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Hi All -
My name is Michelle, and I look forward to becoming an active member of this community. I am American but have lived in Sydney with my Aussie husband for the past 6 years, and hoping to relocate in 2010 back to frosty Wisconsin. Not sure how hubby will adjust to the snow, but hoping he loves it so we can be close to the family again!

I am also an Australian registered migration agent (0958090) and travel consultant with MZ Migration International, so I am happy to assist with any advice or queries that come up on this forum. Please feel free to contact me - I am happy to help as I know how frustrating the visa and migration process can be!

I look forward to becomig a part of this forum!

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Hi All -
My name is Michelle, and I look forward to becoming an active member of this community. I am American but have lived in Sydney with my Aussie husband for the past 6 years, and hoping to relocate in 2010 back to frosty Wisconsin. Not sure how hubby will adjust to the snow, but hoping he loves it so we can be close to the family again!

I am also an Australian registered migration agent (0958090) and travel consultant with MZ Migration International, so I am happy to assist with any advice or queries that come up on this forum. Please feel free to contact me - I am happy to help as I know how frustrating the visa and migration process can be!

I look forward to becomig a part of this forum!

Michelle
Interesting! You're looking to come back this way and we're looking to head that way. My wife and I reside in the Twin Cities. How do you like living in Australia? Anything you can share with us? We have a 7 year old son who would be relocating as well. How are the schools? etc.....
 

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Hi and how are you today. We are three in all , 1 man , two women , who are thinking seriously of starting up in Oz. All of us are travel specialists from Greece and just that word alone says why we want to move. We all had tourist offices of our own as well as Ads promotions events offices but now the country has crashed its time to leave. Any advice you can offer is most welcome. We are not exactly spring chickens but we are hard workers. We have some capital to invest and would like to know all the possibilities. If you think you can help I will await your kind reply. Before I close I must mention that I have a British passport as does my wife and our friends husband is an Oz born citizen so we do not believe there will be any access problems?

Thanks for all. Best wishes.
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Hello Please advice me on my introductory post..im very confused

Hello Im from India.
Im a student here doing Masters by research in the field of bionanotechnology.
I have been here since six months. I have done Bachelors in Biotechnology from India.

And I am looking to apply for permanent residence in the future.
As I have my blood relatives here, I can apply via sponsored migrant section.
And My course Masters by research (2 year) has 50 points based on my field. So I will be eligible to apply after my masters.

But the confusion begins now as I have an option of upgrading my course to PhD and adding just one a half year to the masters course (2+1.5) to get this degree. Tempting but I can apply for PR once I finish my course that is only after 3.5 years wheras as in Masters by Research I can apply after 2 years. Also, the bridging visa time or the processing time for PR after PhD I have heard is way less than the processing time after Masters.

I was thinking of doing my Masters and then apply for PR and in the bridging time, apply for a job or PhD from start,
Or
I can upgrade into PhD and then apply for PR after 3.5 years. I hope the processing time is less in it because I want to get PR as soon as possible.

So I want to know which is the best option I should go for in minimum time.

Please advice me as I am very confused
 

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Hi and how are you today. We are three in all , 1 man , two women , who are thinking seriously of starting up in Oz. All of us are travel specialists from Greece and just that word alone says why we want to move. We all had tourist offices of our own as well as Ads promotions events offices but now the country has crashed its time to leave. Any advice you can offer is most welcome. We are not exactly spring chickens but we are hard workers. We have some capital to invest and would like to know all the possibilities. If you think you can help I will await your kind reply. Before I close I must mention that I have a British passport as does my wife and our friends husband is an Oz born citizen so we do not believe there will be any access problems?

Thanks for all. Best wishes.
Ray
Hi RayMcG-
I received your post in regards to migration to Australia for business/investment purposes. To advise you of any potential eligibility, I will need more information on your background, business, amount of money to invest, etc. Are you looking to invest in a current business in Australia, or are you looking to open your own business in Australia? There are various visa categories which could be considered, but each obviously will carry different eligibility requirements we'd have to look into.

As for your friends, you mentioned that the husband is an Australian born citizen. In this case, it should not be an issue for him to migrate under his citizenship (reinstating his citizenship if need be), then sponsoring his wife as a family member to migrate with him. Again, without specific details I cannot confirm eligibility but I am happy to possibly assist you if you are serious about migrating to Australia.

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Michelle Lee Zaretzky
MARA 0958090
 

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Hello Please advice me on my introductory post..im very confused

Hello Im from India.
Im a student here doing Masters by research in the field of bionanotechnology.
I have been here since six months. I have done Bachelors in Biotechnology from India.

And I am looking to apply for permanent residence in the future.
As I have my blood relatives here, I can apply via sponsored migrant section.
And My course Masters by research (2 year) has 50 points based on my field. So I will be eligible to apply after my masters.

But the confusion begins now as I have an option of upgrading my course to PhD and adding just one a half year to the masters course (2+1.5) to get this degree. Tempting but I can apply for PR once I finish my course that is only after 3.5 years wheras as in Masters by Research I can apply after 2 years. Also, the bridging visa time or the processing time for PR after PhD I have heard is way less than the processing time after Masters.

I was thinking of doing my Masters and then apply for PR and in the bridging time, apply for a job or PhD from start,
Or
I can upgrade into PhD and then apply for PR after 3.5 years. I hope the processing time is less in it because I want to get PR as soon as possible.

So I want to know which is the best option I should go for in minimum time.

Please advice me as I am very confused
Hi Jafarhasan-
I would like to first confirm the occupation that you intend to apply under when submitting an application under the Skill Sponsored subclass 886? As you may be aware, as of 1 July 2010 there is a new Skills Occupation List (SOL) being released, and Biotechnology or anything similar is not specifically listed anymore.

Also, what direct relation to you are you are the blood relatives that you mentioned currently reside in Australia?

I just want to ensure your eligibility to apply as a skilled migrant before advising further.

Regards,
Michelle Zaretzky
MARA 0958090
 

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Hello Michelle,

Thanks for your reply. I would like to tell you that I have decided to upgrade my degree into PhD now. So I will finish my degree in June 2013 now. I am actually a life scientist and I am not sure in which field to apply under Skilled subclass 886 when I finish as I am working in following fields - medicine, microbiology, surface chemistry, nanotechnology, biotechnology. None of them are in the list.

So, my direct relations here are my 2 real brothers who both have permanent residence here. In addition, I have 1 Uncle (Father's real brother) as well. So, these are the people who can sponsor me together or alone.

Please advice and Thanks,

Jafar
 

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Hi, this is a bit of an interesting case. Please help out with any advice you can.
I am years old, born in Fiji, a European,with both Britsh and American passports. I am now a permanent residency holder of NZ, but am unable to apply for citizenship in NZfor at least 3 years, as i went and lived in Melbourne for two years.

While I was there I met Graeme, (who is 37) we moved in together shortly after meeting, and stayed together for a year and a half, until my second working holiday visa expired and I returned to NZ. Graeme came over to NZ shortly after, and we got married there.

We then applied for spouse visa, and posted complete application about 3 weeks ago( except AUS police checks , which are on their way, already applied for, and my NZ medical check, which I have been waiting to get told to do..) I provided certified copies of my NZ residency permit and stated i lived here, not in Britain or the US.Neither Graeme or myself have been married before, had children or any convictions. We are healthy and both earn above average wages.

Graeme had to return to Melbourne over a month ago for work and we are going crazy without each other.

My questions are these:
1# does anyone have any idea how long processing in NZ usually takes?I cant imagine many people would apply from here, as most NZ'ers are citizens and therefore can travel to AUS without a visa.
2# does the 14 year age difference matter to visa processing? It might sound strange on paper but we feel the same age, it's never been an issue.
3# can I get a tourist visa and go visit Graeme in melboune, even just for a week or two?Or will this cause problems and ultimately slow down the process.
 
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