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  1. I am currently an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. I would like to move to Sydney but there are no opportunities to move within McKinsey. Does anybody know the salary levels at Manager level at Bain or Project Leader level at BCG in Sydney? What about locally owned boutique strategy firms? I would also consider roles within internal strategy teams in corporates. Does anyone have info on which companies have these kinds of teams and what the compensation data looks like (salary / bonus split)
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    Strategy to get a De Facto visa

    Hello, I'd like to get your advices regarding the best strategy to obtain a de facto Visa. My girlfriend has been offered Job in Sydney with a 457 Visa and we are looking to move there together. Here are the facts: - We have been together for 3 years in the UK - She regularly stays with me at my place, but has obligations with her parents with whom she stays during week-ends - Therefore we do not share any financials such as bills/bank accounts We have been advised by a migration agent that the best strategy would be for me to go to Australia under a Work Holiday visa, making sure to get joints bank accounts etc... and then apply for the De Facto Partner visa. However if I read the requirements correctly, one can only apply for a De Facto visa having proof of living together for up to 12 months. That means that by the time we get to the 12 months requirements, my working holiday visa would have expired and I won't be able to stay in Australia any longer! :eek: Is there any way to lodge the application before the work holiday expires? Any thoughts? Many thanks! JAndJo
  3. We are in advanced discussions with a TAFE in Australia about workplace assessments being carried out in Australia for Locksmiths, leading to the granting of an AQF Certificate III qualification. In turn this should facilitate a migration skills assessment from Trades Recognition Australia under their Skill Pathway E. Go Matilda - Your Gateway to Australia - News
  4. Morning all.... I would be really interested to hear the strategies that those of you moving to Oz in the next 12 months will be using to lessen the effect of the poor exchange rate. I think most people are now resigned to the fact that things will not improve until at least after the election and even then nothing is guaranteed. I am an Australian citizen but have lived in the UK for the past 19 years. My family and I will be heading back to Melbourne sometime around Jan 2011 and my parents will also be heading back in around Sept of this year. We are still going around in circles trying to decide what to do and I think it might help me.....and possibly some of you, if we outlined what we are thinking of doing...! Where there's knoweledge there's power!!! :biggrin: I will be selling my main property and am hoping to have around £250k in capital. I also own two rental properties in which I have around £100k in equity. At present I am planning to leave the two rental properties for the required five year period which will mean I do not have to pay any UK CGT. Instead I will just pay CGT in AUS on any increase in the price of the property in the five year period since we become AUS residents. The rental income will remain in the UK to cover maintenance and the like with any extra put in the kids ISA's and not taken out until the exchange rate improves dramatically. The issue with the main 'pot' of money is the real killer. At the moment I am toying between taking the bare minimum over to set us up in a rental and then live with the AUS income. The money can then be changed when things improve. The other option is to change just enough to buy us a small property that will tie us over for a couple of years which will enusre we are at least on the property market and can then sell it and move upwards when things improve and we bring the rest of the money over. My problem is that I just haaaaate renting and paying the mortgage for someone else!!:arghh: I am amazed at the price of property in Oz now in comparison to the wages and do feel that things will have to slow down or drop in the future but this could still be some way off yet. It's so difficult to really make any final decisions as it's all out of our hands really!! Would love to hear what some of you are planning to do with regards to your up and coming moves!!! :huh: Cheers Spencer
  5. Hi All Lately I have mentioned Alan Collett's possible "split visa strategy" for Contributory Parents a few times on here, which has led to loads of people asking about it. During 2007, a bird told me that this idea had been suggested to him. I had never heard of it, so I asked Alan Collett whether he knew anything about it. He very kindly contacted DIAC at very senior level and got to the bottom of the query. Alan then produced a factsheet about it, which is reproduced below (without the kind permission of the author but Alan pretty well said everything in the factsheet in a PiO thread that was running at the time so I am sure he won't mind, lol!) The figures that Alan gives are the costs for a CPV in the 2006/7 Program Year and Alan was using the exchange rate that was applicable in May 2007, but apart from that his statements remain accourate as at the time of starting this thread. However it is a loophole in the present legislation and those can be blocked very quickly should Canberra choose to take action to close it. Here is the text of the factsheet: GO MATILDA - THE GATEWAY TO AUSTRALIA CONTRIBUTORY PARENT MIGRATION OPTIONS AS TO VISA STRATEGY FOR SPOUSES AND DE FACTO COUPLES As those seeking the grant of a Contributory Parent visa will know, the Visa Application Charges and the Assurance of Support Bond make the Contributory Parent visa a fairly expensive pathway to permanent residency. For example, using the Visa Application Charges and Assurance of Support Bond amounts applicable for the year ended 30 June 2007, and assuming an application by a couple is made for the grant of a permanent Contributory Parent visa immediately: Initial visa application charge – A$1,340 (for an offshore visa application) Second visa application charge – A$29,330 x 2 = A$58,660 Assurance of Support Bonds – A$10.000 plus A$4,000, or A$14,000 TOTAL - A$74,000 An alternative strategy is for one of the couple to seek the grant of a Contributory Parent visa, and to then sponsor the spouse or partner for the grant of a Spouse visa. The costs then become: 1. For the Contributory Parent visa Initial visa application charge – A$1,340 (for an offshore visa application) Second visa application charge – A$29,330 Assurance of Support Bond – A$10.000 For the subsequent Spouse visa Visa application charge – A$1,340 TOTAL – A$42,010 This alternative strategy offers a saving of some A$31,990 (or about UK£13,400). We have spoken with the Department of Immigration’s Perth Offshore Processing Centre, which handles all offshore Contributory Parent visa applications, and they have confirmed that: The “split visa strategy” is an option that is permitted by migration law and policy The Department of Immigration is aware of the loophole in the migration legislation, and has no present plans to change the position The Department of Immigration does not disadvantage applicants who apply under the “split visa strategy” So what are the potential drawbacks of the “split visa strategy”? The partner or spouse of the individual applying for the Contributory Parent visa must also pass health and character checks. This potentially introduces additional costs, as they will also be required for the Spouse visa application. Health issues might arise for the Spouse visa applicant before the grant of the grant of the Spouse visa, meaning a Spouse visa is not granted because of a new medical condition. Death of the sponsoring spouse prior to the grant of the Spouse visa (though we anticipate that the surviving spouse would then usually apply for the grant of a Contributory Parent visa). A change in migration law or policy, such that (say) the Spouse visa applicant has to pay a higher Visa Application Charge if s/he is sponsored by the holder of a Contributory Parent visa, or an inability on the part of Contributory Parent visaholders to sponsor a spouse or partner. It should be noted that the Department of Immigration can change policy or legislation at short notice – and should action be taken to address this loophole applicants may find the total visa application process takes a materially longer time as compared with the time it would take for a single CP visa application to be processed. An additional fee payable to the migration advisor who is handling the Spouse visa application. If applying from offshore, the need for the Contributory Parent visaholder to validate the CP visa before being able to sponsor. This means additional costs of travel to Australia and more delay in the couple being able to make a permanent move to Australia. In summary, a “split visa strategy” is an option for parent couples seeking permanent residency with a potentially significant cost saving available in the order of A$30,000. However, changes to migration policy and/or legislation may be introduced by the Department of Immigration at short notice that could lead to a significant delay in the ability of both individuals being able to make a permanent move to Australia. Please contact Go Matilda if you wish to discuss the above more fully. Go Matilda can be contacted by email on info@gomatilda.com, by telephone on 02380 488777, or by writing to us at Enterprise House, Ocean Village, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 3XB. If you are in Australia contact us by email on info@gomatilda.com, by telephone on 03 9935 2929 or by writing to us at PO Box 467 Belmont, VIC 3004, Australia. Author: Alan Collett, Registered Migration Agent & Managing Director of Go Matilda. Go Matilda - Your Gateway to Australia - Visa, Tax and Financial Planning for Australia My own views are these: 1. The idea has now been "road tested" on several British CPV applicant couples. Not one of the couples whom I am in touch with has opted to risk it. Universally they have told me that they would rather pay the extra money in return for certainty and security on Day One. Obviously, though, I am only in touch with a comparitively small number of applicants and prospective applicants. Go Matilda's own experience might differ from mine because they "know" far more CPV applicants than I do. 2. This is a strategy which should be regarded as nothing more than a potential bonus or windfall towards the end of the process of applying for a joint CPV for both husband and wife. I believe that a joint application should be made and it should be made on the assumption that no money saving will be possible. The thing to do is to investigate the legal position shortly before the CO requests the Assurance of Support. If the loophole has not been closed by then, well & good. A decision about whether to attempt the split visa strategy can then be made at that point but not before then. 3. In every case, start with a joint application because it is much quicker, easier and less messy to withdraw one Parent from it than to add a second Parent to it at almost the last minute. 4. Unless the applicants and/or their children are completely confident of making the necessary legal enquiries of DIAC and getting the law right at the relevant time, this strategy should NOT be attempted without prior consultation with a Registered Migration Agent who can convince you that s/he understands all the potential ins & outs of it. If you are in any doubt about whether a given Agent really understands it and/or whether s/he is really willing to make the necessary last-minute legal checks with DIAC on your behalf, then instead consult a different Agent who CAN convince you of his/her understanding and thoroughness, for your own protection. 5. If you decide to attempt it then make arrangements for the CPV-holding Parent to travel to Australia to validate the CPV as soon as possible after the grant, and have your RMA lined up with a completed and ready Spouse application so that s/he can launch the Spouse application on behalf of the second Parent literally within a week of the CPV Parent's arrival in Oz. Speed would be very valuable in this situation so please do seek expert help to get everything ready beforehand. Your Agent can write a suitable covering letter to DIAC pulling all the various threads of the strategy together and s/he can also argue with DIAC should the latter try to spit their dummy when they see the Spouse application! 6. Expect the Spouse visa application to take longer to process than Spouse applications usually take. It is very possible that the DIAC office handling the Spouse application will decide to send for the CPV file before making a decision on the Spouse application. All completed visa application files are sent to somewhere in Oz for storage (I know not where.) Getting a file retrieved from storage and sent to another office is probably not a swift process. Best wishes Gill
  6. We are in advanced discussions with a Registered Training Organisation in Australia about workplace assessments being carried out for Floor Finishers, leading to the granting of an AQF Certificate III qualification. Floor Finishers includes carpet laying, vinyl floor finishing, and timber floor covering. In turn the AQF Certificate III should facilitate a migration skills assessment from Trades Recognition Australia under their Skill Pathway E. Go Matilda - Your Gateway to Australia - News
  7. The subclass number 134 visa - the Skills Matching visa - is often overlooked as an option for migrants to Australia. Even as we approach the 1st September, 2007 changes to skilled migration it can remain an option. Go Matilda - Your Gateway to Australia - News Advantages of a Skills Matching visa are: - no points test - reduced recent work experience requirement - lower English language competency requirement Such a strategy involves lodging a valid application before the end of August 2007 (form 47SK - including the completion of the Skills Matching pages, plus a skills assessment classification). A State Nomination can follow later. Best regards.
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