The limitation of ETA (subclass 976)

While ETA is one option of a Tourist Visa (subclass 976) that allow citizen of a few countries that have some arrangement or agreement with Australian government to easily apply for a short tourist visa. There are some limitations that one should be aware of:

- it can only allow the applicants to stay up to 3 months.
- the visa holder cannot renew or extend this visa while in Australia, or after the 3 months period.

If the applicant want to stay longer, the better option is a generic Tourist Visa (subclass 676) that would allowed the visa applicant to stay up to 12 months.

New English Language Tests for Student Visas from 5 November 2011

From 5 November 2011, the department will accept English language test results from the following alternative tests to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for Student visa purposes taken in any country:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test (also known as Certificate in Advanced English).


Private Health Insurance for visa 457

Getting private health insurance for visa 457 is not that hard or expensive like many people think.

I just talked to Medibank Private Health Insurance about 10 minutes ago.
Here are the things that everyone should know.
- It's true that you need to buy the private health insurance for 4 years, but you can make arrange to pay this on monthly basis, work out be at $105.00 per month, as of today.
- There is no contract, so you could cancel this anytime. If your visa application is not successful, then you can just simply ring them up and cancel your policy.
- As of today, it got 30 days cooling off period. So, if anything go wrong with your visa application within this 30 days, you can just call it off and get your money refund...

oh...BTW... I am doing this not to promote Medibank or whatever. I didn't get any commission or any benefit of doing it. This is purely for a benefit of people who are worries (some of my clients do) about the cost of 4 years private health insurance that they need to pay when they submit their visa application; 457.

It's not that hard as you might think...people...ask or consult the one who knows...:)