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Travel / Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 6:44am On May 09, 2019
Alphadoor:
Federal Election is coming on the 18th of May and everywhere is just as peaceful and sane like every other day. I don't if it's just my area or am I missing the cues
On the news.. nothing out of the ordinary
Watching the debate between the contestants is watching two friends argue about sports.
The way politicians campaign at the train station, no security, no guns.. no eruku... No baba alaye...
people even ignore them in other to catch up with the train...
Only siren I hear is police ambulance or firetrucks or children's toy.
Last week I got two handwritten letters in my mail from a candidate supporter detailing with evidence why I should show my support for their candidates
This might as well be at the top of my own culture shock so far!!!
On the issue of handwritten letter, that thing is still making me wonder. did they really write that themselves?
When they hand me the flyer to vote, i want to tell them i cant vote abeg. no waste your flyer on me.
Travel / Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 1:51am On May 09, 2019
GoodMemory:
This calls for sober reflection on our race and how we see ourselves as a people if in 2019, a human being sees another human being in an office environment for that matter and gets startled or scared.
While I cannot question how individuals choose to react to situations, I think there is need to start looking at where we are coming from and where we are going as black people.
The act on its own is not as important as what prompted it. The white guy has in his deep-seated subconscious mind programmed that black people are a danger, a threat, so, when he saw a one in an unfamiliar space and time, his suspicion came into play. I have personally had about two encounters like that too. One on occasion, the white guy apologized. He himself must have been embarrassed. For Goodness sake, its 2019, black people are everywhere. In our lifetime, we have seen a black man become the world most powerful man. We have seen influencers and achievers like Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson, Neil DeGrasse, Ben Carson etc.

While I agree it might not be a racist act, it is not a sight I will be proud to capture on camera for the fun of it as a black man. Thanks

I typed a really long response to this and I had to delete.
Let me understand you first, you are not happy with how he reacted and the fact he found the whole situation funny?
Travel / Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 11:23pm On May 06, 2019
afosahid:
@bellong @Alphadoor @Bnimz @trastar @goodmemory

What is your take regarding the flu jabs usually given at most work places ahead/during the cold season. Not sure, but i think i remember reading an advice not to take it. Just want to sample different opinions on the subject and what is your reason for taking or refusing to take the vaccine. Thanks


This is the first time I am reading about this. lol
Travel / Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 11:04pm On May 06, 2019
Is there anyone here on 489 visa in SA who moved with Family?
A family member is contemplating it as the only available occupation for her is customer service manager.
I just want to know "how bad" it really is relocating to SA on 489 visa with two kids.
Travel / Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 2:06am On May 02, 2019
afosahid:
Hi All,

Started searching for jobs a few days after landing. I was quite positive my experience was good enough to land me a role in no distant time. Fate had other plans. I apply tire. I was barely getting calls for interviews. I tried every trick in the book but the call backs were very few. My CV was good, my experience was quite relevant to a lot of the roles too. I had to pick up a warehouse role when he wan start to Dey RED. Did that for a month and was out on the market again. I apply taya. I write cover letter taya. I had different versions of my CV that suits different positions that were being advertised. Toned down my CV from 5 pages to 2 pages. For some applications, I had to cut down my years of experience from 9 to less than 5 years. Few call backs I got said they were impressed by my experience, but unfortunately, they needed someone with local Australian experience for the role.

Make I leave am here for now. More details later...

I am curious, what field do you work in?
Also, do you think the 5 page CV affected your applications?
Congratulations on the new job. na God win las las
Travel / Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 1:43am On May 02, 2019
tyosho:
@good memory.

Since you stay in Melbourne,we have a whats app group for melbourne based nigerians where we share ideas,suggestions and try to help each other in the little ways we can.


If there is any other person who lives in Melbourne and would like to be added to the group,kindly let me know.


Alphadoor remember I suggestED whatsapp group for Nigerians in sydney? Oya na

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Travel / Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 2:32am On Mar 22, 2019
citizen202:
can I move in with 2million to Australia ?

Is that for just you or a family of 7? anyways, thats 8k aud.
that's decent if you ask me. hopefully u will get a job before you spend all of that on rent and bond.

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Travel / Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 2:10am On Mar 21, 2019
[quote author=Dharmie02 post=76818264][/quote]

That age thing? Another culture shock.
Both jobs, I had ppl who are close to 50 apply and get it. My colleague is celebrating 50th b-day in India as we speak.
As long as you can do the job I guess no one cares

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Travel / Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 7:19am On Mar 20, 2019
stubbornman:



Nice one dear!!!
what culture shock have you encountered since your landing

i am actually enjoying the cooperation coming from this thread now....thanks to everyone for your input... just keep it coming!!!

Zebra crossing! I might never get used to this..I'd be standing there waiting for road to clear and they will.park too. Refusing to go until I cross.

Another one is ppl wearing the shortest of shorts. Like sometimes I'm looking at part of their bumbum and it's like normal thing. Small sun and everyone has removed cloth..�

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Travel / Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 4:45am On Mar 19, 2019
Concerning getting a job, I have a few advice but before the advice let me tell you ppl story of my job search.
got in 11th of December. started applying for work like a week after.
O boy! I applied for everything. I started getting calls like the next day after I applied.
I feel like customer service and admin roles are the easiest jobs to get here.
insurance companies are always looking for customer service.
got a job and resumption was on 2ND OF Jan with insurance. did not really like the role cos honestly, I was clueless-knowing next to nothing about insurance and the training was not it at all.
so I still kept applying, still kept going for interviews.

the friend I know here already gave me gist of interviews she went for and she was discriminated against because of color so I was sort of prepared when it happened to me.
and because she is a major success story of how you can start from scratch and work your way up here, I just keyed into her ginger.
I mean her first job was as a receptionist and 5 years down the line, senior HR in a huge multinational, trips abroad, company credit card, iphone X and plenty other gengen. so I just told myself, if she can do it, I can.

So when I went for interview for customer service manager with one company and the CEO came in, saw me, told me to pls wait at coffee shop across the road cos the HR manager that will interview me was not in yet, it pained me but not so much. I was prepared for it.
HR manager later called and told me she was asked to cancel the interview and she is sorry.
minutes later, I saw notification on my linkedin of two different ppl from the company viewing my profile, plus CEO and HR manager too.
in revenge, I clicked on” view profile” for every single person in that company too. we dey view each other noni. but thank God that did not click cos that same day, I had interview with a premium car manufacturing company and I got the job.

Pls note these jobs are all contract based. the pay isn’t bad at all. I get paid per hour but it means you get paid just for the number of hours’ u work for, no leave payment or any of that. I also don’t mind because it means I am not tied to any company and I can keep searching till I find a great place.

So my advice for anyone coming to Sydney is;

1. Blow your own horn during interviews. don’t doubt yourself. the things that won’t impress a Nigerian interviewer impresses them here. The average Nigerian employee normally do roles meant for 3 to 4 people here. so when you are telling them about what your job entailed back home, don’t make it seem small or not a big deal. list and list.

2. Apply to as many jobs as you can, don’t be discouraged by the nos. just keep applying, its kuku free.

3. They really do not ask to see physical copies of your degree certificates, (even for my husband who is in IT) this means they rely on what you say a lot. But they asked for evidence of IT certifications though. so your destiny na your mouth and cv e dey. not asking anyone to be dishonest and go and list what u did not do or degree u do not have ooo. but be ready to use your mouth to defend whatever you write in cv. this is easier for those of us in the not technical fields. we can easily learn on the job but if you are not a programmer and you claim programmer. Well...

4. Another trick my friend told me was –remove anything with Nigeria in your CV. don’t let them judge u before meeting you. let them at least hear u talk before assuming u can’t offer anything. so a lot of times they call and they don’t even realise experiences I listed were all in Nigeria. I got so many interviews even me sef begin turn them down.

5. Concerning colleagues, if you are like me who thought Nigerians are “bad” when it comes to office politics, be ready for a shocker here. Oyibo ppl gossip pass us. my Gahd! someone will stand now and next minute they are gossiping them. next minute they are smiling at them. If you ever thought they are superior morally, just know now that all of us are humans. na skin color differ.

6. My husband got a job in his field-IT Networking- like two weeks after I got mine. his job is full time and although it took time, he was patient and because I was working, he can afford to be patient. if you can, don’t get caught up doing hustle job that u won’t have time to chase proper jobs in your career line.

7. I felt bad about my accent initially but different ppl form several countries work with me.
South African, Zimbabwean-the only other black person asides myself, etc. everyone get accent so we dey. you need a lot of thick skin and a container load of self-confidence.
8. I am still searching, my mouth is wide now. so yeah..

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Travel / Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 1:40am On Mar 09, 2019
Who is going to the africulture event in sydney today? Hollaa

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Travel / Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 2:45am On Dec 23, 2018
yese001:
N

Hi Trastar,

Thanks for the detailed experience shared.

Kindly help with response on the below;

Which airline did you fly and also the cost? Also, did IOM include extra charges?

Thanks to respond.

Cheers.

It was emirates. Cost was about 480k+ per person. Iom charges a service fee but that’s what I calculated plus the price of ticket and all that came to about 480k per person.
There’s also extra luggage charge which isn’t included because it depends on u and your luggage .

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Travel / Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 7:40am On Dec 19, 2018
Finally graduated from the DIY thread to the Living in Aussie thread.
We thank the lord.

Moved to Aussie with my husband on the 11th of December (8 days ago).
First few days was spent sleeping and readjusting to Aussie time.
Flight was booked through IOM aussie so we came in through Dubai. That 13 hours from Dubai ti Sydney na die!
Unlike a lot of people, we didn’t bother to carry any Naija food except suya spice because “e go finish at some point” and we honestly don’t eat lots of local meals even in Nigeria at home. So there’s not so much we’d miss anyways. We arrived at about 11:pm. All they did at customs was scan passport.
They didn’t even check the boxes. We were just asked if we brought any food item and we stated “blended pepper and spices “. He just stamped the yellow card given on the plane and that was it.

We have sorted Medicare and opened bank accounts. Got opal cards for moving around in trains and Buses. Pretty easy to get used to.
We are currently staying with a friend at Riverwood but will be moving by weekend to Hillsdale. It’s a shared apartment and 290 per week. This comes with all bills and there’s also furniture available so we thought it’s a good idea for temporary stay since we don’t have jobs yet and don’t know where we’d be working in Sydney yet.

Job search has been really interesting. Actively started applying two days ago and I’ve gotten three phone calls so far and an interview that was eventually canceled cos the client of the recruitment agency changed their minds on requirements and insisted on having just citizens.
I am open to anything in Customer service and office administration Incase anyone knows or has any info.
My husband is an IT network engineer but open to entry level positions in IT.

I’m still in shock at how far behind we are in Nigeria. Everything works!
Chai!
Available for any holiday outing as it looks like most companies are closing for the year on Friday.
One can easily get bored here tho. Especially if you are used to the Lagos fast paced lifestyle.

That’s all for now.

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Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 11:50pm On Nov 04, 2018
To
jonababa:
Please do I qualify for partner point if my wife studied accounting (HND) but does not have a work experience in that field.

PS: I am am accountant with over 8years experience.
@bellong @Alphadoor
To qualify for partner point your partner has to access and get a positive assessment from assessment body responsible for her occupation.
So the question should be whether she will get a positive assesment with no work experience...
I can’t say. Maybe accountants in the house can help with that.

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Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 11:47pm On Nov 04, 2018
lovebayus:
Hello everyone,
I recently got a negative assessment with Vetassess for Marketing Specialist. Apparently I didn't prepare thoroughly so my BSC was assessed as AQF Associate degree.
I want to reassess now as customer service manager.

Question: 1. Has anyone done this before?
2. Will VETASSESS refer to the earlier documents I submitted for the first one.

I need help pls.
Thanks
Your BSC being assessed as associate degree doesn’t really have anything to do with your preparation. You can’t package that as they have criteria and rules they follow to determine what your degree is equivalent to.
Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 11:44pm On Nov 04, 2018
white99:
Congratulation to sporoxy1 and trastar, Welcome back zany i miss your word's of encouragement.
This race is not for the soft hearted.

Thank you
Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 11:43pm On Nov 04, 2018
Alphadoor:
Updated

Honorary Roll Call .

If you know..... you know grin

E fit be you too ooo.

Don't be passing by.....


Bellong
Jukeblam
Tyosho
Malkingburg
Sammywemmy
Cuteannie02
Akinnawou
Pinoralia
Kempguy47
Sesal
Oknee
Ome240
Jamson
Bolaobby
Vinsmuft
Chidike
Incemay
Martinoonline
Funkyjo
Catchdwind4rmkd
Bnimz
Greeneophyte
Majiouk2002
Baenoz
Disectur
Yoctek
Eladua
Blitzenkreig66
Royal54
Doyen06
Yeeshas
Babylove01
Samge
Duch1020
Ozymigrant
Sofi05
Iceberg54
Lalaazo
Nosula
Teejah80
Omooloriredade
Hephziebah
Sujydee
Olalekankad
Ibiyemiara
Humanshado
Ifexsco
Kamotisha
Mctowel01
Yinlak
Johnsontade
Scrollmeout
Hordunayodt
Zoew
Manga5
Aussy4life 
00francis
teewhysafe
Bellacious
NNBB2012
afolaseg
SallyAUS
Cottyekundayo
Solace5
misoke
neks01
afosahid
emmabogs
ALPHADOOR
jayooh
Aub430
Michealmo
Trastar
Spyroxy1


Look at my fine name.
God is good.
This list will continue to grow. Amen.

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Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 4:57pm On Nov 03, 2018
catchdwind4rmkd:
Congrats @Trastar
Best wishes

thank you

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Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 4:56pm On Nov 03, 2018
mamajaz:
It's been long I came home last. Congrats to Trastar, spyroxyl1, and other grantees. May the land cooperate with you for progress, breakthrough and break forth.
And to my person that got negative from vetasses, may you get the needed strength to do it again and get it right, so sorry about that.
Chief Bellong, happy belated birthday, more money in your pockets.

thank you Mama
Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 7:12pm On Nov 01, 2018
Jesona:
Congratulations to you, @trastar.
Thank you
Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 7:11pm On Nov 01, 2018
spyroxy1:
Yes my people. The deal was sealed at exactly 2.22am this morning between me and Scott Morisson.

Help me thank God and appreciate HIM.

Lodged April 13 2018
Granted Nov 1 2018
No Contact at all.
Visa 189
IED Feb 28 2019

#COTERIE #EFMNG #WTFMNG #KSP #GIN #GIH
Cc @bellong, Azy123, Alphadoor, Afosahid , Tuteso, zannyzara, Michaelamo, majiouk2002, afolasaeg, olalekankad, kamotisha, and you.

Wow! Congratulations too.
To think we submitted days apart and grant cake in a day after the other.

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Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 8:57pm On Oct 31, 2018
wapu:


Congratulations.

Any CO contact?

Was EV done?

No CO contact.
Not sure about EV.
Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 3:54pm On Oct 31, 2018
jayooh:

Congratulations... and jubilation..., celebration in our nation. Congrats ma'am.

Though the wait must have been frustrating but it had paid off. The Goodness of the land will fall upon you abundantly by God's special Grace.

Cheers grin

I almost lost my mind from waiting. I don check immitracker tire. everyone needs a distraction once you pay for visa and apply. That’s the only way to remain sane.

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Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 3:53pm On Oct 31, 2018
bellong:


Thank you..

@trastar,

Congratulations

Thank you! For being a blessing to loads and loads of people. God bless you abundantly.
Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 3:52pm On Oct 31, 2018
zanyzara:


Yipeee!!!. Congratulations! Go forth and prosper.

Zany.
Thank you �
Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 12:17pm On Oct 31, 2018
Bossladyorigina:
Congratulations to you and your family.

Please do tell - how many points did you score and when did you submit EOI?
Also, it is only NSW you selected for 190?


Point was 70 + 5 (ss)
We selected two states. Got ITA from both.
One was approved and the other (Victoria) denied.
Submitted EOI since Feb last year with 60.Got updated to 65 in October. Got updated to 70 in November.
Got ITA from Victoria on 2nd January.
Got ITA from NSW on 1st of February.
Got approval and ITA from skillselect in March.

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Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 10:05am On Oct 31, 2018
198 days later.
We finally got our grant.

190 visa for husband and myself (I didn’t change my last name and all we submitted for proof is marriage certificate and joint account).
Occupation is Computer network and systems engineer.
State sponsorer-NSW
Applied -April 16

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Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 7:18am On Oct 10, 2018
flyca:

Thanks so much, I appreciate your response. I would take out a few months so improve on IELTS score. Then continue processing.

But a quick question/ clarification please. What do you mean by “extra points”. Can extra points be awarded? For free or what basis? For what visa types?

Also, are some visa types more valuable than some others (189, 190 and 480) when one arrives Australia? Please help me understand.
Thanks in advance

I honestly believe PTE is easier to pass and I will advise you consider that. Also cheaper. Except of course you are trying to use IELTS for something else.

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Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 8:07am On Sep 26, 2018
bellong:


Are you planning to forge them?

If you are providing the original documents, I don't think you should be worried about whether they verify them or not.

LMAO
Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 10:08pm On Sep 23, 2018
etrange:
Please, how does one send transcript to Australian Computer Society?

For you to be asking this question, there's a high chance you are about to waste 150k.
Everything you need to know is on their website, take your time and digest it all.

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Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 12:19pm On Sep 22, 2018
Congratulations @Jayooh
You saw it coming when you booked that space.
Travel / Re: DIY Guide To Australian Permanent Resident Visa - Part 2 by trastar(f): 11:55am On Sep 21, 2018
Alphadoor:
I tried to write a timeline but it ended up being a time rope grin grin grin grin


Story Story............Storieeeeeee


How many names I wan mention now oooo. On this journey I have meet a lot of people, made so many friends and my contact list has grown immensely , I wanna say a very big thanks to everyone including you too.

Stay Organic
#COTERIE
#WKPS
#EFMNG
#WTFMNG


Congratulations Alphadoor.
you have paid your dues on this thread sha..
Let me know when to start helping you advertise all household items you want to sell. cheesy

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