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  1. Moving to Australia

    1. Visa Chat

      This forum is for discussing Australian visas and migration. Discuss all aspects about emigrating to Australia and the visa process.

      568,248
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    2. Skilled Visas

      (e.g. 189, 190, 489)

      20,073
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    3. Family / Partner Visas

      (e.g. Partner 309/820, Parent 143/103, Child 101,802)

      63,530
      posts
    4. Temporary Visas

      (457, 417, TSS)

      5,340
      posts
    5. Business Skills Visas

      (subclasses 132, 188, and 890 to 893)

      248
      posts
    6. Business Sponsored

      (186, 187, 494)

      96,024
      posts
    7. Working Holiday Visas

      Discuss backpacking round Australia and Working Holiday Visas

      21,489
      posts
    8. Shipping and Removals

      Moving to Australia? Discuss shipping/removals

      37,704
      posts
  2. Life in Australia

    1. Aussie Chat

      All the latest news, gossip and general chat about migrating to and living in Australia.

      531,423
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    2. Household

      Removals, creepie crawlies, health a, welfare and pets - Everything to making your home in Oz.

      22,102
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    3. Renting & Real Estate

      Renting and real estate discussion on properties in Australia.

      27,300
      posts
    4. Money & Finance

      Discuss foreign exchange, mortgages, lending and finance in general for your new life in Australia.

      42,523
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    5. Education

      Talk about the Australian kindergarten, schools and higher education system.

      18,411
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    6. Health

      Discuss all health related matters

      13,399
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    7. Careers and Vacancies

      Discuss your career , job prospects and employment in Australia.

      84,160
      posts
    8. Kids Down Under

      Forum for chat about schools, playgroups, kids clubs, childcare options, activities, days out, where to shop, playparks and more.

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    11. Travel

      Discuss flights, vacations and holidays

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  3. Australian States & Territories

    1. ACT

      Discuss migrating to and living in the Australian Capital Territory. This includes Canberra and its surrounds.

      9,348
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    2. New South Wales

      Discuss migrating to and living in New South Wales.

      21,602
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    3. Northern Territory

      Discuss migrating to and living in the Northern Territory

      2,366
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    4. Queensland

      Discuss migrating to and living in Queensland. This includes Brisbane and its surrounds.

      32,099
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    5. South Australia

      Discuss migrating to and living in South Australia

      5,725
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    6. Tasmania

      Discuss migrating to and living in Tasmania. This includes Hobart and its surrounds.

      5,158
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    7. Victoria

      Discuss migrating to and living in Victoria

      29,730
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    8. Western Australia

      Discuss migrating to and living in Western Australia. This includes Perth and its surrounds.

      42,296
      posts
  4. Partner Forums

    1. Money Transfer: Ask Moneycorp

      Chat with Moneycorp about moving your money to / from Australia

      2,953
      posts
    2. Financial Advice: Ask Vista

      Vista Financial Services - Expert Advice on Financial Advice, UK Pensions Transfers to Australian Superannuation – QROP

      1,272
      posts
    3. Shipping Pets: Ask Pet Air

      Pet Travel queries? Ask Pet Air - A bespoke pet travel service owned and run by vets.

      1,483
      posts
  5. Moving to the UK

    1. UK Chat

      Are you an expat in Australia moving back to the UK. Use this forum to discuss the move back.

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  6. PomsInOz Specific

    1. Chewing the fat

      This forum is for all off topic conversations and general banter. Please Note:- Abusive, racist and personal insults will not be tolerated

      570,466
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  • Latest Topics

  • Latest Posts

    • Hey everyone chill your jets! I was asked about my personal experience and I gave it. I have no idea if sending emails every day worked or not and you're right, the visa may have arrived in time despite that.  You may prefer to sit back and watch your fate unfold. I believe in trying everything I can and fighting until I know there’s nothing more I can do. In reference to me considering the poor immigration persons workload. Well if you want me to put that over and above subjecting my family to utter heartbreak because dad had to stay at home, then a quick email every day seems reasonable. 
      To those of you who sought some  genuine advice , all I’ve told you is what happened for us and I keep everything crossed that you the outcome you want because being in limbo is really hard and sometimes the system is wrong. 
        To those of you who think I’m out of order for pushing, enjoy your trip to Oz in 2029 😊
    • We applied last January 2019 for Citizenship after 4 years of living in Australia. My husband and two sons (under 16 years) under one application and me under another.  In July my mother became very ill and I left quickly with my sons to be with her.  Before we left we asked immigration help line if it would affect our sons application if they left with me and we were told no as they are under 16 years - my husband was remaining in Australia.  2 days after arriving in the UK, my husband received an email asking for boys to return within 30 days.  We replied that we were told we didn't need to and the circumstances around leaving. Immigration dept send a response email confirming that it didn't matter, we were at the end stages waiting for police checks and that boys could apply for their passport from UK.  I am in the position of unable to leave my mother and my husband joined us in October.  We applied for FOI and have since found it was put on sleep mode in August.  As you must be in Australia at the time of approval, my husband was when the application was being looked at but now no longer is.  It appears our only option is leave my mother and return or lose citizenship. It a very difficult dilema for me. Does anyone have any experience with this?  My questions are If we return to Australia for approval, how long can this be before it is approved days, weeks or months?  We can apply for resident return visas but when is the latest we must do this by (our visa expired in November).   Coincidentally I was approved a few hours before leaving.  I am concerned for my children as they see Australia as their home and will want to return one day but may not be able to. Thanks in advance if you can help  
    • Hi  Could anybody tell me if Fitter(general) is oversubscribed?? I would be looking at a 491visa, but If there is not much hope of success is there any point in me paying for a skills assessment? Any information would be greatly appreciated.    Regards Jonathan
    • Thanks for the response, unfortunately it seems that nothing can be done. i will just wait and see what happens, my agent has said that we will submit application regardless, closer to the deadline. i can hypothesis with her but its extreamly frustrating for us. we are under the assumption that people are lodging the application with a statement attached explaining where the 5 extra points are from as there is no where on the form to address these points. my agent just wants to be certain. thanks again.   
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