Migration Advice

I have called this page Migration Advice and that’s what you will find here. But it is also a resources page, with a mix of FAQs, along with some tips to help you plan your move. It is also a place where I can point you towards some useful articles on the blog that have got buried in the archives.

Ask Bob…

If you have a question about life in Australia or moving to Australia, I’m sure you will find the answer here. But if you don’t, just ask your question as a comment on the most relevant page.

Please do be aware though that I CANNOT answer any questions about getting a visa or visa applications, only MARA registered migration agents have the skills and knowledge to assist with such matters.

Questions about visas and applications.

Firstly, for those seriously looking to move to Australia and who want to know exactly how to proceed, I offer a professional assessment service conducted by a fully qualified MARA migration agent.

I highly recommend him, please check out my Visa Assessment Service.

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Tim June 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Hi Bob, I’m thinking of going to AUS in a few months on a little trip to take a look at the place as I am really keen on moving there permanently in the future. Do you think it would be best just to go over there and live in a cheap hostel for a few weeks?

Also if I were to move there, would that also be better to start with? Live in a hostel with a little job in a supermarket or something until I find a better job that can fund something else?

Also about getting a permanent visa, I am a 24 year old British graduate, with a degree in Motion graphics & Animation (Animation is on the skilled list). I have around £4000 saved up that I could spend. Do you think I have a good chance of getting a permanent visa? How much money do you think I should have before moving there permanently?

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BobinOz June 23, 2011 at 1:26 am

Hi Tim

I think it’s a perfect plan, the backpackers hostels around here cost, I think, around $20-$40 a night. When my son came over from holiday we prepared the spare bedroom for him. But most nights he got the bus into the city and stayed in the backpackers! Well, he’s the same age as you and he wanted to meet people. And he did.

So I’d say go for it.

As for a permanent visa, if you like what you see during your few weeks visit then you could go for a 12 month working holiday visa and then come over with the sole intention of having fun and looking for a job sponsorship. That would then be you’re stepping stone towards permanent residency.

As for how much should you save, well, you could save forever and still not think you’ve got enough. £4000 is a good start, so I’d come over whenever you are ready.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy it here.

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John July 24, 2012 at 3:42 am

Hi Bob,
I’m leaving the Army next June I’ll be 25 and I want to move to Oz and work In the mines. If my wife and I came over on working holiday visa and tried to get a 457 whilst having some fun and fruit picking, is this is a normal way of moving to oz? It sounds a bit risky but more attractive than shelling out thousands in advance for a visa app that might not pay off. I can see diesel fitters in the mines are in high demand and on the skills list. I’ll have about 12K. If I did do this would it be worth have my skills assessed first?
Any advice would be great!

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BobinOz July 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Yes, actually it is a good way to do it, assuming you have a skill that is in high demand and it sounds as though you have. I wouldn’t say it’s a normal way of doing it, but most people will tell you it’s easier to secure a job sponsorship while you’re here when you’re 11,000 miles away in the UK. Worst thing that can happen is you have a great 12 month working holiday break :-)

I think getting your skill assessed first would also be a good idea, but please understand I am not a MARA migration agent and I don’t know how long these assessments last or fully how it would work. So I’d be sure to get a second opinion from a qualified MARA agent on that one if I were you. Good luck with your plans!

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Amit Serma September 3, 2011 at 1:21 am

Hi Bob, one of my friend lives in Australia with pr. He is the only son of his parent. He wants to call his parents to Australia because he and his parents always miss each other and they need support of each other.he
he is capable to support all the expense of his family. but the main issue is he cannot arrange 4000=4000 of visa charges. his family have some non-movable property in India which they don’t want to sell right now.
so, Bob can u please suggest any easy and cheap procedure for their parent because they are getting mad in their son love and missing them. they are above 45 aged.
waiting for your precious advice.

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BobinOz September 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm

There is no easy and cheap procedure. The price of a visa is the price of a visa. There’s no haggling with the Australian government.

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Amit Serma September 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm

thanks Bob,
i would tell them to any how arrange the money. But i want to ask can they pay this fees in installment or once only, and which visa they should apply for hand how long does this procedure take place. And they are in India so should they apply from India or their son can apply from Australia.
kindly please advice because i am very sorry for their pain.
Thanks

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Yvonne September 13, 2011 at 5:17 am

Hi Bob,

Thank you for the interesting blog and the support you have given :)

You must be wondering why, it all started with the intention to do a masters in Perth, then I started to do all the googling, all the reading up and at the end of the day, I just had a lightbulb moment that hey, I want to live, move to Perth and make it permanent. When all the excitment wears off, the ‘doubting thomas’ appeared….’Would i be able to get a job?’ ‘Am I crazy to leave behind a stable job?’ ‘Am I too old at 33?’ etc etc ….I then came across your blog and it really inspired me and spur me on.

Just want to leave you a note to say ‘Thank you :)’

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BobinOz September 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Thanks, it’s appreciated. Too old at 33? Haha! If it helps put your mind at rest, I was 49 1/2 when I came here. If you can get in, you’re never too old for Australia. Good luck!

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Caitlin April 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Hi Yvonne
What country do you originally come from?
For you, being 33, you’ll find it easier moving to Australia but if you get an Australian passport and an Australian citizenship, you won’t be able to go back to the country you originally come from and work.
when you are over the age of 45, it can get more difficult
I originally moved to Adelaide, when I was 6 from England with not many other family members coming, we managed to get a citizenship and passport all right as my parents were under the age of 45. Good luck, 33 is not too old. I am only 14 so I don’t know much about these things but I do know about what I just told you as my parents have explained to me. I hope you manage all right and it also helps if you have a job that will be on these list things here because if it isn’t it, it will be harder to get a citizenship, passport, job, visa etc. it depends on your job. hopefully this explanation made sense. good luck, I hope you will be successful

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BobinOz April 14, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Hi Caitlin

Thanks for helping Yvonne out here and I hope you are enjoying living here in Australia.

I just wanted to point out though that “but if you get an Australian passport and an Australian citizenship, you won’t be able to go back to the country you originally come from and work.” isn’t really correct, I’m not sure where you got that from.

Whichever country anyone comes hear from, as long as they retain citizenship to their old country which is usually easy to do, then they can return back home and if they get offered a job, they can work.

For some countries it may be different though, not all countries allow dual or multiple citizenship, but most do as I understand it.

Cheers, Bob

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Nicole February 6, 2012 at 1:20 am

Dear Bob,

I am hoping that you may be able to offer some advice for my family and I, as we feel like we have entered a minefield and need someone with some knowledge to help us (and hopefully make us feel a bit more hopeful and lift our spirits!) 

My brother and his family will be flying out to Adelaide tomorrow to start a new life in Australia much to our upset.. He is in the police force in the UK and has joined the South Australian Police. He has got permanent residency for him, his wife and two children. 

We are an extremely close family and are devastated by them going and would like to join them if possible along with my mum and dad but how to do this is my question! 

My husband has filled out the skills assessment on the Australian Visa Assessment Bureau website and has passed but following an email from them they have said that We would have to apply to either Western Australia or Australian State Capital, obviously both are a long way from Adelaide which is where we want to be and also they are probably more expensive to live in than what we can afford.

My parents can apparently apply for a family visa but would have to wait for 2 years before they can even apply!! 

I have been looking into the Remaining Relative Visa as once my brother goes my parents and I are the only close family we have in the UK. My husband is not in contact with his parents and he hasn’t been for many years but for this visa would we need to prove that and if so how would we be expected to do prove this?? 

My parents and I are absolutely desperate to get over to join my brother and his family as quickly as we possibly can and preferably both at around the same time, do you have any ideas as to the best and quickest way of achieving this? 

My parents are 62 and 63, my mum is retired and my dad had to retire due to heath reasons. My husband is 38, I am 30 this May and we have two young children aged 5 and 7. 

My brother reads your blog a lot and has found you very helpful and he advised that I write to you, I realise that you are probably inundated with people writing to you for advice but I really hope to hear back from you when you have a moment!

Best wishes

Nicole

Sent from my iPhone 4S 

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BobinOz February 7, 2012 at 12:45 am

Hi Nicole

I wish I could help you, but you really need the help of a good MARA registered migration agent. Fortunately, I’ve got one who is going to be working with me on this website, so he should be able to guide you.

His services will not be free, but he will be able to assess your case for a very low fee.

As soon as I have it all set up, I will come back here and let you know.

Cheers

Bob

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Nicole February 7, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Thank you very much Bob, we’ll look forward to hearing back from you once you have this sorted, my brothers family will now be in Singapore, well into their journey across and we are all feeling so sad :o(
Best wishes Nicole

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BobinOz February 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Sorted now, check out my Visa Assessment Service page. My MARA agent is in place and waiting to help. Good luck, hope it all works out.

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Chris & Debbie Dennis February 9, 2012 at 3:53 am

Has anyone had any good shipping costs recently, just been quoted £4630. for a 20ft container by Castles in Deal Kent to Brisbane. Without insurance costs etc added yet, thats two of us going home to the Gold Coast only not a family. So i think they just have a 20ft container in mind what ever on entry your home, anyone got any good option maybe last year etc. I am a good haggler so its game on with plenty of removalists to pick from really, Doree Bonner took me before so maybe will again after haggling done. Any views anyone, thanks us two.

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BobinOz February 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I paid about £6,000 to Pickfords for a 40 foot container four years ago. Anybody else got the prices they can share?

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Heidi February 15, 2012 at 8:45 am

My husband and I have just started the process of migration to Australia. He is in Heavy Construction (Road, highway and this includes the underground utilities.) I have been trying to have his classiications accessed and sso far the migration services have blown me off. Also I am a mom (We have 2 small children) and a fulltime university student. In the case that we can get his creditials accepted, shall I transfer into university in OZ or wait until my RN is complete?

Thank you for you time
Heidi

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BobinOz February 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Hi Heidi

This is a technical question about getting a visa, I’m just not qualified to answer you. But I do have a man who can, please check out my Visa Assessment Service. It’s not free, but it is extraordinary value. It might be just what you are looking for.

Good luck!

Bob

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marie osborne April 8, 2013 at 3:14 am

gday bob.just wondering if between10.000and11.000pounds will be enough to ssends as proof of funds as ive got a long stay travel visaonly 6/12months to visit close friends in oz with my little boy iam thinking of going round about august/sept.could prob have a bit more ihave two sponsers .iut there and a llace to stay .and also the visa form says what date do i intend to go well i cant give any exact date as icant book flights till get conformation on visa when i send it off so do i just put a ruff date as iam worried that i wont be able to get the same date i put on a visa form for flight when i come to book it any ideas pls .thanks marie

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BobinOz April 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I’m not really sure how much money they think you should bring, but if you are staying with friends then around $1000 a month seems quite reasonable to be able to survive on. Not sure what you can do about the dates.

Good luck

Bob

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Paul February 23, 2012 at 6:57 am

Hi Bob!

Firstly, can I just say how amazingly helpful your site is. It is fantastic for those of us dreaming of a life in Oz and I hope you realise how valuable that is.

We’ve been trawling the government sites as well and have a few unanswered questions. I wondered if you could offer up any pointers??

> The application advice says passport must be valid for 2 years. Mine is. Just… however, reading your site, you only get 5 years to get into Oz if you have 5 years on your passport. Do you know what happens if your passport expires before you have settled permanently (but after you validate..)

> How on earth do we prove we are in a lasting and genuine relationship?!? My wife and I have been married for 15+ years.

> Do translations of official documents have to be certified as well as the copies of the documents themselves?! If so, can this be done by the notary I am using to certify the copies?!

> Finally, we can’t find anything about the bonds investment gaining extra points – do you know if they have now stopped this?

Thank you for any help and guidance …

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BobinOz February 25, 2012 at 12:36 am

Hi Paul

I’ll do the best I can to answer your questions, but please understand I’m not qualified to do so, so these are only my opinions of what I think is the case.

Two years is fine on your passport, it gives you enough time to use that passport to validate your visa. The important thing to remember is when that passport runs out and you get a new one, then to leave and return to Australia you need to present both passports. Your new and valid passport and your old passport with your embossed and validated visa enclosed. Always carry both.

If you are married, your marriage certificate proves you are in a lasting relationship.

Yes, I think all of those translations have to be certified, not sure who by and I do not know whether the bonds investment scheme is still going. Maybe somebody else can answer that one, anybody?

Good luck Paul.

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Qaisar Qadeer Malik February 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Hi Bob

wishing you for the best, i am Qaisar aged 31 from Pakistan, i wish to seek Aus immigration under skill worker category, for this instance i searched at my best to find right way to go, but could not find right direction which has confused me.

I have done my post graduation in Arts Political Science (16 years of full time education) by profession i have progressive experience in Law & Enforcement( Police) for 7 years and currently i am associated with Pakistan based diplomatic mission in same capacity.

i have been told by various people that i cant seek Australian immigration because my profession is not in demand so i have to give up on further move, but i am still optimistic that some one must assist me with professional advise. meantime some one also suggest me to get work permit or sponsorship from Australia that may enables me to lodge immigration application. so all these put me down because i have not family member settle over there, nor contacts but i am still confident that i must seek professional advise and route to right direction.

while searching i found your portal as hope of light where i could guide to the best, so please do guide me what should i do and if possible refer me to professional bodies/representative dealing with immigration process.

Best Regards

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BobinOz February 25, 2012 at 12:38 am

Sounds like this is what you need, Visa Assessment Service. If there is a way, we will find it.

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rosamaria February 24, 2012 at 5:17 am

Hi Bob! It’s Rosa. I am the English teacher to whom Mikklos sent an email telling how important it was for me to provide him with all the necessary personal information.Well,I have sent him an email,but i haven´t had any reply yet.Could you please tell me why it happened?IMaybe I have to wait a little longer,I don’t really know. Anyway,I have searched the net for almost everything on visas,including shortage job lists,the possibility of a state or regional sponsorship and my conclusion was that there is a possibility for me in terms of matching the job needs in your country.As my degree is on English and German Studies ,I think my proficiency on the German language can be of good use and consequently enable me to apply for a teaching job .!However ,I am not sure if I have to take and pass an IELTS test.. I would appreciate it, if you enlightened me on the previous topics.I was thinking of obtaining a masters degree either on Engish or German,and it would be most useful if in the meanwhile you wrote me a few lines on the mentioned issues. Honestly, I hang on to this possibility and I wiil do anything in my power to be able to accomplish what I think is a life time opportunity.In addition to this ,I have a son who is a great sudent at English who is studying psychology and it I believe he could also have a wonderful future in an English speaking country such as Australia.That’s all for now .I only hope you can help by giving me other pieces of information which I might have overlooked .Thanks again,BYE BYE!

rosamaria

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MARA Miki February 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Hi Rosa,

I’ve received your email. I have a backlog to clear with a few submission hence the delay. I’ll try to get back to you today, but you’ll def have answer over the weekend

Miki

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Suzit March 4, 2012 at 6:41 am

Hello BoB Greetings
Well let me tell u my backgrounds first.
I am Suzit (age 19 )from Nepal. And i am interested in Australia ever since my childhood.
And actually my GF (Sujina age 18 )is willing to be CA . I think dependent visa will be very perfect for us cause we cant stay separately. I am GCE A Level Student With 2 Grade C in Physics and Maths. And my gf is really good in study (received a honorary student certificate from vice president 83 % in grade 12 )but she is from +2 background (not a international degree but valid in Australia i guess cause my cousin sisters are in uni after this +2 board).
I don’t know what are the steps to be CA in Australia, which uni is good in it and what are the job possibilities?

I have some friends with PR in Australia who have stayed there for more than 6 years , they told me that they have managed a job for me and a place to live.
And i can trust them easily.

And after she becomes CA will be any chances that we get PR and extend our visa permanently, and can i get PR through my friends ?

What could be best option for me to get PR

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Suzit March 4, 2012 at 6:48 am

Some Corrections :)
( we ) instead of ( i ) and
( us) instead of ( me)
And after she becomes CA will be any chances that we get PR and extend our visa permanently, and can we get PR through my friends ?

What could be best option for us to get PR?
And ya i am really interested in Photography.
I have practise Photography lot.

Can i continue photography as a profession or not?

And can i continue my studies too (any bachlor or deploma degress)

As i told u earlier we are planning to be there in dependent visa (she will be studying and i will be working )

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BobinOz March 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm

All questions I can’t answer Suzit, but I wish you well with your application.

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Becci March 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Hi …. Sorry yet another question my husband has had a job offer with the Australian arm of his uk company however I stumbled across the medical assessments we have a 7 year old that has learning difficulties at school slower than other children there is no medical diagnosis …. Does this mean we will be refused a visa ?

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BobinOz March 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I can’t talk on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, but I really don’t think you need to worry. I believe the government are mainly concerned with highly contagious illnesses or long-term, expensive to treat conditions.

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Becci March 6, 2012 at 4:30 am

Thanks bob and me and hubby think your website is fantastic !!!! Fingers crossed that we are granted the visa think his company will be sponsoring us to start off with I’m sure a 457 was mentioned as his company want him over quickly …. Just this medical stuff that is concerning us really …. Thanks again

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BobinOz March 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Thanks Becci, I hope it all works out well.

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Nicola March 5, 2012 at 10:56 am

Hi Bob

Just wondering if you know anything about licensed trades? My husband is an Electrician and we have just started the process. Do you know if there is anything he can do whilst still in the uk that will help him gain his license sooner when we arrive in oz?

I think your site is really good by the way, I wasn’t sure about bringing our dog but after reading about your own experiences i now know he’s coming with us no matter what it costs!

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BobinOz March 5, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Hi Nicola

I think your husband will have to sit the test when he gets here, I don’t think there’s anything he can do in the UK. But I don’t know for sure, is there an electrician in the house?

Hope you, and your dog arrived here soon.

Cheers

Bob

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Dean March 12, 2012 at 9:38 am

Hi Bob,
Great site by the way.

So confused as to what to do at mo……

Iam permanent resident of Australia (have been since 1998),but returned to UK in 06,to see more of my family and start a new career as cabin crew,my RRV runs out in March 2013,and won’t be able to renew it,so basically need to return to Australia(with my fiancée,who will be traveling initially on 12 month working visa,and never been to Aus before),do have some Aussie savings,from selling my property in 2010.
Just not sure what to do,weather to return and give up our full time secure jobs hear in UK for uncertainty in Aus(mel area)spend allot of money originally settling back,then having my fiancée apply to stay if she likes it,or have opportunity to buy flat we live in hear(or at least similar with deposit),near countryside,have things I love hear now,events,cheap travel with Job to Europe,family,my fiancées horses,her private pilots licence etc,all this,never thought I would question myself and always was adamant that I would return to Aus,but have no real good friends over there,just feel something I may regret if loose residency,hard decision,what is quality of life in the end,where you live or how you live?
Any advice would be helpful(sorry for long winded question).

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BobinOz March 13, 2012 at 1:03 am

Surely you qualify to apply for Australian citizenship? If you do, why don’t you get that sorted first then you always have the option of returning to Australia if you want to.

As you say, it would be a shame to lose it.

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Dean March 13, 2012 at 1:14 am

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the reply,

Problem is it would still mean coming across to Aus for 4/5 years before I could now qualify,as been away since 2006,which isn’t a bad thing on itself,but would mean starting all over again over there(Aus) and then returning to UK again after I had citizenship.

Regards
Dean

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BobinOz March 14, 2012 at 12:03 am

Then it seems as though you have a big decision to make Dean, I can’t help you, although I know what I would do if it were me. It shouldn’t be too hard for you to guess what that would be, seeing as I live in Australia. But I’m not knocking the UK and Europe either, I spent a lot of time and had a lot of fun there. Whatever you decide, I hope it works out well. Cheers!

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Dean March 14, 2012 at 12:09 am

Thankyou Bob

Yes big decision,real crossroads in life

Always believed in fate,what will be will be(getting all philosophical hear haha).

If anyone would like to comment/advice then by all means email me.

Stoxxy08 (at) yahoo.co.uk
(that ok with you Bob)

Regards
Dean

OK, but Ive edited your e-mail address so that the bots can’t read it, otherwise you will be swamped with rubbish.

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Heather March 16, 2012 at 11:58 am

Greetings!
Planning to make the leap and do some travel nursing in Oz. Think the process will be easy for me, but I’m wondering if it will be difficulty to bring my hubby along. He doesn’t plan to work while we’re there, and I’m sure my income can support us both there, as it does so occasionally here in the States without any difficulty. Can anybody share advice, experiences, how to’s related to this?

Thanks!…and cheers, Mate. :)

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BobinOz March 17, 2012 at 1:08 am

If you qualify, your husband will automatically qualify as well as your spouse. So it looks like he can come too, although he will have to pass the health and criminal record checks.

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Fawna Sylvia March 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

Hey Bob,
My question of the afternoon is a complicated one, I have my own little business in the United States in California, I dont want to expand in California though. I would like to expand in Melbourne, Australia. I have all of my close friends in Australia and I want to go into a partnership with her in the business. Now even though it is an out of the home business and we are eventually going to open a store I was wondering if I can gain, after a while, permanent or even temporary residency. Her family is willing to sponsor if they legally can. Is that something that can happen?

Thanks!
Fawna

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BobinOz March 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Hi Fawna

Well, yes, I believe you could get entry into Australia by running a business, but I do think you will have to employ a set number of Australians, not sure how many.

You may want to look at my Visa Assessment Service, it’s not free but it may be just what you need.

Good luck!

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arjun March 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Hi BOB,
i think you are the only one who can help me .i am 22 years old i am from india, i want to visit my girlfriend during September , she is studying her MS in la trobe university,melbourne. she is with her student visa ,will i get tourist visa for 10 -15 days and i can book backpackers hotel in Habitat HQ,333 St Kilda Road, St Kilda, 3182 Melbourne which is cheap for my budget.
i have only 1500 Australian dollars in my savings account where 1000 for flight tickets and 300 dollars to stay , other expenses my girl friend will take care as she works part-time there.i am confused where to start and what to do please help me , will i get a tourist visa if i show my hotel bookings for 10 days? please do reply

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BobinOz March 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I don’t think tourist visas are too hard to get, visit my page about Visas, watch the video and and follow the instructions on that page. Good luck!

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ayesha April 2, 2012 at 1:40 am

hi
bob this is ayesha .i want to know if we buy a house in australia can we get the visa.
please tell me the information if your answer is yes.

please do answer me i really need help

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BobinOz April 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm

And what should I do if my answer isn’t yes?

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Rebin November 4, 2013 at 3:58 am

haha, this was the funniest answer ever. Thanks for the laugh Ayeesha

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ayesha April 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm

just tell me i need to know . someone told me that they got visas by staying in pakistan and buying a house in australia . so is it true or not.

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BobinOz April 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Buying a house in Australia will not get you a visa.

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Gemma April 4, 2012 at 12:10 am

Hi Bob,

I am 23 from Ireland. I would like to move to Australia. I do have family in Melbourne but i have no actual qualifications! Can I still go and if so what do I need??

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BobinOz April 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Gemma, it is way more complicated than that. When I applied, I think there were about 80 or so pages in the application form. Not having any qualifications will not help your case.

I would suggest you apply for a working holiday visa, that will allow you to visit for one year and work here. It’s only temporary. But at least you will find out whether you really like Australia or not. If you do, then you could look into how to get here permanently, but you may have to think about getting a qualification to do that.

Good luck!

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Rosa April 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Dear Bob.
I think your web site is fantastic. I can’t understand why HGV drivers are not on the skilled workers list, as I know that the mining is quite big there in Auz and they need HGV drivers on their logistic team.
What I would like to know is, are there any Logistics companies that give sponsorship to British HGV drivers? My family (my partner 36, myself 36 and 3 kids: 15,13 and 9 and our Stafford) are all desperate for a new life down under!
My partner has family (his nan’s sister) there in Western Australia but he doesn’t really know them as we could have asked them for sponsorship?
Well I do hope you can help if not… back to the drawing board!

Many thanks for your time!
Rosa Perez.

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BobinOz April 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I’m not sure Rosa, but if anyone reading this knows of any logistics companies looking for an HGV driver who are prepared to sponsor them, get in touch with me and I’ll pass it on to Rosa.

Rosa, it helps that you have relatives out here, but even if they did sponsor you, that would not guarantee you a visa for Australia. At best, it might give you five extra points, as far as I’m aware.

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marie osborne April 8, 2013 at 3:29 am

hi bob its me again marie iam working here in the uk as a cummunity support worker .caring for people with a range of disabilties but the prob is iam over 30 and i not sure if my job is a skill

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BobinOz April 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Neither am I, you will need to look it up to see if it is on the Skilled Occupations List, you’ll find links to them on my page called Points Calculator.

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lisa April 16, 2012 at 12:29 am

hi bob

i wan to move to oz with my boyfriend! we are living in the uk now..
what visa will be best ? training visa would that help us get work ? would it be possible to train in work with a 12month visa (and renew it if needed) then that way we can work and have a sponsor to get a permanently working visa.. would we need the same visa each. or can we do it by one visa?

and wat would make us a citizen ?? if i had a baby in oz will that make us citizens?

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BobinOz April 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Having a baby in Australia will not make you a citizen. For more information about which visa is best for you, click on the relevant link in the above article, it’s called How do I get a visa and which visa is best for me?

I’m not qualified to answer your questions, but there are details and a link to someone who can help you on that page, if you’re interested.

Good luck!

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Reno Farrugia April 20, 2012 at 3:45 am

I was an emigrant in Australia about 37 years ago for 5 years and as my children will be living in Australia, I would like to come and live there for good. Can I do that and what should I need to come back and stay for good with my wife who has never been to Australia? I receive the australian pension and the maltese pension where I am living now. I would appreciate it very much if you could answer me soon. Thanks before hand.

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BobinOz April 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I really don’t know really know Reno, but unless you are an Australian citizen, you would have to apply for a visa. Sounds like you probably need the advice of a MARA registered migration agent, check out my Visa Assessment Service if you want professional help,or take a look at my page about Visas if you want to look into it for yourself.

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Adit April 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Hey bob just wanted to ask , i am a citizen of india and i have 456 short stay business visa which is valid till december this year , i am working in an MNC which provided me this VISA ,now i want to enter australia for vacation for 20 days now can i enter australia on the base of my business visa or i have apply for tourist visa for which i have to show huge amount money , please suggest what should i do.

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BobinOz April 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Sorry Adit, I can’t answer Specific questions about visas., I’m just not qualified.

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adit April 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Ok Thanks and sorry sir .

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BobinOz April 24, 2012 at 12:20 am

No need to apologise, sorry I couldn’t help.

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lisa April 24, 2012 at 1:52 am

how hard isit to get a sponsor?? my bf wants a working visa so we can stay an live in oz..were going out for 12mouth cos my bf will be 31 in that time and i believe rightly you will need a sponsor to work out there… if my bf work will i have to get a sponsor to stay out there 2 ?

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BobinOz April 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm

That mostly depends on what your boyfriend does for work. It’s never easy to get sponsorship, but it is more likely to happen if your skill is on the wanted list. Whether or not you can come with your boyfriend should he get a visa, depends upon if you can prove that you are together as if you are man and wife.

Good luck!

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Lisa April 25, 2012 at 6:56 am

Ok he does data engineer ? That on the list?

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Lisa April 25, 2012 at 7:01 am

Wat do you need to say out there?

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BobinOz April 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

You would need a visa to come to Australia to live and work. You would need to get enough points to qualify, you can check for yourself by following the instructions on my page about Visas or you can get a professional assessment, see my Visa Assessment Service.

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Aditya April 29, 2012 at 5:33 am

Dear Bob,

I and my wife hold Aussi PR. We recd the same in 2010, however due to personal issued could not more to Australia. I am an accountant by qualification and am in a respectable job and decent earnings in India. Therefore there in a dilemma whether to migrate to Aus. Further I hear of job losses and uncertainities. Since I do not have local Aussi experience, I am contemplating to take up a course in Acounting which offers Commonwealth Support and therfore subsidised education.

You think it is a good strategy? also, how good / bad is the economic and employment situation?

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BobinOz April 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I wouldn’t really want to advise you on this one Aditya, this is not my field of expertise. But maybe somebody else reading this might help you, anybody?

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lucy May 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

hi bob im starting from square one.were trying to move out there with the regional sponsered migration as that seems our best option we think.the question is where to start???

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BobinOz May 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Start on my page about Visas.

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sarah b May 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Hi Bob,

My partner and i are looking to get a 1 year working visa in September 2013. The thing is my partner turns 30 in June 2013. Would he still be eligible?

Also if we were to work in agriculture and extend our visa for a further year, he would have turned 31 by then. Would this be eligible?

Any help would be great. Thanks

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BobinOz May 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Yes, he will be all right, being 30 is okay. Being 31 is not good though, although I’m really not sure how that would affect an extension if you worked in agriculture. Does anyone else know the answer to that one?

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James Gill May 11, 2012 at 4:50 am

Hi Bob,

I have very much enjoyed reading through your website – everything is very well presented and concise! My girlfriend and I are both 23 years old, and have been considering moving to Australia for some months. We both have good Bachelor of Arts degrees from UK universities; she currently works as a teaching assistant in a disabled children’s school and I work in customer services. Having looked through the different Visa options, we reckon that the working holiday visa would be the best option for us at this time, due to the financial limitations and potential problems fulfilling the skilled criteria for the General Skilled Migration Programme. I have a few questions about the working holiday visa which I hope you could answer.
1) What are the costs involved in obtaining a WHV, and is it more affordable than the other options?
2) Are there specific criteria or requirements one must meet in order to apply/obtain a WHV, and if so what are they?
3) Is it possible to apply for permanent residency, during/after the WHV expires if one secured sponsored employment whilst living in Australia?
4) How long does the WHV last?

Many thanks
James

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BobinOz May 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm

By an amazing coincidence, all of your questions are answered in today’s post, which is called Backpacking in Australia: A Simple Guide.

Well, question 3 isn’t answered, but I’m pretty sure you could, assuming you manage to secure a sponsorship offer.

So, go for it!

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Izzy May 15, 2012 at 6:12 am

Hi!

Im not looking for any advice i just wanted to say your website is fantastic and very helpful! I’m coming to Australia at the end of a year on a working holiday visa with the hope of getting permanent residency in the near future (my job is on the skilled work list wooohooo!)

But yeah, just to say keep up the good work! I think your website is great and its good to see things other people are struggling with that im sure i can have fun dealing with when i go for permanent residency!
Thanks! :-)

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BobinOz May 15, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Thanks Izzy, I always love a good complement now and then :-)

I’m glad my website has been helpful and I hope you secure a job sponsorship whilst here on your WHV and that you ultimately get permanent residency. It can happen, loads of people have done it.

Good luck!

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Johann May 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Dear Bob,

We are a family of four and my wife had a job offer earning AU$117000 a year. Her visa and our relocation costs will be sponsored. I will eventually be able to work part time and I estimate to earn about AU$30000. We are both professionals. We will come over with no real savings. At the moment we like traveling but looking at the costs of coming back to Europe and Africa and America it looks to be far more expensive. Also we would like save enough for a house but looking at rent it looks quite expensive. We really think the new challenges will be good but at the moment it feels that we would not really better of in Aus. In terms of hard yakka we would be earning the same as my wife has quite a flexible job at the moment allowing for extra income through consulting. We would like to ultimately like to own a four bedroom house with a swimming pool and am looking at renting similar three bedroom property. Oh, yes we will be coming to Southport. Please help as we are torn between our jet setting lifestyle with kids and Aus.

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BobinOz May 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm

This is a real tough one Johann, I understand where you are coming from because both me and my wife also love travelling and seeing the world. But we were both in our 40s when we moved to Australia and we had seen a good deal of Europe and had been to America a couple of times as well as a few other countries that would be expensive to get to from here.

So we weren’t so concerned coming to Australia, we can now start visiting this side of the world. But if we hadn’t “finished” for want of a better word, with that side of the world, we would have had a tough decision moving to Australia, knowing travelling to other countries would have been much more expensive.

I couldn’t tell you whether you’d be better off here or not, or whether you would be able to afford a four-bedroom house with a swimming pool. Buying a house depends very much on how much deposit you can raise. But 147k income between you should give you a pretty good lifestyle, although Southport is quite an expensive area.

If you are still relatively young, I’d probably be tempted to say enjoy some more travelling from where you are and come to Australia later in life. If you are relatively old, I’d say come to Australia now while you still have the chance, the opportunity may not hang around forever.

But in reality, only you can decide. Good luck whatever you choose. I will say this though, Southport, with easy access to some great beaches, would be a fantastic place to bring up your kids and they won’t be kids forever.

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Phil June 3, 2012 at 1:02 am

Hello Bob
I am a Canadian Citizen and just back from Australia on a 1 year working hoilday Visa. Unfortunately I could not get sponsored to stay and can not get a extention on my Visa.While I was there I met a lovely Australia lady and fell in love.
Since I can not go back she has decided to come to Canada , it is easier for her to get a Working Visa up to 2 years.
My question is I no in Australia we had to be living together for 12 months for her to sponsor me.
But what if we are living in Canada and we want to go back permantly, do we need to get married or live together here for 12 months?
Then can she sponsor me?
Any help would be so greatly appreciated.
Phil

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BobinOz June 4, 2012 at 12:28 am

The answer is, yes, I think so. But I only think so because to really know the answer, I’d need to be a qualified MARA migration agent keeping up with all the latest rules and regulations.

It might be worth you taking a look at my Visa Assessment Service and worth you spending the mere $100 now to get advice, so that you can ensure you keep the right paperwork in order to be able to prove your “de facto” relationship with your girlfriend. As that implies, I don’t believe you need to be married, but you do need to prove you are in a marriage like relationship.

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Phil June 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

Hi Bob, Just spoke to my employer that I worked for when in Australia. He is reconsidering hiring me back and sponsoring me also. When I was working there before they had wanted to sponsor me but I had to return home.
Hope fully it will all work out.
Thank-you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Phil

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BobinOz June 4, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Sounds promising Phil, I hope it all works out for you. Cheers!

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Cissy June 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Hi bob,

I’m a 30 year old mother of two kids aged 7 and 5, I’ve recently separated from my husband and we’ve been considering migrating to Australia. However, with the impending separation, my husband does not want to join us anymore. I have family there and I have more than 2 years experience working in an account outsourced by an Australian company as a product trainer. Do you think it’s possible to migrate and find a job in oz with my qualifications? Are there any needed legal document/s if my husband does not join us? Thanks!

Best regards!

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BobinOz June 4, 2012 at 12:34 am

I can’t possibly tell you whether you would qualify for a visa to move to Australia or not, but I can tell you you would need a legal document signed by your husband to bring your children with you. Without his permission, you would be in contravention of the Hague Convention.

Read my post called Moving to Australia: What You Must Know About Bringing the Children for more information about that. To find out what your chances are of moving here, check out my page about Visas.

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Cissy June 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I’ve read about the hague convention but thanks for clarifying. More power to you. Such a big help what you’re doing here for us. Thanks bob!

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BobinOz June 5, 2012 at 1:12 am

Thanks Cissy, and good luck. I hope it all works out.

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jackie hill June 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Hi

Myself,my partner and 2 year old son are currently on a one year study visa in Melbourne,which means we can both only work 20 hours on the visa.We are wondering if you know of any companies that may lead to sponsorship as we desperately want to stay here.I am studying hairdressing,which is now off the skills shortage list.My partner has been a manager ina telcoms company for over 15 years.Any help/advice we would truly appreciate.
Thankyou
Jackie

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BobinOz June 6, 2012 at 12:39 am

Can’t help with that one I’m afraid, I think it’s just a case of knocking on as many doors as possible. Good luck!

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Tina June 7, 2012 at 8:20 am

HI
i am oversease nurse, and working as AIN in melbourne ,now i moved sydney . i am looking if get sponsership from nursing home . i would appriciate if you give me advice and if possible help me . thanks

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BobinOz June 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Get an Australian resume and apply for as many jobs as you can. You are here in Australia, that does give you an advantage. Good luck!

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Winfred Owusu Duah June 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

Hi,

I just finished the university last month and awaiting my results. I am in Ghana and a Ghanaian. I wish to work in Australia because I love this country very much. My whole family depends on me to cater for them because I am the first born among us. Please I really want to work in an Australian company in order to look after my family. Are my chances bright if I apply for jobs in Australia or are there any help or advice you can give me? Thank you very much.

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BobinOz June 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I never comment on people’s chances of getting a job, there are just too many variables. But you might like to read my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship. Good luck!

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Ruthie July 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Hi Bob,

It’s me again. Once again thanks for a lovely site, I’m finding the questions from different people interesting.

I have gone onto http://www.immi.gov.au based on the communication that there were some SOL changes. I have read quite a lot, and found that there is an emphasis placed on the Expression of Interest(EOI). From what I’ve read it sounds as if one cannot apply for the visa directly. Am I missing something?

The other question is, if this is true, how do I go about completing this EOI online as I cannot seem to find it?

Please could you point me in the right direction.

Thanking you in advance.

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BobinOz July 6, 2012 at 12:02 am

Sure, this is the right direction, I wrote a post about it on Monday called Australian Visas and Expression Of Interest (EOI): Caution!.

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Becci July 7, 2012 at 2:36 am

Hiya bob long time no speak hope you are well?
We fly out on our 457 visa on 22 September so all systems go …. Just wondered what you did regards informing the DVLA .?

Thanks in advance
Becci

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BobinOz July 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Congratulations Becci, I hope you enjoy this place as much as I do. As for the DVLA, I didn’t do anything, not sure you need to. Although I did make sure when I sold my car, that the form saying I had sold it was sent off to the DVLA, otherwise I might have been getting parking tickets and speeding fines sent to my old address for who knows how long.

Cheers!

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Jason Mc July 8, 2012 at 3:57 am

A couple years ago I tried finding a sponsor as a web developer. Apparently a lot of Americans have been doing this, but at the last minute changing their mind and leaving the prospective employer in the lurch (maybe it’s just web people, we can be flaky). Hence every HR person I spoke with thought I’d be great to have aboard, but wouldn’t move forward until I had landed.

I found a tech expat forum (can’t find it again) where others were having the same problem. The general concensus was to come across on a tourist visa and then job hunt, and people had reported being successful. Plus I had the points to get a General Skilled Migration with SOL points, so I figured I could always fall back on that.

Is the plan to come over on a tourist visa (with wife and child) to hunt for a sponsor completely wrong? I’ve become very particular about where I work, so actually being able to meet the new company and ask around about them makes me feel better. With the new rules I no longer hit the GSM 60 pts (I have 55, including 5 for a skilled wife), so I’m going to be limited to companies large enough to have the resources to put into sponsoring a visa.

We have some savings to spend, so a month or two to job hunt and secure a work visa wouldn’t be so bad. We would also do some touristing (my wife’s never been to Oz, it’s been 10yrs for me) while I hunt, so if it doesn’t work out we come back after three or four months and consider it a nice, long vacation.

I just want to make sure it could actually turn into a year or two of employment, so I’m not wasting time talking to recruiters and human resources people that would be better spent enjoying the summer.

Thanks for your helpful insight!
–Jason Mc

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BobinOz July 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Hi Jason

Having never done this sort of thing myself, I can’t really advise you. All I would say though, is would a prospective employer feel that much better off giving you a job just because you have shown up on a tourist visa? After all, you would still have to get a working visa, they would have to sponsor you, so still quite a bit of paperwork left to do.

I think employers often want people who have landed WITH working visas, not holiday visas, who are ready to start within weeks if not days. I’m only saying this to give you something to think about, as I’ve said, I have no experience of this whatsoever.

Does anybody reading this have any experience of coming to Australia on holiday and jobhunting? How did it go for you?

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Jason Mc July 10, 2012 at 3:40 am

Howdy Bob,
Thanks for bringing that up.

Having a working visa (or at least having it in progress) was my plan from back in ’11, but unfortunately I can only get 50pts right now : 15 for age, 15 for outside Aus employment, 5 for trade qualification (take a test), and hopefully test for 20 in english proficiency. So I believe the 175 and 189 are out.

I’ll ask around and see what visa the employers recomend, and will report back.

Should I submit an EOI? It seems that’d make things easier for a prospective employer (including getting a bridge visa?), but I may not completely understand.

Thanks for your quick reply!

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BobinOz July 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I have written a post about EOI, be sure to read it. Should you submit one? That’s really a question for a MARA agent, I’m just concerned perhaps with just 50 points, you won’t get looked at. Perhaps you should be investigating ways to increase your points total first.

But as I say, I’m not a MARA agent, so I’m just guessing. Good luck!

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angelique July 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Hi :),
I am a south African citizen living in Australia on a study visa. I am currently studying business administration at Australian Catholic university. My parents are finding the cost of my fees about expensive but they know how good Australia is and how much I Want to study and live here. I was wondering if you could tell me ways around maybe getting a sponsor to pay for my fees then I could work for there company? Or give me some guidance on what I can do.
Regards,
Angelique Kakavas

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BobinOz July 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Sorry angelique, not sure how you would pull that trick off. Maybe somebody else reading this has successfully done what you are trying to do and might pop by to give you some advice.

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John July 10, 2012 at 4:03 am

Hi Bob,
I have a company willing to sponsor me to work for them in Aus but wont meet me on my wage demands… I am been told that a review of this would happen after a short period to see if things are working out for all involved. Friends already in Aus are telling me that receiving a sponsorship from a company who have only read my my CV and sent a few emails back and forth is very rare and it would be worth the gamble of travelling out…
What do you or anybody else think…
Cheers
John

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BobinOz July 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

It’s always nice to receive an offer of sponsorship as it can lead to better things, maybe even PR. But it is a gamble for both you and the employer. I can’t tell you whether it would be a good move on your behalf or not. I think you need to follow your gut on this one.

Good luck!

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John July 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Cheers Bob,

Thanks for that. Great website.

John

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Mary July 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm

What about attending college in Australia? I am an older married woman with kids, but I still attend classes. I am currently learning insurance medical billing and would love to attend Bible College…could I get a student visa?

Thanks,
Mary

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BobinOz July 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I’m not sure Mary, not enough information about you. Check out my page about Visas, watch the video and then go to the page suggested and enter in your personal details and see what it says at the end.

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Nimmy July 13, 2012 at 1:15 am

Hi Bob,
During my endless internet search for answers I came across this site and I hope you can provide me with answers. I am a student with visa expiry date as Nov ’12.
I want to apply for a second course that is of interest to me. Both these Masters (in Business field) level courses will give me a total of two years of study in Australia.

I have three questions to ask.
Would I have to go through the process of showing financial security (fee+stay+flight) again or would it not be required the second time? I will obviously apply before the current visa expires.

My second question is whether it would be a problem that the Skilled occupation I will show when applying for independent visa (PR application) and my work experience are different? I will apply based on Skilled Occupation List – Electronis Engineer (Bachelors degree recognised in OZ) However my Masters course and experience is in Business and Marketing. Is that a problem?

My third question is whether it would be a problem that I didn’t show my work experience while applying for my first student visa. My course didn’t require work experience so in order to save time I did not mention my work experience. Would that be recorded and be a problem when I apply for my second student visa and PR later on?

I look forward to your help. Thanks a lot

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BobinOz July 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Hi Nimmy

Very specific questions about visas which I could only possibly answer if I was a professional MARA registered migration agent, and I’m not. If it helps, I do have one that I recommend, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

You would not have to using to get the actual visa, but his service will guide you to go in the right direction and inform you of what you can and can’t do. Good luck!

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Chris Thomas July 21, 2012 at 4:12 am

Hi Bob,

Firstly great website!!! Secondly, I am from the UK married to an Australia who also has a UK passport, we have a new baby and hope to move to Oz in the next few years. I am a school teacher (9 years), 33 years of age. What will I need to do to obtain any sort of visa and how likely is it that I will be allowed to work in Oz.

Thank you in advance

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BobinOz July 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I’m not sure Chris, I’m not qualified to answer questions like that. If you want professional guidance for this, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

As a spouse of an Australian citizen, I’m sure it won it too difficult for you to get a permanent residency visa which will allow you to work here. But that’s only what I think, for more specific help you will need to provide much more detail to a professional MARA registered migration agent. Good luck!

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Hayley July 27, 2012 at 7:26 am

Hi Bob

I have two small children (4 and 20 weeks of age) As a long term plan as a single mother I aim to gain a skill and try to get a visa for me and my children to move to Oz.

I was just wondering in your personal opinion if bringing my children who by the time I hope to come over will be 10 and 6 will have a good life out there?

I have never been it was a dream of my ex’s to do it and has stuck with me ever since.

Just would like your personal opinion what living in Oz is really like?

Thanks

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BobinOz July 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Hi Hayley

If there is one single reason why we came to Australia, it was so our daughter, who was just three at the time we moved here, could have a better life. She does, without any doubt whatsoever. Australia, in my opinion, is a great place to bring up children, so I say go for it.

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dave August 5, 2012 at 1:37 am

Hi Bob,

I’ve just landed myself a job out towards the airport in brisbane.

Looking for a nice family home that is on the beach or coastal property that isn’t too much of a commute (up to 45mins each way). You seem to be PR for brisbane so thought you’d have a few good suggestions of places to consider (north or south). Will rent for 1 year first (Budget up to $1000/week) and buy later on.

Seen some nice properties for that but have absolutely no ideas what these places are like.

Also if you have anything to add on commuting around auz whether better to come from north or south, that would be good also.

Appreciate your time.

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BobinOz August 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Congratulations on landing that job Dave, I hope it goes well.

If you are looking for a home near the beach, it would make sense for you to live north side as that’s closer to the airport. Brisbane doesn’t really have sandy beaches, it’s mostly mangrove on the east side.

I’d be tempted to take a look at Redcliffe and possibly Brighton, or, just slightly south of that on the other side of the river look at wynnum, Manly or one of my favourite spots, Wellington Point. All have a bit of sand, but can’t be described as golden beaches.

The downside of being south of the river though is that the bridge charges a toll, about $4 I think.

Good luck!

Bob

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Sean O'Mara August 20, 2012 at 5:59 am

Hi Bob,

Love the website and some very useful tools and comparisons that must have taken you some serious man hours to put together!

I have a question for you that you may or may not be able to find out for me, but…

I am CISI FSA approved through completing my ‘Certificate in Investments’ IOCs.

I have researched on the CISI website and google and cannot find the information. I’m looking for answers, Whether or not my professional qualifications are transferrable to Australia or if they can be used to gain a sponsored work visa in the Banking & Finance Industry in Australia?

I have a spouse and a child under 2 & I’m looking to immigrate to Oz in the near future.

I believe your friend at RedStar Resume may or may not be able to answer this or anyone else you know in the industry.

I’d really appreciate any information or answers you can give me.

Thanks Bob

Sean

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BobinOz August 21, 2012 at 12:39 am

Hi Sean

Glad you like the website, but sorry to say I’m not sure about the answer to your question either. My best guess is that, if all those qualifications you mention are from the UK, you will need to do something more to qualify you to give financial advice here in Australia.

Plumbers have to retrain, lawyers have to retrain and electricians have to retrain, I’m sure financial advisers have too as well.

Hopefully someone who does know the answer might come along, see this and chip in with a comment. My only other suggestion is to look at the jobs on the skilled list, you’ll find a link to that on my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

Good luck

Bob

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kk August 21, 2012 at 2:54 am

recently passed my bricklayers apprenticeship,been to oz 3 times once on a years working visa,came home and got myself an adult apprenticeship to gain access into oz but have now noticed its been taken off the list,totally gutted,can this change?im 33 this year and know ill lose points if its not bac k on list by 35

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BobinOz August 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm

KK

It changes every year, so there’s always the chance it might come back. I would suggest you check out my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and use the links to the top three Australian employment agencies to try and see exactly what the demand is for bricklayers right now. If there are plenty of vacancies, try to see if you can secure a sponsorship.

The skills list isn’t always up-to-date with the jobs that are really in demand right now. Good luck!

Bob

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MONIKA August 23, 2012 at 12:00 am

Hi Bob
Apparently people that go over to oz on a 457 visa need to pay for their own medical and for the state schools for their children. Do you have any idea how much both of these cost?
Thank you

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BobinOz August 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Monika

Medical costs will vary depending where you are, ours cost around £300-£400 if I recall. State schools are more or less free apart from some contributions that are asked for towards certain equipment and events. As far as I am aware, those on a 457 do not have to pay any more than Australian citizens or those on permanent residency. But I’m not an expert in this, and I do not keep up-to-date with all the different rules in each and every one of our Australian states.

I would be trying to verify what you’ve heard with who ever told you this information.

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Jasmine August 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Hi Bob,

I love your website and find it very useful.

I was wondering if you could help me on a few questions?
I live in Australia with my husband, and have been living her for 3 1/2 years.
I originally came on a working holiday then applied for permanent residency.
Now I have been a approved and I am now on a temporary residency ( which will automatically get granted to me this September 2012 because i have been married and living in Australia for two years) I just wanted to know how do i go about sponsoring my mum (age 42) and sister (age 18) to come and live in Australia.

I have heard and done a bit of research but everything seams different. I contacted the immigration offices in Melbourne but they wernt very helpful.
As my mam has no professional skills and that now my sister has turned 18 I just needed to know what do i do next and if any one knows how difficult it is.

I feel like i cant live without my family being here with me in Australian and is really contemplating moving back to the UK.

Could you please give me some information.
Thank you.

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BobinOz August 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm

That’s not a question I can possibly answer, I’m not qualified. But my MARA agent is, so maybe you’d like to check out my Visa Assessment Service, it’s not free but the service is very thorough and will answer all your questions.

Good luck!

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Angeline August 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Hi there! I am from Singapore and i am planning to further my studies in Queensland. I have pet rabbit with me. She is healthy and all well. I have read that rabbits are not keen in Australia. Is it really true that i can’t bring my pet rabbit with me ???? :(

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BobinOz August 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Yes, it’s really true. Sorry.

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Darren August 30, 2012 at 6:50 am

Hi Bob,
Just gona throw this one out there and hopefully somebody somewhere will know what to do!!!
The amount of companies whom I have sent a CV to in Aus that have replied saying they would absolutely hire me tomorrow, but are not in a position to offer a sponsorship is mind blowing. I have spoken to employers on the phone to enquire more into this and they say the sponsorships just tie them up in too much red tape and conditions and are just not worth the risk. i.e. the sponsored employee turns out to be a knob and they have gota start all over again with the recruitment thing.
But if you were in Aus already and turned up at there door for the interview, the job is yours!!
Im 39yrs old with over 20yrs exp in my trade but because like half the world at my age, left school early to start working and dont have some BS diploma from school, leaving cert or equal I dont qualify for the skilled visa.
No family in aus… I havnt half a million to invest, and Im certainly, most definately not a gifted athlete!!
So after all that Bob, is there any other way to land in Australia with an interview and most likely a job lined up without going down the sponsorship route……….
Thanks for any help and your site is the business.
Cheers
Darren

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BobinOz August 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Hi Darren

Yes, it is very difficult to get a sponsorship and it’s true that employers do have to jump through a few hoops to sort it out as well. Then, to make things worse, they could end up with an employee who they they are obliged to keep for two years who they don’t think that much of, that’s if things go wrong.

There is a way, and that’s by applying for permanent residency based on your skill, and for you, as you don’t have any qualifications, you would need to be assessed for that skill. Then you can come out here if you get enough points and assuming your assessment and visa application is successful. Then you just go and look for a job.

It’s how we got here.

There you go, that’s the other way. Good luck!

Bob

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darren September 1, 2012 at 2:56 am

Hi Bob,
even though australia is part of the commonwealth do british passport holders still need the various work permits and visas as required by non passport holders.
Thanks bob

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BobinOz September 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Yes.

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Maria September 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Good afternoon bob. in one post you mention that sometimes you get to know companies that are willing to sponsor. I tried to login in yesterday but i didnt receive any email. I am really intereseted in knowing whcih companies might be willing to sponsor!

Thank you so much

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BobinOz September 6, 2012 at 12:43 am

Not sure what you mean by “I tried to login”, but if you have signed up on that list and not received an email, it’s because I have either not sent one, or it’s in your spam folder. I only send out notifications like that when I get them, and I might only get one or two a month.

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Anina September 13, 2012 at 8:54 am

Hi Bob,
I am Samoan married to an Australian I am now an Australian citizen . I have a sister and my mother in Samoa and i want to bring them here to live with me in Australia. Are they eligible to apply for a premament visa to move to Australia?

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BobinOz September 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I’m pretty sure they will have to apply just like anybody else, they are not automatically eligible. But you really need to be seeking the advice of a MARA registered migration agent who will obviously need many more details. Good luck!

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Nigel Tan September 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Hi Bob, I’m a graduate Architecture Draftsman but a Project Manager by profession.
I’m planning to persue an Advanced Diploma in Interior Design but with a student visa, does that mean that my 3 children age 4,6 and 9 need to pay international tuition fees in a local school?…Is there any other visa that will entiltle my children for domestic fees?..thanks

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BobinOz September 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Sorry Nigel, I don’t know the answer to that one.

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scott September 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Hi bob I hope you can help I’m living in the uk I’ve been a mechanic for 23yrs now I’ve got city and guild’s one and two but I’m not sure if they are recognised in oz I’m trying to get a 190 visa any help would be great
Many thanks Scott

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BobinOz September 20, 2012 at 1:00 am

Well, I’m not really qualified to answer you, but I don’t really think these qualifications are recognised. But that doesn’t mean you couldn’t qualify, assuming your trade is in demand. You could be assessed to see if your skills meet Australian requirements, this is quite a common thing that happens.

As I say, I can’t really help you with it, but my MARA agent would be able to assist, he would need to know a lot more details, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

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pat whitehouse September 25, 2012 at 3:36 am

Hi Bob
Need some urgent advice! I am in the process of selling my house to move to Oz. The visa is in place but now, right at the last minute I am beginning to doubt whether at nearly forty five years young I am too old to start again. I’m a plumber and would only have £50-60k to bring. I have a nervous wife (who has inflicted the doubts I have) and 3 kids. She would like us to own a house in Oz but I worry whether I could secure a mortgage in a few years be aide of my age.
any advice would be great….

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BobinOz September 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Hi Pat

Sounds like, reading between the lines, that you don’t have much equity in your current house in the UK if you are only bringing £50-£60K with you, so I don’t see how much different your situation would be when you get here compared to what you’ve got currently.

Given your situation though, I would think it is important that you have a job to start as soon as you get here and that you are happy with the money that job will pay you. It’s important to hit the ground running otherwise those savings will get drained.

You could buy a nice house for $400,000 in quite a few places in Australia, with a $75,000 deposit, you’d probably be paying back something like $2600-$2700 a month mortgage. All doable, providing you do have a job to start straightaway earning decent money.

On the other hand, of course there are plenty of things that can go wrong and loads to get nervous about. I can’t help you with that, I think we all take a risk when we move out here, only you can decide. If you change your mind and stay though, maybe you’ll always be thinking “I wonder what it would have been like?”

I’m afraid this one is your call, good luck whatever you decide.

Cheers

Bob

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gary September 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm

hi, great site, just what i was looking for, now bookmarked and totally studying it. anyway i have a few questions if you don’t mind answering. me and my fiancé are on our working holiday visa from the UK, we have been here a month and her job as pre school teacher (on the sponsor list) has been told that her work will sponsor her. i have been informed by a friend that this means that i can stay with her in the country. we would like to start a family in 6 months and the school is happy with this. what are the chances of it? will i be guaranteed to stay? will the child be allowed to stay? will the child get a Australian and UK passport? also what do you think the chances of staying after the 4 year period? thank you so much for taking the time to read this, i have checked out a few sites and can’t find the info i am looking for.

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BobinOz September 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Hi Gary, everything you ask about is possible, but none of it is guaranteed. Look upon each one as a little hurdle, but for sure your WHV can, in time, turn into PR. There will be a few rules to observe along the way and some hoops to jump through, but handled correctly you will have a good chance.

If you need professional help with it all, I can recommend my MARA agent, just let me know if you want him to represent you.

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gary September 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

thanks for that, yeah if you could send me a link to your guy that would be great, then we shall look into it more, thanks again

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BobinOz September 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Hi Gary

Here’s the page with all the details – Visa Assessment Service – if you decide to go ahead, simply pay for the assessment and you will receive a form via download that you would need to complete using your fiancés details as the primary applicant. My agent will map out the correct procedure that you would need to go through to achieve everything you need so that you know exactly what you need to do. If you want him to represent you, he can do that too.

Good luck.

Bob

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VD October 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Hi Bob,

Thanks for having such an informative site.

I am planning to move to Australia.

Recently i got my skills assesment done and passed English langauage requirement.
I have 60 points now. My age is 30 Years and have 8+ years of experience and Bachelor Degree outside australia ….and also married.

I want to apply for Skills Independent visa (189 subclass) OR Skills Nominated visa (190 subclass).

I want to move alone to australia first and stay there for few months and get settled. Then i plan to call my depedents in australia. I am also not in position to pay visa fees for my dependents right now. I can afford visa fees for me only currently.

So what is the procedure to file EOI (Expression of Interest) in my case?
1) Do i have to mention anything about my dependents in my EOI application ?
2) Do i have to get visa for my dependents with me only and cannot get it later?
3) Procedure to call my dependents to australia after i get settled there.

I would be very greatful if you can provide me this details. Thanks very much.

~ VD

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BobinOz October 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Hi VD

These are all questions that should really be answered by a MARA migration agent, I’m not qualified to answer this sort of thing. If you are interested, I do highly recommend my agent who works with me on this website, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

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Louise October 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Hi bob,

Me and my fiancé out in aus on a holiday working visa at the moment. The company that I work for are going to sponsor me on a 457 visa and my fiancé as a secondary applicant. My question is my other half is looking in to applying for a skilled independent 189 visa if he was granted the visa is it easy for me to transfer on to his visa? As my understanding is that the most recent visa granted cancels out the previous one.
Many thanks for any light you can shine on this matter
Louise

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BobinOz October 11, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I don’t know the answer to this one Louise, too technical for me. I’d probably be inclined to wait and see how your sponsorship goes first, but that’s only my opinion. I really don’t know what is best. Good luck though!

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daven October 12, 2012 at 1:10 am

hi bob im 33yr old bricky lookin to move to oz in new year just wondering if u no what the best visa i shud go for.i was told i could go for 3 months find a sponser come home then go back is that true?cheers:)

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BobinOz October 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Technically that’s possible, but pretty unlikely because the visa you come over on for three months would probably not allow you to work. A prospective employer wouldn’t be able to test you out and see how good you are, so securing a sponsorship would probably be very difficult.

Only a MARA registered migration agent can truly tell you which is the best visa for your situation, which is why I offer my Visa Assessment Service. Good luck!

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Phil October 24, 2012 at 7:12 am

Hi Bob
I am a Canadian Citizen, I was in Australia on a working holiday Visa, while there I met a Australian lady and we lived together for 5 months before my Visa was up and I had to return to Canada. She decided to come with me and we are living in Canada now. The sad part is she really wants to go back home but we have not lived together for the 12 months . If we married here in Canada would that help with my chances of going back and working and living there for good.
What can we do so I can go back with her.Any help would be appreciated.
Thank-you

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BobinOz October 24, 2012 at 6:18 pm

That’s another question for my MARA agent, please see the link I’ve included in my answer to the comment above yours, for sure my expert will know the best route to you to take. Worth the small investment.

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balu October 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Hi Bob,

I am an Indian Citizen, I want to apply for the working visa in australia,
I have 4+ experience in Software programming in India
It would be very helpful if you guide me to proceed.

Thanks

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BobinOz October 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I can’t, but my Mara agent can. Check out my Visa Assessment Service.

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roman rana October 29, 2012 at 3:17 am

dear sir,
currently my wife got a student visa for Queensland university of technology, Brisbane in master program. i am in a student spouse dependent visa. i want to know that can i stay and work in other than student nominated states or is it compulsory to stay together.actually I want to shift Sydney. i hope that you will clarify me.
Roman rana

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BobinOz October 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Sorry, I can’t help you with that one, I do not know the terms of your visa, and I am not qualified to answer technical questions about any visa.

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bahar October 30, 2012 at 9:19 am

Dear Bob,
It’s months that i’m looking trough websites to find a way to immigrate to Australia but more searches make me more disappointed.I’m a education assistant in a high school with 6yrs experience and also skilled artist in marquetry with over10yrs experience and have ICDL( international computer driving licence) certificate, but I couldn’t find a way to migrate. I’m 32.and also have university degree in English translation.
Awaiting for your advice

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BobinOz October 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm

If there is any possibility of you successfully moving to Australia by any means, my professional Mara migration agent will find it for you. He will not do it for free, but it would be money well spent. Check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck!

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Terry Stocker October 31, 2012 at 4:57 am

Hi bob
I am 25 years old and want to emigrate to oz, as i have some friends there and they love it!!

Getting to the question! I am still studying at college to become a fully qualified electrician and solar panel fitter. I already have some other electrical qualifications but i dont think there enough by there self to get me excepted!! Do you know if i can start my application using an advisor and get the ball rolling knowing that in 11 months i will fully have all my certificates for my trade.

It would be great if you can get back to me on this as i dont really know what to do or who to ask!

Kind Regards

Terry Stocker

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BobinOz November 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Personally, I don’t think it would be a good idea. I think you would need to get your qualifications under your belt first, without them you just wouldn’t have enough points. That’s only my opinion, but if you want the opinion of somebody who does know, then maybe you should talk to my Mara agent.

It could be worth filling in one of my Visa Assessments with all the qualifications you do already have, and letting my man see what he thinks your position is. The service is free, but effectively you would be getting the ball rolling and it will tell you precisely what you need to do next. Good luck!

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Kevin November 1, 2012 at 10:09 am

Hi bob,

I am with my current girlfriend two years and we want to emigrate to oz, she had family there that are residents about 15 years now. We are just wondering an we be sponsored by her family that lives there? Any info would be a great help.

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BobinOz November 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Having relatives that live here in Australia doesn’t really help much these days I’m afraid. If you want to start to look into how you might possibly be able to move here, I suggest reading my page about Visas and then following the advice I give there. Good luck!

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Nhaidz November 1, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Hi BobinOz,

I’m under a spouse visa (provisional) and been here for 13 months now.

If I want to go back to Philippines and stay there for awhile and if I want to come back to Australia and my 2 yrs provisional visa is already expired and I’m not a PR yet, what will happen? Do I have to go back to the first step?

Thank you very much and more power?

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BobinOz November 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Sorry, I have no idea on this one, you would need to consult a Mara agent I would think or ask DIAC.

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eddie November 5, 2012 at 1:24 am

hi bob, i am 38 married with 4 children. i’ve been plumbing for 8 years but have no qualifications so i have to do an aqf and ielts test so finding it hard to get to oz, my friend told me if i had a certain amount of money they will let u in, is this true and how much is it.thanks eddie

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BobinOz November 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I think that is true for what is loosely termed the rich parents visa, that’s parents who want to join their children living here. I’m pretty sure it’s not true for someone in your situation. But I’m not an expert, if you want to find out if there is a way in for you, maybe you should take a look at my Visa Assessment Service. If there is a way in for you, my MARA agent would find it.

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Sofia Karlsson November 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm

can you not get a free print pdf of the EOI so you know what questions you dealing with?
Does every one need to do a english test even english people ?

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BobinOz November 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I’m not sure you can get a sample EOI, I have only ever seen the online form and as for the English test, there are some exemptions, I think it depends on your occupation and whether or not it requires a high level of understanding the English language.

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Morgan Patts November 8, 2012 at 6:05 am

Hi Bob,

Quick question about my 1st working holiday visa!

I was approved a few months ago, and in the process of making sure that I have all of the “proof” that I will need to bring with me.

1) I have the funds that are required by my visa, but how do you prove that? Is a bank statment enough or will it have to notarized?

2) They said to have funds for an onward or return ticket, but I have family who thinks it has to be an open ended ticket back home or I won’t be let in…Do you know if it’s just funds to cover the ticket or do I actually need a physical airplane ticket home?

3)The date that I have entered in my visa application to enter Aus,(November) will be pushed back a couple months,(January) will that be okay? Or will I have to figure out how exactly to let the immigration folks know

4) My plans are for going to brisbane and Gold Coast at first…Is it east to get jobs there right now? or will I be looking for a while?

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BobinOz November 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Sorry Morgan, I can’t answer these specific questions about your visa, I’d be guessing if I tried and I don’t want to give you misleading information. I couldn’t tell you how easy or hard it will be to find work either, that largely depends on you and your skills. Good luck though!

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Sharon Creasey November 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Hi Bob,

We are almost committed to the idea!! Lots of last minute nerves etc. Just want advice about migration companies. Am talking to three now (probably should stop filling in online forms) Not sure which one to go with? Any advice?

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BobinOz November 15, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Hi Sharon

My migration agent, without a doubt! He’s great at what he does, you can trust him and I couldn’t recommend him more. I speak with him almost daily, enough to know he’s a really nice guy but also extremely clever.

If you want to use him, you would need to start by paying for a Visa Assessment, but the small fee you pay for that is added as a credit to your account, so it will reduce your final fee payable. His rates are pretty good too.

I have had several emails and comments from people who have been seriously disappointed with the service from some migration companies, so you do need to be careful who you choose.

Good luck whatever you decide.

Cheers

Bob

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Tenzin choezom November 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Dear Sir,
I humbly thank you for your kind thought for advising those people who really seek advice from someone who understands the circumstances and who are willing to share the thought which surely will help a better life.
I am one such kind of wife whose husband is in Australia. As I have suffered from Tuberclosis some years back and is cured. I had my medical check up, did sputum culture test which all shows no growth. I thought my medical is cleared but some months back I got the news that its not fully recovered and need some time to recover. I don’t know how, I have been medicated with 20 months MDR. My personal doctor shows positive result for my recovery and I am confident about that.
Can you please suggest what ways should I take to solve this. Personally, its such a hardship to be away from my husband for long and that is really creating mentally and physical weakening. I truly hope you can light us a way or if you can suggest any one whom I can seek advise from.
Thanking you
sincerely
Tenzin Choezom
Dharamsala
India

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BobinOz November 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I am afraid there is nothing I can do, you need to pass the Australian medical, there is simply no way around that one. Tuberculosis is highly contagious and extremely expensive to treat, DIAC need to be 100% certain you are in the clear before they will let you in.

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Zehra November 24, 2012 at 1:04 am

Hey BobinOz!
I am from Pakistan, 22 years old and i want to migrate to Austrailia..
tell me the process..
Thanx!

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BobinOz November 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Read Visas.

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Andrew November 24, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Hi Bob,

My father has lived in Australia for over 6 years and is an Australian Citizen, as his birth child can i migrate to the county and study??

Would this also enable me to receive assistance with funding for university or further education?

I am soon to be 25 years old.

Any help would be appreciated

Kind Regards

Andrew

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BobinOz November 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I’m not sure how it would work for you Andrew, to get the correct answer you’d need to supply much more information and talk to a MARA registered migration agent. I recommend my man, check out my
Visa Assessment Service.

Thanks

Bob

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Karl November 26, 2012 at 11:44 am

Hi Bob,
I’ve enjoyed your website and have found it most informative and helpful.
I am a physician in the US and am considering relocating to Australia with my family. I have started exploring options with a placement agency and I am planning a vacation in March.
My main reasons are that I am concerned about the direction my country is heading both politically, socially, and financially. I do not think the US will look the same in 5-10 years and I want my children to grow up in a unified country that values independance and hard work with sound financial principles.
I feel that the political system in the US is broken and too devisive to resolve the major issues confronting us.
Additionally, as a physician I would like to be able to care for my patients without the loads of governmental red tape and constant threat of litigation.
I know these are controversial issues and I understand if you cannot comment openly on these topics but I would really appreciate your insight if possible.

Thanks,

Karl

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BobinOz November 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I can’t comment on the situation in the US Karl, but you’re not the first person to tell me the country appears to be going down hill fast. Australia isn’t a perfect country, we have red tape too, but I’m sure you will find it a great place to bring up your children. Good luck!

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karen November 29, 2012 at 7:43 am

Hi my son lives in australia is there any way his father and i couls live there too ?

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BobinOz November 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Yes, if you qualify for a visa, but that might not be easy. My MARA agent could tell you if you have a chance or not, take a look at my Visa Assessment Service.

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Kevin November 30, 2012 at 4:15 am

Hi Bob,
What is qualified as a highly skilled worker? I have a bachelor of arts degree with honours in sports studies does this qualify? thanks
kevin

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BobinOz December 1, 2012 at 12:30 am

Hi Kevin

Highly skilled usually means somebody with at least 3 or 4 years solid experience in a desired skill which is probably on the skills list and a degree will strengthen the case. But it could also be someone who has been a welder the 14 years with no formal qualifications. I couldn’t tell you if your skill or qualifications would help, you’d need to check out my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and look for the link to the Skilled Occupations List to see if what you do appears anywhere.

Bob

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James December 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Hi Bob,

I have been researching for my move to Australia for a long time and have come up with most of the answers I require (most of which have been positive and a lot of which have come from your site), however I am a massive movie/television buff and have recently found out that Australia’s television suffers from a large amount of censorship/editing (Example: STAR’s Spartacus Blood and Sand). I’m just wondering if there are any LEGAL ways to get uncensored television and is it legal to have the DVDs sent from a family member in England as a gift?

(I know it seems silly but I don’t like the idea of paying money for a watered down version)
Thanks James

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BobinOz December 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Hi James

I’m a bit of a movie buff myself, but I’ve never heard anything about Australia censoring movies to a greater degree than anyone else, I always got the impression Australian censorship laws were quite relaxed. Where did you hear about this?

As far as I am aware, you can actually order DVDs online from places like Amazon who, I believe, are happy to ship worldwide. So I think you will be able to get uncut versions without problems.

Cheers

Bob

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James December 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Thanks Bob,

The whole thing stemmed from some research into video game censorship (Left 4 dead) for a friend, I’m sure I read an article/website about Australian television censoring some shows. If such censorship doesn’t exist; excellent, I can look forward to a life in Australia with my DVD collection in one piece.

James

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BobinOz December 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I think you can too, I certainly don’t believe Australian Customs will be rummaging through your DVD collection to confiscate stuff it thinks is over the mark, and I’d be interested to hear from you if you find any evidence of films being censored here more than they are in other countries.

Cheers

Bob

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S February 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Hi Bob/James,
James, I totally agree with you about your thoughts on television censorship :)
Bob, I have a question quite similar to James’, and after a bit of hunting on the internet, the only place that seemed to address this query was this QnA! Well, the thing is, I am huge movie buff myself, and have been downloading movies and sitcoms for years (before you look down upon me as a sociopath..it all started as hobby. Since I couldn’t afford to pay for movie hall tickets and well, I come from a poor family. I stopped downloading the day I could afford to pay to go to the movies. During those 10 years, I built a massive collection of about 7000 movies (mostly bluray rips), and have over 35 gigs of music. Honestly, this is my most precious possession and it would break my heart if that HDD is not allowed on Aussie soil :(
I need to know for sure if you know someone who was able to immigrate without having to leave their personal, non-commercial DVDs, mp3 collection and .avi/mkv movies back at customs. Could you please shed some light on my apprehensions? Thanks in advance!

S.

P.s. –
* I don’t download any more, since I can now afford to buy the DVD/watch the movie at a cinema hall. Needless to say, that stuff won’t happen even once we move to Australia :)

* Bob, I absolutely love your website and your sense of humor. My wife and I have spent many hours ROFL-ing at your dry British humor and Aussie experiences on your website. We even downloaded a copy of your free 20 reasons to migrate to Australia pdf. That ebook in itself is a masterpiece! You must consider writing longer pieces, mate..you’ll be our very own Australian PG Wodehouse! Cheers n talk to you soon! God bless!

S

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BobinOz February 21, 2013 at 1:21 am

Wow, thanks S, you’ve made me feel as though I’m a proper writer! If only my old English teacher were alive, I’d give him a call and ask him what he thinks of his “must try harder” comment on my school report now!

Anyway, your DVD and music collection. Here’s my understanding; anybody who legitimately buys a DVD, CD or any media product has the right to make a secure backup for personal use. Now, why wouldn’t you backup all of your CDs and DVDs onto one simple hard drive to make the move into another country much easier?

Personally, I brought over about 250 x 90 minute cassette’s (yes, I am a bit older) worth of music, and around 100 CDs/DVDs. All were copies, obviously backups of originals I’d personally purchased and for personal use, and all my stuff got through customs no problem.

I also brought across two computers and two external hard drives, no problems with those either.

This just isn’t the sort of thing customs are looking for. They are looking for contaminated goods, things that can bring disease into this country, guns, alcohol and drugs.

Or, as in my case, they pulled me up for a deck chair and a pair of boots because they didn’t like the idea that these things had come into contact with UK garden soil.

I think you’ll be fine, I really don’t think you will have a problem with this.

Cheers

Bob

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S February 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Thank you for your prompt and reassuring response, Bob. Everyone makes a back-up copy of stuff that’s important to them. It makes sense for customs/immigration to allow it into the country.

I have another question: When new migrants arrive into the country via State-sponsored migration (in our case it will be Melbourne, Vic.), does the Australian Government make arrangements for us to settle in, let’s say for a fortnight or so? I mean, something like a free guest-house apartment with a desk counter that explains the first few steps, eg. getting a tax number, driver’s license, real estate agents’ desk etc.? Just curious and want to be suitably prepared in the absence of such facilities once we land.

S.

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BobinOz February 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm

No, I think you’re getting mixed up with England.

You might get a “Welcome!” from customs at the airport though.

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S February 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm

:D
I hear ya

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Ann December 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I’ve been living in Australia or five and a half years now, together with both my children and 6 grand children, and I hold a Permanent Resident Visa. I’ve just read that at 67 years old I will not have to take the test to become an Australian Citizen, BUT I can’t find out what I have to do…? Do you know what I have to do. Please…. ?

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BobinOz December 5, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Yes, you need to apply via the government’s website, it’s all quite efficient. Here’s the link to their website – applying for citizenship – just follow the wizard and it will tell you all you need to know and whether you qualify. Of course, you will have to pay a fee, I think it’s about $260. But hey!

Good luck

Bob

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emily smith December 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

Hey Bob, Great site. I am flying to australia in March On a working holiday visa. I am a chef and will be looking to work and hopefully get sponsored, but could you advice me on what i can do from the uk now to look for work or to get in contact with agents or companies? Your help is gratefully recieved. :o)

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BobinOz December 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Hi Emily

All I can suggest is that you look at my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and make contact with potential employees that you might find by searching through the three employment agencies I have listed on that page. Explain the situation and who knows, maybe someone might have something for you.

Good luck!

Bob

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Ben December 13, 2012 at 7:06 am

Hi Bob,

I have been reading your website for some time now with great interest, and can’t wait to experience what seems to be a great country.

I recently received my Visa in October of this year, and although it has only been two months, seem to be struggling to find work in most of the country. My dream to move to Queensland, but have added Adelaide, ACT, Sydney, Melbourne to my list of destinations to simply try and find a job.

I have used Seek.com.au primarily as a source of what IT Jobs might be out there, but the ones I am able to apply for because what skills I have, seem to be slowly drying out (it must be that hot weather you guys have).

Can you suggest other places I can use to try and get work… my Visa (until its activated) runs out in September 2013, and would like to avoid having to go to Oz on vacation just to activate it and waste a lot of money on air-fares.

Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Yours

Ben

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BobinOz December 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Hi Ben

I think the problem here is, although you do have a visa, it is still hard to find work when you are not in the country, prospective employees prefer to meet you face-to-face and if they have people that they can do that with, they will probably take preference over those they’ve not seen.

That said, it’s certainly not impossible to get the job from outside of the country, and I can understand how important it is to get the job sorted before you come here. I’ve heard there are a lot of IT jobs in the mining industry, would you be suited to that?

Other than that, all I can suggest is that you check out my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship as there are a couple more links to other employment agencies that you might find useful. Good luck!

Bob

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Selvin December 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Hi BoB,

Thank you so much for this Blog. I have lots to questions perhaps you can help me little by little. I want to come to OZ and get PR ..I studied in India and started working as a Tech support SAP analyst in India. I have 17 months of work experience and now i have finally made up my mind that i want to be in Australia. How to proceed and is Tech support jobs available in SOL. I did check it but i am still not sure with it.Or Should i do higher studies in OZ and is it easy to get a job there in the same field as i study .. is it easy to settle there if i study?

Regards
Sel

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BobinOz December 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Hi Selvin

If you are serious about wanting to move to Australia, I suggest you check out my Visa Assessment Service. You see, I can’t answer these kind of questions, you need a professional MARA agent to guide you, and that’s exactly what I have working with me on this site donig these assessments.

You will have to answer a lot of questions yourself first, about six pages worth so that my expert can find out all about you. Then he will be able to tell you the best path for you to take in order to try and secure a move here to Australia.

Good luck!

Bob

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bk March 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Hello Sel,

I would need some suggestions from you since you have some SAP background. Is there any way I can contact you directly ? Any email that you might be able to share ?
Sorry, if this could be a botheration. You are free not to respond back :)

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BobinOz March 4, 2014 at 12:44 am

Ha ha, I had to Google SAP to see what it means, so little point in speaking to me directly. If you have a question, you really do need to ask your online, then others cannot only see my answer, but they can help if I can’t answer as well.

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Yin December 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Hi Bob. I found your site is very useful. Thank you very much.
I have a question to ask you regarding partner visa application.
I’m a Malaysian citizen with husband working in Australia. He’s been working since 2011 and holding visa subclass 457 (expiring on 2014). I’m planning to move to Australia next year (2013) with him. Can you advice me in regards of the procedure of applying partner visa 457?
Thanks for your time.

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BobinOz December 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Hi Yin

No, I can’t, but my MARA registered migration agent can; check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Cheers

Bob

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Taylor December 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Taylor Brianna Kidney

Hello, my name is taylor i am 20 years old and currently living in alberta canada… i am currently a housekeeper at two hotels in Banff. I have come to meet lots of austrailian people, and going to austrailia has been a dream of mine since i was a little girl. I am in a delima. I would like to go in september 2013. And i am interested in getting a working visa for up to 6 months or maybe a year of being there.im looking to work at a resort that way i could find a staff accomadation privalige. Anywho, i have been told that in order for me to get a austrailian visa i need to own my own credit card, with about 5000$ on it. this is putting a stopper to my trip planning, where i am only 20, i do not own a credit card nor could i get one for that amount of money.. is there anyway around this, without having a credit card in my pocket? please reply i would appreciate any advice you could lend to me.. cheers.

and is there anyway you could help me in landind a job in a resort? any suggestions.

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BobinOz January 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm

No way round that one as far as I know Taylor, that is a condition of being granted a Working Holiday Visa. If you can’t meet the conditions, you will not be issued with the visa. I’m afraid that’s how it works.

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jamie tomkins January 3, 2013 at 2:07 am

Hi bob!

I love your web site!

I was wondering if you help me I’m moving to austrilia in 4 weeks and I’m a bit confused in 2 things and I was wondering if you could help!
First one is- when you buy a used car is it already insured and taxed?

And secondary to rent a property can I make the initial payment with my UK account or do I need to be in oz with my activated oz account to pay?

Thanks for your help!

Jamie

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BobinOz January 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Hi Jamie

Some cars come with ‘rego’ and some don’t. If it does have rego, then I know for sure that does include third-party insurance here in Queensland, I can’t guarantee what each and every other state does in this respect though, so check first.

As for paying your rental, all they want is the money and as long as you can transfer Australian dollars from the UK account, I’m sure you’ll be fine. Good luck!

Bob

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Hendrik January 8, 2013 at 2:23 am

Hi there

I’m from South Africa and finishing my Matric year this year. My Girl friend and her family is moving to Australia and I want to live with them as a family member while studying, working and living there…
Is this possible? And If so, what Visas do I need to do this?

Thank you.

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BobinOz January 9, 2013 at 12:08 am

Yes, you do need a visa and there are a lot of different visas to choose from. They are not easy to get, but not impossible either. I can’t advise you which visa to go for, that’s a very involved process that requires a lot of information about you. My MARA agent could help you with this though, check out my
Visa Assessment Service.

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Ria January 8, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Hi Bob,
loving your website. Just reading the E book and wanted a bit of clarification on health care in Australia. We live in the UK at the moment, and one of the biggest thing keeping us here (other than finances and sorting out jobs!) is the NHS. Now, it has its downsides, but on the whole the NHS is great. You can be anyone, anywhere and get injured/sick and they will look after you and put you back together.

Now, in your Ebook im under the impression that Australia has something similar for those not willing/able to pay for private? So if you need healthcare, its there and there wont be a bill at the end of it? But that paying for private is a better option. Have I got this right?

Thanks again

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BobinOz January 9, 2013 at 12:49 am

Yes Ria, that is pretty much right, certainly from my experience. There are some differences though, you will need to pay to go and see a doctor, how much you pay depends on quite a few things. I think (and only think) it’s currently about $70. But that’s my doctor, I’ve heard I could go to one up the road who charges $45.

But then, depending on your circumstances, or even what insurance you pay, (I pay $80 per month for the whole family) you get some back. Sometimes as much as 70%. The bottom line for me though is if you need to go into hospital, and you do not have private insurance, you will still get treated. You may wait longer (just like you would with the NHS) but you will get fixed up eventually.

If it’s an emergency, you won’t have to wait. They probably will ask you though (assuming you are conscious) whether you have insurance or not so they can decide which hospital to take you to.

If health care really is your major issue, maybe you should look into it further rather than just relying on my experiences; at most I go to the doctors about once a year and although I’ve been here five years, I only went to the hospital for the first time just before Christmas following (and you can read about it here) an accident with my eye.

Bottom line, healthcare here is not the NHS (probably still the envy of the world) but it’s not bad either.

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Christina January 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

Hi Bob,

I am planning on being sponsored by an employer (ENS subclass 186) and my defacto partner will be added on to my visa. He would like to return to Uni to study. Will this be possible while we are still going through sponsorship?

Thank you for your help!

Christina

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BobinOz January 9, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Hi Christina

Are you asking if you’re defacto partner can go to university whilst you are here on a job sponsorship? If that’s a question, I suspect he can, but I also suspect he will have to pay his own tuition fees. But I don’t know for sure.

Thanks

Bob

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myra January 10, 2013 at 3:19 pm

hi bob just messaging you for some help/advice please.
I had my heart set on moving to brisbane this year with my other half and our two children aged 5 and 2. I have just been informed that queensland has a recruitment freeze on at the moment and i will have to consider another state. my question is ; could you please recommend a place that is hopefully similar ? we are looking for a quiet family life located in a nice, but not rural suburb. ideally near the coast. i hope that you can help as i am left feeling a little deflated at the moment.

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BobinOz January 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I think each state in Australia is really quite different, that’s part of the beauty of Australia. But I would suggest Perth in Western Australia as probably the most similar to Brisbane/Queensland for climate and, of course, it’s near the coast. I also believe it is the city that is currently booming employment wise, so that’s where I would look if I were you.

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Chris-B January 17, 2013 at 12:13 am

Greetings Bob, firstly another thumbs up for your well presented website !!

Ok mate, i would really appreciate any help / advice on Migration to AUS.
I am 33 single male, British citizen in the UK. For many years i have spent time day dreaming, talking, researching how i would love to up sticks, and re-locate down under. Basically im ready to commit to this life changing decision, and take the leap of faith.
For the past 13 years i have worked as a plastic extrusion technician in a maufacturing plant, so i guess this is really all i know , and all i could offer AUS work / skills wise.
I also assume my only chance of working / living in AUS is by gaining a 457 Visa somehow ? is there a preffered website or agency where i could advertise my work experience or search jobs in my field.
i would be willing to re-locate anywhere in AUS to start with, and could pack all my posessions in one suitcase at the drop of a hat. Money wise, after selling a few bits, i would be looking at a sum of about £20,000 to my name.

To sum it up mate, am i facing a uphill struggle and wasting my time pursuing this, or you think i have a chance ?

Regards

Chris

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BobinOz January 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Thanks Chris, glad you like my website. Sounds like you are in dire need of taking my Visa Assessment Service which isn’t free, but you’ll be pleased to hear is incredibly inexpensive.

I have to charge a fee because it takes my professional MARA registered migration agent a fair bit of time to look at all of your information and show you the best way to go to stand a chance of qualifying for a visa here in Australia, and if it looks as though you don’t qualify, my agent will explain the pathways you can take to improve your chances.

Trust me, this assessment will answer all of your questions and tell you for sure whether it’s all a dream or not.

Good luck whatever you decide to do.

Cheers

Bob

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Dinoop January 20, 2013 at 12:47 am

Hi,
I am an Indian Citizen, I had done my Masters in Australia for 2 years. After my Masters I had an option to apply for temporary residency and find a job for 1 year to get permanent residency. But instead I chose to move to Austria for my PhD. Currently I am in my last phase of PhD and am planning to come back to Australia for 1 year as a exchange PhD student(employed by university). Will this somehow gain me points to qualify for my permanent residency. Or is the break in stay in Australia an issue for this calculation

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BobinOz January 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Sorry Dinoop, I don’t know how that sort of thing works, my MARA agent does though, so if you need help check out my Visa Assessment Service.

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ana harris January 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Hi Bob, I’m so much relax now i discovered your website, it looks like you love writing and helping others so much…i have been applying for the last two years with Get Going migration agency, apparently we will get the visas withing 6 to 8 months, but we are hoping to emigrate to Brisbane next year if everything is ok……Sorry for my spelling but I am from Venezuela so is not easy…..I have been living in Bournemouth- England for the last 10 year with my husband Andy and we have 3 kids, 7,5 and 2 but i had enough its extremely cold for me.
As you can imagine Andy is very stressed and worry about the move, we haven’t told any member of his family yet, i really have 1000 questions on my mind for you if you don’t mind!!!! well could you tell me where is a better place to live in? North Lakes or Anstead?? is that where you live?? i just ask about North Lakes because someone i met just once told me she had some friends that live there. We don’t really know where to live.. sorry…..we are thinking of maybe going to Anstead because i know you are a very clever guy so if you live there that must be really good area…..

Well Bob there you have my very first question. jajajajaja

Do you think you can help me?

Many Thanks. Ana

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BobinOz January 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

I actually live in the suburb next to Anstead, but all around these western suburbs is a really good area, including Brookfield and Pullenvale. But just because I like it doesn’t mean it’s for everyone, it’s very quiet and green and like living in the countryside out here. Some people prefer being closer to the city. I don’t know enough about North Lakes to comment, so I can’t help you with that.

The best thing to do is to have a good look round when you get here to see what appeals to you. Good luck Ana!

Bob

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Rob January 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Hiya,

Love the site, I’m having a gap year before Uni in September-ish. I’m interested in working in Australia while I have the time – seen a few jobs and heard about one or two more through acquaintances .

I was born in the UK, however I have an Australian passport/citizenship due to my parents. What I want to know is what needs to be done i.e. procedure, if I choose to go ahead with the plan. Do I still need a visa, work permit etc.

Thanks in advance,

Rob

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BobinOz January 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Hi Rob

If you are an Australian citizen, then you do not need any kind of visa. I think you simply need to apply for an Australian passport and during that process you will need to prove your Australian citizenship. Once you get the passport, you are free to come and go in Australia as you please.

Good luck!

Bob

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John January 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Hi

I am looking for sponsorship as a skilled worker so that I can emigrate with my wife and kids. I’m really just looking for any advice that you can offer as to where to start. I’m currently working in the UK as a construction site manager. The things we are finding most difficult is to work out how to get a job whilst in a different country and work out where to live that is both affordable and within reasonable distance from where work will be (looking at Sydney).

Thanks
John

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BobinOz January 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm

There is a link in the above article about how to get sponsorship, that’s all I’ve got. I can’t give you any more advice than that other then it’s not easy to do, it’s like finding a job where you live now except 10 to 50 times harder. The more work you put into it though, the better your chance of success.

Cheers

Bob

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Apostolia January 28, 2013 at 12:24 am

Hi Bob! Congratulations for your nice web page! My name is Apostolia, I am Greek and I moved in UK a few months ago. I am a mechanical engineer (age 25) and my boyfriend is software/electronic engineer (age 34). I don’t like UK because its very cold and I already feel depressed. We decided to move to Australia as soon as possible. We are going to take the IELTS exam next month and apply for the skilled migration visa. How long you believe the visa process will normally take? Brisbane seem to be a nice place to live. How is the winter in Brisbane? The company I work for owns premises in Brisbane and I am planning to ask them if it is possible to be relocated there in a few months. But i was wondering in case they deny how difficult is to find a job there? I have started searching for sponsors in Australia but I cannot really find a proper list of the companies who offer sponsorship for skilled engineers. What do you suggest??? Waiting for your answer! Thank you!!!

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BobinOz January 30, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I couldn’t tell you how long the process will take for you, is different for everyone. I also couldn’t tell you how easy or hard it would be for you to get a job, much of that depends on how determined you are and your skills at the interview stage. I do have a page about finding a job, that will help you, the link is in the above article.

As for Brisbanes weather, have you clicked on my page about Brisbane? It’s on a sub link in the main navigation menu above, beneath Australian Cities.

Good luck!

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Chris January 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Can you help me in advicing how to get my UK qualifications (plumber) converted to Australian qualifications?

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BobinOz January 31, 2013 at 1:30 pm

No, I can’t, but fortunately a guy called Nick posted a comment just a few days ago on my page called Questions About Moving to Australia.

Go to that page and check out the comment posted by Nick on 26th of January 2013 to read what he has to say about UK plumbers working in Australia. Do remember to thank him for the excellent advice :-)

Nick’s a good bloke, if you have any further questions, just asking in a comment and I know he will help you out.

Cheers

Bob

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Lucia January 31, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Hey there. My husband and I have lived in Italy for about 6 years, but as nationality we are Romanians. we are considering moving to Australia for more or less the same amount of time. I have worked as a waitress in the same restaurant for 5 years, does it qualify as a professional skill? i am also on the point of finishing the college in Multimedia Tecnologies. Can the diploma help me? we read the officiale site of Au and we don’t qualify for work and travel visas. what is the deal with the sponsors? can we get one in advance? if so how?
thanks and cheers mate

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BobinOz January 31, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Australia is a difficult country to get into, whether or not you would qualify I really couldn’t tell you. Getting sponsorship is very difficult as well. If you’re serious about wanting to move to Australia, I suggest you take advantage of my Visa Assessment Service, it’s not free, but it’s worth every cent.

Cheers

Bob

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Jo February 1, 2013 at 12:41 am

Hi Bob,
This is a sort of tricky one – my husband and I moved to Aus for two years (Adelaide) but moved back to the UK when our child was 10 months old (she was born out there and is a citizen). We’ve been back in the UK for two years now and are really torn as to whether to go back but, maybe, this time to Brisbane. Adelaide was just too provincial and stuck in the 80s for us. There is lots we like about the UK (the history, culture etc) but it’s hugely expensive, it’s like being back on a treadmill again commuting in London and, of course, London schools are dire, plus there’s an influx of non-English speakers from all over Europe who aren’t exactly contributing much to our economy! I’m scared to return though – partly the ‘suburban sprawl’ of Aus put me off, with faceless suburbs, no local shops etc (it felt quite isolating). But maybe this was just where we were. Do you know of anyone who left and then made a go of it second time round?

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BobinOz February 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Hi Jo

Well, I know somebody who came here for a year, wasn’t sure about Australia, went back to the UK to take another look there, stayed six months, didn’t like it, so came back here to Australia.

Now they are here to stay and love it.

Not sure any of this is going to help you much, you don’t seem to be particularly in love with Australia judging by your description, and I think it’s important when coming here to be enthusiastic and eager to embrace the lifestyle.

So I’m not sure Australia is for you, but only you can answer that for yourself. Good luck whatever you decide to do.

Cheers

Bob

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mark February 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Hi there,

I am moving to Australia on a prospective marr visa with indefinite stay.
My only concern is customs and stuff I intend to bring to Australia. I have a desktop computer in parts, 600 dollar medical device, 5 vintage camera lenses that are cheap in my country but on ebay they may add up to 2000 bucks… So what should I do ? I dont have money to pay customs on all that..
Cheers

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BobinOz February 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Do check, but I think you’ll find you only need to pay customs when bringing stuff into the country that is less than 12 months old. I will try and get that confirmed for you.

Cheers

Bob

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mark February 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Thanks a lot Bob

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Caroline Mason February 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Hi Mark, with regards to your question about customs – yes Bob is correct, duty is payable on items which have not been owned and used for 12 months. If you need any further customs info, feel free to e-mail me and I can send you a customs guide to Australia.

Many thanks
Caroline

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BobinOz February 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm

There you are, confirmed:-)

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Angela Harrison February 3, 2013 at 1:03 am

Hi Bob
My Husband is a bricklayer and we have been looking to move to Brisbane in the next two years, we have read there is lots of rainy days is this true? if so can bricklayers earn a good income with so much rain?

And is there lots of bricklayers needed in Brisbane? if not where else is a good place to move too we have 4 children so we need good schools and colleges close by.

Thanks Bob Angela.

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BobinOz February 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Hi Angela

I don’t really know enough about bricklaying to give you an answer here, but I can assure you that most states, if not all, have far fewer rainy days than the UK. Brisbane isn’t exactly buzzing with new house builds at the moment, but I hear Perth is quite lively. But I would try and get that confirmed by somebody who is in the industry, or maybe check out my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and search or bricklayers jobs using the links on that page, that’ll tell you where most of the work is.

Cheers

Bob

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James February 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Hi Bob,

I know this is a specific question, which you may not be able to answer, However my friend is desperate to know about the classification thing in Australia; Left4Dead2 was refused classification for example. Anyway, I guess the question I’m asking is “is there a legal way to use/buy ‘refused classification’ games in Australia?” and if not “is anything being changed or updated”.

Thanks a lot, James

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BobinOz February 5, 2013 at 9:01 pm

You’re right, I can’t answer this one James, but my suspicion is if this game has been refused classification, then there probably isn’t a legal way to buy it.

I’m only guessing though.

Cheers

Bob

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Pen February 5, 2013 at 8:13 pm

hi bob,
I’m a Samoan citizen, a father of three, I’ve had been thinking of moving to Australia..but could you help me understand how to get a work visa there. I’ve seen a lot of jobs at the Mine Company’s which is a fantastic oppourtunity to kick off, been working in the Sales Industry as a Marketer and also styding Mechanical Engineering. Is it possible to get what i’ve been digging for ???

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BobinOz February 5, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Have you had a go at the visa wizard on my page about Visas? That’s probably as good a place as any to start, you will also find a link on that page to my visa assessment service in case you need professional help.

Good luck!

Bob

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mili February 7, 2013 at 1:52 am

Hello Bob,
can u help me..Bob.I am Mili from India,we want to go work & settle in Australia,my hubby is working in retail sector in kolkata,he graduate & his age is 32.I send his resume in your e-mail,we have one small daughter her age is 6 & i am 31.so we are eligible to go?we want pr,so how can we apply for pr,we have no any criminal record.please help me & suggest right way to go,we are very upset becoz where ever we go all are fraud agents to take wants huge money…..so Bob pease help us…asap reply..
Thank you
Mili

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BobinOz February 8, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Hi Mili

Personally I can’t help you, I am not a MARA registered migration agent, but I have a man that works with me who is and I can assure you he is very honest and reliable and if there is a way for you and your family to move here, he will find it. Australia is not an easy country to get into, but if you can qualify in any way, he will guide you through it.

Check out my Visa Assessment Service, it’s not free, but it’s worth every cent. Good luck!

Bob

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mili February 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Hello Bob
Thank u for reply,pls Bob can u give me that person mail id or somthing any contact no.if can possible to help us,as it u said,that person,pls Bob if possible? u tell him to help us & suggest to go right way& how can we apply for PR in Australia,i know Bob is not an easy country but try will make impossible things to convert possible…..pls asap reply
Regards
Mili

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BobinOz February 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Mili, for my MARA agent to help you, you would need to complete the visa assessment I have given you a link to. That way he gets all of your information so he can do the assessment, it’s the only way to take this forward.

Thanks

Bob

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Sharon Creasey February 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm

hi Bob,

We are seriously looking at emigrating next July. It is just the hassle that is putting us off – hassle with our stuff!! We would like to bring our furniture etc. How do we go about it? Do we get a container and send it on before we depart or do we end up living in Oz waiting for it to arrive??? so many things to think about, but I know it will be absolutely worth it!! Some advice please from those who have done it!!!
Thanks

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BobinOz February 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm

The choice is yours on that one, you will either be without your furniture in the UK if you send it ahead, or you will be without your furniture in Australia while you wait for it to arrive. We did a mixture of both, we sent our stuff over about two weeks before we left the UK, shipping usually takes between 6 to 8 weeks.

Hope that helps a bit. Thanks Sharon!

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Caroline Mason February 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Hi Sharon, I work for an international removals company, just wanted to share a few tips with you.

The majority of our customers ship a few days before they leave the UK or a few days before they move out of their house and then take on a three month furnished rental in Australia. We do also have customers who ship ahead of time also. If you need anything urgently, you could also send a separate air freight shipment as well as your sea freight shipment.

In terms of options, as a general rule, the contents of a 3 bedroom house fit into a 20ft container. If you have less than this, for example a part house shipment, there is also the option of a shared container service.

The usual process is to request a home survey and then an inventory of your household effects is taken in order to prepare a quote for you. We usually suggest doing this approximately 3 months before you are due to move.

I hope the above helps, please feel free to ask me any questions.

Many thanks
Caroline

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julie February 17, 2013 at 4:15 am

hi Bob
in the thinking stages at the moment its our dream to move to oz my occupation is on the list so think id get a visa but just wondering do you think it would be easier to apply for visa ourselfs or get an agency to do it for us,

thanks

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BobinOz February 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Hi Julie

The choice is yours, you don’t have to use an agent, but we did when we moved as the process is very complex. It’s not something you want to get wrong, and by using an agent then you know everything should be done properly.

If you do decide to use an agent, I highly recommend my agent who works with me on this website, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Cheers

Bob

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Jordanne Ware February 17, 2013 at 4:29 am

Hi ,
Im just making some enquiries im a qualified nurse with a husband and a daughter.
Obviously I have a trade behind me, unfortunately my husband doesn’t he is just a salesman and my daughter is in education what’s the chances of getting a visa for the family? Also what types of visas would be needed?

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BobinOz February 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

The good news is, if you qualify, your family is allowed to come along with you. What kind of visa you need though, well, that’s a much more complicated question. Check out my page about Visas and play around with the wizard.

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Laura Robertson February 18, 2013 at 4:18 am

Hi Bob.

I am having a slight dilemma. My husband is currently in OZ on a 12 month working holiday visa, while myself and our 3 children are in the uk. We are in the process of applying for a Pernament visa. We are desperate to join him and we were planning on going over to Oz on tourist visa in a few months. However, i have recently learned that a working holiday visa means that you can’t be joined by any dependant children at any time during your 12 month time in Oz. Is there anything we could do about this? At the time of applying for the WHV my husband didn’t seem to realise that this was one of the conditions on the visa and neither did his parents who also live in Oz, and helped him when applying for the visa!!

Many thanks

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BobinOz February 19, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Hi Laura

So I asked Miki, my MARA man, and he tells me you can come over on a ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) with the kids, live with you husband as normal (but not work) and lodge the Permanent application from here. Downside, in 3 months you would need to pop over to NZ until that gets waived.

The difference is, I think, you will be looking after your dependent children, not your husband and as such that doesn’t affect his WHV or prevent him from working.

Hope that helps

Cheers

Bob

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John February 20, 2013 at 7:02 am

Hi Bob,

Am a New Zealand/UK citizen who has been living in Brazil for the last 14 years and is now looking to migrate to Australia at the start of 2014. Am looking specifically to Brisbane (as the climate is more in line with what the family is used to!) and my question is more in line with of a work based nature.

I’m a part qualified accountant, but realize (at least from what a few agencies have said) that it might take a few months to find a role.

With that in mind I’ve started thinking of a Plan B (or fallback option for work) which I guess would probably be basic labouring work as I doubt that there will be much demand for English/Portuguese translation!

I’ve also conidered the move as maybe a chance to change profession, and was thinking of possibly doing a few trade courses in Brazil before I leave, however have very little idea of what could be more in demand in Brisbane.

Would you have any suggestions as to where to maybe look, or agencies/groups that it might be worth me contacting already?

Sorry about the general nature of the questions, but as you’re based in Brisbane and I’ve already picked up a huge amount of advice from your site, I thought I’d try!

Many thanks,
John

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BobinOz February 21, 2013 at 12:28 am

I’m afraid I do not have my finger on this particular pulse John, I don’t really know which jobs might be in demand here in Brisbane at the moment or not. I can only suggest you visit my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and use the links to the employment agencies there to find out what kind of vacancies there are in this area.

Training long-term isn’t a great idea, not if you’re specifically targeting something that’s in shortage. For example, I’ve heard chefs are in demand, but by the time you finish training, they might no longer be in shortage here.

That’s the problem.

Cheers

Bob

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Magda simmons February 20, 2013 at 7:54 am

Hello! My husband and i are in our mid 30s and thinking of living in australia. Hes qualified plasterer but i havent got any required skills to emigrate to oz. what would be our chances to apply and get a permament visa to live in australia? We’ve got around 30k saved. Thank you

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BobinOz February 21, 2013 at 12:33 am

All I can tell you Magda, is if your husband can qualify, it doesn’t matter whether you have a skill or not, you can come here with him anyway. What chances you have though, I really couldn’t tell you. See Would I Qualify?.

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Anna February 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Hi There, Just wanted to find out something . I have a student 573 visa since last year expiring end of this year. I just recently got married in my home country and we are currently processing my husband’s papers for him to join me here. Everything is almost ready but just wanted to find out if I need to notify the immigration first about my change of relationship status?? because in the immigration website, it doesnt say anything that I have to notify any change of circumstance unless i have an application still pending.. Looking forward for your answer. Thanks for your help!

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BobinOz February 21, 2013 at 12:34 am

That’s not the question I can answer, I just don’t know.

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renee saxby February 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm

My daughter is in Australia on a working holiday visa – can her brother sponsor her to stay their permanently. He is an Australian Citizen.

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BobinOz February 21, 2013 at 12:55 am

Her brothers sponsorship might help in some way, but it will not guarantee her to stay here permanently. There’s much more to it than that.

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Angela Harrison February 21, 2013 at 9:03 am

Hi Bob we are thinking of moving to brisbane or perth, we wanted to know how much it would cost to ship all of our furniture over we have a 3 bedroom house.

Thanks Angela Harrison

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BobinOz February 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm

It’s been quite a while since I moved my stuff, cost me over £6000 at the time, but I’m sure prices have changed a lot since then. And of course it’s probably different between Brisbane and Perth as well, although I’m not sure.

I’ve sent an email to my removals expert, hopefully she’ll be able to pop by and give you a more helpful answer.

Cheers

Bob

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Caroline Mason February 23, 2013 at 1:25 am

Hi Angela, from a removals perspective, we usually say that the contents of a 3 bedroom house can fit into a 20ft exclusive use shipping container. From the UK to Brisbane or Perth, you would be looking at a range of between £2500 – £4500 for the shipping service. You would also need to budget for the quarantine examination in Australia, which is approximately AUD 500 for a normal quarantine inspection.

I hope the above helps, let me know if you have any questions or please feel free to e-mail me if you need a quote.

Thanks
Caroline

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ste February 24, 2013 at 2:16 am

hey Bob,

Firstly may i say fantastic site well done..

Just a quick question , we (the family) are planning the move to Oz,
i am in process of applying for visa and sent the usual CV to most of the country, i ve now ben offered a sponsorship by a company, so my question is the sponsorship route the way to go and how much would it benefit me or the company in any way, sorry if it seems like a stupid question as i have scoured the internet and keep going round in circ,

hope some one can put some light on it for me

Cheers all

ste

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Ben February 24, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Hello Ste,

I am sorry to piggy-back your question to Bob, he or someone else will be able to answer it. I on the other hand cannot I’m afraid, but I do have a question for you…

I have been sending out CVs to most of the country too and lost count of how many jobs I have applied for but I don’t seem to be having any luck. I actually have my Visa all sorted so there is nothing for the company to do and no financial commitment on their part, but can’t seem to get a job.

Can you give me an indication as to how you went about it, maybe there is something I am missing, something that I could change to better my chances.

Where will you be going if you accept the sponsorship?

Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Ben

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ste February 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Hi Ben,

All depends on the area you are looking in some areas ie engineering are looking others are flooded,

What area are you looking at

Ste

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Ben February 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Hi Ste,

I have been looking at Queensland, ACT, Melbourne, South Australia… the only place I have not looked yet is Western Australia, because it wasn’t an area I wanted to go… maybe that is my failure.

I am in IT, and was told IT was really need in the Eastern States, but because I am in the UK it is proving difficult because I am not able to attend interviews.

Ben

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ste February 24, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Ben,

As i mentioned i sent cvs every where,
The one thing i also done was contacted a few possible employeers direct, i then booked a return ticket took two weeks leave from work and off i went
1, you need to be sure and get the feel for the country before you sign
2, gives a potential employeer better conf in you as you have made an effory to go out and start networking,

i also seen somewhere here on bobs siite a coment given from someone in the it area also he even gave a link to a large company in Oz that are recruiting

steton,
ps
Still nervious about my possible sponsorship tho dont know what to do.

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Ben February 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Thanks Steton for your comments. I am actually going out to Australia in April of this year for a vacation, and will be contacting recruitment companies and possibly companies to set up meetings.

Bob are you able to recall your comment about the large company Steton is talking about?

Thank you Steton for your comments, and hope you get out to Australia soon, I know it is going to be one of the best thing I will ever do.

Ben

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ste February 25, 2013 at 12:28 am

wish you the best of luck…

think its the way to go but i also think that the personal fear is what holds people back,
as i was once told a small person can cast a big shadow (if that that makes sense to you ),

dont know if i gave you any advice but every little helps

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BobinOz February 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Hi Ste & Ben,

Firstly, Ste. As I understand it, since the introduction of Expression of Interest and the rule changes of 1 July 2012, it is now easier to move to Australia under a sponsorship than it is to go for Permanent Residency from the get go. What are the downsides?

Well, I think you have to stay working for the sponsoring employer for a minimum of two years and depending which state you go to, you may have to pay for your children’s (if you have any) state education. That’s all I know, but I didn’t come here on a sponsorship. Maybe someone else with experience in this area might pop by and let you know if there are any other downsides or upsides.

Ben, remarkably, yes I can remember that comment, although the information is probably now out of date. Either way, I think you will learn a thing or two if you read this http://wp.me/p1BtF8-2w6 and in particular look at all of the comments, the one about the big company recruiting was made by Andy Painter.

Good luck, both of you!

Bob

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Ashley February 26, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Hi Bob,

Just want to say you doing a great job informing people wanting to start a new life in Australia. I am one of them.

I have a question on a visa that I would like assistance on. I am Married and I have a child who will be 10 months in next month. I have an aunt and uncle living in Australia and they are on the New Zealand Special Category Visa Subclass 444 as they moved from New Zealand to Australia.

My question or questions am I eligible for the subclass 461 visa and can I bring my wife and child over to Australia with this visa if i am eligible for it?
And does my wife need to apply for the same visa or can my wife an child come over on the visa if i am successful in obtaining it?

Would really appreciate your help.

Kind Regards

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BobinOz February 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Hi Ashley

Glad you find the website useful.

I couldn’t tell you which visa you may or my not be eligible for, not without having a good deal more information about you and your family. That’s why I offer a Visa Assessment Service, check it out, it will answer your questions.

Cheers

Bob

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Darren February 28, 2013 at 5:39 am

Hi bob
Thanks for all the info very informative site.

My circumstances are a bit tricky i run my own business in the uk. I am hoping to sell the business and leave to move to oz. There is me,my wife and four kids, the age of the kids are 18,16,13 and 8. The only qualification i have is i am a proffessional driving instructor and my wife has no skills at all proffessionally.

I can’t see driving instructor on the (sol) list have i missed it or could they call it something else.

I do have a lot of income from property i own and let out in the uk in excess of 75k per year. I also have over £1million in assets.

Do you think i could get a visa and if so what kind.

Also my son is studying law at universaty i am not sure about the fees in oz if he were to learn in oz.

What would you recommend is it possible to get a visa in my situation.

Thanks Darren

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BobinOz March 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Well, if it is possible for you and your family to qualify for visas Darren, then my professional MARA agent will find the way for it to happen. I couldn’t possibly tell you what your chances are, I’m not qualified, but he is.

Check out my Visa Assessment Service, the good news is one assessment will cover your whole family. Just a note on your 18-year-old, technically he is now an adult and should apply in his own right, but if you can prove he is wholly dependent upon you (sounds like he is if he’s at uni) then he can be included on your application.

You would have to pay for his university fees if you get here which could be as much as $20,000, so I’ve heard.

Good luck!

Bob

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Lloyd March 5, 2013 at 1:17 am

Hi Bob,
Been round just about every webpage on the internet (i think) trying to find the answer to this question, maybe you can help me mate.

– I am a British national, 28years old and my Girlfriend is a Spanish National, 24 years old.
– My Dad is an Australian Passport holder with an Australian Wife, they ahve lived in Perth for many years.
– Me and the Misses are looking to work in Australia with the intention of eventually migrating to Australia to live near my Dad.

We’ve been told that Spaniards cannot apply for a working holiday visa in Australia. Is this true and if so is there an alternative way of us applying for work and residency?

Any help is greatly appreciated mate.
Cheers
Lloyd

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BobinOz March 5, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Hi Lloyd

I’m afraid you are right, there is no reciprocal arrangement for a Spaniard to come here on either a Working Holiday Visa or a Work and Holiday Visa (yes, there are 2 types of these covering different countries for this type of visa). I’m not sure what other options might be available to you, but my professional MARA registered migration agent would be able to help. If there is a visa suitable for your girlfriend, he will find it. He would need a lot of details from her though, about 6 pages worth.

Check out my Visa Assessment Service, it’s not free, but it’s not expensive either and it will give you the answer one way or another.

Good luck!

Bob

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Gavin Dye March 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Hi Bob, just a quick question. I’m 19 and really interested in moving to Australia in the near future. I have started a career in football coaching back in England and wondered if coaching football will give me a chance to emigrate out to Oz?

Most Appreciated
Gavin

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BobinOz March 7, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Hi Gavin

That’s actually quite difficult to answer. There is a thing called the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and you can see a link to it on my page called
Getting a Job or a Sponsorship. This list changes all the time, at least once a year.

Then there are other possible opportunities for those whose skills aren’t on the list, but where the skill is in shortage here and a potential employer can put forward a successful case for employing someone from overseas.

By the time you have qualified and you have some experience, nobody could possibly know what might or might not be on any of those lists or what kind of skills shortages there could be here in Australia.

So, I don’t know if it would help you or not, but I do know that Australia likes people who are highly qualified, especially if they have a degree.

Good luck

Bob

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Paul March 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Hi Bob,

Is it easy to get a maid or household help in Perth..?

Thanks,

Paul

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BobinOz March 8, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I don’t know Paul, I live in Brisbane. Maybe you should ask that question on my page about Perth.

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Alexander Cork March 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Hello,

I’m a 16 year old male who is moving to Perth, Australia in the upcoming months. I have a girlfriend who is the same age and we have been going out for nearly 3 years now. We really want to be together and it is a serious relationship. She isn’t coming with us because she can’t.
It really upsets her all the time, and I don’t know what to do, I’m thinking of finishing my a levels in Australia and then going to university in the UK to do a teaching degree. After this I would like my girlfriend to come and live with me in Australia. Could you please suggest your opinion on this and various different things we could do with limited funding. I just want her to come out to live with me eventually but she doesn’t think she could last as long as it would take, and wants visits in between, hence the university idea. What is your opinion, please email me back, I’m in desperate need of advice.

Many thanks

Alex Cork

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BobinOz March 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Hi Alex

Sorry to hear about your problem, I’m afraid I’m not qualified to give you this kind of advice though, specially trained professionals called MARA registered migration agents are the only ones that really know all the rules.

All I know is that your girlfriend will not be able to do anything without her parents consent until she is 18, but when she does reach that age she can apply for a Working Holiday Visa, they are not too difficult to get. She’ll need to prove she has $5000 available to her, so she will need to start saving for that. That will allow her to come and visit you for a year and also work while she’s here.

Other than that, there may be other options available now, but she will need her parent’s permission.

Good luck!

Bob

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Marof March 15, 2013 at 4:18 am

Hi Bob,

I’m planning to start my MBA in Australia from this July. But I can’t decide where I will do it…I have short listed 3 places—Brisbane, Melbourne n Sydney. I need your suggestion regarding this. Here are some key points about me, so that you can analyze better.
—I’m from Bangladesh.
—BBA degree holder n now working in a USA based buying company as Manager (HR & admin)
—I want to go with my wife.
—I have to work while I will study in Aus, so I need a place (bris/mel/syd) where job opportunity is high.
—I have an intention to be PR in future (if possible) after my study.

Plz advise which will be more suitable for me bris/mel or syd???? Thankz

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BobinOz March 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Melbourne seems to be the popular choice for overseas students, so I think you will find more people who are doing the same thing as you over there.

Other than that, it’s really down to personal choice, I suggest you read my page A Quick Guide to Choosing a City in Australia, hopefully that will help you pick one of your three.

Cheers

Bob

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Marof March 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Thanks Bob for ur meaningful explanation.

B/Rgds,

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gareth March 20, 2013 at 1:33 am

Hi Bob,
I could do with some advice. I am a UK fully qualified carpenter for over 15 years with supervisory experience and I also teach part time in my local technical college. My wife is a UK qualified solicitor. Our jobs seem to be on the skills register. We have a young son(6 months) I am almost 35 and my wife is 29. Do you think Oz is a good location for us? Our reasons for moving would be better lifestyle and more disposable income. We would love suburb life with a house and outdoor space. Not sure where is good? Its a huge move and not sure about timescales for visas.
Any advice would be great.
Your website is excellent and full of great tips and advice.

Kind Regards
Gareth

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BobinOz March 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Yes, I think Australia would be great for you and your family. Our family has never looked back, that’s for sure.

Getting a visa isn’t easy, but both of your skills are in demand here. You may need to have your skill assessed, your wife will probably need to retrain slightly to qualify as a solicitor in Australia. But it will be worth jumping over these hurdles in my opinion.

I say go for it, otherwise you’ll always be wondering “what if?”

Good luck, whatever you decide.

Bob

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gareth March 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Thanks Bob,
Again great website

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Kim Hird March 27, 2013 at 1:05 am

Hi Bob, your website has been great so far, however, my husband and I would like to ask you about the skills assessment. My husband is hoping to gain a subclasd skilled migrant 189 visa for his occupation as a metal fabricator. The 2 assessing authoritoes we have found are asking for 2000 AUD!! We are in very early stages and unable to subit. An enquery of interest to. DIAC until my husband has indertaken the skills assessment. Does this sound right to pay all this money before we even know if we ll be invited for a visa application after submitting the EOI?

Many thanks

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BobinOz March 27, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Unfortunately Kim, I think this is probably right. The only thing I’m questioning is why two assessing authorities? Surely you only need to be assessed by one authority? As for the fees, if that’s what they officially charge, then I think you are stuck with it.

That’s only my opinion, if I were you I would seek a second opinion from someone who is qualified and knows about this stuff.

Moving to Australia isn’t cheap, I’m afraid the bills will keep getting higher and higher. Cost us £3000 just to bring the dog!

Good luck, I hope it goes well.

Bob

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Kim Hird March 27, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Oh thanks for the reply Bob! Sry i just meant that there are 2 assessing authorities to choose from. Think we are going with VETASSESS based in Melbourne. Looks like the cheek trip to Oz for xmas will be on the back burner as paying these fees to get the visa is priority. Lets hope they accept my husbands qualifications and invite us to apply for the visa. Do you think it would be a good idea to approach metal fabrication companies with his cv an covering letter asking for a possible sponsor? Im just thinking-u never know & if you don’t ask, you don’t get? ;-) thanks again!

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BobinOz March 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Yes, I’d approach companies now, why not? As you say, you never know if you don’t ask. VETASSESS, I am pretty sure that is who we used when my wife’s skill was assessed. Good luck!

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emily April 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Hi Bob & Miki, Thank you for creating such an amazing site, & helping so many people to fulfil there dreams.
I am currently in Perth on a working holiday visa, however I have been offered a job with a 187 visa. As I understand this visa allows me to work with this company for 2 years then I will be able to apply for PR. Is this correct? Can my partner be included on the 187 visa? & also is this costly? Any advice will be greatly received. Thank you :o)

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ashraf April 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Hi BobinOz
I have some reservation quite different from what above is …Please advice me or direct me proper path if it is in your horizen

Actually we (me, my husband and my 21 month baby) got skill Regional sponsorship visa (475) in Sept 2011 (for NSW – Orana Region) valid till Jan 2015. My Husband visited Dubbo in Jan 2012, but didn’t find any job opportunity there. Then he visited Adelaide and we all fulfill our visa entry requirement there in Feb 2012 and we back to Pakistan in March 2012.

Now this year in Feb 2013 we get official permission to live in Adelaide.

What my question is if we plan to move and settle in Adelaide by June 2013 then we will be short with 6 months time to fulfill our PR requirement (staying two years in Adelaide Region and one year work proof).

Can you please advice us which visa we should apply once we are near to the visa expiry time line i.e. Jan 2015 for our extension stay in Adelaide so that can file PR.

Looking for your response. thanks

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BobinOz April 3, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Hi Emily

Congratulations! Whether your partner can be included on your 187 visa or not depends on your relationship with him. If you can prove you have lived together for more than 12 months “as man and wife” then yes, it’s possible he could be included.

Not sure exactly about the costs, would depend if you are doing this yourself, whether the company employing you are going to help out at all and also whether you would be using a migration agent or not.

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BobinOz April 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Hi Ashraf

This isn’t a question I can help with, I’m afraid, the question is very complex and specific and as I am not a MARA registered migration agent I’m just not qualified to answer it. I suggest you seek the advice of someone who is a MARA agent, but I suspect they would need to look through everything and obviously this will involve you paying them for their time.

Good luck!

Bob

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Dara O Duill April 9, 2013 at 8:05 am

Hi Bob,

I love what you are doing and hopefully I will be joining you in Oz. I am a 29 yr old a qualified Plumber and gas-fitter. I am looking for sponsorship for myself my partner and 2 year old daughter. I have a CV which has all the details of my qualifications and work experience. I would appreciate any advice or information you could give me.
I can forward my CV to you if that may help

Thanks again
Dara O Duill

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BobinOz April 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm

No point sending me your CV, I don’t do recruitment. You might like to take a look at my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship for some tips and also to sign up for my job sponsorship seekers list, there’s a link to it on that page.

Good luck

Bob

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marie osbornether April 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

hi bob thanks for your reply much apperciated.i a little confused as on my long stay. trav visa it asks what is the purpose of my visit to oz. do i put to visit close friends and holiday and there beautiful country and to learn about. there culter or just keep ot simple as iam not allowed to work on this type of visa its a long stay one..it also ask what month i ntend to go .well i know what month but as for a date i cant put a dexact date as i cant book flights yet. till i send visa form off and get confrimation ..as its 12months and ive got funds .i just worried that i wnt be able to get a flight the same date i put on the visa form iam so confused. as i dont want to make a mistake any advice u can give will be much apperciated thankyoy bob marie

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BobinOz April 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Marie, I have already answered your questions elsewhere as best I can, but I am not qualified to give you advice on how to fill in your holiday visa form, I’d be guessing the same as you. Good luck!

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krupali solanki April 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Hai sir,
Just now i completed 12th from commerce faculty. now, i want to study for nursing.
My brother lives in mellborun in australia. so , would u please suggest me that can i do he nursing or not its best for my career or not. so please reply me ………………………………fast as u can i need it.

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BobinOz April 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm

fast as u can i need it.” – Do you have any idea how ill mannered that is? I have already answered your question elsewhere, the exact same question, please do not post questions twice.

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gaz April 14, 2013 at 5:04 am

hi bob
my family and i would like to move to Oz but thought it impossible as we are not skilled workers. we recently heard of the ENS and read that since 2011 they have been letting in semi skilled workers on the CSOL ( as opposed to the SOL). there are many jobs on this list including mine, as a cook, but i dont see much talk of this on your website or blog. Do you know if this scheme is still running? Is it realistic to think that my family and i could immigrate to Oz this way?

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BobinOz April 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Hi gaz

I tend to leave the nitty-gritty part of getting into Australia on a visa alone, simply because I’m not qualified to talk about it, I’m not a MARA registered migration agent.

I am aware of these things though, and there are many ways to get into Australia, but you do have to study them full-time in order to know them all. That’s why there are MARA registered migration agents.

If you want my agent to advise you on this, then I suggest you go for my Visa Assessment Service.

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Scott Cochrane April 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Hi Bob, just stumbled across your website while looking for info on immigration and have read through some of your posts and replies and have to say well done on your prompt and honest responses.
With regards to my own questions, I have just properly started my research on Aussie Immigration and hope you may be able to point me in the right direction. Both I and my partner are 24 with two young kids at 20 months and 8 months.
How much would you recommend that we save as we would have to be settled in the one place for the kid?
I am a qualified domestic plumber/heating engineer and gas fitter with some limited industrial experience and I am multi skilled in most aspects of property development, however I am currently gaining more formal qualifications in mechanical engineering and hope to have my HND by next year. My partner is a training and restaurant manager in the fast food industry and also has a few years admin and care work experience.
What would be your opinion on the skills set available compared to the opportunities in OZ?
We have a friend also intent on going to OZ who has family that re already well established there. and we have the idea that we could go to begin with, gain employement and set up a home for my partner and kids to soon follow.
Does this sound like a legitemate idea or nonsense?
And finally we have a dog, how easy/hard is it to bring your pet to OZ.

Sorry for the long, drawn out message, just looking to give you the most info possible. Any advice or info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Scott.

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BobinOz April 14, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Okay, the dog first, it will cost you at least £3000 to bring him over. It’s not too difficult to do, but it is expensive.

As for yourselves and your plan, it’s all about points, check out my Points Calculator.

Only one of you needs to qualify, then the other will qualify automatically, assuming by “partner” you can prove you have lived together as man and wife for more than 12 months. With two young kids, I don’t see that as a problem.

It is all possible for you, you can achieve this, but it will be a long and expensive pathway. You need to decide who is going to be the main applicant, which skill you are going to use and which visa to apply for. My migration agent can help you with this if you need it, there are plenty of links to my visa assessment service all over this website.

Good luck!

Bob

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atul gujral April 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Hi BOb
I’m Indian and I have completed my MBA in international marketing from England and at the moment i m in india, have got experience as line leader in kerry food industry and also have experience of carpet fitter. now i just think to move permanently aus. and pls advice me how it would be possible.
THANKS

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BobinOz April 14, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I can’t, but my MARA registered migration agent can, just look for the many links to my visa assessment service.

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Scott Cochrane April 15, 2013 at 7:48 am

Hi Bob,

Thanks very much for the instant reply, I’d read a lot of info regarding proof of relationship via utility bills etc, but with a lot of negative writing. Yourself, however makes the process a little more positive sounding.
Again, thank you very much and ideally this time next year i may be able to offer others advice on your blog.

Regards,

Scott Cochrane

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kerry greenall April 19, 2013 at 1:16 am

Hi there,

My dad is a New Zealand citizen Im 30 now so cant go over as an independant. He is looking to buy a business I am qualified to run so I can come over to run it. My question is could he be classed as my emplyer to sponser me to come over and if so, how could he prove that no australian was suitable for the role if necessary?

Many thanks

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BobinOz April 19, 2013 at 9:49 pm

If your dad is going to sponsor you, there are certain hoops he would need to jump through in order to do that. It’s probably not impossible to overcome them, but it won’t be a simple process either. If it is something that is likely to become a reality, I think you would need professional assistance.

I can put you in touch with people who could help, but they can only get involved if there is something concrete to deal with, for example, your dad should have at least already set up his business or have the plans drawn up.

Get back to me if this interests you.

Cheers

Bob

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kerry greenall April 19, 2013 at 1:17 am

can i just add sorry my dad is migrating over to Oz and will be buying the business there,
thankyou

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BobinOz April 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Okay.

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Greg McCullough April 24, 2013 at 7:37 am

Hi Bob, first of all great website!! My wife 2 kids and I are thinking of moving to Oz in a few years time. Initially I wanted to come over as a teacher but am finding it difficult to get a place on a teaching course, do you know if I would be able to come over and train for a job which is in demand over there? Also my wife is a teacher, is it worth us applying for a visa based on her profession alone or should we wait till I cam complete a prodessional course here?
Any help you can give would be great thanks!!!

Greg

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BobinOz April 25, 2013 at 12:46 am

Hi Greg

Yes, you could possibly train over here, but you would have to pay for that training. You could apply in your wife’s name and her skill, but I don’t know enough information about her to be able to tell you whether it will be worth it or not.

If you want to know exactly how to move forward, I suggest you go for my Visa Assessment Service, that will give you a written report detailing all of the visa options, assuming there are some, that are available to you.

Good luck

Bob

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Muhammad Imran April 26, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Dearest Bob,

I have applied for 475 visa class (Western Australia) in June 2012. I have submitted all my documents. I learnt that applications under Visa Class 475 (Regional Migration) take much less time to get processed But I havenot heard anything substantial from DIAC. I wonder how much time it will take to get my application finalized?

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BobinOz April 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I’m not sure how long it takes these days, so I can’t really help you with this. Does anyone else know?

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Dinu May 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Hi Bob,

Can you help me understand how to apply for a work holiday visa, would like to work in brisbane. i am in the process of applying for migration. however, would like to know if i could go on work holiday visa until the process is completed.

Advice me
Thank you.

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BobinOz May 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Hi Dinu

You can apply online directly with the Australian Government at their immi website, just Google “working holiday visa online application Australia” and I’m sure the correct page will appear at the very top of the listings for you.

Cheers

Bob

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Unni May 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Hi,
I have question for you and really hope you or any one reading this can answer that. I have applied for a sponsored ViSA 190. EOI has been submitted and currently it is under review process for South Australia. It is stated that once you get the State Sponsored VISA you have a certain deadline to move to Australia to get your PR status activated, however the question that I have is
1) Am I obligated to stay there and work there since it is a state sponsored Visa
2) If the first quesiton is not clear then what I intend to do is , if I am alloted a VISA then I wish to go there and come back ( Activate my PR ) and after 1 or 2 years move there for good. ( Is that allowed in State Sponsor , I know for General 189 VISA you have 5 years to go back ). Please help or suggest as I would have to make some big decisions.

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BobinOz May 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm

All I can tell you Unni is that for me it worked as in your option 2 above, but I came here on a different kind of visa and I don’t know how the State Sponsored Visas work, although I think it will be specified in writing at some point in your process.

That’s all I know, hopefully someone else may know more about this situation and come in here to let you know.

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Renee Saxby May 8, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Hi Bob – my daughter is in Brisbane on a working holiday visa which expires August 29th. Is there any way she can get a second visa without having to do the 3 months rural work. She has a job – has been offered the job as Junior Swinning Coach but her salary would be about £40000 aud and the visa requirements state 51000aud. Therefore that visa would be no good. Her brother is an Australian citizen can this help her in any way. She is very upset as she loves it their and just wants to be able to work their. She has a degree in Pyschology and a masters in Criminology.
Can you give my any advice please to pass on to her.

Many thanks

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BobinOz May 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Hi Renee

Not that I know of, it’s either farming and agricultural work for three months or, I think, they’ve just introduced a second line of work, it might be labouring, I’m not sure, but I know it won’t help your daughter.

If she wants to know what other kind of visas might be available to her, I suggest she considers going through my Visa Assessment Service, if there is a way, my MARA agent will find it.

Cheers

Bob

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rob October 15, 2013 at 4:49 am

Hi Bob,
Was wondering if you can help im an australian living in the UK looking to move my girlfriend and her 2 boys 14,13,
back to aus where to i start and how diffcult is it if you know
cheers
rob

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BobinOz October 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I think you will be looking at a partnership visa, assuming you have lived together for more than 12 months and can prove it. It will be a long process but the place to start is by determining which specific visa you need to apply for and what the terms and conditions are for that.

You can do that after watching my video on my page called Visas.

Your girlfriend also need to get signed permission from the boy’s father, I’m assuming it isn’t you, to allow her to take them out of the country. That is an added complication.

Cheers, Bob

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Denize Ugur May 10, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Hey Bob,

Great website, so glad I found it! Hope you’re well.
I’m a UK citizen moving to Perth this September on a working holiday visa. I currently am a Communications and Designs Assistant in a creative marketing arts agency, my degree is in Media Arts, and I have lots experience in this field. I was hoping to go straight into a similar job in Perth like the one I’m currently in in the UK, and I just wanted to ask you, is it possible for a company to sponsor you once you’re out there in Oz?

Thanks Bob :)
D

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BobinOz May 11, 2013 at 1:36 am

Yes, it is, providing you have the right skills and you find a company willing and able to sponsor you. Spend all of your time concentrating on finding that company and then make sure you impress them so much they can’t imagine life without you.

Good luck!

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John May 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Hi Bob.
This is a great site and thanks a million for having this wonderful site for us to clear our queries.
I would like to know if it is poosible to submit EOI for Australia PR before I get my skills assessment results.
I have submitted the documents for skills assessment to Engineers Australia on March 20th 2013 and awaiting results. I believe it would take 19 weeks and that would be somewhere around the end of July..
But Engineers Australia has given me a CDR reference number.
Can I use this reference number for submitting the EOI though the resluts have not yet come.
My second question is after having submitted the EOI is the age frozen ??
I believe that it would take about 6 months for the PR after having submitted the EOI.
I wll be 45 in December this year and i am not sure if the age is frozen on the date the EOI is submitted. I would loose out 10 points if the age is not frozen.
WOuld be grateful if you could answer these queries.

Regards

John

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BobinOz May 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Hi John

No, I don’t think you can submit your EOI, I think you need to have everything in place before you make a submission. I don’t know the full ins and outs of the process, but I do recommend you read my post Australian Visas and Expression Of Interest (EOI): Caution!

As for your age, when actually applying for a visa it’s the date of application that counts, so I assume it is the same for EOI, but it may be worth you asking the same questions on the EOI post as people do chip in and help each other out.

Do be sure to read all of the comments and answers in that thread, you’ll pick up a lot of information.

Cheers

Bob

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John May 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Thanks Bob for the information.

Regards

John

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Asmir May 14, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Hello.I’m Asmir and I’m from Bosnia and Herzegovina(Europe).I recently graduated english language and literature(bachelor degree-4 years).I do not have any experience in teaching,but when I was a student I volunteered in educational centre teaching people english language.To make a long story short,I am wondering if I can get a sponsorship as a skilled worker without experience,and yes I want to move to Australia .:)
Looking forward to your answer.
All the best.

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zahra May 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm

hi, I recieved an email from you about sponsorship visa. I am a computer programmer and looking for a sponsor. I can send my cv and cover letter if needed.
what should I do ?
thanks

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BobinOz May 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm

No, please do not send me your CV, I wouldn’t know what to do with it. Please wait for further information via email. Cheers!

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Adam May 16, 2013 at 4:35 am

Hi Bob, I am Adam, 29 years old and have concluded that Australia is the country I need to move to. My Grandad is an Australian citizen, and my family are emigrating permanently to Brisbane in the next 24 months (but they are gaining residency visa’s here in the UK before they go) Unfortunately (being a musician) I am the only member of the family NOT to have acquired any qualifications beyond normal GCSE schooling, and now I am really confused as to the best/quickest/cheapest route in order to get myself into the land of dreams!! Hairdressing is my chosen career path, and Brisbane area is where I would like to live & work. BUT… do I begin full time college education in hairdressing this September, and spend 2-3 years doing so?, OR do I take a more risky path and jump on a plane with a working holiday visa, no money, and just hope that I find work that may possible lead to sponsorship? I don’t know what is best, and I feel like with my age being 29, I am fast running out of time! Any advice is hugely appreciated. Thank you, Adam.

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BobinOz May 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Hi Adam

I can’t advise you on the best way to set about this, whichever route you choose is going to be difficult. Coming here on a WHV is a good idea, but would you get sponsorship without any recognise skill?

The hairdressing idea is not guaranteed either, what appears on the skills list today can be gone tomorrow, you could spend three years training and qualifying and then by the time you qualify hairdressing may no longer be on the list.

Given the problems you have here, it may be worth you throwing a small amount of money at my MARA agent to see what he comes up with, he is very good at finding visas to suit applicants. No guarantees, but I think it’s worth a shot for you, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck! Bob

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Asmir May 21, 2013 at 12:53 am

Anyone to answer my fore mentioned question?
I would be grateful.
Thanks in advance!

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BobinOz May 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Asmir, you’ve kind of ask a question that has been asked 1000 times before, which is basically “what are my chances of getting a sponsorship?” Is not the question that can be answered, same as “will I get a job?” can’t be answered either.

My view, from what you say, is that you will struggle, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth you trying.

Cheers

Bob

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Asmir May 22, 2013 at 1:17 am

Thanks for your answer.

Maybe I wasn’t clear enough,I was aiming to a question ‘does a person can get a sponsorship without any previous work experience’.
And for the end,yes, I will fight with all my ten fingers to come to Australia.

Best regards.

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Kerry dee May 22, 2013 at 4:27 am

Hi Bob
Glad I found you’re blog it looks great! I’ve just got back from visiting my brother in Perth. He emigrated a year ago with his family. Whilst I liked Perth myself and my boyfriend feel its a bit too quiet for us. I lived in Sydney 15 years ago on a working holiday visa and loved it. We are now seriously considering a move and Melbourne looks like the place to go. My Bf lived there for a while and loved it. I’ve checked visa requirements and I could apply for a state skilled sponsor visa.(I’m a HR manager) any words of encouragement/advice very welcome!! I know the state approval doesn’t guarantee visa from immigration but I think it’s defo worth a shot now. My bf works for an Australian wine company but transfer looks unlikely I’m assuming he will be eligible to move with me though?

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BobinOz May 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm

If you can prove you and your boyfriend have lived together as if man and wife for more than 12 months then yes, he would be eligible to move with you. As for words of encouragement, yes, go for it!

Good luck! Bob

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Catriona May 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Hi Bob,
I asked for some advice but I can’t see my query or find it anywhere. Did you receive it?
Many thanks, Catriona

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BobinOz May 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm

It was here.

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Nishant Rathod June 1, 2013 at 6:15 am

Hi Bob ,
My Name is Nishant and I am 27 yrs old from India. . .I am Graduate in Commerce and now doing My Master Degree over here As A External Student And also Working Full Time With Construction Company over here In Administrative Department From Last 5 Yrs. .
I Just Read You E-Book From Your Website and i m very inspire from Your Knowledge and Experience to settle Down to Australia. . From Many Year I M Planning To Settle Down In Australia But Not Getting Any Proper Guidance or Help so now i Got You Bob. .Now I hope I Will Able to Complete My Dream To Settle Down In Australia..
Plz Help Me With Ur Guidance Or Suggestion About My Case tht How Can i Enter To Australia And Than Settle Down There…Means Can i Get A Work Permit Over there and than Further i can apply For PR ? ? ? And Also I M Ready To Invest Some Money If I Get Direct Permanent Residency or like that. . .
So Plz Reply My Above Queries . .

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BobinOz June 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Hi Nishant

Sounds like a job for my MARA migration agent, he will be able to guide you. It starts with you giving him lots of information and then him recommending in writing exactly how you can proceed, assuming there is a way for you to move to Australia.

Check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck!

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jack June 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm

hi Bob , I’m really satisfied reading this kind of web page!! On 2011 I’ve changed my life going to Australia for a whole year, living and spending my time like ever….so starting about me I’m a skinny 24 y/o Italian citizen, male , motorbike mechanic, whit the capacity to be a “good entertainer and communicator ” increased by years of experience in hospitality bussinesses… Actually I’m working in a private police corp, doin an unhappy life (nightshift bad payed and not guaranteed…) . BEFORE living land down under , I ve been working for 3 moths in the harvest… so technically I’m able to request a new whv subclass 417 foran “extra year and get down there… but how many chances tu build up a honest life ?? hard to get a visa as amotorbike mechanic ? thanks for reading and hopefully answering….jack

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BobinOz June 4, 2013 at 12:53 am

Hi Jack

Well, sounds like you are in with a good chance of that second year on your WHV, how to make it more permanent though, if only I knew. It’s not easy, but you should be spending all of your time trying to get a job from someone who has the ability to offer you a job sponsorship. Good luck! Bob

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Teige June 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Hi Bob and friends,
I have a question about schools, any help appreciated!
We are considering a permanent move to Victoria with my husbands job.
Finding a school for my 9 year old son however is not looking easy. I have emailed 6 schools I researched only to receive replies from 3 saying they are full and have
long waiting lists. So far we have only emailed private schools as we live abroad in
the middle East and he is already at a large, good private school. We would like to find him a large school ideally that he can go through to secondary education with and with a similar feel and facilities etc that he’s used to. I am also reading catholic schools are good. Having read Bobs post about Queensland schools they are also good this is great news for kids and parents in Aus. We will consider any school that is reputed to be good within a 30/40 min commute of Victoria centre and once we’ve found a school we will look for a house. Any advice out there from you guys would be wonderful. If you have no advice have a great day anyway and Bob love the website, this stuff is invaluable for anyone considering a move to Aus.
Cheers
Teige

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BobinOz June 4, 2013 at 12:56 am

Hi Tiege

Have you looked at my page called Which school?? It can help you research schools in the area you are looking at, I can’t help you with this one, I do not know that area at all well.

Maybe someone else can help answer this one?

Good luck, hope you find what you’re looking for. Bob

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renee saxby June 3, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Hi Bob

Is there such a thing called an Assurance Visa. I saw something from a visa service when I was googling about a brother (a citizen) sponsoring his sister.
Can you tell me if the new if all else fails – she is on a working holiday visa due to end 29.08.13. Sponsorship is hard to get. She really wants to stay their with her brother – absolutley loves the place made lots of friends.
Have you heard anything more about the sponsorhip details you were reading which you thought would be very helpful.

Many thanks for your help

Renee

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BobinOz June 4, 2013 at 1:00 am

Hi Renee

No, I have never heard of and Assurance Visa, but that’s not to say it doesn’t exist, there are over 130 visas and as I am not a MARA migration agent, I don’t know what all of them are.

Yes, sponsorships are hard to get, I assume you are on my mailing list about that, I’ll be sending out an update very soon. Cheers, Bob

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Dara June 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Dear Bob,

It s nice to read about your website.

I have murray region sponsor.and my visa is 475 .Still I could not find a job.Can you please help me to find a job or job sponsorship.

I look forward to hearing from you

Thank you
Sincerely,
Dara

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BobinOz June 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

All I suggest is that you read the info and sign up for the list on my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship. Cheers, Bob

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Dara June 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Dear Bob,

Thank you for your advice.
My occupation is in SOL ( Project Builder 133112 VETASSESS) .I have approved letter from Vetassess. Can you please advise me the next step.(I want to find a job sponsorship)

Look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,
Sinserely,
Dara

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BobinOz June 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I have given you my advice, that’s all I’ve got. Read the page I gave you link to, it has some advice, and sign up for the list because more advice could be on its way.

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Dara June 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Thank you Bob.
Cheers….
Dara

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Adrienne June 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Hi Bob!

So I’m doing a project in school on education in Australia VS education in the USA and what americans can learn from the Australians way of teaching. The only problem is that I don’t know anything about education in Australia (I’m a 9th grader in the USA). I was wondering if you could tell me about the education there. Does Australia do project base learning or a lot of tests and quizes? how long is the school day? do they mix any of the grades together? Any information that you can give me will be greatly appreciated. My project is due in 2 days XD

thanks,
Adrienne

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BobinOz June 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Hi Adrienne

If you head over to my page called Which school? and have a quick read and then also check out the links at the bottom of the page to more relevant posts, you’ll find I have written quite a lot of information about the school system here in Australia.

One of the posts is about the education system comparing Australia, the UK and the USA and that post is definitely worth reading as are the comments.

You should end up with a pretty thorough project :-)

Good luck, Bob

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Martina16 June 8, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Hi Bob,
I live in Ireland and I’m a single mother to my one year old daughter. I have been thinking strongly about moving to Australia. I have recently finished studying beauty therapy in college and am now qualified. Could you please give me some advice on where to start, like what type of visa I would need, child care, how to find a home, job etc. I would really appreciate if you could get back to me.

Thank you,
Martina.

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BobinOz June 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm

It’s all here on these pages Martina, start by clicking on the relevant links on my page Migration Advice.

Cheers, Bob

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Brett Slansky June 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Hi Bob,

I love your website. I always wanted to move and live in Australia. I am from Czech republic and my dream about living there started about 15 years ago. When I was ready for a change, I did not have that much finances and moved to NYC instead.

I stayed in US for about 10 years, got married and now I have a beautiful 6 years old girl. We did not like to live in US anymore and moved back to Czech Republic.

Right now we are here for 3 years and it has been very difficult to blend in here. My wife is from Dominican Republic and she has hard time to find a good job here, because she speaks English and Spanish only. And when she gets a job, she is not treated nicely. That really bothers me and that is one reason I started to dream again about living in Australia.

But… I am Czech citizen, my wife is Dominican citizen and my baby is US citizen… a truly multinational family :-)

I am 32 years old at the moment and would like to start planning to move. How difficult it is for multi-national family to get visa to Australia and what I should focus now the most?

Oh, I am martial arts (self-defense) instructor and would like to open classes in Australia — be a self-employes. My wife is a hairdresser and make up artist. Do you think we have any chance?

BTW, I love your 20 reasons…made me even cry, since it helped me to re-discover my teenage dream about living in OZ land :-)

Thanks a lot for your great info here and I am looking forward the next step.

Brett

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Brett Slansky June 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I just discovered that my profession is on the SOL list:

Occupational Health and Safety Advisor
ANZSCO CODE: 251312
ASSESSING AUTHORITY: VETASSESS

So I could try this to get me in and open my martial arts classes as a secondary income opportunity…

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BobinOz June 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Sorry my book made you cry Brett, hopefully it was with happiness :-)

I’m not qualified to advise you on your best way to move here with your family, but I can tell you that having a multicultural family would not make things more difficult, Australia is a multicultural country.

You may want to check out my Visa Assessment Service, my professional MARA migration agent would be able to advise you on the best way to proceed.

There are many different visa options, but just so that you know, if you were to come here on a job sponsorship, you would not be allowed to run a second job, so maybe you should be looking to come here without sponsorship on a permanent residency basis. My MARA agent would be able to advise further once he has all of your details and the details of your family.

Good luck! Bob

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Brett Slansky June 10, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Yes Bob, it was with happiness :-)

Thank you, that is what I needed to hear. Makes me feel much better. I folIowed your video on the Visa questionnaire and after answering the questions, I can apply for Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) visa, which is a good news.

But, I will contact zour MARA agent and oaz for the visa assessmet services, just to make sure I will do it right.

Keep doing a great job with your blog…thanks a lot,

Brett

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BobinOz June 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Thanks Brett, and good luck! Hope to see you here soon :-)

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Brett Slansky June 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Thank you! Well, I am looking at the Brisbane area, so as soon as I am able to go and I will arrive, I will invite you for a Barbie :-)

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BobinOz June 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Oh no, not another Barbie! :-)

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Marco Stifa June 10, 2013 at 9:10 am

Hi Bob , great job so far, been reading this stuff for months.
I actually came to AU on a partner visa (thanks for some advice before man …) and so far so good but I found myself in a pickle and need your advice..

I got traffic fine for driving unregistered and uninsured car (one day past, we didnt notce..).1200 $ , and since I am still not employed I wanted to know if I could challenge that in court and score some points on sympathy for a newcommer to AU so that I could get lesser fine. Traffic officer was not going to listen to any my excuses. Car got pink slip day before and only thing needed was green slip which we bought next day.
To tell you the truth I am a bit worried appearing in court because after 2 years when I get assessed for permanent visathey are gonna ask for my police record and I dont know if appearing in court will leave negative mark in my record.

Thank you
Best regards
Mark

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BobinOz June 10, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Hi Mark

I can’t really help you with this, I don’t think it will affect your assessment for permanent residency, but I could not possibly advise you as to whether it would be a good idea or not to challenge this fine. You really need to speak to a lawyer, hopefully you’ll be able to find someone who can give you some free or low-cost advice.

Good luck!

Bob

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laraMsimon June 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm

im back in my Geography lesson and i need my request now i only have 15 vmins left if you forgot my request it waqs the why peope should migrate to Australia

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BobinOz June 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Missed it again Lara, we clearly have a time zone difference which means that when you are in Geography, I’m probably off out and about enjoying myself.

What you should really do is download my free e-book which is called “20 Reasons Why You Should Move to Australia” and that would be job done. Check out my video on the top right hand side of this page for more info and then pop your name and email address into the web form below it.

Do let me know what mark we get :-)

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Smith June 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Please anyone with good information how someone can change he/her Australia Tourists visa to any other kind of visa to enable him/her to work and live long awhile in Australia.

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BobinOz June 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm

That’s not how it works, you cannot change a tourist visa for any other visa. I think you need to read some pages on my website, check out the information on my page All About Visas.

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Shaheen June 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Hi bob, i am Shaheen from pakistan. my husband wants to move to sydney with me in a couple of months. he has got a PR class 190. can you guide us as in how much do we need to start a life in sydney? and would it be easier for him to find a job in a months time? he is a software engineer and i have experience in administration. please suggest. thanks

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BobinOz June 14, 2013 at 9:20 pm

No, that’s not something I can guide you with, I never advise on anyone’s chances of finding a job or how much money they might need, because everyone is different in this respect.

You can check out these pages for yourself and they will give you a good idea of how to answer your questions…

Getting a Job or a Sponsorship

The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything

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Sean June 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Hi Bob,

Thanks very much for making this website. It’s indeed very insightful!

I am from Singapore, currently looking at migrating either to Australia or Canada via studying at a university (or equivalent) then working, then getting PR status, and eventually citizenship.

I understand that the post-study work permit in Australia is 1.5 years while it is 3 years for Canada, and that I can only apply for PR after having worked for at least a year.

For Australia:

Assuming I complete my studies in Dec 2014 and apply for a post-study work permit in Jan 2015, I can only apply for PR in Jan of 2016, with my post-study work permit ending in June 2016. If my PR application is not processed within that short half-year period (due to missing documents, or general delays in application, whether through my own fault or not), I will have to return to Singapore and not be able to extend it, correct?

For Canada:

Assuming I complete my studies, similarly, in Dec 2014 and apply for a post-study work permit in Jan 2015, I can still only apply for PR in Jan of 2016, but my post-study work permit will end in Jan 2018, meaning I have a 2 year window to get my PR before having to return to Singapore, which means I can still afford a couple of delays, in a worst case scenario.

Well, spending the couple hundred grand on university education is no small amount, and my goal is to migrate to that country. So I’d like to be certain that after studying in my country of choice, I will be able to attain PR status there.

My education advisor/consultant has given me the impression that I run a risk of not getting my PR (via post-study work permit) in time, i.e. within that 6 month window in Australia, and it is a lot safer to go with Canada in my scenario.

Do you agree with this view? I am actually quite keen to go to Australia, but if it is too risky (in terms of attaining PR) then I might have to rethink my decision.

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BobinOz June 23, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Hi Sean

Everything you have told me I have to take on face value because I am not a migration agent specialising in either Australia or Canada, but it sounds to me as though you are talking to an expert and this is what he has told you.

I’m not going to contradict him, and I think you need to trust what he says otherwise what’s the point of (I assume) paying him for advice? So I can’t help you with this, but if you do want a professional opinion you know where to find my recommended Australian MARA migration agent.

Good luck, what ever you decide to do. But I think choosing a country to live is an even bigger decision than simply which country will allow me to reside there permanently with the least path of resistance. For example, Canada = cold; Australia = hot. I like hot, so I would work harder to get hot, if you get my meaning.

Bob

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hayley martin June 24, 2013 at 9:32 pm

hay bob I am 18 years old can u email me please and tell me everything I have to have please to move to Australia next year I am willing to move to start a new life please help panicing :( tank you bob

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BobinOz June 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm

That’s an interesting yet impossible question to answer Hayley, although there is one thing you will need for sure, and that’s a visa.

Getting a visa though, now that’s a very long and complicated process, I suggest you start by reading my page All About Visas.

You will need to click through many of the links on that page to find out more, in particular do read the page about points calculation.

Good luck, Bob

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Jerry Kirby June 25, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I’m in the process of applying for a VISA. I’ve been reading to some blogs and most of the people are worried that there is not enough job opportunities for immigrants since local employers would require local experience. Can you please give me your thoughts on this matter? Is it hard for immigrants to secure a job in Australia?

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BobinOz June 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm

That really does depend upon what you do, but even if you were to tell me what your skill is, I probably still couldn’t answer this question for you. I just don’t have that kind of information off the top of my head for all occupations in all of Australia.

I have heard from some people who have come here and struggle to find work, others get work straight away. The job market has changed over the years I’ve been here, and it’s certainly not as easy to get a job today as it was five years or so ago.

I think you really need to do some research is relevant to your self on this one.

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Emily June 29, 2013 at 12:35 am

Hello there!
I’m from Florida and recently visited Australia for 3 weeks. I fell in love with it! I’m highly interested in getting a Working Holiday Visa and moving over for a year. I’m curious as to how much money one should save up before applying for the visa. Also, what time of year would be best to apply and move when it comes to job availability? How long in advance should I apply for a visa in ratio to when I’d actually be moving over if granted one? Sorry for all of the questions, but I really have no idea what the best way is to go about this.

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BobinOz June 30, 2013 at 1:27 am

WHVs are temporary and I don’t think they take that long to get, you need to have $5000 available as part of the terms of the visa. I’d apply whenever you want to come. Moving over here is a totally different story though, more permanent visas take much longer to sort.

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George Smith July 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Hey Bob,
My name is george and me and my three friends are thinking about moving to oz for uni. How hard would it be to get in? What would be needed to get in? And how much money would be needed?

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BobinOz July 4, 2013 at 2:00 am

I have an expert who deals with that…Student Visas

Good luck, Bob

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manish July 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Hi Bob
Please let me know minimum IELTS requirement for to get visa for first class welder.Is 7 each band is a compulsion or preference?
Thanks

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BobinOz July 7, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I don’t know for sure, you might get away with a 6, depending upon how many points you need, but you should check with someone who does know, like a MARA agent.

Cheers, Bob

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John July 8, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Hi Bob.
I have just filled up the EOI but haven’t submitted as yet.
Just wanted to get some information.
I have applied for visa class 190 which gives me 5 points for the state nominations.
Frankly I am ok with working anywhere in Australia. So under the selection of preference of state I have selected “Any”.
My question is will I be given more preference by a state if i select just that one state or does the possibility of a state nomination reduce if i choose “any ” state.
I am an Electrical engineer and my skills assessment is currently being assessed by Engineers Australia.

Thanks in advance.

John

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BobinOz July 9, 2013 at 1:27 am

You may find the many comments on my page about Australian Visas and Expression Of Interest (EOI): Caution! interesting, this is a question quite a few people have asked. Hope this helps. Bob

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John July 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Hi Bob
I have gone through the link you suggested but could not find an answer to my question.
I would be grateful if you could help.
My questions was if I apply for visa class 190 and if i select “any” state for nomination, is the possibility of getting a state nomination same as if i select just one specified state or in other words does the possibility of getting a nomination reduce if I select “any” in the state selction box of EOI ?? I am ready to move to any state in Australia.

Thanks in advance
John

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BobinOz July 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Hi Jon

These things are a moving target, each state changes its own criteria to suit their current needs. At one stage, for example, one state would simply not look at you if you did specify any state for nomination, they were only interested in people who specified their state only.

I’m afraid I can’t be more specific because, as I say, this information can change almost instantly, and I wouldn’t want to mislead anyone with outdated information.

Sorry I can’t be more specific, any good MARA agent (like the one I work with here) would know the latest situation and if you were to use his services, he would be able to guide you according to your situation.

Cheers and good luck

Bob

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bekiboo July 11, 2013 at 8:58 am

hi bob
im thinking about moving me and my daughter to australia but have not got a clue on where to start the process or what im suppose to do could you please give me some advice on were to start the process
many thanks bekiboo

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BobinOz July 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Start here – All About Visas.

Bob

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Lisa July 16, 2013 at 6:07 am

Hi Bob,
Wondering if anyone can provide information on tax calculations for single parents in Australia – is there a tax credit system for lone parents like the UK and Ireland? And if so, what might an average net income be for a gross of €75000?
Many thanks,
Lisa

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Lisa July 16, 2013 at 6:38 am

Sorry, that should be $75000 not euro!
Thanks again!

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BobinOz July 16, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Hi Lisa

I think there is some kind of benefit for single parents, but I’m not sure what it is or how it is worked out. I think you need to get this information from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) or speak to Centrelink, they are the ones that dish out the benefits.

Sorry I can’t be more helpful on this one.

Good luck, Bob

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Renee Saxby July 16, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Can I apply for a Aged Persons Visa in Australia and stay there on a Bridging Visa until it is granted?

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BobinOz July 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I don’t know, but my MARA agent would be able to answer this, he would need all of your details though, not just a one-liner. Check out my Visa Assessment Service.

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Jims July 18, 2013 at 3:39 am

Hi Bob,

I have been reading this blog and thanks a lot for such a nice work!!!. Wanted to ask one question.

I am 8 year experienced embedded software engineer with experience in multimedia, Set top box and automotive. I am an engineering graduate. I wanted to migrate to Australia. Going to write IELTS next month.

Can you please share your opinion about the job opportunities for embedded software engineers in Australia. Which city would you suggest?

Thanks,
Jims

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BobinOz July 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Hi Jim

That’s not something I can help with, I’m not even sure what an embedded software engineer is :-) All I can suggest is that you look at my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and use the links to the online employment agencies to search for current vacancies to see which city offers the most opportunities for you.

Good luck, Bob

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Jims July 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Ok. Thanks Bob

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Barry July 19, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Bob,

Just a quick question,

When assesing your points for your level of education do they take other factors into consideration rather than simply university degrees?

I have a university degree in Network Computing from a recognised university (checked on DIAC) which will indeed give me 15 points.

Although since I work in the computer industry I have several qualification in vendor specifics such as;

Microsoft
VMWare
EMC
NetApp
ITIL
CompTIA etc

Are these taken into consideration that would possibly boost the 15 points score I receive for the degree?

Thanks

Barry

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BobinOz July 21, 2013 at 11:00 pm

I’m afraid that is way too tricky question for me, but my MARA agent could look into this for you and tell you exactly how many points you have, and also how you could get more points if you don’t already have enough. He will also be able to give you all of your options, assuming you have options, for more details check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Cheers, Bob

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Paola Rodriguez July 25, 2013 at 12:26 am

Hi Bob, my name is Paola and I’m applying to medical school in Australia (Queensland to be exact). I am currently engaged and my fiancee plans on making the move to Australia with me. He is not currently applying to school in Australia but is looking to work there and eventually attend school there as well. We are currently looking into the Working Holiday Visa but wanted to know what are our other options. Right now we live in the US.

-Paola

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Umesh July 25, 2013 at 2:26 am

Hi
I am a 30 year old software engineer from India. I have been working USA for past two and half years. I have a total of 6.5 years of experience as a Software Engineer. I checked out the Australian immigration website and found that there are visa categories for Software engineers.
I want to know what should my starting point for the immigration process for Australia? Should I contact any immigration agents? Or can I do it myself? And can I do it from USA where I am currently working?
Also if you may, what are the chances of of getting the Visa approved in my kind of cases?

Thanks

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BobinOz July 26, 2013 at 12:11 am

Paola and Umesh

I really couldn’t tell you what your options are, and if you look at all the comments and the answers above yours, you’ll see that lots of people have asked the same question and the answer is the same.

That answer is my visa assessment service, you’ll find links to it all over this page. Good luck!

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j Bradshaw July 26, 2013 at 4:56 am

Hi bob, We have applied for a contributory parents visa and this is being processed as we write. We want to know if we can be in Australia while our application is being processed.

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BobinOz July 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I’m not qualified to answer these kinds of questions as I’m not a MARA registered migration agent, you really should check this with who ever is processing your visa. My personal opinion though is that I very much doubt it, although you may be able to investigate other more temporary visas that will allow you to visit until such time as your contributory parents visa is actually process.

Good luck! Bob

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Geoff July 26, 2013 at 10:57 am

I have a brother in Melbourne and I have had to visit him three times in the last three years because of his health, I’ve been to help him with his financial needs and to help with his food. I am 68 and living in Canada, he would like me to be there to look after him all the time, is there any chance of this happening?
Regards Geoff

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BobinOz July 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm

There is something called, I think, a carers visa, but whether or not you would qualify for that I don’t know. What worries me is your age, sorry to say, but there may be a maximum age limit on it and you could well be over that.

Other than that, I don’t know, but my MARA agent would be able to give you professional advice through my Visa Assessment Service if you need it.

Good luck, Bob

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Sachin July 26, 2013 at 11:20 am

HI
I am in a tricky situation ..

1) Applying for 190 – state sponsorship
2) On sponsored 457 and Contract is ending in next week, still have 90 days after that to find a job under the same employer/agency

My questions :
1) If I apply for Subclass 190 PR Visa , I will be on Bridging visa but valid untill 90 days (till my 457 visa ceases) ?
2) After PR application Lodgement is it possible to transfer 457 Visa in case I can not find employment through same agent.

I am in a desperate financial situation , your experts advice would be really appreciated.

Regards

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BobinOz July 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Sorry, I can’t answer these technical questions, I’m not qualified. You would need to talk this through with a registered MARA migration agent. Good luck!

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Pooja July 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Hi Bob,
i am 32 years old female from India. i m currently working with US Bank unit in india in home loan dept. i want to miggrate to australia. can you please guide me the procedure. i dont think its easy to get sponsorship from Australian employer. any other way. i have a couson who has PR and lives in melbourne. i am her maternal side cousin. can she able to sponsor my visa. please let me know the details. Pooja

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BobinOz July 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I don’t offer one on one advice, but my MARA agent does, so if you want him to help you please check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Thanks, Bob

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Jessi July 30, 2013 at 2:37 am

Hello, I was curious… do you have to have either work experience that the country needs or relatives that are citizens to be able to become a citizen of Australia? Or can you be completely unattached and apply for citizenship?

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BobinOz July 31, 2013 at 1:26 pm

If only it were that simple, but it’s not. There are 1000 different rules and over 100 different visas, this is not the question with a one line answer.

But here’s my attempt at it:

Neither work experience or relatives will guarantee you to become a citizen Australia, and being completely unattached will make it more difficult, but not impossible.

Cheers, Bob

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Jessi August 1, 2013 at 3:29 am

Thank you for your response, I appreciate it. Have an awesome day!

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Terri August 6, 2013 at 5:10 am

I’m a music teacher, primarily instrumental music in public schools here in the USA. Do Australian public schools have music programs? Do they have a band, chorus and orchestra? I couldn’t find anything online. What is the arts like in the public schools?

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BobinOz August 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Yes, our schools have music lessons and we have an arts scene, I’m sure most public schools have something. Melbourne is known as the capital of Australia’s music, art and drama productions if that helps your search.

We also have some private music schools offering lessons, maybe you should try looking in that direction as well.

Cheers, Bob

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Ashley August 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Hi Bob, I have been keeping track of your site for ages, and ive enjoyed reading your experience. Something has come up which I hope you could advise me on. My fiance has become pregnant which is great news, although I’m scared if it will affect our plans.
I am from the UK and have been made redundant, lickily i have had a very nice amount of money which me and my fiance are using to eventually move to Australia. To make sure we like it, we have working holiday visas and are flying out this september. The plan is to travel first, find where we like, and hopefully find a job in our prefered area, which will let us apply for a second year WHV. I’m lucky enough to have skills which will help me find a sponsor, if not I will be looking to get a citizenship while on my second year.
Would having a baby in Australia on a working holiday visa be a bad idea? Ash

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BobinOz August 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Unfortunately Ashley, yes, it is a very bad idea. If I’m not mistaken, one of the rules of a WHV is no dependent children are allowed to accompany you. Sounds like your fiance will be pregnant at the time you intend to travel here, so an additional concern is whether you would be covered for all the extra medical expenses that would incur.

I don’t know the rules well enough to advise you on this one, but it’s sounding like a bad idea to me and I really think you need to be speaking to either a MARA agent about this situation or directly with DIAC.

Congratulations, by the way :-)

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Joanna Bowie August 13, 2013 at 12:33 am

Hello
Please can you help? I met my boyfriend in the UK, he was born here but has lived in Melbourne for some time and is an Australian citizen, he came to thwe UK last year to gain work and that’s when we met. He could not find suitable work and on a trip back to Australia to visit friends has been offered an amazing job, we talk and decided he had to take it, he now wants me to move there and live with him only I am 36 years old so too old for a working holiday VISA and my job is not on the list of jobs in demand. I am a proferssional whos worked in Suppliy Chain/Procurement for 14 years and am educated to Masters level, can you help me? we do not want to break up and he cannot find work in the UK so our only option is for me to move there and find work.

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BobinOz August 13, 2013 at 11:49 pm

The best advice I can give you is to click on the link in the above article, I think it’s the first link, to my visa assessment service. My MARA agent is very good and if there is a way for you to come out here to join your boyfriend, he will find it.

Good luck, Bob

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Sandamali August 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm

hi.
I have a long story with avery stressful situation. I am from sri lanka 22 yrs old female. I have relationship with a Australian man and he is 53. we had a long term relationship since 2011 November. and now we have lived together in a defacto relationship more than a Year. I have tried to go Australia on a tourist visa 3 times and 3 of them got refused as CO not satisfied. few weeks ago I applied for a defacto visa. but we have to wait for results about 8 months but its so hard to live a life like this waiting for visa even not knowing will it be grant or not. we have to start working to get some income and I want to study. I was thinkingtry again with a tourist visa. is there any chance that I will get a visa at least for 3 months? what are the things I will need?

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BobinOz August 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I couldn’t tell you what things you will need, I’m not a MARA migration agent. It’s not easy getting a partner visa, as you have found out. Obviously your CO is not happy about certain things, only he can tell you what those things are. If you need professional help, a link to my MARA agent, who I highly recommend, is in the above article.

Good luck, Bob

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K August 27, 2013 at 2:28 am

I will study in uq in march..can i live with 20k aud per year?Including accomodation..basically everything except for my tuition fees..tuition fees will be more than 30k aud per year..and i can only afford to live with 20k a year..i dont know whether its worth it..but i plan to migrate to australia..so i have better chances if i study there..hope you can give opinion on this matter..tq

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BobinOz August 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm

It will be very tight, you’ll need at least $100 a week for your accommodation I would think, you should just be able to survive on what’s left, you won’t be going to many nightclubs though :-) I would think $5000-$10,000 a year more would make things way more comfortable, but then I’m not a student.

Any students around who can be more helpful to K on this?

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K August 28, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I dont clubbing or anything.. Just for accomodation..food..transport..just basic needs..how much i need to maintain a car??i think i want to buy the cheapest new car..probably suzuki alto..im so childish..the only money i will use..maybe once a month travel to gold coast theme park..do u think need a car?i will be there at least 4 years..

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BobinOz August 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm

A car is useful, but cars here are not cheap. If you search cars and rego or even buying a car in my Google search box on the right hand side towards the top, you’ll find I’ve written lots of articles about cars and the cost to run them.

If you can get by without one, you will save a lot of money and you can always get a coach trip to the theme park :-) I have to say though, if you can afford a car it is much better, even just for getting about day-to-day.

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Anthony August 29, 2013 at 2:05 am

Hi Bob,
Great to stumble on a info rich website like this!
i am currently in OZ holding a 457 visa as a slicer. i just want to ask, are there any ways I can transfer to other visa that would hasten my PR? as far as i know, meat workers are different because we need to work for 3-4 years before we got the chance to be PR, that is if the company will nominate us for PR. what are my options? I am an experienced registered nurse in the Philippines and a an experienced IT-SEO/Online worker. I am seeking for your advice because I believe you can be of great help.

Cheers,
Anthony

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BobinOz August 30, 2013 at 12:15 am

Hi Anthony

This is something you will need to ask my MARA agent, he is very good but he is not free. You will need to pay, but it may well be worth you going through my Visa Assessment Service to find out exactly what your options are.

Thanks, Bob

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John August 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Hi Bob
Would appreciate if you could give me some information.
I will submit my EOI next week for visa 190.
Regarding state nominations do we need to find state nominations ourselves or will DIAC send my skill select deetails to all states if I choose “Any ” state.
Is there anything I need to do after having submitted EOI for getting state nominations?

Thanks

John

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BobinOz August 30, 2013 at 1:04 am

Hi John

May I suggest you read my post called Australian Visas and Expression Of Interest (EOI): Caution!, and especially the comments there. This whole EOI process confuses the life out of me, but there are lots of people discussing it on that page, many of whom know much more than I do.

If you don’t find the answer your question in the comments and answers, feel free to ask this question again on that page and I’m sure someone will help you out.

Cheers, Bob

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Advaita August 30, 2013 at 11:30 am

Hi Bob,

I am an Indian working in Papua New Guinea. My maternal cousin sister is moving to Australia in Oct on employment visa (457). Does she qualify to sponsor me? If yes, what conditions and formalities could be there? Please advise. Thanks.

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BobinOz August 30, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I’m not a migration agent, so please understand this is not legal advice, just my opinion. I don’t think your cousin will be able to sponsor you, the 457 visa is a temporary visa only so I really can’t see how she would be able to help you.

If you want to find out if there are any ways you might be able to move to Australia, then I’m sure you have seen the link in the above article to my MARA agent and the service he provides. He will certainly be able to give you any options you might have.

Cheers, Bob

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Erum August 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Hi, i had a quick question.. A company in Melbourne has agreed to sponsor my husband on 457 visa, my husband wants to include me in the application as his dependant.However, i am currently living in Dubai.My husband is currently on student visa in melbourne so his will be an onshore application, whereas i’ll be considered as an offshore applicant. His lawyer advised that since im not in australia currently, i cannot be included in the application with him and i will need to file a seperate application once his 457 visa is approved. I would like to take a second opinion.. Is it true that I need to be in australia at the time the application is filed?

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BobinOz September 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I go with what the lawyer says, but then I’m not a lawyer or even a migration agent, so you certainly don’t want a second opinion from me and I’m certainly not going to go against what a lawyer has advised you. I assume your lawyer is Australian and therefore qualified to give migration advice? If he is, then you need to trust him, if you don’t trust him then you need to get a different migration agent.

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Ravi September 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Hi Bob,
I submitted EOI for 189 but not for 190, can I change it, will it have any effect on outcome?
And here is most important question I have taken IELTS Academic with overall band of 8 and Min of 7.0, but I read DIAC only consider General Test, but in EOI there was no where any column to specify module type.
Anyway in case I got a invitation should I risk the visa fee?
Thanks In Advance
Ravinder
P.S : Earlier I was planning for studies in NZ/Aus so took IELTS(Sept 12) but circumstances changed and I had to drop idea of studies.

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BobinOz September 3, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Hi Ravi

There is a whole big discussion about this sort of thing on my post called Australian Visas and Expression Of Interest (EOI): Caution!, may I suggest you have a good read of all the comments on that page, there are loads, and I’m sure this kind of question has been asked before, so hopefully you’ll find an answer.

If you don’t, post this question there, lots of helpful people who seem to know this system do help out where they can.

Cheers

Bob

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Jessica September 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Hi

I am Jess. I will finish my course in December 2013. I will then do my skills assessment and according to the website aitsl, I will get my skills assess in the first week of March 2014. I am sure to get my express of interest in March 2014 as I am eligible for 65 points. After that I am going to apply for my visa 189, may be in the first week of April 2014. My question is that since my student visa will expire on 15 March 2014, how will I be able to apply onshore. I cannot afford to study more. Can youadvice me how can I extend my stay in Australia till mid-april 2014.

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BobinOz September 4, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Hi Jessica

I’m afraid I can’t help you with this, I’m not qualified, you really need to be speaking to a MARA registered migration agent. They would need to know your full details and background before they could advise you how to proceed to ensure, if it’s possible, that you do not need to leave the country.

If you do not already have your own migration agent, I highly recommend my guy, you can see a link to his service in the above article.

Good luck!

Bob

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Johnny September 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Hi
Can anyone help me ?? I am desperate.
I just got the skills assessment done by Engineers australia and have been successfully assessed for professional engineer ANZSCO 233311.
In the letter which I received from Engineers australia, nothing is mentioned about my work experience. I have over 14 years of expereince in the related field.
Do they normally mention the years of experience in the letter?
Any information on this is welcome.

Regards

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BobinOz September 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Sorry Johnny, I really don’t know the answer to this one. You might find more help on my page Australian Visas and Expression Of Interest (EOI): Caution!, be sure to read all the comments and answers below that post.

Thanks, Bob

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steven September 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Sir I am from Nepal and I am moving to Australia in February along with my wife and 4 year son and I would like to know what is the charge of send my kid to Kindergarten school please send me detail I am in great waiting by the way I am coming for my master degree thank you

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BobinOz September 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

The costs will vary quite massively depending on the kindergarten and your personal circumstances, so you will need to research this directly with the local schools available in the area to where you intend to be.

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kevin September 8, 2013 at 12:59 am

hi bob i live in ireland my friend is in hyden me and my girlfriend are thinking about going over he has a job for me and said we can stay with him just dont know were to start or does my girl have to have a job before we go please help

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BobinOz September 9, 2013 at 10:21 pm

That’s a massive question Kevin which is impossible to answer without loads of details, what you need to decide is how long each of you wants to stay and then what kind of visa you are hoping to obtain. Check out my page about Visas for help with that.

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Lucy September 9, 2013 at 2:57 am

Hi Bob
I have been looking at your site and still have some questions I would like answers to.
I am a qualified social worker with one years post qualifying experience, my partner (of five years, unmarried) is to finish an illustration degree next year (graphic design). We would like to move out to Australia, but are thinking about moving out once my partner has finished his course and was wondering how long the process takes to actually move out there? As I would ideally like to secure a job before moving and don’t know how long this and the visa process can take.
I am aware that some jobs you can get sponsored for, do you know where I go about finding out if I can get sponsored?
Also, I have looked at your information on how much money do I need to live in australia but would just like a rough idea of how much money we need in savings before going out there? I know we obviously need enough money for bills, rent etc etc but just wanted to know if there is a specific amount of savings required to move out there?
Also, I don’t suppose you are aware what areas of australia are more in need of social workers?
Sorry for the many questions, just want to start seriously planning it all!
Thanks
Lucy

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BobinOz September 9, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Hi Lucy

For the most part, you’re asking questions that don’t we have defined answers. How long it takes varies from person to person depending on their circumstances. It can be as quick as a couple of months to as long as 18 months. As for how much money you need, there is not a set amount.

I don’t know of any area where your line of work would be more in demand, but if you want help finding a sponsorship, check out How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia.

Thanks, Bob

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Imran Zafar September 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Hi Bob,

I have a question. Would it be possible to apply for immigration onshore while on a dependent Student visa in Australia? Is there a time limit which lets you stay in Australia for a certain period and then let you apply?

Thanks,

Imran

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BobinOz September 11, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Hi Imran

I can’t help you with this, I’m not a MARA agent and I don’t know the rules. I think much would depend on the terms of your current student visa, but to find out for sure what your options are you should probably be talking to a MARA registered migration agent. I’m sure you are aware that I have one working with me here and should you go ahead with a visa assessment with him, he will let you know any or all of your options.

Cheers, Bob

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Jo September 13, 2013 at 1:42 am

Hi Bob

I have just applied for an e600 tourist visa (up to 12 months) to go and stay with my boyfriend, with a view to applying for a defacto visa if we stay together.

I have been asked by the Visa people for further evidence that includes the following:

– Your intentions after departure from Australia.

I am aware that Aussie Immigration don’t particularly want people using the 12 month visa as a springboard to stay further and it seems by the way they have worded it that they are keen to know that I have a life to come back to in the UK after my 12 months is up in Australia.

So what do I say? Do I be honest and say that I am planning on applying for a defactor straight after, or so I just insinuate that I am planning to return home to my job and flat etc in the UK?

Many Thanks in advance!

Jo

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BobinOz September 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm

That’s the tricky one Jo, I couldn’t advise you on this, I simply don’t know what would be the best thing to do. DIAC aren’t stupid, so you do need to be careful how you do answer this as it could go against you at some point.

Sorry I can’t be more helpful, but I think you need to be talking to a MARA registered migration agent about this to be on safe side.

Cheers, Bob

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Jen September 16, 2013 at 8:13 am

I’m applying for an internship in Sydney but need to be approved to work in New South Wales to be considered. Which type of visa should I apply for? It should be a year position but could extend for another 3 yrs & honestly I’d love to stay forever but one step at a time. I’m currently a US citizen. Thanks!

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BobinOz September 16, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I’m afraid that’s impossible to answer Jen without all of your details, that’s why we offer the Visa Assessment Service.

Cheers, Bob

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Viralkumar Raval September 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Dear all,
Greetings!!!
Many thanks to experts for giving their comments which are being proved as blessing for a needy..

I have gone through the various threads and found, it is very difficult to get the certificate from previous and current employers with “5 main duties”, although this is MUST for engineers Australia to get positive outcome for employment assessment…

However, I found that self declaration / statutory declaration may work..
in view of above, please please guide for following…

1) Self declaration / statutory declaration are same?
2) Can anyone provide me specimen of SD, which have been accepted by EA? PM to viralraval”at”gmail
3) Colleagues from previous and current employers need to sign this..this is must?
4) Separate SD need to be prepared for each employment?

I have 10 years of work exp from very prestigious companies in India and I have all the documents like payslips, appointment letters, appraisal letters, promotion letters, form 16, bank statement, relieving letters , experience certificate (without “5 main duties”) etc…

Please guide…

Regards,
Viralkumar

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BobinOz September 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Hi Viralkumar

It might be worth you having a look at my post about Australian Visas and Expression Of Interest (EOI): Caution! and having read of the comments there, you might find some help with this.

There is also a comment from another reader called Bali where I think he is talking about this same sort of thing, you can read his comment here.

Good luck, Bob

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John September 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Hi Bob
I am an electrical engineer and have a total of 18 years of experience.
I had submitted all documents which includes appointment letter and and experience letter from my previous company. Now I am working in my current job for last 14 years.
Engineer Australia requires 5 main duties from each of my employer. It is impossible to get any such dcoument from my previous company as I have left my last company 14 years ago and i think now no one knows me in my previous company.
Therefore Engineers australia has given me assessment for only 14 years which is my current job.
I plan to submit EOI end of this month.
Is it ok if I include all my 18 years of experience or should I just put in 14 years of experience as assessed by Engineers australia.
I also know that with 14 years I can get maximum points in EOI but I am applying for Visa 190 where I need state nomination . Therefore I would like to show all my 18 years of experience.
WIll it be a problem if I put in 18 years of experience in EOI though I have not received assessment for first 4 years.

Anybody please giude me on this.

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BobinOz September 16, 2013 at 9:56 pm

This whole EOI process has caused many people lots of confusion, me included. I have a post all about it and I think you will find more help over there and probably get the answer to your question if you read the comments and answers. If you can’t find the answer, post it there is a question, lots of people have been very helpful, here is the page – Expression Of Interest (EOI)

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Daniel September 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

Hi Bob,

My wife and I are in Adelaide as international students. She should be graduating in August 2014 after finishing subjects of her Master of physiotherapy in May 2014. We are thinking of applying for PR and we wanted to know if we could send the EOI before the graduation ceremony? Finishing all the subjects of the master and meeting the 92 weeks rule are enough to apply for PR?

Thanks!!

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BobinOz September 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Hi Daniel

Check my answer to John above your comment, it has a link to my page about EOI, you’d be better off asking your question there, I simply don’t know the answer to these kinds of questions.

Cheers, Bob

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Jerry Kirby September 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

Hi Bob,
Can you please send me the email address of your MARA agent? Thanks.

Kind regards,
Jerry

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BobinOz September 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Hi Jerry

I don’t publish or give out my MARA agent’s email address, but if you have a question you need to ask him, you can send it to me via my contact page and I will forward it on to him.

Cheers, Bob

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Jagjit Singh September 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm

hey bob,
Its jagjit singh here from India. I have recently lodged my 189 visa file on 16 Sep 2013. My question to you is that while filling EOI and 189 visa file, they asked IELTS date of test . i have filled the “date i have given the test” not the date “when i received the results”.. It doest not clearly specify either in EOI and 189 visa application. i given the test on 11 may 2013 and results came on 22 may 2013. what is going to happen when the CO is allocated? does he/she going to reject my file ? What options do i have now? Pls i really need your help.
IELTS 23 rd may, skillselect applied 11 sep 2013, invitation 16 sep 2013,file lodged 16 sep 2013

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BobinOz September 20, 2013 at 12:25 am

I really can’t see that this will cause you any problems at all Jagjit, but do take a look at my post about EOI and read some of the comments and answers there, I’m sure it will give you some comfort.

Cheers, Bob

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Ahmed M. September 24, 2013 at 6:35 am

Hi BoB,

nice work u r doing here.
i’m still thinking of coming to Aus, some people are encouraging me. I’m a family man with a wife and 3 year old girl and we are expecting her sister by next month. Big responsibility and i don’t want to fail my family or cause them trouble.
It seems so much to think about here; a place to live, work, school, money ….
1. can i easily find a job?
2. if i come as a skilled work immigrant, can my wife go to college? will that cost us a lot?
3. what about my girls school and medical insurance?
How not get lost here man? :)

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BobinOz September 24, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Big decision, I know, not easy to decide either. I couldn’t possibly tell you if you could easily find a job, I have no idea what you do. See my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship for help with that.

Yes your wife could go to college, but I have no idea how much it would cost. See my page about Student Visas.

For schools, see Which school? and a decent medical insurance policy will probably cost you around $300 for the family, but you could pay more for something more comprehensive or less for something that doesn’t cover as much.

So, are you coming :-)?

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Ahmed M. September 25, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Well Bob, let me thank u first for your answer.
I’m a telecommunication project manager with PMP certification .. i’ve a bachelor degree in telecommunication engineering.
My wife is a dentist. However, we knew that her degree is not recognized in Aus, this is why me and my wife were thinking if we came to Aus, she could re-study and get her degree once again
The opportunity we can use to come here is as skilled workers according to my job only not hers. hoping it’s clear now ;)

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BobinOz September 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm

So it all really hinges on whether or not you could easily find a job as it looks as though your wife would not be able to work in her profession yet. That, of course, is an impossible question for me to answer, all you can do is search the online agencies to see what kind of job opportunities that are for your line of work. Links to those agencies are on the job page I suggested to you above.

If there are opportunities for what you do, then it’s down to you to decide how good you are interviews and convincing people to give you a job :-)

Good luck, Bob

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Peter September 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Dear Bob,

I’ve just submitted my EOI for visa subclass 489, my points after the nomination are 60 pt. the question is what should I do next, should I contact any state which requires my qualificatio or just wait for any state which contacts me knowing that I worte in the state I’m interested in “any” to open the more opportunities for me.

Thanks for your help

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BobinOz September 27, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Hi Peter

The whole process is a little confusing and there is no correct way either. I’ve heard, for example, that some states will not be interested in you if you have selected “any”, they are only interested in you if you specifically nominate their state.

I don’t know how it all works, not sure anyone does, you would need some kind of inside knowledge. I suggest you ask this same kind of question on my page about EOI and also look through all of the comments and answers there, someone might be able to help you or the question may have already been answered before.

Cheers, Bob

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craig mcphail October 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

Bob,

We are moving to brisbane on a 457 visa, happening in a matter of weeks (out of the blue) and contemplating selling our car in UK, knowing fine well Oz is much more expensive. I have heard that if I ship car I will never be able to sell if I stay a temporary worker (457).

Is this true? Do I need to be Oz resident before I could sell car on.

If so then it helps make decision, as we intend staying for several years. And if I needed to bring car home in say 6 years, it will have lost its appeal.

Please advise. Can I register car and sell at some point whilst on a 457 visa?

Thanks

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BobinOz October 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Sorry Craig I simply don’t know the answer to this one, I would say though that I can’t believe it is worth your while bringing your car here to Australia from the UK, there are quite a few costs involved including, I think, import taxes which will probably make the whole thing impractical.

Most people will tell you it’s only really worth bringing out a classic car, for example.

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Matthew October 6, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Hi Bob,
I waited 60 days for my visa invitation to expire as I wasn’t 100% happy after I had submitted my EOI. When I went into skillselect to change my EOI, literally as I was updating it I was invited again, still with the original score that I was not happy with. I was wondering if you had heard of this case before and if so if you had advised anyone in this situation.
Thanks,
Matthew

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BobinOz October 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Hi Matthew

I can’t help you with this, but there is a big discussion going on about this whole process so I would suggest you ask the same question over on my page called EOI; lots of people comment there and somebody may be able to help you out.

Good luck, Bob

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Claire Cassar October 9, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Hello Bob,
My boyfriend and I, both from Malta, are moving to Melbourne next month on a Working Holiday Visa. I am an Early Years Educator, waiting for finalisation of my application with ACECQA, and my boyfriend is an Electrical Engineer. We are a little bit confused with regards getting his qualifications recognised. Being on a WHV, is he obliged to register with Engineers Australia in order to get his qualifications recognized and practice? He has a a degree in Electrical and Control Engineering (Fraunhofer, Germany) and we both hope that after our experience in regional areas we both could find jobs in our respective areas. I had to go through AEI-NOOSR and then to ACECQA to get sorted, but I’m quite confused with regards to engineering. I don’t know if he has to apply to AEI-NOOSR or through Engineers Australia.

Thanks,
Claire Cassar

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BobinOz October 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I can’t really help you with this Claire, I’m not sure of the precise process. But “I think” your boyfriend would be able to work as a kind of assistant to somebody who is qualified to work here and the work he does will need to be “signed off” by a person who is qualified.

That’s how I think it might work, but you really do need to check it with somebody who does know more specifically. So I would continue to pursue your enquiries through Engineers Australia, because ultimately you want to be spending the time here securing qualification to work in this country.

Cheers, Bob

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Singh October 16, 2013 at 12:24 am

Hi Bob. I had recently been granted a PR Visa subclass 190 for NSW. As per my Visa Grant Letter my date of first entry into Australia should be April 2014. However i have recently made the entry to Australia after the Grant of the Visa.
As per my State Sponsorship letter i received from NSW during the application process, it stated that i need to intimate the NSW government when i settle down in Australia. However i recently read through the website which stated that i should intimate the NSW goverment of my arrival as well. I was anyways not aware about intimating NSW on my arrival becuase my Sponsorship letter only stated about intimating when i settle down in NSW with a job.
After i read through the requirement of intimating NSW about my arrival, i intimated them via email about my date of arrival into Australia and date of Departure. Could you please let me know if this would have any adverse effect on my VISA as i was not able to intimate about my arrival while i was still in NSW ? Also – could you please let me know as i have already made my first entry into Australia after Visa Grant, would it be a mandate for me to settle down in NSW before April 2014, or i can do my movement at any time now as i have already made my first entry. Looking forward for your suggestions.Kind Regards, – Singh.

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BobinOz October 16, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I can’t comment on exactly how DIAC will deal with this, obviously that’s between them and you. My “guess” is that your visa will not be affected, once you notify them that you have already entered Australia it will be checked and noted and what usually happens, depending on the terms of your specific visa, is that you then have a longer period of time in which to return.

The date of April 2014 which they gave you probably is equal to when your police and or medical records were done, +12 months. Having now entered, that date should change to give you longer to return.

That’s what I think, but please do not take this as the correct answer, that can only come from DIAC. Good luck, Bob

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Singh October 17, 2013 at 3:30 am

Thanks Bob. That was helpful. When you say longer to return, are you referring to the return duration equal to the validity period of the visa, i.e having entered now makes my visa active and makes me eligible to enter and return anytime throughout the validity of the visa? Please suggest.

Thanks,
Singh.

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BobinOz October 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm

This is how it works on some visas; you need to enter the country before the date specified to validate it, once you have done that you usually get up to 5 years in which to return to live here. This may only apply to Permanent Residency visas, so I’m not sure how it works with all visas, that’s why I say you need to check the conditions that apply to the visa you have been issued.

This should all be confirmed when you talk to DIAC.

Cheers, Bob

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Chaudhary Haris October 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Hi I read all comments u r very helpfull
I ask 1 question my wife done master of ecnomics or B.ed or done M.ed also have experience 4 to 5 year as a primary teacher. In skills program list have primary teacher. Can she apply for immigration visa.and also me and my baby 4month old gowith her or nor.if we r go with her any main requirments like education ielts statement or any requirments if u have any ideas tell me then I wll contact with MARA consultant.
Thnx for help

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Carriann Kirkland October 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Hi bob. Wandering if you could give me the right advice. I don’t have a trade. But do have experience in care work for over 7. Years. And have certificates for the position o hold. What am looking for is a company on Australia to sponcer me so I can apply for a 457 visa.i want me and my family to lofe on Australia permantly. But not sure of the right way to go about it. Can you help me.
Thanxs carriann

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BobinOz October 24, 2013 at 12:33 am

It’s not easy to find a job sponsorship, but I don’t know how much in demand what you do is here in Australia. You can try and look into that for yourself, there is a link on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship to the jobs that are on the skills list.

If your skill is in demand, then you will probably need to get a skills assessment through the relevant Australian body to see if your work experience is enough to qualify you as a skilled person in this area. If all that goes well, then you have a chance.

Good luck, Bob

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Senthil October 24, 2013 at 2:43 am

Hi Bob,

I hold a AUS PR to ACT. I am in to IT field, at the moment looking for a suitable management job in sector to migrate to ACT from India. I heard that the IT industry is thin at Canberra, so I am little disappointed with it. So I need your advice on the best approach to look for a job that I need, I am also looking to visit Canberra for a week time end of Novemeber. You advice and comments to help my thoughts pls….. Thank You.
Senthil.S

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BobinOz October 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm

The best advice I can give you Senthil is to buy Nadine’s book, see How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia.

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Chaudhary Haris October 24, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Hi bob u angry with me u dont comments for my ans

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BobinOz October 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Hi Chaudhary

No, I’m not angry with you at all, I simply missed your comment. It happens sometimes if the notification email does not show up.

Anyway, I can’t tell you whether your wife qualifies for a visa, but I can tell you that if she does then you and your child will qualify with her, you as her spouse and your child as her dependent.

If your wife gives all of her details to my MARA agent via my Visa Assessment Service, he will be able to assess whether she qualifies or not and you can take it from there.

Good luck, Bob

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Chaudhary Haris October 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Thnk u so much bob u r so sweet.ok but only one more question me also need ielts or education or bank balance or other requirment an how much fees for both or my child
Thnx for more help

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BobinOz October 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Ah, that’s not so straightforward to answer, but my MARA agent will tell you precisely how much it will cost and exactly what you need following your assessment should you decide to go ahead with that service.

It’s different for everyone, that’s why I cannot answer you.

Good luck, Bob

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Chaudhary Haris October 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Thnknu so much ok have MARA agent in Pakistan plz give me address thnx again

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BobinOz October 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm

No, I do not have a MARA agent based in Pakistan, the only MARA agent I know well enough to recommend is the one who is based here in Brisbane, I gave you the link earlier.

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SHalini October 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Hello Bob,

Myself and my family have recently been granted visa to Australia – Visa Class – Skilled Nominated (Permanent) (class SN); Visa Subclass Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190). We are looking to migrate to Adelaide in the month end of March 2014. We have two children – aged 11.5 years and 7 years.

We are worried about the enrollment of our children in the schools. Please confirm if our children will readily get admission in Government/public schools in Adelaide in the April 2014. I went through the website – http://www.decd.sa.gov.au and read that “From 2014 there will be a single starting date and all students starting school will start school the first day of term one.”

Does that mean that if we arrive on March-April, our children will not get enrolled in the school, and that they will have to wait until January 2015 to go to school?

How can we get our children registered in the school at the right time so that they don’t miss out on their academic year?

Can you please guide me on this rule, or let me know the right department/people to contact on the same.

Regards

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Senthil October 28, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Hi Shalini,
Congratulations on your VISA !!
I am from Chennai, India and I too have been granted the same PR Visa and I am looking to migrate to Canberra ACT. I am in process of looking out for a job out there, so at what status you are in ? any information that we can share with each other will be very valuable for both of us. My email id is Senthil2604@gmail.com.
Thanks, Senthil.S, 9791034144

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BobinOz October 28, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Hi SHalini

While I can’t speak in behalf of the South Australian Government, I do think you will be just fine. The operative words in the sentence you have copied to me are “students starting school” or as it says fully on the website, “students starting primary school”.

I believe this refers to children starting the school at the very beginning of the very first year, not people joining the school when they are older. As your children are age 7 and 11, I don’t think they will be affected.

That’s the way I read it anyway.

Good luck, Bob

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Damian November 2, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Good afternoon,

I was hoping you could advise me on what proof of employment experience i will need.

I have been working in Project Administraion roles for the last 8 years but i am only now taking the offical qualification. My job titles unfortunatley have been Administration Manager and Kronos Payroll Administrator on my pay slips, but part of my role involves me in any new business and changes being implemented within the buisness, what proof would i need from my employers to say i have experience working within Project Administration?
Kind regards

Damian

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BobinOz November 3, 2013 at 9:56 pm

I really couldn’t tell you Damian, I think you just have to put forward the strongest case you can and then let the people who will be looking at it decide. If you are a little nervous about this, then it may well pay you to seek the advice of a MARA registered migration agent, because they do know what is required.

Good luck, Bob

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Rebin November 4, 2013 at 4:03 am

Hi there Bob! I´m planning on coming here on a Student visa, my wife will have WHV I read abot your statements regarding salesmen, and especially phonesales, I have been working as a insurance phonesalesman for 6 years in Sweden and managed to do well and made alot of money. The question is, does australia this type of work?
The second question is: I will aim for Master in business that means staying in australia for the 3-4 years coming, what are the chances of getting sponsored over there, and actually attain a sponsor visa? Thanks alot by the way for your information

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BobinOz November 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Hi Rebin

I’m sort of guessing, but I think phone sales are pretty big here in Australia, so much so that there is an organisation you can register with to prevent receiving these unsolicited sales calls. So telesales definitely happens here, I suggest you check out my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and use the links to the online employment agencies to see the kind of opportunities currently available.

Would you get a sponsorship here? I can’t answer that one, but I do have a guide called How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia that you can buy if you’re interested.

Good luck, Bob

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Jeff November 6, 2013 at 7:09 am

Hi Mr & Mrs Bobinoz , Kids and pets. I would like to start by saying how good your site and blogs are at providing info about what its really like to move down under, slightly different to when we did a working holiday for 12 months some 14 years ago. Me “Jeff” and my wife “Mel” where wondering if you can point us in the right direction for the best place to search for jobs online. (believe me we have tried).
We are looking to move out there on a sponsored visa around Brisbane, gold coast. My wife is a Qualified “Teacher of the deaf” and I am a qualified” Motor vehicle technician” on light vehicle.
I can find jobs for mechanics but we cannot find any jobs anywhere for Teacher of the Hearing Impaired etc. I think we are looking in the wrong place!! Keep up the good work.
Please Help – Looking forward to your reply.
Jeff and Mel

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BobinOz November 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Hi Jeff, thanks for the thumbs up, glad you like my website.

I have page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship which you may have seen, it does have links on there to Australia’s top three employment agencies, that’s a good place to start.

But if you are serious about finding a sponsorship, I do sell a guide which has been written by an expert in this field, I’ve read it myself and it is worth every cent. Full details of that can be seen on my page How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia.

Hope that helps and good luck with your job search to both of you.

Cheers, Bob

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MOST FAHIMA KHATUN November 21, 2013 at 8:41 pm

dear sir
i want send My resume to your may i get your email id for that pls divse me by return mail.

tks gafur

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BobinOz November 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm

No point in sending me your resume, or posting it online as a comment (as you did, I’ve now removed it) because I am not a recruitment agent and cannot find you a sponsored job. Please see my answer to the comment above for my best advice about finding what you are looking for.

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Mirko Gligic November 25, 2013 at 11:26 am

Hi Mr BobinOz Now I am living in Montreal Canada with my wife, I am a resident permanent and my wife Canadian citizen. We are thinking to move to Australia or seeing Australia as an option for many reasons. My question is How difficult could be get a residence permanent for both? Thanks a lot and have a good week.

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BobinOz November 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I have no idea, I know nothing about you. If you want an accurate answer to that question provided by a qualified MARA registered migration agent, see my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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Sam November 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

Dear Bob,

You are doing a great job. I am also in the last stages of this long process. I am from High Risk country so it took even longer :(

Can you please advise me on some matter.

I applied for the Skilled Migrant three years ago, now I have medical and at the same time i am in the process of official separation (separation – not divorce) from my wife. I will tell DIAC after the medical tomorrow about the separation.

Anyways, my question is, I am dating this girl and I would love to take her with me. Is it possible as a defecto partner even if I am still married and only separated…? Further would you advice that I first move there and then sponsor/invite her (as my application is already in the last stages and adding her can further greatly delay a already delayed application) or should i try to add her now as inviting her there at later stage can be a difficult task.

What would you advise. Please let me know.

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BobinOz November 26, 2013 at 11:58 pm

You are hoping to prove you are in a de facto relationship whilst you are still married to someone else? Interesting. I’d seek the advice of a MARA agent or lawyer on that one before doing anything if I were you.

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Annz December 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Hi Bob,

I am a Human Resources professional with a total of 6 years of experience. Currently bases out of Pune (India). I am looking for job opportunities in my domain.

Seeking your advise on the scope of opportunities in Australia and the best way to take this forward.

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BobinOz December 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm

You want this page: Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

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Parth December 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Hi Bob. I finished my diploma of engineering(mechanical) and also certificate 2 in drilling operation(mines) in perth.
I am 21year old and also achieved 7 bands each. So shall I get PR?

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John December 15, 2013 at 5:23 am

Hi, I am from India and working here. I have enrolled in a Masters degree Public Health (1 yr Course work – External course) at an CRICOS University in Australia. Its an External program, i.e. a study undertaken while not physically present in Australia, except for two weeks compulsory residential workshop in Australia every semester.

For General skilled migration – Are there any restrictions on what Australian qualifications can be used to claim points? Will this degree (external course) earn the 15 points for Australian qualification in the Points test ?

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BobinOz December 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Yes, I’m sure there are restrictions John, I don’t know precisely what they are though, you’d be best off speaking to a migration agent about the qualifications you are going for to see what points you might be able to claim.

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Singh. December 16, 2013 at 2:19 am

Hello Bob!
Foremost of all – thanks for this wonderful and informative blog and for helping folks with answers to their queries.
Bob, i have posted earlier on your blog as well for some details and your response helped me out.
My earlier post was with ref to my first entry into Australia after the Visa Grant.
I have a visa subclass 190 and the first date of entry provided to me was April 2014. I have anyways entered Australia once after the visa grant.
I am now planning to move permanently to Australia soon and i am actively looking for a job through some Job Portals and placement agencies while working with my current employer.
My current Employer does have offices based in Sydney and Melbourne and i do have an option for requesting my employer to base me out in Australia
Though there is very less probability of my current employer transferring me to their Australia office, i would request you to let me know if there could be any obligations with respect to my VISA if any such transfer of mine does happen on my company’s behalf ?

In other words – would i be required to find an employer post landing into Australia after reigning in my current organization, or would it be perfectly fine without any obligations involved if my current employer can transfer me to their Australian offices ?

Your inputs in the above matter would be very helpful.

Thanks in Advance!
Singh.

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BobinOz December 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Sorry, can’t help you with that one, I’m just not qualified.

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Shalini December 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Hi Bob,

Hope you are doing very well.

I am writing this mail about a friend. He is looking to apply for the PR. But he has a constraint – his child is a special child. He is skeptical that this might hamper his process of applying for Australian Visa.

Can you please let me know if Australian authorities have any such constraint – that they don’t give PR to people with special kids or kids with disabilities?

Your inputs will be very helpful.

Thanks
Shalini

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BobinOz December 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Hi Shalini

That’s not the question that I can answer simply, as far as I’m aware everyone, including children, need to pass a medical. If there is a medical condition present, then I think the Australian authorities look at each case individually, I do not believe there is any specific policy to discriminate against kids with disabilities.

I would suggest that your friend seeks out an Australian authorised (DIBP has a list) medical doctor close to where he lives to take his child for a medical and directly ask that doctor if he feels the condition will cause a problem re Australian immigration.

My understanding is that only highly contagious conditions and those that require expensive ongoing treatment are the kind that can cause a problem.

Good luck, Bob

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Shalini December 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Thanks Bob.

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Pooja Asopa December 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Hi Bob,

My husband has been relocated to Australia, Melbourne by his employer in Singapore . They have a MARA Registered agent handling his visa (457) for him and my dependant 457 is applied with him too.

Last we heard from him, he says, my husband’s Bridging visa is approved but mine has some problems. Though he never gave ur reason why so ?

What do u think might be reason it was not approved? Look forward to your reply.

Regards
Pooja

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BobinOz December 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm

You really need to be asking that question of your MARA agent, he has all of your details. Cheers, Bob

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Senthil December 17, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Hi Bob,

I have my Aus PR (190 Visa) and making my first entry at Canberra on Jan 12 2014. I am looking for an IT job and would need your suggestions for me better accomodate myself, that would put me in some IT Sector area or in a place where I could find some IT companies or agencies that I could approach to. Pls suggest.

Senthil.S

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BobinOz December 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm
Porang F. Kashan December 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Because of making a better life for my family, I am looking for a person/ company that can help me to take PR visa. Instead, I can work for them for a period of max 2 years with lowest salary or even free. If you can help me in this regards please contact me. I also can send you my CV as well in case if it can help us in this regards.

Thanks and Regards
Pourang F. Kashan

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BobinOz December 29, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Merry Christmas to you too, but unfortunately this is not something I can help you with, I have now contacts in recruitment.

Cheers, Bob

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naila December 28, 2013 at 4:37 am

hi,bob i m naila from pakistan n i am interested to migrate australia with my family .my husband is contractor here n my qualification is masters in english.i want to apply on student visa of diploma in fashion designing how much expenditure i have to bear/ because i want to move as soon as possible.thanks

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BobinOz December 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

You need to visit my page called student visas, you’ll find a link to it under the Visas tab in the main menu, then from there contact my expert for help.

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Ozland December 30, 2013 at 3:20 am

Hello bob,

my wife plans to do her mba from Melbourne business school.
at the same time i am very keen on applying for 189 or 190 visa.

I could understand that if my wife gets student visa then as a dependent i am entitled to work in Australia. In this case which is the best option?
Option 1. Apply for 189 visa now?
Option 2. Come to Australia as a dependent and then convert to PR ( visa 189)? ( is it possible ), what chances do i have?

Regards.

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BobinOz January 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm

These are questions that you need to ask of a MARA registered migration agent, I can’t help.

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Raghav January 3, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Dear Bob,

Happy New Year to you..!

First, I would like to congratulate you to have such a helpful blog wherein one can expect a comprehensive information regarding the immigration.

Well, I am from India and planning to move to Australia. I am applying skilled immigration visa, wherein all the documents are to be accessed by agency name “Vetassess”. Vetassess has one of the requirement of “Transcript of Qualification”. As per my understanding, Transcript is nothing but a mark sheets we have, which should be certified by Notary. However, some where while browsing I read that transcripts are to be requested to the university and this goes directly to the Vetassess in sealed envelopes for an assessment.

Would you be kind to clarify my doubt regarding the transcript requirement by Vetassess.

Regards,
Raghav Sharma

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BobinOz January 6, 2014 at 7:23 pm

If only I could clarify it for you, but I can’t, I have no idea.

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Sachin Deshpande January 3, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Hi bob myself Sachin Deshpande from India, My age is 43 yrs. Having 1 daughter and 1 son, Wife. Stable family in India. I am in planning for Australia PR. Myself having 23 yrs. experience in Real Estate Sales and Marketing. Could you suggest me is there good opportunity in Australia for the same field, and how much expenses could i have to arrange for family – Australia.(Inclusive of all monthly.)
Thanks

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BobinOz January 6, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I never comment on anybody’s chances of finding work here, it’s impossible for me to do that, everyone is different. Same for expenses, but my page called The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything should help you.

Cheers, Bob

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Sachin Deshpande February 2, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Thanks,
Bob for your suggestion, I will find out the expenses and job opportunity with help of searching job opportunities sites.
Regards,

Sachin Deshpande

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Nan January 5, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Dear Bob,

I would like to move to Australia very much so I can be close to my brother. I don’t have a degree but I have work experience in nursing assistant for 3years . I brother willing to support me to move over here. He is a citizen in Australia. I’m 30 years old. Is there a chance that I can migrant to Australia?

Respectfully,
Prae

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BobinOz January 6, 2014 at 8:11 pm

I couldn’t tell you but my MARA agent could if you go through my Visa Assessment Service.

Cheers, Bob

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laila gull January 8, 2014 at 10:36 am

hi,
i went australia for studies but i did not complete my degree and i got married with a pakistani man(i m also pakistani).because of some problems we change our status and became refugee.i have two children.my son was born in 1998 at Griffith hospital and my daughter was born in 2001 at Bankstown hospital.our case was still in court but unfortunately ,we left australia in 2003.at that time my son was 5 years old and he finish his kindergarten at Yagoona lions pre school.my daughter was 2years old then.my question is that my kids were born at aystralia and now they are15 and 12 years old so is there any law they can apply for PR or something like that.Are they eligible to come in australia.now a days we are living in S.Korea.can u please find some information or give me useful website.i will be so thankful to you.i really do not know from where i can get information abot this matter.i hope you will help me.
thank you so much.(i am waiting for answer)

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BobinOz January 8, 2014 at 9:25 pm

That’s not something I can help you with, I am neither a MARA migration agent nor a lawyer. I suggest you seek assistance from somebody who is. Good luck, Bob

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Natasha Woodin January 8, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Dear Bob,

My family and I are on the verge on moving to Adelaide from Oxford in England. Your forums have inspired us to act on our dream to live in a hot, relaxing country. The only trouble is: My eldest sons father is no longer my husband. My son, Harrison, Would be happy to move, but my Ex is not too convinced. Furthermore, my husband has a successful car refurbishing company here and is not sure whether to not move and stay owner or move and sell the company. I know this is personal but what do you think i should do? Is there a chance my hubby could start all over successfully in Aussie?

Thank you For your Help,

Yours Sincerely,

Natasha Woodin

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BobinOz January 8, 2014 at 9:42 pm

That’s an impossible question for me to answer, of course there is a chance, but nothing is guaranteed. As for your eldest son, would need to get written permission organise through a lawyer from your ex-husband before you could take him out of the country.

See What You Must Know About Bringing the Children.

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Sue January 9, 2014 at 1:58 am

Hi bob I am from the uk.i am planning to marry my partner who lives in Australia,if and when I get accepted to move there would my children be able to settle in Australia,they are 21 and 23? I have searched the internet but can’t find the info I need on children over 18.thanks

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BobinOz January 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Hi Sue

I’ve got news for you, there are no children over 18. People over 18 are called adults :-)

Seriously though, your children are now adults and as such will have to apply to move to Australia in their own right UNLESS you can prove that they are fully dependent upon you. I’m not fully sure on what fully dependent means, but I suspect they would need to be students or unable to work for some reason and still live with you with you paying for all of their needs.

That’s probably not what you wanted to hear, but I hope it helps all the same.

Cheers, Bob

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S Talukder Dana January 12, 2014 at 1:52 am

Hi…

I m Shrabonti, 27 years old. I am from bangladesh… I am a DENTIST, now doing as a honorary medical officer in a govt hospital..My husband is an A level Math teacher.. Also have a 4years old daughter. Bangladesh is a muslim country, and i am hindu . Here we are being attacked by them every day.. May be you know this from newspaper/ media.

So regarding this situation and my qualification, please guide me how to get PR in australia… I have no relatives in Aus….Plz plz help me..

Thanx in advance…

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BobinOz January 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm
amita January 12, 2014 at 11:55 am

Hi Bob,

I recently got married and migrated to Melbourne(My husband is Oz citizen). I wish I had found your blog earlier.It is very helpful and you have put in a lot of effort in it. I recommended your blog to all my friends who are keen to migrate here and trouble making choices between Canada and Oz.

It is amusing how calmly you respond to people who ask you question regarding migration, skill assessment etc. assuming you an immigration agent. which is not the sole purpose of this informative blog.

Thank you very much and All the best.
Amita

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BobinOz January 13, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Thanks Amita, glad you found me too.

Ha ha, yes, I do often also calmly say “I don’t know” or “I think” because, as you say, I am not a MARA agent and I always do make that clear. Only a MARA agent really know all the rules, which change regularly, so I always also advise people seek professional advice.

Thanks for recommending me to all your friends :-)

Bob

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Simmi January 13, 2014 at 3:09 am

Hi Bob,

Myself and my husband were granted PR for Australia under Subclass 190 in June 2013.
As per the Visa Grant Letter the date of first entry that was provided to us is March 2014.
We have however visited Australia once in November 2013 after the Visa was granted.

However, my question is, whether the date that is provided to us on the VISA Grant Letter is a date by which we should permanently arrive in Australia, or as we have already entered Australia in 2013 November so we can now enter Australia anytime during the validity of the VISA.

I am asking this because, my husband and myself are still working out funds here and that might still take us ahead of the date listed on the VISA Grant Letter. So in such a scenario if we enter permanently after the date on the Letter, would there be any restriction on us entering into Australia ?

Request you to please let me know your views on the above.

Thanks,
Simmi.

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BobinOz January 13, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Difficult for me to answer this one because I am not looking at the specific terms of your visa. Usually after the visa is granted you have to enter the country within 12 months of the issue of your police check and/or medical tests to validate the visas.

After the visa is validated, you can leave Australia and you are usually allowed to return at any time within five years, but again I stress you need to check the specific terms of your visa.

If you have validated your visa, you should be able to find proof of that somewhere and also the date by which you must return back here.

Hope that helps, Bob

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Sean January 13, 2014 at 9:16 am

Hi there,
Both me and my partner are thinking about moving to Australia premaritally. We are both teachers, I am a primary teacher and she is a secondary teacher. We just had a quick question about our visa. Do we both need to get a skill assessment from the AITSL?or is it just the primary visa applicant?
thanks for your help
sean

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BobinOz January 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Hi Sean

If you are classed as in a de facto relationship, meaning you have both lived together for more than 12 months and can prove it, only one of you will need to qualify and the other can come along as the partner.

On that basis, only one of you will need to get a skills assessment, but I don’t know what either of you will need to do to have your skills recognised here in order to work as teachers.

Hope that helps, Bob

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Sean January 13, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Hi there,
Thanks for this. It’s what we thought any way, just wanted to make sure.
Thanks again
Sean

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bec January 14, 2014 at 2:57 pm

hey bob. i have already found a company wanting to sponsor me. i am currently working for them but i dont know how to go about getting an agent to help me through with my sponsorship. The agent you suggested sounds great! but how do i reach him?
thanks
bec

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BobinOz January 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Hi Bec

I have talked about this sort of thing with my agent before, when companies offer to sponsor somebody they do have to comply with certain criteria and conditions which they should talk to the immigration department about directly.

So really it’s not up to you to deal with a MARA migration agent, but them. So I suggest you have a word with your bosses before taking this further.

If they simply say they want you to deal with it, which I don’t think would be a good sign, you can reach my agent by signing up for my Visa Assessment Service, filling in all of your details on the questionnaire and then returning it to him along with the details of your prospective sponsor and he will be able to look at it from there.

Good luck, Bob

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clare roche January 15, 2014 at 5:29 am

Hi Bob, emigrating over to Brisbane later this year can you give me any information on medical. ie dentist, doctor, hospital. regards clare

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BobinOz January 15, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Yes, I’ve written lots of information about all those subjects, just search for each one individually in my Google search box which you will find close to the top of each page on the right hand side.

Cheers, Bob

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Ross January 17, 2014 at 7:21 am

Hi bob I am a plumber and I have just received my permanent residents visa (independent) we are coming to perth from London end of April 14 and were supposed to be staying with friends untill I can get my wa plumbing liscence and get my own place but that has fallen through. coming are me my girlfriend and my 2 year old daughter if we didn’t have our daughter we would just stay in a hostel but that’s not an option. have you got any advice on finding somewhere reasonable to stay untill I can find a job and afford renting/buying our own place as hotels will eat my savings without any income

Ross

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BobinOz January 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm

This might sound silly, but have you considered going to a campsite? Plenty of people here do actually live permanently on campsites, they can be fun and very cheap.

Other than that, I think you will need to look for accommodation via gumtree, just Google it, people rent out rooms and maybe someone has a room big enough for the three of you.

Good luck, Bob

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Ross January 18, 2014 at 2:15 am

Thanks for your reply we have now sorted accommodation, another question will a tom tom sat nav from the uk work in Australia? Or would we need to buy one once in oz? We are getting a car and will need a sat nav for the first drive from the airport

Ross

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BobinOz January 19, 2014 at 10:55 pm

It should work, I would think, but you would need to download an Australian map which you’d probably have to pay for.

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Deidre January 19, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I am 56 years of aged and would like to apply for a skilled work visa to live in Australia.Although as a New Zealander I can just go and work there if I was able to get a skilled work visa would that mean at some point I could apply for residency?
I have two sons who live in Australia and I want to be closer to them.

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BobinOz January 19, 2014 at 11:02 pm

That’s something you should talk to a MARA registered migration agent about, your age is against you a bit, but I don’t know the rules when it comes to NZers. You might want to read this post though, and the comments…

http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/13793/new-zealanders-in-australia-whats-the-problem/

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Alexis January 22, 2014 at 11:04 am

Hi Bob,

Me and my boyfriend would like to move to Australia. I have Family in Sydney who can be our sponsors. Would we have to get Married before we move down to Australia before they will except us? We would both like to go together. He is a Carpenter just getting his levels here in Winnipeg, mb Canada. I am graduating Therapeutic Rec Facilitating for Older adults. So we both have skills and in Good health. We are in our 20’s and would like if you could give us some advice. Would it be possible for us to move and create a life in Australia?

Thank you!

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BobinOz January 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm

I can’t give you any advise, I’m not qualified, but my MARA registered migration agent can if you go through the visa assessment service, there is a link to it in the above article.

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Angela January 24, 2014 at 9:01 am

Hi..I’m seeing an Australian citizen..48years old from w.a. I’m English and we are thinking of marrying?? Can we?? And where?? In oz or uk?? I work full time and am 51..what is the process?? Please and thank you…

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BobinOz January 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Of course you can get married :-)

But if you also want to ultimately get Australian citizenship, then you should talk to a MARA registered migration agent about the best way to proceed. I’m afraid I’m not qualified to help.

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steven January 27, 2014 at 4:07 am

Hi Bob,

Brilliant site and very informative. I am however struggling to find answers for the questions I have so thought I’d leave a post in hope you could advise on which direction to take. I have already used my first year working holiday visa and had to return home for an operation so couldn’t meet the minimum 88 days work so cant apply for a second holiday visa.

I have family in Newman who have advised to go down the route of obtaining an HR license and go across on holiday. My question is, am I eligible to sit an HR driving test in Australia whilst on a 3 month holiday visa? I can have the UK equivalent in terms of truck license but either way will need to sit the HR driving test in oz. Understand I can acquire a 3 months holiday visa which would be long enough to get my foot in the door but this can only happen with the correct license.

Thanks in advance.

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BobinOz January 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Hi Steven, glad you like the site :-)

I don’t know the answer to your question, but I’m not so sure if it is possible, surely you would need an Australian driving licence otherwise what happens when you pass? I may be completely wrong, of course, so I think you need to ask your question directly to the people who offer the test.

Good luck, Bob

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Linzi January 28, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Hey bob can you help me please?

So I’m wanting to return back to Aus after being sponsored..

I have a company in place who want to meet me when I return.. Or the previous company said they will sponsor me.. Which is great…

I have a question I left in June & didn’t pay my phone bill, I’m now paying it off, will this affect me getting sponsored if I have debt in Australia?

Thank you..

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BobinOz January 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Hi Linzi, I really can’t see that being a problem, sounds like you have made an arrangement to pay it off and you are paying. So you have it under control, not that I think it would have caused a problem anyway. Obviously this is only my opinion, but I really wouldn’t worry about it too much.

Good luck, Bob

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Sohan Singh January 29, 2014 at 4:30 am

Hi Bob,
I have been reading ur all FAQs. I am an Indian and never been overseas and my fiance is an Australian and she came twice India to see me. Now we wanna get married. I asked an Immigration Agent in my city and he suggested me Student Visa and after that marriage on completion of my Post Graduation. But PG is costing a lot of money, and I cant get any Bank loan. And Prospective Marriage Visa is also very expensive.
So can u help me about this. Because we dont have lot of money so I was thinking to come on VISITORS Visa and get marry her and during that visa I can apply for the partner visa or my citizenship, so that will cost us something 1200 AUD.
So plz tell me is that possible this way. or should I go for Prospetive Marriage Visa or Student Visa.
Plz Help me..

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BobinOz January 30, 2014 at 4:13 pm

I think you’ll find moving to Australia is expensive, which ever way you do it. I can’t specifically advise you on this, I’m not a MARA registered migration agent, only they know all the rules and would therefore be able to help you.

You could always use my agent via the visa assessment service mentioned in the above article, but that will cost you as well. It would give you a second opinion though.

Good luck, Bob

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Dave Reid January 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

G’day,
My 83 year old mother currently resides alone in the UK on the UK State pension. To provide her an option I was going to ask her if she wanted to live with us for the remainder of her years.
Looking at the aged parent visa she will be probably dead by time that has been processed and the contributory parent seems only to work if you are alredy in Australia – She would have to realise all assets to take meet the $45,000 VAC 1&2 plus the $10,000 AoS that appear to be the total cost of the visa.
Noting that she also has some health issues what is the likelihood of her being accepted and is ther a better way to bring her over so she can live her life out in our care?

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BobinOz January 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Hi Dave

I think this is something you will need to talk over with a MARA registered migration agent, because I’m not quite sure that there isn’t some kind of health requirement attached to the contributory parent visa, and that maybe there is some kind of carer visa that you could apply for instead.

As I say though, I really don’t know, I’m afraid you will have to ask somebody who does, like a MARA agent, mine through the visa assessment mentioned above if you want to, to find out what might be the best way, if there is one, to bring your mother over here.

Good luck, Bob

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Scott Simpson February 1, 2014 at 5:58 am

Hi Bob,

My fiancé and I are seriously thinking of leaving the bitter cold of Ontario, Canada and looking at possible places to pack up and move. We are in our late twenties, no kids. Our only problem is we both have full time jobs here, own a house, cars, etc. We would find it much easier if we were able to land jobs before selling our life away. But how realistic is that? If we moved to Australia, how easy is it to get full time jobs right away, if at all? I’m in aviation, she is a clerk at a law firm. Our only concern is moving all the way over there, not able to find jobs, and have to move back with nothing to come back to.

Thanks for the help!

Scott

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BobinOz February 3, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Hi Scott

I have no idea how much in demand, or not, your occupations are here so it’s impossible for me to answer. There are systems in place for you to apply for sponsorships before you get here, that’s what you need to look at.

You could either get my migration agent (see above) to help with that, or you may want to check out this package – How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia.

Good luck, Bob

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Keval February 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Hi Bob,

I got Australia’s PR in Oct and I am supposed to enter in Australia in September.
Now looking at the current situation and expense, i am thinking whether to move or not. I am a software engineer and earning good amount in India.

Can you please give your suggestion?

Thanks

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BobinOz February 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm

I can’t decide for you Keval, this one is down to you. I know what I would do, but then that’s just me.

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raja February 6, 2014 at 4:34 am

hi bob…
i had just completed my bachelors in india..and im planning to have my masters in australia….i heard that job oppurtunities in australia are less…i want to settle in autralia could you plz give me out best suggestions to get P.R in australia for sure

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BobinOz February 6, 2014 at 4:54 pm

For best suggestions, you need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent.

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Lumbs February 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Hi Bob,
I am Instrument & controls Engineer (Oil & Gas + Mining + Petrochemical Industry), I have just got PR. My wife is lecturer I have two kids age 4 and 6. I need your advise : 1. Where to land in Australia my rresearch shows Perth and Brisbane having jobs related to my field, now which one would you suggest. 2. Do I come alone initially or come with my family. 3. Which area of the city to rent property that is economical and family friendly (good schools, parks etc). 4. What other job options are available if I could not find any proper job and would it be sufficient to support family there. 5. A two room house will be cheaper or an apartment in your suggested city / area. 6. How much is the expected monthy expenditure for a family of four.

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BobinOz February 7, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Lumbs,

1) Brisbane
2) Alone
3) Sandgate
4) Bus driver
5) Apartment
6) $5128.43

Of course, I’m joking, as I assume you were when you asked all these specific questions :-)

Good luck, Bob

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Nagash February 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Hi Bob,
Appreciate your great efforts in helping us. I have a questing here and NOT so specific as our friend up there ;-)

In general how is the tax system in Auz? High/Low? How much is the average? How much approximately a family of 2-3 persons would pay if the father is an IT pro and the mother is a house wife? “hope that wasn’t that specific :-)

Thanks in advance Bob.
Nagash, Saudi Arabia

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BobinOz February 10, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Ah, I’ve written about that, see…

Australia versus the UK; Taxes and Pensions

Thanks, Bob

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Nagash February 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Oh I see it.
Mercy

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reena February 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

hello bob thanks for helping us. i always get a really good advice from you. now i have one more question, my mum came here in australia on visitor visa for three months and i am gonna extend her visa for further three months. she looks after my son while i work and i just wondering if she can come back to me again as soon as possible when she goes back because she can’t stay here more than six months as i am on temroaray residence visa. please tell me after how long she can apply for another visiting visa when goes back to india. thanks

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BobinOz February 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm

I wish I could help you with this one as well reena, but I have no idea. There are limits to how many times a visitor visa can be extended but I’m not sure what that is. I’ve heard it’s often said that you can do six months here and then six months away, maybe that’s your answer, but nothing is guaranteed, all visas have to be approved.

Good luck, Bob

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Keval February 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Hi Bob,

Can you tell me what is expected total cost of family of 3 in Sydney?

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BobinOz February 11, 2014 at 6:19 pm

For what? A visit to the cinema? A trip to the zoo? Or to live here for a year in luxury in an apartment overlooking the harbour?

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Keval February 13, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Ha ha ha :)
I recently got PR and permanently moving to Sydney.
So average cost of living in Sydney per month.

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BobinOz February 15, 2014 at 12:48 am

Oh, I see. I’m not sure there is a specific number for that, but if you look at my page called The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything it might help you work out some kind of budget depending on your needs.

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Jose February 17, 2014 at 12:54 am

Hello Bob, I expect to do it right, please guide me a little. I had one year living here in Australia. I come with the working holiday visa. I’m starting my second year and after ten months in Sydney I wanna to move to Perth or Melbourne, but after a lots of reading hours and Google’d I couldn’t found my way. I’m a 30 years old mate, I work in the kitchen, like kitchen hand or Chef’s assistant. I want to study commercial cookery after and I want to live and study in the same place. My choices: Why Perth? Because I love sharks (maybe I can see some here or even swimm with one) and his beauty enviroment and nature. It’s a relax city, country town life and I imagine that you will find better wages, more work and less competition. Why not? Isolated is not a problem for me, but if the people are, it is. It’s like if they are just quiet people who live for family and sports or tradicional habits maybe it’s not for me. Also, I imagine expensive, even if you live in a shared flat or house. Why Melbourne? City life, culture and more interesting people. Why not? the wather, worst wages, bad public transport, the same or similar strees than here in Sydney. Also, too much to do can be a problem for my plan.
I need to choose in a thinking saving money mode. How said, I wanna to study after, so I will have to save a lot of money. I can work 60 hours per week or have two jobs, I’m a hardworking guy. I like to go out sometimes, but in generally, I’m inside mate, good reader, a good movie watcher. I’m more alternative mate than a sport one. I’m single too, so in Perth can be a lonely place. I think that in the paper Melbourne is better for me, but, I feel like Perth calling me, you know what I mean?
What you think? what you recommend me?
Thanks very very very much.
Cheers,

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BobinOz February 17, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Well I don’t know either city well enough to advise you, I’ve only spent around 10 or 11 days in Melbourne and I’ve never been to Perth. But I say you should go with your heart, and from what you write, it sounds to me as though your heart is in Perth.

Go West, as they say :-)

Good luck, whatever you decide.

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venuthas February 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

hi bod,
i am completed bachelor of computer science(B.sc) in India,now i am studying masters in sydney and i have own sister she got PR. so now can i apply for PR.?

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venuthas February 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm

my age is 24 and my ielts score is 6.5

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BobinOz February 17, 2014 at 8:33 pm

It’s way more complicated than that, that’s why we offer the visa assessment service mentioned in the above article.

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Don February 18, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Hey Bob,

Awesome blog!

I think i read about 75% of the whole website these past few days. The reason is, my wife and I have this idea: migrate to OZ! Just like what you and your family did, this “idea” came about because life is getting pretty tough here in the Philippines if youre in the working middle class.
My wifes mom and all her siblings are in OZ already and are Australian citizens. Both of us have other relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins etc) who have been living in OZ for more than 20-30 years. My question is, can we apply for a Visa under the “no family member left behind” category? Do we still have to accumulate points and does having immediate family members and relatives already in Australia count as a plus when viewed by an immigration officer? Im 37 years old, my wife is 32 and our baby is turning 1. We would like to apply asap, but are worried about the cost of the visa (if for some reason we get rejected). Thanks so much for making this blog! Its been really very helpful.

Cheers!

Don

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BobinOz February 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Hi Don

So what was wrong with the other 25% of my website then? Just kidding :-)

I can’t answer your questions, I’m not a MARA agent, but I’m pretty sure that the kind of visa you are hoping to apply for is not one of the governments points-based visas, those are usually the ones that come under General Skilled Migration.

It is true to say that if you apply for a visa and you are unsuccessful, then yes, you do lose the fee you have paid to the government, so there is a risk there. If you go through a MARA registered migration agent though, and choose a good one, most of them pride themselves on only putting forward successful applications and in fact, it’s kind of frowned upon if an agent puts forward an application that fails.

I believe if they get too many applications that fail, they can actually lose their MARA license. So if you go through an agent, you are affording yourself some kind of protection, but on the downside you do need to pay the agent for their services.

If you want to find out if you have a chance of moving here with your family, you could always use my MARA agent through my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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Don February 19, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Im just getting round to read the final 25% so dont add any more articles! Just kidding…

Anyway, thanks. We will get in touch with the MARA agent you have listed here on the website once we get our affairs in order. We have a general idea of what to do, but still need guidance on what to do first and how to go about doing them!

Hope to see you down under, mate!

Don

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BobinOz February 20, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Yes, hope to see you here soon Don, and if our paths cross, don’t be too surprised if I ask you some questions about some of my more obscure posts, just to make sure you did cover them all.

Cheers, Bob

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Dean Wrightson February 19, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Hi Bob.
Ive lived in Oz for four months now in specialist construction. I can get sponsored by my company.
I have a wife andnkids at home in the UK and we want us all over here.
Do you know if me being sponsored helps in the way of visas?
Or do I need to be a citizen?

Thanks. Dean.

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BobinOz February 20, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Dean, usually your wife and kids will be included in your visa application and will be allowed to come out here with you once it’s all sorted. You don’t need to be a citizen for them to be able to come here. Have a word with the company who want to sponsor you, they should be able to put your mind at rest.

Cheers, Bob

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Maja February 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Dear Bob,

My husband and I would like to move to Australia at all costs. I’m introduced with every detail about visas but the problem is that high construction technician, which is my husband’s vocation, is not on the SOL list therefore skilled migration is not possible for us.
I read that some people got working visa as physical workers with no qualifications in mining and farming but I don’t know how to find the same for us. In this case employers sponsor employee and it is 457 temporary working visa. Can you tell me something about mentioned jobs?

Greetings from Serbia!

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BobinOz February 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Hi Maja, this isn’t something I can help you with, I don’t know anything about how you could find work with no qualifications here. I think it can happen on rare occasions under something called a “labour agreement” but that’s all I know.

If you are interested, someone who does know about searching for a sponsored job has written an excellent guide and you can read more about that on my page How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia.

Good luck, Bob

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Steph February 21, 2014 at 2:42 am

Hi Bob,

My partner and I (her name is Penny) are looking into permenantly emigrating to Oz. She can go over as she’s a driving instructor, however I don’t have any skills (yet). My questions are we both have working holiday visas but came back after 2 months so are they still valid they were due to run out in October 2014. Secondly, is there a way for me to move to Oz permenantly and then begin studying to become a social worker? I’d have to go back to do A levels and a degree (or the equivalent). Any help you can give on this matter would be very much appreciated.

Thanks

Steph :-)

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BobinOz February 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I couldn’t tell you if there is a way for you to move to Oz permanently, but my MARA agent could advise you on this through my Visa Assessment Service.

As for your WHVs, I don’t know what the terms of those visas are and whether you are allowed to leave the country and then come back again if it is still valid. You should have received a letter when you were granted the visa, hopefully that should outline the terms and answer your question.

Good luck, Bob

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Angela Fyfe February 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Hi bob…. I have a son and grandaughter that live in Brisbane qld and my other son so going out in April to live there as well myself and my husband are both 51 years old can we emigrate to australia on the grounds that my whole family are living out there?

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BobinOz February 24, 2014 at 12:33 pm

You might be able to, but to find out for sure you would need to discuss your complete circumstances with a MARA registered migration agent.

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Arif Mardani February 22, 2014 at 1:04 am

Hi Bob,
Wonderful website :-) well, I just read almost all the queries and your answers mentioned above, and I thought I could ask you a few more specific questions and I am wondering if you can help me out with those. I hope you will be able to give me a fair idea regarding my queries. I am an IT professional based in India, with 6 years of professional experience in IT sector. I have an australian P.R. (Subclass 189). I have included my wife & my one and a half year old kid in my application, my wife is a media professional here with 7 years of experience as a promo producer/director in a leading television channel (airing English programming) here in india. I am sure I will get a job there, but I am just curious to know if my wife stands a chance of getting a job there. I know you might not have an idea about that, but can you tell me how’s media industry doing there, and where’s it concentrated ? The reason I am asking you this is because even I will hunt for my job in the same city. I hope you will have an idea & will help me out with it.
Regards!
Arif.

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BobinOz February 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm

As I understand it, Melbourne is the centre of the creative arts here, so I would think that would be the city to head for to look for jobs in media.

Good luck, Bob

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Arif Mardani February 26, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Hey Bob,
Thanks for your advise. Do you mean to say that most of the television channels have their offices in Melbourne ? It will be great if you can answer this query.

Regards!
Arif.

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BobinOz March 1, 2014 at 12:55 am

I think most major television channels have offices in all the major cities, but I believe that most television programme production goes on in Melbourne.

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ZAIRAH February 22, 2014 at 2:19 am

Hello Bob,
Thank you for a very informative website! I really want to go for your Visa Assessment Service. But what I’m really confused about is by turning 45 next month, am I really not getting PR for sure? Is there any chance for me since psychologist nec is in the SOL? All the Migration Agents in India whom I consulted , are saying that I’ve no chance to get a PR. ( and it seems they don’t know about any other option). Please help me…
Regards,
Zairah

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BobinOz February 24, 2014 at 12:38 pm

It gets harder when you turn 45 because you get five points fewer than you would have done. I don’t think it means you definitely can’t get PR though, but I leave those kinds of questions to my MARA agent and obviously that would be comprehensively answered for you in the visa assessment.

Good luck, Bob

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Jastine Ehem February 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Dear Bob,

Good day. I am planning to work in Australia. If ever I got a job opportunity, will it be possible for me to bring my child and husband with me?

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BobinOz February 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Yes, it is possible, but you would need to qualify for a visa for which you have included your child and your husband in the application, most visa types allow you to do that.

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Manasa February 24, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Hi – i have a complex question about student visa.

I am Australian, and i have a Russian girlfriend. I want her to come to Aus, but im not quite ready for a marriage visa yet. So im looking at student visa options. Her english is good, but could be improved – so she could do a 12 month English course … but she doesn’t have enough $$ to show she can support herself. I am on a pension in Aus – and i dont work at present. So im wondering if i can sponsor her ? (i can show that i have enough money to support her) I dont want to go thru the whole application process, only to have them reject it and keep the $500 fee.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks – Manasa.

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BobinOz February 25, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Just a quick question before I answer this Manasa, how old is your Russian girlfriend? You have stated you are a pensioner, if your girlfriend is significantly younger, then sponsoring her may well present problems. Immigration do thoroughly investigate relationships and they may have a problem with your girlfriend’s motives if the age difference is too large.

If they don’t like it, then yes, there is a possibility you could lose the application fee.

Cheers, Bob

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Manasa February 26, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Hi bob. Thanks for you response.
I am 32, and my girlfriend is 26.

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BobinOz February 27, 2014 at 7:02 pm

You are 32 and on a pension? Now I am a little confused. Anyway, I don’t know what the situation is exactly, but my expert would know, check out my page called Student Visas and fill in a free assessment and my guy will help you out.

Good luck, Bob

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Dhiraj February 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Hi,
My ACS is done, IELTS score is 7 in each section, EOI is submitted with 60 points.
I checked on EOI site that for my skill set system analyst, minimum 65 points are required for an invite and that they have stopped 5 points for state sponsorship too.
Can you suggest ?

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BobinOz March 1, 2014 at 12:52 am

Retake IELTS and get 8 in each section, other than that, I don’t know.

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shailesh February 28, 2014 at 6:20 am

Hi Bobs,
I am from India, i am a share trader in India.. invest in many indian stocks.. but now i want visit UK(London) stock market (ftse100) and trade in London stock market and visit all best places in London.. i know i can trade in global derivatives market from India .. but actual problem is time difference.. So i want to stay in UK and trade UK equities or derivatives market. My question is.. Will i get visa to stay for atleast 2 years in UK ? OR how many years or months i can stay in UK for share trading Purpose?.

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BobinOz March 1, 2014 at 10:03 pm

You are in the wrong place, this blog is about Australia not the UK.

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Rajat Chauhan March 1, 2014 at 4:52 am

Hi Bob,

First of, many thanks to you for hosting such an awesome website, it’s really sort of a one-stop shop for relevant seekers. I was lucky enough to land up in one of your posts while researching on US-Aus comparisons.

I am from India, currently working on work permit in San Jose (Silicon Valley), as Network Support Engineer (10 yr. exp, sal > 100k) with Cisco Systems. While my green card is under process (this is my 3rd year here), i am contemplating my long term stay here due to the following reasons:

#1. – Post school education costs for kids here is enormously high (even though my son was born here in US), which would lead my son to begin his career with a debt (student loan) and eventually his decisions would inadvertently be based on it and this i don’t want- if i let my son go through what i’ve been through- i’ll be a failure within and i want to atleast give my best shot in making it easier for him in whatever ways i can- be it moving base from US or India to Aus. Moreover that would also mean that i’m not spending my entire wealth accrued over the years on my child education alone, especially if i plan to have another one shortly.

#2. Being the only child, my parents are of equal importance to me. So far, i try to keep them with me for 6 months in year – every other year. It’d be a really long time if i think about having them here with me permanently (6-7 years for my GC in EB2 + 5 years to Citizenship, then i’ll be eligible to apply for my parents). In comparison, Australia has several options which might allow me to have my parent stay permanently with me in a lesser period ( i will talk in detail to MARA agent you mentioned in your website ).

So, these are the reason and motivation behind my reach for Aus.

Based on research so far, i could sense that:

+ Aus is no cheaper, infact costlier than California (which itself is the costliest in US).
+ Aus education and medical costs can make up for the rest, high costs.
+ Not sure how’s the scope of Cisco networking jobs in Aus, if you could guide some way to research further, would really help.

Not considering factors like traffic, weather, crime etc since it’d vary by location.

What would you advise on my situation- is it practical to shift base and achieve what I’m looking for ?

P.S For you and the rest the site might be called Bob in OZ, but i see it as Bobi noz (Bobby Knows) !!

Have a good one !!

RC

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BobinOz March 1, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Well, yes, I wouldn’t just say it was practical but I would say it would be a good move to shift base and come here to Australia.

The cost of living plays an important part in quality of life, but it’s not just how much stuff costs, how much you earn and your surrounding environment are just as important. I would take Australia over the USA and California any day, even though I could buy my favourite commodity, beer, much cheaper over there. Much, much cheaper.

I think you’ll find our health system is cheaper here, probably too the education. We don’t really have a gun culture here, Australia is a pretty laid-back easy-going and safe place to live. It’s great for bringing up kids.

I can’t help you with the work situation here, but I can certainly tell you we cannot compete with Silicon Valley for the type of work you do, but if you can find good work here with good pay, I’d make the move if I were you.

Good luck, whatever you decide, Bob

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Nicole March 1, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Hi Bob,

I am a student, age 20, studying psychology at The University of Texas in Austin. Last semester I studied abroad at The University of Sydney and absolutely fell in love with Australia. I have a little over a year till I finish my undergraduate degree here in Texas, and I am extremely interested in permanently moving to Australia in my lifetime. I am fairly open in term of careers (although I’m currently looking into physical therapy). I was just wondering if there is anything I can do to increase my chances of being able to live permanently in Australia? Any and all advice would be much appreciated!

Thanks so much!

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BobinOz March 1, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Hi Nicole

Getting a degree would be a major step in the right direction for sure, so carry on with what you’re doing for a start. Next, it would be good if your skill is on one of the skills shortages lists here, unfortunately that list changes quite regularly, so what you qualify for today may not be on the list by the time you have qualified and got three or four years work experience under your belt.

I would take a look at my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship, you should find some links to the government website regarding those skills lists, have a good look to see what’s on it now.

Try to qualify in a skill that is currently on that list and hope that it remains on it in the future. Try to choose something that gives you options, for example, a doctor could easily do a little extra training (I think) and become an anaesthetist, if you get what I mean. Pick a core skill that gives you options to go into other skills that are in demand and that should increase your chances of securing permanent residency here at some point in the future.

Good luck, Bob

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Rafal March 4, 2014 at 9:32 am

Hello Bob

I am writing this comment to talk (virtually) about migration to Australia which is really important thing for me. I’ve been thinking about this since few years and I’ve started my preparation to this step year ago, but still there are some gaps, which I hope Bob (or anyone on this site), you’ll help to fill. I really appreciate all of your time and work which you may spend to give me a proper answer.
First, about me and my job, what is really important in migration. I work as a teacher assistant in SEN (special education needs) school for children with autism. My students are beetwen 16-20 years old. I am really good in this job and I absolutely love it and I would like to work in the same job in Australia. Same, means for me, same year group (about 15-20, they might be older) and same specifcation of school (school for children with autism).

I think that after next 12 months I’ll have really strong CV (for UK standards of course), good financial status and very good spoken English (my English now is fluent but I’ve been still learning and improving my vocabulary). So, after this 12 months I’m going to get Makaton and PECS courses (these are the ways how to communicate with non-verbal children with autism), Team Teach and Studio III (courses about how to manage behavior of aggressive students, really important courses), first aid course. After this 12 months I’ll have one year and half of experience as a Teacher Assistant. I suppose that all of these courses are not very valuable in Australia (they do not respect them formally). After this time I’ll be 25 years old, without children/girlfriend/family (what is an advantage in migration process as I know).

Now, where my current situation is clear, I’m going to write what I’ve found about ways for me how to get to AU, to not waste your time. Visas in Australia gives a chance to get there for a teachers, but situation for teacher assistants is different (to be clear – I will not consider being a teacher – I was a teacher in a past, and I don’t want to be a teacher at any time). In AU this kind of jobs, is usually called “Teacher aide”. Skilled visa is impossible in this situation – I think about moving after 2 years from today, and even If I will stay longer in UK, this won’t change anything because as I know, skilled visa is for professionals (doctors, engineers etc.). Teacher Aide is not considered as a “skilled” job. Sponsorship visa is also impossible to get for me because of the similar reasons. So in this case, everything looks really bad, because even If I would have great knowledge, experience and certificates from various courses, I’ll not even get an opportunities, possible ways, to get a job as a Teacher Aide in Australia (even if some employers will be interested to hire me) because of visa rules.

Australian standards requires, that all Teacher Aide need to finish Certificate III, and to be a teacher aide in special education schools (SEN), they need to finish Certificate IV as well. Certificate III can be skipped if candidate has proven experience of working in SEN schools (but again, I doubt that UK experience will be respected).

So my question is – what can I do in this situation? Is there any option which may give me a chance, to use my experience, courses and all what I’ll get in UK? Or, no matter what I’ll learn here, this will be useless?
Second question is – if answer for above is “nothing” – if I’ll travel to AU on student Visa, and get these certificates III and IV(this is really painful because I know that they’ll teach me the same things which I’ll already know and I’ll waste lot of time and money, just to get certificates to do something, which I already knew how to do…), is there any option to get a job (and of course, visa after that) as a teacher assistant in this way? AND additional question to this – if answer is yes, is there any option to get a job as a teacher assistant during participating on these courses?

I will really appreciate your answer and help. Even if you cannot answer me because you don’t know to much about this topic, I’ll owe you a truck with bears if you ask anyone, who can know something about solving this problem. Migrating to Australia is a really important step for me, and the only thing which I need to do, is to know how can I try to stay there permanently. There may be really hard ways, it doesn’t matter as long as there are the ways. But I cannot see them because lack of my knowledge (uncle google hasn’t given me any answers).

Hope to see serious answers! (I will not consider changing my profession).

Cheers!
Rafal

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BobinOz March 5, 2014 at 12:49 am

You’re trying to bribe me with a truck of bears? What would I do with them all?

Talking of trucks, you clearly know truckloads more than I do about your prospects and chances of moving here and you have obviously done a great deal of research. I’m not a MARA registered migration agent and I really can’t advise you on this, but I do know that it does get quite difficult to move here if your skill is not on the list and your qualifications are not recognised here.

If you really want advice, then you do need to discuss your full circumstances with a MARA registered migration agent and if you want to use mine, you can do that through my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, I hope you find a way and you are certainly young enough to do that. You may need (and I don’t know this for sure) to consider changing your profession just to get here. Once you’re here though and assuming you secure permanent residency at some point, there’s nothing to stop you changing back to what you want to do.

Cheers, Bob

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Suzanne March 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

hi Bob
Im really determined to move to the Gold Coast and buy a home there,but because i want a place straight away which i know is impossible,will i be able to put the house under my son and the mortgage?
Hes been in Perth for almost two years now working!
Does it make any difference where he was living?

Thank you

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BobinOz March 5, 2014 at 12:57 am

I don’t know what kind of visa your son is over here on, but if he has the ability to buy a house in Australia, I don’t see why not, but you really should consult with a lawyer here to double check.

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Jean March 10, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Hi Bob,
Thanks for a very informative blog.
I am in my mid thirty’s, 2 boys (6 and 2), and my wife doesn’t work. I am qualified CA, and audit partner at very good firm in Cape Town. Currently we are maintaining a very good standard of living, but we are very concern about the environment which our kids are growing up in from a safety perspective.
Both my sisters have immigrated with their families to Australia about 4 years ago, and live close to Avoca beach not too far from Sydney. Both of them own their own property, but had to put in all of their savings for the last 15 years into their property. My sister’s view on living in Australie is very different from one another. The biggest concern I have is cost of living. My one sister indicated to me in order to maintain a good standard of living you need about 120Aus per annum for salary package. Also schooling seems to be problem. Also both my sisters pays a fortune for private schooling due to the lack of quality public schooling. I would appreciate your view and comments on this.

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BobinOz March 11, 2014 at 12:05 am

I have written reams and reams about the cost of living, if you look to the right hand side of every page you will see a list of all of my categories and one of them is actually called Cost of Living – Australia. Have a good read.

There is also How much do you need? and The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything and also look out for my posts on the hard yakka.

When you’ve read all that, take a look at my page about Which school?, and in particular all of the links at the bottom of the page to more information about schools and their costs.

Good luck, Bob

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panks March 11, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Hi bob I am computer lecturer here in India have experience of four year. I am
MCA , MSC IT. Teaching msc it students.plz guide me can I apply for PR.

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panks March 11, 2014 at 11:18 pm

HI bob I am an Computer lecturer here in India . I am MCA, MSC IT by qualification. Having four year experience of teaching, to MSC IT Student, in a college. From last one year i am on leave. Please guide me can i apply for PR.
Thanks

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ARU March 12, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Hi Bob,
I am a qualified civil engineer born , raised, educated and worked here in South Africa. I am considering applying for jobs in Australia. Which part of Australia should I consider. I have a husband and a 5 year old son. I don’t know where I should start????? Please help me .

Aru.

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BobinOz March 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Best thing to do is to go to my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and use the links to the online agencies there to search for the kind of work that you want to do and see which states or cities offer the most opportunities.

Good luck, Bob

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ARU March 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Hi Bob,

Thank you, I will definitely have a look and will revert back to you with more questions.

Aru

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Mark March 12, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Dear Bob,
At first I want to say thank you for all your work to help many who in need or to guide them to the right way,
I want to inquire about overseas doctors how they can get achance to work in australlia as I am an emergency medicine physician qualified from Egyptian board of emergency medicine on 2009 and working in United Arab Emirates for about 4 years till current …. also I am trying to apply for Royal cooleage MCEM OR ACUTE MEDICINE so I want your experience and help to find the best way in my situation….appreciate all your work to help.
waiting for your answer on my email,
drmark7777@yahoo.com
Thank you,
Mark.

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BobinOz March 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm

All the information I have on the subject is on my page about Doctors in Australia but unless you qualified in one of the countries mentioned on that page, I’m afraid you are going to find it quite difficult.

Please read all the comments and the answers given on that page and you will see what I mean.

Good luck, Bob

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Lisa March 15, 2014 at 4:38 am

Hi Bob, my husband (Scottish/now Aust Citizen) has had a request from his brother for a sponsor letter to come to Australia. Not sure what is involved here. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Lisa

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BobinOz March 16, 2014 at 11:53 pm

This is information you need to get directly from the immigration department, there are obligations that you need to be aware of but I don’t know exactly what they are these days. I suggest you visit their ‘immi’ website and use the search function to try and pin down the specific information applicable to the kind of visa your husband’s brother intends to apply for.

Good luck, Bob

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Sherif March 16, 2014 at 1:33 am

Hello i want ask if i have working visa to AUST and have contract with company and i fail in this job can i fuond anther job? And my visa will not suspend in this case ?

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BobinOz March 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm

I don’t know, you would need to check the terms under which your visa was issued.

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Kamaljeet March 17, 2014 at 3:03 pm

hi bob,
i am international student 28 years old and in 2013 i came here for bachelor of engineering and first year was foundation course, due to lack of marks in foundation course i was not able to go further for engineering course and by advised of teachers and other sources i came to choose advance diploma in engineering which was good option but unfortunately this diploma was only for local not for student like me or international. and i chooses hospitality course then recently one of my international friend as applied for permanent residency he came same year with me in same university and same problem with him and he chooses hospitality with me and studying now and on the relation of her sister he applied for permanent residency because his sister is already permanent resident of Australia and from the lawyer he discussed his case he successful applied for permanent residency. i ask the same lawyer about my case but he did not mentioned any detail about getting permanent residency by support of brother i do not understand one thing how is it possible? please help me because my younger brother is also has permanent residency of Australia and i hope i can also apply for it.
thanks

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BobinOz March 17, 2014 at 9:20 pm

I can’t help you, I am not a migration agent. All I can advise you do is get an assessment done through my MARA registered agent, see Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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Kamaljeet March 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm

thanks for your reply and time and yes i will see it.
thanks again

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Durihya March 18, 2014 at 12:42 am

Hi there Bob,

Kindly assist me I am a 35 yr old single from Pakistan. I am not working but i do have qualification. i want my parents age 58 mother, 65 father to immigrate to Australia please suggest what category suit us three.

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BobinOz March 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm
sarah March 19, 2014 at 4:09 am

hi i hope you can help with this mind field of questions, firstly my sister is a citizen in melbourne and im hoping to move out with my family two children and partner, she is a makeup artist and im hairdresser she wants to open her own buisness salon and employ me as a way of getting us there with her.. how difficult would this be to make a reality regarding getting a visa for me and family? Secondly i made a mistake a year ago and had a argument with another girl and slapped her i was very sorry and have a good charecter just mistake but was taken to court amd had to see probation it was not a major affence but still on my record all the same, would this destroy my chances or with openess and good refrences from officals will it be ok. Hope you can help shead some light ..

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BobinOz March 19, 2014 at 11:44 pm

I’m pretty sure the slap won’t cause you too much of a problem, although I obviously can’t speak on behalf of immigration. My understanding though is that it would have to be a more serious offence to cause you any issues.

Your plan to be sponsored by your sister might be a little more tricky though, it sounds as though she hasn’t even started her business yet. For a business to be able to sponsor somebody they do need to comply with certain criteria. You will almost certainly need to involve a skilled MARA migration agent if you want to explore this option further.

Good luck, Bob

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Graham March 22, 2014 at 4:28 am

Dear bob

I am currently over in Australia and my mum and dad have just passed there citizenship test and are now australian citizens I am 25 years old and on a working holiday visa subclass 417 because they are now citizens am i automatically granted it and if not how would I go about getting sponsored by them

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BobinOz March 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Hi Graham

No, there is no automatic granting of visas, as you are an adult and, I assume, fully independent of your parents, you will have to apply in your own right. That your parents are now Australian citizens may well help in some way depending on your full situation.

I can’t advise you further, but my MARA registered migration agent could if you go through my Visa Assessment Service, but successful applications are often based on your skills and qualifications, so you may want to look into that a bit before investing in an assessment.

Good luck, Bob

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sherry March 26, 2014 at 9:03 am

hey Bob,
i am permanent resident in Australia and i want my mom dad to visit me,but my brother is in primary school back in my country, can he study here while staying with me? or can i sponsor him for study or something i can pay all the legal fees ad stuff…need advice please..
thanks

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BobinOz March 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Hi Sherry

I’m not sure about this, your family will almost certainly be coming over on some kind of visitor’s visa and as such I don’t think that would entitle your brother to go to a state school. I’m pretty sure paying for a place in a private school would work, assuming you could find one to take your brother on for the duration of his stay.

If I were you, I’d make some enquiries at your local schools and it may even be worth talking to state schools as well just to see what they say.

Good luck, Bob

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EmmaB March 26, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Dear Bob
Great website. I must admit my amusement at the number of people writing lengthy detailed messages asking you for advice on visa’s, bet you wish you had a $ for every time you’ve had to write “I’m not qualified to answer that question”!

Anyway, I just wanted to let your readers know that the jobs market is becoming difficult to get into in Sydney, and there are not many employers offering sponsorship and/or PR, very few that I can find. I have a professional degree, qualifications in my area of work and lots of experience, my job is on the Skilled Occupations List, but the general attitude here is that they can get Aussies to do most things now so they don’t want the hassle or expense of sponsoring. I have found that recruitment agencies are not helpful at all, they want “bums on seats” as quickly as possible and foreigners needing sponsorship take too long to sort so they won’t wait for you to get this or put you forward for jobs when there will be Aussie applicants. I have been trying to get work here for 5 months and still no joy so will have to go home next month when my visitor visa runs out.

Also – Sydney is VERY expensive in pretty much every regard. So I would advise your readers considering moving here without a job lined up NOT to do this unless they have $1000’s and can get a visitor visa for more than 3 months.
It’s not a question as such but I thought you or your readers might find this useful.

Cheers

Frustrated Woman!

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BobinOz March 26, 2014 at 10:08 pm

If only I did get a dollar every time…

Anyway, yes, it certainly does appear much harder to find work these days, especially for those looking for sponsorship. People are still getting sponsorships, but I think it very much depends on your line of work and which state you are looking in.

I have very recently written a post warning people about moving here without a job lined up which you can read here and just this week I wrote a post about looking for work in Australia.

Sorry to hear it doesn’t look to be working out for you Emma, but still a bit of time left by the sounds of it, I really hope something turns up.

Cheers, Bob

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vivian March 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Hi, i have applied for hr advisor assesment and was hoping to move to perth but now hr advisor is on schedule 2 ..so darwin is open for me..can i move to perth if i get sponsorship from darwin

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BobinOz March 27, 2014 at 12:18 am

The idea of state sponsorship is that you should live and work in that state.

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Sarmila Ray March 26, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Dear Bob,

My nephew is migrating to Australia in May and his wife and daughter will follow soon after. I would like to know how much Australian dollars each of them can bring when they first arrive in Australia?

Also will they be eligible for any government benefit/assistance?
Thanks
Sarmila

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BobinOz March 27, 2014 at 12:26 am

How much money does your nephew want to bring? And what kind of benefits/assistance would your nephew be looking for? And why?

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Sarmila Ray March 26, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Hi Bob

Forgot to mention that my nephew will be coming from India.

Sarmila

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Kell C. Walker March 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm

I Am Looking Into A Fiancé Visa, How Long And Difficult Is It To Get One?

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BobinOz March 27, 2014 at 12:27 am

My understanding is it is both long and difficult, it’s certainly a very thorough process.

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Stephen Bensusan March 27, 2014 at 2:52 am

Hi Bob. My wife is a transplant patient and takes quite a lot of medicines. Would we have to pay for her drugs if we lived in Australia?

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BobinOz March 28, 2014 at 12:36 am

What kind of visa are you coming over on?

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Steve. March 30, 2014 at 1:11 am

It would be a 115 visa..last remaining relative it would be my wife, myself and our son whos 21 at present.

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BobinOz March 31, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I don’t know the answer for sure, but my suspicion is that you or your sponsor will have to pay for the first two years, but that really is only my suspicion. You need to look into the terms and conditions of your visa and in particular the responsibilities of your sponsor.

If it is still unclear, you really should ask whoever is handling your case the direct question about medical fees. You may even be responsible for medical fees beyond two years, depending on your situation at the time.

Good luck, Bob

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Muhammad Arsalan Aqeeq March 27, 2014 at 5:39 am

Hi there!

I am Arsalan from Pakistan, and have recently got my PR Visa granted along with my spouse and 2 kids. I have to land in Australia before 29th November 2014 in order to keep it valid. I am planning to travel for a Month i.e. June 2014 ….

I wanted to have your advise on the following:

1- What are the formalities that I must accomplish to keep things perfect during my one year of stay…. e.g. Bank Account , Social Security or Insurance or Medical …

2- My friends say go to Sydney, as it has the most of and best of opportunities.. I am a Banker and would like to try my luck around to find a career job ….

3- I dont have a close/dependable relative in Australia, and sydney airport would be an altogether ailian land for me. Can you advise me on some economical

– Pre arranged 1 month furnished housing on rentals

– Airport pickup of any sort.

4- I would also like to know more about the amound of funds I should be having with 4 member family?

5- Any other resource, to-do list, tips, real estate guide website, public transport guide, how-to-make-the-best-out guide that comes in handy?

I hope my queries are generic and may have been addressed earlier in some thread by you. Please share the link if any!

Thanking you and Looking forward to have you advise

Arsalan

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BobinOz March 28, 2014 at 12:42 am

Luckily Arsalan, pretty much all of your questions have been covered somewhere or other around this website, in one way or another. I don’t think I have covered airport pickup though, but I’ll do that now.

Taxi :-)

Seriously though, you have asked a lot of questions and they have all been covered in the (over 1000) pages on this website. Have a good look around and do use the Google search function on the right hand side towards the top of each page to help you find what you are looking for.

Good luck, I hope you get to enjoy Australia is much as I do.

Bob

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Sunny March 27, 2014 at 6:41 am

Hi Bob

Please I would like to know what are the chances of my current situation? And your best advice.

I’m an young Australian citizen who have a young international student for a boyfriend, we both live in Perth, Australia. I’m pregnant but not for him, I met him when I was 4 months pregnant (now I’m 7 months). We are both religious people but I’m a Christian and he a Muslim. Before he start getting issue with his school, before we start stressing and worrying about his visa he asked me to marry him which I said yes to.

Now his student visa is under threat due to his school lack of understanding when it comes to fees payment (he does pay, but not in the way that the school want it). Just for that he works 20 hours p/w at 2 jobs to pay for his school fees and living.

I want to help him become a PR because he accepted my pregnancy and has take the baby as his when the biological father rejected, he did not asked me for any help on his visa in fact he did not say anything to me that he is facing troubles when it comes to his visa, his older brother told me (his older brother is an Australian citizen as well).
He has a big heart and a ego that is way proud, he doesn’t want people to think or believed that he is only with me because of PR but most of all he doesn’t want me to believe that he is using me or going to use me for PR. He does honestly love me visa or no visa problem.

I’m the one who is more stress over him going back home and leaving our little family that we going to have soon. It breaks my heart that such good man like him gets treated and generalized as a seeker for PR all because he is not an Australian PR.

Thats why I want to know what are the chance of Australia Immigration accpeting his application for PR if and when we do get married? Would it help with the application if I do say that he is the father of my child also stating that he is not the biological father but he does provides the necessary care and support that mother needs and that a child will need, since my child will know him as his biological father.

Please I need the best advice that you can give to my situation and the chances Immigration will grant him PR. I can’t really do anything now until I get a good soild advice and the chances, I don’t want to try something and fail, this will be my frist time dealing with immigration issue and my frist time sponsoring for someone.

P.S normally I would break up with man straight away when I know and feel like they are using me but this guy is really good hearted, this is not about love but about helping someone that needs help and that they are yours for life, come rain come sun.

Sorry I’m stress over his visa problems thats why I’m talking too damm much.

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BobinOz March 28, 2014 at 12:57 am

Wow! What a story.

If you want solid advice though, you really need to be talking to a MARA registered migration agent about how to proceed with what I can only imagine will be quite a tricky partnership visa application.

MARA agents though do cost money, and with your boyfriend trying to catch up with his school fees and the pair of you expecting a little one sometime soon, I’m pretty sure money is something you do not have ready supplies of.

I wish I could help you Sunny, but I’m afraid I’m just not qualified.

Good luck though, I hope it all works out.

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alishaaaa March 27, 2014 at 7:24 am

hi bob,
i was born in australia, and im looking at moving back in a few years time. Will i still need the 30grand savings?

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BobinOz March 28, 2014 at 12:58 am

Are you an Australian citizen?

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pkt March 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

hi bob ,
I am from India. I want settle down in Australia. My qualification is MCA (master of computer application). I have four year teaching experience in a college here in India.In my family we are three, me, my wife and one year baby. I am 31 years my wife is 29 years.
Please guide me which kind of visa i should apply.

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BobinOz March 31, 2014 at 1:02 pm
FIONA TAYLOR March 31, 2014 at 3:50 pm

HI Bod ,i’m vietnamese but i’m going to australia and live in melbourne and 1 year later i’m going to get married in australia but i have to wait for citizenship and i want ask if i get married. the person i get married can stay in australia or not, while i’m wait ? thanks

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BobinOz March 31, 2014 at 9:59 pm

I have no idea Fiona, it’s really not that simple. It’s impossible for me to answer your question.

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FIONA TAYLOR April 1, 2014 at 12:04 am

can u give me advice for this what should i do ?who can i ask ? where can i find the answer ?

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BobinOz April 1, 2014 at 2:25 pm

You could always consult with my MARA agent for a small fee, but you would need to give him much more information than you are providing here for him to be able to advise you. See my Visa Assessment Service.

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FIONA TAYLOR April 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm

how can i contact to him ?

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BobinOz April 1, 2014 at 9:44 pm

You don’t contact him Fiona, if you read the information on the page I gave you the link to above, everything is explained.

You need to pay for your assessment, you will then download a document that needs completing, six pages of information about yourself and your partner. Once you have completed all of that information you returned it to my agent and he can then advise you.

If you simply contact him, as you did with me, and ask…

“i’m vietnamese but i’m going to australia and live in melbourne and 1 year later i’m going to get married in australia but i have to wait for citizenship and i want ask if i get married. the person i get married can stay in australia or not, while i’m wait ? thanks”

Then my agent would only be able to say the same as me which would be..

“I have no idea Fiona, it’s really not that simple. It’s impossible for me to answer your question.”

To get accurate advice, my agent needs all of your information and the information about your partner before he can advise you.

I hope that is clear now.

Cheers, Bob

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Flora April 2, 2014 at 5:36 am

Dear Bob,

First of all, I’d like to say that I really love your website. The blog, all the advice..it’s a wonderful thing you’ve created and I thank you for it. You’re the best!

Now to get to my actual question..
I’m a student from the Netherlands with dreams of going to (and hopefully living in) Australia at some point. However, there’s one thing that worries me. I suffer from a rare illness that causes me to be very sensitive to light (from whatever source). Besides the photophobia, I have chronic headaches and I have to be very careful when it comes to exposure to light.
My question: do you think I have a chance of ‘surviving’ in Australia? I understand you’re not a doctor and that it might be hard to base an answer on my short description, but I’d like to know what you think. Which parts of Australia would be the safest for me? What should I keep in mind when travelling down-under?

Hopefully, I can visit Australia a few times and gauge if I can handle the climate. It would be a dream come true if I could live in Oz.
I look forward to hearing your opinion!

Kind regards,
Flora

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BobinOz April 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Hi Flora

Would you ‘survive’? I would like to think so :-)

But seriously, this is a question only your doctor can answer, I assume you have a specialist who you can talk to. Australia can be a very bright country, the sun does shine quite a lot.

If you’re asking where would be safest, all I can say is that if you read my page about Melbourne (link under the main navigation ‘Australian Cities’) and read the comments there, many people complain about how many cloudy days that city gets. So maybe Melbourne might be your best option. But I can tell you that when it is sunny there, boy is it bright!

Have you considered going to the UK? Just kidding! I know, not very funny :-)

Good luck, Bob

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Flora April 4, 2014 at 4:32 am

Dear Bob,

Thank you for your reply, I really appreciate it!
Melbourne seems like a wonderful place (just looking at the University makes me excited!), so I’ll be looking into travelling there. I hope it’ll all work out!

Sadly, I don’t have a specialist to talk to about this. My health issues are weird and there’s no name (and therefore no specialist) for what I suffer from. I’ll have to figure it out myself.
Thanks again for your advice! Keep up the great work!

Kind regards,
Flora

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BobinOz April 5, 2014 at 12:25 am

Thanks Flora, and good luck! Bob

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Abhjit April 4, 2014 at 3:21 am

Hi Bob,

I am from India. I have cleared by IETS and now going to file the EOI for skilled sposership visa (category 190) for job in Northern Territory.

I am aware that i need to show proof of funds worth 35000 AUD for individual.

Can you please guide me below queries regarding the proof of funds.
a. Do I need to give evidence of all funds declared?
b. Can I show my dad’s bank account balance?
c. Can I show he current valuation of assets such as jewellery, house property,car, etc?
d. How much of the required amount do i need to show as liquid cash in my account?

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BobinOz April 5, 2014 at 12:23 am

Not questions I can answer, you will need to take their up with your case officer.

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Gagan April 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Hi bob

I have a younget brother (24 year old)who is currently living and working in india. He wants to study and settle in australia. He finished his diploma in mechanical engineering(3 years) in 2009 and has been working since. He wants to go back to study anf settle in melbourne. I want to know if he is elugible to apply fot the student visa for the courses nominated on the SOL?? Is there such thing as that he cannot apply for a student visa??

Much appreciated
Gagan

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BobinOz April 8, 2014 at 9:16 pm

That’s one for my student expert, take a look at my page about Student Visas.

Good luck, Bob

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Sandra April 14, 2014 at 3:29 am

Hi Bob, I love your site, My question/concern you’ve probably heard over and over. I’m from the UK and looking to permanently move to Australia with my family. I’ve done a lot of research myself and have decided it would be safer to use an agent to avoid any errors with the paperwork and timing. Due to my age and current experience as a nurse I’m looking to start the ball rolling next September (2015). My problem is finding an agent that is trustworthy and thorough without causing any delays or wasting money I haven’t got. Can you or anyone on this site recommend anyone?

thanks
Sandra

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BobinOz April 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Hi Sandra

Yes, I understand your concerns. If you’ve read my story, then you will know we wasted two or three months with our first agent. Fortunately I can help, not me personally, but my resident MARA migration agent.

I guarantee you he is trustworthy, he also works on a fast response basis, he won’t go quiet on you for weeks on end leaving you not knowing what’s going on. As a rule he responds to all messages within five days, often quicker.

If you want to read more, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Good luck, Bob

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Thomas Bodell April 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Hello Bob.

My wife and I are at this moment visiting family in Queensland and I am considering applying for an aged parent Visa 804 from January 2014 this being the date for this application to be made as I will become 65 years of age and has to be lodged in Australia and be there whilst it is being processed through the system. We wish to purchase a plot of land to build a residential house for us to live close to our family and this being our first home here in Australia do we have to wait for a Visa 804 to be granted whilst we are here in Australia or can we proceed to move forward with our plans and are we eligible for the first owners grant that is in place for first time buyers here in Australia and will this apply to us coming to live in Australia as we have owned a home in Europe. Any advice and contact details will be most appreciated.

Kind regards
Thomas

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BobinOz April 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Hi Thomas

Yes, nice here isn’t it?

As far as I am aware, the Queensland first time home buyer grant is only available to those who are purchasing a home for the first time in their lives anywhere in the world. There have, in the past, been other various incentives, particularly for building new homes. There was a $10,000 homebuilding grant a short while ago, it may be worth looking into whether that is still available.

As for the legalities of waiting for visa 804, I can’t answer that, I’m not qualified. My recommended MARA agent could help you with your process if you are interested, a link to his service is in the above article.

Good luck, Bob

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Rajesh Rednam April 16, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Hi Bob, I’m 35 yrs old with 15 yrs of work experience in the Hotel Industry (India). I have just started the immigration procedure for a PR Visa to Australia…wanted to check with you if there really is a chance for an immigrant to secure a job as a Hotel Sales professional. Guessing hotels would prefer guys with the local know-how of the business environment. Look forward for your inputs.

Cheers,
Rajesh

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BobinOz April 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Last time I heard, which was certainly within the last year or maybe nine months, the hospitality industry were desperately short of workers. So you do stand a chance, but obviously it depends on precisely what you do and your ability at the interview.

That’s all I know, hope it works out for you.

Cheers, Bob

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PARO April 21, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Hello Bob!
My brother works in dubai and i have recently been granted a PR of Australia. Is there any change i could sponser him to come down under? anything you could help me with would be appreciated. thanks!

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BobinOz April 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm

That’s one to ask a MARA agent, he would need to know much more information I would suspect. If you are interested, my Visa Assessment Service will give you the answers you need.

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Senthil April 28, 2014 at 5:06 am

Hi Bob,

I am am Aus PR. Looking for a job in Australia and I started surfing a lot job boards and I have a query. I see a lot of positions carry a criteria of ” NV1 clearance required” or “should be able to obtain a security clearance”. Whats this Security clearance all about? is this only for Aus Citizens ? or even a Aus PR can get this security clearance? Pls advice.

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BobinOz April 28, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Sorry, I don’t know much about that one or whether it is only available to Australian citizens or not. There is a lot of information about it on the government’s website, maybe you will need to have a chat with them.

Good luck, Bob

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Rajesh April 28, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Dear Sir,

I have a small doubt . After finished my diploma i did one year of government paid Apprenticeship in Sundaram Clayton limited chennai.While applying EOI i included that also in my work experience .

please advice me Government apprenticeship will recognize as the work experience or not.

Salary drawn-3000 per month

working hours- 40 hours per week

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BobinOz April 29, 2014 at 9:45 pm

I can’t accurately answered your question, but from what I have been told by others and also from the comments made on my post about EOI, it is unlikely that any kind of training or apprenticeship work will count as actual work experience.

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Anita April 30, 2014 at 12:48 am

I have lived in Australia for the last 12 years as a student. started from Kindy until year 11. I am 17 years old now. My mum left me when I was two years old. I do not know where are her whereabouts but she is not from Australia. I lived with my uncle who is a citizen. of Australia. My father was in Singapore and he did not take care of me.
I would like to know whether there is any visa which I can apply for a Permanent Resident in Australia.
I do not have any sponsors as I stand alone in this application. Please help and advise.

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BobinOz April 30, 2014 at 8:19 pm

I wish I could advise you Anita, but I’m just not qualified to do so. You really need to be speaking with a MARA registered migration agent about your situation or, given your circumstances, you might want to get in touch with an organisation called IARC if you are not in a position to pay an agent.

Google them, it stands for Immigration Advice and Rights Centre, I really don’t know much about what they do but they may be able to help if you need it.

I hope you find an easy way to stay here.

Cheers, Bob

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Marie Quinn April 30, 2014 at 5:08 am

Hi Bob I am a very experienced Registered Nurse from the UK in great shape but I am 59 . I understand that I would need to be sponsored to get a job in Australia. Is this likely to be an option at all ? Thank you

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BobinOz April 30, 2014 at 9:05 pm

It’s very hard for me to say Marie, although I think it’s true to say that the age limit does not apply to sponsorships in certain professions, and I think nursing is one of them.

So you do have a chance, I think, but it probably won’t be easy given your age. You may have to look to work regionally, that is to say outside of the major cities, in order to get a chance. You might be interested to look at the package I have on my page How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia, it’s very good and it might just help.

Good luck, Bob

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BobinOz May 2, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Hi Marie

As you can see, I’ve scratched through my entire answer to you. Yesterday I had a meeting with my MARA agent and I did ask him about this sort of thing.

Apparently there was a rule change in 2012, prior to that there was a thing known as “exceptional circumstances” in which those over 50 in certain professions could be considered, but that avenue has now been closed down following a slight tightening of the rules.

There is no age limit (at the time of writing) on 457 temporary work visas, but my agent tells me that if anyone were to get one of those when they are over 50 there would be no pathway from that to Permanent Residency.

There are still one or two exemptions, apparently, but there are very few of those and currently nursing isn’t one of them.

Sorry if I misled you, this is why I so often answer questions by explaining I’m not qualified to answer as I don’t know all the rules, this is a classic example of that.

Cheers, Bob

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Mark April 30, 2014 at 6:13 am

Hello, please i need your advice. Am a medical student in Ukraine, am thinking about coming to Australia to work after my schooling. What are the necessary process you think i should take for me to be able to come and practice in Australia.. Thank you..

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BobinOz April 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

I don’t know specifically what the process is Mark, other than you would need qualifications that are recognised here in Australia and to be registered to work here. You’ll find some helpful links on my page called Nurses, doctors and dentists in Australia..

Good luck, Bob

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Sushant Sharma May 5, 2014 at 4:06 am

Hi Bob, I’m 21 years old student from Nepal. I am studying Culinary Arts and as per the program I need to complete 18 months of Hotel/Restaurant Internship in which I’ve completed my 6 months of Internship in Continental Kitchen of a Leading Chain Hotel Group. So for the remaining 12 months Me and my Friend is planning to complete it on Australia. But I heard that even for a person applying for working visa have to score on IELTS. We would love to but the date here are full up to September. And we want to completed this internship as soon as possible. So is there any way you can tell me to apply there but without giving IELTS.

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BobinOz May 5, 2014 at 7:03 pm

I can’t really help you specifically, I’m not a MARA agent and don’t know all the rules. As I understand it though, it depends what kind of working visa you are talking about, but yes, IELTS is usually a must. The only exception I’m aware of being the more temporary Working Holiday Visa, but that is only open to those from certain countries, see my pages about Working Holiday Visas and Backpacking in Australia.

My advice though would be to consult with a MARA agent.

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rahul May 7, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Hi bob, i need your advice.
i am from india, i have just completed my masters in pharmacy from india, my sister and brother in law are Australian citizens, so what are the chances of me getting permanent visa for australia, ? i mean can i get sponsored by my sister ? or is there any other way?
thank you.

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BobinOz May 7, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Possibly, but no one could tell you based on the information you provide which is why I have set up my Visa Assessment Service.

It’s thorough and will give you the answers to your questions. Good luck, Bob

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aditya May 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Hii bob I am doing masters in brisbane , but actually I want to join in film institute , is it possible to quit masters and join in film institute

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