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Migration Agency or Apply on your own

toAustraliaandbeyondtoAustraliaandbeyond PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
Hi!

I'm an accountant planning to migrate to land down under. Pero nalilito ako kung mag migration agency ba kami ni hubby or ako nalang magprocess sarili ko. Dati nakapagprocess n nmn ako ng visa to Australia pero hindi pang skilled migration kundi business trip and okay naman. Twice na ako nakapunta and twice n din na ako nagasikaso nun. Pero for sure mas complicated and skilled migration. What you think ang mas better? Appreciate your feedback guys and gals. Also if may mga tip kau you may share it with us. Salamat
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  • immicoconsultancyimmicoconsultancy SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
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    Hi! I am a Registered migration agent but I came to Australia and processed my papers on my own until I got my Citizenship. To be honest, both have pros and cons. If you decide to do it yourself, it will be cheaper but it will cost more stress for you without being sure if what you're doing is heading to the right path. On the other hand, using a migration agent will cost a bit of money, but they can guide you throughout your application, we studied a postgrad degree in immigration law and we were trained to look at the same legislations that the immigration officers are using to decide on every application. Good luck on your application!
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  • RheaMARN1171933RheaMARN1171933 Total Reaction Points: 172Member, Administrator
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    I've posted about this before. I'm actually a product of both. When I went as a student visa, I did it myself but when I had to apply for PR, I attempted to do it myself and gave up on it due to the complexity of things. Initially I was apprehensive of using an agent due to the typical stereotype that they are a rip off. My view about them changed when I found a very reasonable agent - only charged $1,000. This was over 10 years ago...fast forward, I found myself in this profession and from the time I started my studies in immigration law, I promised myself I won't be one of those pricey ones especially for Filipinos as I know how it's like. I just had an expo over the weekend here in London as I'm based over here. most of my clients are Brits but of course, I do get Filipinos enquiring about Australia.

    Anyway, engaging one is like hiring a tax agent. You can do it without. It's a personal choice but often times I've had clients who would come to me because they've messed things up and they ended up with more expenses and time wasted. If you are to do it yourself, be prepared to really do a thorough research. Especially these days when policies are much more fickle than before. However, if you are to engage someone make sure to check that they are registered. Ask for the MARN. The first 2 digits of their registration is an indication of when they first got registered. For example, mine starts with 11 which means 2011. So the older the year, the more experienced the agent is. Check out this link I posted about tips on choosing an agent http://pinoyau.info/discussion/10256/helpful-tips-on-choosing-an-agent#latest
    Good luck!
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  • HeyThereMaddieHeyThereMaddie PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
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    Hi! Can I get a migration agent kahit I did everything on my own from start until ITA? I have medical issues lang kasi, and I need an agent to guide me lang with these.

    Can anyone suggest an agent na specialized sa ganitong cases? Thanks so much!
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  • bonvivebonvive ManilaTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
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    Well a migration agency can make things easier but if you are concerned about the prices, then you can also do things on your own.
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  • chococrinklechococrinkle Iloilo CityTotal Reaction Points: 128Member
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    @HeyThereMaddie. Hi! Im not sure if there are agents here that specialize in medical issues, but Ive read from other forums na meron Australia based migration agency. You may want to google and check. They have fees which covers checking of your medical exams and assessing if you have a chance or not. If your condition will not cost a lot and expected costs will be within the threshold, I think no need to worry. You have to consider however, if you already have ITA, that its hard to get one these days so you already need to lodge before it expires.
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    PTE Writing Tips

    For writing essay I used E2 language format and applying what I learned from Ielts. Sa intro, sa 1st sentence ni restate ko lang yung question using my own words. Then sa 2nd sentence if one sided lang yung question, I give summary of the reasons ( 2 reasons only). Example, if ang essay is about importance of computers (one sided), eto 2nd sentence ko. Computers are valuable resources as they (1st reason) aid in learning and are (2nd reason) used to communicate with others. Then sa 3rd sentence sasabihin ko para pampahaba-- In this essay, I shall discuss my point of view by giving points and examples about the topic.

    Then sa 2nd paragraph, elaborate ko na ang 1St reason. Mga 2 sentences na magsupport sa 1st reason, like if yung 1st reason ko is aid in learning, expand ko ang topic by answering how computers aid in learning,etc. Usually yung reason mo convert mo by asking how, what, when, or who. Tapos sa 3rd sentence, I state examples. Pwede ka din mag add pa ng 4th sentence parang isummarize mo lang ang 2nd paragraph.

    Sa 3rd paragraph discuss naman ang 3rd reason same sa ginawa sa 2nd par.

    4Th paragraph 1st sentence conclusion, then 2nd sentence recommendation.

    If 2 sided naman yung intro pwede mo gamitin yung nasa template like kina Heprex na samples. Then yung 2nd par yung kabilang side, then yung 3rd paragraph yung other side. Tapos same last paragraph.

    If medyo nahihirapan ka sa mga ideas, research ka dito sa forum ng mga recent topics. Tapos based dun sa topic reasearch ka anong pwedeng maging points and reasons para may idea ka na ano ilalagay mo sa essay.

    Ang key talaga sa writing is dapat marami ka ideas. If nahihirapan ka mag construct ng idea try to research as much as possible. Google mo yung mga common or recent topics on pte writing tapos may mga sample questions dun,, then research mo ano possible answers para sa actual exam may idea kana ano isasagot. Tapos dpat familiarize mo mga connectors (like moreover, therefore, for instance, etc) kasi mas mataas ang grade kapag medyo complex ang sentence na ginagamit mo kesa simple sentences lang.

    For summarize written text strategy ko is to first get ano main topic. Then analyze what important points were given, may nangyari ba? If meron ano ang nangyari, kelan nangyari? ano at para kanino ang purpose? Usually kasi sa mga paragraphs naka detail lang pero yung point lang naman dun is parang dinedescribe lang yung main topic. If you can answer who/what, when, how and why about the topic pwede mo na pagdugtungin yung ideas mo thru connectors and form a sentence. If you will have multiple paragraphs, summarize mo muna per paragraph then summarize mo ulit lahat in one sentence

    Another tip also in writing as much as possible do not repeat the same words. If you dont have much stored knowledge about synonyms okay lang. Practice and Research is the key. Kaya malaki ang help sa akin yung pag research sa mga common or recent topics kasi while practicing pwede akong mghanap ng synonyms then mas madali ko syang ma recall sa actual exam kasi nagawa ko na sya before. Tapos if meron kayong word na ma encounter na parang hirap kayo mag elaborate, google nyo din anong synonym or phrases na pwedeng same meaning ng word. Share ko yung nilista kong mga synonyms na possible na magagamit sa mga essay kasi minsan these are the topics commonly asked.

    Essay synonyms

    Discuss- cite, mention, illustrate, narrate, elucidate, talk about

    Finally.. Concluded, In Summary

    Democracy- representative govt; elective govt; republic; commonwealth

    Vote- suffrage, ballot, poll, elect officials, select leaders, appoint, designate

    Leaders- officials, officer, commander, chief, head, principal of nations, pioneer, front runner

    Nature- mother earth, environment, wildlife, universe, cosmos, countryside, natural resources, natural world

    Environment- habitat, territory, domain, surroundings

    Teachers- educator, tutor, coach,guide, mentor, guru, professor, trainer, lecturer

    Computer- PC, laptop, netbook,desktop, terminal, mainframe

    Robot- automated individual, android, automaton, golem, bot, droid,

    Invention- creation, innovation, development, design

    Creative ability- inventive mind, originality, imagination, inspiration

    Airplane- plane, airliner, jet, plane

    Drugs- medicine, medication, remedy, cure, antidote

    Issue- matter, affairs, problem, difficulty, obstacle, predicament

    Information- details, particulars, facts, data, computing /computer

    Revolution- insurgence, transformation, innovation, revolt, uprising, restructuring

    Packaging- case, wrap

    Region, province, rural area, district, territory, district, area

    Boon- blessing, benefit, advantage

    Tourist- traveler, vacationer, visitor

    Tourism- visits to places of interest; commercial organization and operation of vacations; traveling to places; services provided to people for holidays

    Technology- invention, engineering, applied science, method, technical knowledge, undustrial science, mechanization

    Xenophobic- anti nationalist
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