Just browsing through the forum it seems like I could have found the fountain of all knowledge regarding our wish to settle in Australia!
My partner recently applied for her residents return visa to be re-instated but it was returned as refused yesterday as she left Australia on that visa back in 1997 so obviously after the 10 year period. There were genuine reasons for her leaving Australia at that time but they didn't seem to count either when it came to applying for this visa.
She is 43, I am 51 and we already have a house in Ormeau (between Brissy and the Gold Coast) ready to move in to.
The very nice girl at Australia house seemed to think there was a different type of return visa for people who have been away for more than 10 years so I was wondering if anyone knows anything about that visa? (she couldn't provide the visa class number!)
To add insult to injury, my 3 stepkids (Partner's kids) all have Australia Citizenship and Australian passports but only one of them wants to move to Oz so that doesn't help!
Any suggestions (sensible please!) ideas very welcome as our youngest finishes school next year and is keen to move out late 2011 - and doesn't really want to go without us!