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  1. Dani231104

    important phone numbers

    Hi mates I wonder if you could inform me about those important numbers you need to know when you are in Sydney (Police, ambulance, emergencies, taxis etc..) Do you have a simple summary with these phone numbers? Thanks in advance
  2. carlos66

    Old passport numbers

    Hi, Was wondering if anybody knows how to access your old passport numbers, question 13 in form 80 is asking us to provide all passport numbers we have ever had! Well they were just destroyed not thinking we would ever need them! I knew I should have trusted my hoarding insincts and kept them! Amanda
  3. 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
  4. [WRAP]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/Holiday.png[/WRAP]The strength of the Australian Dollar over the past few months has enabled a record number of Australians to travel overseas, according to the Expedia NAB Travellers Foreign Currency Rankings. Although the strength of the Aussie dollar has been tempered in the past couple of weeks, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show overseas departures are close to record highs and had increased by 10 per cent in the seven months to July, compared with the same period last year. Marketing manager of Expedia, Amee Evans said Australian travellers were taking advantage of the strong dollar. "It's a very exciting time to be an Aussie travelling overseas because our currency is at near-record highs against, not just the US Dollar, but many of the world's major and minor currencies," she said. The Expedia NAB travellers' Foreign Currency rankings compared the Australian Dollar against the world's currencies over a 12-month period and the results revealed the 10 best value destinations for Australian travellers. BEST VALUE DESTINATIONS At number one for best value was Turkey, where the Australian Dollar has rose 22% against the Turkish Lira. Also high on the list for best value were the Tanzanian Shilling and the Argentine Peso which rose by 18% and 14% respectively. Australians wanting a tropical break have done well with Asia featuring strongly in the results. Vietnam and Thailand ranked third and fifth on the list while the Australian dollar grew by 16% against the Vietnamese Dong, 12% against the Thai Baht and 11% against the Hong Kong Dollar. The lowest gain for South East Asia was in Singapore where the Australian Dollar grew by just 3%. As a result of the strong dollar expedia searches for travel in Thailand were up by 73% and searches for travel in Vietnam have rose by 66%. The Australian Dollar had risen 10 per cent against the US Dollar in the last 12 months and although a continual favourite for Australian travellers it has only just scraped in to the top 10 list for best value. Despite not being the best for value a 44% increase has occurred for bookings to the USA. The most popular destinations were Honolulu, New York and Los Angeles. The report showed the Australian Dollar appreciating by 8% against the British Pound and 4% against the Euro but bookings through Expedia.com.au continued to rise for popular destinations London, Rome and Paris. In the past 12 months the Australian Dollar has lost 5% against the Swiss Franc and 2% against the New Zealand Dollar. Currency Strategist at National Australia Bank Emma Lawson said the resources boom and high commodity prices had benefit for the Australian Dollar. "The Australian Dollar has outperformed in the year as it benefits from the ongoing resource boom and high commodity prices. More recently it has been a little more volatile but we expect it to remain relatively strong across a broad range of currencies due to Australia's AAA status, and continued support from the resources sector," she said.
  5. Does anyone know the numbers of pending GSM applications DIAC has pending by priority group? For instance, there are X number waiting for visa grant in Cat 3, X number waiting in cat 4 and so on...
  6. There have been numerous threads where this issue has cropped up on here. I was talking with my husband about the regs on a limit to number of dogs/cats at a property etc. He shrugged his shoulders and said Australia wasn't like the UK in terms of dog ownership. We are 'dog mad' over here and the Aussie culture isn't like that. He didn't say it being mean or uncaring, just that is what he has grown up with and is used to and what is the norm in the UK isn't in Aus. I guess I can see where he is coming from. Many dogs live outside in Aus, kennel in the yard type thing. Some never go in the house. I found this weird to get my head round, having a family pet but it not living as part of the family, but it does seem very accepted over in Aus. In the UK we are usually shocked if people admit to keeping their dog outdoors (I also think our colder winters mean we consider it cruel to do this) and most pet dogs live in the house in some shape or form (confined to downstairs only, or a couple or rooms or even the run of the house). I've known many working dogs live outside all year round here in the UK. Kenneled, well cared for but not kept in the house. They survived our winters. Is it so bad to think a dog will be more expected to live outside in Aus? Or that we dog owners are told we can only keep X amount of dogs at a house. In the UK some people I know keep 4, 5 or 6 even in one house with no by laws or regulations to tell them otherwise. All the people I know in Aus that have dogs, out of all of them, only one has a dog that lives inside the house. The rest are all outside dogs, with the odd one allowed in the family room or kitchen and utility. I never thought of them as much a part of the family but they were certainly not deprived or uncared for nor I think unhappy. Even the Aussie relatives when talking about getting a dog said about it living outside and didn't think much of my having a dog to live as part of the family in the house viewpoint :nah: Do we need to be prepared to adjust to the Aussie approach of dog keeping once in Aus or continue being British and having house dogs and wanting to own more than two perhaps? Also things like specific dog parks to exercise a dog in Aus, which we don't have in the UK mean dog walking may not be what it was in the UK. Personally I feel its rather restrictive to be told you can only keep two dogs and need a licence to have more but on the other hand it hopefully stops people having too many animals and not being able to care for them or afford them. Also I am used to having two or more dogs in our house (most we had was 7 at one point) and I love a houseful of doglets lounging around. But saying that, in Aus I'd probably not want more than one or two simply because of the climate, the more outdoor living and the restrictions for dog walking in parks and so on that are often in place. It would also reflect in the kind of dog we would have there. We'd certainly not be looking for a dog that required lots of long walks or was high energy as we have had in the past. We'd be looking for something that would cope well with lead walks, dog parks and shorter walks. I don't think there is a right or wrong in all of this, just differences. It's how we go about finding a solution or a way of making it work for us as individuals. Hrm, a bit of a ramble but I'd like to know peoples thoughts and/or experiences on this one. :biggrin:
  7. Hi all, My employer in australia is now pushing me to get over there, and has asked me to contact immigration to find out what stage my visa application is at. The only number i can find is £1.02 p/m number in london. does anyone know of any others, or is this the right one. How long has it taken for all your 457 visa's to come through, so can I can get an idea of a timescale. Many Thanks Wayneo
  8. Mobile phone numbers going public This is for Australian phone numbers REMEMBER: Mobile Phone Numbers Go Public next month. REMINDER: all mobile phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS Below is a link where you can enter your phone numbers online to put an end to telemarketing calls. Don't just delete those calls otherwise you will find that you have been signed up for all sorts of extra services that you didn't want or know about. Like special chimes, music etc. https://www.donotcall.gov.au/ My dear Bobj sent me this through in an email yesterday, I registered immediately.
  9. jimithechew

    Old Visa numbers....

    Hi Just about to submit our 176, but just going over the info and cannot find out old visa numbers, some are lost, some wont be accepted on the online app, shall we just put down the closest dates that we went to oz, stretching back 30 years, (as a child) and will the DIAC check the visas and get the numbers or will this be a prob? obvioulsy stating if it was a WHV, Child or holiday one,:chatterbox: Cheers Guys.
  10. Hello The budget doesnt seem to mention how many visa places will be available for the year 2011/2012. Has anybody come across this figure yet if so let us know. Thanks Shane
  11. Guest

    2011/2012 Migration Numbers

    Hi, Found this info on 2011/12 migration Numbers. Seems like a big jump in Skilled Independant Visa from 34k to 44k. Here's the link: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/_pdf/migplan11-12.pdf And here's the minister speech: http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/cb/2011/cb165287.htm Hope this is informative. Cheers.
  12. MazPaul

    Tax file numbers

    I have just been looking at applying for a tax file number before we get to Australia and couldn't:biggrin: find if you could apply online.The part i was reading was saying about posting your forms and proof of identification. Anyone know if it is possible to apply on line for it. Thanks Paul.
  13. jimithechew

    Old visa numbers

    Hi all Where can my misses find her old visa numbers? she cannot find her old passports and I believe you need them in for you visa app (176) she first got a visa as a baby 30 years ago and has been a half dozen times since, last time in 09, (you do need your old visa numbers for a 176 visa, no?):chatterbox: Cheers
  14. luckymallen

    Form 80 - Passport Numbers

    Hi This is my first post on PIO and I know your a knowlegeble lot :biggrin:, so hopefully you can advise. Myself and OH are currently completing Form 80 but are a bit stuck - its asking for us to list all our previous passport numbers? Has anyone else struggled with this? I have my current and previous, but before that I dont have my older passports, as for my OH he hasnt got any apart from his current one! I called the pasport service and they didnt even know if they kept old passport numbers and I would have to put it in writing?!?!:arghh: Anybody else struggled to get this info?
  15. Guest

    Emergency Visa Numbers Query

    I like to make sure that in the event of my demise or illness that my affairs are in order for my family's sake. Our Wills are in already lodged both in WA and in Tasmania and my children have the said copies. My husband is an Australian so its a different ball game .... but should I be taken seriously ill on my death bed etc I cannot find any information on the various web sites that allow my children on a Friday evening for example to obtain an emergency visa. I see emergency numbers are in places for Australian citizens only which are... After hours emergency contact FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY, Australian citizens requiring urgent assistance outside normal Consulate office hours, including weekends and public holidays: Call (+62 361) 241 118. Follow the instructions (press 4, wait for the information recording to begin and then press 6), this will connect you to the 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra. * Alternatively, call the Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra directly on (+61 2) 6261 3305. I am fully aware of the on line tourist visas , but also noted to my dismay this year this was a considerable delay in obtaining these... Anyone got any ideas please? Susie x
  16. Guest

    Tax file numbers?!?!

    Hi, I wonder if anyone can help. We applied for our tax file numbers 9 10 days ago and since then we haven't heard a peep. How long should we be waiting before I call them???
  17. kellyjamie

    family member passport numbers?

    hi all question please regarding our visa application,its asking for ALL family members details and passport numbers which we dont have and have no way of getting, so what do we put? also my ex has refused to give me details of my sons passport or to allow him a medical what do i put? thanks kel
  18. Hi I have recently found out about the fly problem in nov and dec. We are looking to move to Freemantle. Is there any places that have less flies the thought of them going in your nose ears and other cavities have made my husband ick. Are they really that bad? We were going to book a reccie for nov 11 to see a few places . Thanks
  19. Looking through the Going Back Home threads and I am just wondering if the Aussie government should cut the visa numbers for UK residents? There is a hugh amount of Poms who return home after a relitately short period of time. I wonder why these people bother going through the process at all. Australia is not UK in the sun. Poms seem to be amazed that you have to pay for doctor, dentist, school books etc. There is nothing free well except in UK it seems. I just think these visa's would be better going to people who want to give Australia a fair go not go home after 9 weeks like I saw in one thread.
  20. Jamie Smith

    Parent visa numbers

    HI all
  21. The ACT has today advised that it will contact all currently ACT sponsored General Skilled Migration applicants to confirm that they are maintaining their commitment to the ACT, and giving them 28 days to so indicate. This applies to anyone who has a current subclass 886 or 176 application with the Department and who is sponsored by the ACT. As you are aware, the State Migration Plan, that we hope to have finalised by end October, will limit the number of 176/886 visa applicants that the ACT Government is able to nominate. Government sponsorship will also become more valuable as DIAC implement their processing priorities and non sponsored applicants join the end of the queue. We are currently contacting all ACT Government clients who have a pending 176/886 visa application. We are seeking confirmation of their employability in the ACT and their genuine, ongoing commitment to living in Canberra. A copy of the email below has been sent to your clients personal email address. The indication is that each state may only be able to sponsor a specified maximum number of visas in each calendar year, and so therefore after winnowing their lists the states will be forced to rank candidates. The implication is that not everyone currently sponsored by a state will receive the benefit of priority processing under the State Migration Plans. It may be that the states can withdraw sponsorship for people already sponsored but I think the legislation on that is ambiguous and probably DIAC would hesitate to allow that to happen where people have already expended thousands of dollars in costs. On the other hand it's most likely that the legislation does allow the states to be choosy with respect to who gets included in the State Migration Plan, since that is ultimately just a question of prioritising. Hold onto your hats people this might be a bumpy ride. Cheers, George Lombard
  22. The ACT has today advised that it will contact all currently ACT sponsored General Skilled Migration applicants to confirm that they are maintaining their commitment to the ACT, and giving them 28 days to so indicate. This applies to anyone who has a current subclass 886 or 176 application with the Department and who is sponsored by the ACT. As you are aware, the State Migration Plan, that we hope to have finalised by end October, will limit the number of 176/886 visa applicants that the ACT Government is able to nominate. Government sponsorship will also become more valuable as DIAC implement their processing priorities and non sponsored applicants join the end of the queue. We are currently contacting all ACT Government clients who have a pending 176/886 visa application. We are seeking confirmation of their employability in the ACT and their genuine, ongoing commitment to living in Canberra. A copy of the email below has been sent to your clients personal email address. The indication is that each state may only be able to sponsor a specified maximum number of visas in each calendar year, and so therefore after winnowing their lists the states will be forced to rank candidates. The implication is that not everyone currently sponsored by a state will receive the benefit of priority processing under the State Migration Plans. It may be that the states can withdraw sponsorship for people already sponsored but I think the legislation on that is ambiguous and probably DIAC would hesitate to allow that to happen where people have already expended thousands of dollars in costs. On the other hand it's most likely that the legislation does allow the states to be choosy with respect to who gets included in the State Migration Plan, since that is ultimately just a question of prioritising. Hold onto your hats people this might be a bumpy ride. Cheers, George Lombard
  23. I am concerned about how all of the recent movements (and especially more recently emails from states such as ACT evaluating suitability of candidates of even existing SS's - see positing "State Migration Plans - Numbers to be limited") will affect my existing granred visa subclass 475: I am particularly concerned about comments such as "It may be that the states can withdraw sponsorship for people already sponsored..." and "I think all the states will be forced to make life and death decisions concerning the people they have already sponsored as well as the ones they want to sponsor now" My situation: - I applied for my SS through SA sometime in 2008 and was granted not long thereafter - I applied for Visa Subclass through DIAC Jan 2009 - Visa granted 1 July 2009 - Visa activated 6 March 2010 - Visa valid from 6 march 2010 to 5 March 2013 (3 years, in which time I have to live in SA for 2 years, and work there for 1 year) We returned to the UK and plan to settle in Aus approx May 2011 (which means we will miss the 2 year living requirement by 2 months, but will hopefully rely on obtaining a visa 487 which applies if you "...need more time to meet the residence and/or employment criteria for a permanent visa, you can apply to extend your visa...you will be granted a Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 487) that expires four years after your first provisional skilled visa was granted", which means we will be okay till 30 June 2013, which means we will be able to fulfil the 2 and 1 year requirements for PR My question is: All this talk of SS being re-evaluated based on possible employability in states, and threats to excisting SS's. Does this apply only to existing SS with no visa grant from DIAC, or can DIAC turn around and withdraw the immi visa completely
  24. I have just thought about something else. When me and my family came over in Nov09, we didnt keep any info showing our Visa numbers (visiting). My husband threw bits and peices out (clever!). I think there are questions on some forms-cant remember which ones, that ask for visa numbers when you have visited Australia for a holiday. Does anyone know if they must be put on the form or where we can obtain the visa numbers and who holds the records? Thanks ever so.:err:
  25. Petals

    Migrant numbers down

    Article on Aus newscom today saying that no of migrants has fallen so may be a good sign for those waiting for a visa. Big fall in migrant arrivals - 32 per cent fall in the past year | News.com.au
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