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  1. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    The 100 points check is usually what they do to assess your rental eligibility. Real Estate agents usually check your rental history and if you don't have one (meaning you are new here) they will be slightly hesitant (at least what I've felt). Your best bet would be to get a friend or an acquaintance to agree to share with you for a very short term (3 months or so) and then use that reference as a basis to look for your own rental place. Even so, you will have more chance building up your rental credibility with private renters than the Real Estate agents, who are usually very fussy and are trying to get their work done with least amount of hassle. If you look for private renters and inspect their property, you will get a good chance to build some good rapport with them, have a little chat, make friends with them, they'll definitely remember you when they go through selecting an application from the bunch of submissions they received. Also this is a tip than a surefire way, but you might want to overbid for a rental place if you really want to have a chance rather than getting neglected when you don't have rental history (i.e. if a property offered at $300/wk you could try raising it by $5/$10/$20 depending on your liking at the place so they'll be tempted to pick you) Good luck!
  2. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Congrats on receiving your grant mate! I am not sure if the banks will ask for proof of your address though, but in terms of minimum account keeping fees, I would suggest ING who won't charge you unlike the exorbitant amounts the other banks charge, and also give you with facility to withdraw from any Australia-wide ATM for no fee, and if you look in terms of saving for the longer term, they provide you with (currently) one of the highest savings interest rates. I'm no advocate but give it a try and see. Cheers!
  3. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Always a pleasure @Happy and lucky. Been in the same shoes and I understand your situation. This forum is all about giving each other a much needed hand whenever in need. Good luck with your moving and shoot any questions you may have in future on here. Exciting times ahead!!
  4. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Hi Happy & Lucky, Congratulations on achieving the first step on what is to become the best decision of your life! I was on the same boat as you since I moved to ADL late '15. I have a similar background just like you so I will try answering your questions as best as I can. 1. Software Dev in ADL is booming, you will come across a lot of temp/contract jobs as you go on looking for jobs especially if you're into .NET/Azure/AWS/DevOps roles. With my experience, it took me 7 months to land on my first permanent technical job, and I noticed the job offers in the market kept increasing. Even though people may whinge that ADL does not cater enough jobs, in IT your chances will never dry up. 2. Recruiters and employers will most probably ask for your "onshore" experience, but don't lose heart, there will always be few offers waiting for the new starters. These will most likely be entry level wage jobs that may be temp/contract, but that's the best way for you to start to secure onshore work experience. Applying for jobs and resume writing is an acquired skill around here. Most employers have keyword processing so a resume you send will most likely to go through one that pick them the most relevant candidates. So if you are really serious about a job, make sure you have all the keywords included in your resume, and have your cover letter specifically tailored for that employer showing them your unique interest for the position advertised. Appear confidently and politely at your interview, and always speak genuinely. The more you showcase that you are a person with good work ethic, attitude and are passionate about what you do, and a person who they think they can integrate to the company culture, the higher the chances of a successful interview. I hope you get what I mean, "Your attitude, is Number#1" 3. I have not had experiences with this, but I think chances are quite slim. They always look at the onshore talent pool and they only look elsewhere if they have no other choice or the position is absolutely unique. Having said that, I should mention that I do have a friend who received a job offer that way. 4. I went with BUPA. They have what is called Overseas Visitor Health Cover for 489 holders. You may not have much luck finding cheaper options, but BUPA have done me good when I was on 489. 5. You have enough time to think about this, hang around this forum, there are so many similar cases and experienced members from whom you can get an idea. 6. Nothing, try your best to stay 2 years within your allowed postcodes, try not to move places a lot and collect, collate and keep all your Government sent doccos and bills in one place. It will come in handy at the point when you are applying for 887. Same goes with work, do 1 year full-time, collect all contracts, salary slips, PAYG payments at the end of each FY. 7. You can/must live and work within the given postcodes for the entire period including the transition time from 489 to 887 (read SunnySideUp's FAQs, it's very helpful). People have got away with moving out to different areas once applying for 887, but I wouldn't take the risk if I were you. 8. Sorry mate, no idea as I did mine by myself. You will understand whether you will be able to do this or not as time comes along, I suggest you not to worry about this right now. 9. Good luck! Welcome to the land of promise, the best decision you'll ever make in your life!
  5. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Thanks for keeping this rolling forward @Sunnysideup! It's either you do some heads-up and do the easier way and find yourself in a rut the harder way. Cheers!
  6. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Subsequent entrant is possible when you're still in 489. As soon as you apply for 887, I'd reckon you waive your ability to make a 489 subsequent entrant application because you move into a much greyer area halfway towards 887. It's one of those grey areas, I think the best would be to speak to a (proper) MARA agent if the specific case seems complicated enough
  7. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    I agree with @Russki. If your country appears wrong in the spreadsheet, you can always go and change it, no need to ask for permission from anyone around hey, and if you'd like to remain anonymous on the country, you can do so no fuss. I have always enjoyed looking at the country column thinking to myself how much of a wonderfully diversified country we are blessed to live in.
  8. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Well, I like your independent way of thinking, but unfortunately the IMMI seem to need for us to show some degree of *dependence/interdependence/connection* to people/entities who are already settled in Australia. In other words, they reckon we need to be *Endorsed* by someone who they can *Trust*. It's a funny thing, but that's how the things roll around here, so if I were you I'd rather ride with the wave than be sorry later Tread your own path
  9. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Hi Dave, as mentioned same thing happened to me because I filled up my parents'/siblings' details in the application and they got added into the system. All I had to do afterwards is to submit a 'Notification of Incorrect Answers' form, I think that's form 1023 and you can find it in the portal itself under Update Details or similar
  10. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    My bad, when I said bank statements, I meant only the front pages with your details on it. So if you collate 2 years that will at most be 24 statements, but since my bank sends out quarterly statements it was only 8 statements, thus 8 pages. You also can blank out/ blur transactions that you don't want them to see.
  11. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Wow!! Sophorn seems to be on a roll, may be he/she won a lottery congrats everyone who received their grants today! It's partaaaaaay time mates!
  12. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    There certainly seems to be a painful update, ain't it? If I reflect back to what I did, I submitted all of the above except for the Form 1221, which is a real headache. I suggest everyone to submit all supportive documents, however how slim they might seem to relate, i.e. Employment Contract on top of the collection of Salary Slips, attaching Marriage Certificate on your spouse's document upload segment, joint bank accounts/ utility statements, any other bills on your spouse's name will greatly help your chance for a direct grant even if they have not explicitly asked for them. Best of luck to everyone who is waiting, I'm rooting for the fighting spirits in all of you!
  13. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    No positive response on you so far @Russki?
  14. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Thank you very much for all the wishes guys!!! I am over the moon. I wish our petition has actually made some reaching out and the process gets faster so you all will be released from your unnecessary waiting game. Wish you all nothing but the BEST of the BEST!
  15. kV-IsMyShortName

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Okay so here's my checklist, nothing out of ordinary than what you'll have already seen. I strictly followed what they have requested and their tooltip on each of them: - Proof of residency: I arranged my bank statements, rego notices and also lease agreements in a way to cover up each time period. I.e. X1 bank statement - Nov15 to Jan16, X2 bank statement- Feb16 to Apr16, Y lease doc - Apr16 to Apr17 etc. I lived only at 2 places during this period so might have eased my cause too - Proof of employment: I started working full time from Jul16 so I did have pay slips collected each month for about 18 months. I collated all of them onto a single PDF for decluttering. Also inclded my PAYG notices and employment contracts - Proof of identity: Passport, Birth certificate original certified and a translated copy, driving licence, medicare, bank cards - Overseas police clearance, AFP check - Photographs - Marriage certificate original certified and a translated copy - Same set of documents for my wife + IELTS for her - Form80 I double, triple, quadruple checked it. Please do it guys, it saves a lot of your time and hassle if you provide correct answers at the first go itself. Ask any question here if you aren't sure of any question there - I also made multiple errors at different times like entering my parents and siblings into application, and I promptly submitted Form 1023 through the portal itself. I also informed them my change of conditions like changes of address, change of passport immediately through Form 1022 the same way. Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
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