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In this Episode David explains, in detail, how to pursue the Standard Business Sponsorship visa, either as an Employer or as a sponsored employee. If you have questions, submit them to Grant via Twitter or via a comment on the Migrating To Australia podcast webpage. Please join us and participate! Grant's Twitter - @workthecloudoz Migrating To Australia website https://migratingtoaustraliapodcast.com  
David talks to Grant about why he has been, and will be absent, and how he feels about his impending cancer surgery. This is pretty personal stuff.
In mid-December, the latest round of invitations for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Work (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) from the Australian Department of Immigration and Home Affairs were released.  These are working visas, and pathways to permanent residency, and invitations to apply are assessed using the points system that David discusses frequently. The latest round has lifted the MINIMUM points required to be considered has risen to 100, and now makes Accounting a very poor (if not stupid!) choice for anybody thinking about studying in Australia as a pathway to gain permanent residency. David and Grant walk through how to arrive at 100 points, and discuss how it is basically impossible for anyone studying accounting. They then answer a listener question about cannabis (weed) and the medical blood test for immigration. https://migratingtoaustraliapodcast.com Contact David through the website of via Twitter @davidbongiorno  Please share, rate or review us if you find us useful and helpful.
David and Grant talk to Eshan, who is about to complete a PhD examining the socio-economic dynamics of Indian students who are studying, or have studied in Australia. Eshan has been in Australia as a student for 11 years, the last 5 working on his PhD.  He is also a lecturer at Latrobe University, Melbourne Polytechnic and Chisholm TAFE.  As part of his thesis he has interviewed Indian students in Australia and in India who have studied at Australian universities and colleges, examining why they chose Australia as a destination, what difficulties did they face and what did they do when they completed their study? Following a pathway that has taken him from physics into business and economics education, Eshan is candid about why he chose to study in Australia, how he managed to fund himself for 11 years and how he uses his experiences to assist the international students who are fortunate to have him as a lecturer. Eshan also talks about the growth of the Indian community in Australia and the cultural events and support for Indians in Australia. David also explores the substantial achievements in the martial arts that Eshan has, running alongside a very successful academic and personal journey in more than a decade in Australia. Eshan discusses how sees the education environment in Australia, what he would change, if given the opportunity, and what he will do when his thesis is published.
If you are considering studying Childcare in Australia on a subclass 500 visa, as a way to work in Australia and pursue Permanent Residence, don't! David explains why the pathway is effectively closed, if you are looking at the 189, 190, 482, or 485 visas. It's just out of reach for reasons of points required, or work experience requirements.  A diploma course will not allow you to become a Childcare Manager! Repeating the important point - Childcare is no longer an option. Consider a degree in Kindergarden teaching or similar. Required listening for any international student who has already enrolled, so you can make informed choices before the relevant cut off dates. Make an appointment with David migratingtoaustraliapodcast.com or reach out on Twitter @davidbongiorno   You might find these episodes helpful, in light of the issues raised in this episode; Episode 26 - Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300) Checklist Episode 23 - Don't study Accounting or Smoke Weed Episode 10 - Satisfying the Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria Episode 2 - Getting a Partner Visa for Australia Make an appointment with David or reach out on Twitter.  
It is a difficult and confusing time for international students studying in Australia now. At this time all courses are running online, and students who were supporting themselves with some employment may have found that their hours have been reduced, or the job is gone altogether. David tells us what some of Australia's major universities are offering to international students as financial assistance, and what you need to be aware of in order to apply. Some of the recent reviews for the show are also presented, and discussed. Contact us via the Migrating To Australia Podcast website or follow David on Twitter @davidbongiorno
After finishing a shift at a convenience store, International student, Minh, is savagely beaten by a group of neo-Nazis, resulting in multiple very serious injuries. After a long recovery and a run-in with immigration authorities over his visa status, Minh overcomes everything -injuries, anxiety and an immigration system that has made an error - to achieve his professional goal, and secure employment and permanent resident status.
Paolo has become a very successful chef in Melbourne.  He has cooked for a living in London, Singapore and his home country, Italy, and worked with some of the famed chefs in Australia and abroad. Listen to his views on a cooking career in Australia, and get some extremely useful tips from both David and Paolo about being successful in coming to Australia to pursue a career preparing meals and working in a commercial kitchen.
Leading Migration agent, David Bongiorno, examines the pathways for students and recent graduates for permanent residency and citizenship. After the 485 visa, what are your options? How do you qualify for a 482 visa? Examine the two streams for the 485 visa and the conditions of holding one. How should you apply? David details the points requirements, English language requirements, police check pitfalls and the health checks you need to undertake and insurance needed. David covers where you should study, getting a skills assessment and the specifics of the post-study work stream. What do do when you receive an Expression of Interest and what visa should you apply for - subclass 189, 190 or 489? To book a free consultation with David, visit the migratingtoaustraliapodcast website and click on the button!  
A quick answer to a very common question about applying for a student Visa. For more answers like this like this, be sure to download the upcoming Student Visa Q&A episode. If you have completed your studies, there is also a special Q&A episode for Graduates coming soon, to assist with getting a 485 Visa.
Is this episode we introduce you to Ada, who decided to leave her home in Greece as the effects of a financial crisis were being felt by so many people in that country. We trace her steps from her previous career in Greece to her successful study in Melbourne, and her eventual employment as an accountant. David explains the pathway from student visa, to graduate and working visas, how different skills and activities help an applicant acquire the necessary points for general skilled migration to Australia, and how the government can make a change that any time that can affect the plan that any applicant has made. Ada tells us what she thinks about Australia now, would she do it again and her advice for others about coming to Australia and studying. We also find out her direct experience about how where you come from can affect the approach the Australian authorities take to your application.
Chukwudi Ogoh tells David and Grant about his reasons for choosing to study in Australia almost a decade ago, and why he chose Australia over the other options - USA, UK, Canada and New Zealand. He tells us what he misses about Nigeria, how he has found visiting other countries, and his feelings about Australia after 8 years. A revealing and very personal chat with a very interesting man.
David and Grant discuss the things a recent graduate needs to know moving from a student visa and progressing through the stages of working in Australia and seeking Permanent Residency in Australia. Graduates often forget to do things on time, or in the correct sequence. If eligible, they do a 485 Visa. Then they look to obtain the requisite points for Age, English, Qualification(s), Australian study, Australian Work Experience, and Status and so on to lodge an Expression of Interest. Depending on their points and what they apply for, they may be invited for a Subclass 189, 190 or 491 Visas. There is a detailed points breakdown, with examples, on the show's website -  migratingtoaustraliapodcast.com Make an appointment with David here, or reach out to him on Twitter @davidbongiorno
Today meet Leandro Bonin, who came to Australia from Brazil to further his education but has ended up settling here, becoming a financial investment adviser, with a special interest in aged care and retirement planning. Follow David on Twitter @DavidBongiorno Make an appointment with David here Contact the show through our website - migratingtoaustraliapodcast.com
In this episode, David takes us through how the issue of your character may affect your chance of getting a visa, using examples of real cases that have been prominent in the media in Australia, and how your actions determine how your character is assessed by the immigration authorities in Australia.  
David talks to Gil from The Lonsdale Institute, which has campuses in Melbourne and Sydney, about studying in Australia. Find out more about the Lonsdale Institute here. Remember you can always book a free introductory appointment with David Bongiorno at www.migratingtoaustraliapodcast.com - Just click on the button!
Farid tells David and Grant about his successful study in Australia, how he builds his life in Australia, while staying connected to Iran, and his thoughts on traffic and the changes he has witnessed during his time living in Australia.
It's a really difficult time for international students who are in Australia during the Covid-19 period in Australia, with disruption to regular course delivery, loss of employment and the lockdown. Gil Polglase from The Lonsdale Institute returns to outline what his college is doing to assist students to maintain their studies and cope with the difficulties that has arisen as a result of the new conditions at the moment. Follow David on Twitter @davidbongiorno Gil is also on Twitter @gilpolglase
In this episode David takes us through his Checklist that he uses for his clients applying for the Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300), for the OFFSHORE Applicant to deal with the interview that occurs with the Immigration Department. Over 14 years, David has collated information about the question s asked and the issues raised in these interviews.  David and Grant have explored all these issues, and share the must do tips and the traps to avoid. In this episode we are focusing on the situation where the Sponsor for this Visa is an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident, or an eligible New Zealand Permanent Resident.  The Applicant is the Non-Australian who is located OFFSHORE. For this visa the Applicant will be interviewed, usually by phone call, by a staff member from an Australian Embassy or High Commission.  It is usually done over the phone, but in rare cases it may occur face-to-face.  David gives an example of how far embassy staff may travel to undertake these interviews. This episode is full of helpful tips, and some warnings about how to handle an interview.  Following are some important items that are very important to bear in mind while preparing for an interview; The Department have your information, and all manner of information about you and your family from other government departments, and other countries. Be totally consistent with your answers. Do not invent an answer if you cannot recall details.  It's better to say you don't recall exactly, but provide context to the answer. Be sure to have developed a Relationship Timeline - you will be expected to know many key dates about your relationship, and important dates and anniversaries within families. You will be expected to know details about your partner and family in minute details - you are expected to know your partner inside-out. You must be familiar with details of previous partners, children, employment history, academic history, living arrangements etc. How you keep in contact will be examined in detail. Keep records of social media chats, email, records of any financial transactions. You will be expected to have evidence to support any claims you make. Your travel with your partner (and without) your partner will be examined. Be sure to have the exact dates and itinerary to hand. If you have travelled with friends or family of your partner, this is fantastic 3rd-party validation and recognition of your relationship. Pictures showing friends and family of your partner is fabulous evidence. The interview should be conducted in your native language.  You have the right to insist on this.  If you do not feel that the person conducting the interview understands your answers properly, you can (and should) insist on an interpreter or translator being involved. You are entitled to this. Do Not take part in an interview being conducted in a language that is not your first language, or that you are not a MASTER of! In an interview like this, the subtleties of language are very important. You will be asked how you communicated with your partner, by what means and in what language.  You will also be asked how you communicate with the parents and family of your partner.  How familiar are they with your relationship? Is it recognised by the family? By friends? By workmates? Is it accepted and approved of?  Be prepared by all manner of questions about this. What do you do if your visa application is not approved?  You can lodge an Application for Review with an independent body, the Migration Review Tribunal. Your partner, the Sponsor, has to lodge this review application, and strict timelines apply. Do not delay in submitting the application for review. There are so many great tips provided by David in this episode, so it really is essential listening if you are applying for the Prospective Partner visa. Also be sure to listen to our earlier episode about the Spouse or Partner Visa. If you need assistance with a visa, make an appointment with David to discuss your situation.  
In this episode David explains how to get your partner a visa for Australia, whether you are in Australia or offshore and whether your partner is in Australia or offshore. David goes through the steps involved, and points out the pitfalls and how you can avoid disappointment and prepare for a happy shared life in Australia.
Something totally different today for you! A walk through of the case for skills-based Permanent Migration with a couple from the United Kingdom. Amanda Younes reached out to us, via the Migrating To Australia Podcast website, and that contact resulted in a discussion with David, walking through the situation of herself and partner, Liam, and the ways they might be able to migrate to Australia as Engineers. A lengthy examination of the available options, the points that may be achieved and possible strategies are explored. This episode will benefit any couples, especially professionals, who are considering migrating together. Australia's points-based skilled migration system can be difficult to get your head around. Understand it better by following through this episode. Here is a list that you need to be familiar when considering Skilled Migration; ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations - November 1990 issue https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/6DEC67C36BED8490CA2584A8000E7A7C?opendocument Contact David via Twitter Make an Appointment with David to discuss your situation.  
Special update on Grant's health following his major surgery and what comes next for him.  Also some commentary on how many highly skilled migrants contributed to his medical care.
David and Grant discuss tips to be successful and the pitfalls to avoid when applying for several classes of visas. Maximise your chances to get a Tourism Visa  Prospective Marriage Visa (300) Working Holiday or "Backpacker Visa" (417 & 462) Skilled Migration (189 & 190) Resident Return Visa (155) Contributory Parent Visa (143) Does Australia have a discriminatory immigration policy based on geography? Australian culture and its effect on our labour market. Make your your applications are completely filled out. What are the Top 10 countries of David's clients? David has interviewed Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Andie Macdowell! David explains how the points required for skilled migration and permanent migration have changed, and what to do about it. The government is trying to change the conditions for gaining citizenship. Bringing your parents to Australia and Grant is shocked by the cost. Handy tip to get your English language test result maximised.
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Jul 20th, 2018
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