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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.
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    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
    Logically N Ireland should not be part of the UK and a United Ireland makes perfect sense. But when it comes down to issues such as this logic is not the determining factor. Any moves now to separate N Ireland from Great Britain will certainly reignite violence and many people would surely die a violent death. Nobody wants that on their hands. It may come about some day but certainly not now and if that day should come it should not be because of an issue such as Brexit but because it is the overwhelming wish of the people of Northern Ireland.
  16. 1 point
    Just be grateful that Australia still accepts parents. Many countries do not. For instance, if you lived in the UK, you would not be able to bring your parents unless they were so ill they could not look after themselves. The waiting times for Australia are long but at least the visa still exists.
  17. 1 point
    WOW, great timing. You will have some great NY celebrations tonight I bet Enjoy!!
  18. 1 point
    I would really counsel that you wait to see how brexit plays out before you do anything irrevocable. And really check out the business scene back here and the higher education situation. I'm sure you've given thought to all those things but things have changed enormously in 14 years, we were out for 10 years and back 4.5 years
  19. 1 point
    CONGRATULATIONS!! God Bless!! Have a wonderful New Year.. Buy a Lotto, What are the chances of getting a grant on the 31st od Dec.
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  21. 1 point
    If you don't get banned for that hate speech there is a big problem here.
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    The thing is, people who prefer a quiet life don't understand what you're talking about. Where you see buzz, they see crowds and stress! I talk about my niece (and me) not liking Perth because it's too quiet, and instantly I'm inundated with people telling me there's "lots to do". But when they say that, they're missing the point. It's not just about having things to do, it's about atmosphere. There are some cities which just feel exciting to be in, and others which feel like you're under a blanket. People who like a quiet life probably love the secure feeling of being under the blanket, whereas those of us who like the "buzz" just feel suffocated.
  24. 1 point
    Sorry to read this and how you're missing the UK. For me, I'd look at all of the positives of where you are. For us we are looking to leave the UK. Memories are often 'rose tinted' and you remember things in a different light to the reality of being there in the moment (when you were in the UK) Manchester has changed beyond belief and is now a mini metropolis, the roads are more congested than you remember them and it's definitley as grey and wet as you remember. We've been to Oz many times and honestly, IMHO its a far better place to live than the UK,. Your parents are in their 80's and (with respect) wont be around much longer. Ask yourself if you moved back would your day to day be better? I'd seriously doubt it and why people make the trip you did in 2004 and leave the UK in droves. I'd personally rather the sun on my back in my retirement than being cooped up in the house in front of the TV. Good luck with your decision.
  25. 1 point
    I take magnesium for it and magnesium oil helps ...