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Migrating To Australia Podcast

79 EpisodesProduced by David Bongiorno & Grant WilliamsWebsite

A regular news and information show featuring by leading Australian immigration lawyer David Bongiorno discussing the latest news and updates about migration to Australia with co-host Grant and answering listener questions about specific visa and immigration issues.This podcast is all about Australi… read more

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MTA 077 Renting a property with Wendy Chong

February 1st, 2022


Wendy Chong is the founder and energy behind Home Run Realty, and she help many recent migrants navigate the property market in Australia, either for those seeking to rent or to buy a house or apartment.

Wendy tells …

MTA 076 - Citizenship update - Get your maths correct! End of Year 2021

December 22nd, 2021


There are some common mistakes that you need to avoid and some main points that you need to get right when you are applying to become an Australian Citizen.

David Bongiorno and I go over the things to get right, …

MTA 075 Jaco Vorster, Auditor from South Africa

December 7th, 2021


In this episode, meet Jaco Vorster, an Auditor who has built a successful careeer in Australia after coming to Australia from the Rainbow Nation, …

MTA 074 Paul Cott returns with advice for Casual Workers - Employment Law Update!

November 10th, 2021


Paul Cott, from Law on Lydiard, returns with an important update for anybody who thinks they may be a Casual worker in Australia. The law covering …

MTA 073 November 2021 Update - Opens Up?

November 5th, 2021


David Bongiorno tells Grant what the state of play is regarding travel and visas as we come into November.  Things seem to change every day, so keep listening, and checking out David on social media, to get the latest.

MTA 072 Updates - NSW 491, QLD State Nominated program, Leaving Australia & Visitor visas

October 5th, 2021


David runs through the latest news from the Aust Government - leaving Australia, update on Visitor visas, Qld delays the state-nominated skilled migration program, NSW Business and Skilled Migration (subclass 491) is …

MTA 071 NSW opens up the subclass 190 visa for General Skilled Migration. Conditions Apply!

September 26th, 2021


New South Wales has opened it's state-sponsored program, for General Skilled Migration, for those already living in New South Wales, and can satisfy a range of criteria, that David Bongiorno and Grant Williams, explore …

MTA 070 Update for Medical Students, studying in Australia, and completing studies this year - 2021

September 14th, 2021


There is not a lot that needs to be said about this episode - it is aimed at a very particular cohort (haven't we heard a lot about that word in the …

069 - Australia via Serbia, Zimbabwe and NZ with Sara Bogdanovic

August 24th, 2021


David and Grant are joined for this episdoe by Sara Bogdanovic, who has arrived in Australia from Serbia, via the circuitous route via Zimbabwe and then to New Zealand.

What was it like to be white non-English speakers …

068 Michael Glasser came from South Africa to become a Social Media guru

August 4th, 2021


David and Grant are joined by Michael Glasser, who came to Australia as a child from South Africa, and has carved out a career in the highly competitive Social Media space, and along the way, has become somewhat of an …

067 General Skilled Migration Update for Victoria State Sponsored programs Visa Sub-classes 190 & 491

July 27th, 2021


Victoria has opened up the programs for the sub-class 190 and sub-class 491 visas, for State-sponsored General Skilled Migration.
David Bongiorno steps through how to determine if you are eligible to apply, and the …

MTA 066 Communities within Communities - Meet Dzung. Vietnamese singer and business person.

July 12th, 2021


Sometimes we are unaware of the communities that exist within the larger community!

Meet Dzung, an accountant and restaurant owner, who is also an entertainer, with a very high profile as a singer. Dzung supports …

MTA 065 Meet Vy - Social Worker from Vietnam

July 5th, 2021


In this episode we meet Vy, a social worker who helps those in difficult circumstances in Melbourne.

Vy tells David and Grant some of the most …

MTA 064 How Easy Is It To Get Married in Australia? With Marriage Celebrant, Matt Finch

June 27th, 2021


SO, you have embarked on your migration adventure, you are in Australia, you have found that special someone, and it's that time when you consider …

MTA 063 - 485 Graduate Visa Refresher 2021

June 20th, 2021


Are you (or do you know someone who is) completing your studies in mid year or end of year 2021, an International student, studying IN AUSTRALIA, and will be applying for a 485 Temporary Graduate visa to pursue work …

MTA 062 New South Wales to begin accepting International Students

June 13th, 2021


The New South Wales State government announced  that it was about to begin accepting a limited amount of international students. 

How will it work? Who is coming? What courses are included?

David Bongiorno and Grant …

MTA 061 Corinna Galliano from Italy is a mindfulness and business expert.

June 7th, 2021


In this episode we speak with Corinna Galliano, PhD, an expert in international business and management, who came from Italy to further her academic career. She is currently teaching and developing courses at the …

MTA 060 - Buyer's Advocate Cynthia Peretz helps you buy a house in Australia

May 18th, 2021


In this episode, David Bongiorno and Grant are joined by Cynthia Peretz, who has an interesting migration story of her own to tell, and over 20 years in Australia, she has a detailed knowledge of the property market in …

MTA 058 - How does a golf pro migrate to Australia Meet Chris Andrews from Grimsby

May 2nd, 2021


Chris Andrews was a kid from Grimsby in the UK who loved golf, and he wanted to make it his career.

Like so many young people in the UK, Chris wanted …

MTA 059 - Some Hard Messages for Australia To Hear - Belle Lim, President of Council of International Students Australia

May 2nd, 2021


Our Guest today is Belle Lim, the current President of the Council of International Students Australia.  Belle is undertaking a Doctorate studying cancer genomics, working part time (as just about all of our …

MTA 057 - Alan Chong fed the stranded International Students during lockdown

April 13th, 2021


At the height of the Covid lockdown, as a Melbourne winter was taking hold, a sympathetic restaurant owner took it upon himself to feed the hoards of …

MTA 056 - Insurance (and why you need it) in Australia with Lyndon Holland

April 6th, 2021


Year after year, no matter where you are in Australia, it is proved over and over why insurance is something you need to consider.
It can be a natural disaster, or just an accident or mishap that can befall on anyone, …

MTA 055 - Dr. Ram, Emergency doctor

March 19th, 2021


In this episode we meet Dr. Ram, and emergency medicine specialist, who has a very interesting career path and has skills that are in demand all over the world.

Ram's background gives some clues to the origin of his …

MTA 054 - Changes are coming to the Partner & Spouse visas

March 14th, 2021


The Australian Government has foreshadowed changes to the way Parter/Spouse/Fiance/Prospective Marriage visa will operate in the future - perhaps …

MTA 053 - How Can You Leave Australia while the travel restrictions apply? And Grant's Health Update

March 2nd, 2021


It's been a while between episodes!  Not for want of trying - we have had to recast a few episodes - but we are delighted to tackle a few of the things that David has been asked lately in this instalment.

First, after a …

MTA 052 - NSW and Victoria re-open Skilled Migration, End o of Year Summary

December 23rd, 2020


With a fanfare for our 50th official episode, David shares as much detail as has been released about the Skilled Migration programs the NSW and Victoria have opened up. We recap the year, look ahead a little and …

MTA 051 - Start a business or open a branch in Victoria? Nik Guruprasad from Invest Victoria

December 21st, 2020


Following on from our last episode about starting a business, this time we consider relocating or expanding your existing business to Australia, with …

MTA 050 - True Blue Aussie - Will Attoh: Australia via Romania and Ghana. Lawyer, Pilot, Raconteur

December 14th, 2020


A rollicking good time in this episode, featuring lawyer, commercial airline pilot, NSW Supreme Court researcher and business entrepreneur, William …

MTA 049 - Changes announced for Partner, Prospective Marriage, Child, Adoption and Dependant Child visas

December 9th, 2020


There have been some significant changes announced by the Australian Government regarding these visas;

  • Partner (subclass 309)
  • Prospective Marriage …

MTA 048 - Louis Foo - From Singapore to Social Work and Punk Rock

November 10th, 2020

We speak with Louis Foo, from Singapore, who is contributing to Australia as a Social Worker and in the creative arts with his punk rock band, KNT.

You can check out Louis and his band here;

On ABC TV "Rage"

MTA 047 - Saúl Zavarce - from Venezuela to Melbourne radio doyen

October 18th, 2020


Saúl Zavarce has been presenting his celebrated Saturday morning program, Fiesta Jazz, since 2000, making him a veteran of the airwaves and a familiar face around Melbourne community FM station, 3PBS-FM. Fiesta Jazz

MTA 046 - Australian Federal Budget 2020 Update - General Skilled Migration, Spouse/Partner visas and English Language Test changes

October 12th, 2020


David and Grant discuss the main issues in the Federal Budget for immigration - a shift of focus in skilled migration, a large increase in spouse visa quota - but with an English test. We do our best with no legislation …

MTA 045 - What do you do if you have to consider getting a Divorce in Australia? Nadine Udorovic

October 9th, 2020


If you have come to Australia from a country with a very different legal system, or one where women are largely excluded from independent access to the legal system, we have an episode for you.  Family lawyer, Nadine …

MTA 044 - How to do well on your English test -Ali Shahsavand shares the successful method to improve your scores

October 4th, 2020


Ali Shahsavand is widely regarded as one of the best tutors for the IELTS test, and has helped thousands of people achieve great results on the …

MTA 043 - Are you starting your first job or a new job? Paul Cott has some information for you

September 27th, 2020


Paul Cott is a lawyer who regular advises both workers and employers on all sorts of issues under Australia's workplace laws. David and Grant put a …

MTA 042 - Triet Nguyen - Scaling the Heights of his industry

September 20th, 2020


In this episode we talk to Nguyen, CA, who tells us how he came to study at high school in Melbourne, from Vietnam, and has ended up as a Senior …

MTA 041 - What happens if you die in Australia? Death and Wills with Adrian Corbould

September 13th, 2020


If you are in Australia and you die (or snuff it, as we say here!), what happens? Well, in this episode, we speak with an expert in the field.

Adrian is in the Doyle’s Guide ‘Leading Wills & Estates Litigation …

MTA 040 - From France to Melbourne, with a dose of West Africa! Meet Grace Amah

September 6th, 2020

With French, Beninese and Togolese (West Africa) heritage, Gracieuse Amah (Grace) is an Arts Manager, French Intellectual Property Lawyer, Community …

MTA 039 - Maintaining Your Mental Health with Nick Bracks

August 30th, 2020


This week we speak with aspiring AFL footballer, Nick Bracks, who never became a professional footballer, but did become a star on the popular TV …

MTA 038 - Nicola Romano - Great chef, great bloke, great fun.

August 26th, 2020


We speak with Nicola Romano, and with a name like that, of course he has come to Australia from Italy!

He tells us how he has developed a top class …

MTA 037 - Education Agents - are they all bad?

August 20th, 2020


If you listen regularly to this podcast, you will know that sometimes we say some uncomplimentary things about Education Agents. So, Laura Parra, an …

MTA 036 - Dealing with Police under Lockdown with Charles Nikakis

August 9th, 2020


Charles Nikakis, a criminal law advocate with over 40 years experience in Victoria, tells David and Grant how to deal with Police in Victoria under …

MTA 035 - Engineering as a Pathway for Permanent Migration. Live Real Case Evaluation

June 18th, 2020


Something totally different today for you! A walk through of the case for skills-based Permanent Migration with a couple from the United Kingdom.

Amanda Younes reached out to us, via the Migrating To Australia Podcast …

MTA 034 - How To Stay In Australia -Update to subclass 485 Graduate Work Visa & Pathway to Permanent Residence

May 13th, 2020


David and Grant discuss the things a recent graduate needs to know moving from a student visa and progressing through the stages of working in Australia and seeking Permanent Residency in Australia.

Graduates often …

MTA 033 - Unique financial & Taxation Issues for Americans living permanently in Australia with Ashley Murphy

May 6th, 2020


There are some serious issues that affect citizens of the USA who are permanent residents of Australia or dual citizens.

The USA is one of the very few countries in the world that maintains and enforces a …

MTA 032 - Update for International Students - Gil Polglase from The Lonsdale Institute

April 21st, 2020


It's a really difficult time for international students who are in Australia during the Covid-19 period in Australia, with disruption to regular …

MTA 031 - There is assistance being offered to some International students by Universities

April 12th, 2020


It is a difficult and confusing time for international students studying in Australia now. At this time all courses are running online, and students …

MTA 030 - How the Covid-19 Restrictions affect temporary residents in Australia

March 27th, 2020


This episode is the recording of a live stream we did to look at the issue for the various temporary residents in Australia under a range of visa …

MTA 029 - Standard Business Sponsorship Visa (subclass 482)

March 25th, 2020


In this Episode David explains, in detail, how to pursue the Standard Business Sponsorship visa, either as an Employer or as a sponsored employee.

If you have questions, submit them to Grant via Twitter or via a comment …

MTA 028 - Thinking of studying Childcare in Australia as a Pathway to PR? DON"T!!!

March 15th, 2020


If you are considering studying Childcare in Australia on a subclass 500 visa, as a way to work in Australia and pursue Permanent Residence, don't!

David explains why the pathway is effectively closed, if you are …

MTA 027 - Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300) Checklist

March 8th, 2020


In this episode David takes us through his Checklist that he uses for his clients applying for the Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300), for the OFFSHORE Applicant to deal with the interview that occurs with the …

MTA 026 - Finding a Job or continuing your career after migrating

February 19th, 2020


David and Grant are joined by Career Coach, Marina Pitisano.

Marina shares her family migration story and then lays out what is required to find a job in the Australian job market, or develop a career in a changing …

MTA 025 - State nominated Skilled Migration - 491 visa State of Victoria

January 28th, 2020


We continue our look at the 491 Skilled work visa program based on nomination by one of the states of Australia, this time, Victoria.

In this episode David looks closely at the requirements and conditions to be …

MTA 024 - Don't Study Accounting Or Smoke Weed

January 20th, 2020


In mid-December, the latest round of invitations for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Work (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) from the Australian Department of Immigration and Home Affairs were …

MTA 023 - General Skilled Migration - Skilled Work Regional Visa 491 Tasmania

January 9th, 2020


If you are considering a move to Australia, the individual States of Australia each have special visas to help them find the skilled and qualified workers needed for their employment markets.  This episode focuses on …

MTA 022 - End of Year Message from David and Grant

December 24th, 2019


A short message from David and Grant wishing everyone a happy holiday season, with a big thanks for listening for the past year!

MTA 021 - Prospective Marriage, Backpacker, Resident Return and Contributory Parent Visa Handy Tips

December 20th, 2019


David and Grant discuss tips to be successful and the pitfalls to avoid when applying for several classes of visas.

  • Maximise your chances to get a …

MTA 020 - Chukwudi Ogoh from Nigeria

December 13th, 2019


Chukwudi Ogoh tells David and Grant about his reasons for choosing to study in Australia almost a decade ago, and why he chose Australia over the other options - USA, UK, Canada and New Zealand.

He tells us what he …

MTA 019 - Grant Health Update - He is alive!

December 8th, 2019


Special update on Grant's health following his major surgery and what comes next for him.  Also some commentary on how many highly skilled migrants …

MTA 018 - Eshan from India

December 2nd, 2019


David and Grant talk to Eshan, who is about to complete a PhD examining the socio-economic dynamics of Indian students who are studying, or have studied in Australia.

Eshan has been in Australia as a student for 11 …

MTA 017 - The Parent Sponsored Visa subclass 870

November 24th, 2019


David goes over the features of the newly established Sponsored Parent Visa subclass 870, which allows parents to spend up to 10 years with their children who are living in Australia.

All of the features, restrictions …

MTA 016 - Paolo from Italy

November 17th, 2019


Paolo has become a very successful chef in Melbourne.  He has cooked for a living in London, Singapore and his home country, Italy, and worked with …

MTA 015 - Farid from Iran

November 15th, 2019


Farid tells David and Grant about his successful study in Australia, how he builds his life in Australia, while staying connected to Iran, and his …

MTA 014 - International Student Minh gets bashed by Nazis

October 21st, 2019


After finishing a shift at a convenience store, International student, Minh, is savagely beaten by a group of neo-Nazis, resulting in multiple very …

MTA 013 - Grant's Big Challenge - The Cancer Episode

October 14th, 2019


David talks to Grant about why he has been, and will be absent, and how he feels about his impending cancer surgery.

This is pretty personal stuff.

MTA 012 - How the immigration decisions are made with Abul Rizvi

October 14th, 2019


David and Grant are very lucky to have a conversation with former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Immigration in the Australian government.

He …

MTA 011 - Studying in Australia - Gil shares his knowledge

June 9th, 2019


David talks to Gil from The Lonsdale Institute, which has campuses in Melbourne and Sydney, about studying in Australia.

Find out more about the Lonsdale Institute here.

Remember you can always book a free introductory …

MTA 010 - Satisfying the Genuine Temporary Entrant Criteria

June 7th, 2019


David focuses on all the elements you need to cover in your visa application to ensure that you meet the requirements to be considered a Genuine Temporary Entrant.

Remember you can book a free introductory appointment …

MTA 008 - Teraseth - fleeing for your life then becoming a supermodel

May 29th, 2019


In this episode we speak to Teraseth, who fled South Sudan as an infant and details 6 year journey to arrive in Autralaia as a refugee, and how she has built a life that has included modelling at the highest level all …

MTA 005 - Ada shares her story - migrating from Greece.

November 21st, 2018


Is this episode we introduce you to Ada, who decided to leave her home in Greece as the effects of a financial crisis were being felt by so many people in that country.

We trace her steps from her previous career in …

MTA 004 - When Should You Apply for the Student Visa subclass 500?

November 15th, 2018


A quick answer to a very common question about applying for a student Visa.

For more answers like this like this, be sure to download the upcoming Student Visa Q&A episode.

If you have completed your studies, there …

MTA 003 - Being of Good Character

November 12th, 2018


In this episode, David takes us through how the issue of your character may affect your chance of getting a visa, using examples of real cases that have been prominent in the media in Australia, and how your actions …

MTA 002 - Getting a Partner Visa for Australia

August 12th, 2018


In this episode David explains how to get your partner a visa for Australia, whether you are in Australia or offshore and whether your partner is in …

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