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  1. Hi there I am hoping that as there are lots of people on here all with different experiences together you can help answer some of my questions. Next week when ive finished my week of night shifts I am going to really get the ball rolling and in order to do so i was hoping if i posted my questions now that leaves some time for you all to answer before i start doing it all, so basically if anyone can help on the following: 1.Nursing registration - can the copies be certified by a JP and can you take your own copies and just get them stamped, I thought they had to photocopy them as well. 2. Satement of service from employer - I am getting this from HR and they have given me a letter to fill in to request it but is only for my current job, do you need a statement for each job you have done? 3. I am hoping to go on 457 and bring the OH along on it, who decides whether he can come on it? is it the empoyer sonsoring me or DIAC? On a 457 am i right in thinking you dont need a skills assessment doing by ANMC 4. On a 457 do you still need to get the NMC to send veification to the WA nursing board, i thought you did but then a post i read on here earlier got me questionning it? I will have a lot more questions but thats all i can think of for now. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks
  2. Hey guys, i'm new here so hello! My name is Joe, I am 20 years old and i'm in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa and I love it here! I have many questions that hopefully you guys can help me out with so that hopefully I can stay here permanently :biggrin: Firstly, and probably the most strange question, the website SEEK.com.au - Under all the ad's on this site it says "You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job". Does my WHV place me in that category? Or does it mean you have to be a citizen to apply? Secondly, my motorcycle licence. I have a full UK motorcycle licence with a 33BHP restriction, if I transfer that to an Australian licence will I still be able to ride any bike? Or will it put me in the 250cc class? And also, can I keep my UK motorcycle licence and then have an WA driving (car) licence? Thirdly, and probably most importantly, staying in Australia. I want to stay permanently here, but I have no trade qualifications. Can I; a) Get an apprenticeship on a WHV and get sponsored through that. This would be my ideal option but i'm not sure if it is possible or not! The other option is; b) Get a visa (if it exists) that allows me to take a training course that will get me qualifications in a trade? I do realise my options are very limited but I surely can't be the first person to come on a WHV with no trade skills and want to stay here? Thanks for any advice given guys!
  3. srg73

    Lots of questions.

    Last weekend we went to Down Under show which was helpful in making our minds up for the moment. Hopefully we should be a very simple case as we both work, are in good health, UK residents and born and my profession is no1. in demand, Construction Project Manager. First stage is IELTS test, forms printed and filled out with cheque appended however which test am I applying for Academic or General Training? I am fortunate with my points score, 25 for age, 15 Education 15 Employment and therefore would only need 7 average score to get 10 for IELTS however being competitive I still want 20. Given our simple application and great interest in both my and my wifes CV’s at the show, we have decided to apply without the assistance of an agent, is this a simple task? Obviously we want everything submitted prior to 1st July to benefit from the current admissions process. Questions then…. Is an agent essential in the application process? Which IELTS test please Academic of General? Do I assume medical is next and how much is this on average? Character tests will not be a problem..hopefully? Submit 175 Visa application? Fingers crossed Any help of advice is much appreciated, wanting Melbourne with 175 Visa due to being in the construction trade and therefore maybe having to move with the work. We are simply looking to move for a lifestyle change as we both work hard in UK and get paid well but the change should do us some good helped by the sun. Many thanks Simon
  4. Hi folks, We're in a slightly unusual situation in that we live in Slovenia and so we're wondering the best way to get our stuff out to Oz if we decide to move. We're going out for a reccie next march for 3-6 months. Our house is currently on the market, and we're thinking it might be best to pack everything up so that it's empty in case a sale happens while we're away. We have stacks of queries on this that hopefully some of you will be able to have some input on! 1. Is there a good place in the UK to store a large volume of stuff when you're not yet ready to ship it to Oz? 2. If so, do you know if you can store it in a container so you don't have to unpack and repack? 3. How much do removals to Oz usually cost? We're thinking of taking as much as we can as money will be tight when we arrive there. What sort of volume of stuff can you send for what amount of money? 4. Can you stick a car in a container??? 5. I don't suppose anyone knows removals people who work from Slovenia/Austria instead of the UK so we can cut out that step? I know there were loads more questions I had, but my mind is a blank so that's all for now! Thanks a lot.
  5. Just thought i would re-post these great links, best of luck everyone.:wink: http://www.paycalculator.com.au/ http://www.ato.gov.au/ www.realestate.com.au www.domain.com.au www.realestatewa.com.au www.real-estate-australia.com.au Homes For Sale, Rental Properties, Agents - homehound.com.au, Your Best Friend in Real Estate http://www.drive.com.au/buy/ http://www.allhomes.com.au/ http://www.aldi.com.au/ http://www.familyassist.gov.au/payme...ance-payments/ http://www.ourbrisbane.com/ http://www.ourbrisbane.com/lifestyle...es/high-school http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/ http://www.healthinsite.gov.au/topics/Pharmaceutical_Benefits_Scheme http://www.auinfo.com/australia.html http://www.dealsdirect.com.au http://www.ezibuy.com.aum http://www.kitchenwaredirect.com.au http://www.flexicar.com.au/ http://www.appliancesonline.com.au www.coles.com.au www.woolworths.com.au School website - http://www.myschool.edu.au/ Medicine - http://www.pbs.gov.au/html/consumer/home A good route planner - http://www.travelmate.com.au/MapMake..._Page=mapmaker Another House website - http://www.homehound.com.au/ Sold House Prices - http://www.onthehouse.com.au/ Guide to Emigrating - http://www.emigrate2.co.uk/default.htm News in Adelaide - http://digitaledition.messengernews.com.au/ Diabetes Assistance - http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/en/NDSS/ British Pensions - http://youle.info/bpia/ Cheap Flights - http://www.travelmood.com/ Legal Information - http://www.austlii.edu.au/ Crime in Adelaide (?) - http://www.ocsar.sa.gov.au/maps.html# SA Information - http://www.southaustralia.biz/easydata/ Centrelink Estimator - https://www.centrelink.gov.au/RateEs...mbinedStart.do Health Insurance - http://www.privatehealth.gov.au/
  6. Guest

    Lots of helpful links.

    http://www.paycalculator.com.au/ http://www.ato.gov.au/ www.realestate.com.au www.domain.com.au www.realestatewa.com.au www.real-estate-australia.com.au Homes For Sale, Rental Properties, Agents - homehound.com.au, Your Best Friend in Real Estate http://www.drive.com.au/buy/ http://www.allhomes.com.au/ http://www.aldi.com.au/ http://www.familyassist.gov.au/payme...ance-payments/ http://www.ourbrisbane.com/ http://www.ourbrisbane.com/lifestyle...es/high-school http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/ http://www.healthinsite.gov.au/topics/Pharmaceutical_Benefits_Scheme http://www.auinfo.com/australia.html http://www.dealsdirect.com.au http://www.ezibuy.com.aum http://www.kitchenwaredirect.com.au http://www.flexicar.com.au/ http://www.appliancesonline.com.au www.coles.com.au www.woolworths.com.au I hope these links are of use to someone, best of luck.
  7. Hi guys, this is my first post around here, but looks like a very helpful forum! With all the questions I have, I'm sure I will get much more direct answers than I will surfing around on the 'net. Basically, I am British and my boyfriend is an Indonesian citizen, but living in Australia with Permanent Residency (has applied and been approved of Aussie citizenship, just waiting for what could be months for his ceremony to make it all official and final). So a bit of background on us.. We're pretty young to be getting into all this I suppose, but needs must and all. I am 19 and he is 21. We met online in 2008. Obviously not much we could do about the distance, being so young and jobless, but kept in touch and very 'close' until we were in a position to do anything about it. We knew we were serious and wanted to be together, and so I applied for a working holiday visa and arrived here in Aus in September last year, both to meet and move in with my boyfriend (and his family). Everything has been going perfect for the past 8 months or so since I arrived, and obviously the time is passing by quickly and so we are needing to do something about staying together long-term. Honestly, we aren't bothered about which country we end up in, our main concern is to stay together. Aus is looking much more practical for settling down in, mostly because he is still doing studies, plus the work/pay is much more appealing over here. -OUR PLAN- Obviously I will have to return to UK by September, as my 12 month WHV will be expiring. So basically we're hoping to bring him back with me until we can both return to Aus permanently with some kind of partner visa for myself. As mentioned, my boyfriend is in the process of applying for his Australian citizenship. We're told that the processing time could mean his ceremony (which will make it all final) could be as far away as September or October. Whilst he could travel on his Indonesian citizenship in the meantime, that would give him much more hassle entering UK re. visas etc, so we're hoping his Australian citizenship will be complete before September. Okay, now the real questions. 1). I understand there are several different partner visas. We were looking at De Facto (offshore) application, but thought I'd get some advice first. We will eventually marry, however obviously we're young and want to wait until we're ready, and not just marrying for the sake of making the visas simpler (though we are prepared to do this if it's our only option). We will have been living together for exactly one year by the time I/we go to the UK. We have been living with his parents/family and so won't have much 'evidence' as far as shared bills/rent goes, but we do have personal things (xmas cards etc) addressed to us both, I've kept travel tickets etc in both our names, plus tons of photos, and we plan to open a joint bank account asap. Given all of the above, what would be our best bet, partner visa-wise? I know there are options to apply whilst I am still here, but obviously we will have been 'together' for less than a year, so I'm assuming that would go against us. Any tips on what to do (also COSTS. We're young remember! ) would be greatly appreciated. 2). I've come across the term 'bridging visa' here and there, but only just pondered today whether this could be an option. We are really hoping to travel to UK for a few months together. We definitely don't want to be apart for the 5-6 month processing time that it seems a partner visa takes, but if his ceremony isn't out of the way by September, obviously I may have to go home a month or two before he joins me. Is there ANY type of bridging visa or similar that I could apply for just on the grounds that I want him to be with me when we go to UK? I.e., just until his citizenship is out of the way? I'm sure there's other things I need to ask/work out, but those are my main concerns right now, as obviously we are increasingly pressing for time. I'm sure more things will come to me as I'm reading your responses. :wink: Anyway, thanks for reading my post, and thanks in advance for any help you can offer. Sorry about the lengthy post! Cheers, Sophie.
  8. Hi there, Im new to this site, and would very much appreciate advice about moving to Oz. Im a registered nurse with 2 years experience, have a partner and 5 year old son. Feel really nervous about a potential emigration to Oz but don't know where to start! Whiich part of Oz is best? Do I secure a job before I go? Visas? education for my son? Accomodation etc! How long does the whole process take? Thanks all, advice much needed and appreciated.
  9. me and my other half have been thinking of moviing to oz for a few years now.he is 30 and i am 27 this year,we have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. i am an at home mum for now but was a travel agentfor 6 years. my other half is a qualified bricklayer and is currently helping manage projects.he is hoping he would be able to get a job as a brickie in oz and hoping for at least the same money as here? i would love some info on best areas for this job title and best areas for family . and also any living cost info etc wud be fab????
  10. Hi guys, I sent my CV to loads of potential employers recently and I have had some really positive interest. Myself and my family are going to Sydney in April to check everything out, schools, housing etc. and several companies want to see me for an interview and hopefully discuss sponsorship whilst I'm there. If we agree Sydney is the place for us, our plan was to submit GSM Visa application as soon as we get back. If I get sponsorship after this, am I able to transfer my GSM Visa to an Employer sponsored Visa? Thanks in advance. Cheers.
  11. Hi, I'm a long time lurker and rare poster on these forums. I have asked a couple of questions on here but now I'm going to blow my load (so to speak) in this thread. You can check the BOLD bits for the questions if you don't want to read a spiel! Ok here is my situation, I am a 28 year old computer programmer with 3 years post grad experience. My wife is an interior designer, also 28, with 5 years post grad experience. We are from N. Ireland. I have a sister (14 years old) in Hobart and have been down numerous times to see her. On the last occasion, this time last year, another emigrant I was talking to basically offered me a job and sponsorship. I have been in contact with him since and there is still a position for me if I move over. However, numerous problems come in to play. I have checked with estate agents and there is not as much equity in my house as there once was. I could probably make £5-10k if I was lucky, at this current moment in time. We have no savings to speak of, and some loans to pay off. And by my rough calculations we would need at least £10k to pay off whatever we need to pay off, buy flights, ship our belongings over and ship our 3 dogs. That's before any fees for the actual visa process. So, I would need to wait maybe 2 years to raise cash and, hopefully, have the property market in NI become less of a bottomless pit. But I don't know if there would be the job there for me in that time. What would people advise me to do? I could just begin the 175 application process, as it seems it would take long enough anyway. Then by the time it was approved I could have raised the money, or won the lottery. But this leads to the first question. How long after visa is approved does it have to be validated? And say we went and validated the visa but came back to sort things out. Is there a time limit on when you can come back for? What would the process be for applying? Get skills assessed by ACS then apply? Then wait for CO and do everything else they say? Also what about costs? What should I factor in for (rough estimates): Flights (We're thinking around £1300) Ship Dogs (£5000 for 3 Jack Russell's?) Ship possessions (I'm thinking £3000 for 20ft) Visa application and surrounding costs (Again guessing at around £2500) Then we'd need to have some money on arrival, again £10k was what I was hoping to bring. Is there anything that I've missed or should think about? It's an awful expensive process, but a worthwhile one I reckon in the end. We will eventually be in Australia but trying to work out what the quickest route would be for us. Any help you guys can give would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.
  12. Could anyone tell me what the construction trade is like in Adelaide and Melbourne at the moment, in particular I want to know if there is much work for carpenters in these areas? Thanks for your help Charley
  13. Hi , this is my first time to post. I've applied for about 200 jobs which are advertised daily on Seek.com and other sites but get no reply . my job is a blasthole driller which i have been doing for 20 years so i am more than qualified but the problem is getting through to the companies to see if they will sponsor me , any ideas ????? If I apply for a skilled migration visa it could take 15 months, if i can find someone to sponsor me it could take only 2 months. Any thoughts are very much appreciated.
  14. Guest

    Lots of Visa acceptances!!

    Have to say I am glad to see lots of "we got the visa" posts!! very exciting.....we are still waiting for our SAfrican police clearance - very frustrating as I don't expect much is being done with the world cup there!! Congrats to everyone who got there visa!!:biggrin: Lets hope we see more coming!! can't wait to get to a country where every year my birthday will be on a public holiday with lots of celebrations!! (Australia day) in fact they should give me the visa on that information alone :wink:
  15. Western Australia almost at full employment - Radio National Breakfast - 14 May 2010
  16. twinkletoes35

    Go you need lots of dosh?

    Hello all, I have watched the relocaton programmes and read lots of migration stories, I wonder if anyone can shed any light on this question. For those of us who do not have a house to sell or substantal saving is migration still possible? Would love to hear from anyone who has managed to migrate on a limited budget and hear your experiences thanks! TT x
  17. Hi guys. Im looking into the possibility of getting sponsored by an employer but not sure of the pro's and con's. I am planning on applying for 175 so this is more of a contingency plan. Can any employer sponsor you? How long are you tied, or do they give you a fixed term contract? Can I get finance in this time? Any advice on this in general would be greatly appreciated.
  18. Maisiemoo

    Lots and lots of questions!!!

    I am looking for some advice..... We are looking into the possible move to Oz (dependant on my Oh job) and I have a few niggles... Firstly we will be looking at Perth (anywhere that is best for the kids!) We have 2 girls whose birthdays are 27/02/04 and 09/09/05 our oldest at present is finishing off Year 1 primary and our youngest just missed school by 9 days and therefore starts this September. We are very lucky that although the area we live in is HORRID and the 25th most deproved borough out of 354!! the school is outstanding which is why we tolerated moving back here. (Honest just check out Heywood on Google earth and you'll see how bad!) Anyway I am going off on one! :chatterbox: I read some threads on Brits moving back and it now has put lots of uncetainty in my mind about the whole thing. The bad comments tend to always outway the good! Firstly can someone give me first hand opinions of the schools circriculum, would my oldest have to drop back a year (she is extremely bright - not sure where she gets it from! :huh:) Also I have heard that Bullying is quite bad, but is it any worse than in this country are there are statitics that I can weight up. We are quite prepared to rent and pay more to be in a better area but I would really appreciate anyones constructive opinions. I know there are a few people who have a massive downer on being in Oz but I just want to take on board peoples general opinions and fact and go from there to make my own decision. xxxxxx Erika (39) The bald one (36), Elisha Pie (6) and the Maisiemoo (4) xx
  19. First of all sorry if I have put my topic in the wrong place. I am very new to looking at moving to Australia & would be grateful if someone could help with some questions. 1. How can I check whether we are eligable for migration? 2. We would go over on husband's skill as a maintenance engineer, is this on their "wanted list"? 3. I have read that it is taking 12 months plus for visa's to be granted. Once granted is there a time limit that you would have to migrate? 4. We were looking at employment with a car manufacturer like Ford which I understand are based in the Melbourne/Victoria area. Are there any other locations for Ford or other car manufacturers? 5. Last but not least, the cost for applying & moving over? Thanks in advance for your help.
  20. we've just joined this site and have lots of questions, we cant seem to find our jobs on the skilled employees list ,i am a credit card senior collections officer and my husband is an advertising contractor(bill poster) would either of these jobs be on the skills list? Could my mother come out with us as a child minder as we would both need to work? Has anyone an idea of the financial costs of the process from start to finish? Any help would be much appreciated.. Thanks...
  21. Hi.....lots of questions re moving
  22. Hi im a student nurse in the uk and plan to move to Oz once i finish! I have a question about shipping pets over! I have heard it costs like 10k per pet etc..is this true? i have 1 cat and 1 dog i cant leave behind. Does anyone know the score on this and can tell me what i need to do and how much it costs...? please tell me it doesnt cost 10k as il never be abloe to save 20k up plus money to move!! i need to sell my flat and car also....but this wouldnt raise 20k! help!:chatterbox:
  23. Say you have a portfolio of - foreign shares, canadian, singapore..etc, all over the world. - assets in the UK, rentals - gold/silver bullion - also hold different currencies as cash - plus do online trading frequently, margin. I am interested in learning about oz tax, so my thinking so far is... - rental income and capital gains charged to oz...based on valuation at date or PR activation. otherwise pay CGT to uk...when you sell? - owning foreign shares is a nightmare under the current rules, but those rules are being repealed (last 2009 budget but i have no details), so I assume I can still hold these shares and only pay tax on sales and dividends. The idea now is I pay CGT on these quarterly even if i dont sell them. crazy! no wonder they repealed this. - the CGT tax is great if you hold assets more than 1 year, 50% redemption, so assuming a tax of 40%, then its 20% you pay, same as UK BUT, in the UK you dont need to hold for 1 year! so oz is frankly worse if you are holding investments short term. - gold, silver, i assume there is no GST to pay, and it is simply a normal asset..let me know. is there an issue if gold is held outside country. - being a trader, does this help you tax situation, should I try to get this thru? i would be interested to know. I assume being a trader means all profits treated as income not CGT. so probably makes no difference! - holding different currencies, now here is the tricky one, i think i pay CGT on these currencies...which is absurd! not fair, it is cash! my risk. can someone agree with this? uk of course does not charge CGT.
  24. Hello everyone. Im 21, hoping to move to Oz in a year or so depending on what I find out. I have talked a lot of the last couple of years about moving to Australia once I qualify as a midwife, which is about a year from now (providing I pass everything - which I very much hope I do!!!) I really want to start thinking seriously about it now and weighing up my options. I have a lot of questions, and any help that anyone can offer will be greatly appriciated. I think I will just list them it's easier! Firstly where do I even start? Can anyone advise on sponsership by a hospital, agency work, using an agent for the move, just chancing it getting a working visa and seeing what happens when I turn up?? Midwifery in Australia - I hear it is very obsertric led and that a midwife is commonly more of an obstetric nurse rather than an autonamous practitioner? Salary? is it similar to that of a midwife in the UK is it a reasonable wage for someone to live on alone? I canno't decide weather to work in the UK for 6-12months then make the move or just jump straigt into the deep end and go newly qualified. Are there any good websites to look at which would give me any of the information I am looking for? I have many many more questions and everytime i get an answer to a question 100's more pop into my head. I think I am anxious about coming alone but this definatley wouldnt stop me. I really will appreciate any response to this thread. Thankyou all in advance. Marie
  25. Guest

    New with lots of ?s

    Im not sure if I'm posting this in the right spot but here goes. Im researching what its going to take for my buddies and I to get to Australia and live there for about a year. I was looking at a work and holiday visa (subclass 462)? But the thing is we want to all go together(3 people total). Im not sure what goes on if one person gets granted before the other? Also I was looking at the actual application, and it only asks you what kind of job you have now, and what field you would like to be in as in they assist you in finding a job? I guess you can't hold any job for more than 6 months at a time. It must be hard to find an employer to hire a person for such a short time even more so three 20 year olds with mixed work history. I guess what I'm getting at is a little more info on employment and living in the Melbourne or Sydney area (maybe others). Oh I'm a 3 year experienced panel beater, my other friend is 3 year experienced heating and air conditioning installer, and one is still in college. Hope I can get pointed in the right direction. Thanks
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