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  1. Hi, I have had a read of the proposed changes to skilled migration program. What strikes me is a person like me, who is currently pursuing an accounting undergraduate degree will find it very difficult to get permanent residency unless I can score 8 in all 4 bands of IELTS. Let me illustrate my situation to you. I am 21 years old. I am currently pursuing an undergraduate accounting degree in gold coast, Queensland. I graduate in July next year. I am in the top 5% of my university in respect to grades. (says that on my transcript) I have already secured an accounting job, starting this month, will work full time during vacations and part- time during my next and last semester. My current IELTS score is 8 overall( 9 in listening and reading, 7.5 in speaking and 6.5 in writing). I have to give IELTS once again, and I am confident i can get 4x7 but 4x8 is a whole different story. Now it seems that because I will have to apply for a new visa in july/august next year, I wont have 1 year of work experience and hence wont get 5 points. With the new points test I will be on 55 points unless I score 8 in all 4 bands of IELTS. With the old points test I would be on 120, with which i could pass. My other option is to apply for a 487 temporary residency visa, which again is a 18 month visa. Even if I apply for that and work for the next 18 months after I graduate, I will still have only 2 years of work experience and will still get 5 points, which will still not be enough (this is assuming that the immigration rules stay the same for the next 2.5 years which is unlikely) So ultimately I have to somehow manage an 8 in IELTS to have a chance. I suspect every other student graduates soon (in the next year) will have to do the same, I cant see any other option. Is there any other option that I am overlooking? On a side note, It is virtually impossible to apply before July 1st, if my uni semester gets over around the 20th of june right?
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    I am finding it impossible...

    Okay, I am so fed up:frown:. What seems to be the last hurdle from this end is causing me to stress. I can't seem to get a rental in Geelong from this end for when we get there. If it was just me and the hubby I would be quite happy to simply back pack, deg down and get on with it. However we have three children so this is not an option! Arrrgggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..... :arghh: rant over, breathing correctly and going to make a seriously strong cup of Yorkshire tea. Leila
  3. He is in UK. I am in Australia. We have not met for 1.5 years. This is because he would like to sell the old house and buy the new one before the next meeting. At the moment , the buyer has agreed to buy his house. However, the process is quite slow now. We are not sure when we can meet again. He also has fear of flying phobia. Therefore, it is harder. Have you ever had long distance relationship with the partner in UK. Do you think it is gonna work?
  4. hi, hoping someone can help with ideas on this one. We have applied for import permits for our vespas so that we can ship them to Australia. We sent them loads of evidence including copies of one-way tickets, visas / passports, Aus bank accounts and so on. However, the Vehicle Imports dept in Canberra have asked us to send further evidence of our intention to remain in Aust. e.g. letters from current employers saying we have quit our jobs here in the UK. Given we don't need to resign until one month before we leave (ie. at the end of this month) we are stumped on what further evidence we can send them at this point. And we are worried that we need to get the permits soon as our shippers require them before they will load the bikes into the container. I am thinking of phoning them to explain our problem. Just wondering if anyone else had this issue and how they got around it?? cheers sg
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    Impossible to get PR visa??

    Hi, please someone help. My husband and I are here on a 457 visa at the moment but are looking into the 175 visa. I have looked into applying for this visa but am confused by various things. Looking into getting a positive skills assessment from TRA is not possible. My husband has about 4 years experience (like an informal traineeship/apprenticeship) from UK and about a year in Australia in carpentry but NO certificate or qualifications as such, it was just on the job learning/training. Looking at the Uniform Assessment Critera under pathway C, I thought it might be posible but having read further, it states that you need certificates ... is that right? So for all those trades people who have x amount of years of experience but no qualifications, they are unable to apply for PR? Surely this can't be right, is there any other way round this? I have spoken to an agent who suggested staying on the 457 for 2 years and then applying for an employer sponsored visa (sticking with employer for another 3 years) but then at least we wouldn't need a skills assessment from TRA. Is this our only option for PR? Please, I hope somebody is able to offer me some clarification.
  6. Hi, I have been searching for a flat within 30 mins of Brisbane Central Station and every agency i have spoken to says they have nothing on their books that will accept pets. We have one British-blue cat that is thankfully in quarantine until the 22nd of February. Do you have any suggestions on where to look for a central-city pet-friendly flat? Would we be better of looking a little further out of central? Many thanks for your help.
  7. Hi I have recently been told by my empolyer of 10 months that I wont be taken on furrther and given a 457 Visa. :err: Now Iv settled with Renting / Car / Social life I'm in a tizz because I will have to go home in 10 weeks?? I cant possibly do the Farming in that time? Are there any other ways of gaining a second WHV Visa? Or extending my Stay considerably? Thanks in Advance
  8. Hi all, I’m feeling like a headless chicken at the moment because over the next 6 months we’re trying to organise visas, a wedding, a honeymoon, 2 months travelling around Oz and prepare for our new life down under!!:wacko: What makes this really difficult is the complete randomness of visa processing timescales. I'm sure I read somewhere (so it must be true) that it’s probably easier to predict the winning lottery numbers. Does anyone have a clue? Do people actually work at these processing centres, are they all at the beach or is the number of visa applications so vast that they need enormous warehouses and forklift trucks just to store the applications? :unsure: Anyway, the question I want to ask is has anyone on PIO married just before or just after their visas have been approved and did this cause any issues or delays? If we get married before the visa is approved I assume we would have to: - Change name on passport - Scan and upload new passport and marriage certificate to online application - Send off passports to get stamped/attached with the visa What would we need to do if we get married after the visa is approved or we’ve already had the passports stamped/attached with the visa? Any advice greatly appreciated. Regards Colin