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  • @mycroft_holmes I flew this route and my carry-on got swabbed in Changi. AU swabs you on departure from an AU airport, the customs dogs handle the arrivals and only if they find something suspicious (like fruit) and need to look further.
  • @ignorms @ER1 The skilled occupation list was updated yesterday: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/skilled-migration-program/recent-changes https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/11/coalition-relaxes-visa-rules-to-make-it-easi…
  • @ClmOptimist All of the big 4 banks (ANZ, CBA, NAB, Westpac) have migrant banking facilities and can receive international wire transfers. Just go to your branch of account and ask how to do a wire or a SWIFT transfer, BPI calls it "outward remitta…
  • @Hendro The forms only ask for the postal address. Just let Medicare know when you submit the form since you'll need to show up to a service centre anyway.
  • @rcbconopio Same line of work. The stuff I need to learn is harder than any job I had in PH but it feels like being a fresh grad again. Gumtree = Sulit/OLX. It's like a non-crappy version of Facebook Marketplace. Good for buy and selling stuff or o…
  • Signature as well.
  • @sag With a normal peso account on BPI my fees were P600 + 0.60c per P200. NAB inward rates are here: https://www.nab.com.au/personal/international/receive-money-from-overseas
  • @rcbconopio Everything is online so don't worry about hard copies. The only forms I've printed are the job offer, the TFN declaration form, and the super standard choice form. You'll eventually know what those two are when you get here, so don't wor…
  • @milktea13 Any will do. When I left, I gave money to a relative and they paid my contributions every quarter. I don't recall if there were issues back then with paying for a whole year but a full quarter is fine.
  • Everyone's out for New Year. The 100-point check is for verifying your identity and is not specific to renting. The PH equivalent is the "show 2 valid IDs" thing. If you're applying as a couple they'll need to check you both since your names will b…
  • @mycroft_holmes Moved solo to Australia last year and only brought 3 bags (2x 23kg luggages + 7kg carry on). Everything else was sold or given away. - Passport + printout of visa - Phone with LTE support (since there's no more 2G in Australia) - Cl…
  • I left mine at 120 contributions just to get the pension instead of the lump sum. You'll earn so much more in Australia that the SSS pension will look tiny by comparison, and if you ever go back to PH you can bring your super with you.
  • @kOtZ @maguero I have my middle name on a previous AU tourist visa (that a relative applied for). They've put it on the given name field and it didn't matter. I got in without problems and spent a month here. I have various other tourist visas and b…
  • Unique wildlife - you won't find kangaroos, emus, wombats or quokkas anywhere else Online services - They're both good, but IMO Australian government websites are slightly better than the Canadian ones. There's also myGov and things getting integra…
  • @rcbconopio If you're used to SG/HK style transport then lower your expectations. It's good enough and can take you when you're in the inner suburbs/CBD but once you're outside into the suburbs that's when you need a car since buses can't reach ever…
  • @rcbconopio You can go as late as you want as long as you enter before the date specified in your visa. As for sharing accommodation, look up https://flatmates.com.au/ You'll need to put more details on how you'll do the move. How many people movin…
  • Google Flights reports around 2k for an economy roundtrip flight to Manila with Qantas. Do note that flights can be cheap but they have gotchas like 12-hour layovers in Cairns or something, so looking at pure price isn't everything.
  • @blue3319 I forgot what those two are (one of them should be the chest X ray) but they'll just queue you up on that room. I had a blood test, urine test, chest X ray, and a doctor checkup for my 189. Don't worry and just show up on the appointed da…
    in Medical Comment by fruitys December 2018
  • @Pixiepie After you apply online and get approved, they'll email you everything you need to wire money to your account (SWIFT code + BSB code + account number). In this state you can only deposit money to your account via wire transfers and you can'…
  • Pre-move: Money - Open a migrant bank account with one of the big 4 - then I did wire transfer from BPI to NAB. This is the cheapest wire option I could find without additional conversions (like PHP - USD - AUD). It's easy to transfer to a better ba…
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he intends to cut Australia's migration intake by about 30,000 people, acknowledging public concern about congested cities. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/enough-enough-enough-pm-to-cut-australia-s-migration-intake
  • @quantum The official PTE score guide has everything on how the exam is designed and scored, including the number of questions and how much time you'll need to take on average. https://pearsonpte.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Score-Guide.pdf Page…
  • Regional visa approvals have fallen to their lowest levels in a decade as the Federal Government prepares to introduce a scheme requiring new arrivals to work outside the major cities for five years. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-13/regional-…
  • @alfonso31 Brisbane is technically cheap. Wait til you see Sydney prices :P On my own estimates it should be around $2k a month for one person at first. So bring over $10k. Bring everything you can technically, mababawi naman yan once you have a jo…
  • That depends if you want a room/share house or a full house, how much savings you will be bringing in and how many family members will arrive. The cheapest option is an airbnb room/share house in the outer suburbs until you can lock in a job and ge…
  • @cocobanatski Only the L/R/S/W scores are important for EOI purposes. @WAHM What section on the reading part did you feel you were having problems with?
  • Will probably move to Sydney next year, nagpapatakbo lang ng metro ng "work experience" :P
  • Who will do the visa application? Will you get sponsored? Yes he can if he shows enough funds or a stable source of it (bank statements or stable work history) to support your entire stay. He can make a stat dec and you can add it to your applicatio…
  • @Cassey Yes! If there's one thing you can definitely leave behind in PH, it's the attitude of not speaking up. Aussies are very blunt and open about a lot of things including telling the government to piss off. Paid in cash but you didn't get a pay…
  • @mikasa It's roughly based off when you get cleared for medical/submitted police clearance.
  • A student visa is more strict in some ways than a tourist visa. You should have received a letter that states why they refused you. You'll need to address it first before you reapply with proof that your circumstances have changed. Also don't keep …
  • @jay2 Is this Aussie who will help you related to you or are they registered with MARA (meaning they have a MARN)?
  • @ali0522 When I took it last year, yes. The other difference also is that the actual exam is noisy on the speaking part since you're sitting with the other test takers.
  • @pmond That would depend if the TOR has enough unit/subjects to qualify either as an ICT minor, major or insufficient. The number of years to meet the skill requirement met date can be as low as 2 years for an ICT major (generally IT degree + IT wor…
  • I don't know an official community but there's two Catholic churches in the south, one at Acacia Ridge (Our Lady of Fatima) and Sunnybank (Our Lady of Lourdes - in front of the Altandi train station). There's a lot of Filipinos there at Saturday/Su…
  • @alexsioson My CFO-PDOS session said that If you ever clear PH immigration and you have a non-tourist/visitor visa then you'll need it. You can get in PH but you'll have problems going out if you don't have that sticker and attended the session. If…
  • @lha_0422 Is that a permanent role or contractual? Nagpapatakbo lang din ako ng metro before looking again since I don't see much growth in this role :)
  • 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 w…
  • Headline: "banned" Article text: "would be banned" PerthNow is a News Corp rag, aka one of Murdoch's clickbait scaremongering tabloids slash "news" I'll believe it when it shows up on ABC or SBS. Immigration is always in the local news. IMO keep a…
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