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Old 10-26-2015, 10:52 PM
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Relocating to Australia

My wife & l have finally decided to migrate to Australia from Botswana.We intend to apply for sub class 189 and we will be writing IELTS exams in December 2015. We are so excited to start the process.

Any ideas, information and assistance in any form, we would greatly appreciate.

Jo & Meg


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Old 10-27-2015, 10:27 PM
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Old 10-28-2015, 05:18 AM
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Hi,

Generally how long does it take to get Sub Class 189 Visa that is for my wife, daughter and myself?

How is the cost of living like in Australia? I understand it is a function of where exactly one would be staying, is that right?

Thanks

Jo


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It varies a fair bit by occupation, points and other factors, so difficult to say.

Also, if you are from a high risk country, there may be security checks that can take some time.

On average, I would allow 4 to 6 months after you lodge the application. However, it is an average and some can be much quicker, but some much longer.

If you haven't started the process yet, you will need to get your skills assessment done - this can take a few months. Once done and ILETS done, you can lodge an eoi. Invitations are then given out according to occupation ceiling limits and points.


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Cost of living does vary by state, so, it is difficult to give an estimate.

Some good things to look at are

Coles Supermarkets
For an idea of groceries

Rental Properties, Homes for Rent and Apartments to Lease - realestate.com.au
for an idea of properties

Other things such as household bills vary by family too much to say. However, most Australian cities are regarded as some of the most expensive in the world. Though WA house and rental prices are coming down significantly at the moment. But, the flip side is that it is because the economy is struggling.


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As a new member I can't post links. However I would urge you to Google for Hutbitat. It's a big data property search engine that we came up with. In short, it's like Google but for properties in Australia. At the moment we've got comprehensive listings in NSW and VIC and are adding WA to the list.

In addition, we have also mapped out supermarket locations on the map for easy reference.

Background story: We had experiences of moving to Australia and being utterly frustrated with the home search experience.


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Old 10-29-2015, 04:52 PM
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Thank you guys for the infor.l am on it & will update you about my findings.

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How is the cost of living like in Australia? I understand it is a function of where exactly one would be staying, is that right?

Thanks

Jo
Cost of living is greatly influenced by your accomodation costs. The average australian 4 bed house or a 1 bed apartment. This can make a massive difference. So can having children. And of course your social life costs.

After two years away i am noticing our costs running at about $700 per week, for food and renting a 1 bed furnished apartment. This will increase as we get a larger property and begin living life again properly.

For a nice comfortable life, I would personally like upwards of $1,500 per week to spend.

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Old 10-30-2015, 05:27 PM
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That's so informative. If l may ask, are you saying your apartment is fully furnished?

On another note, given that someone is a Permanent Resident, does that give the person a better position to get things like mortgages, scholarships to further education & even education for kids?


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Permanent residents education is free.

Mortgages depend on income.

University is not free, but permanent residents are treated as resident for fee purposes. But, are not eligible for full funding. That requires citizenship.


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