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New Australian Visa Tracker website

Posted in: Migration News by Rob on 15/10/2017 | No Comments

So you’re thinking of moving to Australia?

A key question is therefore – “How long will it take for me visa to be granted?”

A very good question and an understandable one.

Naturally, you’re eager to start your new life down under.

Such information is also crucial as there;s lots to sort out before you can move.

When do you put your house up for sale? – too early and you might have to move into temporary accommodation if your house sells and your visa hasn’t been granted.
Too late and you may end up with your visa being granted and not being able to move as your house hasn’t sold and your equity is tied up in the property.

A visa grant date is also important to know as without it, you can’t arrange removals/shipping, quarantine for your pets, flights and a multitude of other things.

Fortunately, there are several ways you can get information to help you estimate when your application may be granted

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection publish approximate processing times on there website.

The information is not specific to your case however and goes along the lines of “75% of applications processed in x number of days” for example.

It’s also possible to send a blank email to DIBP for some visas and this will trigger an automated email response which contains approximate processing times.

Australia Migration Forums

Another method is to visit groups and forums such as www.pomsinoz.com as many members post there visa timelines on the forums to compare with other members timelines. The sites also allow you to chat with other members who are also going through the migration journey.

Australia Visa Timelines Immigration Trackers

A third way, and a method which is becoming more popular is to utilize an immigration tracker / Australia visa timelines website.

This allow you to enter key dates about your visa application and compare them in tabular format with lost of other members.

You can look at who’s applied for the same visa as you, the same dates as you, from the same country, occupation etc.

This will allow you obtain greater insight into the likely time is will take for your visa to be granted.

Australian Visa and Citizenship News

Posted in: Blog by Rob on 06/09/2017 | No Comments

Lots of Australian Visas and citizenship news to roundup.

Citizenship

Nick Xenophon has recommitted to voting down the Turnbull government’s overhaul of Australian citizenship laws, unless fundamental aspects of the bill are changed.

Senator Xenophon on Tuesday confirmed his bloc of three senators would vote against the changes, joining Labor and the Greens to effectively kill off the bill.

In response, Immigration minister Peter Dutton’s office released a statement saying the government was still “discussing the bill with the crossbenchers”.

But Senator Xenophon has all but ruled a change in position, despite meeting with Mr Dutton on Tuesday night.

“There needs to be a substantial rewriting of it,” Senator Xenophon told reporters on Wednesday.

“We’ll continue to talk to the government.”

The Xenophon team’s opposition centres on the proposal for a tough new English language test that would require migrants to reach a ‘Band 6’ under international testing standards.

The plan was met with strong opposition from ethnic groups, who said it would disadvantage less-educated migrants, including refugees.

The plan was met with strong opposition from ethnic groups, who said it would disadvantage less-educated migrants, including refugees.

Changed Immigration Policies and Australia PR

Posted in: Migration News by Rob on 17/06/2017 | No Comments

Australian immigration policies and speculation surrounding them are keeping the world busy since some time. There are cuts and additions, modified eligibility requirements, suggested periodical reviews and more importantly focus on local Australian job opportunities.
Most of the migrants, professionals and students come to Australia with an intent to make Australia their home. That is no surprise, given Australia’s reputation in the global scene. With thriving economy and friendly population, Australia has always attracted tourists and immigrants world over.
Australia Permanent Residency, a visa option that gives immigrants the right to stay, work, travel and study in Australia unrestrictedly is majority of the migrants’ dream. The immigration policies have provided pathways to Australia PR through various visa categories. Skilled migration visa- independent or sponsored or nominated, family visas, business and investment visas are some of them.
The major changes done to immigration policies are for temporary work visas which get sponsored by employees for Australia PR.
The 457 visa, a temporary work visa, which most migrants applied for to come to Australia, was a popular pathway to Australia PR. Since its scrapping, and other changes in immigration policies, the Australian Permanent Resident Visa is not straightforwardly granted now.
Under changed immigration policies, the migrant must hold temporary visa for 3 years before being eligible to apply for Australia PR. The age requirement which was 50 years is slashed to 45 years. The prior work experience which was desirable, not compulsory; figures in mandatory eligibility requirement. The applicant must have 3 years of relevant work experience.
International students are the next section that get affected by the policy change. Student visa holders after getting work experience on post study work visa can get sponsored by their employees for permanent residency. Keeping this in view, the immigration policy has tightened the requirements for granting student visas. Only those overseas students who clear GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant) requirement is going to be granted student visa.
Partner visas which offered permanent residency option are undergoing change too. The sponsor must apply for and get approved as a sponsor by the immigration department before partner visa application is made.
With so many proposed changes taking place, the Australia PR process is certainly going to take longer than usual time to get permanent residency approved.
Indians who form a major chunk in temporary work visa applicants, and are in thousands of numbers in student visa applicants must wait and watch how Australian PR process from India is going to alter while accommodating the changes in immigration policies.

Want to Watch British Television in Oz?

Posted in: Forum News by Rob on 20/05/2017 | No Comments

Want to watch British TV in Australia?

Flip TV offers a great value BBC package which includes BBC First, BBC Knowledge, UKTV, Cbeebies and BBC World News for just $9.95 a month.

Right now when you sign up to the BBC pack, you’ll also get access to 4 great Box Music channels completely free!

See British TV packages here

What’s included with Flip TV packages:

• Integrated 7-day TV guide
• Live Stream Football from the NSW and Victorian National Premier League
• 35+ Integrated Free to Air channels
• 10+ News and Entertainment Apps including YouTube, Euronews and the Weather Channel.

Who is Flip TV?

Flip TV is a leading IPTV company based and operating in Australia, delivering worldwide content via the internet direct to your TV for seamless and reliable viewing of your favourite overseas shows.

We deliver English, Bosnian, Croatian, Macedonian, Serbian, Greek, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Chilean and South American communities with access to the world of television connecting them to their culture back home, fast and effectively.

From just $9.95 a month, with no monthly contract, Flip TV is an affordable addition to your home entertainment system.

How can I get Flip TV or just want to find out more?

You can sign up with Flip TV online here: https://www.fliptv.com.au/home/get-flip-tv/ or by calling our friendly sales and customer service team on 1300 354 788.

Australia Migration Forums and Flip TV

Exclusively for Australia Migration Forums readers, you’ll receive a special offer of 2 MONTHS FREE subscription.

Simply quote the promo code: ‘Poms in Oz‘ during sign up online or on the phone.

India suggests trade negotiations could be affected by 457 visa changes

Posted in: Migration Issues by Rob on 03/05/2017 | No Comments

India’s Prime Minister has used a telephone call with the Australian PM to voice his reservations about the Government’s decision to abolish the 457 visa next year.

India was upset by the Government’s announcement last month that it was replacing the 457 visa for temporary skilled workers with two new visas.

In its place will be a two-year visa and a more specialised one for four years “targeted at higher skills”.

Mr Turnbull said the changes were “in the national interest”.

Indian nationals account for a quarter of 457 visa holders, the most of any nationality.

India had hinted the move to replace it could affect trade negotiations, which the two countries had only just pledged to revive during Mr Turnbull’s recent India visit.

Now, according to India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Mr Modi himself has “expressed concern” to Mr Turnbull about the possible impact of visa changes.

In response to the Government’s changes, India’s Ministry of External Affairs issued a terse statement, saying that it was “examining the consequences” of the new policy, adding that it would look at the matter “in the context” of trade negotiations.

Elsewhere, one Indian migration agent is warning the changes will harm Australia’s longer-term ability to attract both skilled workers and students with an eye to their futures.

Anisha Gupta is a migration agent, and yesterday her phone ran hot.

“I’m receiving a lot of calls from the applicants, as well as the people who have already applied for the visa — how will that affect them?” she said.
Current visa holders will not be affected by the changes, which will see the introduction of two new temporary skills visas — a two-year visa and a more specialised one for four years “targeted at higher skills”.

Ms Gupta warns changing the visa system will likely hurt Australian universities’ efforts to attract Indian students, especially those seeking degrees in the 200 professions the Government is removing from the list of those eligible for skilled worker visas.

That would affect the students if they think their occupations are out of the list, so they might choose another country which has a more favourable immigration policy for them,” she said.

Applying for a Parent Visa for Australia?

Posted in: Forum News by Rob on 02/05/2017 | No Comments

Thinking of Moving to Australia on a Parent Visa to be reunited with your family?
Join the Parent Visa Discussion on our forum at http://aumigforu.ms/2nyYjOV
With nearly 13,000 posts on the topic and hundreds of active members, it’s a great chance to network with other people applying for the Parent Visa of Contributory Parent Visas.

Emigrating to South Australia?

Posted in: Forum News by Rob on 01/05/2017 | No Comments


Are you considering a move to Adelaide, South Australia or maybe you’re already part way through the migration journey or are an expat now living down under in the Festival State? If so, why noy join our Adelaide migration and expat social network.
The website has been online since 2006 and has helped thousands of members make the move. Free help and support is always on hand (often from registered migration agents) to help you with the Visa Process and make your dream of moving down under a reality. Get your questions answered on where’s the best place to live, which are the best schools, what’s the job situation like, how do I exchange money? In fact ask anything at all, out members will be happy to help.

Emigrating to Sydney?

Posted in: Blog by Rob on 28/04/2017 | No Comments

‘Australia Migration Forums’ are happy to announce that we’ve just relaunched our forum for people for are Moving to Sydney (and for people already living in Sydney of course) ?

The forum has been online for several years in several different formats, but following our acquisition of the site, we’ve decided to give it a makeover and another relaunch.

The new forum is mobile friendly, secure and full of useful information about Sydney.

So, if anyone is heading to Sydney and has any questions, we’d love to hear from you on the forum.

The new site can be found at www.sydneyforum.com

Moving to Australia Social Network

Posted in: Blog by Rob on 01/04/2017 | No Comments

The Moving to Australia Social Network – pomsinoz has recently had a massive overhaul, it’s first in at least 8 years. Launched back in 2005, the community was set up to provide help and assistance to people emigrating and moving to Australia. For the last few years, it has also supported people returning to the UK from Australia. Last month, the site was given a much needed update. The forum was moved to a new more powerful server, a new software platform, given a fully responsive design ensuring the site is comfortably viewable of any device – mobile, tablets, laptops, desktops etc, is now SSL secured & offers 2 factor login authentication, had improved and expanded the migration/visa section of the forum along with a host of other upgrades and improvements. If you’re looking for friendly free assistance on moving down under, then head over to the new look pomsinoz.

Migration Insurance cover for Australia

Posted in: Migration News by Rob on 05/01/2016 | No Comments

Migration to Australia made easyMigration Cover

Moving to Australia is a big step but one made easier by a new insurance product that will help skilled migrants overcome some of the common obstacles.

Migrating to Australia is a dream for many Brits, but the process can be long and testing for individuals and families alike. Although the benefits of life in Australia are obvious, the risks associated with moving to a new country can put off some hopefuls.

The thought of starting a new life in a country thousands of miles away from more familiar surroundings is enough to make them think twice. Furthermore, the costs involved in shipping, transporting and setting up a life in Australia can be extremely high which can limit who, in reality, is able to immigrate.

Questions constantly plague the migrant’s mind, such as; What will happen if a family member at home becomes ill? What will happen if I am involuntarily made redundant? How will I return home if I need to?

However, thousands of people each year do make the trip to Australia, and manage to secure a permanent visa. They know the pressure to go home may come one day, and the loss of a job or serious illness can very quickly change their circumstances.

Ex-Pats in Australia also appreciate that if they have to come back to their country of embarkation, the expense will be theirs and theirs alone. They know only too well about the costs they paid out to move to Australia, so the thought of doing it all again in a short space of time, with little funds, is a burden that they always carry with them.

This is also a significant issue for employers, who face losing their newly hired staff for issues that may be out of their control, making migrant hires a more complex and expensive process than is necessary. This is especially frustrating where talent has been brought in from another country to help develop services or products within Australia using skills that may not be easily available within the country.

Thankfully, there is a now an insurance product that can help alleviate some of that moving stress. Migration Cover offers the first comprehensive insurance product created specifically for skilled migrants. It provides a sense of security ?for people immigrating, or those who have already immigrated, to Australia.

Migration Cover’s experience has shown that skilled migrants are most concerned about:

1. Leaving family behind
2. Illness or death in the family, including the migrants themselves
3. Involuntary redundancy
4. Leaving property behind

The product reduces the anxiety of immigrating by covering the policyholder’s repatriation, employment advocacy and travel needs.

Migration Cover costs less than you think, with packages to suit all budgets, whether you are single or have a family. So migrants can now ‘Go with Confidence!’™

For more information and a free quote, visit www.migrationcover.com

 
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