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  1. 15 points
    OMG! OUR VISA'S JUST GOT GRANTED!!!!! Just literally now- i hadn't even bothered checking IMMI since the 21st Dec - but they ARE working! WHAT AN END TO 2018! I'm uncontrollably crying!!!! Remain positive everyone - positive energy attracts positive outcome! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Thank you for all the advice, encouragement and laughter the past 2 years!! My timeline is in my signature!!! All the love, hope, and positive dust, Chris and Bella xxx
  2. 6 points
    Fyi, Immigration are working!! Got request from Case officer!! Yay!!!!!!!! Received to Initial assessment! Last updated on 29/dec/2018 Wow wow my heart is beating soooo fast!!!
  3. 6 points
    But the thing is, if it's a matter of "where you feel you belong", then does any of that matter? It always worries me when I see people who stay in Australia because they're better off financially, even though they're longing to "go home". Too often they think they will move back when they retire, only to find it's not so easy because of pensions, or settled children, and then they're stuck where they don't want to be, and miserable in their old age. I'm a strong believer that living where you're happy is far more important than money.
  4. 3 points
    Congratulations @Bellabonkers Yes, they are indeed working - great people. Just got my VAC2 email and paid it within 10 minutes. So I am now waiting for my golden email.
  5. 3 points
    I’d echo some of the others and say check out your pension entitlements and then move asap if that works financially. I am a bit younger than you, single with 1adult child, so different situation but feelings about staying in Australia any longer much the same. I was in Victoria and moved 2005. I agree, it was great whilst my son was younger, wages were better and cost of living was relatively low. Fast forward 10 years and I was bored out of my mind, commuting hours for work because I couldn’t afford to live anywhere but the very outer fringes of Melbourne and actively considered driving my car into oncoming traffic one day because that would mean I might be able to stay in bed for a few weeks and not have to engage with life........ I returned to the UK in June and I feel much better. More at peace. I moved to a different area than where I originally came from, but that was because my home town was and still is an armpit of a place and being in the southeast a very overpriced armpit! People talk about sunshine but that just made Australia a hot, sweaty, fly ridden prison in the end for me. I go out more here, I am in Cheshire, so not far from Manchester and yes it is grey and damp today but I put a coat on. I didn’t swim in the sea in Australia because the water quality at some of the beaches was often poor and there are bitey, stingy things! I’m a bit pathetic that way! Flip side I loved Australia for the first 10 of those years and I have returned in a much better position than when I left. I worked harder in Australia than I did/do in the UK and I’m a nurse, so work/life is now better for me in the UK which is the opposite of what many think/say. Occupation/area/person specific obviously. I wish you all the best with your decision. If you decide to return to the UK do it with your head held high, there’s no pass or fail. You have lived a great experience for 14 odd years. I did some spreadsheets for costs to make sure I could afford living costs in the UK and tbh housing is the biggest difference, everything else evens out when done as a % of income. Good luck.
  6. 2 points
    Still awaiting the decision on the last day of 2018. Fingers crossed.
  7. 2 points
    An open border into the UK doesn’t sound like having control over your borders. Unless by having control Brexiteers meant open borders so that anyone could just walk in.
  8. 2 points
    All of these suggestions potentially leave the UK better off as a non-member than they were as a member. The EU would never have agreed to any deal that led to that as it would destroy the EU as a body within a couple of years. Brexiteers have never shown any capacity to consider the position of the other party in the negotiation. You cannot negotiate effectively unless you understand the motivations of the other party and recognise the points of compromise. May’s deal is not a good one for the UK but it went as far as it was possible to move the EU. Any further and the integrity of the EU is damaged - potentially irreparably. We are now at the point of determining which side will be damaged more than the other by the Brexit options. In this respect Brexit is an unusual negotiation as normally parties negotiate to try to reach deals to mutual advantage rather than mutual disadvantage. Brexit has always been an exercise in damage limitation. Just part of the reason why the exercise has been so dispiriting and why the UK has been unable to keep its Ministers in charge of it.
  9. 2 points
    I agree the Blue Mountains are cooler but you do need to get up past Glenbrook before the temperature drops much - and that adds noticeably to the commute time. The OP has absolutely no need to live in Sydney, they have a 190 which means they have to live somewhere in NSW. Personally, if I had the choice, there is no way I'd live in Penrith when I have all the coastal towns to choose from.
  10. 2 points
    Think he has missed Christianity Islam and the other 3 or 4 thousand other religions in the world that have abused their power throughout history.
  11. 2 points
    That's awful! Glad you are far happier now Amber.
  12. 2 points
    I lived in Manchester years ago and I felt the same way, I then moved there in 2011 with my (now) wife, that summer it rained every single day, Manchester gets a lot of rain due to it's proximity to the Pennines, the humid air rises up, condenses and then dumps rain (on Manchester) We had an apartment right by Old Trafford (handy for the games) and my wife (who's Polish) said it was the most depressing place she's ever lived with dirty red bricked warehouse style buildings everywhere, we moved after 6 months. It has some nice restaurants, Salford Quays is nice now with media city and it's very modern, Didsbury is quite nice although expensive. You wont have the outdoor lifestyle you have in Oz in the UK and you'll be limited to a few BBQs a year, you'll also never swim in the sea (unless you're frankly insane) as it's so cold. All the very best with your decision.
  13. 2 points
  14. 2 points
    If you don't see yourself spending the rest of your life in Australia, go back right now. Don't let pride hold you back. I say go now, because if you leave it too long, you may stuff up your entitlement to the British aged pension. Meanwhile, if you leave Australia before retirement age (whatever that will be by that time - 67? 68?) then you won't be able to claim the Australian govt pension at all, not even pro rata. If you've got a healthy private pension you may not care about that, but it's important to be aware of it.
  15. 1 point
    I have to laugh at the work/life balance. Australians work longer hours than people in most of the developed world. When I was living back in the UK a couple of years ago, I was struck by how much more free time people had. The difference, really, is in what you do with your time off. If you're an outdoorsy person and able to cope with the heat/sun, then you'll feel you can make better use of your leisure time. I do agree about the more positive, can-do attitude of Australians although in my experience, it's not the same over the whole of Australia.
  16. 1 point
    Penrith gets hot. It's west of the city so hotter in summer and colder in winter than suburbs closer to the ocean. It's not particularly humid as it's not coastal. Loads of people live in the Penrith area, people have pools and air conditioning and manage OK. The Nepean/Hawkesbury river serves as a beach substitute. If you want a slightly nicer climate in that area, look at the lower Blue Mountains suburbs. As you climb away from the Sydney basin the summer temperatures fall (but then so do the winter temps, too!).
  17. 1 point
    Thanks toots. Yes it was a turning point for me as I am a “these are the facts, deal with them” sort of person, it took me by surprise. The UK is far from perfect and I work for the NHS which has all manner of issues, but I am generally happy and relaxed and back to “dealing with the facts”!
  18. 1 point
    Buggered if I can remember
  19. 1 point
    Gareth Southgate got an OBE for saving the waistcoat industry.
  20. 1 point
    That's true. But I was in Manchester not long ago and there's a vibrancy about the place that can't be matched over here. A proper buzz, doesn't happen here.
  21. 1 point
    ...but equally there are people who went back, love it, and regret having delayed their return for so long.
  22. 1 point
    Yes, I agree too. Nothing stays the same and to return is not to return to something you had before - it will be a new start and a new life for you.
  23. 1 point
    And that’s why male and especially female athletes are moving to the AFL or AFLW. News three days ago that Australia’s best male swimmer, Kyle Chalmers, is looking to move to the AFL. People gotta live!
  24. 1 point
    I made the comment once on a thread that I would now opt out and leave it to the men, as I knew how these threads ended up. I was told off by a male member who said that was part of the problem leaving things to the men. He missed the point, it almost always ends up with the male members arguing endlessly that they are right, with threads achieving nothing or closed down.
  25. 1 point
    There is a degree of confusion in the forums on this subject. If you are offshore, you are only considered a permenant resident of Australia if you hold a valid visa allowing you to return as a PR. If your PR Visa expires when you are offshore you are no longer a permanent resident, you become a former permanent resident. To regain your permenant residence status you need to be granted an RRV. Former PRs are able to get RRVs, even if they have entered Australia as a temporary visa holder in the interim. The temporary visa does not ‘cancel’ the PR as the PR no longer exists. There are various permutations of requirements for an RRV based on location when applying and length of absence - the exact details will depend on your exact circumstances. In all cases, if you do not meet the 2 years in 5 residency requirement, you must demonstrate that you have “substantial business, cultural, employment or personal ties with Australia which are of benefit to Australia”. Additionally, if you have been absent from Australia for more than 5 years you must demonstrate “compelling reasons” for that absence. Given the costs and complexity of most other visa pathways, for any former PR it is generally worth properly investigating whether an RRV is an option. It is worth having an RMA look at the specific circumstances of your case and advising you.