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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.

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.

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

Migration to Australia made easy

Posted in: Migration News by Rob on 18/12/2015 | 1 Comment

Migration CoverMoving 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

Free Moving to Australia Q&A webinar

Posted in: Migration News by Rob on 13/10/2015 | 1 Comment

Our sister site – Poms in Oz is hosting a live webchat session with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, financial/pensions advice, international removals, pet transportation and vehicle importation. The chat event will take place on Wednesday 28th October 2015 from 19:30-21:30 (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAirUK, Vista Financial Services and IronLady Imports will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move.

If you have an account on Pomsinoz, to participate, head over to Pomsinoz – Moving to Australia Forum, login, then click on the ‘chat’ menu option at the top of the page. Clicking on chat will launch the chat software. There will different ‘rooms’ for each of the different companies.

If you don’t have an account of Pomsinoz, you can still participate by by following this link – Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the ‘Guest’ option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click ‘Login’ and enter any of the chat rooms.

NB: If you have a device which doesn’t use Flash eg: iPhone or iPad, you can join us in the chatrooms via this link or by downloading the free 123Flashchat app from the Apps Store via this link and entering 921 as the chat ID.

National Australia Bank
National Australia Bank
 

Peter Kerr will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. He will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider.
 

Moneycorp
Moneycorp
 

Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with.
 

PSS International Removals
PSS International Removals
 

One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS.
 

PetAir UK
PetAir UK
 

PetAir UK will be on hand to discuss any aspects of shipping your pets to Australia. PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably – worldwide. No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities. We operate a ‘one of the family’ policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet. We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process. From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team.
 

Vista Financial Services
Vista Financial Services
 

Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practicing Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters.
 

PetAir UK
Iron Lady Imports
 

Iron Lady Imports is a small, Australian-based business that specialises in arranging transportation of vehicles from anywhere in the world to any port in Australia. For a fixed brokerage fee, we can help arrange your vehicle’s import approval paperwork, shipping, customs clearance and registration in Australia. Aside from our fee, all other costs are invoiced to you directly – no hidden markups! We’re also happy to advise you if it’s worth bringing your car over before you start (that part’s free!).

Employment Education Visa and Settlement Expo in Melbourne

Posted in: Migration News by Rob on 11/09/2014 | 1 Comment

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Newcomers Australia are hosting the following expo.

Date: 25th October 2014
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: The MCEC, 1 convention center place, South Wharf VIC 3006

Register Online for FREE ENTRY

The Newcomers Melbourne event, is the only event of its kind that targets the Employment, Education, Visa and Settlement needs of both newly arrived and settled migrants, as well as temporary international workers, foreign students and the corporate expat community currently living in Victoria.

The Newcomers Melbourne event offers the complete spectrum of information crucial to helping you live, work, study and settle in Victoria. The event will connect you with knowledgeable experts able to provide you with information and services for visas, employment opportunities, education options and a host of other settlement services all under one roof, that will help you settle into your new life.

Why visit?

For newly arrived or settled migrants, the Newcomers Melbourne event is an opportunity to learn about having your international credentials and skills assessed and recognised. The event will also connect you with education and training organisations that can help you find employment in your profession or trade. For all newcomers; settlement and arrival services will be available including private healthcare, banking (opening a bank account, applying for credit cards), housing, taxation, education and much more.

Who will be there?

A full list of participating organizations and seminars will be listed on the website in a printable PDF format, closer to the event. The Newcomers Melbourne event will include Government immigration seminars, visa eligibility and assessment clinics as well as a dedicated introductory IELTS Masterclass, provided in association with our Education sponsor, IDP:IELTS.

The IELTS Masterclass is a free 90-minute presentation for anyone aiming for an IELTS band score of 6 or above. The talk will include tips on how best to enhance one’s English, guidance on avoiding the common mistakes, and help understanding the IELTS assessment criteria.

REGISTER ONLINE FOR FREE ENTRY

Newcomers Australia Event – Helping you settle and stay in Australia

Posted in: Migration News by Rob on 28/08/2014 | No Comments

Sydney Migration expo

Newcomers Australia are hosting the following expo.

Date: 06th Sept 2014
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Sydney (Lower) Town Hall, Druitt Street, Sydney 2000

The Newcomers Sydney event, is the only event of its kind that targets the Employment, Education, Visa and Settlement needs of both newly arrived and settled migrants, as well as temporary international workers, foreign students and the corporate expat community currently living in New South Wales.

The Newcomers Sydney event offers the complete spectrum of information crucial to helping you live, work, study and settle in New South Wales. The event will connect you with knowledgeable experts able to provide you with information and services for visas, employment opportunities, education options and a host of other settlement services all under one roof, that will help you settle into your new life.

IELTS MASTERCLASS

The Newcomers Sydney event will include Government immigration seminars, visa eligibility and assessment clinics as well as a dedicated introductory IELTS Masterclass, provided in association with our Education sponsor, IDP:IELTS.
The IELTS Masterclass is a free 90-minute presentation for anyone aiming for an IELTS band score of 6 or above. The talk will include tips on how best to enhance one’s English, guidance on avoiding the common mistakes, and help understanding the IELTS assessment criteria. Places at the IELTS Masterclass are limited so register online NOW to avoid disappointment!!

COMPETITION

SCAN YOUR TICKET AT THE DOOR TO ENTER: Be in with a chane to win a brand new iPad Mini! To be entered into the draw, simply scan your ticket at the door of the Newcomers Sydney Event on 6th September. Entry to the competition can only be made once, must be 18 years or older to enter. Best of luck!

Take the first step towards securing your future in Australia by visiting the Newcomers Sydney event; there will be a range of information and services to help you settle into your new life in Australia.

Register online for FREE ENTRY to this event.

Adelaide Employment, Education, Visa and Settlement Expo

Posted in: Migration News by Rob on 23/04/2014 | No Comments

Newcomers Australia Event

Newcomers Australia are hosting the following expo.

Date: 10th May 2014
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza Adelaide, 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide 5000

The Newcomers Adelaide Event is South Australia’s only event of its kind that targets the Employment, Education, Visa and Settlement needs of both Australia’s newly arrived and settled migrants. It also focuses on the needs of temporary international workers, foreign students and the corporate expat community, currently living in South Australia.

The event offers the complete spectrum of information crucial to helping you live, work, study and settle in Australia. The event will connect you with knowledgeable experts able to provide you with information and services for visas, employment opportunities, education options and a host of other services all under one roof that will help you settle into your new life in Australia.

For newly arrived or settled migrants, the Newcomers Adelaide event is an opportunity to learn about having your international credentials and skills assessed and recognised, while also connecting you with education and training organisations that can assist you in seeking employment in your profession or trade. For all Australian newcomers; settlement and arrival services will be available that focus on private healthcare, banking, housing, taxation, education and much more.

IELTS MASTERCLASS

The Newcomers Adelaide event will include Government immigration seminars, visa eligibility and assessment clinics as well as a dedicated introductory IELTS Masterclass, provided in association with our Education sponsor, IDP:IELTS

The IELTS Masterclass is a FREE 90-minute presentation for anyone aiming for an IELTS band score of 6 or above. The talk will include tips on how best to enhance one’s English, guidance on avoiding the common mistakes, and help understanding the IELTS assessment criteria. Places at the IELTS Masterclass are limited so register online NOW to avoid disappointment!!

COMPETITION

We have TWO prizes up for grabs at the Newcomers Adelaide Event! One lucky winner will win the all-new and powerful Google Nexus 7!! The runner up will win a fantastic Barossa Valley Tour for two people! The tour will take in the sights of the world’s largest Rocking Horse and the Whispering Wall, including FOUR wine tasting sessions! To enter the competition, simply register for FREE online and then scan your ticket at the door of the event!!

Take the first step towards securing your future in Australia by visiting the Newcomers Adelaide event; there will be a range of information and services to help you settle into your new life in Australia.

Register online for FREE ENTRY to this event.

 

Free Moving to Australia webchat

Posted in: Migration News by Rob on 27/05/2013 | No Comments

Our sister site – Poms in Oz is hosting a live webchat session with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, financial/pensions advice, international removals, pet transportation and vehicle importation. The chat event will take place on Tuesday 28th May 2013 from 20:00-22:00 (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAirUK, Vista Financial Services and IronLady Imports will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move.

If you have an account on Pomsinoz, to participate, head over to www.pomsinoz.com, login, then click on the ‘chat’ menu option at the top of the page. Clicking on chat will launch the chat software. There will different ‘rooms’ for each of the different companies.

If you don’t have an account of Pomsinoz, you can still participate by by following this link – Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the ‘Guest’ option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click ‘Login’ and enter the ‘Moneycorp, NAB, PSS, PetAirUK, Vista Financial Services or IronLady Imports’ chat rooms.

 
National Australia Bank

Rebecca Joils will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. She will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider.

 
Moneycorp

Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with.

 
PSS International Removals

One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS.

 
PetAir UK

Bob Ghandour, Veterinary Consultant and Director of PetAir UK will be on hand to discuss any aspects of shipping your pets to Australia. PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably – worldwide. No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities. We operate a ‘one of the family’ policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet. We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process. From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team.

 
Vista Financial Services

Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practicing Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters.

 
Iron Lady Imports
Iron Lady Imports is a small, Australian-based business that specialises in arranging transportation of vehicles from anywhere in the world to any port in Australia. For a fixed brokerage fee, we can help arrange your vehicle’s import approval paperwork, shipping, customs clearance and registration in Australia. Aside from our fee, all other costs are invoiced to you directly – no hidden markups! We’re also happy to advise you if it’s worth bringing your car over before you start (that part’s free!).

Free Moving to Australia advice

Posted in: Migration News by Rob on 17/08/2012 | No Comments

Our sister site – Poms in Oz is hosting a live webchat session with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, financial/pensions advice, international removals and pet transportation. The chat event will take place on Tuesday 22nd May 2012 from 20:00-22:00 (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAirUK and Vista Financial Services will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move.

If you have an account on Pomsinoz, to participate, head over to www.pomsinoz.com, login, then click on the ‘chat’ menu option at the top of the page. Clicking on chat will launch the chat software. There will different ‘rooms’ for each of the different companies.

If you don’t have an account of Pomsinoz, you can still participate by by following this link – Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the ‘Guest’ option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click ‘Login’ and enter the ‘Moneycorp, NAB, PSS, PetAirUK or Vista Financial Services’ chat rooms.

 

National Australia Bank

Rebecca Joils will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. She will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider.

 

Moneycorp

Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with.

 

PSS International Removals

One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS.

 

PetAir UK

Bob Ghandour, Veterinary Consultant and Director of PetAir UK will be on hand to discuss any aspects of shipping your pets to Australia. PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably – worldwide. No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities. We operate a ‘one of the family’ policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet. We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process. From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team.

 

Vista Financial Services

Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practicing Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters.

 
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