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:):):) Grant Came What next from my prospective :):):)

:):):) Requesting to leave this thread in the general viewing area please than moving it to The Platypus Den, as I will be providing few granular insights which will be helpful for newbies. :):):)

Appreciate your cooperation in advance.

Please ignore grammar mistakes; spelling mistakes.

Many suggested to write a blog; I though its better to write in this forum itself as it had helped me a lot and its my way of giving something meaningful.

:tea::tea::tea: Take a small cup of tea/coffee/beverage of your choice and come with me on a journey :tea::tea::tea:​
 

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And here comes the second edition. Eagerly had been waiting for such a writeup from your end.
Waiting for the details....... :)
 

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Ok buddies. Here we go again........ :) :) :)

Like my previous thread, Prospective on Australian PR VISA - http://www.expatforum.com/expats/au...ian-skilled-independent-189-visa-my-view.html

Sit back enjoy the journey.

Once again requesting moderators to leave it in public viewing area than moving to P'Den.

As many people will benefit from this.

I got the GRANT for myself and family on April 2nd week with initial / first entry date as March 2016. How to get maximum time between VISA grant and IED? Read my previous thread, link pasted above.

Had predicted exact date of the grant notification and it reached my mail box. Was happy on that day.

Gave a treat to my entire team in office and also disclosed the fact that I got permanent residency VISA. ;) :D

Few were happy, few were surprised and few might have other feelings in their heart. But overall everyone were happy for me.

My plans were to safe money, upskill myself and make a move with family during 1st week of March 2016. Wife and kid would come back, I will stay back DownUnder to proceed with my job hunt.

This was a rough stretch which I had made.

In life I always tried my best to follow two approaches.

Professional Life :
You need to know where you are.
You need to know where you want to go.
What should I need do to reach the goal.

In a more easier words.

Similar to traveling from Bangalore to Madras. You need to know you are in Bangalore or not to start with. Later determine what mode of transport and when you want to commute, plan it and execute it.

Here I would suggest you to go through Dunning–Kruger effect, very interesting in-terms of assessing ones confident levels and presumptions

Personal Life :
Just have rough sketches. I never had hard and fast rules. Adaptability helped me.

Its like walking on a dark trekking path with a torchlight, which gives 10 meter visibility only.
You cover 1 meter you get visibility of 11th meter.

I hope you are getting it.

You never know what life throws at you.

Why this above philosophical words.???

My wife got an internal job offer in her current company. The onsite hiring HR and Hiring Manager were fine with her skills and exposure and wanted to join the onshore team as soon as possible.

Location Brisbane Queens Land. During May 1st week.

We were delighted as we can breath a little easy. If one gets the job, it will be easier for the other to search for job.

However, in couple days dreams shattered. Current project`s operations manager was not willing to release her from the project even with two months notice period. Saying reasons like you are a senior resource, lot of dependencies on you, bill ability will be affected. I cannot release you nor I can confirm the reliving date, after September`15 I will think about it. But, not now.

Next week, my wife gave me an ultimatum.

Either you go and search job or I am going alone to search job in Australia.

As a married person, does the husband has any-other choice left? When his wife raises such red flags

Yes, you guessed it. Answer is yes, I agreed to go first even though its a fast tracking of over previous plan of 2016, let me take a brunt of migration. :D:D:D

FYI - I have never been to an overseas country not even Nepal or Bhutan. Never crossed Indian border. Unlike my spouse who has visited several countries.

The prospect of leaving a comfortable, settled and balanced life in motherland and resigning for a major MNC & becoming jobless fellow after a decade that too in a totally alien country, hunting for flight tickets, accommodation, job etc etc dawned on me.

Gave me nightmarish jitters. I suppose every if not most persons who had crossed this phase had or might have gone through these mixed emotions.

Life in India started looking really really great.

Somehow mustered confidence and resigned from my current company after serving for quite some years.

Special mention to my friends (BG; Sura; Bobby; and many more) who backed and gave confidence to me whenever I felt down.

KT in office was another nightmare experience.

It was like MS Dhoni trying to teach & train a Bollywood personal how to bat and captain the Indian Men`s Cricket team. :eek::eek::eek:

Two months of plain horror day in day out with me beating my head during smoke breaks repeatedly among friends. Saying repeatedly, folks this is not on, I am suffering big time with this KT.

The icing on the cake was during last three days in office. I really came to know who were the real well wishers and who is THE back stabber and who is the pure ugly person in heart and intend masquerading as GOD fearing person. Weird!!! :confused2:

I wish none goes through such experiences.

On a brighter side, I got support and well wishes from the most unlikely of people. People with whom I had hardly interacted with, that was a surprise and lifted my moral big time. A big hug and thanks folks. You people made a big difference in my thought process. I cannot name them as it is a bigger list.

I was in tears to leave the company which was one of my dream company during my job hunt after college.

Even our office juice and tea vendors gave a small token present to me on the occasion and hugged me.

It showed magnanimity of people are based on how big their hearts were and not based on their position in office.


The last hand shakes were given to my office security personals as they removed my vehicles office logo stickers.

My friends mentioned above were all supporting me through-out till I boarded the bus from the city. Thanks buddies. ;)

Journey begins in few days (not in weeks). Elaborating on flight tickets, carrying money and the master list shortly

Hope so, it is not boring.!!!
 

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Flight; Room and Money

Flight tickets:

I was little clueless on how to proceed with this.

The usual ticket fares based on the online updates from people were roughly between 30K INR to 50K INR with 40KG luggages.

I was telling this during a conversation with one of my online EF friends who is based out of Qatar (K Raman) he immediately gave the answer.

" Book in AirAsia boss. They are giving Briyani too, ticket rate is only 18K INR "

Logged on to AirAsia site. Booked the flight tickets, for 1st week of August.

Total cost 18.6 INR inclusive of seat selection; inflight food; 30 KG checked-in luggage and 7K + Laptop hand baggage.

Route was from Tiruchirappalli via Kuala Lumpur to Sydney. Waiting 7 hours at KL.


It was fine with me, for a person without job and need to run on budget. This was a fair deal or awesome deal, isn't it?

I was OK, to wait for 7 hours in Kuala Lumpur airport. Said to myself, thats fine. You can explore the airport.

Now, that the date is fixed started working on accommodation.



Accommodation:

Was checking in mobile groups and online sites for accommodations. Nothing seemed to work much.

Then came that offer of help from Manny, one of ex colleague and he is also from my hometown.

He said there is a vacancy in my room would like to join. Agreed to it immediately in seconds without pretending or bargaining on the room-rents.

Now I had a place to go in Sydney. Room-rent was something like $200 per week with two people sharing a room WiFi and cooking on sharing or individual basis. We cook for all four us together. ;)

It was basically a 2BHK house in Strathfield Sydney.

In-case you dont get any its quite easy to get room-shares. Book an accommodation using AirBnB or Flatshare or Gumtree for couple of days or a week. Explore the place and fix your accommodations.

Carrying Money:

I had given my car to my sister. We had agreed on an amount.

So, thats going to be my initial investment in this job hunt venture till my PF and other financial benefits comes by.

Divided that amount into half and loaded one half onto travel card and other half as cash.

bookymforex is a good place. But, I suppose you need a flight ticket.

If booked before 12pm or 2pm, they deliver stuffs on the same day. Have delivery at home services too at a premium.

Opening bank account. In-case you are traveling alone, better to come here and open a bank account.

I opened after reaching here. The reason is you can walk to the branch which near to your home than going to some unknown location which you pre-booked before reaching here. Rest your call ;)

Opened a NAB isafer classic account. More about it later when I explain on each day what I did.

I hope you are reading or have you slept off half way through buddies, wake-up wake-up ;) ;)
 

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Check list

Check List:

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Stationary
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1.Passport size photos – 30 and digital copies
2.Original certificates (Work experience certificates; Certification copies; Educational certificates and others)
3.Resume copies
4.Certificate Xerox
5.Files for documents - 2
6.Notebook; Pen and Pencils
7.Books – study materials – Thinking of carrying soft copies
8.Grant copies - 5
9.Driving License; PAN card; Aaadhar Card
10.Forex Travel card
11.NAB Bank account details (yet to open)
12.Ticket copy – 3 copies
13.Laptop with charger - 1
14.Tab with charger - 1
15.Mobile with charger- 1
16.Australian power Adapter – 3
17.USB drive – 16GB / 32 GB

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Cloths
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1.Suits – 2 pairs. Plenty of ties.
2.Innerwear’s – 5 pairs vests and briefs
3.Lungis and night cloths – 3 each
4.Formal pants - 7
5.Formal shirts - 10
6.Jeans and T-shirts – 4J and 10T
7.Bed Raasai - 1
8.Thermalwear – 3 pairs
9.Winterwears and Jackets – 1 each

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Food Items:
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1.Idly powder – 200 gm
2.Sambar powder – 200 gm
3.Chilli powder – 100 gm
4.Kulambu powder – 100 gm
5.Egg curry masala – 100 gm
6.Chicken and mutton masala – 100 gm each
7.Biryani mix – 200 gm
8.Pepper powder – 50 gm
9.Jeera powder – 50 gm
10.Mustard – 50 gm
11.Salt – 200 gm
12.Ready-made mixes – 500 gm

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Groceries:
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1.Washing powder – 1kg
2.Washing soap – three cakes
3.Shampoo – 1 bottle
4.Bath soap – 3 bars
5.Shaving cream and razor – 1 poach and 2 blades
6.Cloth clips – 20
7.Hangers - 10
8.Shoes and socks – 2 formals; 2 informal and 1 slippers
9.Shoe polish and brush – one and 1 (black and brown)
10.Hair Oil – 200 ml
11.Comb - 3
12.Towels - 3
13.Hair gel – 2
14.Deodorant – 3
15.Ear buds
16.Tooth pricks
17.Nail cutter
18.Needle and thread
19.Hair Dye
20.Tooth Brush (2) and paste (1)
21.Scissors
22.Quick fix
23.Staplers and pins

+++++++++++++
Appliances
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1.Iron Box
2.Electric Rice cooker
3.Plates, spoons, tumbler
4.Water bottle
5.Tiffin box

Now the challenge was to fit everything in 30KG luggage. Totally forgot that I can carry 7KG of cabin baggage because of office stress, may be.

I didnt take few items intentionally as some of the items were there with my roommates and few things I genuinely forgot.

For example the full winter Jacket.

I had bough two winterwear jackets, one full hand and other half sleeve.

While driving to Airport in the morning halfway through wife asked with anxious facial expression, Where is your Jacket.?

As usual I showed that famous bemused facial expression of an Indian Husband's absent mindedness caught by his wife and pretended to be asleep. :( ;) :D

I also forgot to bring the comb, ended-up buying it for $5. Which would have costed something like Rs.5 or Rs.10 INR basic one. :( ;)
 

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Flight Travel and Landing

Ok now emotional scenes, I will not narrate further in detail.

All I could say was it was difficult to leave wife behind, it was VERY difficult to leave my 2+ year old daughter. Even though my head set its for her future, its for her future.

Gave the ticket copy, passport at the checkin area to AirAsia folks. Then filled in that immigration form and provided the grant copy to immigration officials.

The waiting started.

I was calling my near and dear ones to say good byes.

Flight journey was fine.

Please note, this was my 1st travel across Indian border, so I am no expert of internal air travel.

I am 5'9" and the seat was fine in an economy class of AirAsia. Food was also fine. A lady co-passenger requested for a seat change, politely declined it and told her I wanted to see the Indian Coast line disappear from view as this was my first overseas travel. She was an Indian Tamil origin Malaysian Citizen.

Ok travel to KL was ontime.

There was a group of Chinese travelers who did not understand where to go and what to do as they did not know to speak or read English. They were heading

towards Bali in Indonesia. Took them with me to international transfer and guided them towards their flight gates. ( As if I am a regular overseas traveler commuting a lot ;) ) On seeing Thanks from these Chinese group few more people approached me for directions and guidance. I tried my best to be honest.

One thing that helped me was I have the ability of scanning the surroundings in quick time and set my bearings right, which enabled in identifying, comprehending signs and maps. Most of the time I tried to project a confident or assured body language coupled with willingness to assist not over confident nor show-off.

Waited for 7 hours in airport.

Had food twice, took plenty of photos, charged tab and mobile. Watched some bits and pieces of some action movies. Hours rolled by.

At Malaysia security personal ask reason for travel and validate you are the person in the passport either by appearance or asking to sign.

Boarded the flight had food twice inflight, all pre-booked.

Travel was smooth. New dawn, new beginning.

Landed at Sydney International airport.


Point to note, use the rest room before picking up your checked-in luggage. It will be practically difficult and cumbersome if you had to use the restroom or washroom if you are traveling alone along with number of bags.

Another point to note, do fill-in the immigration form before hand before disembarking from the flight. It helps a lot. I did saw many people filling the form while in queue. They were asked to stand outside the queue and join back once they have completed filling.

Talk confidently and clearly with the immigration personal with a smile. This is the place you get the stamping on your arrival date. No need for VISA copy. Having said that, better to have a copy in an easily accessible location, just in case they ask for it.

Be prepared and be aware of your surroundings, you will be fine. This is for new bee travelers like me ;) not for the experts ;)

Also note, there will be Sydney guide books, do pick them. These have offer coupons in them. I saw a group of people from one of my neighboring country (red giant) picking up 5 books per person weird!!!

Just before taking the checked-in baggage, there will be immigration officials roaming around talking to people whether they had anything to declare. I had
declared I had food. The official signed and stamped something after seeing the declaration card. Picked my luggage and went to the scanning queue.

All fine after scanning no further checks. I had vastly reduced food items after my luggage weight hit critical point.

Walked out of airport, took the prepaid mobile connection, just passport is fine to take this mobile connection. Lebera $29 plan with India calling facilities.

Trust me I did not check in detail on the tariffs as I was little anxious. If you need excellent details about plans, please check on mobile service providers sites. :D :D

Called home immediately to inform I had reached Sydney safely. SIM card gets activated in an instant. ;)

Also took Opal Card at the airport to use Trains, Buses and Ferries in NSW.

Walked out of the airport towards the taxi stand. Its quite straight forward, walk towards left diagonally or ask anyone.

In-case you carry light weight bags with less luggage weight, then you can use the trains. Most stations have lift facilities, so dont worry for carrying the luggage on platform staircases.

I took taxi, it costed me $45, Airport to Strathfield. He dropped me at the drop step.

House was very good. I just jumped onto the bed and slept off, the date was August 4th 2015 Tuesday.

Today is August 24th and it has been a roller coaster ride so far..... more to come folks.

Hang in there...

The fight begins soon :boxing::boxing::boxing:

Next Centerlink; Medicare; Bank account; TFN number and ah the job hunting
 

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Great stuff Mathan !!. Keep them coming. :)
 

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ok its too late in here now 02:40 hours AEST.

Going to sleep.

Meet you all soon folks. Post comments in-case you liked the above narration ;) :) :D

Is this flow OK? or any changes to the narrating style needed.

If you are already in Sydney and have not got my contact number, send me an PM.

Lets stay connected.
 

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Ok now emotional scenes, I will not narrate further in detail.

All I could say was it was difficult to leave wife behind, it was VERY difficult to leave my 2+ year old daughter. Even though my head set its for her future, its for her future.

Gave the ticket copy, passport at the checkin area to AirAsia folks. Then filled in that immigration form and provided the grant copy to immigration officials.

The waiting started.

I was calling my near and dear ones to say good byes.

Flight journey was fine.

Please note, this was my 1st travel across Indian border, so I am no expert of internal air travel.

I am 5'9" and the seat was fine in an economy class of AirAsia. Food was also fine. A lady co-passenger requested for a seat change, politely declined it and told her I wanted to see the Indian Coast line disappear from view as this was my first overseas travel. She was an Indian Tamil origin Malaysian Citizen.

Ok travel to KL was ontime.

There was a group of Chinese travelers who did not understand where to go and what to do as they did not know to speak or read English. They were heading

towards Bali in Indonesia. Took them with me to international transfer and guided them towards their flight gates. ( As if I am a regular overseas traveler commuting a lot ;) ) On seeing Thanks from these Chinese group few more people approached me for directions and guidance. I tried my best to be honest.

One thing that helped me was I have the ability of scanning the surroundings in quick time and set my bearings right, which enabled in identifying, comprehending signs and maps. Most of the time I tried to project a confident or assured body language coupled with willingness to assist not over confident nor show-off.

Waited for 7 hours in airport.

Had food twice, took plenty of photos, charged tab and mobile. Watched some bits and pieces of some action movies. Hours rolled by.

At Malaysia security personal ask reason for travel and validate you are the person in the passport either by appearance or asking to sign.

Boarded the flight had food twice inflight, all pre-booked.

Travel was smooth. New dawn, new beginning.

Landed at Sydney International airport.


Point to note, use the rest room before picking up your checked-in luggage. It will be practically difficult and cumbersome if you had to use the restroom or washroom if you are traveling alone along with number of bags.

Another point to note, do fill-in the immigration form before hand before disembarking from the flight. It helps a lot. I did saw many people filling the form while in queue. They were asked to stand outside the queue and join back once they have completed filling.

Talk confidently and clearly with the immigration personal with a smile. This is the place you get the stamping on your arrival date. No need for VISA copy. Having said that, better to have a copy in an easily accessible location, just in case they ask for it.

Be prepared and be aware of your surroundings, you will be fine. This is for new bee travelers like me ;) not for the experts ;)

Also note, there will be Sydney guide books, do pick them. These have offer coupons in them. I saw a group of people from one of my neighboring country (red giant) picking up 5 books per person weird!!!

Just before taking the checked-in baggage, there will be immigration officials roaming around talking to people whether they had anything to declare. I had
declared I had food. The official signed and stamped something after seeing the declaration card. Picked my luggage and went to the scanning queue.

All fine after scanning no further checks. I had vastly reduced food items after my luggage weight hit critical point.

Walked out of airport, took the prepaid mobile connection, just passport is fine to take this mobile connection. Lebera $29 plan with India calling facilities.

Trust me I did not check in detail on the tariffs as I was little anxious. If you need excellent details about plans, please check on mobile service providers sites. :D :D

Called home immediately to inform I had reached Sydney safely. SIM card gets activated in an instant. ;)

Also took Opal Card at the airport to use Trains, Buses and Ferries in NSW.

Walked out of the airport towards the taxi stand. Its quite straight forward, walk towards left diagonally or ask anyone.

In-case you carry light weight bags with less luggage weight, then you can use the trains. Most stations have lift facilities, so dont worry for carrying the luggage on platform staircases.

I took taxi, it costed me $45, Airport to Strathfield. He dropped me at the drop step.

House was very good. I just jumped onto the bed and slept off, the date was August 4th 2015 Tuesday.

Today is August 24th and it has been a roller coaster ride so far..... more to come folks.

Hang in there...

The fight begins soon :boxing::boxing::boxing:

Next Centerlink; Medicare; Bank account; TFN number and ah the job hunting
keep them coming!! awesome write up....i guess you are tamilian..:)
 

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So excited and pleased to read it man...Cant explain how much thankful I am ..:)
Just by reading it ..I felt I landed at Sydney :)
 
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BTW I was just curious if you can go to a local store and check whether which stuff you took is there at approx same price as a lots of people will save lots of luggage if they get the idea.
I think things like blanket/jacket inners etc should've been of approx same price.
 
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You cannot find better clothes in Australia when compared to india,especially jeans it's far more better to buy skinny fit jeans as its a trend at aus.
 

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Awesome Mathan.... ;-) loved your comb incident... Ohh man.. That shows there are no room for error... Even in smallest things... Keep up.. Loving it..
 

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Thanks a lot Mathan for sharing your experiences. Hope to soon read the rest of it.
 
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As precise and crisp as ever. Man I feel as its not you alone but I am taking the journey with you.
That's the making of a good writer.
Eagerly waiting for the next part like I used to wait for the second part. I remember waiting like this for Amish Tripathi's second book.

Great Work.
 

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Very good job.Nice to have such kind of active member like you.After reading your view,some where down the line ,i feel more confident and excited.
Keep it up,waiting for your next post about job hunting experience.
Thanks a lot bro.
 

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Great topic man, please keep them coming ... it was like having a front raw seat in a cinema watching a movie about your journey. Can't wait for the next part ..

Good luck and hope you find the job you are looking for soon & be reunited with your family again.
 
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Thank you for sharing your experiences. Please do keep us updated. :D
 
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