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  1. Hi Everybody I have just signed up to this forum so apologies if I have made any mistakes. My partner and I have thought long and hard about a move to Australia ( Melboune in particular - as I have family their) and in the last day or so finally decided to start the Immigration process ( one the New Year is long gone!!). I was wondering if there is anybody who could offer me some advice as to what job opportinities are out there in Australia for people like me who are interested in moving to oz having served in the Police in the UK. I have 16 years Police experience to bring with me ( and at this time are still in the Police), but apart from that I am lacking in the qualifications/skills dept ( I have construction qualifications- but last time i touched a building site was 16 years ago, and I am not to keen to return to that if i can help it!). My partner is a Counsellor/occupational therapist and it is this that will hopefully get us through our skills assessment. I understand fully I can't walk into a job but would be willing to do any type of work (preferably using my skills I have gained in the Police!) Like I say I wonder if anybody is out their who could point me in the right direction?
  2. Hi... I'm a a police officer currently serving in the Met Police. My fiance is an Aussie (fortunately with a British passport!) and we're looking to move to Queensland asap. I know I have to have permanent residency before I can apply to transfer to QLD but I see from their web site that they aren't currently taking transfers for the PACE program. Ny permanent residency should hopefully be confirmed in 2 years so I'm hoping things might have changed by then! I was just wondering if there are any ex English coppers who can give me some advice and answer some of my questions! Cheers! Andy
  3. Hi Guys, I'm just new to this forum so hoping I'm posting this in the right place. My hubby and I are seriously considering emmigrating to Australia; we have an 8 month old daughter and are hoping for a better lifestyle than the UK can offer. My husband is a hospital doctor in Transplant Surgery and hoping to get a fellowship out there. I'm a probation officer and have searched what feels like far and wide for info on UK probation officers working in Australia but have had little success. I don't think my husband will have too much trouble getting a job out there as our understanding is that hospital doctors are a wanted occupation but what about Probation Officers? Does anyone know how sought after they are? What areas are wanting them? And any ideas on what the salary out there is like? If anyone has any info at all I'd be really grateful. :spinny: Thanks in advance to anyone that can help!! Dnav
  4. Guest

    176 visa / Case officers

    Hi I am a newby to the forums and hope to receive my 176 ss visa very soon! My application was submitted on the 9th may but my agent had made a mistake by ticking the wrong box for my occupation, I had to complete a form which verified the mistake, once complete the forms were forwarded to my case officer, I had a C/O assigned around the 26th September and have been asked for further documentation after my application was submitted, is it normal for this to happen at this stage? it doesn't fill you with confidence when you pay over 4k for the whole process and simple mistakes are being made! My SS is for South Australia but I will reside in VIC, my agent has advised as long as you inform them there are no problems. Does anyone know how long a C/O normally has the application before making decisions? I believe from reading different forums that I'm cat 3 priority. If anyone can relate or shine some light on the above I'd really appreciate it.. Longing to have both feet on Aussie terra firma rather than no man's land! Steve
  5. Hello, I'm new *waves* I've been lurking here for a while and really like this site. It's very friendly and supportive. I have done a fair bit of research (thank you to rammygirl for the pointers :biggrin:) and it looks like we will be applying for a 176 visa. Fingers crossed, it should all be quite straightforward (ignoring the stress, waiting, organisation, etc! :twitcy:). My question to you guys is this: Would you recommend using a migration officer, even if you suspect you *might* be able to do it by yourself? Are they worth the money? Do they take away the stress of the application. Are there any you can recommend? Thank you :hug:
  6. Thats the headline, doesn't seem much, these numpties were doing a drugs or terrorism raid on a house and they had their pictures taken fooling about and one of them posted it on facebook, which has seen them get sacked. Joey Barton tweeted on twitter some rubbish and now he's been told by Newcastle, they don't want him. What i have noticed over the last couple of years is that with most places cutting back on staff, that what you wouldn't get sacked for a couple of years ago, today the chances are you will. To me its a cheap way of reducing costs, they are offering redundency all over the place, in the police force, government and council jobs, prisons, nursing, teaching and banks etc, but i have witnessed an increase of people being given the boot for things that they normally wouldn't have. Is it because of the increase in social media, or just a cheap way of cutting costs?
  7. A pastor with a well-thumbed Bible. A smartly dressed businessman in suit and tie. A British pensioner with a cool box full of fish and meat... Can you guess which one is trying to smuggle illegal contraband into the UK?* Adam Luck joins the frontline battle to secure Britain's borders (*Answer: It's all three) An X-ray image of a Caribbean woman arrested at Gatwick Airport. Pellets of cocaine, ringed here in red, were spotted by UK Border Agency officials when the woman went through the full body scanner With a nonchalant shrug of the shoulders, a thirtysomething South American opens his suitcase. He looks cool and calm. Inside there’s an apparently anarchic collection of jackets, men’s T-shirts, children’s trousers and a woman’s dress jumbled up alongside computer cables, phone chargers and assorted odds and ends. The suitcase doesn’t reveal any obviously damning evidence – no drugs, weapons or animals are visible. But 29-year-old UK Border Agency (UKBA) officer Richard Franklin can see beyond the chaotic contents of the luggage, and alerts his colleagues that they have a potential drug mule in their midst. We are in the green customs channel of Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal on a Wednesday morning and tanned passengers coming off the Thomson Airways flight from Jamaica’s Montego Bay are shuffling through with their duty free shopping. Five UKBA officers are standing by with arms crossed – some wearing rubber gloves – under the watchful eye of chief immigration officer Paul Kidd, but for the time being they are happy to let their colleague deal with it. At the same time as he unravels the tangled innards of the suitcase, Franklin also unpicks the complex itinerary of the stocky Venezuelan man who talks in halting English as he tries to explain his journey and his bag. ‘A woman gave me some clothes,’ he says. ‘I was in Port Of Spain. I take them for her.’ The reason why is never made clear, but what is plain is that this passenger’s itinerary has set alarm bells ringing because of his circuitous, expensive route from Venezuela to London. Starting in Caracas, the man travelled to Trinidad’s Port of Spain and on to London, and he was then scheduled to continue to Amsterdam. His ‘holiday’ was supposed to last all of four days. ‘His route is highly unusual and suspicious,’ says Franklin. ‘Why would an ordinary Venezuelan travel along such an expensive route and spend only four days on holiday before travelling back? He also admitted he had never been to Amsterdam before. It made no sense. ‘His bag also fits the profile of a “dummy” case that we often see with couriers, who are either swallowers or who conceal drugs in their baggage. They then throw together any clothes or items to make it look as if the trip is legitimate. But why would he be travelling alone with women’s and children’s clothes?’ With no signs that the suitcase had any concealed panels Franklin begins to suspect that the South American may have swallowed dozens of cocaine-filled condoms in order to smuggle them into the UK. The size of cocktail sausages, these tiny packages are swallowed one at a time. The average is between 80-110 packages per person, which can equate to up to 1.5kg of cocaine. Once mixed with cutting agents, this would have a street value of up to £300,000. Experienced swallowers can carry even more pellets. The Gatwick record, which is held by a Jamaican woman, is a barely believable 205 pellets – almost 2.5kg of drugs. A Spanish-speaking UKBA officer is called for, and the man is told he can volunteer for a full body scan or face the prospect of being detained and missing his connecting flight. With a nod the suspect is taken through a door in the back of the hall and ushered into a narrow corridor well away from other passengers, before being taken into the scanner room. Franklin takes his seat alongside a colleague behind a desk with two screens. The suspect, who looks surprisingly sanguine, is instructed to sign various forms while the UKBA officers start up the scanner. Wearing a pair of jeans, jerkin jacket, blue-and-white-striped shirt and black slip-on trainers, the close-cropped South American empties his pockets before stripping down to his trousers and socks. In the small airless room the suspect moves towards the scanner while he is instructed to breathe in and out. Within seconds amazingly clear images begin to flash up on the screens that lay bare the man’s body in intimate detail. If he is a ‘swallower’, then tell-tale circular shadows will show up in the man’s stomach. There are none on this man: he is clean. ‘The thing is, a smuggler can be anyone,’ says Paul Kidd, walking out of the room. ‘We have had them wearing suits and looking like the perfect businessman. They do not always fit into the stereotype.’ In April they even had a pastor. ‘He really looked the part and had all these well-thumbed Bibles in his suitcase. I think he was a genuine pastor,’ says officer Johnson Awoyomi. ‘He had flyers for his services and said he was on his way to Nigeria for a revivalist conference. He had flown in from Antigua but lived in Trinidad and was just passing through the UK. We asked him if he would voluntarily go through the scanner and he agreed. He was a swallower. He just sat there looking genuinely bewildered and kept saying that he was a “Good Christian”.’ Those caught with condom pellets are funnelled back into the corridor where a cell awaits them just 20 yards away. They will be detained until they ‘pass’ their drugs into the stainless steel ‘Drugaloo’. Some swallowers refuse to cooperate in the hope that they can conceal the evidence but this can mean a long wait. ‘One guy wouldn’t eat anything,’ says Kidd. ‘We were getting a bit fed up waiting for him to pass the pellets so in the end some of the staff ate fish and chips outside his custody suite. He got so hungry he had to eat and, in the end, it all came out. But the price these couriers pay can be very high. A couple of years ago one lady collapsed and died here. The drugs had leaked out from the pellets.’ According to Richard Franklin, fewer than one in ten stopped are found to have swallowed drugs. ‘You look at their profiles and any inconsistencies in their stories but there is never a guarantee of a result,’ he says. Instead of taking a left out of the scanner room towards the Drugaloo, the South American takes a right and finds his way back into the customs channel and freedom. He will travel on to Amsterdam and then home. The chances are that he will be back in the future. Whether he will be stopped again is far from clear. Created in 2008, the UKBA merged the Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) with the crime busting functions of Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The logic underlying its creation is that since the organised criminal groups who smuggle illegal immigrants into the UK are often the same people who smuggle illegal goods into the country it makes sense to have a unified agency. Although there are currently 25,000 staff at the UKBA the agency is expected to take a 20 per cent budget cut as part of the Government’s spending review, with nearly 7,000 staff expected to go over the next four years. The unions have predicted that this could lead to even greater illegal immigration, but as alarming is that the UK’s borders could be compromised when it comes to detecting and seizing illegal drugs, weapons or worse. Indeed, the rush to deal with public concern over illegal immigration may have serious repercussions. Recent reports by John Vine, independent chief inspector of the UKBA, suggest that too often detection of contraband came second to the crackdown on immigration. Given the explosion in global trade and travel into and through the UK, this is no idle threat. One of the downsides of globalisation has been the parallel expansion in transnational networks of criminals and international terrorism. At Gatwick there are around 560 staff who focus on immigration and detection, whether it is freight or people. Gatwick is Europe’s ninth busiest airport, with 31 million passengers passing through last year. Any chance that the UKBA staff numbers could be depleted and performance impaired shouldn’t be taken lightly because the stakes are high. Just how high can be seen in the green customs channel at Gatwick. The Cyclamen gate, which passengers routinely walk under, is a radiation scanner designed to prevent the importation of so-called dirty bombs by detecting nuclear and radiological materials that could be used by terrorists. The machine was introduced in the aftermath of the radiation poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. Russian agents were suspected of bringing in radioactive material through Heathrow Airport. As soon as an alarm sounds a CCTV camera starts taking images of the suspect. Thus far no one has been arrested at Gatwick for triggering the alarm but Cyclamen machines have now been deployed across Britain’s ports and airports. The Itemiser is another detection machine, which tests samples of luggage and clothing for traces of heroin or cocaine. A simple swab is fed into the machine which can register ‘drugs detected’. Anything above a one per cent trace is taken as serious enough to warrant closer inspection and such is the sensitivity of the machine that it can detect drugs in the sweat of swallowers, which can often be found in and around their shoes. They are joined by full body scanners, which can help identify Class A drugs concealed under clothes or inside the body. But however much technology is introduced, you still need the trained eye. Back in the customs channel at Gatwick, Kidd and his team are getting on with their jobs. One passenger, who looks East African in origin but holds a British passport, has been stopped by officer Pravin Patel. His suitcase contains packets marked ‘Sildenafil Citrate’, more commonly known as Viagra, but the packets hint that these are counterfeit medicines. Boxes of Benson & Hedges and Embassy cigarettes also exceed his personal allowance, so he loses all the boxes. At an adjoining table a Polish man, with heavily accented English, is arguing the point with Johnson Awoyomi over his large cache of cigarettes and bags of biltong, which he has brought in from South Africa. ‘I take a chance…’ admits the passenger. Awoyomi eventually sends the gentleman on his way minus his cigarettes and dried meat. ‘He knew he was taking a risk. You don’t have three cigarette brands for personal use.’ Passengers who try to bring in more than their allotted amount of cigarettes are logged on a computer and if they are caught for a third time they can find themselves arrested and charged. Biltong, however, is just a very modest example of the strange and exotic items that Patel and his colleagues come across. ‘I had a headless monkey once,’ says Kidd. ‘It was a man from Sierra Leone who had been held up for immigration reasons. We opened the case and there was this monkey. I think it had been cured or smoked. ‘You get all sorts: rotting fish used to be quite common; people would bring them in from West Africa. Once we had someone come in with 20 bags of manky fish.’ But some of the passengers moving along the customs channels at Gatwick have far more illicit contraband on board. At 64, Patel is one of the oldest and most experienced officers. He has seen it all. ‘One South African couple came into the terminal at 7am,’ he remembers. ‘They had flown from Jo’burg via Dubai. They had 40 kilos of cannabis in blocks on them. He pleaded guilty. ‘Another time we had a retired British couple. He had been a London Underground driver. They went to Kingston, Jamaica, and came back with two cool boxes. They used fish and meat to cover six kilos of cocaine. Their story was just not right, which is why we stopped them. The lady got 13 years.’ Patel has become immune to the temper tantrums and insults. ‘You sometimes get shouting and bags being thrown but we have a lot of power here. I know how to calm them down: I just ignore them and carry on with the work. When you pull someone you start talking to them and the bells start to ring if the story does not match. You ask questions around drugs, allowances, baggage, the nature of the journey, their employment, how often they travel and where they go. You also have a look in their passport because the stamps usually tell you a story.’ As he talks a young African man walks by waving a piece of paper and smiling. Kidd pipes up: ‘We allow temporary admission to allow further enquiries by immigration officers. We take their passport while we check out their story.’ The UKBA also has staff abroad to help profile potential suspects. Often the luggage and the passenger will already have had their fate sealed before they are reunited on the baggage carousel because sniffer dogs paw over the mountains of bags being brought out of the aeroplane holds. Clare Honeyman and sniffer dog Flynn are on duty at Gatwick. Flynn, who has been trained in-house, has been working his beat for a year. ‘Spaniels are the best because they have the drive and motivation,’ she says. ‘It is a good game for them: they smell the heroin and cocaine and they get to play with a tennis ball as their reward. Our best haul was six kilos of cocaine last year. 'If we get a positive the bag goes back on the belt and is watched in the baggage hall before the passenger is pulled as they walk through the customs channel.’ Once customs detection officers and immigration officials at Gatwick were strictly delineated, but the UKBA now wants multi-disciplinary teams that can attend to both tasks. This multi-tasking kicks in this summer, but some officers are concerned about the long-term implications. ‘What we are looking for has not changed but the priorities of the management have because of politics,’ claims one officer, who asked to remain anonymous. ‘At the moment it is all about illegals. I feel like we have all our eggs in one basket with immigration, which is why so many drugs are on the street.’ For the Gatwick officers dealing with the realities of an ever-shrinking workforce and ever-increasing numbers of passengers and freight, such developments may appear largely academic but they are aware of what is at stake for the UK. After 20 years in the job Kerry Smith, 40, is still as dedicated to defending Britain’s borders today as the day she started it. ‘I want to do the best I can,’ she says. ‘We all do. I just hope that the politicians are listening.’
  8. NickiB

    Spouse Visa- Case Officers

    Hey All, It seems quite a few spouse visas have been granted in around 4 months recently, most of them by case officer DP. I have WP and have yet to see a visa being granted by her early :sad: Do you think it matters which case officer you have? Are they all working to the same time frame at the same speed, or is there a difference between case officers where some work slower and stick to the quoted 5-6 months? If there are differences which ones seem to be faster? Nicki
  9. Hi just wondered if any category 3 applicants (175 and 176 applicants particularly) had received a case officer since January 7 2011? The official update you get by emailing gsm.processing@immi.gov.au hasn't been update since Jan 7 and is saying processing of category 3 applicants will "re-commence" once all category 2 applications allocated. I know from our agent and poms in oz that in terms of aplications lodged they're a bit further ahead than the official line of Jan 09. But are they still giving out CO's in cat 3 too despite what the official line is.....?? Be very grateful to know if you been given a case officer in cat 3 since beginning January???? (and when you lodged if so) Also please say if you think your CO was allocated your case before Jan but took a few weeks before getting in touch (if you know) ....... many thanks
  10. Guest

    Contacting case officers

    Hi Everyone, When contacting your Case officer has anyone ever had a response from the email address they use to contact you by. I have always replied to this address when attaching documents to the team email as far as I know but have not had a reply from my case officer now and its been over a week. I did get an automated reply saying documents have been sucessfully received but I have'nt attached anything just wriiten to her which makes me wonder can they only receive attachments and nothing else? Thanks Everyone
  11. Hey, My online status as well as my recent inquiry to DIAC refers to the allocation of case officer in my 886 application- Priority category 3, on 16/08/2010 !! But havent got any updates since then ! Only the documents changed to RECEIVED!!! Anyone with same situation? I thought its gonna take 2 months max for decision after the allocation !!! Any advice, suggestion? Cheers !
  12. jojimaca

    Prison officers!

    Hi are there any prison officers who have found it difficult to get work in Australia as its not currently an in demand profession on the skills list. My OH is a prison officer and really wants to keep in the same trade when we move to Australia later in the year.
  13. RoseBrown1972

    Dealing with Case officers

    Does anyone have an advice on what it is like to contact your case officer? We seem to have been waiting ages on visa decision, our medicals have been finalised since 5/1/10. We have one issue that we need a waiver for the requirement for non migrating kids to have the medical and have done the stat dec stating why we can't ask them, we have been told this could go 2 ways- accepted or they will still insist we ask and then they either do them or they refuse and we do another stat dec. But we've heard nothing. We have a visa agent who just says that they don't like you contacting them or pestering them unless its crucial! But I've seen people mention contacting COs and getting responses. Apart from being stressful just waiting knowing nothing, my hubby whose job is a niche has been head hunted for a phone interview it would be horrible to lose this opportunity! Can anyone advise on their experiences with COs? Thanks!:arghh:
  14. andromeda9

    immigration case officers

    I just wondered what the members of poms who have done or doing there own visa application thought about the case officers they have had. from my own experience for our own CPV application and my sons last remaining family visa they have been brilliant ,emails answered immediately,advise given,emails sent to your first name,making the whole process of DIY a very rewarding thing to do,a challenge,easy as if you have spare time,anyone out there feel the same about there case officer, have we just been lucky?
  15. Hello, Not sure if anyone can help, I submitted my defacto 309 visa in london on 24th August, front loaded. The money was taken the folowing day, i was assigned a case officer on 5th september, she sent back a whole heap of our information back in the post that she said was 'excess', saying she only required an australian police check to complete the process. She recieved this yesterday according to australia post delivery system. So i emailed her today just checking all was in order and got an email back saying: Please note your new case officer is......... Her contact details are as follows: Is this normal, has this happened to anyone else, and will it slow down my application. Me and my partner so want to be back by christmas! Thanks in advance, this forum has been so helpful!
  16. Guest

    175-176 Case officers???

    Right everyone lets have another update for those of us who are no longer on the CSL list and are now applying with the 176, we are on the Queensland list and not NSW so we are changing our destination we will be filling in the forms and sending them off today. So lets keep a track as and when we recieve Case officers and this may keep our spirits up what do you think guys. As Diac told us it should be 10 days yeah right we shall see eh:twitcy:..........
  17. Guest

    case officers

    we have been reading that all 175 applications will have a case officer by 30th May. We have only just sent our application (4th March), so cant imagine that we will get one by that date, does anyone know if theres a date been set for getting case officers after the 30th? Thanks :smile:
  18. Guest

    Case Officers

    This is probably the silliest question you have ever heard but.....what do case officers do? I't funny the things you dont think about then they hit you! Alan Collett from Go Matilda has kindly informed me that they review your work experience and are sent by the DIAC. What I'm unsure of is do they come to your work and follow you around with a clipboard and a scary expression on their faces for a few weeks? :eek: What type of questions do they ask info do they want? Will my boss (who i dont want to know im applying for a visa until its granted) have to comment on my position and role? Oh so many questions - if someone could explain this to me it would be very much appreciated :smile:
  20. Guest

    Construction Safety Officers

    Hi Just checking for a friend of mine. Does anyone know if there are any jobs in Australia for a Construction Safery Officer or where he would go to even find out. Any help would be much appreciated Ta Caz
  21. Guest

    British police officers

    Hi all, is there any British Police Officers now working in Perth that could answer our questions and offer us any advice,My husband has recently applied to Wapol he has 6 years in and is a serg, how different is the policing there compared to Britain, what are the shift patterns and what are the prospects for promotion like to the Brits. Kind Regards The Mitchells
  22. Guest

    case officers,

    what do the case officers ask when processing your visa ,
  23. Guest

    3 case officers?

    hi to you all aprox8 week ago myagent said everything was looking very good as in posts before i have been having problems getting my visa they have had my character references in brisbane for nearly 12 months finally last week my agent gave me my c/o number so i rang her to find ot she has left previous to that my other one had left as well now iam on my third one i am going to ring again in the early morning to see if anybody remembers meeeeeee thank you tonyl:arghh:
  24. Hi everyone! Think I'm obsessed by this website - I scan it almost everyday for hope in that someone who lodged near us will have a case officer!!! It's so encouraging to see that so many of yu are getting those visas now!! So can't wait for that day!! Has anyone been lucky enough to get a case officer yet?!! We got our full acknowledgement on 20th Feb. Sarah x :goofy:
  25. Guest

    Police Officers

    Any police officers out there who can tell my husband what the job is like out there?