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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.

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    2. Working and Skilled Visas

      Discuss Skilled Visas (189, 190, 191, 489, 494, 887, 491), State/Territory sponsored (892, 893), ENS (186), RSMS (187), Business (188, 888, 890) Temporary (400, 482) 

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    3. Family / Partner Visas

      Discuss Partner (820 801 309 100), Prospective Marriage, Parent (103 143 173 804 864 870 884), Child (101 802 445),  Remaining & Aged Dependent Relative Visas 

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    4. Visitor Visas

      Discuss ETA (601), eVisitor (651), Transit Visa (771) , Visitor (600), Work and Holiday (462) and Working Holiday Visas (417).

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    5. Studying and Training Visas

      Discuss Student Visas (500), Student Guardian Visas (590) and Training Visas (407)

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    6. Other Visas

      Discuss Bridging Visas (010, 020, 030, 050, 051), Former Resident Visas, Resident Return Visas (155, 157) Investor Retirement Visas (405)

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    7. Repealed and Closed Visas

      Temp (457), RSMS (119, 857), ENS (121, 856), Skilled Independent (175, 885), Skilled Sponsored (176)

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    8. Shipping and Removals

      Moving to Australia? Discuss shipping/removals

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  2. Life in Australia

    1. Citizenship

      Discuss citizenship eligibility, applications, tests, wait times etc.

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    2. Aussie Chat

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

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    3. Household

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

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    4. Renting & Real Estate

      Renting and real estate discussion on properties in Australia.

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    5. Money & Finance

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

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    6. Education

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

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    7. Health

      Discuss all health related matters

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    8. Careers and Vacancies

      Discuss your career , job prospects and employment in Australia.

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    9. 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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    12. 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.

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    2. New South Wales

      Discuss migrating to and living in New South Wales.

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    3. Northern Territory

      Discuss migrating to and living in the Northern Territory

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    4. Queensland

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

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    5. South Australia

      Discuss migrating to and living in South Australia

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    6. Tasmania

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

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    7. Victoria

      Discuss migrating to and living in Victoria

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    8. Western Australia

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

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  4. Partner Forums

    1. Financial Advice: Ask Vista

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

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    2. Shipping Pets: Ask Pet Air

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

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  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. Forum Announcements, Q and A

      If you have any forum usability questions, suggestions or announcements, post them here.

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  • Latest Topics

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    • Hi all, The fam and I have been back in Syd for 2 years and we are considering moving back to the UK.  DH is English and 3 kids are all dual. I’m an Aussie and was granted an IRL a year before we decided it was time to move back to  syd. We stayed in the UK for close to 4 years but 2 of those were Covid restricted. In hindsight we prob should have stayed and given it more time but I had enough (various reasons) and wanted a better life especially with the kids.  So now comes another huge decision, and there are numerous reasons for considering a move but a huge pull is not having mortgage stress. We would have little to possibly no mortgage in the UK depending on the type of house we buy. Another factor was being closer to Europe, we’d have the ability to travel during school holidays. At the moment, we can barely afford to do much outside of bills etc. Our thinking is that we would have more of a life there, despite the weather!  we have thought about moving to other parts of Aus but my family are in sydney and our jobs are great here so commuting is too difficult especially with young kids. Eg we considered the central coast but there’s no childcare vacancies and DH doesn’t want to commute everyday. We thought about Brisbane, Perth etc but the pull is having my support network in sydney.  We have 2 kids in primary and one in childcare. Primary kids prefer aus but they are young enough to adapt so it’s not a major concern.  is it a no brainer? Will we regret it? I’ll miss my fam but they will visit. DH’s family can’t afford to visit aus which makes him homesick.    also another question for any visa experts. What do I do with my visa, is it void now I’ve been out of the UK for over 2 years? Or can I just reapply for the IRL? (Granted 2021)  sorry for the waffle…just a huge brain dump as we are torn..    
    • Thanks for that. It would be for the first while until everyone is settled and I could then work in a Crèche. However the 200k is only the first years pay, it will increase yearly. 
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