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  • BryannBryann SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 11Member
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    Nag open po ako account sa commonwealthbank. Got my keycard already. Kapag 2kaud and above wala ka monthly account keeping fee kapag below that, meron $4-6 monthly account keeping fee. Madali lang magbukas, passport lang ginamit ko.

    Nagregister dinako sa Medicare, pinakitako lang din travel doxuments ko. Centrelink hindi kopa nagawa.

    Yun TFn ko naman from 12 years ago active pa din, so nag-update lang ako address and contact number.

    Yun driver's license ko naman sa Pinas okay pa within 3 months, nakakapagdrive na din ako dito kakapanibago yun orientation sa daan. Hehehe.
    Occupation: ICT Software Engineer (ANZSCO 261313)
    Dec 13 2011 - ACS: Suitable (AQF Diploma)
    Feb 03 2012 - IELTS #1 Failed (W-6.5)
    Mar 02 2012 - IELTS #2 Passed
    Apr 21 2012 - 175 Visa Lodged Online
    May 29 2012 - CO Assigned
    Jun 25 2012 - Visa Grant (IED: Dec 14 2012)
    Aug 19 2012 - Arrived in Sydney
    Sept 10 2012 - Start @ 1st Job (Web Developer)
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  • icebreaker1928icebreaker1928 SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 40Member
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    @Bryann sir, nasa sydney na kayo? ok a... baka may alam kang pede marentahan, wala pako place to stay e huhuhuhu....
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  • mikaela01mikaela01 SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 265
    @faa317 PR visa po kami. one week pa lang po kami d2 sa WA. ibang iba buhay d2, lahat may sistema. bibili ka lang ng prepaid sim card kailangan i-register muna, bago ma-activate. siyempre mahal ang bilihin d2 kse you can't help converting everything. di ko pa masabi mahirap ang buhay kse 1 week pa lang po kami, parang it's too early to tell.. hehehe.. goodluck!
    29 May 2012 - lodged 176 online application
    (Civil Engineer 233211;WA State Sponsored)
    2 June 2012 - CO allocation
    6 June 2012 - PCC uploaded
    8 June 2012 - Medicals
    21 June 2012 - further medical results received
    25 June 2012 - Health requirements finalised
    27 June 2012 - Visa Granted!! To God be the glory!
    19 Aug 2012 - Landed in AU
    Believe in the power of prayers!
    **When challenges are so big that we feel our strength is not enough to carry them , keep on going. The extra mile is where the GRACE OF GOD begins.**
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  • donkingdonking MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
    Posts: 258
    @mikaela01 Hi miks... wow andyan ka na pla. parang kelan lang.... Ingat kyo dyan. Kumusta ang climate? :-)
    April 24, 2011 - Submitted CDR to EA
    May 6, 2011 - IELTS BC OBS 7.0
    August 25, 2011 - Received positive assessment from EA
    February 22, 2012 - Resat IELTS IDP OBS 7.5
    April 13, 2012 - Applied SS SA
    May 1, 2012 - Received positive response from SA
    May 10, 2012 - Pre-lodgement to DIAC
    May 31, 2012 - Lodgement to DIAC
    May 31, 2012 - South Australia sent form 1100 to DIAC
    June 4, 2012 - application being processed further...
    June 4, 2012 - C.O. allocated
    June 4, 2012 - request for PCC and medicals
    June 6, 2012 - Medicals done
    June 7, 2012 - NBI
    June 8, 2012 - further medical results received
    June 27, 2012 - All medicals finalised
    July 2, 2012 - Visa Grant
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  • mikaela01mikaela01 SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 265
    @donking super lamig! first night ko d2 nag chill talaga ako. tatlong patong ang damit ko, swerte nga daw namin kse papatapos na winter, malapit na ang spring..
    29 May 2012 - lodged 176 online application
    (Civil Engineer 233211;WA State Sponsored)
    2 June 2012 - CO allocation
    6 June 2012 - PCC uploaded
    8 June 2012 - Medicals
    21 June 2012 - further medical results received
    25 June 2012 - Health requirements finalised
    27 June 2012 - Visa Granted!! To God be the glory!
    19 Aug 2012 - Landed in AU
    Believe in the power of prayers!
    **When challenges are so big that we feel our strength is not enough to carry them , keep on going. The extra mile is where the GRACE OF GOD begins.**
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  • MetaformMetaform MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 10Member
    Posts: 505
    @Bryann Re: driver's license, pwede na ba kaagad mag-drive dyan with an overseas license?
    CO and Visa Grant: 9 Oct 2012
    The beginning of the rest of our lives: January 4, 2013
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  • donkingdonking MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
    Posts: 258
    @mikaela01 ok. gud luck sa job hunting. just get your "foot on the door". May message nga pala ko separate. thanks.
    April 24, 2011 - Submitted CDR to EA
    May 6, 2011 - IELTS BC OBS 7.0
    August 25, 2011 - Received positive assessment from EA
    February 22, 2012 - Resat IELTS IDP OBS 7.5
    April 13, 2012 - Applied SS SA
    May 1, 2012 - Received positive response from SA
    May 10, 2012 - Pre-lodgement to DIAC
    May 31, 2012 - Lodgement to DIAC
    May 31, 2012 - South Australia sent form 1100 to DIAC
    June 4, 2012 - application being processed further...
    June 4, 2012 - C.O. allocated
    June 4, 2012 - request for PCC and medicals
    June 6, 2012 - Medicals done
    June 7, 2012 - NBI
    June 8, 2012 - further medical results received
    June 27, 2012 - All medicals finalised
    July 2, 2012 - Visa Grant
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  • mikaela01mikaela01 SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 265
    @Metaform makikisagot po ako ha, pwede po gamitin kaagad ang overseas license dito pero sobrang nakakapanibago talaga. Everything is on the other side.
    29 May 2012 - lodged 176 online application
    (Civil Engineer 233211;WA State Sponsored)
    2 June 2012 - CO allocation
    6 June 2012 - PCC uploaded
    8 June 2012 - Medicals
    21 June 2012 - further medical results received
    25 June 2012 - Health requirements finalised
    27 June 2012 - Visa Granted!! To God be the glory!
    19 Aug 2012 - Landed in AU
    Believe in the power of prayers!
    **When challenges are so big that we feel our strength is not enough to carry them , keep on going. The extra mile is where the GRACE OF GOD begins.**
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  • mikaela01mikaela01 SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 265
    @donking salamat! Sana nga po.
    29 May 2012 - lodged 176 online application
    (Civil Engineer 233211;WA State Sponsored)
    2 June 2012 - CO allocation
    6 June 2012 - PCC uploaded
    8 June 2012 - Medicals
    21 June 2012 - further medical results received
    25 June 2012 - Health requirements finalised
    27 June 2012 - Visa Granted!! To God be the glory!
    19 Aug 2012 - Landed in AU
    Believe in the power of prayers!
    **When challenges are so big that we feel our strength is not enough to carry them , keep on going. The extra mile is where the GRACE OF GOD begins.**
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  • MetaformMetaform MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 10Member
    edited August 2012 Posts: 505
    @mikaela01 Ang galing naman. Dito kasi sa disyerto kahit pareho ang road orientation kailangan pa ring mag-undergo ng driving lesson bago ma-issuehan ng license. Bawas driving classes lang sa mga Pinas driver's license holders.

    Hanggang kailan pwedeng gamitin yung overseas driver's license? Hanggang sa ma-expire? Kailan dapat kumuha ng Aussie license? #offtopic
    CO and Visa Grant: 9 Oct 2012
    The beginning of the rest of our lives: January 4, 2013
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  • TinaRTinaR BraddonTotal Reaction Points: 3De-activated
    Posts: 69
    Before doing the list below I highly suggest:

    1. Have a break first by going to the nearest park.
    2. Buy your own Cadburry, Lindt or whatever choc or coffee you like. Enjoy it and pat yourself on the back while saying "well done!"
    3. Call your parents or nearest relatives how surreal the experience is.
    4. Call your friends in Oz as they might invite you to experience your first bbq experience.
    5. Go to the church and thank Him likewise ask Him to help you adjust.


    Below posts are a must do...
    Things to do First

    Below is a list of 7 important things that you should do as soon as possible after arriving in Australia.

    1. Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN)

    Do this first. To receive an income in Australia, you need a Tax File Number (TFN).

    2. Register with Medicare

    The Australian Government provides help with basic medical expenses through a scheme called Medicare.

    3. Open a bank account

    In Australia, most income including salary or wages and government benefits are paid directly into a bank account.

    4. Register with Centrelink

    Centrelink is a government agency which delivers a range of services to the community.

    Check first your eligibility link: http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/forms/claim_index.htm

    5. Register for English Classes

    Communicating in English is very important and the key to your successful settlement.

    Eligibility:

    You may be able to learn English with the AMEP if you hold a permanent visa, have little or no English, and:

    are an adult (18 years or older)
    are under 18 years of age and are not attending school. These clients may be eligible within their first 12 months of arrival to Australia)
    Access to the AMEP is extended to some temporary visa holders as specified in the legislative instrument for 'English Courses for Holders of Certain Temporary Visas'.

    You can study English with the AMEP for up to 510 hours or until you reach functional English, whichever comes first.

    You should register for classes within six months of the date your visa commences and start classes within one year. You will have five years to complete classes. These timeframes may be extended in particular circumstances.


    6. Enrol Your Children in School

    Under Australian law, children must attend school until they are 15 years old.

    7. Apply for a Driver's Licence

    Information on gaining a driver's licence.


    heres the link:

    http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/settle-in-australia/to-do-first/
    "One should be pragmatic when it comes to realities in life."
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  • mikaela01mikaela01 SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 265
    @Metaform 3 months lang po pwede gamitin ang PH license after nun kailangan mo ng mag apply ng local license. You have to pass the theory test and practical test para magkaron ng license dito sa WA.
    29 May 2012 - lodged 176 online application
    (Civil Engineer 233211;WA State Sponsored)
    2 June 2012 - CO allocation
    6 June 2012 - PCC uploaded
    8 June 2012 - Medicals
    21 June 2012 - further medical results received
    25 June 2012 - Health requirements finalised
    27 June 2012 - Visa Granted!! To God be the glory!
    19 Aug 2012 - Landed in AU
    Believe in the power of prayers!
    **When challenges are so big that we feel our strength is not enough to carry them , keep on going. The extra mile is where the GRACE OF GOD begins.**
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  • JClemJClem MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 6Member
    edited August 2012 Posts: 528
    @TinaR, thank you for these tips! :)
    Before doing the list below I highly suggest:

    1. Have a break first by going to the nearest park.
    2. Buy your own Cadburry, Lindt or whatever choc or coffee you like. Enjoy it and pat yourself on the back while saying "well done!"
    3. Call your parents or nearest relatives how surreal the experience is.
    4. Call your friends in Oz as they might invite you to experience your first bbq experience.
    5. Go to the church and thank Him likewise ask Him to help you adjust
    Nominated Occupation: Software Engineer (261313) - Husband is the primary applicant.

    10.21.2012 - Arrived in Melbourne. This is the day that the Lord has made. :)
    03.26.2012 - Visa granted. God is good, all the time! All the time, God is good! :)
    03.23.2012 - PCC submitted and medicals finalized
    03.02.2012 - Application being processed further / CO assigned
    06.26.2011 - Lodged Visa 175 application
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  • brentbrent PerthTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 53
    @mikaela01 : congrats, naka-land na pala kayo sa WA. =) Recently lang ngtanong ako sayo kung pano magiging accommodations, tapos ngayon yung sa driving na nikikwento mo. Malamang next nyan is 1st day sa job. hehe... Ask ko lang kung kelangan ba talaga ng sasakyan kapag nandyan na? And totoo bang dumami mga tawag in terms of job hiring once nalaman ng mga recruiters na nandyan na sa Aus?
    12/10/2011 - IELTS L=8.5, R=8.0, W=7.5, S=7.0
    01/15/2012 - EA skills assessment application
    02/23/2012 - EA positive Assessment
    03/20/2012 - WA SS approved
    03/25/2012 - Lodged visa 176 application
    05/10/2012 - COC application, uploaded NBI
    05/18/2012 - Medicals via e-health
    05/24/2012 - VISA GRANTED!!!
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  • paris_hiponparis_hipon SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 5Member
    edited August 2012 Posts: 203
    31 days to go and im arriving in sydney! excited and a bit nervous!! but looking forward to! :D

    o m gee ask ko pala what things should I bring. Should I bring evrything like plates, pans, pillows or is it better to buy stuff there? Is it cheap? I checked on google theres ikea in australia. dont know tho if they have in sydney. comments and tips would be greatly appreciated tia!
    21.jan.12 - Vetasses Positive
    16.may.12 - 4th Ielts - IDP - L8.5 R7.5 W7.0 S7.5 = 7.5 - Pass
    15.june.12 - State sponsorship Approved
    19.june.12 - 176 Visa applied at DIAC
    20.july.2012 - Singapore & Phi. Police checks finalised
    17.aug.2012 - VISA GRANT
    29.sept.2012 - Landed Sydney Alone! @_@ #$%&*#$^$
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  • TinaRTinaR BraddonTotal Reaction Points: 3De-activated
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    Sa driving right side dito and yung international license yes 3 months lang and you need to take an exam then kung sanay ka sa right side driving yung mga traffic rules ipraktis otherwise yung sanay sa left dagdag praktis syempre. Driving lesson cheapest 35AUD per hour. Ang kotse mura at pautangan yan e kung papasa sa requirements. May cheap na kotse para sa mga gusto na magdrive ng sarili pero maliit ang spare. I suggest kung Pinas kayo galing bago dumating dito hingi kayo ng certificate sa LTO para mas mura car insurance. Yan ang proof nyo na wala kayong traffic record and since when kayo nagstart magdrive. Para may idea kayo magkano ang mga kotse both brand new and second hand go to
    www.carsales.com.au.... wag mag alala pautangan dito basta mameet mo requirements...

    Yes, may ikea sa Sydney 2 po. Punta kayo gumtree na website dahil uso dito either second hand from gumtree or garage sale eto para sa mga bagong dating na limited ang funds pero gusto solo. Sa gumtree din makakakuha kayo ng mga shared accommodations or kung ayaw nyo may backpackers na tinatawag everywhere pag solo kayo. Cheapest ng bunkbed 8 na tao siguro 20 dollars per night yung iba na room naman e may nag offer ng 100 per week furnished, cheapest na room na solo unfinished sigurado 250 kasama nun stove, dishwasher.

    Marami ng mga dating Pinoy ang nagbubukas ng bahay nila for short accommodation. Finally, nagagaya na rin natin ang mga taga ibang bansa.

    Hmmm sana may folder para sa prices per area yung katotohanan para mabasa ng parating para makaprepare. For example cost of living as per writing sa Sydney ng isang couple or single. I guess mas mabuti yun dahil yan naman ang cost of living something like that.... likewise folder kung saan pwede post mga FAQ.

    Ta.
    "One should be pragmatic when it comes to realities in life."
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  • icebreaker1928icebreaker1928 SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 40Member
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    @paris_hipon sis, una ka lang saken ng isang araw... antayin moko hahahhaa...
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  • paris_hiponparis_hipon SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 5Member
    Posts: 203
    cge sir sana ung mga dadating on sept-oct kitakits naman tayu sa sydney para at least me bagong frends agad. tas magchurch tayu pag sundays hehehe
    @paris_hipon sis, una ka lang saken ng isang araw... antayin moko hahahhaa...
    :D
    21.jan.12 - Vetasses Positive
    16.may.12 - 4th Ielts - IDP - L8.5 R7.5 W7.0 S7.5 = 7.5 - Pass
    15.june.12 - State sponsorship Approved
    19.june.12 - 176 Visa applied at DIAC
    20.july.2012 - Singapore & Phi. Police checks finalised
    17.aug.2012 - VISA GRANT
    29.sept.2012 - Landed Sydney Alone! @_@ #$%&*#$^$
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  • paris_hiponparis_hipon SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 5Member
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    Thank you po madam sa reply sana ma meet kita pagdating kojan sa sydney hehehe mgdadala ako ng ba kwah from singapore baka gusto nio hehehe :D
    Sa driving right side dito and yung international license yes 3 months lang and you need to take an exam then kung sanay ka sa right side driving yung mga traffic rules ipraktis otherwise yung sanay sa left dagdag praktis syempre. Driving lesson cheapest 35AUD per hour. Ang kotse mura at pautangan yan e kung papasa sa requirements. May cheap na kotse para sa mga gusto na magdrive ng sarili pero maliit ang spare. I suggest kung Pinas kayo galing bago dumating dito hingi kayo ng certificate sa LTO para mas mura car insurance. Yan ang proof nyo na wala kayong traffic record and since when kayo nagstart magdrive. Para may idea kayo magkano ang mga kotse both brand new and second hand go to
    www.carsales.com.au.... wag mag alala pautangan dito basta mameet mo requirements...

    Yes, may ikea sa Sydney 2 po. Punta kayo gumtree na website dahil uso dito either second hand from gumtree or garage sale eto para sa mga bagong dating na limited ang funds pero gusto solo. Sa gumtree din makakakuha kayo ng mga shared accommodations or kung ayaw nyo may backpackers na tinatawag everywhere pag solo kayo. Cheapest ng bunkbed 8 na tao siguro 20 dollars per night yung iba na room naman e may nag offer ng 100 per week furnished, cheapest na room na solo unfinished sigurado 250 kasama nun stove, dishwasher.

    Marami ng mga dating Pinoy ang nagbubukas ng bahay nila for short accommodation. Finally, nagagaya na rin natin ang mga taga ibang bansa.

    Hmmm sana may folder para sa prices per area yung katotohanan para mabasa ng parating para makaprepare. For example cost of living as per writing sa Sydney ng isang couple or single. I guess mas mabuti yun dahil yan naman ang cost of living something like that.... likewise folder kung saan pwede post mga FAQ.

    Ta.
    21.jan.12 - Vetasses Positive
    16.may.12 - 4th Ielts - IDP - L8.5 R7.5 W7.0 S7.5 = 7.5 - Pass
    15.june.12 - State sponsorship Approved
    19.june.12 - 176 Visa applied at DIAC
    20.july.2012 - Singapore & Phi. Police checks finalised
    17.aug.2012 - VISA GRANT
    29.sept.2012 - Landed Sydney Alone! @_@ #$%&*#$^$
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  • BryannBryann SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 11Member
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    Hi guys. Madami icebreaker sa gumtree, ako kasi nakikitira sa relatives at the moment. Nagddrive ako dito, okay naman nakakapanibago lang. Hehe.
    Occupation: ICT Software Engineer (ANZSCO 261313)
    Dec 13 2011 - ACS: Suitable (AQF Diploma)
    Feb 03 2012 - IELTS #1 Failed (W-6.5)
    Mar 02 2012 - IELTS #2 Passed
    Apr 21 2012 - 175 Visa Lodged Online
    May 29 2012 - CO Assigned
    Jun 25 2012 - Visa Grant (IED: Dec 14 2012)
    Aug 19 2012 - Arrived in Sydney
    Sept 10 2012 - Start @ 1st Job (Web Developer)
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