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December 2009 Blog Posts (9)

Would you like a guaranteed income in retirement?

The majority of people under the age of about 50 switch off when they see an article about pensions as they think it doesn't apply to them. In the case of Brits migrating to Australia, this is a BIG mistake. By taking a few simple steps before leaving the UK, migrants can qualify for a guaranteed income in retirement payable by the UK government.

The UK and Australia cancelled their Social Security agreement back in 2001. Many people see this as a bad thing, but I think it is… Continue

Added by Jackie Smith on December 28, 2009 at 7:27 — No Comments


santa, delivered my little boy his much wanted sea monkeys AKA triops, does anyone know if we can take them into Australia with us obviously we wouldn't open them up, they come in like a powder form then you add water then watch them grow.

Added by Kelly on December 25, 2009 at 12:42 — 6 Comments

Tickets Booked for Ashes, now where's that Visa

Well we've booked up to travel downunder for the Ashes next winter. We cannot stand the bad weather, stuck in front of the telly stuffy feeling we are having this year after being in Oz last year. Christmas Day on the Barrier Reef is something amazing & better than another Christmas Special with the in-laws snoring!!!

Our visa is progressing & fingers crossed we'll be in a position to go watch the Poms keep hold of the Urn and get the Visa stamped as well. We think it will… Continue

Added by James Whitehouse on December 24, 2009 at 17:22 — No Comments

Looking for Doctors, Dentists, Registered Nurses and other Medical Professionals for Jobs All Over Australia

If you are a medical professional and are interested in migrating to Australia, we can assist you to line up employment before you arrive, and in many cases, speed up the migration process so you can be sunning it up in Australia before you know it!

Did you know that there is a fast track program for Dentists wanting to migrate to Australia? Find out more about this here.

All kinds of positions… Continue

Added by Nadine Myers on December 21, 2009 at 20:58 — No Comments


I cannot believe the length of time it takes to register as a Midwife with a nursing board in Australia!!! I initially started the process in September of this year. Just today I received a letter with a large list of outstanding requirements that is necessary in order to progress with my application.

I do not understand that the information such as transcript/curriculum of the course which was originally sent to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council by my University (and was… Continue

Added by Catherine Bryans on December 9, 2009 at 16:56 — 3 Comments

Criminal convictions and visa applications

Just thought I'd give people the benefit of my experience with the VACCU. Visa Applicant Character Consideration Unit. Unfortunately I do not have a clean record when it comes to criminal convictions. When I was younger I had a job in the security industry and picked up a couple of convictions for being a little too "enthusiastic"! Now although this was over 20 years ago I had to disclose on my application, this meant that it was referred to the VACCU. This can take anything from several weeks… Continue

Added by Michael J Kelly on December 6, 2009 at 19:22 — No Comments

Australian visa application processing times update


Some good news on visa processing times. Thanks to John Adams for the update.

Positive news has been announced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) relating to the skilled visa processing changes announced in September. While previously all skilled visa applications not on the Critical Skills List (CSL) faced processing delays of up to 3 years, now non-CSL state sponsored applications are again being processed.… Continue

Added by John on December 3, 2009 at 21:39 — 1 Comment


Anyone taking a Gap Year out need to protect themselves against infections abroad, says Projects Abroad, the world’s leading commercial volunteer service organization. Gap year students staying in lodges and cabins have been failing to protect themselves.

“Cases of the flesh-eating bug Leishmaniasis have doubled over the past ten years,” says Projects Abroad Founder, Dr. Peter Slowe, “with gap year travellers being most at risk.“

“Comprehensive travel insurance is the… Continue

Added by John on December 3, 2009 at 17:37 — No Comments

Finding Job Sponsorship in Australia

I started in the Australian migration business as a simple resume writer - assisting my clients to prepare an effective resume for the Australian job market.

I have since expanded to cover assisting clients to find job sponsorship in Australia, after discovering the large gap in that area.

Job sponsorship in Australia seems to be more and more the chosen route for migrating to Australia, although it does have its challenges. Particularly when you are applying from…


Added by Nadine Myers on December 1, 2009 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

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