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  • carmelcaylocarmelcaylo Cebu CityTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
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    @alnr thanks for the info
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    @jfvramos @totoyOZresident- i search for gigi sa mara pero bakit kaya walang nalabas?
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  • johnvangiejohnvangie MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 47Member
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    @jfvramos @totoyOZresident- i search for gigi sa mara pero bakit kaya walang nalabas?
    I try mo i search ang SULLIVAN.
    Nominated Occupation : Production or Plant Engineer 233513
    12/15/13 - IELTS IDP [ L : 9.0 I R :8.0 I S : 7.5 I W : 6.5 ]
    01/17/14 - Submit CDR to Engineers Australia.
    02/15/14 - IELTS IDP [ L : 9.0 I R :9.0 I S : 7.5 I W : 7.0 ]
    05/29/14 - EA positive assessment as Production or Plant Engineer 233513
    06/02/14 - EA Letter Received. Lodge EOI 65points.
    06/09/14 - Received invitation to lodge Visa 189.
    06/12/14 - Lodge Visa 189. Upload Docs/Form 80.
    07/14/14 - Medicals @ SLEC Global.
    07/15/14 - Upload NBI. (NBI Valid until July 4, 2015).
    07/17/14 - CO Allocated. Team 7 GSM Adelaide ( CO : LM )
    07/21/14 - VISA GRANT! Thank You Lord! IED : 07/04/15
    02/06/15 - Hubby in Melbourne (Jobhunting)
    03/27/15 - Me and my son in Melbourne
    04/07/15 - Hubby 1st day of job
    08/24/15 - My 1st day in BP, Thank you Lord God Jesus!

    Enjoying the wonderful life in Oz, abundant blessings indeed :-)
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  • BinibiniBinibini CanberraTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
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    @babsy Angelica O'Sullivan is the registered name (MARN0961119). Gigi is just the nickname.
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  • MissTEMissTE MandaluyongTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
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    @Binibini Hello po. Newbie here. Nagtry po ako mag-email kay Ms. Gigi for some inquiry. Nakabase po kasi cya sa oz ngayon.

    Now, my question is : What if kung may payments needed, pano po yong ginawa nyong set-up? Credit card or cash? Okay po ba cya na consultant?

    Hope you can give me some information. Thanks.
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  • babsybabsy SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
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    @johnvangie @binibini thank you.. :)
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  • IslanderndCityIslanderndCity AdelaideTotal Reaction Points: 144Member, Moderator
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    sorry but I still prefer DIY (google+expatforum+pinoyau)
    Assessed Occupation: Industrial Engineer (IE 233511)
    Achieved Goal: Australia PR (Permanent Resident). Thanks God!

    ...sharpening my core gifts now...
    ...working on new, better goals...

    Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. ~Luke 6:28~
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  • sharean07sharean07 SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
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    @MissTE it's up to you if cash electronic transfer to Gigi's account if credit card i think she can call you kapag ready to key in na yung details.

    trusted po si Gigi sobrang bait and mapagkakatiwalaan po and napaka reliable :)
    God blesssa application :)
    Nominated Occupation: ICT Customer Support Officer (313112) - Mr&Mrs :)

    13Oct12: IELTS Mrs: L: 8 R: 6.5 W:6.5 S:7 Overall: 7
    2Feb13: IELTS Mr: L: 7 R: 6.5 W:6.5 S:7 Overall: 7
    5April13: TRA acknowledgement- Mrs
    11April13: TRA acknowledgement - Mr
    17May13: TRA result- Mrs - SUCCESSFUL
    23May13: TRA result- Mr - SUCCESSFUL
    27June13: Lodge ACT SS application
    07Aug13: ACT SS Approved; Invitation Recieved (Thank You Lord:))
    15Aug13: Lodge Visa 190
    23Aug13: Medicals Done (Point Medical Paragon SG)
    23Sept13: CO allocated - Adelaide GSM Team 6 (Praise God!)
    16Oct2013: VISA GRANT (Glory be to God!) - IED Aug 2014

    Luke 1:37 "For nothing is impossible with God.”
    #ilovemyfaithfulGod
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  • bernalexbernalex MandaluyongTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
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    Hi I am a newbie here...actually me problem ako I really don't know if itutuloy ko pa paying our agent.65K na rin po nahulog ko pero wala pa rin nangyayari?pwede po ba ako claim for refund?any advise.Thank you
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  • gene_borresgene_borres North RydeTotal Reaction Points: 12Member
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    sorry but I still prefer DIY (google+expatforum+pinoyau)
    Same here. For me it's a waste of money. Pero if ur case is difficult and you have spare cash to spend, why not.

    April 2013 - Ielts exam - R 8.5 S 7.5 W 7.0 L 7.5 OBS 7.5
    April 2013 - Submitted documents for assessment (AIMS)
    June 2013 - Assessed as Medical Laboratory Technician
    July 2013 - Submitted EOI 60 pts
    Dec 2013 - submitted application for AIMS exam
    March 2014 - AIMS exam
    May 13 2014 - successful AIMS result (Lab scientist)
    May 13 2014 - updated EOI to Medical Laboratory Scientist
    May 19 2014 - applied for NBI clearance
    May 26 2014 - invitation to lodge 189
    May 26-Jun 5 - gathered all necessary documents
    Jun 6 2014 - lodged visa 189 application, uploaded scanned documents
    Jun 9 2014 - medicals at SLBGC
    Jun 26 2014 - CO assignment (gsm adelaide team 6)
    June 30 2014 - uploaded ITR and payslips
    July 2 2014 - Visa Granted!
    IED - June 11 2015
    Jan 16 2015 - touchdown Sydney :D
    Xxx xx xxxx - first day of work


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  • danyan2001usdanyan2001us MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 279Member, Moderator
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    Hi I am a newbie here...actually me problem ako I really don't know if itutuloy ko pa paying our agent.65K na rin po nahulog ko pero wala pa rin nangyayari?pwede po ba ako claim for refund?any advise.Thank you
    try to check in your signed agreement with your chosen agency since at times conditions for issuing refunds are stipulated there...

    primary applicant- wife
    arrived melbourne- July 28, 2010
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  • cnd_14cnd_14 SingaporeTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
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    @jvframos , newbie po ko..nagsend po ko ng pm. Thanks po
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  • Xiaomau82Xiaomau82 SingaporeTotal Reaction Points: 148Member, Administrator
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    Hi I am a newbie here...actually me problem ako I really don't know if itutuloy ko pa paying our agent.65K na rin po nahulog ko pero wala pa rin nangyayari?pwede po ba ako claim for refund?any advise.Thank you
    has the agent assisted you in any way? kung hindi pa, i think you can demand for a refund.if for example naassist k nmn na nila and kung walang ngyayari because of the change in regulation or unavailability ng state, then i dont think you can blame the agent and definitely they will not refund the fees paid lalo kung stipulated sia sa agreement na "no refund". u can try a different approach, "ang makiusap na irefund ka.
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  • jvframosjvframos PerthTotal Reaction Points: 19Member
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    @cnd_14 hello po, nagreply na ko sa pm mo :-)
    Occupation: Architectural Drafstperson (ANZSCO Code 312111)
    Feb 2013 - Started collecting Vetassess requirements; March 29, 2013 - Lodged for Vetassess skills assessment; June 8, 2013 - took IELTS (BC, UAE); June 14, 2013 - received VETASSESS positive skills assessment; June 21, 2013 - got ielts results OBS 7.0 (l-7.5, r-7, w-7, s-7); June 24, 2013 - submitted EOI; June 27, 2013 - submitted WA state sponsorship application; July 03, 2013 - WA state sponsorship application approved; July 05, 2013 - received from DIAC invitation to lodge; July 14, 2013 - lodge visa application; August 13, 2013 - CO allocated, Team 7 GSM Adelaide; August 20, 2013 - submitted Form 80, NBI, PCC, bank statements for me, hubby and daughter and additional docs for hubby in lieu of Saudi PCC (statutory declaration, exit visa and end of service contract); August 22, 2013 - Medical check done; August 26, 2013 - uploaded hubby's Saudi PCC.... finally!; Sept 27, 2013 - visa grant daw but unofficial, hindi namin alam granted na pala.... long story…; Oct 10, 2013 - when we learned that our case was granted but no official confirmation.; Oct 11, 2013 - Official VISA Grant! Finally!!!! Thank God. End of the 1st journey, start of the new beginning; July 10, 2014 - IED

    You may not always understand why God allows certain things to happen, but you can be certain that God is not making any mistakes.

    Proverbs 3:5-6
    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight
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  • ChubmoksChubmoks Oak ParkTotal Reaction Points: 7Member
    Posts: 37
    @phinax

    hi to all...

    I used an agent po, her name is angelica o'sullivan, a pinay. She is a MARA registered agent and ang laki ng tulong niya sa akin. She has been with me from the start and I owe her so much:
    - gave me materials for IELTS
    - gave feedback on my CDR(for engineers), told me the points in that category that I missed, and other very important stuff
    - she is really not after the money, seemingly unbelievable for agents but true. I mean I was the one who kept reminding her that I need to pay her and to think talagang ang liit lang ng professional fee niya compared to the agencies here in the Philippines. I don't want to say the exact amount because I believe her rates went up na.
    - she gave great advices even before I signed the contract
    - you deal with the mara registered agent personally, not just there representatives as what is going on here in Ph and that is the main reason why she can give feedback immediately.
    - helped me with the stat declaration (defacto relationship), I think she also gave her statement as a witness of our continuing relationship (me and my partner)
    - others

    I used an agent kasi sayang naman ang napakalaking application fee tapos mag fail lang. Just try to contact her, email communications are free din naman: [email protected]

    which reminds me, may utang pa pala ako sa kanya... hehe

    I'll email her later...


    Feel free also to pm me here...

    Agree ako dito. Super nice ni Ms. Gigi and sobrang reasonable ng service fee nya compared sa ibang agents.. Lodging stage palang ngaun ako but the previous support like EA assessment sobrang dami nyang naitulong.

    This coming Friday 13th is the big day... Hoping na sana may invites na hehehe


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  • mitchie06mitchie06 SingaporeTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
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    hi..ask ko lng:i'm trying to search for Ms. Gigi's name in mara but can't find her..gusto ko sanang mag-agent na lang kasi medyo naguguluhan pa ako sa process..but I want to make sure na legit ung makukuha ko..please help!
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  • filipinacpafilipinacpa PerthTotal Reaction Points: 87Member
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    Ms. Gigi is legit. Her name is Angelica.

    Anyway, have you guys tried to re-arrange payments with your agent? Like if they initially tell you that payment would be on 4 installments, pero irequest natin to make it 6 installments?
    2013-Jan : Decided to pursue my OZ dream
    2013-Nov : 1st Ielts-GT @ BC Manila: L-8;R-6.5;W-7.5;S-7.5
    2014-Mar : 2nd Ielts-GT @ BC Manila: L-8;R-8.5;W-6.5;S-7.5
    Pahinga muna. Sakit sa puso at bulsa!
    2015-May : 1st PTE-A @ Bright Center: L-85;R-70;S-45;W-90
    2015-May : 2nd PTE-A @Bright Center; L-90;R-70;S-47; W-90
    2015-July : 3rd PTE-A @Pearson: L-90;R-77;S-83; W-90
    2015-July 20 - Lodged docs to Vetassess
    2015-Oct 1: VET Positive outcome
    2015-Oct 1: Submitted EOI 190 visa to NSW (55+5)
    2015-Oct 4: Submitted EOI 190 visa to QLD (55+5)
    2015-Oct 5: QLD responded, rejected 190 due to change in occupation list but offered ITA for 489 visa instead
    2015-Nov 2: DIBP points adjusted to 60+5 (due to additional 1 year working experience)
    2015-Nov 26: ITA for SS NSW
    2015-Nov 28: Submitted SS application
    2015-Dec 17: SS Approved + Received 190 ITA
    2015-Dec 23: Lodged 190
    2016-Jan 5: Medical @ Nationwide (Php5,600 na ang fee!!)
    2016-Jan 8: Medical Clearance Provided - no action required (Thank you Lord!)
    2016-Jan 18: Applied for Driving SP and Direct Visa Grant!!! (Thank You Lord!)
    2016-Jan 26: PDOS @ CFO Manila + Enrolled at A1 Driving
    2016-Mar 14: BIG MOVE!:)
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    PRAY HARD, WORK HARDER! :)
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    Template or "cheat sheet" as called by many: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1OZBrQj0i5LWU1EYVZTaDF4VzA/view?usp=sharing
    sana po makatulong.. God bless!
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  • IslanderndCityIslanderndCity AdelaideTotal Reaction Points: 144Member, Moderator
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    @filipinacpa @Chubmoks Can you share Ms. Gigi's fee here? kahit range lang?
    Assessed Occupation: Industrial Engineer (IE 233511)
    Achieved Goal: Australia PR (Permanent Resident). Thanks God!

    ...sharpening my core gifts now...
    ...working on new, better goals...

    Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. ~Luke 6:28~
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  • ChubmoksChubmoks Oak ParkTotal Reaction Points: 7Member
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    @IslanderndCity Maigi ata contact mo sya reagrding fees. 4 installments un sa kanya. Parang 20% during assessment ng EA/ECS/ or others; 30% during ldging for EOI, 30% for Visa Lodgement; then 20% after Visa grant.
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  • IslanderndCityIslanderndCity AdelaideTotal Reaction Points: 144Member, Moderator
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    @Chubmoks Thanks. pero I meant for others' info.
    Assessed Occupation: Industrial Engineer (IE 233511)
    Achieved Goal: Australia PR (Permanent Resident). Thanks God!

    ...sharpening my core gifts now...
    ...working on new, better goals...

    Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. ~Luke 6:28~
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