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    Hi Friends, Happy to share the good news , we received the Golden email yesterday and it says Finalised PR Granted ... DE Onshore, applied in Feb 2018 ... This website is really helping us to keep a cool and the conversations here assure you that you are the next one to get the golden email .. Good Luck everyone .. Your Golden email is not far away ...
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    It has been since 2009. Trump was elected in 2016? He's not done much to employment, seems the big change happened before he came to office. The unemployment rate hit a high of 10% in October 2009 around the depth of the Great Recession, and it declined seven consecutive years during Obama’s presidency. It has continued this downtrend trend and hit a low of 3.8% in May this year before inching up to 4% in June.
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    Hey guys Friend of mine got her namination approved 187DE -restaurant manager visa+nom applied march 2017 nomination approved October 2018. good luck to everyone
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    Yes its working. ..! This is something like m connected to....n calm myself with this irritating wait for visa....glad its working.. how many r agree wid me?
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    There are far too many human beings too.
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    I think that is Tory austerity rather than brexit. Although brexit did stop the boom in it's tracks.
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    What nightmare is that? All our relations are in the UK and it's been businees and lufe as usual. You write as if people are losing their jobs and homes and living in squalor.
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    I guess that all depends if you like golf?
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    They are giving it a go in the UK. The Big Issue says Britain's move towards a cashless society is contributing to declining sales as it trials contactless payments to help the homeless. The magazine, which is sold by homeless people, has suffered as a result of people walking up and down Britain's high streets without coins and notes in their pockets, as they now rely on cards and mobile phones for payments. Steven Robertson, chief executive of the Big Issue Foundation, said the charity is working with a number of mainstream banks and technology firms to install a cashless system which will be rolled out nationwide to let customers pay by tap-and-go technology. The move will also give homeless people the chance to have a mainstream bank account, a facility they usually struggle to obtain due to not having a home address.
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    They have done that many times. Please keep up.
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    Isn't the real problem the shocking ignorance of a substantial number of the UK population and a monumental misunderstanding of how things have worked, do work, and will need to work in the future? We have shown an entitled attitude that we don't deserve, we have no idea what we're going to do, and we're taking ourselves to the proverbial cleaners whilst embarrassing ourselves on a daily basis? It will take a generation to resolve, and that includes the replacement of a huge number of our population because they are crippling us with their poor performance?
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    I really think this is inconsequential ...the current blockage is due to all the applicants in June/July 2015 which swamped the system. I don't think immi was expecting such numbers. We'll just wait our turn and not worry about what might hold itup more...it'll happen if and when it happens!
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    I think I've sussed him... he's playing a delay delay delay game and the Democrats are more than happy to join in... now he's after Kavanaugh ? https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/09/26/avenatti-2020-kavanaugh-trump-220735
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    I doubt bojo will get the top job. Hopefully this will be the end for him and we won't need to live with another one of his hopeless ministries. I doubt JRM can get it without ever holding a ministry, but he may get one to shut him up. No, I think it will be Gove. And I imagine he will fall on EEA EFTA. It's all he can do. It meets labours red lines. I doubt he will risk an election. He may be incompetent, but he is not a political fool.
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    'The EU is not responsible for your blundering lack of foresight' - Patrick Kielty slams Boris Johnson's Brexit plan https://www.independent.ie/business/brexit/the-eu-is-not-responsible-for-your-blundering-lack-of-foresight-patrick-kielty-slams-boris-johnsons-brexit-plan-37366776.html Nailed it. Bit of an education in there for some who just don't get NI
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    When we came to Brisbane 35 years ago, I came to the opinion that Australians will make you feel very welcome at initial meeting, but the friendship does not seem to develop very easily from there. After all this time I still feel the same. Having said that, the friendships I made in the UK were early marriage/kids type of friendships - the type that have a long history and are difficult to replicate after a certain age. When we return to the UK (which we do annually now that we are all reaching the 'dropping off the perch' stage of life) conversations seem to take up where they left off (as others have said) and the overwhelming feeling is of comfort - I feel that I belong and am not constantly labelled as 'different'. I think that is why many migrants mix with others from the same culture - they understand each other and feel that they can relax and feel at home. I am sure that many, many UK migrants feel settled and that they belong in Oz, but for other first-generation migrants it will always be something that they struggle with. I suppose that is why a number of retirees return to UK - a very difficult decision when children and grand-children are fully settled. However, I remind myself that our decision to emigrate in our mid-30s was not for our benefit, but for our children's future - and they seem happy and successful in their lives.
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    Hi Sahil Kumar, thank you for sharing! I really appreciate it! ?
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    https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/corporate/information/fact-sheets/20planning Australia’s visa numbers for the program year to 30 June 2019 have been released today. The Department of Home Affairs has released details of the number of visas available under the non humanitarian program for the year to 30 June 2019. There are no changes compared with the 2017-18 program year. It should be remembered that the Australian Government has adopted a change of narrative in recent months, such that the number of visas in the budgeted program should be seen as a ceiling, not a target. In doing so the Government can be seen to be responsive to community concerns when the actual outcome in terms of visa grant numbers is less than was budgeted originally. Best regards.
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    We returned to the U.K. in March 2017 after having spent 10 years in Perth. Our children were aged 11 and 13, and had just started years 7 and 9 in the February. And our dog was nearly 2! Without a doubt it has been the best move for us. We had grown to feel so isolated and alone in Perth and no matter how hard we tried we couldn’t make a single proper friend. The move back was just a dream at first, a “maybe” but because we were getting to our 50’s and with younger children it didn’t seem achievable. Our decision was finally made when we came on holiday to the U.K. in July 2016 and spent almost a month touring round, staying in our own accommodation but meeting up with friends and family along the way. This is when we realised that this was what was missing, not just the family and friends but the place itself. It was HOME. The beautiful countryside the diversity of each place that you can visit and never get bored. The weather, yes the weather! Those long summer days we had on holiday were amazing and our children couldn’t believe how light it was at night. Once we returned to Australia we got our house ready for selling and put it on the market. When we arrived in March last year we had booked holiday accommodation for 3 weeks, we ended up staying for 3 months and made two wonderful friends of the owners, whom we spend a lot of time with now. We had to remember when we arrived that we weren’t on holiday and whilst neither of us had a job every penny that we spent was coming out of our savings. It took nearly 3 months for my husband to find a suitable job, the construction industry has changed massively in the last ten years and there were a few courses he had to do first. I won’t lie and say it was all plain sailing because it was an extremely stressful time. Waiting every day for phone calls and emails was awful. Because we didn’t know where we were going to finally end up living we had to put our children in a temporary school for those first 3 months, they have coped admirally with the move and are both very happy. Our son, who had just started year 9 in Australia, went back a year at school as starting Year 9 here so close to the end of the year would have been unfair on him. So for the March to July last year he went into year 8 and then started Year 9 in September last year at his permanent School. Once my husbands job was sorted we looked for a rental property in a central location just in case things didn’t work out job wise and then he would be ideally located for other positions. We ended up renting a Grade II listed farmhouse in a lovely village. It is lovely and we have been in it almost a year. Our first cold Christmas was amazing, we all had a wonderful time with the added benefits of having many people over at different times during the festivities. SNOW! Wow we have had so much, the children didn’t remember snow at all and even though they are a bit older they still loved it. Schools were closed for 3 days which was a complete novelty for them! We are in the process of buying our own home now and are excited to feel totally settled. It is in the same village that we are in so no major moves there. We are so happy that we braved the move, it was stressful, scary and exciting. We didn’t do it for anyone but ourselves though, yes, of course having friends and family nearby is an amazing bonus. BUT you have to remember if you have been away a long time things will not be as they once were. We are lucky and see friends and family fairly often, but sometimes I want a bit “more” and have to remember that we no longer have that “right” just to slot into peoples lives who have had to move on from the hole we originally created when we left. But that’s ok, because even seeing people once or twice a month is a whole lot more than once every 4 or 5 years! And nothing beats the feeling of “belonging” again. Here’s to a lovely summer, we are certainly enjoying some superb weather at the minute and sitting watching our son play a village cricket game in the sunshine is lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
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    I have been back in the UK 3 years very soon, after about 9 in Australia. During my time there, I went from elation to loving the place and ranting about how great everything was to returning to UK when I had my baby, to returning to Australia and still liking it and raising a kid with little to no support, to then enter the years of being crushed by the isolation, homesickness and general 'this is not home' feelings. Like a lot of people, underestimated how as life changes, so do you- the backpacking me was no longer the mother me, the missing family, my own culture and seeing my parents age. Australia grated more and more, and i felt like a nothing person, i had lost all sense of self, normal for mums of young kids but coupled with cultural isolation, even worse. I was not into baking, netball, BBQs or beaches by this point- I longed for nothing more than to show my child what i had grown up with- basically UK culture. It has been hard starting over and it's a struggle for some of us returning. As a single parent, the UK is a tough place. Rent is high, help with childcare much less than in Australia and yet I am way happier. Returning to old friendships- i had to put a lot of work into re-establishing bonds etc, and have made lots of new ones also. I found it very tough making proper friends in Australia- most of those when tested, fell apart. Here, we have a life full of people and activities. And family. I walk around disgruntled by many things in the UK but I actually laugh here, connect to people and fit in. You cannot put a price on that. They say mental health is better treated in Australia but i disagree. When i was going through a terrible time, that old attitude of 'toughen up and get on with it' was not helpful. I find my British friends are a lot more sympathetic and help out more, and I do so in return. Overall, yes a success. I still think of Australia kindly and would like to visit for a holiday and dream of a long stint during my older years travelling around NW WA. However, for now, it has been lovely finding the old me. My child also loves UK life and has no desires to return to Australia. Whether that changes who knows, but there really is no place like home....
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    Lovely posts guys. I have read a little about your reasons for returning to the UK on other threads but it interesting, despite very different circumstances, that each of you mention a sense of belonging. What causes or creates that I wonder, and why does it affect some people and not others? @Quollreturned ‘home’ albeit in challenging and difficult circumstances, while @VERYSTORMY and @LKC moved to different parts of the UK so in that sense embarked on a completely new start, which suggests it’s not just about familiarity. Although we have never lived in Aus we did relocate to a different area of the UK and knew fairly quickly this was home. The culture, the language, accents, landscape, coastline and history made this a very different place to be and the country steals a piece of your heart if you’re willing to let it. Maybe that’s it. Maybe a sense of belonging is easier to achieve when a place fits you, rather than you having to adjust to fit it? T x
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    We returned to the UK in September 2017, so a little over seven months ago, and it has absolutely been a success! We were in Sydney for a little under nine years, having moved over with my OH's company. We lived in Sutherland Shire, and in the main we were happy. The kids were tiny when we moved over, so Australia was really all they knew. They were in a great school, OH enjoyed his job, and I was pretty happy running my own small business from home. However, in about 2014/2015 I started to feel a bit unsettled. Not homesick or anything like that, and it wasn't that I missed family in particular, just that I started to feel intense loneliness, and like I didn't really fit in or belong somehow. I can't really pinpoint any trigger in particular, and it is quite a hard feeling to describe, but I started to feel like I shouldn't be there. However, everyone else was happy so I put on a smile and got on with it, probably at great cost to my own mental health. In September/October 2016 we visited the UK for a holiday. My mil had had a breast cancer scare, and hadn't been able to visit us the Christmas before, so we decided that we'd go over and see everyone. It was our second visit in the time we were living in Australia. While we were there, I realised just how unhappy I had been in Australia, and finally told my OH how I felt. He astonished me by telling me that he was a bit 'meh' about Australia too. Getting back on that plane to go back to Sydney was one of the hardest things I've ever done, and OH agreed that we could at least talk about returning to the UK once we were settled back after our holiday. We spent three or four months talking about things as a couple and with the kids, and just after Christmas 2016 we finally made the decision to return. The next few months flew by in a whirlwind of job hunting, research, renovation of our house, and decluttering and packing our belongings. We had decided not to move back to where we had come from in the UK, and instead we chose and researched several areas of interest, including Bath/Bristol, York and Harrogate, Durham, Newcastle, and various bits of Scotland. As luck would have it, OH was approached by a practice a bit north of Edinburgh, who created a role for him and left it open ended in terms of start date, so in early September 2017 we and our cats arrived at Edinburgh airport. Seven months on and I am absolutely certain that we have done the right thing. Reading VS's story above, I completely understand where his wife is coming from. I feel 'complete' here, like I belong and like I should be here. I know that OH and the kids feel the same. I hadn't quite realised how unhappy eldest kid had been in Australia, but now we are settled here the difference in her is astonishing. It is almost like there are sunbeams shining out of her face, she just radiates happiness! She is absolutely blossoming, as is our youngest, they both just belong here. I can't explain it any better than that! We live in a gorgeous village, out in the hills on the southern edge of the Scottish Highlands, but within easy distance of both Edinburgh and Glasgow. We recently bought and moved into our own home, which is on the middle of a farm. There are six other houses here, and all the kids go off and roam and play and explore together, which our two love. They often 'borrow' a dog from the neighbour and take it off for a walk, and two of our neighbours have smallholdings so there are lots of other animals around the place! The village school is small, which seems to suit both of the kids very well. It is a lovely school within walking distance of home, and the teachers have really gone above and beyond to help them settle in. They have both made some good friends, and eldest has made some friends from other schools who she will be starting high school with in August. She has Asperger's, so I was worried about how she would cope with the changes, but she has been magnificent! OH is enjoying his job, and it will be a very good career move for him longer term. It has taken a while for the mental repercussions of me being so unhappy for so long to leave, but I am pleased to report that I am getting there. I am not working just yet, I'm still unpacking from our two moves, I've got to completely design and landscape our garden (it is a building site at the moment), and I want to get eldest settled in at high school, in case she has any wobbles with her Asperger's. After that though I will start to think about going back to work. For now I am enjoying getting out and about, walking in the beautiful countryside, making new friends, and just taking some time to breathe after the madness of the past couple of years! It takes a huge amount of courage to take the leap and move overseas in the first place, and in some ways it can take more to admit that it is time to go home. I don't for a second regret either move though. I love the UK, I love Australia, and I love where we are now. Life is good!
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