I was wondering if anyone could throw some light on this senario, or even maybe have been there?!
My partner has spent more than half her life, (26 years), living in Victoria, Australia. She moved to Cornwall, UK in 95, where we met. We are at present living and working in France. We want to move to Australia, and of course for my partner it will be great for her to go home, as she considers herself to be Australian and there is her home, although not a citizen.
We are using a registered migration agency to help us. We asked about the 'returning residents visa' catagory. We were told that my partner cannot use this catagory. We asked why, and were told that although she complies with all the relevant criteria for this visa, she is over 45 years of age.
Has anyone had a similar experience? Has anyone managed to get back home using the returning residents visa and been over 45?
My partner, as I do, feel strongly about this rejection of not being able to return home. She was educated there. Maried there. Home owner. Had a mortgage there. Worked and paid her taxes there. Etc, etc. Her sister lives there (Almost 40 years). Yet she has basically, from what we can see, been denied the right to go home.
Can anyone explain why the Australian Government has put this rediculous age limit on ex residents that wan't to come home, work and pay their taxes again?
As we are very keen to get to Australia, I am at present in the process of applying for an RSMS visa, as we are both over 45, (but not by much!), and were told that this is our only option, with the hope of obtaining an offer of work within my line of work, the Construction Industry. But obviously, if my partner can get back in as a returning resident, this would be a better option.
Any thoughts or comments on this subject will read with great interest.
Happy New Year to all and hope all your wishes and dreams of getting to Oz come true for you!