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  1. 887 Visa - What's the update?

    Congratulations Razor, thank's for sharing your update.
  2. Telephone and Internet

    Good internet service is going to come down to what's available in your area. You can see if NBN is available at http://www.nbnco.com.au/connect-home-or-business/check-your-address.html ADSL availability can be checked (up to a point) on each providers website - Telstra, Optus, iinet, TPG etc Although ADSL may come down to if there's any physical ports spare at the exchange which can be checked at https://www.telstrawholesale.com.au/products/broadband/adsl/adsl-reports-plans.html
  3. Last updated on the 6 April 2017 Processing times for state nomination of skilled and business migrants vary across visa types. Immigration SA makes every effort to process all nominations quickly – within the timeframes listed – but this does depend on the documentation you provide. If during assessment we discover more information is needed, processing will take longer. Immigration SA will notify you or the authorised recipient by email once a decision has been reached. General skilled nomination applications Application type Current average processing time Skilled provisional nomination subclass 489/190 3 weeks Employer nomination applications for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) which require RCB advice Application type Current average processing time Applications for RCB advice 5 weeks Business migration nomination applications Application type Current average processing time Innovation and investment provisional nomination subclass 188 Business owner permanent nomination subclass 892/893 Investor retirement provisional nomination subclass 405 - including renewal applications Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888) 2 weeks Business talent permanent nomination subclass 132 2 weeks Significant investor provisional nomination subclass 188 1 week For information on DIBP visa processing times please refer directly to their website: Visa application processing times please note that details for visa type 132, 888 and 405 are not provided. Sourced on 30th April 2017: http://www.migration.sa.gov.au/resources/processing-times
  4. Every Month Immigration South Australia holds Information sessions in Adelaide to help new arrivals settle in to South Australia. State nominated migrants are encouraged to register and attend an information session hosted by Immigration SA soon after arrival in South Australia. The sessions cover important issues such as: Lifestyle and work opportunities in regional South Australia Employment assistance – details of service providers able to assist you to gain employment in South Australia Starting your own business Your responsibilities as a state nominated visa holder Pathways to permanency for provisional visa subclasses 495, 475, 487 and 489. Presenters from a variety of agencies are available to answer your questions after each session. Information Sessions are held monthly at: Time: 1:30pm - 3.00pm (entry from 1:15pm) Venue: Theatrette, Ground Floor, 55 Currie Street, Adelaide The information sessions are on the following dates: 17th May 2017 14th June 2017 Registration links for the sessions can be found at: https://apply.migration.sa.gov.au/infosession/list.php (If you don't already have an account on the Immigration South Australia site, you'll have to register first.)
  5. CommSec have just released it's latest quarterly 'State of the States' report. The April 2017 economic performance report is below. How are Australia’s states and territories performing? Each quarter CommSec attempts to find out by analysing eight key indicators: economic growth; retail spending; equipment investment; unemployment; construction work done; population growth; housing finance and dwelling commencements. Just as the Reserve Bank uses long-term averages to determine the level of “normal” interest rates; we have done the same with the economic indicators. For each state and territory, latest readings for the key indicators were compared with decade averages – that is, against the “normal” performance. The latest State of the States report also includes a section comparing annual growth rates for the eight key indicators across the states and territories as well as Australia as a whole. This enables another point of comparison – in terms of economic momentum. How are Australia’s states and territories performing? - South Australia remains in 7th place For each state and territory, latest readings for the key indicators were compared with decade averages – that is, against the ‘normal’ performance. The State of the States report also includes a section comparing annual growth rates for the eight key indicators across the states and territories as well as Australia as a whole. This enables another point of comparison – in terms of economic momentum. The latest data indicates a multi-speed national economy. NSW is solidly on top with little to separate ACT and Victoria. Then there is a gap to Tasmania, Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia then another gap to Western Australia NSW has solidly held the position as the best performing economy, at or near the top on all indicators. The ACT has moved into second spot, improving its relative position on five of the eight indicators. Victoria has eased to third spot on the economic performance rankings but there is little to separate the state from the ACT. Tasmania remains in fourth spot just ahead of Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia. The rankings haven’t changed in the last quarter. Western Australia continues to lag other economies and annual growth rates remain below national averages on all indicators. 7th. South Australia Strength: Business Investment Weakness: Unemployment Insights into South Australia The South Australian economy is in seventh position. South Australia is middle-ranked on business investment and fifth-ranked on dwelling starts. Summary NSW has retained its top rankings on business investment, retail trade and dwelling starts. NSW is in second spot on unemployment, construction work and economic growth. NSW is in third spot on housing finance and unemployment. The ACT has lifted to second spot and is now top-ranked on housing finance. The Territory is second on two indicators and third on another three. Victoria is in third spot, easing in its relative position on business investment and housing finance. Victoria leads on population growth. There is little to separate other economies and there have been no changes in rankings. Tasmania holds its position in fourth spot but there is little to separate it from Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia. Tasmania is now in second spot for unemployment. Queensland remains in fifth position on the economic performance rankings. Queensland is benefitting from strong export growth which will boost overall growth of Gross State Product (economic growth). Exports are growing at a 43 per cent annual rate. The Northern Territory remains in sixth position on the economic performance rankings. The Territory is still ranked first on construction work done and unemployment and is now also top-ranked on economic growth. But on forward-looking indicators like population growth, housing finance and home starts, the Territory lags other economies. The South Australian economy is in seventh position. South Australia is middle-ranked on business investment and fifth-ranked on dwelling starts. The economic performance of Western Australia continues to reflect the ending of the mining construction boom. But unemployment has eased over the past 3 months. The Full Report can be downloaded here - Source: https://www.commsec.com.au/stateofstates
  6. Forum upgrade news

    I've posted some help guides in the articles Directory at:- https://www.pomsinadelaide.com/articles.html/forum-help/
  7. Searching the Community

  8. Account Settings

    Account settings By selecting your name and then notification settings on the front end of the site, you will be presented with a screen similar to the below where you can change various settings related to your account as seen and illustrated in the image below. Overview On the overview page you will see the accounts you are connected to such as facebook, google+ and more, along with links to the other settings in which you can access from this page. You will also notice various tabs where you can change your email address, password, display name and any linked accounts. Linking accounts When clicking to link an account on any of the available you will be given the relevant options that you can select relating to this. For example, below you will see the Facebook settings which allow you to syncronise various elements of your site and facebook. Notification Settings Selecting notification settings on in the "Other Settings" section of the overview page will present you with all the options for how notifications are create for you by default when creating or replying to content, along with other events on the site. In the top section of this page you will see something similar to the below. First of all you will notice on the right the "Browser notifications enabled" sign. This means that if your browser allows desktop notifications, it will notify you even when you are not active on that page. On the left you will see a series of options which will allow you to set the automatic notification options relevant to your account. So for example you may want to be automatically set as following an item of content and receive notifications for that followed content whenever you reply to an item. From here you can set this up. In the botton half of the page, you can then set up the notification types for each notifiable item on the site. So you may wish to set up notifications and emails for when someone sends you a message on the site, however you may only want to get a notification in the notification list for someone who sets to follow you. Ignored Users You can get to the Ignored users list by clicking this item in the "Other Settings" section of the overview page. Ignored users is a facility on your site where you can (depending on permissions) set a member to ignored in order to not see any content from that member. So if they post within a topic and you are ignoring them, you will not see that ignored content. This can be useful for filtering out people who you have no interest in reading the content of. To do this you would simply add their name into the box provided and add them to the list.
  9. Sending and Receiving Messages

    Sending messages between members on the forum is a simple but powerful tool members can use to communicate with each other away from the forum. When receiving a message, you will see a number appear next to your inbox icon showing the number of unread messages that you have. This would be similar to the image below. Sending and receiving messages Clicking on the notification icon will show you the messages you have received. You can click on these to view any of the message or visit your inbox. You will see that you can also compose a new message from the same dropdown menu if you wish to do so. In addition to being able to sent messages from the "Compose new" button, you can also send a message to a user from anywhere on the site, direct from the users name. You would do this by hovering over the username and selecting the message button Composing a message is very similar to composing a topic on the site. You can send messages to multiple recipients by typing their names within the "To" box. This field will suggest names by filtering through the member list as you type. Managing your messages When entering your inbox you will be presented with a screen similar to the below. From here you can search you messages, click on them to view, reply to your messages, filter and more. Clicking on the button in the top right will allow you to add folders to organise your messages. Clicking on this button will present you with a text box in which to enter a new folder name. You can move messages to another folder using the button in the top right of any message.
  10. Editing Your Profile

    Each member of the forum has a profile that can be viewed by other members (should they have permission to do so) and can be customised to the members liking. A members content and other important information relating a member can be found in this area. Editing your profile information To get to your profile you can select your name at the top of the page and select "Profile" as seen in the image below. Once you have entered your profile, you will see a screen similar to the below. At present you will see there is only activity showing, however if you have gallery albums, blogs and more, you will also see tabs for these with each having your own albums, blogs etc. To edit your profile information, select the "Edit Profile" button in the top right. Once clicked you will be presented with the edit profile screen. From here you will be able edit your Birthday, Enable and disable status updates on your profile, and change your "About me" information. In addition to this information, you may see custom profile fields that have been added within the admin CP. Changing your cover photo On IPS 4 you can change your own cover photo (subject to permissions) by selecting the "Cover Photo" option in the top right. Changing your profile photo Profile photos are shown on your profile, and throughout the site as your 'avatar' within posts and other community content. You can add a photo by upload or from another URL on the internet, then resize and position this as appropriate. Viewing content From any members profile, you can see all the activity of that member by selecting the "See My Activity" button in the top right of the profile. This will then present you with a filterable list of content that the member has posted on the community. Profile Privacy You can choose not to show your recent profile visitors on the page by disabling that block from being shown to other users by clicking the link provided for that purpost within the "Recent Profile Visitors" block on the left of your profile. You may also choose to disable the ability for users to be able to follow you. This can be achieved by changing the options within the followers block, as per image below.
  11. Managing Followed Content

    Managing followed content With all the content that you can follow on the forum, it is important that you can manage this easily and in one place. You can manage your followed content in this way by selecting your name in the top right, then selecting "Manage Followed Content" When clicking on this option, you will be presented with the following screen. You will notice that you can filter through different types of content using the menu on the left of the page To change the way in which you follow (or indeed remove completely) you can select the Change Preference button provided next to a given item. This will then present you with the various options you can change. In addition to this method, you can also do this with multiple items at once. To do this, you select the checkboxes next to each item that you want to change. On clicking one or more of these checkboxes, you will be shown a menu at the bottom of the screen to change the options as you wish. This is shown in the screenshot below.
  12. Forum upgrade news

    Late this evening and tomorrow morning, the website will be offline while I move the forum to a new software platform. After the move, the forum will be fully mobile mobile compatible and more secure. Once it's back online, I'll be posting help articles to assist members with the transition to the new software. I know change can be a pain but it's become something of a necessity given parts of the forum software are no longer supported. If you have any questions, post move, I'll be starting a Q & A thread to hopefully address any issues. Thanks Admin
  13. Just for info, in case new immigrants aren't aware, the South Australian Government holds monthly information sessions for new arrivals. State nominated migrants are encouraged to register and attend an information session hosted by Immigration SA soon after arrival in South Australia. Information sessions are held in Adelaide once a month to help new arrivals settle in to South Australia. The sessions cover important issues such as: your responsibilities as a state nominated visa holder employment assistance – details of service providers able to assist you to gain employment in South Australia pathways to permanency for provisional visa subclasses 495, 475, 487 and 489 Lifestyle and work opportunities in regional South Australia.Starting your own business Presenters from a variety of agencies are available to answer your questions after each session. The dates for the next sessions are as follows: [TABLE] [TR] [TD]13-01-2016[/TD] [TD]Register[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]10-02-2016[/TD] [TD]Register[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] If you obtained a visa under the State Territory Nominated Independent (STNI) or the Skilled Independent (SIR/SRS) schemes you are strongly advised to attend an information session. Information Sessions are held at: Time: 1:30pm - 3.00pm (entry from 1:15pm) Venue: Theatrette, Ground Floor, 55 Currie Street, Adelaide Business Migrant Appointment Day In addition to the information sessions above, Immigration SA also hold Open Day meetings every Tuesday to help South Australian state nominated business migrants or potential business migrants visiting South Australia. Open day meetings are a free person-to-person service provided by Immigration SA for business migrants during their time as provisional visa holders or potential business migrants visiting South Australia. The meetings are designed to answer any questions relating to nomination requirements and settlement in South Australia. To attend an open day, book @ https://apply.migration.sa.gov.au/
  14. The latest South Australia State Nominated Occupation Lists (as of 02/01/2016) can be found below. [pdf]http://www.pomsinadelaide.com/images/sa02012016.pdf[/pdf]
  15. The latest processing times for South Australia (updated mid Dec 2015) can be found below Processing times for state nomination of skilled and business migrants vary across visa types. Immigration SA makes every effort to process all nominations quickly – within the timeframes listed – but this does depend on the documentation you provide. If during assessment we discover more information is needed, processing will take longer. Immigration SA will notify you or the authorised recipient by email once a decision has been reached. General skilled nomination applications [TABLE=width: 100%] [TR] [TH]Application type[/TH] [TH]Current average processing time[/TH] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Skilled provisional nomination subclass 489/190[/TD] [TD=align: center]4 weeks[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Employer nomination applications for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) which require RCB advice [TABLE=width: 100%] [TR] [TH]Application type[/TH] [TH]Current average processing time[/TH] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Applications for RCB advice[/TD] [TD=align: center]4 weeks[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Business migration nomination applications [TABLE=width: 100%] [TR] [TH]Application type[/TH] [TH]Current average processing time[/TH] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Innovation and investment provisional nomination subclass 188 Business owner permanent nomination subclass 892/893 Investor retirement provisional nomination subclass 405 -including renewal applications[/TD] [TD=align: center]2 weeks[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Business talent permanent nomination subclass 132[/TD] [TD=align: center]2 weeks[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Significant investor provisional nomination subclass 188[/TD] [TD=align: center]1 week[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]