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  2. Jack91

    Citizenship Application + Passport

    Trying to attach scanned endorsed photo but no option to "choose file"? Any ideas? EDIT: For some reason I had to attach the rear first, then it would let me click attach and took me to the page where you select your face!
  3. Marisawright

    Camping and Caravanning in Australia

    It depends how prepared you are for roughing it. If you want to ease in gently, start by staying at camping sites which have proper toilets, showers with hot water and barbecues to cook on, somewhere close to civilsation so you can get to a cafe for breakfast. That will cut down dramatically on the amount of paraphernalia you need to buy. Your first decision is what you're going to camp in - a tent or a camper or a caravan? If you're on a tight budget, the obvious choice is a tent. I would go for a 3-person or 4-person tent. A 2-person tent is literally big enough for two people to lie down in and not much else. However, if you're not an outdoorsy person, a note of caution, I'm not outdoorsy either, and I hate camping in tents because I hate bugs. Most modern tents do have zip-up doors but it's surprising how many creepy-crawlies manage to get in - especially in Australia! When we first arrived in Australia, we camped in our car. We had a station wagon (estate car) - remember those? The back of a SUV or hatchback isn't as long as an estate, but people do camp in them. I prefer being up off the ground! https://windowvisors.com.au/napier-sportz-cove-small-to-mid-size-vehicles/ https://outdoorsmagic.com/article/turning-hatchback-car-mini-camper/ https://www.kathmandu.com.au/summit-journal/expert-advice/camping-checklist
  4. I’ve been an expat both in Africa and Brunei, both times working and living temporarily in another country on a contract, so could never be either a permanent resident or citizen.I am now an Australian citizen, so I am not an expat here.
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  6. Marisawright

    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    An expat is someone who is living or working away from home temporarily. They see themselves as living in a foreign country, not making a new life. I lived in Africa as an expat. When I came to Australia I was a migrant, and then I was an Australian. I thnk maybe Ramot and I have a different attitude because we grew up with different expectations.. When we moved overseas in our younger days, we didn't think, "Britain is ony 24 hours away" and our parents didn't expect we'd be popping back and forth to see each other every year or so. Flights were too expensive. You just accepted that if you migrated, you left your family behind forever. You'd be very lucky if you managed to see them every 5 years or so. My auntie, a ten pound Pom, managed her first visit home 20 years after she left. My oh and I never had kids, so we were able to afford a visit every two or three years, but we were unusual. I worked in an office of 600 people, a large proportion of them migrants, and my work brought meant I had regular dealings with most of them. They were always envious when I mentioned my next trip, because most of them didn't see their folks so frequently. So the idea that not seeing your family for two or three years is a tragedy is unfamiliar to me, because that used to be the norm for many migrants, and I'm sure is still the case for many migrants from developing countries.
  7. Coxy7

    Camping and Caravanning in Australia

    My daughter and I really want to go camping in Australia. Problem is I’m not naturally outdoorsy. last time I went camping was in Scotland and we had to leave at about 3 am cos it was so cold. (We went in March, bad planning) can you get what you need for camping without massive expenses? I wouldn’t know where to begin.
  8. Heyrudeboy

    M25 UK Scuba Tank Valves

    Hey mate I’m obviously extremely late replying to you now but I’ve just stumbled upon the same hurdle as you with my uk tanks over here in aus. Would you mind sharing some info on how you went about getting them tested please? ive 2 new and in used faber tanks that are now effectively $1000 worth of scrap that I’ll be lucky to get $50 for. thank you for your time.
  9. Domo

    190 Visa Grant

    I doubt that they will prioritize visa applicants from specific countries, that I think would be political suicide and borderline discrimination. Unfortunately, i think all other nations other than NZ are considered to be in the same cesspool in the eyes of DOHA.
  10. Ozthepowerful

    Timeline on 309/100 via applied for in London

    Looking for guidance. I was requested Police checks within 28 days deadline. That deadline is up on Wednesday and I still have not received the police certificate, the 12th working day was yesterday to which ACRO quote the timeline although they say there can be COVID delays. Do you think it would be acceptable to upload the confirmation email from ACRO to show that I have made attempt to get the information requested and then follow on the Cert when it arrives? thanks I’m advance
  11. Loopylu

    Travel caps and Human Rights

    One can hope that this pronouncement shames the Government into behaving properly. I am registered with DFAT as I am technically an Australian who may get bumped off my flight in May due to the caps. In the last two days I have had 2 emails advising of 6 Qantas repatriation flights from London being laid on in May so perhaps this is a response to the UN request....
  12. Jon the Hat

    Travel caps and Human Rights

    It shows the relative ineffectiveness of the UN really, by the time anything comes of it, no one will be helped by it.
  13. Loopylu

    Travel caps and Human Rights

    Well it seems my reading of international law aligns with that of Geoffrey Robertson QC and the UN.... https://www.sbs.com.au/news/un-requests-australian-government-ensure-the-prompt-return-of-two-stranded-citizens Yet again, the Australian Government shows it is incapable of respecting human rights (previous form includes the illegal indefinite detention of genuine refugees, not providing free public education to all children living in Australia, taxing backpackers higher income tax than locals in breach of tax conventions.... shall I go on). Time now that Australia had a bill of rights or human rights act, in my view, like every other democracy worth its salt. I know that the right wing out there on this forum (of whom there are many) will argue that this is a mere request from the UN, but this is pending a decision which will take 8 months to be made as due process has to be followed to allow Australia to justify its stance. However, for one of the two test cases affected who has a relative dying of cancer, 8 months is too long to wait....
  14. Newmigrant

    Booking hotel quarantine

    Heading for Perth!!
  15. Jon the Hat

    Personal Reference

    Oh good. I think you have to be up front and tell them your situation, it won't be the first time its come up.
  16. Yes the closed border certainly helped but the bungled vaccination is considered a pretty poor showing when they can see the vaccination speeds in other countries. Yes UK made some shocking mistakes early on and should have closed the borders much much earlier but they are getting the vaccination right ! Australia will never be free of the virus unless they permanently close their borders which will devastate the economy. The virus will always be present in the world, we just need to learn to manage it. I did mention expats - by which I meant those people from every country who have migrated and made Australia their home but have families left behind (ie not natural born Australians,) which is probably the majority of people who post on here from Australia Im also reading/hearing posts on social media where people are railing against the fact that they can’t leave or get into Australia. There will always be two sides to every story - and the chance for a good debate!
  17. Sorry I’m a bit confused, I read this as Australians leaving Australia, for family reasons but then you mentioned expats? So I answered as Australian not being able to leave Australia easily.
  18. Marisawright

    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    I think your attitude is quite widely held. I'm noticing, both on Facebook and in interviews on TV, that many Australians are wanting to let fewer people into the country rather than more. They appreciate the feeling of safety offered by the closed borders and think the sacrifice of not seeing relatives is worth it.
  19. Lots of people with children and families in other countries that I know, including me, accept it. I have no idea when I will see my only grandchildren again, perhaps never at my age. No point getting angry or stressed, of course we worry about them, but it is what it is, and many of us appreciate the fact that we have been very little affected by this dreadful virus, because of the closed border.
  20. They can if they’re citizens!
  21. Marisawright

    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    True, but expats can't vote
  22. Hi folks, I am a former PomsinOz user from 2007-2010 and this forum helped me significantly in being able to figure out how to emigrate from the UK to Australia. I am returning to the forum as I am looking for a place to move to after 11 years in Darwin, NT. I am considering Canberra as it appears that the job market might be reasonably okay. Can anyone give advice on how easy it is to find a job in Canberra at the moment? (Or PM if they prefer privacy). I think a position in the Federal Government would be good after 11 years in the NT Government. Of course, it quite often depends on the resume of the individual. So here are some basic points: I have 11 year working for the NT Government full-time (Social Housing, Remote Housing, Tenancy Management & Property Management), as well as weekend jobs at Bunnings (4 years) and the Quality Hotel (6 years). I am a former teacher and former bookkeeper. I have a strong interest in ICT. Looking ahead I am looking at getting a business broker & real estate licence in the NT, which could be transferred to other states with reasonable ease. Any advice on how to find a job in Canberra would be greatly appreciated. (On the flip side, if anybody is looking at going the other way - ie. to Darwin, NT - and wants similar advice about Darwin, feel free to PM me). Kind Regards, Gary
  23. Yes I agree but I also think the anger and stress of some Australian citizens who can’t see their families either is also adding to the mix. They can’t leave unless under exceptional circumstances and face huge problems getting back in and their families can’t come in so I know there’s lot of anger amongst expats.
  24. Jon the Hat

    Camping and Caravanning in Australia

    We've been unable to sell our camping gear refund voucher, so have use it to buy a Zempire tent. They are at least ANZ made and tough enough for the conditions! Looking forward to discovering the joys of Aussie camping next year.
  25. Marisawright

    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    Well, exactly. Although as we know, most other countries don't have such strictly closed borders, so there are lots of places Australians could go without needing to go through any formalities. As for checking - what I'm saying is there would have to be coordination between Customs and Medicare in Australia, so Customs could verify vaccination status before letting people leave. I suspect there would be privacy reasons why that couldn't be done, so I doubt it would happen. Like I said, I very much doubt it's been thought through at all. It's an idea thrown out there to please the media and stop them talking about bungled vaccine rollouts.
  26. KangaKit

    Personal Reference

    I have this issue to..rental agencies stipulate it has to be an Australian referee that's not a family member!
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