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  1. Hi everybody, I'm new to the forum, Can anybody help? I'm really keen to migrate to Australia preferable New South Wales with my partner who is a nurse and my two kids. I'm a hard working electrician who has crohn's disease, and worry that we may face problems with entering the country. I have an ileostomy and take regular medications which require routine blood checks every three months. however I do lead a normal healthy life. Does anyone know what steps to take regarding insurance/prescriptions ect. and most of all cost???? any help will be greatly appreciated. David.
  2. chazzyg8

    Minefield

    :arghh: I know I am only just beginning my Oz plan but already I'm finding things a bit of a minefield so any help would be great. Let me begin by saying a few years ago I posted on here asking how I could get into Oz given I had no hard qualifications and had some good feedback that made me go away and think long and hard about how much I wanted to itch my "Oz" itch.... So I found a profession that is always going to be needed whether in Oz or UK and chose Accounting and thus I enrolled on AAT as I was told by AAT that it is recognised globally and if for some reason I couldn't get to Oz I would still have a good profession in the UK. I have been studying(self funded) for the past two years and I have also recently gained employment as a credit controller for a publishing company so I am getting on the job experience. I am just about to start my last year on AAT and thought I should start my planning for the big dream now but after looking into things have found that AAT is not as well know in Oz as it is in NZ and even then AAT is still not know by the majority of employers and would no count for much, so I am worried I am going to have to continue training right through until I am ACCA/CIMA which is ok because "good things come to those who wait" and it just means I have to hold of on my dream for a few extra years but will be worth the wait. Q1) Could I potentially get a visa through job sponsorship even though I am not a Chartered Accountant? Q2) Where are the best places to find employment for job sponsorship for Oz? Q3) Could I get a visa as a part qualified CA? Also I will be going to Down Under Live @ Birmingham next week has anyone got any experience of this event/tips etc?? Thanks in advance for any feedback :biggrin:
  3. Hi im after a bit of advice. We are wanting to apply for a visa but I am worried we will pay the money out for it but i will fail my medical as I have renal damage and high blood pressure. Has anybody else been in a similar situation and what do you think my chances of passing my medical are. Anyone know what grounds they fail you? Its just a lot of money to waste if ive got no chance of passing my medical in the first instance. Any advice big or small would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance Stacey :confused:
  4. Hello There Just in brief as have posted this on here before, My husband, two children and I are considering a move to Aus near sunshine coast, We have been researching lots and I still do not fully understand the visa process! I feel like I have hit a dead end! I have emailied a visa agent who's details were given to me by someone on here, He has told us we are not eligible for PR visa and would need to go down the sponsored route, This worries me as I have read that if something doesn't work out with employer we would have to leave Aus within 28 days. (even though my husband has never had any issues with his job and has always been in long term employment, This still worries me) If we made the move to Aus, it would be a massive move for us to uproot and start again I would want to hope it would be a permanent one, especially with two children and they are in a really good school here in uk if we took them out and came back we wouldnt get in again as they are a very over subscribed school! I feel really deflated by it all, (I am not giving up so easily) but just feel deflated! I assume that as my husband is in such a good job and in London they are crying out for good engineers in his trade I assumed it would be the same! Can someone advise me, is the Sponsored visa a good route? I know everyone has different circumstances but any information would be greatly received Also is there a number I can call to get more information on the skilled job requirements? because my hubby is also a qualified Electrician so we could go down this route? Many Thanks in advance Sarah and family in not so sunny UK
  5. Hi all I have Addison's disease which is an adrenal deficiency. I take a daily dose of steriod (hydrocortisone) and my illness has been under control since diagnosis in 2007. Does anyone know if this will cause us any issues with the immigration process? Any advice greatly received x
  6. Hi everyone, After receiving our 457 spouse visa 18 months ago things could not be any better back here in Oz. All the pressure and stress of the process has long gone but a new visa issue has risen back through the cracks again. At the moment my partner is receiving the Lafha allowance as we are looking to move back to the UK sometime next year after we receive her PR visa. My question is will Immigration look at the allowance and hold that against her when they go to upgrade her Temporary visa to Permanent Visa status? Any feedback would be appreciated.
  7. Guest

    accommodation issues

    Hi All, apologies if a similar post to this appears because I thought I had posted one earlier but it doesn't seem to have appeared. I'm arriving in Canberra on the 7th December to start my job. I'm going to spend the first night in a hotel but I'm after some reasonably cheap short term accommodation after that while I find a house to rent for when my wife and children arrive in mid January. I've tried gumtree with no success as yet and the other short term accommodation seems very pricey, $500+ per week. I was thinking more around the $200 mark. if anyone has a room, knows of somebody who has a room or can recommend some other websites / options I would be so so so grateful. please pm me or reply to this post if you can offer any help or advice.
  8. The Health Operations Centre (HOC) assesses and processes offshore Immigration health examinations. Permanent visa applicants: All applicants for permanent visas, including the main applicant, partner and any dependants, must be assessed against the health requirement. Even if the applicant's partner and dependants are not included in the visa application, they must still be assessed against the health requirement. Applicants for a permanent visa will be asked to undergo a medical examination, an x-ray if 11 years of age or older and an HIV/AIDS test if 15 years of age or older, as well as any additional tests requested by the Medical Officer of the Commonwealth (MOC). From the Check the progress of an application website, typical Application Status are: 1) "Further medical results received" HOC received your envelope. [process takes 2 days after received] 2) "Health requirements outstaning" HOC decides if the applicant has local clearance capability. Here should be checked if applicants belong to class A (no significant history or abnormal findings) or class B (Significant history or abnormal findings present) according to assessed by the Panel Doctor in the FORM 26 (point "24 Recommendation"). For example: If applicant is Class A and lives in gazetted countries, the process is faster than B. This step involves checking of: envelope arrives sealed, applicant identity, doctor identity, all reports certified and translated to English (if required) and correct tests done. Today many "overseas medical test" for permanent VISA go to LCU (Local Clearance Unit) regardless of class A or B (I'm not sure why: Efficient, HOC collapsed?). Nevertheless, DIAC do not require a MOC assessment on all applications for permanent entry visas, and is therefore largely reliant on overseas panel doctrors and COs to ensure that health examinations and tests are conducted in line with DIAC requirements. [delivery process takes from 2 days to 1 week after 1 - don't frustrate if status doesn't change, sometimes online status are not updated but the process continues] 3) "Further medical results referred" If not tuberculosis(TB), medicals (X-ray, hepatitis, VIH/AIDS, TB/blood tests or relevant considerations) are received by LCU. Key Functions from LCU are: Processing and local clearance of medical results sent from panel doctors, Process 'A' cases, referral of health assessment 'B' cases to HAS (compulsory for permanent VISA). In addition, medicals will be referred from LCU to a MOC (HAS) if any criteria for 'A' not met, problems with identity, panel doctor not found,medical results not legible or high risk country. [this process takes 3 weeks to 2 month after 2 depending on your health condition (or a family member) and whether new assessments are required]. (Category 2 is currently taking 3 weeks -approximately -) From here you may go to 4 or 5, depending on a MOC opinion from HAS. 4) "Further medicals required" If necessary, MOC may also ask any applicant to undergo extra medical reports: full medical history, medical reports from specialists, reports from school, others. You or your Agent will receive an e-mail from HOC (see below). Contact to DIAC if you have not yet received notification about these requirements, after your status has changed. New tests/medical reports should be sent to Global Health (same building of HOC in Sydney) [same day you receive a letter asking you extra meds, the status will change to 4.] 4.1) "Further medical results referred" If 4, extra medicals received by Global Health are sent to a HAS again for further review. [2-4 days after meds are received the status will change to 4.1] [process and final decision/advice takes 3 weeks to 2 months, depending on many factors] (Category 2 is currently taking 3 weeks -approximately -) 5) "Health requirements finalised" Finalised is a status that means each documents fulfills requirement to be analyzed by a MOC. MOC takes from 1 to 4 days for a decision. Outcomes are entered in HATS (Health Assessment Tracking System), overseas post/case officer is notified of this outcome. Nevertheless, MOC can ask you to undergo new tests again. You will go to 4. If not extra test are required, Case Officer deciding visa applications is notified and must accept the opinion from MOCs. After that CO will update the document checklist. It seems in this exactly time you will see "met" or "not met" in the website. [you will see this status 2-4 days after a MOC from HAS decides over your health criteria] If all meds are "met" and the rest of the VISA requirements too, congratulations! DIAC will inform you VISA is granted. Else, if "not met", you can think in a re-view by means of a lawyer, a "Health Waiver" possibility (very difficult but possible) or even to think in another country. This is typical letter from HOC to Panel Doctors, if 4 ("Further medicals required"): =============================================================== Dear Panel Doctor, The bearer of this letter, Person X, DOB: /date/, F is required to provide further medical information (details given below). Please include the following information: A current further assessment from "list of specialist here". Please forward a further report addressing "list of requirements here" The report must be sealed by you, the Doctor, stamped and signed, then sent from your clinic to the Global Health (GH) at the following address: Global Health Department of Immigration and Citizenship Level 3, 26 Lee Street SYDNEY NSW AUSTRALIA 2000 Please include a copy of this letter when sending any further documents to the Global Health. Please do not hesitate to contact GH with the details provided below, should you require further clarification or information. Global Health, Level 3, 26 Lee Street Sydney NSW Australia 2000 GPO Box 9984 SYDNEY NSW 2001 Facsimile 61 2 8666 5901 Email: Health.Operations.Centre@immi.gov.au Website: www.immi.gov.au =============================================================== This is only a guide for understanding the process. Hope this is useful for you.
  9. melaniecharlton

    Childcare Issues

    Hi All, I am a mother of 3 kids. One is 9 and I have 4 year old twins. I am desperate to get back to work but am wondering how this will be possible. Do you know roughly how much before and after school care costs? What on earth do I do with them in the holidays? Are childminders expensive? What about nannies? Any thoughts and ideas would be much appreciated, Thank you kindly, Melanie
  10. Guest

    Withdrawal Issues

    This is a very emotional one. I have a subclass 309 application in right now (Sept 2011)- its front loaded and i do not anticipate any problems. We do however potentially have a change of circumstances, not involving our relationship, but involving my partners parents who are ex pat British living is Aus who are getting homesick and wanting to return to UK This has put my partner in a difficult position (she is Aus citizen and my sponsor) and we are considering withdrawing my application so that she can look after her parents settlement back in the UK Our long term aim is still to emigrate to Aus, but this has put a spanner in the works for our plans. So my question is this : If I DO withdraw and wish to reapply in the future, will i be penalised for this in terms of wasting everyones time ? If it is going to cause problems in the long term with my visa chances we may have to have a difficult discussion, but i want some idea of the implications first ! Has anyone any experience/advice on this one ? Would be really grateful for any ! Thanks
  11. Guest

    Student Visa issues!

    I am planning on travelling to Berowra, NSW for a year as of January 2012. I am travelling on a tourist visa. I am also bringing my 9 year old son with me. I am having issues getting my visa agency to forward his visa application. I have found him a place in school. The agency are saying that they need a certificate of enrollement to process his visa. Apparently, the school has to be registered with the immigration authority for him to go there. The school I have chosen and whom have offered him a place are not registered so I have been told that the agency will not forward his visa application..... Has anyone else experienced this or have any suggestions??? I have chosen a specific school as we already have accomodation sorted and it is in the locality.
  12. Hi! Hopefully someone will be able to help me. My partner and I recently got engaged but we have been living in a share house in Australia so therefore can't apply for a defacto visa. So our only option is the PMV. His visa ends on the 3rd December this year. We are planning to get married in the UK, however I am a little worried that we won't have the money in 9 months time to go back to marry. We plan on living in a share house to save money so we won't be able to apply for a defacto visa in 9 months time. Would he be able to apply for a business sponsor if he is on a PMV visa and have the PMV cancelled if we can't afford the wedding. That way it would buy us some time. Thanks
  13. Hi, I am completing an internal transfer (London to Sydney) with my company - although to a new role and different subsidiary. I would be moving over on a business sponsored long stay visa. When I asked about LAFHA (as no mention was made in my offer letter) I was told: 'LAFHA is only available to those employees who have a contract for a defined period of time and have the intention to return home at the end of their assignment. You have been made a permanent offer of employment and the LAFHA does not apply in your circumstances. Does this make sense? I have no idea if I will return to the UK following my period of working in Australia. I believe that LAFHA offers me significant incentives re food and rent rebates which I should try and get included in my contract but can anyone recommend a course of action? If I inform my company that although my intentions are long term I dont want to rule out a return to London and therefore request that LAFHA be considered in my offer letter? Thanks in advance for your advice. Tim
  14. britishguy

    457 partner issues

    I am in oz on a 457, i am a dependant of my partner. our relationship is going down the toilet, what will happen to me should we split up? will my visa be cancelled?
  15. Hello people, this is my first thread after lurking for a while! Wondered if I could pick any Carpenters brains on how they managed to ship their tools - the issue being that Husband will need them right up until leaving date (early feb 2012) so putting them on the container isn't really an option. We've considered selling them here at the last minute and purchasing second hand on our arrival in Perth. Is there much of a second hand market for tools in Perth? We're both a bit stumped on this one really! Any feedback greatly appreciated. Sarah
  16. Guest

    676 Time Issues

    Hi, Have any of you guys and gals ever come across the following issue. Having gotten the 676 Holiday visa for an initial 6 month period, my girlfriend then went home to the UK before the 6 moths were up as she would then have been under a bridging visa. When she came back into oz the immigration officials took her to the interview room to question her about why she was entering oz even though her visa was almost up. Once they were satisfied that she had a bridging visa they let her through. We applied to get the working restrictions lifted. Just received the email today and it started off by saying that they accepted it and removed the working restrictions (happy faces) and then followed it by saying that the 676 is in effect until january next year so they have rejected it!! I dont know what to do now, if anything!! Just sick of immigration and all the rubbish they chat. Have been waiting for 857 for 5 months 1 week now and im from a low risk country!!when I rang them they said minimum 8 months until I get a co and then god knows how long after that!! Rant over!! If anyone knows if we have ANY options please please let us know. Be much appreciated. Thanks
  17. Hi All, Just thought i'd let people know about the situation we are currently in - Not sure if anyone is aware of this, I haven't seen any posts on this site. Basically - My OH is a Tiler by trade with many years experience but no qualification. We have 55 points (with regional sponsorship) so in order to gain the extra 10 points it was a case of either doing the ILETS or AQF. My OH isn't very good at spelling or reading so we were considering going for the AQF. We then found out that DIAC are currently in a dispute with TRA because TRA are insisting on not recognising employment before gaining AQF. Apparently DIAC does not agree with this approach and other skills assessing bodies are not taking the same approach (Just our luck that it is the TRA who assess Tilers!). DIAC and TRA are currently in discussions to resolve this. We now have a dilemma - We wanted to apply for our visa before the changes in July 2012 and we definately need to apply before August 2012 as that is when my OH turns 34 and we lose age points. The question is do we wait until the TRA/DIAC make a decision therefore taking the risk that we might not get our application in before our deadline or do we go ahead with the AQF (which costs around £2000) which is a risk as TRA may still insist on not recognising pre-qual experience and we may just waste our money! What would you do? Is there anyone else in the same situation? Sue
  18. Hey All, I will be migrating to Australia arriving the 25th of October with my partner. We have the slightly unusual situation whereby I have an Australian passport + Citizenship (on account of living there aged 1-5) but have not been over since. My partner will be entering on a working holiday visa while her partner visa is getting processed, We expect it to come through at the end of December (at which point she will have too briefly leave the country (Likely NZ)) We have just applied for a joint account with commonwealth bank and plan on transferring money over to that. Can anyone advise on other things we should apply for before arrival? I'm thinking the equivalent to National Insurance numbers? Tax codes? Electoral Registers? Is there any other difference that come to mind for me as an Australian citizen versus my partner as a UK migrant? Boab88
  19. Guest

    Medical issues

    Hi everyone. Can anyone help me please. After waiting for a whole week for my medical results, they came out today and l was told that everything was fine except the HIV blood results came back inconclusive. Am loosing my mind, they have asked me to go back in and get give another blood sample. Has anyone been through this and what does it mean to get an inconclusive blood result?
  20. Guest

    A couple of employment issues

    1. Should my salary figure include my superannuation contribution, or should that be on top of what I earn? 2. I have heard about a scheme that people working in Oz on a 457 visa can claim a tax free sum against rent, bills, food, etc. I understand that your employer must be signed up to the scheme. What is this scheme called??
  21. Hi all I got offered a job starting in October as a Mechanic in Brisbane. I was offered the job on the condition that I would go out to OZ on my 417 working holiday visa and, assuming everything goes ok, get transfered onto a sponsored visa after my three month trial period. I am leaving my fiancee in the UK until I get sponsored because she used her working holiday visa a few years ago and I couldn't afford to support her financially as she would initially be unable to work on a standard holiday visa so..... What problems, hurdles etc will I encounter when I am transfered onto the sponsored visa and want to get my fiancee over from the UK to be with me? Will us being apart for three or four months cause a problem? How long does the visa swithover take? Any help or info would be much apreciated.
  22. We fly out on 6th December to Brisbane but hope to be living in Sydney by late December/early January but our main concerns are; 1) Whats the cheapest way of getting our two cats to Aus? and 2) How easy is it to rent accommodation (flats) in the main cities (Sydney/Brisbane) with pets. We have two cats and will seek unfurnished properties but uncertain whether or not people rent flats out to people with cats?:rolleyes:
  23. Guest

    criminal record issues :-(

    Hi all, I'm new to the forum and have come here for help. I'm an australian citizen living in the U.K. My husband was granted a permenant resident visa in 2007, since then he's been arrested and charged for criminal damage and common assault. He's awaiting sentancing. will he be able to return ans stay in australia with these charges? thanks in advance.
  24. liudic

    Timing issues..

    First of all, hello!! Just discovered this forum. I am moving to Sydney in about eight weeks time. The flight is booked from London, I did my working visa (the holiday working visa that is 12 months then i have to leave) all online. Within one day I received the ok i had an email giving me my Visa details. The problem is for me, everything seems to be a little bit too smooth. I was expecting to have to show documents, there is talk about people proving they have enough money saved up to be able to fly back, etc etc. All I did was tick "No" when they asked about criminal convictions, and "No" I wont commit crime when Im in Australia, "No" I dont have certain diseases etc etc. I usually wouldnt be so worried but my flight is to Syndey, then after only a few hours I carry on up to Cairns through the same airline. Im worried they will ask me for my documents, and proof of certain things when i land in sydney and it will take so long that i will not be able to transfer. If so i guess I should be trying to send things now to quicken the airport transfer up. Is it usually this easy to get visas? I do have an email saying i have been granted 12 months from when I arrive blah blah, but i NEVER told anybody WHEN I was arriving? Anyway thanks anybody who can shed some light.. I hope Im just paranoid and the days of long winded interviews and document photocopying are a thing of the past and it is just all automatic now! i doubt it but I would be pretty happy!
  25. Guest

    parental issues

    :arghh: Hi to all looking for some advice and if any one has same issues please help im looking to move out asap my troubles are my ex husband with whom i have a 13yr old son with we divorced 4 yrs ago but i couldnt locate him then papers in court for him to object now the tricky bit do i need permission from him to take our son out of UK to OZ ex has had no contact with our son for 7 yrs or more not help financially for over 6 half yrs .our son doesnt want a relationship with him ,he sees my partner of many yrs his father and is most excited to move out if you have any info or gone threw the same i would be so grateful for your help thanks :confused: kat
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