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  1. Hi all, I am new to this but have been lurking for a while and have found some excellent advice on poms in oz, I wonder if anyone could shed any light on something for us? We decided to look at moving to Aus back in Feb, we are looking to get over on a employer sponsored 457 with my husbands job (civil engineer). We attended 2 different expos in March. One of the expos in London was really useful and my husband met 6 different potential employers all of whom were interested in his experience and told us they would be in touch within a few weeks with interviews etc. Aside from this my husband has also applied for a number of relevant roles over the internet. The expo was end of March and so far we have had 2 responses, but both saying they are still reviewing resumes. Is this normal? He has only been rejected from 1 job on the basis that he doesnt have a visa in place, all the other applications are still reading under review!!! Its driving us insane, but dont know if this is normal practice? We have chased all involved and received no replies to the chasing. Wondered if anyone else is experiencing this/ or does it mean they are not interested. Obviously we expected to get rejected emails if he is not suitable. Thanks for any advice!
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    Hi my documents were received by TRA last friday, just wondering how long it has took people to receive the email from them, with the case tracking number and just general 'documents received' info. thanks
  3. Hi everyone, I had noticed that people are calling DIAC in order to get the updates on their cases. Different people are getting different replies from DIAC. So I decided to start a thread and also if possible merge the other threads which are already started .....If possible, I would request Gill to make it sticky. By Perth1,
  4. Email to Senator Chris Evans regarding recent changes to the migration program. Dear *******, Thank you for your email to Senator Chris Evans regarding recent changes to the migration program. The Minister has asked that I reply to you on his behalf. You have raised a number of concerns relating to a lack of consultation and information about the changes Government makes to it programs. I assure you that this Government is committed to consulting with key stakeholders on changes to policy as is the Department of Immigration and Citizenship who work with the MIA executive to ensure that they are apprised of new policy and /or changed processing arrangements which may impact on clients. To ensure that the MIA is aware of changes to the migration program quarterly liaison meetings are held between the Department of Immigration and Citizenship with the National Executive of the MIA, the most recent one being on 4 June 2010. The agenda for these meetings is largely set by the MIA and they are fully minuted with Minutes endorsed by all participants. It is important that the MIA passes this information on to their members and I encourage you to contact your local office if you are not receiving information or being invited to participate in the wide range of meetings held. In addition to meetings with the MIA executive, the Department travels Australia to hold information sessions on new policy and /or changed processing arrangements. These sessions are an opportunity for local members to raise issues directly with the Department. You have also raised concerns that students who have applied and paid to study in Australia have seen their pathway to permanent residence blocked unfairly. It is critical that international students who were in Australia on 8 February and who held a vocational, higher education or postgraduate student visa understand that they can still apply for a permanent skilled visa, if their occupation is on the 1 July 2010 Skilled Occupation List (SOL). If their occupation is not on this list they can apply for a student graduate visa and get the skills and experience they need. These arrangements will be in place until the end of 2012 and I consider that they are a significant concession. Finally you have asked that the Cap and Cease legislation not be introduced. The proposed legislation is designed to provide flexibility in the management of the General Skilled Migration program and to ensure we are able to get the balance right when it comes to targeting the skilled workers we need. This is only one tool available to Government to manage the migration program. I assure you that the views of the community will be taken seriously and considered carefully before any decision on this issue is taken. Thank you again for your email to Senator Evans about this important issue. Yours sincerely Hayden Falconer Office of Senator Chris Evans Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Labor Senator for Western Australia Ph: 08 9481 4844 (Perth) Ph: 02 6277 7860 (Canberra) Email sent to Greens Migration Program Needs to be Addressed this Election Season Thank you for sharing your views on migration visa capping, the Greens are aware of community concerns about this issue. This legislation has been referred to a Senate inquiry, during which migration sector experts will have the opportunity to comment. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is the Australian Greens Immigration Spokesperson and she will formally respond to you once this inquiry has concluded. If you wish to discuss this in the meantime please contact Senator Hanson-Young’s office: Senator Sarah Hanson-Young’s office Ground Floor, Telstra Building, 30 Pirie St, Adelaide SA 5000 Ph: 08 8231 9911 | Fax: 08 8211 7533 | Freecall: 1300 554 644 senator.hanson-young@aph.gov.au | www.sarahinthesenate.com Thanks again for your interest in this important area and to keep up to date with Senator Brown's latest work, please visit our website (http://www.greensmps.org.au/stay-informed), where you can sign up to receive regular email updates. Kind regards, Anna Sildever Office of Bob Brown Mail to Australian Labor:---> Dear ****** ****** Bajwa Thank you for your email. You have raised a number of concerns relating to consultation and information about the changes the Gillard Labor Government has made to its migration programs. I assure you that Federal Labor is committed to consulting with key stakeholders on changes to policy. So too is the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) who work with the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) executive to ensure that they are apprised of any new changes to policy or processing arrangements which may impact on clients. The most recent quarterly liaison meeting between DIAC and the National Executive of the MIA was held on 4 June 2010. The agenda for these regular meetings is largely set by the MIA and they are fully minuted, with minutes endorsed by all participants. It is important that the MIA passes this information on to their members and I encourage you to contact your local MIA office if you are not receiving information or being invited to participate in the wide range of meetings held. In addition to meetings with the MIA executive, DIAC travels around Australia to hold information session. These sessions are an opportunity for local MIA members to raise issues directly with the Department. You have also raised concerns that students who have applied and paid to study in Australia have seen their pathway to permanent residence blocked unfairly. It is critical that international students who were in Australia on 8 February and who held a vocational, higher education or postgraduate student visa understand that they can still apply for a permanent skilled visa, if their occupation is on the 1 July 2010 Skilled Occupation List (SOL). If their occupation is not on this list they can apply for a student graduate visa and get the skills and experience they need. These arrangements will be in place until the end of 2012 and I consider that they are a significant concession. Finally, you have asked that the cap and cease legislation not be introduced. The proposed legislation is designed to provide flexibility in the management of the General Skilled Migration program and to ensure we are able to get the balance right when it comes to targeting the skilled workers we need. I assure you that the views of the community will be taken seriously and considered carefully before any final decision is taken on this issue and the legislation is considered by Parliament. Kind Regards, ALP Information Services Email to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Tony Abbott MP Thank you for your recent email to the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott. As you may be aware, the Prime Minister has called a federal election. Unfortunately, from Opposition, we do not have the resources to respond to your email in detail during the campaign period, but your concerns will be brought to Tony’s attention and that of the Coalition Team. After three years of Labor Government failures, Australians now have a choice. Broken promises, increased cost of living pressures, massive debt, a Budget deficit, waste and mismanagement and new taxes are all placing unnecessary pressures on Australians. Further, Labor have removed a Prime Minister quickly and ruthlessly, ignoring the wishes of Australian voters. But it is the same government with the same problems creating the same mess. I hope you will get behind Tony in the weeks ahead as he seeks to stand up for Australia and take real action to end the waste, repay the debt, stop the taxes and ease the cost of living pressures on families. If you would like to read more detailed policy information please go to www.liberal.org.au.
  5. Joke of the Day - Tourism Australia Responds to Stupid Questions I cant say for sure that these are real responses to tourist questions, but they are amusing. Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia? I have never seen it rain on TV, so how do the plants grow? A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die. Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? A: Depends how much you've been drinking. Q: I want to walk from Perth to Sydney - can I follow the railroad tracks? A: Sure, it's only three thousand miles, but take lots of water... Q: Are there any ATMs in Australia? Can you send me a list of them in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Hervey Bay? A: No. What did your last slave die of? Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Australia? A: Africa is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Australia is that big island in the middle of the Pacific which does not... oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Kings Cross. Come naked. Q: Which direction is north in Australia? A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions. Q: Can I bring cutlery into Australia? A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do. Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? A: Austria is that quaint little country bordering Germany, which is...oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Kings Cross, straight after the hippo races. Come naked. Q: Do you have perfume in Australia? A: No, we don't stink. Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Can you tell me where I can sell it in Australia? A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather. Q: Can I wear high heels in Australia? A: You are a British politician, right? Q: Can you tell me the regions in Tasmania where the female population is smaller than the male population? A: Yes, gay nightclubs. Q: Do you celebrate Christmas in Australia? A: Only at Christmas. Q: Are there killer bees in Australia? A: Not yet, but for you, we'll import them. Q: Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk available all year round? A: No, we are a peaceful civilisation of vegan hunter gatherers. Milk is illegal. Q: Please send a list of all doctors in Australia who can dispense rattlesnake serum. A: Rattlesnakes live in America which is where YOU come from. All Australian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and make good pets. Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Australia, but I forget its name. It's a kind of bear and lives in trees. A: It's called a Drop Bear. They are so called because they drop out of gum trees and eat the brains of anyone walking underneath them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking. Q: I was in Australia in 1969 on R+R, and I want to contact the girl I dated while I was staying in Kings Cross. Can you help? A: Yes, and you will still have to pay her by the hour. Q: Will I be able to speek English most places I go? A: Yes, but you'll have to learn it first.
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    negative responses

    hi is anyone else receiveing negative comments from friends & families about moving to oz? It seems everyone i spk to about my plans have some kind of negative approach, one is i can't afford to visit the country first before we move , unless we do then have less money togo over with,and i'm seem to being told it be a big mistake as the country is so different to our which i know!!!!! :arghh: Has anyone else moved with out visiting the country done this and how has it worked for you? I'm beginning to get confuse what to do as i seem to be upsetting family by moving, but i want the best for my 14mths daughter the standard of living here is getting stupid and seem to be living on boarder line not even comfortable, i want a new fresh start for my family. I know it so far away to move, how is anyone else getting on? Our house is on the market now, worried how long it will take to sell with the market the way it is at mo! if anyone got any helpful advise it be welcome because now i really don't know what to do for the best though part of my heart is still wanting to give it a go for my family
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