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  1. Visas and immigration
    I didn't see a post about this yet so figured I'd let everyone know about the introduction of a "Basic" english test required for partner visas that was mentioned just yesterday. Unfortunately I can't post links, but the best one i could find was an article published yesterday by ABC with the...
  2. Visas and immigration
    During my 457 visa application I was asked to submit evidence of English proficiency. I hold a doctorate from an English speaking university (English speaking country). However, it doesn't fall into the 457 exception: "Alternatively, you can provide evidence that you have completed at least...
  3. Visas and immigration
    Plans to make the English language test for Australian citizenship tougher has been criticised by the Government's own body that advises on multiculturalism. The Australian Multicultural Council, appointed by Ministers, also says that the proposal to introduce a multiple choice test to...
  4. Visas and immigration
    Hello Everyone! :) I have been in Australia for 1 week on my second year working holiday visa and now considering trying to get a 189 skilled independent visa. I know this process can take long so I want to get the ball rolling straight away. To achieve 65 points, I need to get superior...
  5. Visas and immigration
    Being born in Australia is not essential when it comes to national identity but speaking English is very important, according to a new global study. Young Australians are the least likely in the world to think that birthplace is very important to national identity, according to the report...
  6. Visas and immigration
    Hi everyone, Currently I am living here in NT, Australia with sub-class 489 (Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa) along with my wife and daughter (4yrs). To get this visa me and my wife had completed IELTS (met visa requirement) and submitted with other papers. My question is that should we (me...
  7. Visas and immigration
    Hello, I am a Chinese national, and I am residing in Guangzhou, China, where I am applying from. It has been 2 months since I have lodged the application for ELICOS on ImmiAccount. The consulate has called and asked some questions and said they will report to the "above" and get back to me...
  8. Visas and immigration
    Hello all, I posted a week ago looking for advice regarding a 600 visitor visa application - thanks for that by the way. Before I leave the country I've determined that I have one more potential course of action, which is an application for a 485 temporary graduate visa. On the face of it, I...
  9. Visas and immigration
    Skilled professionals from overseas, especially those who come from an English speaking country, are likely to earn more and contribute more to the Australian economy, new research has found. An analysis of how migration affects productivity in Australia has found that it has an important role...
  10. General chit-chat and news
    Hi all I was just wondering - are there any language forums dealing with usage of English in the Australian setting? I'm trying to learn (or rather, understand) other intricacies of English down under as they may be different in usage or context from other countries. Thanks!
  11. Visas and immigration
    I have never joined a forum before, but I need some advice, I am stressing out. My partner and I are starting to get some bits together to apply for my partner visa to Australia. It seems pretty straight forward; but I am worried we don’t have enough hard core evidence. We went into an...
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    Hi! I`m new here and I`m looking for somebody who can help me learn English via Skype or Facebook/Google+ chat :) I want to improve my English skills because I want to go to Sydney soon ;) In return I can teach you Photoshop etc. because I`m a Graphics Designer.
  13. Visas and immigration
    Hi, My Partner and I are from the UK and have two children under 5, we are currently living in Dublin, Ireland for my Partners work but I have always been interested in getting to Australia as My friends did a few years ago but they're waiting still on permanent visa. None of us are skilled...
  14. Jobs and work
    Hi there! If you are from the uk and have managed to get a job teaching in a secondary school in Australia - could you give me some pointers to get started? Any advice appreciated! Did you temp first, go rural, join an agency etc etc Many thanks
  15. Visas and immigration
    Hi I am filing for form 80, do i need to get my wife Education - English Certificate (Course completion in English like that from University?) Is that mandatory for dependant if she does not have IELTS score given let me know thanks in advance.
  16. Visas and immigration
    Hello to all of you who have arrived into Australia from a non-English speaking country. I was after information from anyone who has undertaken the language courses I think I read for new immigrants to help improve their English. My fiance speaks English, however she is looking at going to...
  17. Visas and immigration
    I have just lodged a 175 VISA online application and attached all required documents. I have included my Partner (Wife) in the application The only missing is my partner English language ability proof. We have applied for IELTS test for my partner on 3rd Dec. My question is that what is the...
  18. Visas and immigration
    Hello everyone I'm new on here wife and I are fingers crossed going to oz when we get spouse visa for the wife. We live in Greece as you can see Greece has gone through tough times and a place I wouldn't want to raise kids when we do have them I wanna give our children a good chance. I was born...
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