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It's been a while since the last activity I did in this forum (due to the COVID19 pandemic). I'm creating a new forum for the current year and I hope some people here have the same occupation code as mine to share if they have already received their NSW invitation to apply for state nomination since January 2022. Also, it would be better if you can share other information such as EOI submission date, invitation date to apply for state nomination, and your total points.
I have been waiting for the NSW 190 offshore visa grant (or a CO contact) since July 2019...I believe there are more people like me who are waiting and hoping the reopen can finally push our cases to move forward. I'm just starting this thread to call for people who are on the same boat, and we can give each other updates once there's a movement.
We now have a dedicated Statistics page where you can check all the results and historical trends through interactive charts. Hence, the individual result posts from this section have been archived (you can still check the old posts through this link if you want to follow the discussions).
This post is entirely based on my personal experience.
Long time ago, the first time I decided not to carry cash while travelling, I started searching for the best option in terms of debit and/or credit card. I know a lot of my friends and colleagues who use regular debit/credit card while in abroad. But I found out that to be a disaster because you'd be loosing in two fronts:
Choosing your bank is not always straight forward, most of the time we end up choosing randomly or based on popular perception without digging into details and mapping which would suit me the most. Hence, let's start discussing here about pros and cons about different banks in Australia.
I'll start with CBA. I think fees and foreign exchange rates of CBA is just insane and awful. However, the large number of ATMs and branches along with a swift customer support and a nice mobile App go in...