Month: April 2007

Hello Baby! - Optimized blue ocean1 - Getting Down Under

Hello Baby!

Since announcing we were pregnant a number of weeks ago the ‘bump’ has been growing large and strong. We had our 19 and a bit week scan today and I’m chuffed to bits to say that baby is doing well, growing in all of the right places and was very well behaved as ‘it’ had …

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Hoons – A Yorkshiremans guide

Hoons, a strange old word and a word I’ve been hearing a lot of since moving to Australia. Hoon is an Australian and New Zealand colloquial term applied to normally young individuals who typically drive fast and dangerously. The term is also used as a verb: “to hoon” or “to hoon around”, meaning to act …

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English Language threshold increased for General Skilled Migration Programme - Optimized blue ocean1 - Getting Down Under english-language-proficiency, general-skilled-migration, language-scores, visa-applicants

English Language threshold increased for General Skilled Migration Programme

Federal Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews has announced changes that he says will require higher standards of English among people coming to Australia to study and work. The changes to the General Skilled Migration programme (GSM) will be introduced on 1 September 2007. People who have made an application for a skilled visa on or before …

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Juniors picking up the accents

As those of you who have been following the Blog for some time will already know, one of the main reasons why we choose to move to Australia when we did is because we wanted our four year old son to get into the Aussie ‘system’ at as early a stage as possible. We’ve always …

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Current Australian Immigration processing lead time as of April 2007 - Optimized blue ocean1 - Getting Down Under Australia-Visa, lead-times, processing-times

Current Australian Immigration processing lead time as of April 2007

Firstly, because of the number of questions normally raised in response to these updates I have turned comments off. Please use our forums for any visa related enquiries. You’ll get a much quicker response this way. To visit our forums please click here. Now onto the update: The ASPC is still experiencing some delays in …

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