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  2. It is legal but it is also morally questionable, because when you get a visitor visa you make a statement that you have no intention of staying permanently.
  3. If the law allows somebody who has entered Australia on a visitor visa to submit an onshore application for PR visa how can it be not "doing the right thing"?
  4. Ken

    Corona Virus

    If you fine people for telling the contact tracers who they've been in contact with then people will stop telling the contact tracers who they've been in contact with. By all means fine people seen walking around without masks or seen attending parties but you can't fine people for assisting with contact tracing.
  5. Today
  6. Wanderer Returns

    Where to live in the Gold Coast

    I'm relatively young (in my 50s) and still in good health (I hope!), so I don't tend to worry about such things. Getting to see a doctor seems pretty quick in Queensland. I've never had to wait more than a day, and often can be seen on the same day. Saying you're a 'retiree' doesn't really mean much - you could be retired at 55 or 75. If it's nearer the latter then I'd question the wisdom of such a big move, to be honest.
  7. My reply might have been slightly confusing, sorry. We had lived in Australia since 2003 on the old 410 retirement visa, which closed to new applicants in 2005. Later 2 of our children moved to Australia so we applied for the 864 visa in 2017, and would still be in the queue, had the government not introduced a special pathway for anyone on either the 410 or 405 retirement visas to apply for PR, which we did in November 2018, at the same cost as the parent visa. but with different conditions, you didn’t have to have any children here or need a sponsor, so we were very lucky to have this opportunity. PR granted May 2019, and now waiting for our citizenship ceremony.
  8. Thanks for that @ramot. Looks like back in 2017 the queue for 864 wasn't particularly long so it al happened really quickly for you. I understand the waiting period now is about 4 years but most likely will be blowing out significantly by the time today's applicants are processed. Would love to hear from someone has seen a more recent case.
  9. In our case we applied for the 864 visa in March 2017, apart from paying the initial cost of the application nothing further was required then. Sorry don’t know if this has changed. Some time later we were in the position of being able to change to the 864 pathway from the retirement visa, and had to get police checks and have a health check when requested and received our request for the 2nd instalment shortly after both were clear. PR granted as soon as the money cleared, I think only hours later. I can never understand posters complaining about onshore visas, if the visas eg 864/804 exist then why shouldn’t people take advantage of it. Don’t blame them, blame the immigration system, it’s up to the government to change it. Just to make you feel better? we like some others weren’t entitled to Medicare or anything else while we were waiting for the 864 visa.to be granted.
  10. Toots

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    The distance between Dover and Calais is 33km. The distance between Melbourne and Devonport is 447km. A very big moat.
  11. Marisawright

    Where to live in the Gold Coast

    Bottom line is that the public transport on the Sunshine and Gold Coast is very poor compared to Sydney and you will need to get used to relying on Uber or Ola to get around. Perhaps you could consider a mobility scooter
  12. Toots

    Right or Wrong

    So sorry about your beloved pet. it's almost as bad as losing a member of the family.
  13. Toots

    Corona Virus

    The return of stocking up on loo rolls in the UK.
  14. HappyHeart

    You know you're getting old when.....

    Best wishes fot surgery. Be sure to do your exercises afterwards. The key to an uneventful recovery!
  15. What a treasure trove this thread is for all things Parent Visas - thanks to all the contributors. I have a quick question. When someone applies for 864 (contributory aged parent) visa onshore and they're on a Bridging Visa A, are they asked to get preliminary PCC and Health checks done when they get a queue date in a year or two? I know with 804 visa, they're generally asked to get these done in 12-24 months from the date of application. Wondering if the same thing applies to 864 or they are only asked close to grant of visa, which could be 5-6 years away? Thanks.
  16. Yesterday
  17. Saper

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Yes, all the applicants are onshore and I work for big tech company.
  18. PRWaiting4u

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    I think its just random. I am working for a big company but waiting since feb
  19. ali

    Wanted to share my covid nightmare!!

    I think they employer telling them to get back ASAP should have rang some alarm bells.
  20. Rthursty

    Where to live in the Gold Coast

    Sorry I didn't mean to ask the question and have a reply from one person but perhaps a reply from different people who would live in the respective local areas.
  21. WhenWillWaitBeOver?

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Congratulations mate. May I know if all the applicants are onshore? And if you work for big techs?
  22. WhenWillWaitBeOver?

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    yes mate that's what I have been observed. haven't seen any TRT getting PR in recent months. People on DE are getting PR within 2-3 months timeline and for TRT it is just wait-game.
  23. Skani

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    No, it was a simple matter of geography - that rather large moat between them. Just like we Tasmanians distinguish ourselves from mainland Australians.
  24. Skani

    Is Dan Andrews doing the right thing?

    It depends what you mean by "worked". Had we had the same per capita death rate as Sweden we would now have 15,000+ deaths instead of the current 854. Not to mention the added health burden of complications from "recovered" survivors. Even if the bean counters ignore the human cost there will be an economic cost of that. Winter will be the most challenging period for northern hemisphere countries. It would be prudent to reserve judgement on which approach has been the best until they have survived that.
  25. DevilsAdvocate

    Any fellow Engineers in here?

    Yeah I’ve been in Aus for 7 Years. I work for a Rival of yours
  26. Parley

    How is Boris Doing So Far?

    No need to book anything in Australia. We have big drive thru setups in major car parks at shopping centres. You just drive up and tell the attendant nurse you are having symptoms and join the queue. You never get out of your car and just wait your turn driving slowly as you can. I had my test when it was very busy and probably an hour and a half to get to the front of the queue and get tested. Very effective system. All you do is confirm you have symptoms on the day and then show your medicare card when you take the test.
  27. Toots

    Is Dan Andrews doing the right thing?

    Outdoor gatherings of up to 1000 people will be permitted from this Friday in Tasmania. Also the Tasmanian Government announced that eligible agricultural (seasonal) workers from non-affected regions will be permitted to enter Tasmania to assist with the upcoming planting, production and harvest seasons. The workers started arriving this week.
  28. Toots

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    I never considered myself European - probably because I spent most of my time in the UK before it joined the EU. Historically Scotland has always had a connection with France - "The Auld Alliance". In 1995 celebrations were held in both countries marking the 700th anniversary of the beginning of the alliance.
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