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September 2010 Blog Posts (12)

Hi Everyone, We are in the process for State sponsorship for Western Australia. I have been researching Butler, Clarkson, Connolly and area's round that area. We are looking for information on which…

Hi Everyone,

We are in the process for State sponsorship for Western Australia. I have been researching Butler, Clarkson, Connolly and area's round that area. We are looking for information on which area would be better for our two boys. Jack 8 and Kai 3 both into sports, football for Jack and I think Kai might get in to Aussie Rules. Davie is our main visa applicant, as a Motor Mechanic. He has been in the motor trade 22 years from apprentice, mechanic, workshop controller…


Added by sharon frew on September 29, 2010 at 13:31 — 2 Comments

Should I stay or should I go


My name is Alan and my wife, Louise, and I are thinking of working in NZ. We aren't Kiwi virgins, we went for a four month tour 10 years ago next month and we both loved it and have always wanted to go back.

My wife is going to get a redundancy settlement and we think we'd like to settle in the Wellington region so she can apply to the local hospitals (Louise is deputy manager of cancer services at Derriford in Plymouth) can any one give advice on good places to live within…


Added by Alan Hunt on September 29, 2010 at 10:09 — No Comments

Glimmer of Hope !

We have had our first bit of positive news on our application for 176 Visa... we lodged our application in June 2008 and have today been contacted by our agent (after some months of silence) stating we have been appointed a Case officer and medicals, x-rays and police checks are now requested again within 70 days (all previous tests expired). Am I being too optimistic in thinking this could mean a way is more than we have ever had previously so doesnt hurt to hope I guess. Does… Continue

Added by jennifer salter on September 28, 2010 at 18:56 — 10 Comments


At last things have started with my process. I have just sat my IELTS last week. So hopefully will send off for my skills assesment next week when I get my results back.

Added by Stephen on September 24, 2010 at 11:12 — No Comments

South Australia announce interim skilled migration list

Immigration South Australia has published an interim list of occupations in demand ahead of the approval of its State Migration Plan.

The interim list, which can be found here, includes occupations that Immigration SA will consider for Sponsorships until the State Migration Plan is implemented. This could be some while, as the new Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, has to approve all the state plans. At present, no plans have been approved, and it seems that South Australia, who need… Continue

Added by John on September 21, 2010 at 21:37 — No Comments

Taking Pets!!

Hi Everyone,

We can find plenty of information regarding taking cats and dogs to Australia, but my daughter wants to take her pet rabbit. Looking on different sites the information for 'other' pets is limited. The way one site read was that Australia only accept rabbits from New Zealand, but i'm not sure if i've read it right. I just wondered if anyone could shed any more light on this as our younger daughter feels better about going if 'Cookie' can come too!



Added by Stephanie Bennett on September 16, 2010 at 8:35 — 2 Comments

Rocky Horror show's Richard O'Brien given NZ residency

Richard O’Brien, the author and composer of the cross-dressing cult classic “The Rocky Horror Show” (and its midnight movie incarnation, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) applied for residency in New Zealand, where he planned to retire to the coastal town of Katikati.

After the decision prompted protests (and spawned a Facebook group that attracted more than 3,600 members) New Zealand authorities have reversed the decision.

He previously lived in NZ as a teenager, and has a… Continue

Added by John on September 8, 2010 at 15:28 — No Comments

Shock horror probe ...

We have finally finished the house and it is on the market.

The Home Report we needed to purchase as part of the sale gave the house a clean bill of health and gave us a valuation on the property, lower than we'd hoped but hey ho we'll use that as the lowest figure we'll accept.

We've got quotes for shipping the cats across, scary stuff, it's going to cost…

Added by John on September 7, 2010 at 13:26 — 1 Comment

Julia Gillard wins election

Hi all,

For those who missed it, Australia finally has a new government!! Or should I say old - Julia Gillard has scraped back in having secured the support of the two independents.

It'll be interesting to see if this speeds up the state migration plans..

Added by John on September 7, 2010 at 9:13 — No Comments

I Passed!!!!!!!


Hello everyone.....

Just to let you all know I passed my IELTS test!! I had the results today and got straight on the phone to the Ian Harrop Agency who is now happy to start the process of my visa application! YIPPPPPEEEEE!!

Exciting times.......Gold Coast here we come!!

Steph x

Added by Stephanie Bennett on September 6, 2010 at 17:56 — 5 Comments

Quick Questions !!

Hi all,

Is there anyone out there who can answer these questions:

Has anyone used the on-line visa application, if so how do you submit certified documents, i.e, birth certs?

Does anyone have any experience of submitting an on-line application, if so was it straight-forward?

Does an on-line application indicate possible…


Added by Claire Bayliss on September 4, 2010 at 9:55 — 4 Comments

Want to be on TV ?

Property guru Phil Spencer from C4’s ‘Location Location Location’ is taking his property finding and negotiating skills along with a large dose of English charm, down under. He’s heading to the other side of the world to help emigrating Brits find their perfect home in Australia.

In each episode, Phil will be helping one British couple navigate their way through the Australian property system. Phil will help find, survey and negotiate the deal on their dream pad. From harbour-side… Continue

Added by John on September 3, 2010 at 14:44 — No Comments

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