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  1. 22 points
    Its been an age since I logged on to this site. There was a time when I couldn't stay away but I guess life just got busy. A post that seems to keep coming up time and again is one of 'why is everyone moving back to the UK?' and I see The pom queen reply that some people are just busy getting on with their lives, and that's where we fit in. Sept 2014 we moved as a family of four, me 46, husband 39, daughter 18 and son 10. We located to Gold Coast. We landed with four suit cases, 1 xbox, a BMX bike, the dogs ashes, a holiday rental and some very high hopes! Fortunately my husband had already secured a job beforehand which alleviated a lot of the stress others have to cope with, and our home was in a container on its way. We moved here with the mindset that Australia is still a young country, and if you want something real bad and you try hard enough things will go well. At 46 I knew it was going to be harder to find the kind of friendships I'd made in the UK, I was never going to have the history with anyone here or have the opportunity to meet the School mums given that my kids were older. Having worked as a Special Ed teaching assistant in the UK within the month I'd started volunteering at the local special ed school ... BTW Australia loves a volunteer, it will get you a foot in the door. There is an organisation on the Gold Coast dedicated to volunteering. Sure enough after a couple of months I was offered a temporary contract (Australia is also big on Temp & Casual Employment). As you have probably read elsewhere there is a distinct lack of funding in the Special Ed sector and instead of employing 3 or 4 TA's per class as well as the Teacher, over here there is just 1 per class. This resulted in me being offered a 1 day contract after the first year and the rest of my hours casual. Casual means having to wait by the phone each morning and wait in case they call and ask you to cover for the day. This is the norm and Iv'e known people who have waited over 5 years for a full time and permanent contract!! However I made loads of new friends who I still see regularly at weekends and in the evening. Having given up on the Ed sector I decided to retrain. I enrolled at the monster which is Tafe and gained an Australian Qualification in Administration. It was perhaps the best thing I could have done. Within a week of leaving I was in full time employment in a Law firm. Another thing here in Oz, it's not what you know, it's who you know. My boss is best mates with my tutor at Tafe who I got on really well with, hence my job. Going back to the friendship thing, I had to network for a long time. Work, websites, expat meet ups, coffee mornings etc.... As it works out I have a great group of friends from the expat community, but Iv'e also made a lot of Australian friends through our dogs (the only Australians in the family). I take part in dog sports such as Fly ball and Nose work, I get involved with the rescues which has meant I already had a common interest with these people. I do get ribbed about my cockney accent but it's all in good jest. My besties are from the UK and they do take the place of family. We spent a lovely Christmas in the sun surrounded by the friends who have become the aunts and uncles the kids left behind, and their kids the cousins. My husband has found some of the work practices over here a bit archaic (he's a civil engineer) but he's learned to put up with it. Lets put it this way, it can be a bit politically incorrect on the Goldie and a lot of paper shovelling. He plays for a football team in his spare time and socialises with his team mates (Oz & UK). Daughter, remember 18 is a dodgy age to be emigrating with your parents, mehed and griped for the first 5 months. I wondered if she would ever forgive us. As soon as she started Uni though we hardly ever saw her. Being permanent residents we had to pay up front for the fees. We still qualified for a Commonwealth discount but the cost is still considerable. We also paid for her to stay on campus in Brisbane. Another huge expense but a sacrifice we made so that she could make a new life for herself and live with kids her own age. Best thing we could ever have done. She has recently told us that she loves it here and has never been happier. She has some great friends, a lovely boyfriend and as of last month, a Degree in Economics. As far as her prospects are concerned its all Rosie. She has secured a graduate position in a very prominent finance company, I'm not sure if she would have had the same success in London. Son, was never really going to be an issue. Fitted in at school, aussie accent within the month and loads of mates. Hes swapped his BMX & XBox for a boat and is now whats known locally as a 'Tinny Rat'. I hardly ever see him at weekends and holidays. He gets up at 5am and takes to the canals for the day, because according to his friend (another expat) the water is like glass at that time. Its been amazing watching him grow up over here and take the chances he does, I would never have imagined him as a 13 year old getting up at that time in London. He camps over on Straddie, fishes from the beach and cooks his catch on campfires. It hasn't been as plain sailing for some of our friends over here. A few who were far better off than us in the UK have found it a lot more expensive than they imagined. Our saving grace was the value of property in London when we sold up and moved. That gave us a good start and we were able to buy the house we've always dreamed of. For others they've found the Gold Coast to be a lot more costly than they thought, it really isn't cheap. Our groceries are a lot more expensive and we now run two cars whereas in London we only needed one. On the Goldie its virtually impossible to get around without a car. The light rail is a good addition but still have to drive to it (bus runs every two hours from our house) Well that's just our story and I hope it gives a more positive read to some who were worried that everyone was moving back. Yes its hard bloody work but I wouldn't give it up!
  2. 17 points
    Arrived in Perth 11 years ago, we didn't know a soul here and had to be very resilient and self sufficient. Our children who were 11 and 7 at the time have now both officially spent half their lives here, my eldest says she's happy to have spent her childhood years here. She visited family in the UK briefly last year on her way home from a European holiday and says whilst it was nice catching up, she didn't have any anchoring to return. Our son was 18 in September and his pressie is a trip back with hubby to watch some football - he remember little of living in the UK so it will be interesting to see what he makes of it. We were fortunate to arrive before the rule change for Citizenship and were able to become citizens after 2 years here. We've developed a close friendship group who are like family to us now, this did take time and in the early days, the lack of friendships was what I missed - but they do happen if you put yourself out there and there are a few that don't quite happen for whatever reason. We both still work in the same places that we got our jobs before we arrived. Education for the kids has been good, I think like anything with the move you have to not compare, certainly, primary was more relaxed this a reduced amount of home work (I remember my son in year 2 in the UK having so much at weekends), here the teacher said that her students would be working hard throughout the week and like mums and dads deserved some time off at the weekends. For those who've read my posts in the past, my children are chalk and cheese, my daughter is academic and my son, whilst not unintelligent is more sporty. We were lucky that our local high school was able to meet both their needs, my daughter was in the academic extension programme and studied her degree at UWA and has just completed her masters in Education there, my son, left at the end of the year, unsure of what he wants to do (he's enrolled in a sports development course at TAFE), but whilst at school as part of his lessons, did his keys for life driving assessment (to get learners permit) and obtained his skippers licence (for a boat). We've never really been homesick - in part probably because we had family visit us a few times, but also I think that we didn't fall into speaking with people in the UK every week. My dad did fall ill in 2016 and sadly passed away which necessitated a return to the UK. The circumstances weren't the best and it wasn't a holiday but nothing about the trip made me miss anything and just reinforced that Australia and our support networks were here in Aus. Whilst the children were older and able to care for themselves for the week we were away - our friends were contactable and dropped off food. You often here that Perth is isolated and boring .. we've never felt isolated or bored here at all, we've been to great concerts and have been able to travel interstate and internationally as well as seeing some of the places that WA has to offer. We're not beach goers and a relaxing day for me is being able to sit reading at the back of the garden next to our pool (I used to have to go to Spain to do that lol). We eat out and we also entertain at home - some would criticise the backyard get togethers and see it as an indicator of being 'boring' .. but we entertained at our home in the UK - we just have an opportunity to do it all year round here as we have covered out door areas. We go out for drinks in the city often although before we left the UK we'd probably already grown out of the pub culture/pub crawls having been 'going on the town' since we were 16/17. We still love it and our children are young adults and we're not yet retiree's (looking forward to that so we can do all the things/trips we don't have time for). WA/Perth/Australia isn't perfect by any means, it's not Utopia nor is it the UK with sunshine, politicians and red tape are the same the world over and I don't get stressed about things that I have little or no control over. Our move has been a good one - we've gone with the flow, not compared Aus to the UK and not fallen into the trap of saying "In the UK they did this, that, the other better than here" ... and Aussie colleague once told me that when she heard this she used to think "well if it was so bloody good - why did you leave"? My advice - come with an open mind, expect it to be different and expect it to be difficult, it's not easy re-establishing yourself with work and friendships in the early days, but it is worth persevering with it. We came with the idea that if we didn't like Perth, Australia was a big place and we'd try somewhere else. We've been lucky that we haven't bee wracked with homesickness that's made us question leaving, our families were supportive of the move and seen the life we've carved out for ourselves. Would we return to the UK? - whilst unlikely, you can never say never - at 40 years old I never imagined moving to Aus - yet here we are.
  3. 14 points
    Hi all, fantastic news. Just been granted our PR visa!! Alan Collett (our wonderful agent) let us know. It’s been 2 years 11 months of being in limbo. Highs and lows. Just hang on in there. It’s a wonderful feeling after all this time. Pomsinoz has been amazing and I don’t know how we would have survived without all the tips and knowledge from everyone. I wish you all a happy Christmas and a hopeful New Year.
  4. 12 points
    As per another thread, I mentioned that when I first returned to the UK a year ago, I took to just writing down observations as they came to me, having moved from Coogee in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs in Summer, to Greenwich in SE London in Winter. I thought I'd share. Some of these are whimsical, some amusing, some really striking. No particular order, just as they came. Apologies in advance for petty issues such as my highly evolved coffee snobbery :-) Dated fonts in Sainsbury's Chip and PIN over £30/$50 No credit card fees More choice Self-bagging at supermarket Some foods half the price People still friendly Winter sun = T-shirt weather Narrow London roads, with traffic taking turns on two-way streets Speed bumps everywhere Slower 4G data Familiar brands like Shell and Esso feel dated Kids in coats Packing your own bags in supermarket No free carrier bags - 15p or 50p People smoking while walking Generally glum Short-tempered delivery men Generally cheaper supermarket Wine in supermarket Cheap booze! Lack of independent coffee chains Pay pass usually less useful due to half the PIN-free limit, and can't tap and PIN when you hit it Edit: Apple Pay is accepted for tap, without the limit No good coffee - big chain-dominated Zip car more expensive than Goget (GBP64/day vs $70) No Car Next Door Not using carrier bags as bin bags, as you have to pay for them No HeyYou app or coffee Buckets of crap coffee at around the same price Lack of traffic on City of London roads even on weekdays Crammed tube Suits and ties Tapping on the tube with your credit card Wifi on the tube, but no mobile signal Narrowness of streets - giving way People letting you in front of them on traffic-choked streets Cosy inside, blustery outside Being able to redirect a delivery 'inflight' People are still friendly - grandmas to our little kids, etc Lack of places for kids to run around - eg. Few Kid friendly cafes Complete lack of playgrounds Kids complaining of being cold, not wanting to go out Continuous running noses It doesn't rain all the time - actually beautiful crisp, sunny days with beautiful views so far People on Blackberry phones?! Lack of the convenience of 13-phone numbers and BPAY codes Nutters on the underground Amazon, Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Now! Ordering in 20s and receiving it same day Parking both sides, facing into traffic, on pavements, or almost anywhere The personal insult of Costa claiming to be 'passionate about coffee', when their coffee is s**t! Not really being aware of the weather outside - whether it's cold, or windy Not having to 'rug up' in your own house in winter People being a little less open with their personal issues The terrible data networks - mobile, home broadband, and café wifi, all slow Much better chocolate! A true temptation M&S Meal Deals! £10 with wine for two. Steak, Potatoes, Wine, for £10!! Alcohol anywhere - supermarket, corner store Pubs Never really getting above 20mph in the city
  5. 12 points
    I'd like to add my Christmas wishes to that, together with the hope that all those still waiting patiently for their visas will get them before too long. We were granted out visa in Spring 2016 but for family reasons we were not able to move until August this year. The ups and downs of organising the removals, the insurance, the sale of property seemed endless, and the removal bit is still ongoing. At various times I've felt homesick, stressed, worried about money, elated and sad. It's been a year to remember and I'm not sure I would want to repeat it. But it's been worth it for us to be here when our granddaughter was born ( a week after we arrived) and to get to know our two year old grandson. Most of all, to know we can meet up with our family whenever we like. I used to feel so envious of people on here saying they were all ready to go, or had just arrived in Oz ... I still can't really believe not just here on a long visit. So wherever you are in the queue, hang in there! And wherever you are in the world HAPPY CHRISTMAS and good luck with it all!
  6. 11 points
    I have been in Australia just on 18 months and love it. There are pro's and cons particularly as I live in a regional area which is a 7 hour drive from Brisbane or an expensive flight but I do have a view of the ocean from my balcony. Our house is not far off being built and I am fortunate to work at one of the top schools in Queensland. Recently I had to fly back to the UK in October as my dad was on deaths door and my sister was given a terminal prognosis. My employers supported me and even paid me extra leave. I know that would never have happened back in my previous employment in the UK. I then flew back in December taking a couple of extra days off work for my sisters wedding. Again the School were fantastic in their support and I am truly so grateful. Sadly my sister died two days after her wedding day. Dad managed to pull through but we are still not out of the woods. Its been a pretty tragic year for my family and sometimes I wonder if I should be back in the UK to support them, but I know this is where I belong. It took me 60 hours to get home with several layovers but the UK makes me so miserable. I grew up in a pretty rough area so that doesn't help but even still I find the UK so 'controlling'. Yes we go to work early in the morning and come home late some days but our weekends are spent having exceptional coffee, delicious avocado on toast and long strolls on the beach. I came here without ever visiting and was often overwhelmed by the 'returners' but everyones experience will be different, depending on where you live, work and what sort of person you are. Good Luck!
  7. 11 points
    Merry Xmas fellow parents wanting visa’s.😀 Hope Santa will bring Immi some nice presents to put them in a good mood for work in the New year. Currently in Oz and dont’t want to go home! Best wishes and good luck everyone home or away! 🤞🥂🍺
  8. 11 points
    Well, what do you know. Hubby has just been on to his e-mail account and joy of joys, we have also received the letter requesting further documentation, Will need to open a bottle of bubbly tonight that's for sure!
  9. 10 points
    I can't believe this. Your baby is not being cared for properly and is getting weaker by the day? How about you forget about Student visas and return to India to look after your baby? No visa is worth risking the health of your child..
  10. 10 points
    Hi 143 Applicants, Happy Christmas to all and hope 2018 will see many of us as residents of Australia. Scary yet exciting. Had a hitch with our medicals but after some tests we are back on track. House sale as yet going through ok and now the trauma of deciding what to take and what to leave behind, but its nice trauma I suppose. Our Daughter had her Centrelink interview early November, are they still averaging 3 months to process the forms etc?. Hoping everything clicks together and maybe start our next chapter in March or April. Hope its a happy New Year for everyone. Good Luck !
  11. 9 points
    Hi again all. Just to let you know that we are now back in Australia!! No problems at Sydney, everything went smoothly and they let us in!! We seem to have been the first ones from 2015 and we hope there will be many more. Just sorting out lots of things we have to do now in Australia. All I can say is that it is worth the wait and its a great feeling. My children arranged a surprise party on Saturday which was fantastic. Good luck everyone and lets hope they crack on this year with the visas.
  12. 9 points
    If you stop to think about that statement, you'll realise it doesn't make sense. Do you really mean that the whole of the UK is a more happening place? Every single town in the UK is not exactly the same, and neither is every single town and city in Australia. In both countries, a lot depends on where you live, and also on the kind of lifestyle you like to lead. My niece (who lives in London) came to Australia on a working holiday. She didn't do the backpacking thing, she was mainly working in Sydney. A few years later, she jumped at the chance to transfer to Perth with her job. She didn't like it at all, and found it staid and boring compared to Sydney. I've had the same impression when I've visited. At the same time, I know several people who weren't happy in Sydney, who moved over to Perth and think it's the most fabulous place ever. The UK is the same. There are towns full of retired folk in deckchairs, and other towns which are lively and happening. And different lifestyles suit different people.
  13. 9 points
    Happy New Year to all the Poms in Oz forum members! Hope that this year will be full of good news for all of us in the waiting room and full of happy times in Oz for those who have already made the move. Hoping particularly that the 2015 applicants (including me!) will be granted our parent visas this year.
  14. 9 points
    Good news this morning. I woke up to an email from PCV Team1 asking me to forward documents to finalise our 143 Visa application. christmas has definitely come early for us hear
  15. 9 points
    Hi everyone, some good news. My daughter opened the AOS Commonwealth bank account 11 days ago and yesterday she received the confirmation letter re her ability to be the sponsor. Scanned to our agent and by the end of the day we had been asked for the 2nd payment!! Posted off express today and who know we could get the best Xmas present ever. Our holiday visa had expired a week ago so we had to leave Australia but we are hoping that we will be back in January!! It does seem to be speeding up and we have been so lucky our MA has been so supportive and helpful. Hope to be back soon with some good news.
  16. 8 points
    Just received the AOS letter in the mail yesterday. It took nearly 3 months from submitting the application to receiving the letter if that helps anyone timeline wise. Submitted form 80, police cert and the AOS letter yesterday evening. Our lodgement date was 18/03/2015, so hopefully a case officer isn't too far away...
  17. 8 points
    It's a strange thing this definition of not belonging, I am so settled on the Sunshine Coast, I never want to leave. I definitely belong with all my expat friends here, as we are all outsiders in a way, so can identify with each other. I'm lucky to have great Australian friends, but in a way I don't "belong" because I don't share the same background, but that makes no difference to our friendship, I just don't know things that they grew up with, artists, tv programs, etc, minor things but I have no knowledge of them. So many things Australian are unknown to me. Having said that we embrace our differences and experiences of life. Yes I miss our son and grandchildren in UK, but the unexpected thing is that I have more family in Australia, as 2 of our children followed us here, and almost all my African family have moved here, and live within a few hours away, so because of that I do feel I belong because this is where I want to live. What my African relations have found is that although they miss Africa they had to make their lives here, and having had some of their children born here and now they have grandchildren they really have the sense of belonging, because this is where their family now lives. I genuinely don't miss UK, can't explain it, except that I have moved so much all my life, lived in 4 different countries before I came here 15 years ago but for some reason this country felt right for me and my husband.
  18. 8 points
    Just posting to say I'm back, though maybe only now and then. I took a long break from the forums after we got back to Oz from our (abortive) move to the UK. Then just yesterday, I had an email from a PomsinOz member. Though I now have no intention of moving back to the UK, I realise that maybe my experience could be useful to others (and there are some great people on this forum). For one thing, I understand why people ping-pong now. Having been back for 18 months, I'd completely forgotten how miserable I was in Southampton (on our abortive move back, which lasted precisely a year). We're in Melbourne now, but my OH would still rather be in the UK and pointedly watches Escape to the Country and every other British program going. It makes me feel so guilty that I've offered to try again if he really wants to go back. I've almost convinced myself that I didn't try hard enough to settle, that I would've been fine if I'd given it another year, that I was exaggerating, etc etc But that email reawakened the feelings that I had back in So'ton. I was so desperately unhappy that a few times, I woke up in the middle of the night and thought about jumping off the balcony. I wasn't even close to actually doing it, but the fact the thought crossed my mind scared me. I had never had thoughts like that in all my 60+ years before, ever. And yet, amazingly, I've managed to close all those memories off to the point where I'd be ready to go back if my oh wanted to. I suppose it's human nature to close off our bad memories, who wants to remember being unhappy? But it is dangerous if you're trying to make decisions! The other thing I've learned is that you just can't explain why you feel at home in one place and not in another. I am SO glad to be back in Australia, I just feel at home here, even though I wasn't born here.
  19. 8 points
    Hi, it was a straight forward medical examination then an x-ray. I would say try not to worry as I am over weight , eye sight is not the best these days , varicose veins , a fairly minor heart condition and you can throw in ugly for good measure. I apparently passed ! ( won't be hitting the beach in Speedos you be relieved to hear) my wife had a perfect bmi , no veins or heart condition and good eyesight ( she only sees the good in me thankfully) but had a problem with her x-ray . Think it's all sorted now. The health centre we attended were super friendly , helpful and efficient.
  20. 7 points
    Well our medicals have been uploaded to DIBP. Hopefully that means everything on that front is OK. Just got to get through the long wait for AOS approval.
  21. 7 points
    Haha I agree about the air bed, we just got frustrated because ours ($57 at Kmart, electric pump included) failed after three months and we had to start re- inflating it in the middle of the night :-) God knows what the neighbours thought we were doing. Our second mattress only lasted a week, largely thanks to our two year old grandson using it as a trampoline ... But yes, comfortable enough, and we couldn't sleep the first few nights back in a real bed. The main problem with the blow up mattress was staggering to my feet in the morning ... It was a long way down!
  22. 7 points
    Re importing personal goods including furniture on a 600 visitor visa. Just to let you all know that my furniture has now arrived, all intact and no issues with customs/quarantine. I didn’t have to do anything further after it left the Uk other than signing and returning one form stating whether or not I was importing any alochol (which I was it was all very simply delivered direct to my apartment, all unwrapped, put in place and packaging removed. I have to say though that the un- wrappers here were no where near as efficient as the wrappers in the UK had been - maybe it’s a heat effect! I had had a few reservations about whether there would be any problems, given that I was importing on a 600 visitor visa, particularly since most shipping agents had said they could only do the shipment if I had a permanent residence visa. The firm I used said it would be ok as long as my tourist visa was for at least a 12month stay. Some other firms had suggested I needed to ship it in my daughter’s name but then she would have had to state that it was all her personal possessions which she had personally owned for over two years. I resisted going along that route as it seemed underhand and I didn’t want to risk either getting her or me into trouble. So, it all went in my name and thankfully there were no problems at all. It’s super to have all my things here, though as it took 14 weeks to arrive I had had plenty of time to get used to a totally minimalistic look so it now looks rather cluttered!! I’m sure I’ll soon get used to it!
  23. 7 points
    Hi guys I’ve been a silent reader of this forum since my 186 application back in March and my lottery ticket won yesterday. Some kind of differed Xmas present! There are key details below and google spreadsheet updated. Submitted: 15 March 2017 Additional documents requested: 01 December 2017 (New police clearance from AU and home country Russia with patronymic name, birth certificate for wife, and evidence of intention to obtain character assessments ) Additional documents submitted: 14 December 2017 Approved: 10 January 2018 Occupation: ICT Project manager Country: High risk Team: VIC PESE Stream: Direct stream Location: Onshore Number of people in application: 2 I wish everyone who is still waiting to get an application approved very soon, as we all know how stressful it is to live in limbo. Feel free to ask any question
  24. 7 points
    My Movecube arrived this morning. A great service that I would recommend for anyone who is only looking to move a small amount of stuff, rather than a houseload/container. Everything arrived, nothing missing.
  25. 7 points
    I think some do make the mistake of thinking its going to be like the UK but with sun. When it clearly is not. And it can be when they arrive and find out its not as they had imagined, its often they feel bitter and resentment about it all builds up. I don't see how people can blame a country or hate it because of their lack of understanding or research into migrating there though. That some are perhaps woefully unprepared or assume its the UK with sun may well be their undoing once they arrive. However, even those who do their homework can struggle to settle for many reasons. Often its not being able to find a job or being homesick. TBH I never came here thinking it would be as you had thought it would be. Not even close. I've not felt cheated about our move at all. There are culture differences everywhere you go in the world. If you move to a different country, you soon discover if you are someone who can adapt and adjust or if you are going to struggle and want things as you are used to. Migration is stepping outside of your comfort zone and into something totally different. Just because the country you move to shares a language doesn't mean its going to be even close or similar to where you are moving from. I've lived in a fair few countries now and tbh I felt most at home when living in the Netherlands (yes, this wins out over my own country of birth too). Yet I had to learn a new language, new traditions, try new foods, adapt to different ways of doing things and more. I haven't hated countries because they've not live up to unrealistic expectations as I didn't set any for the country I was moving to. I didn't go into the moves expecting it to be a certain way or assuming it would be. I expected it was going to be very different in fact. As it is, Australia at this point in my life suits me and my family well. Its been a great move for us and I have no regrets nor do I sit and hanker for things we left behind in the UK or its way of life. I've embraced things here and live my life as I always have pretty much. We've not stagnated or suffered living here. We were happy in the UK, we are happy in Australia. You clearly were not happy in Aus but are happy in the UK. Don't spend your time being bitter about your time in Aus though, its not worth it. It was a big experience, something you tried, a huge step in life to migrate and it wasn't for you so you did the best thing for you and returned and are happier for it.
  26. 7 points
    Hi everyone, Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I have not posted a message recently but I wanted to let all the regular posters know how much I, and I am sure everyone, appreciates the effort and time you all give to this thread. The information you provide is invaluable, in particular to those who have received their visas and requests to further documents. To help others at a time when there are a million other things going on is very thoughtful and kind. Whilst the visa process is taking much longer than we anticipated when we first applied, we can only look forward to exciting times. Thanks again, Nita 16
  27. 6 points
    I'm so sorry it has got to this point, Scousers. Assuming you've got a current passport, there's no customs or immigration stuff to worry about. You just get off the plane and you're home. After that there is a lot to organise and the early months can be expensive, so make sure you've got a bit of money saved to tide you over. It does get bewildering but you will get through it, especially if you've got family to hold your hand. To get any assistance, you have to pass the Habitual Residency test, which you obviously can't do. There may be some benefits you could still get, so it would be a good idea to go into the office when you arrive in the UK and see what can be done. The worst that can happen is they say you'll have to wait a year or two. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/coming-from-abroad-and-claiming-benefits-the-habitual-residence-test/if-you-fail-the-habitual-residence-test/getting-support-if-you-fail-the-habitual-residence-test/ See if you can find your NI (National Insurance) number, you'll need it to claim benefits, aged pension etc. You'll need a NHS number, too, but don't worry - your GP will get one for you when you register, if you didn't get one before you left (you might be like me, and left before they were introduced). Take evidence of all the jobs you've held in Australia because you'll need it (you can use your years of work in Australia to count towards a British aged pension). Think about where you're going to live. Can you stay with family for a while? Because you've got no credit rating in the UK, landlords will demand you pay 6 months rent upfront if you're not working. If you can't afford that, you'll need somewhere to live until you've got a job and can show evidence of income. One important tip: Ask one of your UK relatives if you can use their address as a post box. If they agree, change the address on your Australian credit card or bank account to their address two or three months before you go. Don't put "c/-" and their name, just put your name and their address, so it looks like you live there. Then make sure your bank sends you at least one statement at the new address before you go. The reason I say that is that you can't open a bank account until you can show them a bank statement or a utility bill in your name, with a UK address on it. If you just wait, you won't be able to open a bank account until you've found a place to rent AND received your first electricity bill, which could be weeks. It takes a bit of brass neck to walk into the bank and pretend you're living somewhere you aren't, but they don't check up! Keep your Australian bank account and credit card, because you'll have no credit rating, which means you can't get a UK credit card until you've got a job and can show evidence of a salary.
  28. 6 points
    Just received a case officer. Had to re-submit documents to another email address from the one that had the request for documentations preparation in October...not long now i hope till the 2nd vac required email....
  29. 6 points
    Here's hope for level 3 Just been granted Mechanic 2 people Trt 11 September 2017 Lr
  30. 6 points
    Just an update, got an email on Friday from the case officer..... woohoo!!! They are looking for the outstanding AoS. I did this on 16/10/16 and still haven't received the phonecall. Going in to Centrelink in the morning... AGAIN. They also advised that they will be requesting 2nd vac of $87,200 once the AoS letter has been received.
  31. 6 points
    Only 12months to my date then! 😩
  32. 6 points
    Not much movement since the last update, but there were holidays in between which could explain it. Fingers crossed that you all get a bigger jump in processing with the next update.
  33. 6 points
    The pub culture in the major Australian cities does seem quite subdued compared to the UK. Certainly 'getting lashed' every Friday and Saturday at the Queen Vic night doesn't seem to be the norm in my limited experience. Boating, fishing, surfing, rugby, cricket, walking and outdoor activities seem to feature highly on the other hand. For us the lifestyle suits us, we like being outdoors walking, sailing etc Drinking on the balcony with friends and eating locally farmed food, kids outside playing and the sun shining. I go to work where people are positive and come home to a bright airy house. We can head to Sydney for a night out with theatre, musicals, entertainment when we feel like it so that option is always there. Vibrant Asian cities can be visited for $400 return if booked at the right time, and whilst it's not quite the Ryanair $10 fares to the Cote D'Azur, its still pretty reasonable. Australian isn't perfect, but for us, it sure beats dark winters in the UK in front of the TV, going to the pub on Friday/Saturday nights and going for a weeks package holiday twice a year which seems to be a life many people in the UK live.
  34. 6 points
    Youre right there, I think most of us have a little list! I can only add to what Garfuk said - we found the centre super helpful and friendly in Manchester and we got through despite having the following conditions between us : varicose veins, a thing with polyps that you don't even want to think about, gastric reflux, high blood pressure, a little query about kidneys a while ago and a dose of Hodgekins disease in 1981. When my OH presented the summary of chemo given to him my the local hospital when he was discharged in 1981 the doc in Manchester told him it was probably the only record still in existence and it was therefore a historical document! They asked for a bit more information about the unmentionable polyps, which we faxed to them ... And we were through. We applied way before we were able to leave the country because we were so concerned about possibly failing the medical ... Yet here we are. Hope it all goes well for you too.
  35. 6 points
    When you invent such a lot of tosh it is little wonder that your neighbours shun you. The sad thing is that when in the UK you spout similarly untrue and jaundiced comment about the UK hence you apparently ping pong in a permanent state of misery. All this wouldn’t matter but I am sure there are some on here who read your whines and think there must be a strong element of truth there. Amazingly I see that some of the Oz haters ‘like’ your posts adding credence to them. To them I would say look back and read Zack’s past comments about the UK and see if you ‘like’ them too.
  36. 5 points
    School was open, and actually the roads weren't too bad. Our road is a narrow, steep-ish lane, but I took it steady and got out onto the main road without any trouble. I have to take a kitchen sink over to our new house at some point, so I might brave it later on, although that lane is steeper. This is on the walk to school, from where I park the car.
  37. 5 points
    I think you have to realise that the Australian government has responsibility to look out for the citizens of its country, not the people who aspire to become citizens. It’s about time that they tightened up on some occupations - really? Is there a shortage of retail managers in Australia? I wouldn’t have thought so. It’s a shame that your occupation doesn’t meet Australia’s needs at the moment but the government is doing the right thing by its people, it’s not responsible for the citizens of other countries as well. For too long people have been brought in to do jobs that Australians could/should have been doing and hopefully that is now being redressed. It would certainly have been better if they’d tightened up a long time ago then you wouldn’t have been waiting so long and they really need to pare down the list of occupations in demand which bear little resemblance to the job vacancies. It’s unfortunate that you’re caught up in the crack down but I guess you must have always known that the Government can adjust and change its protocols to meet demand and no application is certain to succeed.
  38. 5 points
    I packed bedding etc in heavy duty polythene bags and there was no problem with mildew, which I must admit hadn't occurred to me. The bagged stuff was handy for stuffing into gaps in the cube, providing stability to the boxes and some protection for other individual unboxed items. Also, I reckoned if Customs wanted to open the cube at least they could see the stuff in the bags and see that they tallied with the inventory. But most of my stuff was packed into heavy duty cardboard boxes. As it happens, they didn't open the cube anyway.
  39. 5 points
    We are waiting for our 143 submitted on 23 June 2015. It's interesting to hear about the experiences of sending possessions to Oz. We are planning on travelling light and only taking personal things with us maybe a few exceptions. Just need to get through the medicals and then we can start to make plans.
  40. 5 points
    Robs mini Dachshunds in their new homes (Owners said I could share the photos) @Bobj had them in the palm of his hand when he last came here.
  41. 5 points
    Lovely photo of the low sun over Rannoch Moor, Scotland taken last Sunday.
  42. 5 points
    Hi Summerskybird You will find this forum full of interesting information and people willing to offer advice based on their experiences. If like most you have many questions, doubts and fears flying through your mind you will hopefully get the question answered here. I hope you find the forum as help as I have. Good luck with your application and journey.
  43. 5 points
    Ahh the old weather topic. Over the past 5 years here I have lost count how many times people (brits and Aussies) tell me what/how bad the weather is in the UK....like I didn't live there for 30 years prior to moving here I had an Aussie person tell me the other day that "the UK is ALWAYS grey, rainy and looks like coronation street" at which point I switched off...as usual. Oh, and this person had never been to the UK....not even out of Australia....I rest my case! I know everyones values vary but really, hand on heart, how important is the weather really...its just weather....for me its not important at all. We never let the weather stop us doing anything in the UK (unless is was raining hard prior to going out) but if it rained whilst out we just put on this great invention called a coat or used an umbrella....and they work marvellously! When I talk to brits and Aussies about home and they say "oh the weather is this or that" etc....like its actually matters or is important. I think to myself (and quite often say out load) is that all you can think of?? I sometimes think they say this as a knee-jerk/habit or trying to justify/make themselves feel good about moving overseas. I can honestly say we need let the "constant" rain in the uk stop us doing anything, nor do we let the heat stop us here in QLD...although the kids are more reluctant to go our in the heat than they ever were in the rain or cold...anyway.....
  44. 5 points
    Exercise care when posting on a public forum regarding such matters - particularly if your first names are Adam and Jemma ... Best regards.
  45. 5 points
    HI guys and Gals My son has just informed me that he had received the magical phone call from Centrelink and was informed that he can go in tomorrow and get the letter.! So excited.
  46. 5 points
    Fantastic to see this progress! So pleased for you.
  47. 5 points
    I don't fully understand the significance of Ray & Geri’s post, but I guess if it makes Australia safer, then it can only be a good thing. It looks like there will be now even closer links between security and immigration. The terrible events in Melbourne this week (although not officially terrorism) may give good reason to consider tightening immigration policies. And who knows how this could affect future parent visa criteria. My main concern for the coming year is what’s going to be in the next budget. We are still waiting for the new (delayed) parent visa to commence, and to see if there are any additional consequences for other parent visa types. 2017 has had its ups and downs, but fantastic to hear of so many visa grants and big moves this year. Particularly when following individual stories on this forum. The last few weeks seem to have been endless rounds of document requests, AOS and case officers. Congratulations to all of you. My New Year wish is for progress to continue at the same brisk pace, with the queue getting shorter, more places allocated and no price hikes. Merry Christmas and best wishes to everyone on this forum, past and present.
  48. 5 points
    Hi Rajat This petition thing is a good idea. We can also sign another petition which says that due to spending long time and money and effort still we are getting refusals on our applications without any specific reason which is unethical. Another option is to protest outside their office in Canberra These drastic steps need to be taken by us now otherwise no one would come to help us until we help ourselves. PLEASE EVERYONE PROVIDE YOUR FEEDBACK ON THIS tHANKS
  49. 5 points
    It’s a section on getting a visa. An Australian passport would be the least appropriate as Australians don’t need visas. Surely even Americans sometimes apply for visas to live in Australia.
  50. 5 points
    It is good news for you rahulshankar but it is very frustrating for us as we lodged a week before you and we haven't had a word yet. It does seem to be a very weird way IMMI are working at the moment. We'll definitely not be hearing before Christmas I suspect - even doubt if we will hear anything this year! Still nothing we can do about it so we'll just enjoy Christmas with the family and hope it isn't too far into January that we hear something..