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  1. 3 points
    Can I ask that you please don't confuse the role of the sponsor with that of the assurer?! The sponsor clearly cannot be anyone - s/he must be the child of the applicant, or the spouse/partner of the child. Best regards.
  2. 3 points
    After 3 years i went back for a quick trip to sell the house, after 5 years went back for a holiday, see family, catch up with mates and take in a few football matches. Really enjoyed it, but it brought home how much my life had changed for the better and it would a big step backwards to ever live and work there again. I'd always go back to the UK, maybe to live for 4 months over a summer and just tour around..but i don't want to be beholden to the place as i think it's going in the wrong direction for a quality lifestyle.
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    I found the same thing. I didn't realise how insular the modern British were. I had spent 30 years in Oz travelling and living and could have told some good stories about my wild, crazy, funny experiences. I would have thought there would have been some curiosity but no one showed any interest and no one asked. Talking about football or moaning about the weather or how Britain was going down the drain was all I heard.
  4. 3 points
    If I ever have a finalised partner or skilled visa application refused , I shall let you know.
  5. 2 points
    Saw this and cheered right up. https://www.instagram.com/henrythecoloradodog/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_profile_upsell_test&action=profilevisit
  6. 2 points
    It may be easier to come based on your husband's IT skills and have him as primary applicant.
  7. 2 points
    Its good to hear you are so happy with your move home. I am in the same situation being early 50’s wanting to leave Melb and go home. Very scarey to think sbout but starting to feel like it has to be
  8. 2 points
    Hi Joane, I'm assuming you meaning the 189 skilled independent visa. First things first, how old are you and your husband and how long have you been working in your profession? If you will be the primary applicant then yes, you will be required to complete a skills assessment with AASW. They are the assessing authority for social workers. Whats your husband's exact field of expertise in IT? The 189 visa is the one everyone wants, and you will be up against a lot of other applicants. It's basically a competition of who has more points for the skill select system. There are a few ways of improving your points which is almost mandatory these days to even be in with a chance of being invited for a visa.... But there are lots of visas currently and worthwhile spending some time to browse the home affairs website to get a better understanding of everything
  9. 2 points
    My reading from what’s on the website leads me to think that a parent visa is only granted when the child lives in Australia - otherwise any Australian citizen living outside of Australia anywhere else in the world could enable parents to get the 143 visa without living there themselves? Perhaps the solution is for the son to remain in Australia till the parent visa is granted and therefore also permanent residence? Taken from home affairs website :- Eligibility: You must have a child who is an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen. At least half of your children must live in Australia or more of your children live in Australia than any other country
  10. 2 points
    @NanaJan Thank you - I'll definitely be contacting him this weekend!
  11. 2 points
    i passed!! Can't quite believe it.. I ended up revising sat next to my husband while he watched TV.. I work in an office which probably helps too.. definitely couldn't have done it without the e2 structure advice.. Onto getting an invite now! good luck everyone looking to take the test soon, its not easy. i would say don't rush, even if you finish the question early take the time to get ready for the next question..
  12. 2 points
    Your story reminds of a British guy I used to work with. He went back to Essex after 3 years in Melbourne and went into his old local keen to tell them all about his new life. One of the regulars clocked him and said "alright mate, haven't seen you for a while." When he said "well I've been living in Australia haven't I?, " his mate said "Oh yeah?," and then changed the subject to how West Ham had been getting on! I don't think he's ever been back since then!
  13. 1 point
    Check the spread sheet I've managed to add you back on - filled in as much as I could
  14. 1 point
    Written by Anne Perkins. Another Guardian "journalist" with a hatred for "white western males" Anne Perkins "This vast tree of knowledge is nurtured predominantly by young white western males with a slight personality defect" Next....
  15. 1 point
    You could get another sponsor but Unless your son or other child remains living in Australia I doubt you would get the Parent visa 143 as the conditions state the child or majority of children must live in Australia.
  16. 1 point
    What I'm saying is its very easy to establish in peoples minds an image of 'gangs' as a reason for the violence rather than asking the question of who constitutes the gangs, why is this supposed gang culture becoming established and why now, just blaming 'gangs' is easy, it requires no thinking, it just serves to divert attention from the real issues. It's just like the 'Teddy boy' gangs of the 60's so beloved by the 'People' and News of the World' newspapers The Teddy boys and Mods and Rockers were only resolved by spending money on youth provision in the inner cities, properly funded by Councils and not dribs and drabs funded by 5quid raffles for the 'right kind' of 'mumsy' provision
  17. 1 point
    It may well turn out that he spends longer behind bars, or in a psychiatric facility, than he would have had be been sentenced in a criminal trial. This is very common actually.
  18. 1 point
    Not been back and probably wouldn't if it was up to me, we've been lucky UK family have been and continue to come out, to many other interesting places to spend money visiting we are off to Japan later in the year. I guess at some point we will have too but not in any rush at all.
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    There's no one thing which will keep snakes away. Firstly, remember that not all snakes in Queensland are venomous...so you will need to learn which ones you don't need to worry about and which ones you do. As others have said, keep the garden tidy....grass trimmed, bushes trimmed at the base so you can see exactly what is underneath, no piles of rocks or timber or anything lying around which they can hide under. Have fly wire screens over windows and doors so that nothing can crawl in even if the window/door is open for ventilation. Always walk in a clear space....ie. don't walk through long grass or jump over logs without seeing where your feet will be landing. This is important to teach children. If the weather is dry snakes will be attracted to water so don't leave pets' water bowls outside. Most areas have a reptile catching organisation. Once you know where you will be living you can put their number on speed dial in your phone....and they will come and rescue you (and the snake) if you ever need it. PS: Cats and dogs should be kept away from snakes. The cat/dog usually comes off worst.
  20. 1 point
    hopefully this will be addressed as part of the brexit process
  21. 1 point
    If being against many Israeli positions with regard to Gaza, the West Bank, settlements etc is anti-semetic then I guess I must be too. I suppose that is the problem when a government and a religion are co-terminus.
  22. 1 point
    I'm not an education expert but I don't think you need to worry about your children. It's far, far better to move now, than if they were in their teens. You are right, you are an equal member of your family and just as entitled to a life as everyone else. Personally, I prefer living in Australia but don't let anyone tell you it's a "better life" in Australia and you're crazy to be moving back. Life is different, not better or worse. There are pro's and con's to both countries and they balance out. Good luck
  23. 1 point
    I also used E2launguage for PTE-A on YouTube and found it very useful for explaining the correct structure of each question type. I am English, but practiced pretty much every day for 2 months (on average an hour a day, more on the weekends). Possibly this is overkill for a native speaker, but I wasn't taking any chances. I also purchased the scored mock tests on PTE's website (Gold package), twice!!! These showed me areas that needed improvement, which I then focused on.
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    You could do a bit of both. When we moved back, we decided that we wouldn't bring the mattresses or the sofas, but shipped everything else. Our things were shipped on the Friday so we were in an empty house with just the sofas and on mattresses on the floor until we flew on the Monday. We donated the sofas to the kids school (they were setting up little study nooks so had them for them), and arranged for a mattress recycling company to come and collect the mattresses on the Monday morning. We arranged holiday accommodation for when we arrived, and just as ew moved into our new house we went to IKEA and ordered sofas and mattresses to be delivered, and again used them on the floor until the bed frames/rest of our furniture arrived. We also got a couple of cheap side tables, and a plastic garden furniture set to use in the kitchen. It worked out fine to do it like that. The kids enjoyed 'camping out' on the floor.
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