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489 visa holder - Are we exempted from paying travel tax?

lccnsrsnnlccnsrsnn PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 25Member
Will be moving to Adelaide this coming June. Do we still need to pay the international travel tax at the airport? If not, what is the process of getting an exemption?
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  • chococrinklechococrinkle AdelaideTotal Reaction Points: 162Member
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    @lccnsrsnn Hi! i think kahit PR status upon initial entry to Oz are still entitled to pay travel tax. Only those who are PR returning residents with less than 1 yr stay in PH are exempted. Eto yung nkita kong reference. :-)
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    08.2017 -- learned high points via SA 489
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    11.30.17 -- EOI lodge SA 489 80 pts
    12.22.17 -- received SA invitation
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    04.10.18 -- Visa Grant (DG) Praise God!!!

    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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  • lccnsrsnnlccnsrsnn PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 25Member
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    @chococrinkle Okay thank you! :)
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  • ricrnricrn Ferntree GullyTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
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    hi guys
    I am a nurse with 55 points (age 30, bachelors 15, comp english 10). I'm thinking of taking the PTE again and do the nomination by a state in regional or low population. How did you start to apply for this? we are under Points-Invited pathway right? Thanks
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  • lccnsrsnnlccnsrsnn PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 25Member
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    You can try South Australia open ang state nomination for nurses. You can check here:

    Including state nomination you'll have 65 points but try to aim 20 in PTE para maging 75. Follow these steps:
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