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kuberakubera phTotal Reaction Points: 6Member
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About to do our BM early next year and I'm having second thoughts.
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  • gibo43gibo43 Lipa CityTotal Reaction Points: 68Member
    Posts: 234
    @kubera is it something to do with the proposed banning of the skilled migrants from the big OZ cities?
    ANZSCO 233513 | Production or Plant Engineer | Age :25, Education: 15, Employment: 15, PTE: 20| Total points = 75

    10.01.2016 | Interest in OZ migration ignited!
    03.03.2018 | Started PTE review through CEVAS (10 sessions).
    05.15.2018 | PTE A Test : LRSW|79/86/83/86
    06.06.2018 | Lodged EA Assessment.
    08.28.2018 | Received positive results from EA (wew)! All experiences credited.
    08.28.2018 | Lodged EOI for visa 189.
    09.10.2018 | Invitation to Apply (ITA) received.
    09.27.2018 | Lodged visa.
    10.08.2018 | Medical for dependents (no action required).
    10.22.2018 | Medical for main applicant (no action required).
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  • maryowni09maryowni09 PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 6Member
    Posts: 30
    Check this out to clear your doubts... https://www.quora.com/Do-you-regret-moving-to-Australia
    ANZSCO 233111| Chemical Engineer| Age :30, Education: 15, Employment: 10, PTE: 20
    irenesky
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  • kuberakubera phTotal Reaction Points: 6Member
    Posts: 44
    @gibo43 partly yes
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  • kuberakubera phTotal Reaction Points: 6Member
    Posts: 44
    @maryowni09 Thanks
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  • kuberakubera phTotal Reaction Points: 6Member
    Posts: 44
    @maryowni09 I was hoping to find an opinion from a Fil standpoint
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  • wandererwanderer MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 38Member
    Posts: 246
    @kubera why you having second thoughts?
    June 13, 2015 - IELTS Exam
    June 26, 2015 - IELTS Result (L7 R7 W7.5 S6.5)
    Waited to finish on-going project for my 3rd career episode :-)
    Sept 15, 2016 - CDR preparation
    Oct 08, 2016 - Submitted CDR to EA
    Oct 24, 2016 - EA Positive Result (Professional Engineer - ANZSCO 233512 Mechanical Engineer)
    Nov 05, 2016 - EOI Visa 189 - 60 pts, 190 - 65 pts
    Feb 01, 2017 - PTE-A Exam
    Feb 02, 2017 - PTE-A Result (L76 R73 S80 W79)
    Feb 03, 2017 - EOI updated Visa 189 - 70 pts, 190 - 75 pts
    Feb 15, 2017 - ITA for Visa 189 received
    Apr 15, 2017 - Visa Lodged
    May 09, 2017 - CO allocated GSM Adelaide (no additional documents requested)
    May 31, 2017 - Direct Grant!
    Dec 17, 2017 - Initial Entry at SYD
    Dec 20, 2017 - Back to PH and to DXB
    Apr 15, 2018 - Moved to Melbourne ~ job hunting....
    May 14, 2018 - First day of work! :-)
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  • maryowni09maryowni09 PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 6Member
    Posts: 30
    You might want to check Robbie's channel on youtube, Abroadero Ako. He is a Filipino cook who is working in Australia. He is the only one with a nice vlog (for me). I always watch his videos to get a general feel of the life in OZ
    ANZSCO 233111| Chemical Engineer| Age :30, Education: 15, Employment: 10, PTE: 20
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  • chollecholle SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 61Member
    Posts: 401
    No regrets at all. Best decision we've made.
    Occupation: Other Spatial Scientist (ANZSCO Code 232214)
    30 Nov 2013 - IELTS Academic R8.5 W8 L8.5 S9 / Overall 8.5
    10 Feb 2014 - Skills Assessment (VETASSESS)
    23 May 2014 - VETASSESS Outcome: Positive
    27 May 2014 - EOI (70 points)
    9 Jun 2014 - Visa invitation received, application lodged (SI189)
    2 Jul 2014 - CO allocation
    6 Aug 2014 - Visa granted (IED 4 Jul 2015)
    11 Oct 2014 - Moved to Sydney
    20 Oct 2014 - Job offer
    29 Oct 2014 - Start of work
    17-26 Dec 2014 - Dog at Sydney quarantine
    24 Dec 2014 - Partner's initial entry (Maligayang Pasko!)
    16 May 2017 - Purchase first property
    17 Oct 2018 - Citizenship application lodged (Council: Sydney)
    just.anotherguy
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  • jmban33jmban33 TeneriffeTotal Reaction Points: 25Member
    Posts: 255
    NONE!!
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  • CasseyCassey Melbourne, AustraliaTotal Reaction Points: 300Member, Moderator
    Posts: 2,503
    @kubera No regrets at all. If you are planning to do your BM, do it as soon as you can. At the moment, it’s still a proposal.
    June 16, 2013 Arrival in Melbourne (AGED CARE)
    Nov 12, 2014 Changed Visa Subclass (572->573) and Course
    Nov 13, 2014 573 Visa Approved
    Mar 2015 Nursing Conversion Course (Deakin Uni) started
    April 13, 2016 Lodged EOI thru Skill Select
    April 27, 2016 Received invitation to apply for Visa 189 (Nurse)
    May 2, 2016 Lodged application for 189 Visa (Onshore)
    May 11, 2016 CO contacted for Form 80/Medicals of daughter
    June 17, 2016 189 VISA GRANTED Thank you my amazing God :)

    "Happy is the person who learns to wait as he prays and never loses his patience, for God's time is the best time."
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  • divergentdivergent batangasTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 16
    @kubera hi. nabanggit ko na sa isang thread. pag nagdadalawang isip ko kung itutuloy ko ba, inaaalala ko na lang yung quote na eto. 'you cant get anywhere in life without taking risks; and the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks at all.' i hope this could help.
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  • kuberakubera phTotal Reaction Points: 6Member
    Posts: 44
    Thanks for the answers everyone!
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  • kuberakubera phTotal Reaction Points: 6Member
    Posts: 44
    Btw, are you guys in what state and how long have you been staying there?
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  • dy3pdy3p Hervey Bay, QueenslandTotal Reaction Points: 128Member
    Posts: 519
    @kubera No regrets, best decision I've ever made in my entire existence. May I know what you're biggest concern is apart from migrants moving to regionals? If that's a big chunk of it, then I personally think you shouldn't be bothered.

    08/11/15 - IELTS
    16/12/15 - AHPRA registration application
    14/01/16 - AHPRA refusal and referral to BP
    09-11/16 - Bridging program completion
    28/11/16 - AHPRA registration re-application
    03/12/16 - AHPRA registered
    04/12/16 - Job offered and accepted (457 Sponsorship)
    01/04/17 - Medicals for both 457 and future PR application
    07/04/17 - ANMAC assessment application
    15/04/17 - Filed for resignation from current employer
    21/04/17 - Nomination submitted by AU employer
    23/05/17 - Nomination granted
    31/05/17 - 457 application lodged
    16/06/17 - 457 Granted
    26/07/17 - Flight to Perth
    27/07/17 - EOI Submitted
    14/08/17 - First day of Work
    06/09/17 - ITA
    10/09/17 - PR SI 189 Application Lodged
    17/10/17 - CO Contact
    25/10/17 - Further Information Provided
    16/02/18 - Visa Grant Received




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  • agentKamsagentKams AustraliaTotal Reaction Points: 91Member
    Posts: 599
    no regrets at all. living in regional QLD eversince we moved.
    Timeline: Student Visa Subclass 573 (Masters)
    06 July 2015: Visa Grant
    22 July 2015: First day of classess
    Feb 2016: Change program to dual
    Nov 2017 : Finished MBAC program
    April 2018: Uni Graduation

    Timeline: Permanent Visa (189/190) Accountant 221111
    26 Aug 15: PTE-A Result- OK! ( L84 W80 R77 S69)
    28 Aug 15: Email sent to CPAA for Assessment
    14 Sept 15: Positive Assessment received from CPAA
    14 Sept 15: Lodged EOI (60 pts 189/65 pts 190) - lapsed
    17 Nov 2017: Lodged EOI (75 pts 189 / 80 pts 190)
    08 March 2018: PTE-A Retake - Superior (L87 W90 R90 S90)
    16 March 2018: Updated EOI (85 pts 189/90pts 190)
    12 April 2018: NSW pre-invite [lapsed, EOI withddrawn]
    18 April 2018: ITA received - Visa 189
    04 May 2018 : Lodged Visa Application - Visa 189
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  • mhejmhej SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 48Member
    Posts: 192
    on the contrary, with what's been happening to the Philippines everyday since we left, I can't be more thankful that we left before sh*t hit the fan. hehe
    ICT Business Analyst - 261111
    Visa Subclass 189


    24 June 2013 - Skills Assessment submitted to ACS
    15 Aug 2013 - IELTs General Speaking Test
    17 Aug 2013 - IELTs General Test (Listening, Reading, Writing)
    30 Aug 2013 - IELTs Results (L - 9.0, R - 8.0, W - 8.0, S - 8.0, Overall - 8.5)
    24 Sept 2013 - Favorable letter received from ACS (ICT Business Analyst)
    26 Sept 2013 - Submitted EOI (70 points)
    7 Oct 2013 - Received Invitation to Apply (Visa Subclass 189)
    11 Oct 2013 - Submitted Visa Application
    21 Oct 2013 - Medical Exam (I completed mine, partner had to wait for a few days to complete hers)
    - applied for NBI Clearance
    24 Oct 2013 - Primary Applicant (me) Medicals uploaded by NHSI.
    4 Nov 2013 - Partner completed Medical Exam
    5 Nov 2013 - Claim NBI Clearance
    - Secondary Applicant (partner) Medicals uploaded by NHSI.
    6 Nov 2013 - 20 Nov 2013 waiting for CO.
    21 Nov 2013 - CO Allocated
    26 Nov 2013 - Visa Grant (yehey!!)
    21 March 2014 - Flight to Sydney (Qantas 7PM HKT)
    6 May 2014 - Received 12 month contract from company (same company I worked for in Manila)
    12 May 2014 - Started work
    15 Dec 2014 - Hired permanently by current company (IT Service Manager).

    ==Slowly, but surely..Things will fall into place..==
    Pixiepie
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  • poiuy098poiuy098 BataanTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 1
    @gibo43
    gibo43 said:

    @kubera is it something to do with the proposed banning of the skilled migrants from the big OZ cities?

    Sir, tanong ko lang po kung tama ba na di maapektuhan ng banning sa big cities yung mga may pr visa na?
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  • onin111onin111 CebuTotal Reaction Points: 73Member
    Posts: 211
    As for the "plan" of banning or encouraging migrants to regional areas, I think this will not affect to those granted already, this is for those who will be granted by the time it is implemented, and probably not for visa 189.

    And one issue they have to tackle for this move is the Freedom of movement rights sa AU.. this might not be easy for them legally, but they can of course entice migrants.
    ******** DG ********
    @onin111 | 189 | 12 Jan 2018 | 26 Jun 2018 | Melbourne| 25 July 2018

    -Current Status-
    DG, Planning for BM

    Application History:
    IELTS Test:
    2017/03/18 - IELTS Exam
    2017/03/31 - IELTS Results: L-7.5, R-7, W-6.5, S-8
    2017/04/11 - IELTS Enquiry on Results
    2017/06/01 - Negative IELTS Enquiry on Results

    EA Assessment:
    2017/08/08 - EA Assessment [Fast Track]
    2017/08/25 - EA Assessment Outcome: Awarded IE 233511 Prof. Eng. Skill Level 1 and Relevant Skilled Emp for 14 yrs.

    EOI 1:
    2017/08/29 - EOI 233511 - Industrial Engineer] 489 (Family Sponsored)-65, 189-55, 190-60

    PTE-A Tests:
    2017/10/24 - Applied for PTE-A Test on Nov 23
    2017/11/19 - PTE-A Mock Test A: L82/R-77/S90/W86 / G67/OF83/P90/S90/V90/WD90
    2017/11/22 - PTE-A Mock Test B: L81/R84/S90/W85 / G82/OF85/P90/S90/V90/WD90
    2017/11/23 - PTE-A Exam day
    2017/11/24 - PTE-A Results: L87/R88/S90/W84 = Superior / G90/OF90/P90/S66/V90/WD90

    EOI2:
    2017/11/24 - Filed new EOI for Visa 189 - 75 points

    ITA:
    2017/12/20 - ITA Received

    2017/12/26 - Created Immi account, Health Dec for HAP ID
    2018/01/02 - Medical Check with dependents
    2018/01/10 - Medical reports submitted by Nationwide except daughter
    2018/01/10 - Applied and paid for Visa lodging
    2018/01/12 - Uploaded all evidences, except Health
    2018/01/25 - All Health Clearance Finalised including daughter

    Grant:
    2018/06/26 - Grant by team Adelaide
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  • fruitysfruitys BrisbaneTotal Reaction Points: 37Member
    Posts: 57
    Short answer: no regrets

    Long answer: some little things you will notice in AU once you're inside that's different from PH and helped solidify the choice:

    An AU PR visa is also technically an NZ PR visa and you can work/live in NZ as much as you want.

    Universal healthcare (Medicare) and welfare (Centrelink). Marami sa US and other countries magpapakamatay para makakuha ng ganito, and a tiny levy on your payslip pays for it. That little green/yellow card on your wallet for those with a PR is an absolutely huge benefit that the AU government gives you. There's a reciprocal program where you can travel to places like the UK with your Medicare card and get basic coverage from the NHS.

    Medicare's PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme) = free or hugely subsidised ng govt ang maintenance/prescription meds mo. Yes that includes extremely expensive heart and cancer medicines.

    Schooling is mandatory. University and vocational (TAFE) is handled through student loans (HELP/HECS). La masyado gastos ang magulang sa education ng anak nila. Your kids get free dental from Medicare.

    Public transport is decent. It's not SG/Japan/Korea levels, but Sydney's double-decker trains and Melbourne's trams are still a big jump compared to LRT.

    Cashless society. Tap and swipe your debit card everywhere. There's Android/Samsung/Apple Pay if you don't want to carry the plastic. Lang holdap kung walang cash. Also AU invented the plastic/polymer money that's now used by Canada and other countries.

    Banking is fully digital. Only went to a branch ONCE to validate my first bank account. Once.

    Citibank has like one branch in Brisbane, two in Sydney and that's plenty.

    Opening additional bank accounts to your main one takes 5 seconds and a few clicks online.

    Some banks like ING don't have branches at all and offer perks like refunding fees from any ATM you use, domestic and international.

    You can transfer your phone number between providers (Telstra/Optus/Vodafone). Most plans are unlimited call/text/MMS and some have unlimited international minutes/SMS.

    You can transfer licence plates between cars.

    You can ask your company where you want your salary gets deposited. Mine has a website where we can edit our bank details anytime.

    Interbank transfers are free, and there's a new system being implemented by banks (Osko/Fast Payments) where you can transfer money even over $10,000 and it arrives within 1 minute and works 24/7.

    Lots of govt services are fully online.

    Accountant fees are tax deductible, so they're technically free when you do your taxes.

    You can tax deduct a lot of things if they're used for work (home internet, mobile phone, laundry costs, car maintenance)

    You can actually breathe the clean air and walk along sidewalks unlike EDSA.

    Specials on food. Yes nagsasale ang food dito. And when they do sales they mean it.

    Meat and milk are dirt cheap compared to income it's laughable. The standard $6-7 beef mince (giniling) is lean na sa PH. Di maputi.

    Idiot proof mag luto dito. Frozen veggies, canned tomatoes, recipe bases, lahat may pre-cut and pre-mixed. If you can brown meat you're already 90% there.

    Very very strong labour laws, with Australia having the highest minimum wage in the world. You'll generally get paid better than someone in the US.

    Yes, everything is expensive if you compare it to PH, but you still get paid really well compared to the expenses.

    Someone with a 70k job will rake in around 1k a week net. You can fly business class to Asia with a few weeks of saving.
    SI 189 - Software Engineer - 261313 (80 pts)
    -- offshore --
    11-Oct-2017 - ACS (ICT major, 8+ years)
    18-Oct-2017 - PTE (90/90/90/90)
    19-Oct-2017 - EOI
    09-Nov-2017 - Invited
    06-Feb-2018 - Grant
    13-Feb-2018 - PDOS
    14-Mar-2018 - Opened AU bank acct
    02-Jun-2018 - Initial entry
    -- onshore --
    04-Jun-2018 - Applied TFN, Medicare, myGov
    25-Jun-2018 - Applied driver licence
    01-Jul-2018 - Tax time
    25-Jul-2018 - Job offer
    26-Jul-2018 - Opened super
    30-Jul-2018 - Start job # 1
    irenesky kubera PitMb dy3p Grifter
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  • CasseyCassey Melbourne, AustraliaTotal Reaction Points: 300Member, Moderator
    Posts: 2,503
    @kubera Another great thing about living here in Au is you are entitled to your rights. Yung mga bagay na pinagwawalang bahala natin sa Pilipinas, dito you can voice out and exercise your rights.
    June 16, 2013 Arrival in Melbourne (AGED CARE)
    Nov 12, 2014 Changed Visa Subclass (572->573) and Course
    Nov 13, 2014 573 Visa Approved
    Mar 2015 Nursing Conversion Course (Deakin Uni) started
    April 13, 2016 Lodged EOI thru Skill Select
    April 27, 2016 Received invitation to apply for Visa 189 (Nurse)
    May 2, 2016 Lodged application for 189 Visa (Onshore)
    May 11, 2016 CO contacted for Form 80/Medicals of daughter
    June 17, 2016 189 VISA GRANTED Thank you my amazing God :)

    "Happy is the person who learns to wait as he prays and never loses his patience, for God's time is the best time."
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