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My wife and kids have applied for renewal of their passports at the mobile passport mission in Melbourne at 21 March 2015.
We got the new passports 10 July 2015–a turn-around time of almost 4 months.
The passports have a date stamp of 08 June 2015.
To the credit of the folks at the embassy and consulate, it was a fairly hassle-free process.
To check on the status, its important to know that one should check the Philippine Embassy site and not the consulate site.
I ended up following up by calling the Canberra Embassy office. Spoke with someone who was quite friendly. On learning that the passports had already expired, he told me I did not have to mail the old passports to the Canberra office. He just arranged to mail the new passports. In my case, I used a parcel collect address which I find to be quite convenient for receiving parcels.
The cost was $118 per adult. $108 for kids. This had to be paid with a postal money order–and there are no other options, which is kinda restrictive and odd. One would hope officials will realise there is added cost (of $8.95) because of this payment type, and do something to offer other alternatives.
The mew passport information will need to be updated with Australia’s department of immigration.
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If I was going to submit some suggestions for improvement of a bank’s Internet banking site, these are some things I would put:
1. If a new message is received in the online banking messages function, then a notification should be sent to the subscriber.
2. Make it easy to check savings account interest rates
3. Make it easy to export data. It should be possible to easily copy/paste account and transactions information.
4. Make the online banking interface simple, lightweight and quick. People go to online banking with a simple purpose, and not to be awed by fancy design.
5. There’s no shame with sticking to an interface that is clean, simple, standard and formulaic. It is advantageous to the customer for the interface to be familiar, and not overly re-hashed and bespoke. Banks may think it is important to stamp their brand. The customer’s priority is to transact, and it would be nice to be able to easily find where things are.
6. Updating the website interface should be done rarely / avoided, particularly changing appearance, and changing location of functions.
7. Online statements are important. Make it easy to find. Keeping more available for longer periods is a great bonus.
8. Make it possible to update address/contact details information online.
9. Modern banks make it possible to transfer inter-bank locally easily and for free. I think it should be standard across all banks.
10. A high contrast, easily readable interface that uses good sized fonts is a great benefit. There are many people that are color blind, and everyone’s eyesight becomes worse with age. Spare a thought for the few who have to strain because of poor color combinations/overly stylized internet banking website designs.
11. I think it is better for all accounts to be visible from one screen. There are online banking sites where you have to switch to another tab or expand a dropdown or go to another site to see credit cards or other types of accounts.
12. internet banking websites shouldn’t disable copy/paste. Particularly when the task is to fill up an account number in an enroll/transfer request for instance. Its not like making the subscriber type the account is going to make the handling much more secure.
13. Mobile OTPs are a good idea, but please don’t make the pin too long and prompt for it at every turn. I think stanchart banking site is one that sends a very long pin, and just about every function requires the OTP. Maybe entering the OTP one time is sufficient security for a session.
14. Have a backup when OTP’s do not arrive.
15. Overly short timeouts are a pain. Hint: bpi
Are you a Filipino migrating to Australia?
I migrated with my family about 2 years ago from the Philippines to live in Melbourne.
If you are preparing to migrate to Australia, here are some things you can look into preparing while still in the Philippines ahead of migrating. Some of this particularly works, if you have a friend/family in Australia who is able to lend a postal address for you to use.
– Setting up a bank account. I believe ANZ http://anz.com.au and Commbank http://www.commbank.com.au make it possible for migrants to setup new accounts from overseas. Another good reason to get a bank account early is that there are many cases where you will be asked to show a bank account statement (among other requirements or possible IDs) for purpose of ID verification.
– Ordering a myki card online. This is not a big deal because you can also buy anytime from a 7-11 or a train station. Its just that when you get a myki card online, it gets printed with your name on it which the generic Myki card does not have. If you order online the card is sent via snail mail. Maybe takes a week or so to arrive. This maybe costs $10 AUD to order which gives you at $10 credit.
– Request for a TFN (online request). https://www.ato.gov.au/Forms/TFN—application-for-individuals/
– Prepare to request a medicare card. I think requests have to be personally submitted at Centrelink but you can at least prepare the form: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/forms/3101
– Investigate places to rent at http://www.realestate.com.au or domain.com.au. airbnb is also a good option for short-term stays (I can send referral for airbnb–both of us get will get credits).
– Investigate mobile plans. For me, one of the better options and the cheapest is Vaya. Please feel free to comment and I can send a friend referral which gets me some refer credits. Vaya is sort of like a postpaid subscription in the sense of the payment method, but it is fairly easy to obtain. I think the main requirement is a bank account/credit card to auto debit payments from. On the other hand, if what you want is an actual prepaid subscription then instead, look at Optus or Amaysim. If you want premium good quality service, the best network is Telstra.
– Setup for yourself an everyday rewards and flybuys membership. These are the rewards card for Woolworths (woolies) and Coles respectively. Its inevitable that you will be shopping at these supermarkets when you are here.
– It may also be a good idea for you to do just a little research on Superannuation. It is a bit premature because you only need it when you start working, but at least it would be good to have a conceptual understanding.
– Be aware that you need to get a seminar and passport stamp from the CFO http://www.cfo.gov.ph/ before your initial departure date.
– The IOM offers discounted airfare (one way) for migrants. http://www.iom.int/cms/en/sites/iom/home/what-we-do/resettlement-assistance/concession-fares.html
You also get 40 kilos baggage allowance when booking via IOM. Their contact info:
And keep in mind that dates in Australia are written day before month.
There will be many other things to prepare if you are a migrant. These are just a few things I have thought of. Good luck. You have an exciting time ahead of you.
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