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Visa Bureau featured in Australia & New Zealand Magazine

by Dominic 29/04/2013 15:43:00

Australia and New Zealand Magazine

Rebecca and Duncan Camilleri explained their move
to Perth in the April issue of Australia & New Zealand
Magazine.

Moving to Australia is such a popular daydream in the UK and Ireland that few people don't know at least a couple of people who've done it and made the move Down Under. While the Australian Visa Bureau is on hand to help anyone and everyone with the process once they've made the decision, the Australia & New Zealand Magazine is there to help people to make the decision.

Published every month, the Australia & New Zealand Magazine is the only UK-based magazine dedicated to helping people organise their move to Australia or New Zealand. Every issue, the magazine runs a 'Real Life' section, in which fresh arrivals in Australia or New Zealand explain their decision to move around the world, how they did it and how they are finding their new lives.

In the April, 2013 issue, Rebecca and Duncan Camilleri explained why they love their new lives in Perth, and we at the Visa Bureau could not be more happy for the couple, given that they were Visa Bureau clients!

The couple decided to make the move after visiting Australia a few years ago and decided they wanted to head back:

We visited Australia’s East Coast for a holiday five years ago. We hired a camper van and drove from Cairns to Sydney and just loved Australia, but had never been to Perth. We had read about Perth in books though and fell in love with the place!

We were living in Ferndown, Dorset when we decided to make the move. We enlisted the help of Sue Tempany from Visa Bureau – she was excellent! We wanted to get our visa application in before the new system came in place, and because of this we were limited on time. Sue was brilliant as she made sure no details were missed and would let us know when things had to be done. Her assistance was priceless, and I wouldn’t recommend anyone do it on their own!

Now Rebecca and Duncan are there, they're taking advantage of every opportunity and are loving their new lifestyle:

In the past couple of months we have had maybe two rainy days and three or four quick showers. The rest of the time it is glorious sunshine and just so lovely!

The move has changed our lives dramatically as we live such a healthy lifestyle now! In the UK we were always hoping for a sunny day to plan something that would end up being ruined by the rain. We also watched TV a lot! Now we are out in the sun every day after work. I commute to work by cycling through two beautiful parks, with ducks, swans, turtles. We make sure that we see the beach every weekend, even if we are really busy.

We look for outdoor activities to do rather than indoor ones and find that there is no time for TV! We are both always home by 5pm and then either go to the beach, play tennis, go for a swim or go and see friends. During our weekends, we are spending more time out in parks, beaches and doing touristy things.

To read more about Rebecca and Duncan's new life in Perth, as well as their experience with the Visa Bureau, you can read the full article here.


- Dominic Ladden-Powell is the Online Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Visa Bureau Testimonial - The Lipcar Family

by Dominic 08/10/2012 15:05:00

Emigrating, moving abroad and leaving all your troubles behind to live in the sun is hardly an original daydream but despite thousands and thousands of Brits choosing to move to Australia every year, they are still firmly in the minority.

While the realities of moving to Australia might not quite be word for word the typical desert island fantasy, it isn't that far off in this day and age. That's why when we at the Visa Bureau help someone make the move Down Under, we like to hear how close to their daydream they've gotten.

The Lipcar family took the plunge in May 2012 by appling for their Australia visa, Robert, Eleni, Phoebe and Anthony were granted their Subclass 176 State Sponsored Visa in July.

The Lipcar family will be living their daydreams
in Perth, Western Australia!
Jodie List was their caseworker and we caught up with them just before they got ready for their move to Perth!

We chose to move to Australia because of its great climate, multicultural society and its friendly people - all elements we're looking for!

We started planning the move before my husband - who is the main applicant - turned 43 as we didn't want to risk not having it complete before he became ineligible.

The Visa Bureau were recommended to us by friends who had used them six years ago. We have been very fortunate to have our application handled by Visa Bureau as all the staff worked extremely hard and delivered results within our time limit and were to our complete satisfaction.

Visa Bureau have been a 'dream come true'. They have supported and worked in our favour and with our wishes and expectations in mind.

Thank you so very, very much for your astonishing commitment!

The Lipcar family are now in the final stages of preparing for the move but have some sage advice for fellow Brits and their daydreams.

Anyone who may be interested in moving to Australia would be advised by us to definitely do it!

- Dominic Ladden-Powell is the Online Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Visa Bureau Testimonial - The Read Family

by Dominic 11/06/2012 13:29:00

Whether it’s because of the struggling economy, the dissatisfaction with schools or work or simply the rain, plenty of people dream of upping sticks and moving to Australia. Months of sunshine, a booming economy and ample opportunity are just some of the reasons thousands of Brits are dreaming of greener pastures Down Under.

While moving to Australia can be a long and often tiring process, we’ve recently heard from another happy family who have just had their Australia visa granted which proves the effort makes the reward all that much better.

Paul and Zoe Read, along with children William, and Alex, aged 5 and 2, from Surrey have just returned from a holiday to Australia to look for a new home. Their State Sponsored (subclass 176) visa was granted in August.

Leonie Cotton was their caseworker and this is what the Read family had to say about their Visa Bureau experience:

The Read family have just returned from checking
out the beautiful beaches of Victoria.

The idea of getting a visa to Oz has been a dream for over 15 years and when my skills as a fully qualified gas plumber came in demand, we started the application process and we had our State Sponsored Residents visa granted in August 2011.

I would like to give a massive thank you to Leonie Cotton who guided us though the many hoops that we've had to jump through. In my opinion, (and with the benefit of hindsight) her advice has been accurate, timely and constructive and I would thoroughly recommend Leonie and Visa Bureau to anyone considering using an Agent.

She has always been a phone call away and has promptly returned calls when not immediately available, even to answer my stupid questions. As with any professional service, there are fees to pay but I consider these small in the knowledge that we couldn't have done it on our own after a hard day at work, considering the level of service provided.

We have just returned from a trip to activate our visas, staying on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, checking out the area where the beaches are fantastic. The weather made us feel right at home! We hope to make the move in about 2 years’ time.

Thank you

Paul, Zoe, William and Alex.

If you’ve used the Australian Visa Bureau to move to Australia and would like to let us know about your experience, please get in touch by either emailing your caseworker or by using the contact form and we’ll get back to you to sort out your testimonial! 

- Dominic Ladden-Powell is the Online Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Visa Bureau Testimonial - The Sykes family give us their thoughts

by Dominic 25/05/2012 14:20:00

Moving to Australia is a big decision with an often lengthy process, which is why we do everything we can to make sure stresses are kept to a minimum. That way, when your Australia visa is granted and your new life awaits, you can really appreciate just how good it feels. And while your friends and family might only listen to you enthuse about your upcoming adventure jealously, we’re more than happy to hear from you!

We recently heard from our client Chris Sykes who has just had his State Sponsored (subclass 176) visa granted. Chris, originally from Zimbabwe and now living in West Wimbledon, is an IT analyst in the banking industry and he, his wife Janine and children will eventually be settling in Melbourne but are now planning a holiday to visit Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney later on in 2012.

The Sykes' caseworker was Matt Parker, and Chris had this to say about his Visa Bureau experience:

The Sykes family are moving to Melbourne but have
the small matter of a holiday to get out of the way first!

Firstly, I would say that Visa Bureau were outstanding in their professionalism and business ethic, by the way in which they handled my application from start to finish. From the time that I picked up the phone to inquire until the time that I received my passport in the post with my new Australian permanent residency visa in it, I have to say that I was extremely impressed with the personal service, efficiency, determination and commitment that Visa Bureau provided to me.

As far as costs are concerned, Visa Bureau are very competitive and they were straight up with me from the word 'go' in terms of exactly what it was going to cost me for each and every item, including medicals, police checks, assessments, etc. Not the cheapest out there, but still very reasonable and fair, and remember, you often get what you pay for.

Initially, the biggest attraction with using Visa Bureau was their policy around refunding the full amount of fees paid by you, in the event that they did not believe you were eligible to lodge an application (bear in mind that they do a significant amount of work for you before you lodge). Fortunately, we did not need a refund and our application progressed through the gauntlet successfully. Nonetheless, it was very comforting and reassuring to know that I would not waste any money, as I had previously with another migration agency who went bust and I had to start my application all over again. Visa Bureau succeeded.

Time wise, well let's just say that my entire application with Visa Bureau started in August 2011 and was completed in March 2012. It was fantastic to be able to just email or phone at any time and as much as I liked - no limits and no extra costs. Previous agents have required formal conference call calendar bookings and charged for consultations, etc. Visa Bureau were 'hands on' 24/7 and made me feel as though I was their only customer. Honestly, sometimes, I thought I was because I was treated like royalty. I didn't know that you could get such personal service like this these days (still).

Visa Bureau were, as I mentioned, available at my beck and call. They made me feel so confident and reassured about everything, and they kept me posted on a weekly basis, even if they had no updates. Leonie, Matt, Lucas and the team were exceptional in the way in which they managed my application and I just cannot thank them or praise them enough for making mine and my family's dreams of Australia a reality! I could easily go through the whole process again, Visa Bureau actually made it fun!

Thanks so much again, Visa Bureau, you guys are so personal, professional and efficient, it was refreshing to work with you. I will spread the good word!

If you’ve used the Australian Visa Bureau to move to Australia and would like to let us know about your experience, please get in touch by either emailing your caseworker or by using the contact form and we’ll get back to you to sort out your testimonial! 

- Dominic Ladden-Powell is the Online Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Visa Bureau Testimonial - Poetry in motion as the Parkers get set to emigrate to Adelaide!

by Tom 24/10/2011 10:40:00

We've recently heard from another happy family who we've helped with their application for an Australian visa. Cathy and Neil Parker from Swansea had their State Sponsored (subclass 176) visa granted in early June on the basis of Cathy's experience as a Registered Nurse. They're now planning on moving to Adelaide at the end of October.

They had Joe Tindle as their caseworker and passed on the following message to share what their plans are and how their Visa Bureau experience was:

"We are now all systems go and are flying out to Adelaide on the 31st of this month. Being a Registered Nurse there appears to be a lot of opportunities for work and I have started applying already.

We are going to be staying in the centre of Adelaide until we decide where we want to settle to rent. Our two little ones Izzabella (5) and Antonia (2) are not fully understanding of the situation but excited just the same. I will admit we are nervous of the upheaval but ready for the exciting rollercoaster ride.

Having never been to Australia we hope it is all we are dreaming it will be, however we do have family friends who are always encouraging with any news they have. We must say a big thank you once again to you and your colleagues for doing such a great job in helping us achieve our Skilled Sponsorship (176) visa and wish you all well.”

That wasn't it from the Parkers though - Cathy also wrote us a poem about their visa application process!


The Parker family plan on emigrating to Adelaide at
the end of September.
 

Where do I start? What can I say?
To tell how the Visa Bureau helped us on our way.

A wonderful welcome and informative start.
All helping together playing their part.

On-going advice and updates galore.
Helping us feel that there is always an open door.

Lucas, Joseph and Lauren all great.
Emailing and phoning to keep us up to date.

We can say only thanks and let everyone see.
That without your help, goodness knows where we would be.

Our Visas are granted congratulations you say
We are so grateful for you all helping us on our way.

We just wanted to say thanks in a different way!

If you've recently used the Australian Visa Bureau to emigrate to Australia and would like to get in touch, we'd love to hear from you!

Don't worry if you're not quite as creative as Cathy (though poems are always welcome) - just send an email directly to your caseworker or send it through to us using the contact form and we'll be in touch shortly to gather more information from you.

- Tom Blackett is Marketing Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Visa Bureau Reviews - the Gillis family have their visas and are moving to Perth!

by Tom 29/06/2011 09:54:00

Gillis family

The Gillis family plan on emigrating to
Perth in 2012.
 

With another Australian visa application granted, we've received another testimonial come through from a satisfied client.

Angela and Mick Gillis had their State Sponsored (subclass 176) visa granted in early June on the basis of Mick's experience in the plastering trade. They're now planning on moving to Perth in early 2012.

They had Matt Parker as their caseworker and passed on the following message to share what their plans are and how their Visa Bureau experience was:

"We're still buzzing from Matt ringing us on Friday with the news! I've attached a photo of Mick, Myself and Chloe in Perth last April - we went for three weeks and ended up staying seven because of the ash cloud.

Perth is where we will be settling. Mick's been in the plastering trade for 29 years so it's his skill we're going on. We will be staying with Mick's cousin for a little while in Kalamunda until we find somewhere to rent. We just need to sell our house in England - once it's sold (hopefully after Christmas) we will make the move Down Under and start our new adventure.

The hardest part for us is going to be missing the family. Our oldest daughter Lyndsey is coming out next October to get married though, so that will be something to look forward too.

Our advice to anyone thinking of doing this is go for it and we would definitely recommend you go through the Visa Bureau as we could not have done it without them. From beginning to end, they help you every step of the way and are only a phone call away. Everyone involved did a fantastic job and especially our caseworker, Matt Parker; he was fantastic and we can't praise him enough for all his help and hard work. So next year, instead of saying hello, we'll be saying g'day!"

If you've recently used the Australian Visa Bureau to emigrate to Australia and would like to get in touch, we'd love to hear from you! Just send an email directly to your caseworker or send it through to us using the contact form and we'll be in touch shortly to gather more information from you.

- Tom Blackett is Marketing Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Visa Bureau Reviews - Christopher Hart shares his experiences as a successful Australian visa applicant!

by Tom 11/04/2011 14:20:00

Christopher plans on emigrating to
Adelaide later this year.

With approved applications for Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) steadily coming through, we've recently had another testimonial come through from a client of ours.

Christopher Hart is a wall and floor tiler, and his application for a skilled Australian Visa was granted in the middle of March. He's now planning on moving to Adelaide later this year.

Christopher had Joseph Tindle as his caseworker (who's proving to be a popular member of the Visa Bureau team!), and he passed on the following message to share his experiences:

"Hi, 

I would just like to thank Joseph Tindle and Visa Bureau for guiding me through the process of gaining my visa for an exciting new beginning in Australia.
 
From the very beginning I was given clear and detailed instructions and advice on what was needed for each stage of the process. Joe made what seemed like a daunting process very simple. Joe was on hand to talk on the phone about any worries or concerns I had at any time and nothing was too much trouble.

I would, without hesitation, recommend Joe and the Visa Bureau team.

Once again, thank you very much.

Christopher"

So, thank you Christopher! If you've recently used the Australian Visa Bureau to emigrate to Australia and would like to get in touch, we'd love to hear from you! Just send an email directly to your caseworker or send it through to us using the contact form and we'll be in touch shortly to gather more information from you.

- Tom Blackett is Marketing Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Visa Bureau Reviews - the Saunders family praise our casework department!

by Tom 01/04/2011 13:25:00

The Saunders family are set to
make Adelaide their new home.

We always love hearing from clients we've had the privilege of helping through the skilled Australia visa process, with Clare and Tim Saunders being the latest people to let us know how they found applying for skilled migration with the help of the Visa Bureau Casework Department.

Tim works as an electrician, and his application for a skilled Australian Visa was granted just a couple of weeks ago, and he and his wife Clare are now planning to move to Adelaide with their three children.

They had Joseph Tindle as their caseworker, and they passed on the following message to tell us how they felt about their experiences working with him to get through the visa application process: 

"Hi, 

I would just like to say a massive, massive thank you to Visa Bureau for getting us through this long and tiring process. We feel that we wouldn't have got through it without all your help.

Joseph Tindle was on speed dial on our phone and helped us with all our questions and problems - he has been our rock through it all.

Anyone reading this who is thinking of using this company, I would say a huge yes and would recommend them all the way.

 Thank you so, so much - we are just sending our passports off today to have our visas added at last so g'day to you all!

Love,

Clare, Tim, Katie, Harvey and Joshua Saunders"

We'd like to thank Clare and Tim for their kind comments and wish them all the best in their new life Down Under!

Additionally, if you've recently used the Australian Visa Bureau to emigrate to Australia and would like to get in touch, we'd love to hear from you! Just send an email through to us using the contact form and we'll be in touch shortly to gather more information from you.

- Tom Blackett is Marketing Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Australian Visa Bureau Review: Valerie Morrissey

by Stephanie 16/07/2010 10:41:00

Valerie Morrissey will be heading to her new home
in Perth, Western Australia, to join her partner.

The approval for an Australian visa comes with double excitement for Valerie Morrissey, because with her Prospective Marriage Visa now freshly affixed to her passport, she will soon be heading off to Australia to join her partner and later wed.

“The visa itself and the passport came through on Wednesday so everything is ready to go and I actually fly out on the 29th of July,” Valerie said.

While exciting, the move is also understandably very emotional.  Valerie is leaving her three grown-up children and their partners and also her granddaughter in the UK.

Valerie will be flying into Perth, Western Australia, where she will join her partner Grant Bingley. They will marry in Perth on 6 November.

 “I’m looking forward to moving into my new house and settling in with Grant and starting a new life with him," she said.  

The decision to move to Australia made sense for the couple because of Grant’s work, but Valerie also has a fondness for Perth and Australia.

“I’ve been on several visits there. I love it, I absolutely love it."

"It takes a little getting used to but it’s good. The heat is lovely ...  better than the weather in Perth, Scotland, where I have lived for the past 16 years put it that way,” she laughed.

“Grant is self employed, and the work that grant does is not done as much in Scotland. It was easier for me to move to Perth than for him to give us his business and move to Scotland and basically start all over again when he already had contacts there. It was easier this way,” she said. 

The final piece of paperwork for Valerie’s Prospective Marriage Visa was lodged on 2 March, and while Bronwyn Taylor and her case worker Andrea Jefferys always kept her informed of developments there was an anxious wait without information while the Australian Government processed the application.

“The visa process was good, but quite lengthy without any information. When I contacted Bronwyn or Andrea they answered my questions very quickly but you don’t get an awful lot of information when the application is lodged at the Australian Consulate. But other than that, I’m happy about it.

“There was some very anxious waiting ... I don’t do waiting very well,” Valerie laughed.

- Stephanie Bradley is Content and Communications Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.