Back for the blog again with a couple of weeks’ absence and I realised that some spammers are getting through with fake admiring comments, but I hit the Spam button soon as I saw the quirky backlinks. Nice try fellows, close but no cigar. Not really black SEO, this kind of backlinking is still a trifle annoying.
And here goes some random updates on life at yours truly. For starters, I finally put all the paperwork together and submitted my application for residency! Forms, testimonials, photographs, bills and whatnot, it’s been a drag. The partner visa may not be as tough as an GSM (General Skilled Migrant) independent visa in terms of prepping paperwork but it’s still pretty tedious.
Sharing some tidbits for other aspiring applicants here:
- Organise the forms, double-check make sure everything is signed and everything on the checklist has been included. This includes the passport photographs of both parties, don’t leave that out. And make sure the document copies are certified correctly, the police station would be a good option.
- Writing down all the places you have been to and have resided in the past 10 years, not that hard. Writing down all the time periods from checking passport stamps, now that’s a nightmare. For someone who has not been travelling all that much it already is a major hassle. I shudder at the thought of those people who flit about the globe incessantly.
- I would suggest that you organise some of the evidence of relationship by year, which is something V thought up. For example place all the 2009 evidence together, which could be copies of certified utility bills, credit card bills or bank statements from both parties.
- On writing about our relationship, I basically did a page and three quarters on how we entered into a relationship, the years in Melbourne and how we manage our daily routine (finances, chores) as well as our hopes for the future.
- The photographs can be lumped into a single folder or plastic sleeve, with the event and date written on the back. Or you could stick ’em all onto A4 papers and caption them, that would work too.
- Deliver the application down by hand to the DIAC office in the city, gives you peace of mind that the application is at least received and acknowledged instead of getting lost somewhere in the mail system – and where would you be at that point? Get there early before 0900hrs, take a number, sit down make payment and you should get everything done before 1000hrs.
- You can apply for Medicare right after receiving the acknowledgement letter; head over to a Medicare branch, fill up the form and wait for the card to arrive in the mail.
- Called to immigration and verified these bits:
- For people who are on a subclass 457 working visa at the time of application, you will enter into a bridging visa A at the time of your 457 visa expiry. This bridging visa inherits all conditions of your subclass 457, so it functions exactly like a time extension on your work visa until a decision is reached on your residency application.
- Should you happen to be unemployed for any reason while holding a subclass 457 or a bridging visa A, you will have 28 days to look for a new employer or have to head down to DIAC to get a bridging visa E, which allows you to remain in Australia but not to work or travel out of Australia.
- Summary: bridging visa extends working life but doesn’t allow you much headway if you get shafted at work. Have patience, pray hard for residency to be granted and all will be good.
Also, in the name of random tasty fun – chicken nugget taste test! Stan and I have been going on a rampage almost every night munching away on various brands of chicken nuggets, and our current ranking is as follow (best to worst):
- Ingham Tempura Breast Nuggets – indisputably the best! Does not taste like strips of chicken lumped together, very juicy and tender.
- Coles Chicken Breast Nuggets – cheap and a good runner-up.
- Aldi Farmwood Nuggets – nothing much to say, similar to Coles but just a tad off.
- Steggles Tempura Chicken Nuggets – same price as Ingham but does not taste as good.
I saw excellent reviews on the Aldi tempura chicken nuggets on a Whirlpool thread, but was unable to find them instore which is a real pity. More brands to join the ladder as we progress.
I have been revamping my LinkedIn profile the past couple of days for no reason other than to paint an accurate and honest picture of myself. I am trying to depict what I think, what I do at work, where my professional ethics lie and what I perceive my strengths to be, which is admittedly not too easy.
I have to say though, after the major profile overhaul I feel less certain about where my longterm career interests lie. I’m definitely not looking for an operational role that requires 24/7 standby duties, a temp or part-time job would be awesome. Not really sure continuing in network allows for non-ops unless I’m working in presales or provisioning capacities. It would be fun to work in a job that allows statistical analysis or better – writing documentation, compiling information and organising it for easy future access in times of need. What kind of job would that be? One that makes the lives of others easier!
It’s best to keep an open mind and see what fate drops into my lap I guess. The main thing is to achieve satisfaction and learn new things on a job. And of course, get sufficient remuneration for the work.
More to come as the days go by!