over with - we were sponsored on his 457 visa. I returned back in February for a holiday to see friends etc but ended up spending the whole time with my now partner, who separated from his partner last year. We decided to just see what happened when I returned at the beginning of March, but within the week we decided it was definitely something we both wanted and discussed me moving over. I have already used my working holiday visa to get there back in 2012, whilst waiting for the 457 to be processed. He has just been over for 3 weeks to visit me, meet my family and spend some time travelling around together and I am looking at going over in September and applying for the Partner Visa onshore. I understand that we won't be able to prove a defacto relationship for over 12 months as we don't have the luxury of that time, with the tourist visa only being 3 months. So we will be going down the path of registering our relationship etc, but I just wondered if anyone else had been in the same boat and could offer any advice....??? There's no doubt in either of our minds that this is what we want, we have saved the money for the visa and the extra to go through an agent, but if anyone could help or let me know their own experiences that would be amazing - or even just letting me know what I can do in preparation before moving over. Thanks in advance : )
      3. Scotland Island, Pittwater

        HI Does anyone or has anyone on here ever lived on Scotland Island? Thanks in advance! Matt
      4. Hi all - new to forum, signed up especially as hit a new low following the ATO's WHV tax rebate rules. looking for people in similar situation. As per the ato website WHV holders who have earnt $18,200 or more between Jan-Jun 2017 will get essentially NO TAX FREE THRESHOLD on any income received Jul-Dec 2016.Say you earnt $18,200 in Jul-Dec 2016 and $18,200 in Jan-Jun 2017: this means you pay 15% on WHV income which also in turn erodes the tax free threshold on earlier income resulting in paying 19% tax on $18,200 PLUS 15% tax on $18,200. This can’t be right surely?????? I've gone from overpaying my Jun-Dec 2016 tax by $2-3k (pro-rata threshold / previous tax rules) to not only having that eroded by income earnt in 2017 but I now owe tax apparently, even though I've been consistently paying 15% tax in 2017. (FI I earnt approx $24k 2016 and $15k 2017 paying $7k in tax in total)
      5. Need advice please Ok where do I start LOL i was sponsored on a 457 as a gym manager in 2013. Met a girl had a baby girl, unfortunately the relationship ended as my daughters Mum fell in love with another man. The problem is that we were just about to launch my spouse visa. I have 50/50 custody of my daughter and pay child support. Now the problem I have is my 457 is being soon and until recently I was under the impression that my company would continue the visa for another 2 years but now have decided against it. I asked them a while back about sponsoring me PR but it turns out they couldn't because they'd not fulfilled the training requirements tied into the process. I'm now in another relationship but it's only 3 months in and my partner is very supportive of my situation but I think we are way off spouse sponsorship. Does anyone know of anyone who might of been in a similar situation?? i can't leave my daughter she is my world and she needs her dad. Any help would be helpful or I pray that someone has experienced something similar and can shed some light or point me in a direction of assistance sean
      6. So I'm wanting to move to Australia, permanently. I plan to get a two yearly working holiday visa, and then after this - what are my options? I'm an exotic dancer so I really don't have a career path. While in Australia I'd like to do some beauty courses. Ultimately I'd like to set up my own business which is very doable, weather it's mobile, in home or small store.Is there a visa for me to start a small business and stay in Australia after the two year working holiday visa? Or what are my options, if any, to permanently move and live in Australia?
      7. Hi there, I'm hoping someone may be able to give me a bit of help and advice. I've recently moved to Aus on a 457 visa. I am sponsored by our UK entity however we have an Australian entity setup but for some reason as the Aus entity was new, I was sponsored by the UK. My company are now saying that they cant pay me via Aussie payroll without transferring my visa so have continued to pay me through the UK payroll with tax, NI deductions, pension etc. I'm a bit confused by this as it means I have to transfer money each month and am paying for benefits (NI etc) that i'm not able to use in Aus. I thought that the Aussie govt would want me to be paying tax in Aus but my company says they cannot facilitate this. Is this a problem or likely to cause me a problem in the future with future visas, tax etc? (other than the admin headache of the monthly transfer) I dont think my company know too much about what they are doing (first Aussie employee) and I dont want this to get too complicated or cause me any future problems with extending visas, paying tax twice etc! Obviously transferring my visa to another entity is risky with the changes to the 457 etc, I have a feeling this may end up not being straight forward! Many thanks in advance Emily
      8. Hi everyone!First of all, thanks to all active members, this forum is extremely helpful I have a question:My partner & I are ready to accept the invitation for the visa 189 at anytime (we have until the end of May for it) and I just read that the average time for a Case Officer to be allocated should be around 40-50 days. However, a few days back, my partner and I filled in 'My Health Declaration' because we thought we could save time for the whole process. We both got our HAP ID and made an appointment for next Monday with expected results to be attached to our MHD application 4-8 days later.Do you think we can go ahead with the acceptance of the visa 189 while we are in the process of doing our MHD / getting our medical results? (and then attach the results of our MHD to our visa application 189?).Unless you would advise us to wait until we get the MHD results and then accept/apply for the visa 189?Last option could be - but I don't know if it's feasible - to withdraw our MHD application and then wait until we get new HAP ID via our 189 application and make bookings again..Thanks a lot in advance for your insights,Victor
      9. Help Guides

        Have recently added some help guides in the 'Articles' section of the forum. Will try and add some more as and when I get time.
      10. Migration Pathway Dilemma

        Would appreciate any kind of possible help folks...have entered a migration pathway dilemma I am an international student from India and am currently pursuing a 2 year MBA course in Australia. My MBA course commenced in Feb 2017. The sole purpose of my coming to Australia, as many others, is to obtain a PR in Australia. Need help with the best possible route and options for me and my partner. Following are my circumstances which would give you a better understanding of my case : About ME (Currently residing in Australia) Male, 32 yrs DOB – Nov, 1984 Marital status – Unmarried Sister is an Australian citizen since 7 years, residing in Sunbury, Melbourne – 3429 Have completed a 3 year “Bachelor of Science” degree from India Have 9 years of work experience in Human Resources No professional Human Resource degree like MBA Currently pursuing a “2 year MBA course with specialization in IT” from a university in Melbourne About my PARTNER (Currently residing in India) Female, 24 yrs DOB – Dec, 1992 Marital status – Unmarried Currently residing in India 4 year “Bachelor of Technology” degree (Electronics & Communication) from India 1 year “Bachelor of Education” degree from India Total of 1 year of teaching experience in 2 different schools in India No engineering based work experience
      11. I want to go home :.-(

        My partner and I arrived in Perth on Monday (or Tuesday, lost track). It's now Friday, and I want to go home - *now*!!! Our dogs get out of quarantine on the 18th and we have nowhere to stay. At the moment we're in a flat loaned to us until the 18th by a colleague of my partner (he's on holiday), but this place is a dump. I know that sounds ungrateful but it smells so bad. Here's where we are with our house hunting: So, House #1: Taken House #2: too expensive Preferred areas (Mundaring or Freo): zero houses for rent (apart from the uninhabitable hovel in mount Helena) New atm card won't work so can't get to my meagre funds that are left Dogs come out of quarantine a week on Tuesday and we have no where to stay Current flat is smelly - and I mean *smelly* I feel itchy I've got a throat infection, temperature, raging headache and my nose isn't working Partner Cat won't drive here and I'm stressed beyond belief. *Hate* driving here Went to bed at 8:30 last night which I haven't done since I was, eh, 8 TV is crap Internet is slow New laptop keeps crashing Can't send emails from my pop accounts (need to use hotmail) The main highway is like 30 meters from our window in Como Cat starts her new job on Monday so I'll be left to look for an impossible rental - apparently dogs are seen as something akin to vermin and even if we do somehow find a place, what then? No job, no bed, no furniture, no TV, no transport once the rental car goes back so I'm stuck in a bare, and probably smelly, dump, on some soulless housing estate. This isn't the Melbourne I fell in love with. I've spent most of this week holding back tears and panicking inwardly. I want to go home *now* :,-( , I want to go home. All I've done since we arrived is hold back tears. I want to be back in our beautiful wee house. So, even if we do somehow manage to find a place, it'll be smelly, run down, in a soulless housing estate with no furniture, no bed, no TV. I'll have no job and no transport. This can't be happening. Such a failure. Me. And this. :-'(
      12. 461 Visa - Medicare Advice

        Hi there, I moved to Melbourne last May with my other half who has dual UK/NZ citizenship (he was born in Dunedin). I arrived on a visitors visa and was issued with a Medicare card under the reciprocal agreement with the UK. A few months later I obtained the 461 (NZ family relationship visa) and am now experiencing difficulty renewing my expired Medicare card. I have been asked to produce an NHS card, in my 38 years of living in the UK I have never been issued with such a card. I'm not sure why my residency status has been brought into question now that I'm on a 461 visa. My partner and I have lived in UK (Yorkshire) for the best part of our lives and the temporary nature of the 461 visa in itself means that I am still a visitor here. So where do I reside - I am lost! Can anyone out there help me please.... Karen
      13. Hi I have been reading alot of posts about people sorting through there house before making the move and throwing out selling or giving away all there stuff. Not sure how many know about a site called freecycle http://uk.freecycle.org/ this site is as the name suggests recycling free stuff. If you have something that is too good to throw away but you don't want the hassle of selling it, you can post it there and see if anybody needs it. It helps others and they collect so you don't have to drop it at the tip or pay to get rid. Hope this helps