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  1. Myself and partner are in our mid 30s with a, currently 5 month old baby. We've just received our 190 visa and clueless of where to move to in ACT, despite reading up on the suburbs....there are just too many! My partner is the main applicant and was sponsored as 'ICT Support Engineer'. We will have a vehicle to get around but arriving with minimal funds. We would like somewhere reasonably priced, that is safe and suitable for our age group with a young baby for at least a few months until employment is found. Any advice would be appreciated. Contacts/associates/friends to gain and meet up with also would be nice Bex
  2. There was a post yesterday on one of the threads here saying the job market is terrible for new migrants. PR visa or not, 9 out of 10 migrants struggle to find anything. We should prepare ourselves to be unemployed for 6 months+. I was wondering what other people's experiences were? One would think it would depend on your profession / experience / skillset surely?! We are moving to Adelaide shortly, I am an accountant, my other half is in IT service management (ITIL) so both white collar. Both professions are on the critical skills list so one would hope that would mean there are jobs out there?! Or am I being too naive! We have considerable savings we are bringing over to buy a house with but obviously would like to find employment asap so as not to eat into the capital too much!! If anyone could share their general experiences of the job market (and accounting & IT specifically) I would really appreciate it!
  3. hey there, So My Mum and me have been living in Western Australia for 1 year and 5 months now and our 2 years will be complete in november, unfortunately my mum is finding her job quite stressful and is thinking of leaving the job that sponsored us both to get a permanent residence visa. Due to our visa requirements of being in the job for 2 years will we still be able to keep the visa and still be able to apply for citizenship or will there be consequences and have to apply for another visa? hopefully someone out there can help thanks
  4. The Pom Queen

    British Expats Voting in UK Elections

    I just read the article below, to be honest it doesn't bother me about voting in the UK when Australia is now my home, what do others think? A 90-year-old UK national’s campaign to reverse legislation banning long-term British expats from voting in UK elections, is moving forward - and may reach the United Nations. In 2009, Harry Shindler took his campaign to the European Court of Human Rights; a decision is due to arrive within the next few months. However, if the WWII veteran is not successful, he is ready to take his file of evidence to the United Nations for a verdict on human rights implications. It is not “a small matter”, argues Mr Shindler, as it has an impact on one million British nationals. There were “hundreds of thousands” of young people who died in World War II so Britons could vote, he says. He was there, he adds. During the war, people did not know that one day there would be a government which would say they could not vote, said the war veteran. Under British law, expats who have lived overseas for over 15 years are not able to vote in UK elections. Harry Shindler has not had the right to vote in UK elections since 1997. In 1982, he moved to Italy in order to be near his grandson. However, he cannot vote there either.
  5. Upon reading this and other expat forums for the past couple of years I have noticed the issue of depression seems to regularly crop up. This has made me wonder how common it is amongst migrants. Have you suffered depression or do you know of someone who has suffered since migrating?Was medication needed?Has it become a long term issue? My OH has suffered since moving here this time[he is an aussie]and the move has been a major factor for him[family issues a factor too]. Is depression as common as it seems amongst migrants?
  6. The Expat Explorer Survey focuses on expats’ experiences when bringing up children abroad. The report looks at which focuses on six key global locations the best opportunities and experiences for their children. Expats rated childcare, education, ease of integration, costs of raising children, time spent outside, and time spent taking part in outdoor activities. In addition, they also rated the relative ease in which they were able to do the following in their new country of residence. Read The Full Report Here Expat Survey Full Report Key findings One in three of the expats surveyed (31%) have dependent children (children under the age of 18) living with them abroad in a total of 26 different countries around the world. Of the top six countries (UAE, US, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia), expats in Singapore are the most likely to have children who currently live with them (46%), while just a quarter (24%) of expats in the UK have dependent children. Generally, 37% of expats have experienced an increase in the quality of family life since moving abroad. Of the top six countries, Australia had the largest proportion of expat parents (55%) who reported an improvement in the quality of family life compared with where they used to live. Some expats reported that moving to the UK can have a negative effect on their family life – 45% reported a decline in quality compared with only 16% who reported an improvement. Australia Takes Best Overall for Children Of those countries surveyed as part of the Offshore Offspring report, expats living in Australia feel the country provides the best environment for healthy and active children. For example, parents report that these children are the most likely to spend more time outdoors than in their previous country. Children in Australia are more likely to have increased the amount of time spent playing sports (68% vs. 44% globally) and are also the most likely to spend less time watching TV and to eat healthily when compared with their home country; making Australia the best place for children to adopt a healthy way of living. Read The Full Report Here Expat Survey Full Report
  7. Hi All, Been out here over 20 yrs and I have read some really disturbing threads and posts on the forum in the last couple of weeks so here's some simple good old common sense advice. You can take it or leave it but it's all from personal expierience and from people I know you have made the move here: 1. Are your skills required here? are they on the shortages list?? If not stop here, as you most likely will NOT get in. Try again in say 2 yrs time the list is updated quite often so keep looking if you have the 'bug'!! 2. Apply and go through the process, don't try and take shortcuts, go with the flow. Personally I don't have time for migration experts, but that's a choice you need to make. They DO NOT have a backdoor entrance they can sneak you thru, no matter what they tell you, they just do the paperwork side of things and charge you for It. 3. Wait for the answer, could be a long time coming,so sit back and wait, nothing will move the immigration people here any quicker or in the UK. 4. If you get in and are granted visas it's time to sell your house, car, any business you may have or are involved in. DO NOT keep any of these before you come out here, all of these are EXCESS BAGGAGE and will be like a rope around your neck. Get shot and and dispose of these. You are coming out here to live you can't keep a foot in each country. If you can't let go or are thinking of a 'lets try it and see' approach then the chances are you will not suceed as you'll be coming here with too much EMOTIONAL baggage. NOT GOOD for you or fair to AUSTRALIA, which has been good enough to give you a chance of a new life in a new country. 5. Once your ready book tickets and buy ONE WAYS ONLY. This will stop any temptation for you to go back and see the relatives in the first 12 months. 6. Book your removalists and get out here when you are ready. 7. Tell the relatives you'll see them again when THEY can afford to visit YOU. Not the other way round. You will need every $ you can earn and save in the first 3 years to set yourselves up unless you are coming out here with Saturdays lotto jackpot!! This is honest advice and i hope it helps!!! Happy days Stefan
  8. The Pom Queen

    Skilled Migrants opt for East Australia

    Skilled Migrants Choose to Settle in Australia's Eastern States The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has released figures that indicate that the majority of skilled migrants choose to settle in Australia's Eastern states despite skills shortages and employment opportunities in Western Australia According to the publication, "Immigration Update 2010-11", skilled migrants continue to settle in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland despite the fact that there are fewer employment opportunities and more competitive labour markets. The figures show that the three Eastern states had the most new permanent additions to their populations in 2010-11, with an additional 65,735, 53,204 and 38,852 persons respectively. These figures represent a net increase in migration to Australia. Despite the Australian Government's plan to attract more skilled migrants to the WA mining industry, the number of skilled visa holders moving to Western Australia fell 10 percent in the last financial year and the number of new permanent residents from overseas living in WA decreased to 34,233 from 35,532. Dr Bob Birrell, a population expert from Monash University said the figures indicate a failure of government policy in achieving its targeted migration aims. "Employer nominations come first but they don't differentiate by the state or how crucial the occupation is, so we've got a very large program which is causing a lot of problems in Melbourne and Sydney ... when WA is crying out for migrants," he said. Responding to the data, The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia has claimed that the state needs 500,000 more skilled workers by 2020, indicating there are "growing opportunities for foreign workers considering immigrating to Australia".
  9. Ali&Paul

    Extra baggage for migrants

    Hiya does anyone know how you get the extra baggage allowance? Emirates say they don't do it anymore, is it only certain airlines? Someone told me that you can get the extra baggage if you open a bank account with ANZ, is that right enough? Thanks for any help
  10. I just stumbled accross this hub page. It's written by a Lizzy from New Zealand and I found it to be a very honest appraisal of life in Oz. Have a look and leave her a comment if you agree its good !! http://lissie.hubpages.com/hub/Moving-to-Australia
  11. In Dymocks today I saw what looked like a really helpful & interesting book Perth Suburbs Guide for Migrants and Newcomers It had really interesting maps showing 'People like us' showing where people of different nationalities settle and maps showing levels of income and education. I'd dived in to get a road atlas so didn't have time for a long browse but I think it would be worth a look when deciding where to settle. I haven't been able to find it online but it was in the travel section, A4 format & prob 200 pages. Jules PS All the poms really are NOR with only Canning Vale SOR having a notable number
  12. I believe that there are certain companies/organisations that offer reduced flight costs for migrants :err: Is this the case or have I dreamt it LOL .... if it is the case has anyone got any recommendations. Thanks Tracey :unsure:
  13. I received email from South Australia stating their increase in budget funds for more migrants its a good news to those who are stuck in Cat 4
  14. Whilst have a google around on the computer i stumbled across this short article written by a migrant. I must say i think after nearly 5 years here i still agree with pretty much everything he mentions, i did highlight the bits i could have written myself! lol Can you think of any possitives of living here that he missed, or oppurtunitys this country has given you that you probably wouldnt have experienced in the UK? ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Living in Brisbane – An Immigrant's Impressions I must admit, I love living in Brisbane. I love Brisbane because of its parks, its blue skies and the laid back, friendly people who live here – affectionately known to both themselves and other Australians as “banana benders” or “cane toads”. “Banana benders” came about because of the banana plantations in Queensland while, more recently, “cane toads” was coined because of the epidemic of these large, poisonous, amphibians from South America. (Brisbanites deal with these creatures in a variety of ways – smashing them with cricket bats or, more humanely, gathering them in plastic bags and freezing them painlessly to death. Rough you may say, but a pet dog can be dead within 15 to 30 minutes of eating a cane toad. ) Anyway, enough of the local colour for the moment, and back to the good things about living in Brisbane. Brisbane is a clean, modern looking city that just makes me want to smile when I look at it – the perpetual blue skies help – everything looks better in the sunshine. The people here are truly friendly, helpful and happy. If you look at a typical high street in the UK, full of unsmiling, grim looking people and then look at similar situation in Brisbane, there is no comparison – the Brisbanites are much happier. They have a lot to be happy about. The food on offer is fantastic. The influx of migrants from the Far East (or Asia as it’s known here) has made Brisbane a foodie’s paradise with an excellent array of foods available to eat instantly or to cook at home. On Sundays there are markets on the banks of the Brisbane River in the middle of the city with lots of stalls that I enjoy walking around. The city is full of lovely parks. Many of them lay on free burners for you to barbecue food. In and around Glasgow facilities like this would instantly be vandalised. It’s refreshing to live in a place where people appreciate these facilities and don’t wreck them. The beaches are clean and beautiful and, with a sub-tropical climate, are there for year-round enjoyment. The Gold Coast – with Sea World, Movie World, Dream World, and Wet & Wild – is only an hour away. Some people – not me, I dislike commuting – choose to live on the Gold Coast and commute into Brisbane to work. Brisbane must also be one of the few cities anywhere to have a beach right in the middle of its city centre. South Bank is man-made, and sits beside the Brisbane River. It can get crowded during the day but it’s a great spot and often has free entertainment for the kids. Very handy when you’ve got some shopping to do and, better still, no need to feel guilty about leaving older kids there on their own – the beach has lifeguards who are there from early ’til late every day. The sub-tropical climate here is fantastic. Brisbane doesn’t have winter – just a dry, “cool” season. This season is certainly cooler than the steamy summer but the winter temperatures here are still higher than Scotland’s summer. Mind you, it has been said that summers in Scotland are as warm as everywhere else – it’s just that they’re a bit on the short side – a couple of days if you’re lucky. As far as summer is concerned, some people complain that Brissie gets too hot and sticky but I don’t bother too much about this because: a. I work in an air-conditioned office, drive an air-conditioned car (a must) and have air conditioning at home. b. When the heat / humidity is worst (January – March) the sun rises very early. At weekends I’m on the beach by about 7 a.m. (it’s warm even this early) and I don’t have to worry about sunburn. By 10 a.m., I’m on my way to a nice air-conditioned shopping mall. Then back home for lunch and a shady seat on the veranda to enjoy a fruit juice and a read. c. Back in the UK, there are a lot of days when you’re stuck inside because the weather is so bad. In Brisbane the weather is only “bad” in the summer owing to the sticky heat (and the late-afternoon downpours.) But even in this “bad” season, I can still get to the beach for some fantastic recreation and can go for early morning jogs in the sunshine through lovely parkland. d. If you subtract the three months of sticky heat, the weather for the rest of the year is glorious. e. I grow bananas and pineapples in my garden – I can still hardly believe this. I’m sure the novelty will wear off sometime, but it hasn’t yet. If you don’t fancy life on the beach, there are plenty of good swimming pools – mainly outdoors and 50 m long, double the length of most of the pools in Scotland. Another thing about Brisbane I love is that even in the depths of “winter” the sun comes up early – by 6.30 a.m. For me this is fantastic. In the Scottish winter, I used to get up in what seemed like the middle of the night, ate breakfast and then travelled to work in darkness. Here I rise early to bright daylight, have a jog (if I’m in the mood) and a leisurely breakfast then head to work in lovely sunshine – it really is sunny here almost every day in winter. The contrast with where I emigrated from is amazing. After two years, I still sit out on my veranda and think how lucky I am to be here under Brisbane’s blue skies. Alan MacDonald ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cal x
  15. The Federal Government has just confirmed that it has increased the skilled migrant allocation by 16,000 places. Great news for those wanting to make the move. It will be restricted to regional areas. It's not clear from the budget what visa categories this will include. Get an edge and load your CV onto SkilledMigrantJobs.com. Cheers Nigel
  16. http://www.deewr.gov.au/Skills/Programs/SkillsAssess/TRA/Pages/ChangetoSkilledWorkerProgram.aspx can Does that mean trade course students who can gather 65 points and are confident that they can pass the tra rto assessment need not go through the job ready program and can go for a test and if they pass they can apply for permanent residency based on point system. any info from experts will be highly appreciated. thanks.
  17. Hello poms, I got my visa on 28th march and on 9th april I go mail from Skilled Migrants Job Matching Service.. so I need to fill form on this http://www.skilledmigrant.gov.au website.. During filling form they asked for preferred location of job means VIC,SA,WA,ACT and in last All States.. Now I am sponsored by SA can I select All states ?
  18. Hi This was on the new tonight, just thought it might at least give some of you a boost as things slowed for lots of people for a while Skilled migrants to tackle state's skill shortages - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  19. Hi All, Husband came home from work saying that a guy he was working with said that they are changing the age limit for skilled migrants from 44 to 50 years old. Does anyone know anthing about this or is the guy in his work talking nonsense lol He is a joiner / carpenter. He is 43 this november, and we had another baby. Not ready to go now, and the age thing is a big issue. Many Thanks Bebe x :hug:
  20. Very Useful info... Looking to increase no of migrants according to the West newspaper... See... Officials push for boost in migrants - The West Australian
  21. The Government of Victoria is currently conducting research on the experience people from the UK have when migrating to Australia. As part of this research, they are keen to talk to people who have moved to Australia in the last 7 years. You will be paid for your time. The research company, Colmar Brunton (members of the Australian/New Zealand Market Research Society and signatories to the Code of Ethics of the market research industry) is conducting the research on behalf of the Government of Victoria and can contact you in one of two ways – in person or via telephone. Both methods will be audio recorded however the sessions will be completely confidential and names will never be disclosed or provided to any third party. The in-person discussion (preferred) will take approximately 90 minutes and we will pay a one-off payment of $150 to families who participate or $80 to individuals who participate. The phone discussion will take approx 30 minutes and we will pay a one-off payment of $50. The research will ideally be conducted in February 2011. If you would like to participate, please send a PM • Name/s of participants to be interviewed • Occupations of participants • Age/s of participants • Total time in Australia • City of residence • Email • Phone number • Preferred time for interview (morning, lunch, afternoon, or evening) • Preferred method (in-person or telephone) On behalf of the Government of Victoria, thank you for your time and consideration.
  22. 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.
  23. Has anyone received an email about this following a visa grant? I registered on the Skills Matching Database when I originally applied, but didn't expect anything from it (and I was right). I've had this email come through today from skilledmigrant.gov.au, which looks like a similar thing. It seems a bit weird however, as it talks about the MODL. I don't whether it's my suspicious nature, but it seems a bit dodgy (asks for visa grant number and passport number).
  24. When we got our visas confirmed last year, I thought we got some info about cheap one way flights for migrants ..... but now I cant find the info and am wondering whether I dreamt it !! Anybody any ideas ? JT
  25. Dear Future Overseas Students It's nice to be positive but vitally important to be practical in terms of the law especially immigration law when you're on foreign soil. Please consider: 1. You can only work 20 hours per week which would be 2.5 working days per week. This would be a big obstacle in your getting a decent job which you would need to gain work experience. 2. The present Australian government have/ intend to change the points system in such a way that the importance of work experience will be doubled. http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/points-fact.pdf http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/points-testfaq.pdf 3. The majority of occupations on the new SOL require you to have work experience during/ after study anyway. See the relevant assessing body's website for details. http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/new-list-of-occupations.pdf The Australian government, relevant assessing bodies and DIAC are working together as you know. Their objective is to increase the number of 'Employer Nominated Applicants/ ENS'+'State Migration Plan/ SMP' applicants and decrease the number of 'Onshore Independent Skilled Applicants/ 885'. The reality is that the application process for ENS & SMP is dependent on work experience predominantly as well. For SMP see relevant state sponsorship websites. State Migration Plans For ENS, ofcourse employers prefer people with experience instead of fresh academic knowledge. If you're lucky enough to complete onshore study and obtain a positive skills assessment without considerable work experience you shouldn't be shocked if DIAC accepts your 885 application but puts it in the lowest possible category and force you to stay in the waiting queue for an indefinite number of years. Thus, in turn you'll be forced to move to ENS/ SMP which may require you to either put up with: 1. A sacrifice in salary as you'll be forced to find an employer that won't necessarily pay you as much but be prepared to sponsor you. ENS. 2. Moving to a location you don't want to move to and stay there for the time specified. SMP. And, yes this is after you've spent thousands of dollars on tuition, rent, transport and food. Check out the rents on: www.realestate.com.au www.domain.com.au www.realestatewa.com.au www.real-estate-australia.com.au Check out grocery prices on: www.coles.com.au woolworths.com.au Real estate prices have gone up recently due to the rise in interest rates by banks in Australia. In addition, the Australian dollar is also quite expensive to buy because of the increased confidence in Australian currency and why's that. Ofcourse high bank interest rates again. I've spent an hour today compiling the above facts because it's good to know these things before starting the "Australian study safari":animal-bat:. Hope most of you find this useful. At the end of the day, if you genuinely want to study in Australia, don't even think about your chances to migrate permanently. Keep it simple.:wubclub: