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February 2010 Blog Posts (23)

Silver Fern Visa Opening Opportunties For People Who Can No Longer Emigrate to Australia

I am sure you heard the announcement of the new Silver Fern Visa in New Zealand, which will be launched officially in April 2010. This visa will offer a fantastic opportunity for skilled people under the age of 35 years, who are unable to apply for immigration to Australia.

New Zealand is a gorgeous country and offers many opportunities for a fantastic lifestyle, quite similar to Australia, however with the benefits of the gorgeous mountains and snow-sport opportunities.

The… Continue

Added by Nadine Myers on February 28, 2010 at 17:50 — 3 Comments

Job Sponsorship Becoming the Only Option For Some Skilled Individuals to Emigrate to Australia

I know that the announcement of the changes in immigration processes on February 8th, 2010 must have disappointed many people who were preparing to emigrate to Australia based on the MODL. This must have been particularly upsetting for those people who had already lodged their application and had it returned to them as it was no longer valid.

Since the announcement, there has been an increased interest in finding job sponsorship in Australia, as these types of immigration…


Added by Nadine Myers on February 28, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments


Hi Everyone, my family and I are looking into the life of Australians and i am looking for a sponsorship. I am a vehicle painter and am looking for the best possible way of going about a sponsorship??

Added by gareth michael andrews on February 28, 2010 at 16:58 — No Comments

Win a campervan holiday Down Under worth £1,500!

This is your chance to win a seven-day Australian adventure with Maui Motorhomes worth £1,500

Australia & New Zealand magazine has got together with one of Australia’s leading motorhome companies, Maui Motorhomes to offer one lucky winner the opportunity to explore this diverse and exciting land at their own leisure in the comfort of a fully equipped motorhome. With the choice of eight different models to choose from, including a deluxe 4WD for those who would like a more rugged…


Added by Australia & New Zealand magazine on February 25, 2010 at 9:52 — No Comments

Win a dream holiday to Western Australia

Tourism Western Australia is giving you the chance to win a holiday of a lifetime for two people travelling around the state.

In a move similar to the "best job in the world" island caretaker campaign launched by Tourism Queensland last year, Tourism WA is seeking people who can share a joke and not be shy about playing up for the camera, in exchange for a holiday in Western Australia.

Billed as The Extraordinary Taxi Ride, the campaign is a nine-week trip around Western… Continue

Added by John on February 24, 2010 at 11:47 — No Comments

Moving to Adelaide

Hi, my family and i are moving to Adelaide this October and want to rent a house from the UK so that we can move straight in when we leave the arrivals hall! Does anyone know any agencies that specialises in overseas tennants?

Added by cj szalai on February 23, 2010 at 22:21 — 1 Comment

great north run 2010

Hi everyone. IM trying to get organised quickly this year, im doing the great north run for Cancer research this year and aiming to beat the 1.45 mark if possible. (paul that'll be down to you matey)

Im sure we all have someone affected by this horrible disease, ive had positives and negatives with my mum now five years clear from breast cancer but have also lost a close friend and my wifes cousin at 18…


Added by Mark Price on February 23, 2010 at 11:06 — No Comments

Raise a Toast!

For a fun day out filled with the finest Antipodean food, wine, polo,

live music and entertainment, you won't want to miss the Toast New

Zealand event in London on 12 June 2010. An international friendly

polo match will kick off the day’s festivities, which will then be

followed by a 'fashions on the field' competition where the best

dressed couple and group will be welcomed on to the main stage to meet

and greet their favourite sport and music celebrities.… Continue

Added by John on February 21, 2010 at 11:09 — No Comments

Timing and lodgement of visa application

Hi all,

The wife and I are new to this site so you will have to bear with us. Laura has recently passed the academic IELTS test so we will be lodging our visa application shortly. However, as we are 8 weeks pregnant we are concerned that we will miss the new July deadline as we have been told that Laura and the new baby will be have to do their medicals once the baby is born. Does anyone know if this issue would affect our visa application as we are aware that the Australian…


Added by Stuart George on February 19, 2010 at 20:40 — 1 Comment

Wood flooring opportunities in Australia

My family and I are looking to move to Australia in the next 3 years (ish), and I was wondering if anyone out there has any knowledge or experience of the flooring industry out there, or more specifically the wood flooring industry. Any information, big or small, would be greatly received, i.e best area for work, typical rates of pay, contacts etc. Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I look forward to reading your replies, Mike.

Added by Mike Starkey on February 18, 2010 at 22:32 — No Comments

Driving Instructors in Oz and Counsellors in Oz - any info on either

Can you work in Oz as a driving instructor?

Also is a Counsellor of value work wise to get into Oz?

If so does anybody have any advice or guidance on how to go about finding out any info or knows anything about either, I'd appreciate some help?


Added by janice on February 18, 2010 at 10:13 — 4 Comments

Best place for families in Australia.

We are a family of 4, (Mum and dad 22 and 31, and 2 kids 3 years and 3 months).We are just getting into exploring the prospect of moving to Oz and gathering information. Can anyone advise us on the best place for a good area for families with reasonable house prices but still good employment options, ( I know you cant have it all but these are our goals!). Any advise would be greatly received. We have all the magazines and are trying to gain as much knowledge as we can but we realise the best… Continue

Added by Mike Starkey on February 17, 2010 at 23:00 — 9 Comments

Passport renewal and moving visa

My passport is up in 2011 and I was thinking I'd be better and cheaper off renewing it here before heading out to Oz.

One question I have is does my visa tag get transferred across into the new passport, or do I just travel with the two of them if going in and out of Oz?

Added by John on February 17, 2010 at 14:01 — 3 Comments


Please could anyone advise why the blog posts MAKING MONEY ONLINE etc has anything to do with Emigrating to Australia??!!

Added by Catherine Bryans on February 14, 2010 at 14:00 — 4 Comments

Just a thought

Just had a thought this morning (rare I know) while sitting drinking coffee in the conservatory looking out at a dark, cold Scotland and wishing I was in Brisbane.

We have our permanent resident visas good up until 2013. Now we plan to move this year, probably August, but my thought was - is there some criteria we need to fulfil to keep the visa or qualify for citizenship. I remember reading something yonks ago about having to live for 24 months and work for 12 months but can't… Continue

Added by John on February 10, 2010 at 7:00 — 2 Comments

Implication of working for a UK company but living in AUS once i emmigrate

I will hopefully be handing my notice to my employer soon and emmigrating, but there might be the option to continue working for them once i reach OZ. I wondered if there were any implications or complications to consider regading my Australian Tax position etc? I will have Perminent Residency in Aus.

Anybody any experience or idea's, hope you can help.

Added by steven keast on February 9, 2010 at 15:35 — 6 Comments

176 visa

I have just received state sponsorship from Victoria, who attached it onto my 175 visa that went in on the 13/10/2008. Does anybody have a clue to processing times in the current…

Added by mark roberts on February 9, 2010 at 6:05 — No Comments


Hi everyone.

In December we were granted our Visa's!!!! Horray!!! We are going to Australia in June to validate the visa's and just wanted to check something. Our old passports have already been sent to the Australian Embassy and have had labels attached (they have since been returned to us). But in May two of us will need new passports. Will this cause a problem? I have been advised that all I need to do is make sure I bring the old passports and the visa grant letter when…

Added by Catherine Bryans on February 8, 2010 at 16:53 — 5 Comments

Australia still needs "tens of thousands of people"

Several trade bodies in Australia have reacted to the announcement today by Chris Evans, Immigration Minister, that there will be significant changes to the governments skilled migration programme in the year ahead.

The Chief Executive of the Australian Mines and Metals Association, Steve Knott, says there is a massive shortfall of mechanical and electrical staff - and chefs.

"The boom in the resources sector, particularly in the North West of Western Australia, has been… Continue

Added by John on February 8, 2010 at 7:36 — No Comments

Changes to the Skilled Migration programme coming

The Australian Immigration Minister, Chris Evans is due to make an announcement on Monday regarding the future of the skilled migration programme.

Check back with us for the latest news..

Added by John on February 6, 2010 at 0:37 — No Comments

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