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How to get a job in Australia before I go there?

I'm an IT worker (software dev / test automation). I moved to Australia last year. Seek.com.au is the biggest jobs site (disclaimer: I'm contracting there at present). If you create a profile on ...
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Adjusting to a humid tropical climate

Adjusting to the weather is mostly a question of getting used to it. Everyone is different in terms of speed, but how you live your life in the new country plays a major role in the process. One of ...
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How to get a job in Australia before I go there?

It's certainly possible to arrange employment before arriving in your new country, although employers are likely to want to meet you in person before actually extending an offer (particularly if the ...
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Best language test for first language English speaker to prove 'superior' English in Australia?

Your mileage may vary, but IELTS is considered the gold standard in Australia. Unlike some of the other tests, it involves freeform writing and talking to an actual human, so it's not possible to ...
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Am I eligible to migrate as skilled worker?

There are multiple ways you can obtain permanent residency (PR) in Australia. Pathways to PR will generally fall into 3 categories: 1. Skilled Independent You could obtain a Skilled Independent visa ...
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How Do I Prove I Have a Valid Special Category Australian Visa?

Kiwi here, just started my third job in Australia, have been in and out several times since, and lived in Melbourne and now Sydney. Yep, all you do is present your passport. Recruiters, HR ...
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Australian Skilled Independent Visa - What are the chances of my application getting accepted

Agreed that EOI does not cost, but to be eligible to apply the EOI, you first will have to get your qualification and work experience assessed from ACS (https://acs.org.au/) which costs A$ 500. You ...
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Leaving Australia on a foreign passport

For the benefit of anybody in this situation who is wondering, and would like a real data point instead of conjecture or pontification, here is what actually happened: When trying to check out ...
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Immigrating to UK after New Zealand same-sex marriage

If we were to be married in New Zealand (a country that allows same sex marriage) can we then migrate to London where he would be able to live and work as my spouse? Yes. There are a number of ...
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Migrating to Australia with another couple

I have a related issue where I am trying to time a visa to the end of an academic year and not leave before (my wife is a teacher). So assuming that you are all applying for 189 visas these are the ...
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Do I need a degree in field I am working in (IT) to apply for Australia Skilled visa as a software engineer or any degree is enough?

From what you have described, your Civil Engineering degree is 5 years of education. Based on the number of years of study, it's likely to be considered equivalent to a Bachelor degree under the ...
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What is the proper clothing for a job interview in Australia?

You should always assume formal unless you have been advised otherwise. It's generally ok to end up a little overdressed, but it's not ok to end up underdressed. However, software companies can vary. ...
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Bridging visa effects on Australian citizenship

If you're applying with the Form 1300t General eligibility process, the residence requirement is: have been living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for four years immediately before ...
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If you have dual South African and New Zealand citizenship, are you able to get an Australian one as well?

According to Dual South African Citizenship, permission is required before acquiring another citizenship: If a South African citizen does not obtain this prior permission they will automatically ...
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Washington accord accredited engineering degree for Australia visa subclass 476

The Washington Accord is only applicable to undergraduate degrees. The 476 visa eligibility conditions, however, only specify that your degree should be from a recognised institution, including all ...
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Does Australian Medicare cover me internationally?

Medicare only covers you outside Australia if the country has a reciprocal agreement with Australia. Medicare Reciprocal Agreements: The Australian Government has agreements with New Zealand, the ...
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Adjusting to a humid tropical climate

Plan your move to avoid strong temperature differences i.e. Don't move from a Southern-Summer into a Northern winter, or similar. I moved from Monaco (Mediterranean, Seaside) to Novosibirsk, (...
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How does 'Bulk Billing' work under Medicare in Australia?

When there's no bulk billing, you'll have to pay the fees yourself and you'll later get a rebate of 85% (usually) from Medicare. When a health practitioner offers bulk billing, it means that they'll ...
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Working as contractor in Australia as foreign citizen (EU)

It's not that simple. To legally work in Australia, you must have a work visa, and the most common work visa (457) requires a qualified Australian company to sponsor you. It's possible to self-...
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Visa refusal for australia

Ah, Australian bureaucracy. Migration Regulations 1994: 573.224 The applicant: (a) satisfies public interest criteria 4001, 4002, 4003, 4004, 4005, 4012A, 4013, 4014 ...
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How Do I Prove I Have a Valid Special Category Australian Visa?

Australia has moved away from physical visa stamps. Whilst it's still possible to get a stamp for some visas there is an additional fee for doing do, and I wouldn't be surprised if even this option ...
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Australian PR : Can I work in New Zealand

Yes, you will be eligible to work in New Zealand too. Source: http://glossary.immigration.govt.nz/australiancitizensandresidents.htm
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My Australian and New Zealand student visas were declined

Yes, you can reapply, but unless your new applications are significantly different, you will be refused again. You need to figure out why your applications were refused. If you were refused because ...
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Permanent residency catch 22 : Can't get a job for PR, can't get PR without a job

The reason they are not willing to sponsor you for PR is that they can find employees who are as good (or better) for the job, but do not come with such requirement. Generally speaking for an employer ...
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My dual citizen son (US and Australia) wants to marry a US citizen but live in Australia

It does not matter where the wedding is actually performed. Both the US and Australia (like virtually all countries) recognise marriages that have been legally performed according to the laws of the ...
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When did my British Citizenship expire?

British citizenship does not expire. If you did not apply to renounce your British citizenship (and was approved), you are still a British citizen. You cannot "apply for" British citizenship ...
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How to transfer Alabama (USA) driver's license to a Northern Territory (AU) driver's license?

According to the Department of Transport: A person may use their interstate or overseas issued driver licence to drive in the NT for a period of up to 3 months. After this time you must hold a ...
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Recognition of British Computer Society Higher Education for migration for the following countries

According to NZQF (New Zealand Qualifications Framework) Postgraduate diplomas and certificates, Bachelors degrees with Honours is LEVEL 8 and can score 50 points Bachelors degrees, Graduate diplomas ...
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Skill assessments for Australian PR process

Under the General Skilled Migration Points Test under SkillSelect, Partner skill qualifications are worth 5 points. If you think these 5 points will make a difference in you pass mark, you could both ...
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How is United States Citizenship affected by taking Australian Citizenship

The State Department has information on Dual Nationality. Some important excerpts: However, a person who acquires a foreign nationality by applying for it may lose U.S. nationality. In order to ...
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