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Working and skilled visas

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For people who are not sponsored by an employer and who have skills in particular occupations required in Australia. Applicants satisfy the age requirement, English language skill, and work experience or a completed eligible Australian qualification.
tigerlanceBIG MOVE 2023
> @MLBS said: > > @jennyC said: > > Anyone po may idea if may Centrelink ang visa 491? Thanks po. > > none, medicare lang Meron rin libreng TAFE sa 491 except NSW and VIC. (01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023)

Regional Sponsored Migration

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This visa allows skilled workers (who are nominated by their employer in regional Australia) to live and work in Australia permanently. Occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations to qualify and must have at least Competent English.
era222Visa 190 and 491
> @chocob0 said: > > @whimpee said: > > > @chocob0 said: > > > Hi. Ask ko lng po kung magkakaproblem ako kung may existing Tourist Visa ako then magaapply ako ng 189, 190? > > > > Hindi dapat. Tourist visa is temporary lang naman. > > makakapag apply na kasi ako before August for 491,189,190. Kaso may planned visit tlga ako sa Australia sa August to watch World Cup. > heto na research ko > > "When applying for a Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) or a Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) in Australia, the Department of Home Affairs assesses whether you meet the eligibility criteria for the visa. This includes demonstrating your genuine intention to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis. > > If your current tourist visa has conditions that limit your activities or restrict you from engaging in work-related activities, it may be seen as an indicator that your intention is not to stay in Australia permanently. In this case, the Department of Home Affairs may question your eligibility for a skilled visa and your application may be rejected. > > Similarly, if your current tourist visa is close to expiring, it may be more difficult for you to demonstrate your genuine intention to stay in Australia for the long-term. In this case, the Department of Home Affairs may ask for additional information or documentation to support your eligibility for a skilled visa. > > Therefore, it's important to consider the impact of your current tourist visa on your eligibility for a skilled visa before applying. It's advisable to consult with a registered migration agent for specific advice on your situation." > > how true? > and kung may mga naka experience ng same situation pacomment nlng po. Hi! Would you have the source/link for this? The phrasing to me seems like it applies to onshore applicants who, for some reason, hold a tourist visa? I've seen one or two cases of people having lived in Australia for years and then holding a tourist visa (not sure why, maybe to extend their stay), or using it as an unofficial "bridging" visa, or as a means to another visa, if that makes sense. The tourist visa typically restricts any work-related activities, as its main purpose is for leisure. So afaik, wala dapat problema. But hope someone can shed some more light on this if I'm wrong!

Family and Partner Visas

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This category is for families of permanent residents or citizens who wish to join their familes in Australia. Various family visa categories are available, from fiances, partners, children, parents and other family members of Australian citizens.
GA88TSS 482 dependent or Student Visa?
Hello. Magtatanong lang po sana ako sa mga nagrant ng visa 482 (medium term) na engineers, requirement po ba sa application ang positive skills assessment from Engineers Australia? Wala po kasing nakasaad dun sa nabasa ko sa website ni australia immi, parang puro skilled trades lang po ang may requirement na magpa-assess. Thank you po. Sana may makasagot. :)

Employer Sponsored Visas

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For lawfully operating Australian and overseas employers to employ approved skilled workers for temporary vacancies in particular occupations required in Australia. Temporary visas can offer a pathway to a permanent visa.
Joninho457/482 TSS subsequent entrant - de facto
> @summerlovin said: > pashare naman po ng timeline ng approval ng subsequent entrant na applic ninyo. Kasal na po kami and ang husband ko is in Australia holding 457, planning to apply subsequent entrant pra sa akin po. > Hello! Just granted ang de facto dependent ko yesterday. 482 visa :) lodged it week before christmas, medical by 2nd week january, then granted visa 1st february. :)

Study and Training Visa

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Student visas are temporary visa that allows student to study in Australia for a specific course duration. Discussion includes steps on how to apply student visa on your own.
jereOZHonorable Dismissal Requirement for AUS Uni?
> @athelene said: > If you have successfully completed your bachelor's degree in the PH, then don't worry about the honoral dismissal stuff. Magkaiba ang requirements ng PH and AU. > > When applying to an Australian uni for postgrad studies you only need to submit scanned color original diploma and transcript of record (not CTC, not monochrome photocopy). When you travel to Australia to start your studies, bring the original copies with you in case kailangan nila i-sight or i-verify in person yung documents mo. Hi po @athelene, I see.. Thank you po for sharing. This is quite helpful. :) I just need to submit scanned colored copies of my original diploma and TOR and make sure to bring them with me to AUS when I start my studies there. All the best po!

Visitor - Tourist Visa

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For people who intends to visit or extend their stay in Australia for holiday, sightseeing, social or recreational reasons, to visit relatives, friends or for other short-term non-work purposes.
cucciHow to Apply Online for an Australian Tourist Visa - Step By Step Guide
> @casssie said: > > @cucci said: > > Applied for a friend... > > Lodged application on Saturday... Biometrics Monday... Granted Tuesday. > > > > [preview] > > > > Wow first time applicant po sya? Still waiting for mine yup.. first time applicant for Au.

IELTS, PTE and OET Topics

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This Forum is related to International English Language Testing System (IELTS) , PTE , OET corner! Share your tips and tricks to get a high score. Get tips from the experts to in order to get the max score (9.0) !
onieandresPTE ACADEMIC
> @igado said: > > @onieandres said: > > > @igado said: > > > > @onieandres said: > > > > > @birot_oz_oi said: > > > > > hi, ung schedule po ba PTE d2 sa manila talagang limited lng? > > > > > > > > Same question here, baka may mali lang ako pero pagcheck ko May 2023 pa may applicable test sa Makati testing center? > > > > > > Yes limited lang. Nung nagrebook ako last month, may avail 1-2 dates per month Feb onwards, puro 5pm slots. Mukang fully booked na lahat til May. > > > > Thanks po sa info! May case kaya na biglaan magkakaron ulit ng slots like for example, this month magkaron ulit ng slots? > > This im not sure. Pwede mo icheck siguro daily for a week if nangyayari to kung d k pa nakasched. But best is to schedule your exam the earliest date available sa pearson site. I just checked and June na ang next available date now. Update lang po dito... seems nag-oopen up sila ng slots pero paisa-isang araw lang. nakapagbooked ako, for this month. yey! Thanks sa info ulit. cheers!

Migration Agent

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This forum is catered for topics regarding migration agents, tips in engaging, reviews and experiences of the members. Please do share your views.
RheaMARN1171933Anybody familiar with Australia-Express?
MARA registration number and referring to Mara website to check background is the way to go. Another tip is the first two digits of the registration number tells you the year when they registered first. The way far back the year is it means the more experienced they are. Example, my registration number is 1171933….this means I first registered with the MARA, after getting qualified via post grad in Australian immigration and law plus passing an exam back in 2011. MARA number should be disclosed on their email/marketing ads, etc, must be readily seen by clients and prospective clients.

Other Migration Topic

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Other migration topics that doesn't fall to above. Topics specifics to other visas, Citizenship or other special visas can be discussed here.
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> @von1xx said: > > @luidmanahan said: > > Hello, good morning :) > > Ask ko lang po how do you request COC? Upon trying to submit an Appeal po kasi may requirement dun na “Letter from Overseas Authority”, kaso wala naman po sinesend si AU Home Affairs ng requesy letter for COC. > > > > > > Then may field rin po na “Departure Date” anong date po nilalagay nyo? > > > > Thank you!! [preview] > > > > applied 2019 pa, Inattached ko yung invitation email save as PDF lang. Thaaank you po :) how about sa departure date po ano po nilagay nyo? Salamaat

Taste of Australia

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Show us your photos, showcase how beautiful Australia is.

EB's and Get Together

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Organize a meet up or gatherings here.

Family Matters

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Bringing up a family in Australia, education for kids, etc.
bellevetChildren immunisation records
Thank you, @athelene!! :)

Working in Australia

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Work related experiences in OZ.
MakuneruAny advice PlanIt hiring?
> @kjmestaruean said: > > @Makuneru said: > > > @kjmestaruean said: > > > May naka-received na ba dito ng JO after ma-final and technical interview last december? On going pa rin kasi yung application sa portal pero it's more than a month na rin. Not sure kung may chance pa. > > > > Is this for local employment only and not for relocation? I also got interviewed and got positive feedback last Dec but no JO yet. > > Oo, for local employment din. Thru email yung nakuha mong feedback? I was told din kasi na may mare-receive na update regardless kung passed or failed kaso wala pa rin. ah ok. nagfollow up lang ako sa recruiter na nagcontact sakin nagreply naman last 2 weeks ago pa yun , till now wala pa JO.

Health Care

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Health related matters, insurance, etc
> @cofltm said: > > @Joninho said: > > > @cofltm said: > > > Hi. I'm an offshore nurse currently registered with Aphra and waiting for my PR visa. > > > > > > Mas maganda po bang mag engage ako ng isang nursing agency para makahanap ng employer or magtry na mag apply direct sa hospitals? > > > > > > Thank you. > > > > Hi. Do you mean nursing agencies here in Aus? > > > > Both have their pros and cons. > > > > Applying directly to hospitals can be better for you coz you engage with the hospital firsthand. You just have to work harder on your application lang kasi from start til finish you do it yourself. > > > > If you go through an agency to find employment, they can give you a list of work opportunities. They can also help with the application process, like how to arrange your cover letter/resume, or prepare you for the possible questions the interviewer may ask. The downside is that the list may be limited, maybe your skillset won't be suitable to the job offers, and you may have difficulty adjusting to the new workplace, or if you do not like the city that you will be living in, then you would try and move out of your place ASAP. > > > > For me, it wouldn't matter. As long as you start working here. But try doing it yourself first. :) > > Hi, Thanks. > So I tried nga po na magapply by myself and lucky enough na offeran naman ako ng employment😊 Mabilis pa ung process, after few weeks ng interview nakareceive agad ng email offer. Sana mabilis na ung process as I'm aiming to relocate by Feb next year. > That is great news! And malapit na kasi Feb ang plan mo. Really happy for you!

Remittance/Exchange Rate

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Sending money to the Philippines? Useful tips in selecting between providers.
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Hobbies and Activities

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Paulo2022Looking for basketball team in Brisbane South side
Hello - just new to Brisbane and looking to join a Filipino basketball team. I am 27 yr Male. Living at Carina but can travel around the south side. Can anyone help or suggest. Thank you.

Balikbayan Box

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Sending you Balikbayan Box? Where to and How to help us decide.
lunarcatCourier service
Good day po, May experience or alam po ba kayo na courier na pwedi magpadala ng gadgets (cellphones and laptop to be exact)? Thanks in advance sa sasagot ! 🥰

Flying to and out of Australia?

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Flight travel discussions, find the cheapest flight ticket or learn tricks from our members.
gelangel491 Visa- OEC
Hi!!! Meron na po bang nakauwi ng Pinas na ang visa is 491? Hinanapan po ba kayo ng OEC? Direct hire po. Thank you. :smile:

Other Info Bout OZ

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All other things or information you want to know about Australia
JacrayeExperience in Buying Cars in Australia
> @gelangel said: > Hi po. Anyone here bought a brand new car from Tynan Motors? Any feedback po? > And any thoughts po sa car finance? What is the est interest rate na nakakuha na dati ng car finance? Or any suggestions po para sa car loans? 😊 > > Thank you po sa mga magrereply. :smiley: Not familiar with Tynan but with regards to car financing usually may mga in-house ang dealership. You can of course go with banks or other 3rd party institutions. Based on my experience, it is best that you do not just stick with one dealership when looking to buy a car. At least contact 2 dealerships and ask them their best financing offer. I remember when I got my car, the first dealership gave me a rate of approx. 7.2% for financing (year 2017). Almost grabbed it but I tried looking for another and I got a better rate of 5.6% (I forwarded them the 1st dealership's offer through email). Also, try to check customer feedbacks regarding the dealership specially with their aftermarket services.

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New South Wales - Sydney
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songhyeky0Civil engineer jobs
Guys, meron bang opening dito para sa Civil Engineer sa Sydney? Planning Engineer po ako.
Victoria - Melbourne
Victoria - Melbourne
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South Australia - Adelaide
South Australia - Adelaide
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MakuneruJobs for Northern Suburb Area
> @prettygirlOZ23 said: > Till now naghahanap pa rin ang company namin ng dagdag na mga workers sa production area. Suburb- Mickelham Area Production Area po ng anong product? and ano po mga requirements?
Western Australia - Perth
Western Australia - Perth
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frouAny Filipino Community in Albany or Geraldton?
> @reachmond said: > Following up po, baka meron po ditong makapansin, mag migrate po kami soon sa ALBANY at nakakuha po ng job c misis ko sa JUNIPER Korumup at on process npo VISA nmin... Looking for House or 2 rooms to rent po. Salamat! Hello po..I have an incoming interview po sa Juniper Albany din..may taning po sana ako sa kung kumusta na mn yung interview ni misis mo? Ang kumusta na po yung visa processing onshore po ba kayo? Thank you
Queensland - Brisbane
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era222NAATI - CCL exam - additional 5 points for 189/190 visa
> @taxgirl said: > Thank you po.. gumamit po ba kyo ng headset? Required ang headset, with mic, afaik.
Tasmania - Hobart
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Hello po. Anyone from this group po to help me if there’s any available room for rent? I’m planning to move po March 2023.
Northern Territory- Darwin
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Zezima1234Looking for accomodation
Magandang araw po sa lahat, I'll be moving to Darwin next month and am currently looking for a place to stay. Okay po sana if one br or one rm sa house sharing within CBD area. Any insight po would be highly appreciated salamat!
Other States, City, Suburb, Location
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jeharileCairns Student - Looking for a Job
Hello my fellow Kababayan! I was hoping if anyone can help me find a job here in Cairns. I am currently studying but I can work 20 hours a week during school term and full time during Christmas Holiday. I can do any kind of work. Thank you!

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Housing & Rentals

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Jobs-Seeking & Openings

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EricTCJob Openings
> @Wiliam12 said: > Nowadays the niche of app development has become really incredibly popular, and now almost everyone who is somehow connected with the IT industry or has his own business decides to develop his own app. A great option, in my opinion, is to turn to a mobile app development company - [Light IT Global]( "Light IT Global") I can share my experience and cooperation with this company, and I will leave only positive feedback here. The guys did a great job with my task, and I can strongly recommend you to turn to their services. Wow. This is really insightful for me. I am a Structural Engineer by profession (one who design buildings), but I have tried creating my own app last January of 2021 and was able to create one in a span of 2 weeks, essentially an app for Structural Engineering design. App development really caught my interest but I don't know where to go from here. May I know, what trainings can you suggest if one is trying to enter the app development scene coming from a non-IT background. Thank you. Here's the simple app I've created before:

Goods & Services

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Sell goods and other services here
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MakuneruPhilippines Vettassess Fee
> @roldan008 said: > Hi gusto ko lang po ishare ung isang sitwasyon po ng kasama namin na pa Australia. Isa pong mekaniko, kami po ay nakatapos at nakapasa sa Vettassess para sa isang mining company sa Australia, sa kasamaang palad ng dahil sa Covid , hindi na po natuloy ang aming pag alis. Ngayon hinanapan kami ng Agency ng new employer, at naging ok na ung isa naming kasama. ang concern ko lang po, okay po ba yong ginawa ng agency na kami daw ang magbabayad ng Vettassess fee and twice daw namin babayaran ito dahil nakadalawang employer kami. > > salamat po sa makakapag bigay ng Idea and information. Isang positive skills assessment(result letter) ay ok na po kahit ilang employer pa pu yan. di na di na po kailangan ng reassessment.

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Anything goes. Kulitan, moving to another countries, opinions, etc.
patlSingapore VS Australia VS Canada VS Pinas
> @ga2au said: > > @patl said: > > Updating this thread. I've only been staying in SG for several months. Ano po ba ang mga mamimiss sa SG? Para matry man lang at masulit bago ang Big Move. Thanks > > Hokkien mee sa may bandang geylang. Name is Swee guan Hokkien mee. hawker lang pla talaga at tax rate haha. thanks po sa input.

Gamers Arena

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Any gamer here? What games do you play? Share and Show case your Strategy.
thesarahveeIphone locked in Globe and I want to bring the phone in Australia
> @hyuna14 said: > > @thesarahvee said: > > > @vamdcpa said: > > > Nagpaopenline ako s greenhills, originally locked to globe.. Anyone here who tried the same? Hopefully magwork siya when we land in june > > > > Hi under plan po ba phone nyo when you had it unlocked? > > > > Hi @thesarahvee > I need your help... Sa case ko, yes naka plan ako sa GLOBE. Iphone 11 pro max. Kapag pina openline ko ba siya sa greenhills, Gagana yung phone ko sa US? Since I'll be going to US this March. Hello the same problem natin eh. Meron bang ganyan sa greenhills? Pls share naman po if anong store kayo nagpa unlock and magkano :) thank u sorry for the late reply ngayon ko lang po nahanap ulit yung thread Na to😞

Information Tech Thingy

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AdminTelstra is giving consumer and small business customers extra data
[preview] Telstra is giving consumer and small business customers extra data to support working and studying from home or self-isolating, as part of the national response to COVID-19. Post-Paid customers (both mobile and mobile broadband) can get an extra 25GB of data on their plan to use in Australia within 30 days. Pre-Paid customers with an active recharge of $40+ can get 10GB of extra data to use in Australia within 28-30 days (depending on your plan). The data won't rollover. Register your details below to get extra data. Telstra will send you an SMS to confirm once it's been applied to your account - it should take about 48 hours. It will be available within 48 hours and you'll be notified by SMS once it's been applied. Ineligible phone numbers won't receive a notification.

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fgsDrafter aga 45
> @romar_7655Yr said: > Hello po mga kabayan ako isang drafter po dito sa Singapore nangangarap na makapunta ng Australia pero ako ano 45 years old na po ako posible pa po ba na magkaroon ako ng pagkakataon na makapunta. At kung drafter po sa anong skill po ba sya dapat ipaassess, salamat po. You can still come on a work visa but the skilled migrant visa has an age limit of 45 years must be invited to apply before you turn 45. Applications for a permanent skilled visa after you turn 45 is extremely limited unless you are a high income earner applicant . You must be atleast 3 years on a work visa with a minimum income of $158,500 for each of the 3 years prior to application.

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