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  1. micklemuss

    WANT A GREAT CURRY.....Like home

    Guys I'm sure many of you may know this already but I must spread the word! Since being in Oz and living in Murrumba Downs we have mainly missed a good curry!!! Despite trying every local take away, they have all been rather pants......until we discovered THE SPICE AVENUE in BIRKDALE. Family owned with chefs from Wolverhampton this place is fantastic!!!!! (British beer sold here to) We take the 40 minute drive and it's worth every KM!!! they get very busy so you must book, do it and please post your replies, you will thank me I promise!!! Enjoy!!!!
  2. I am 31 year old Indian software engineer working in java/j2ee development field. I have good job and better salary in dubai, but dubai is for short term stay so i plan to move to Australia and started skilled migration. The big thing coming to my mind is, is it safe to work there as Indian? or which area is safe. I heard that some cities are not fully family oriented, we have to avoid such cities and Most of the cities are not safe after 8:00 PM. All this thing i picked up from Indian media, i didn't experience it in real. In Dubai me and wife can travel even at midnight nobody will bother us, as a strict country our family have security, all will respect rules and low because of heavy punishment if found violated. I am not expecting same in other Country, But i need anybodies advice about what mind set i have to follow if i reach Australia? or commonly if Indians are not welcomed there "not like exceptional case i mean commonly:err:", i have to decide my future with other plan.
  3. I am from India. I look like one, so obviously other Indians in Australia do ask me that. Probably they are just checking to confirm. I could as well be Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Middle Eastern, or any one of those countries where people mostly have brown skin. When ever I meet someone who is from India, I do smile, say hi. Just like I smile to anyone who would say hi, no matter what they look like and where ever they are from. But when an Indian says hi, he wants to know these things - Which part of India I am from, when did I come to Australia, on what visa did I come, and how did I manage to get here! I don't want to blurt out my entire immigration experience to this stranger. And then they automatically start talking in Hindi. There are quite a lot of languages spoken in India, and Hindi is one of them. Just because it's an official language doesn't mean I am comfortable speaking in Hindi. Just a little courtesy asking if I am ok to converse in Hindi, would be nice. And while speaking in Hindi, they start talking about white people and the Chinese. Some of them even insult them, in Hindi! It's not nice, really. It makes me sick to my stomach. I remind them that I have good friends who are white, and Chinese. But they don't get it. And they pass judgement about racism. Ah for God's sake! There is lots more, and I can go on and on... but I guess you get the idea. Now, when ever I see another person of Indian origin, I tend to avoid them. And I think to myself, how can I do that. I belong to that kind. How can I hate my own kind. How can I avoid my own kind. And I feel guilty for that. Is there something wrong with me? Is it too much to ask from our friends to speak to us past our skin color? Do I really want to know what that guy/gal thinks about Australia, White Australians, Chinese Australians, etc.? Am I insane to not like my own kind?
  4. I have a GSM Visa 175 approved on OCT 2012. My "enter before" date is SEP 2013. I am planning to travel to Australia on 26 JUN 2013. I am a Indian Citizen / Software Developer with 7 years of experience. Can someone experts in the group help me with some details please? What are all the documents which I should carry when I enter Australia? Is there a minimum days/duration when I have to stay while entering Australia? As I am using my vacation to reach Australia, I am planning to reach on 26th JUN 2013 morning and take the return flight at 26th JUN 2013 Evening at Sydney? Would that be ok? What can I expect in the port of entry? Any specific questions or details will be asked? Should I have to leave the airport before returning back? I am planning to stay in the airport itself and take the return flight back home. Is there any additional things which I have to take care while entering Australia for the first time? Any details/help much appreciated.
  5. According to Australian immigration and citizenship minister, Chris Bowen, this year has seen India become the top source country with the largest number of immigrants to Australia. When visiting recently, Mr Bowen told The Times Of India: "The strongest link between Australia and India is people to people through immigration. India has for several years been our third largest source of permanent migrants. This year so far, India has been the largest source; it has beaten China and the UK." In the past there has been some negative press regarding attacks on Indian students when studying in Australia. Regarding this subject, he told The Times Of India: "Those incidents are in the past. Indian students are now again one of the highest numbers in Australian universities". Also mentioned were recent positive changes to the Australian international students program, potentially enabling more students to apply for the Australia visa application for students.
  6. vbulsara

    Indian Passport ECR/ECNR

    Hi I have Passport with ECR Stamp , Does it Effect while Traveling to Australia on 176 Visa ? Can any one Help. if any one Traveled with ECR Stamp on his passport ????
  7. The Pom Queen

    Indian Student Illegally Detained

    AN INDIAN student who paid thousands of dollars to study in Australia was illegally detained at the Villawood detention centre for 18 months because of mistakes by immigration officers, the Australian Human Rights Commissioner has found. The commissioner, Catherine Branson, has found that Prashant Cherkupalli, 31, should be paid $597,000 in compensation for the 509 days he was illegally detained between November 2004 and April 2006. Mr Cherkupalli, 31, who kept his ordeal secret from his family, is now suing the Commonwealth in the NSW Supreme Court for damages. ''I was ashamed to tell my parents. I came here to do something and ended up in prison. I spent thousands of dollars from my family,'' he said. The detention caused him to miss classes and forfeit $57,000 in student fees. He has since graduated with a master of engineering degree from Sydney University. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has been told in writing of Ms Branson's finding, which is not binding. It comes after Immigration Department head Andrew Metcalfe warned that mandatory detention of asylum seekers had led to ''many people pursuing claims against the Commonwealth in relation to damage allegedly done to them as a result of being detained''. Mr Metcalfe told a Senate hearing that a shift to community processing, and bridging visas with work rights, would ''significantly reduce'' the risk to taxpayers of big payouts. Immigration Department figures show $10.2 million was paid out in compensation for unlawful immigration detention claims between January 2000 and August 2011. A spokesman for Mr Bowen said 63 compensation claims from immigration detainees were filed in courts during this period, all relating to people detained under the Howard government. Of 33 payouts, the average was $309,000. There are 17 cases still before the courts. It is not clear whether the figures include the high-profile cases of Australian citizen Vivian Alvarez Solon - who reportedly received up to $4.5 million after being wrongly deported to the Philippines - and German-born Australian resident Cornelia Rau, who received $2.6 million for wrongful detention. Mr Cherkupalli was taken to Villawood after being found working at a patisserie during an immigration raid in 2004, apparently in breach of the ''no work'' condition of his visa. It was his first day at the patisserie, as he was filling in for a friend unable to work the shift. He was finally released from Villawood in 2006 and granted a bridging visa with work rights after the intervention of the Federal Magistrates Court. The department has conceded his visa cancellation was invalid. Ms Branson found there was no justification for detaining Mr Cherkupalli because his clear intention was to continue his studies, not abscond. Mr Cherkupalli, who suffers depression as a result of his ordeal, said studying was ''easy'' compared to the ''physical and mental stresses'' of being detained. ''I used the library a lot, read books. It's not easy being in prison,'' he said. An Immigration Department spokesman said the department would respond to the commission's findings on the case by the end of this week. Mr Cherkupalli would be allowed to remain in Australia until his NSW Supreme Court case was resolved, the spokesman said. A mediation hearing is scheduled for November. Mr Cherkupalli believes he lost the opportunity to gain permanent residency in Australia because the time spent in detention meant he was too old when he applied after graduation. ''Everyone's aim after being a student is to get a job and settle down. I can't do that,'' he says.
  8. http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110923/main6.htmOz eases visa requirements to woo Indian students Ashok Tuteja Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 22 Concerned over the sharp decline in the number of foreign students Down Under following a spate of attacks last year, Australia today announced significant changes in visa requirements for Indian and other overseas students to win back their confidence. Under the new arrangements, international students enrolled in courses at the level of bachelor degree or higher will be treated as lower risk applicants regardless of their country of origin. This will mean less onerous financial and documentary requirements for students in this category. Students undertaking vocational courses, including with private education providers, would continue to be assessed against the higher assessment levels although financial requirements would also be reduced for these students. The changes will also allow for a two to four year post-study work visa for university graduates depending on the level of study completed. These and other changes were announced by Australian Ministers for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations Senator Chris Evans and Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP. According to the Australian High Commission in New Delhi, these changes will be progressively implemented from late 2011, with the full complement of changes expected to be finalised in the first half of 2012. Following the attacks on Indian students Down Under early last year, the number of Indians getting enrolled in Australian universities has reduced considerably, hitting the higher education industry there. Higher education is a major source of foreign exchange earnings for Australia. There were nearly 1,00,000 Indian students in various Australian universities until they came under racial attacks, triggering concerns about their safety. Many students who had desired to go to Australia last year and this year changed their plans and opted for other foreign universities or institutions in India to pursue higher studies. New regime Students enrolled in courses of bachelor degree or higher will be treated as lower risk applicants, meaning less onerous financial and documentary requirements. Students undertaking vocational courses would continue to be assessed against the higher assessment levels although financial requirements would be reduced. Changes will also allow for a two to four year post-study work visa for university graduates The changes will be implemented from late 2011
  9. Hi, I have applied for 175 Visa in September 2010 and Case Officer was allocated recently and requested medical, PCC, Form 80. My online application shows MET. When contacted recently, Case Officer replied that my application is "Undergoing Routine Processing". I have read from this forum that Pakistani applicants with "Routine Processing" take about a year or more for checks. I wonder what is the time taken for Indian applicants??? Is anyone from India for 175/176 with "Routine Processing" tag. What are all included in Routine Processing?:unsure:
  10. Hi! We have been in Perth for 9 months now (already??!!) and are yet to find a really good curry house. The hubby is particularly gagging for a 'decent' Indian curry..... We've tried Chutney Mary's and Maya's, both of which have a great reputation, and both of which I thought were pretty good. Yet hubby is still bombarding me with 'not a patch on a curry in London....'. I've researched online and have the names of a few, but as fellow expats, I expect you're comparing the same quality as we would be. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated :biggrin: Cheers Tina
  11. Guest

    indian expats in Australia

    me and my husband like to settle in Australia. we were there this April and just felt this is the place we want to be. My son is permanent resident and he also wants us there. We want to apply for contributory permanent parents visa. I have few questions? 1. should we go thru migration agent or can we apply directly? which one is the best option? Is there any Australian registered agent in India? If so where? 2. How long will the process take? 3. Should I include police clearance along with my application or can I submit my application first then submit PC? Thanks. Any suggestion/advice is welcome. Im new to this forum and Im thrilled already as all members seems very helpful. Thanks once again.
  12. Guest

    Indian Expats In Australia

    :chatterbox: Let us Discuss all things with being an Indian Expat in Australia.:chatterbox:
  13. Guest

    Indian PCC - Help needed.

    Hi. My CO has requested me to submit the Health & PCC and that is where my problem starts. My health certificate was a cinch and it is chugging along AU now. Now my PCC - that is another story. I have applied it in the Regional Passport Office (as per the direction from DIAC) about a month ago. The projection for the return of my PCC is Jul-2011! Now, I have 18-May as the due date from CO. (I am a resident Indian) Given this timeframe, is there a way I can get this PCC from a local Police Commissioner's office? (This question may be more pertinent to resident Indians, and may have to be posted in a more appropriate forum some of you might say. This is where I have been coming for a few years now and hence do not know where else to post. If you can point me to the right forum, I will be a gratefull soul). My agent tells me that it has to be from the Passport office, but he has been wrong before occasionally. Will the CO give me 3 months time to submit the PCCs? Will it jeopardise my case? With the July changes looming large, I dont want to take a chance. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I will be thankfull. Timeline 176 Family, Nov 09.
  14. this may seem a strange post but its been on my mind for some time ..............while in the uk i was given this ornament ,a dressed up indian elephant ......now ive always put it on show when we have guest just for a laugh and to see if they mention it .....and when we have curry nights we put it in the middle of the table outside ......after being over here for over 3yrs someone told us that if an indian elephants tusk is pointing downward (like the one we have ) it is real bad luck and i have been in many shops, markets where they sell these things and all the tusk have been facing upwards .....now i have to say i have had some real bad luck since i was 40 .....3 or 4 yrs ago ....should i read into this , does anyone know anything about this ornament that has also developed a crack and has only been a joke all these yrs .....my wife has told me to throw it ......but i dont need more bad luck ......any sensible answers please as this is a forum for sensible people not lunatics................:goofy:
  15. Just wanted to get a discussion started on the possible effects to the higher education sector in Australia, if the new points based system is approved in parliament. Monash University already had to lay off 300 people due to the drop in International student applications. Last year Australia shot themselves in the foot by handling the supposedly racially motivated attacks against Indians in Australia, which led to an 80% drop in applications from Indian students. Considering the fact that Indian students coming in were second only to Chinese students in numbers, this has quite an impact. Now it seems that they have shot their other foot as they have tightened residency laws. This might have an effect on how many Chinese come in too. I think the Australian Universities are going to struggle, I mean it wont have a massive impact per se but the government will have to fund them more, and can mean that the contribution rates of local students go up too. I'm interested in knowing what you guys think about this.
  16. Hi Everybody, My friend suggested me to look for places in Liverpool, NSW as the rentals are comparatively lower than Westmead, Harris Park and Epping.As I couldn't find much info regarding Liverpool on Google...I hope somebody would be able to help me.. I would be moving with my husband...and I don't want to compromise on safety, proximity to rail, bus stations, grocery shops and markets. Please help.. Thanks in advance, Erin.
  17. The holiday is over. Tourism in Australia is flagging but the industry has grand plans for a revival, writes Clive Dorman. Australian tourism has hit rock-bottom. Like an addict looking for a road to recovery, the industry finally conceded last week there is a problem. The State of the Industry report by the federal government's Tourism Research Australia agency, which was presented at the industry's first Tourism Directions conference in Canberra on November 15, laid out the stark reality that tourism ran into a brick wall a decade ago. That was roughly when Australia ceased to be the world's ''flavour of the month'', even though consumers around the globe still rate Australia among the top few places they would like to see. See comments from Australians here. Indian students ditching Australian education plans. AUSTRALIA'S multi-billion-dollar Indian student market has collapsed in just 12 months. This is because new students are turning their backs on the once-prized Australian education sector in favour of Canada, New Zealand and Britain. Enrolments from the Indian student market -- which until last year was showing annual growth rates of up to 40 per cent and was worth almost $3 billion a year to the Australian economy -- have been dropping since March. By September, commencements were down almost 50 per cent on last year, due to the combined effect of onerous new financial requirements, last year's street attacks on Indian students, vocational school closures and the rising Australian dollar.
  18. Latest news from Herald Sun .. here is the link Indian students shun Australia | The Daily Telegraph thats good guys Australia doesnt deserve hard working resident like you. austrlia need only lazzy resident who are burden on austrlian people like Assyllum seekers, and highly qualified people who dont want to work.
  19. Guest

    Indian PCC ???

    I have indian PCC which was issued on 5th Jan 2010. All my documents showing "Met" including PCC,medical. still im waiting for the visa. What if my PCC expires before Visa Grant. Dubai PCC expires on 12August. CSL -Java
  20. Well and good explanation about new immigration policy and Indian migrants regards ( see bellow link), still i am having doubt, because last 3 years cooks PR applications most of them not processed, and DIAC show the number of applicants list to "cap and cease bill commit y" cooks are nearly 14,000 like, i reckon this is good trick of immigration ministry. Senate have to consider this type of number magics. Then in Australia having cafe culture every streets having number of hotels and restaurant due to this cooks wanted high. Any way bellow link big article gives some good breath to Indians who are in OZ. thanks Dhani pl visit Australia: Julia Gillard’s “Sustainable Population” Plan & Indian Students | The Moderate Voice In India, the media coverage about changes in Australian education/immigration policy created some panic. The Australian High Commission issued a clarification to end the fevered speculation, especially as a large number of Indian students are attending colleges and vocational institutes in Australia. The key points in the press release on ‘Australia’s Skilled Migration program’ are: • Australia has altered its skilled migration policy, not its student visa policy • No students are going to be sent home in July • On the contrary all will be allowed to complete their courses after which they can apply for an additional 18 months stay during which they can work and seek employer sponsorship to remain in Australia • There is no plan for ‘visa capping’ on student visas • The changes apply to all applications from all countries. They are not targeted at India, nor are they triggered by the problems of the last year over attacks on Indian students • The changes are not retrospective – they apply only from 1 July 2010 • Australia has in place very generous transition measures • Australia is open to skilled migration that meets its labour market needs The press release continues: “In response to recent media reports on changes to Australia’s skilled migration program, the High Commission would like to clarify the following points. First we are making changes to Australia’s skilled migration program, not our student visa program. “The changes to our skilled migration program, announced on 8 February 2010, reflect the evolving needs of the Australian labour market. We are committed to a skilled migration program that is targeted at the needs of the Australian labour market. Our goal is to ensure the Australian economy remains strong and efficient. These specific labour market needs are determined by an independent statutory authority – Skills Australia. “Second, the changes we are making to our skilled migration program are global changes. They are not targeted at India or any other country. They were not triggered by the problems of the last year over attacks on Indian students. “Third, the changes are not retrospective and will apply only from 1 July 2010. “Fourth, no students from any country will be sent home on 1 July. Such reports confuse two different categories of visa. The skilled migration visa is completely separate to the student visa. No student, whether from India or elsewhere, currently studying in Australia is going to be asked to cease their course because of changes to our skilled migration program. They will be allowed to complete their studies. Many have visas that enable them to study courses for several years. “But it is important to remember that student visas allow people to come to Australia on a temporary basis for a specified period to undertake study at an Australian educational institution. There is no guarantee of migration just because someone holds a student visa. Any suggestion to the contrary is a misrepresentation of Australia’s clearly stated policy. Fifth, the Australian Government has provided generous transition arrangements to ensure those international students who were in Australia when the changes were announced on 8 February 2010 have every opportunity to fulfil their objectives. If their objective is to complete their studies, they will be free to do so. If their objective is to shift to another course of study, they will be free to do so subject to meeting the entry requirements. If their objective is to stay in Australia to work after the completion of their studies, they can apply for a Temporary Skilled Graduate visa under the old arrangements, which will give them 18 months with full work rights. They can use this time to find an employer-sponsor, find a state-government sponsor, gain a new skill or get work experience. These are very generous transition arrangements by any measure. “These transition arrangements apply until the end of 2012 and extend to all people who held student visas at the date of the announcement (8 February 2010). These arrangements provide students with both the time and the opportunity to explore their options in the Australian labour market before making a decision on their future. “Those who are able to demonstrate that they can meet Australia’s skills needs as articulated in the requirements for a permanent skilled visa will still have the opportunity to achieve permanent residence. . The success of an individual applicant will depend on whether they meet the requirements for a visa that exist at the time they make an application. “Some media outlets have raised concerns about ‘visa capping’. These concerns relate to a Bill that is currently before the Australian Parliament. The amendments proposed in this Bill have been designed to manage the skilled migration program and ensure it meets the labour market needs of the Australian economy as flexibly as possible. There are no plans to apply this power to the student visa program. It is worth noting that the power to cap visa applications has existed for some years – the Bill that is before the Parliament seeks to provide greater precision and flexibility in the way in which the power can be applied.” More information on the changes to the Australian skilled migration program can be found at: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/faq-gsmchanges.pdf Meanwhile see here what Ian Young, vice-chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology, wrote in The Australian early this year about violence involving foreign students.
  21. Guest

    Decent Indian...... ?

    I'm still new(ish) to Sydney but the one thing I'm missing is a decent indian meal!! As we know Chicken Tikka Massala is the most popular dish in England and I am a slave to curry so can anybody recommend a really good, reasonably priced indian? I have tried the one in circular quay ..... but honestly, not good There are two here in bondi junction but neither are hitting the high standards of Good ol' English Indian!!
  22. theonetruechris

    Curry supplies (indian)

    I like making my own curries but I can't seem to find a decent garam massala in the shops or curry leaves. anyone know where can I get decent curry supplies. Aslo on an unrelated note is marlin good eating?
  23. Guest

    Indian food Brisbane

    Anyone in the Brisbane area know of a decent curry house. Its Friiday night and among the things I miss from UK is a decent english indian??!! Our sort of best one has changed cooks and is now dire! Does anyone know of a real pukka place, preferably northside, as were getting withdrawl syptoms!!............thanks
  24. Thank the lord!!! We have tried alot of Indians in the area, down to The Sitar in Albion. The Best of all and as close as ur gonna get to a Good British Ruby is Bollywood in Warner Village. and the rice wasnt mush for a change!! Next a good Chinese with Crispy Beef!! Any suggestions???? Jules x:angel_happy_face_ha
  25. Has anyone got recommendations for campsites along the Indian Ocean coast road (Perth to Caenarvan stretch) I'm looking for unpowered tent sites preferably places without chalets/static caravans etc - definitely not 'holiday parks' National Park campsites would be ideal although ablutions prefered Jules