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  2. Thanks for the replies - this is really useful information. I think that we'll look to getting an off-shore application sorted out soon, to try to get it in the pipeline as quickly as possible. I should be able to gather most of the documents together fairly quickly, but it looks like I'll need to get the health assessments sorted ahead of application. Is it best to have these all sorted ahead of sending everything off? I think my daughter is eligible for citizenship by descent (after a period of 2 years in country). Would it be a better idea simply to add her as part of lodging the application?
  3. Southlander

    190 Visa Grant

    A dash of optimism here and there can do wonders for the morale . Yes, still here too . We're into 16 months and it's s extremely difficult for us as well. Naive, yes somewhat , optimistic, hell yes ! Regarding grant numbers, I can't see how they could have exhausted their visa grant quota's of 190's for this year. As such waiting for July will be more a "default" way of consolidating for the next fiscal year, albeit with a profound backlog and 1000's more waiting for invites to join the race again, if they choose to complicate things further. Logically they should use up their given quota now before the next year starts. Also granting our visas, won't cause too many issues, we get the assurity that our visas are granted and as others have pointed out we may not get on a plane anyway. Also hopefully there are enough medical practitioners assisting with covid in their long awaited big roll out in oz and grants can now go to other fields! Let's hope for common sense and we all get out grants soon, maybe even share a beer when we get there and get off this dang forum and enjoy the lifestyle that is on offer. May tap in with an occasional hello and spout of knowledge, optimism for the next cohort as some have done for us! If we hear anything relative to us, let's keep updating . Best to us all.
  4. Red Rose

    RIP Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

    Why don't you Aussies get on with it then and become a Republic? https://www.smh.com.au/national/no-sense-of-momentum-poll-finds-drop-in-support-for-australia-becoming-a-republic-20210125-p56wpe.html
  5. MisterTea

    Transfers to UK-based foreign currency account

    OFX are multi-national (they used to be operated as OzForex and UKForex, but have now merged). I used them a few years back, but as I said, they're not as competitive these days.
  6. Marisawright

    Transfers to UK-based foreign currency account

    I'm a bit confused. You are currently in the UK and you want to convert pounds from your UK bank account into Australian dollars and deposit them in a UK-based HSBC account to take advantage of exchange rates, right? If that's the case, why are you looking at a forex company like Ozforex which is in Australia? Surely it's an entirely UK-based transaction?
  7. Marisawright

    exemption to leave Qld

    The big question is, why would you bother? If you're leaving Australia permanently, you can already get an exemption to leave, so there's no need to fly via NZ. If you want to go overseas for a shorter period, it may be easier to "escape" via New Zealand, but you're still going to have the huge headache of getting back.
  8. MisterTea

    Transfers to UK-based foreign currency account

    According to HSBC's customer support, their UK-based Australian Dollar accounts can't be accessed via a BSB code.
  9. Nyxkat

    Pound v Aussie Dollar - what will happen next?

    Not exactly. There's already a huge impact on trade and transportation of goods. I've seen people who have had to pay more for the import of their item than the actual item costs, -after- they had ordered it, charged as extra by the shipping company for the extra costs of shipping. https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/buying-online-from-europe-post-brexit/ Keeping on topic though I am hoping for a bit more of a rise. I plan on getting some currency soonish with some if my redundancy pay as we are planning to move to Australia in August. It will take a bit before I can get a bank set up properly and want to have a little bit of cash for the smaller stuff and to pay my way till I have an account (bf will have cards he can use and already has an aussie account).
  10. rtritudr

    exemption to leave Qld

    Right you can't transit directly, but there is nothing stopping you from flying to NZ and then booking another ticket to go overseas: https://www.traveller.com.au/new-zealand-travel-bubble-loophole-means-australians-can-travel-to-other-countries-via-nz-h1uzn7 A spokesperson for Australia's Border Force confirmed the agreement would not see New Zealand authorities preventing Australians from travelling on to other countries. "Currently, New Zealand does not prevent Australian citizens leaving New Zealand and travelling onwards overseas, however anyone arriving into Australia or New Zealand from any other country must enter into quarantine or mandatory isolation as directed by the relevant government departments and health authorities," the spokesperson said. The spokesperson said an exemption would still be required if Australians were transiting through New Zealand to another country, but would not say how the government would define "transit".
  11. Zayn

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    What was your test date ?
  12. Nyxkat

    Relationship break up and moving back home...

    Things may appear to be moving fast here but they really are not. Yes the vaccine rollout is excellent. The rest of it is a total cluster fudge. It's been one awful decision after another and things are still opening up too early IMO. Also they've been letting people travel to the UK this whole time pretty much only deciding to restrict certain arrivals after 8 months of covid. Don't get me wrong I'm definitely amazed at the vaccine rollout it has been impressive. Though even the vaccine rollout has had its issues. Currently there's potential links to blood clotting in certain brands which is extremely rare but is worrying enough people to cause low key chaos at hospitals with people showing up with mild symptoms because they're scared. And then there'd the holdups of transporting the vaccines due to brexit and the petty arguments that have stemmed over that. We are far from okay here. Please send caramello koalas and corn jacks. On the subject of the actual post, agz15 I'm sorry you're going through that. I would definitely wait till you have citizenship before doing anything. Maybe you can go back fir a holiday/extended visit when it is safer to and see how you feel after returning? (Don't go rn, returning is super difficult). If you feel like you need a change you could move to a slightly different area, say the next suburb over, rather than a whole new city. The urge to want to avoid certain places goes away after a while and feelings will settle.
  13. Marisawright

    I know no one will care but...........

    Yes, just like Charles is Charles’s name. That’s my point
  14. Wanderer Returns

    To renew or not!

    They're really good at it in the UK - the online system works great. I think mine only took 2-3 weeks when I renewed it. I liked the fact that I could take my own photo, so for the first time I don't look hideous! My Australian passport took quite a while longer though.
  15. Wanderer Returns

    Are we mad... lol

    It's very easy to get the wrong end of the stick on a forum (as we did recently @newjez) because there's a lot more to communication than simply words, whether they be written or spoken. If we were all sitting around a pub table enjoying a pint/wine/scotch/GnT etc, then misunderstandings would be ironed out during the course of the conversation. Most people are very good at responding to body language and non-verbal cues because it's innate. Occasionally differences of opinions with other forum members will occur, and that's perfectly normally, but if a member is continually involved in disagreements with others then perhaps they should review their commenting style - and think a little more before they post.
  16. Wanderer Returns

    Are we mad... lol

    Great choice. People are giving us Queenslanders a little more respect now that we've got rid of the 'Smart State' number plates and just have the 'Sunshine State'. States should stick with what they're good at!
  17. Rallyman

    To renew or not!

    3 weeks to get my replacement UK passport , no issues
  18. Wanderer Returns

    What’s the Difference Between Saving and Investing?

    There are times I am thankful that I have no ambition!
  19. Have you asked HSBC about how to transfer Australian Dollars in to their account? I'd be very surprised if they don't have an Australian account number (including BSB) that you can use to do so as that's how most foreign currency accounts operate.
  20. newjez

    RIP Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

    I actually quite enjoyed his frankness. He called it as he saw it. I prefer it to the political correctness you get in the states which papers over the cracks but doesn't address the actual issues. Plus, I think the press always tries to make ground on what was obviously done as tongue in cheek. I have no real feelings on the English royal family. But that is what they are. I do think it time that Australia dumped them.
  21. 1, 2, 3 & 4 were consecutive. There was then an 80 year gap, but 5 and 6 only had Edward VIII (and just 327 days) in between them.
  22. He was known as Albert because that was his name. Unlike his older brother (who became Edward VIII) who was always known as David to his family even though his name really was Edward.
  23. Canada2Australia

    RIP Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

    Sadly enough, his death has for some reason triggered the pro-republican movements in some countries to start campaigning again. The merry-go-round continues.
  24. I’ve read that many 870 applicants are having to show proof of private health insurance to get the grant. Reciprocal health care doesn’t give you full health cover. Part of the application for 870 says you must meet the health requirements. The reasons for this are shown here https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/meeting-our-requirements/health#
  25. Parley

    RIP Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

    It is a shame that a Royal can't make a joke without it becoming a huge issue, and you bringing it up 35 years later.
  26. I am UK resident thinking of applying for 870. How long does reciprocal health cover last before needing private medical cover?
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