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      Thanks Joanne, will go down in the morning and see. Will let you all know how I get on because once that's done its book the courier!!!!!x

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      Quote Originally Posted by FruitBat View Post
      Hi have just called a few solicitors about certifying docs. I then rang the local Magistrates Court who said someone there could do it and would not charge. This sounds a bit suspicious to me so just thought I would check if others had gone that route, and what should I check for when I go?

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      Hi FB

      The legal situation in E&W is that anyone who is an Officer of the Court can certify documents. Therefore solicitors and barristers can do it but so can Clerks to the Magistrates and suchlike.

      In practice, anybody working for the Court can certify copies because they will put the Court's stamp on the thing and nobody will look further than the stamp, frankly.

      Almost every solicitor is willing to deal with certifying documents. The problem is only that the dragons working in Reception say "no" because they don't understand what it is about so they insist that the firm "doesn't do it." The solicitors would do it like a shot - for the beer money and because it is an excellent way of attracting new clients.

      If you do not manage to sort it out, please send me a PM and tell me where you live. All that someone in your local law firm needs is some arm twisting. I'm good at that....!

      Cheers

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      Thank you!! All done! I opted to be safe rather than sorry and contacted a local solicitor who did the job within the hour for the bargain price of 5 for the first doc and 2 each fore the others. 23 for 10! Did a couple of extra things just in case as well as one for my sponsor!!

      All done! Booking courier. Feeling very positive!

      Can I just say a BIG thank you to Gollywobbler/Gill for all the support and encouragement over the past few weeks. What was initially quite a daunting take was changed into manageable bite-sized chunks! Very, very much appreciated!

      FB

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      Well i fell utterly dispondent now after reading some of the posts on this thread! This thread has some very useful information albeit some that i'd rather not be true! We'v recently been granted our 175 visa and had hoped for my parents to eventually join us but this is looking less and less likely. There is no way they can afford the fee for the CPV especially if the fee is hiked up in July and now it looks like it will take about 20 years for a non CPV to be granted!!!

      Its just so unfair. I desperately want my parents with me and my family but just can't see any way round it
      IELTS 23/10/09, ANMC 05/11/09, 175 CSL Applied online 16/11/09, CO 5/02/10, Medicals done 23/02/10, Meds arrived in Sydney 4/3/10, Meds finalised 8/03/10, VISA GRANTED 19/04/10, Validated VISA Feb 2011, Arrived in Brisbane 19/11/11

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      Quote Originally Posted by purplelaura View Post
      Well i fell utterly dispondent now after reading some of the posts on this thread! This thread has some very useful information albeit some that i'd rather not be true! We'v recently been granted our 175 visa and had hoped for my parents to eventually join us but this is looking less and less likely. There is no way they can afford the fee for the CPV especially if the fee is hiked up in July and now it looks like it will take about 20 years for a non CPV to be granted!!!

      Its just so unfair. I desperately want my parents with me and my family but just can't see any way round it
      Hi Laura

      I've moaned about this on the National Interest radio programme feedback. I had an e-mail from Peter Mares this morning, saying that he wanted to ask Mark Webster about non-contributory Parents and Aged Parents on the programme but that there wasn't time.

      The weird thing is that Minister Evans was the bloke who doubled the quotas for the 2 non-contributory Parent groups, so why on earth has he suddenly halved them again?

      Your Parents would not be able to apply until you have become "settled" in Australia in any case and by then, the whole thing might have altered again.

      The other thing to bear in mind is that my mother was rejected for a Parent visa in 1993. She eventually succeeded getting a CPV instead in 2006. Never, ever give up hope, hun. We had been told "No" so often that when I decided to take one, last look at the situation for Mum in 2005, I really didn't expect to find that anything had changed so I didn't expect that she had become eligible. But lo and behold. The law had been changed and Mum was clear to go ahead and apply again.

      So PLEASE, do NOT abandon hope because things can and do change. My family are the living proof of that.

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      Thanks for your kind words Gill. I do try to stay positive but sometimes its hard especially when they change the goal posts so often!

      I'll just have to hope that in a couple of years time things have changed for the better for us (either that or we win the lottery!!!!)

      Thanks again x
      IELTS 23/10/09, ANMC 05/11/09, 175 CSL Applied online 16/11/09, CO 5/02/10, Medicals done 23/02/10, Meds arrived in Sydney 4/3/10, Meds finalised 8/03/10, VISA GRANTED 19/04/10, Validated VISA Feb 2011, Arrived in Brisbane 19/11/11

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      Hi Gollywobbler

      Do you mean $100,00 per couple for everything, including the Assurance of Support? Or do you think they might increase the Assurance of Support as well and you mean that the second VAC will be $50,000 per person? We are wondering if there is anything to be gained by switching now so that we could then fix the second VAC. However, not much point if we then have to pay a much increased Assurance of Support. Your thoughts are much appreciated.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Linday View Post
      Hi Gollywobbler

      Do you mean $100,00 per couple for everything, including the Assurance of Support? Or do you think they might increase the Assurance of Support as well and you mean that the second VAC will be $50,000 per person? We are wondering if there is anything to be gained by switching now so that we could then fix the second VAC. However, not much point if we then have to pay a much increased Assurance of Support. Your thoughts are much appreciated.

      Hi Linday

      I've made nothing more than a very rough assumption about the likely future costs of the CPV scheme and my figure of $100,000 or so for a couple includes all possible costs. Even if my figures are slightly too high, they are not that far out and an over-estimation prevents somebody from doing their sums too minutely and ending up with a nasty fright.

      My figure assumes and includes a cost of $10K for a single person or $14K for a couple for the Bond which is associated with the Assurance of Support.

      Centrelink work out how much the Bond ought to be. It is based on the idea that during the 10 year period of the AoS, x% of CPV holders will claim Benefits from Centrelink. The AGA's Report in late 2008, which was published sometime during 2009, assumes that very few CPV holders will actually claim any recoverable Benefits such as Special Benefit.

      http://www.aga.gov.au/publications/c...PVCI_Final.pdf

      I think the AGA's assumptions are likely to be accurate so (according to me) there shouldn't be any reason to increase the amount of the CPV Bond any time soon. But hey! I didn't even bother to take a Maths O level because I am so hopeless at anything to do with numbers, so an Actuary, I'm definitely not!

      I can do basic sums, though!

      Year 2nd Instalment in AUD$
      2003/4 25,000
      2004/5 26,475
      2005/6 27,850
      2006/7 29,330
      2007/8 31,555
      2008/9 32,725
      2009/10 34,330

      The figures above are the actual 2nd Instalment charges for CPVs, which were new visas on 1st July 2003. How much the 2nd Instalment for a CPV would be in your own case depends on exactly when you applied for your Parent sc 103 visas.

      Does this help, at all?

      Cheers

      Gill

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      Yes, thanks Gollywobbler

      We were considering switching to the CPV next year after putting our house on the market to raise the necessary funds. However, we were concerned that a considerable increase in the second visa application charge in July might make this out of our reach.

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      Hi FB

      The increase in fees for CPVs has now been announced.

      For the CPV 143, the increase is $30 for the 1st Instalment, which we could all live with. That will go from $1,705 to $1,735 for a couple from 1st July 2010.

      However the 2nd Instalment will rise to $37,965 per parent, up from its present $34,330 per parent. Excel says that that is an increase of $3,635 per parent or $7,270 for a couple.

      Please make sure that your courier can find his way to the correct address in Perth and don't forget to offer the money for the 1st Instalment with the application, please.

      The CPV figures really are getting scary. Mum applied for her CPV 143 in November 2005, so her 2nd Instalment was $27,850. The latest increase amounts to a hike of just over $10,000 per parent over the last 4 years.

      Minister Evans, dear. If you milk the cash cow too hard, the milk is likely to curdle, mate.....

      Cheers

      Gill

     

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