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  1. 3 points
    What an unnecessarily unpleasant post. If you hold more knowledge on a subject than someone, it does not make you better than them, nor does it give you the right to talk down to them. You could have made your point without the personal insults.
  2. 3 points
    Hi Guys, I got my silver & golden email today. Got my nomination & visa today. Details are in my timeline. Thank you all for your support. Hope everyone will get soon.
  3. 2 points
    Why would the UK government help you out when you are going to spend their money in Australia and not in the UK? The UK government does give social security benefits (although not the old age pension itself) to people who have worked their entire lives overseas (e.g. in Australia) but now live in the UK. Note that they would need UK residency (so be British citizens or have some equivalent of a CPV) and to have been resident for at least 2 years for most benefits. The UK government can afford to pay those social security benefits as they are going to be spent in the UK and so the government will recover much of it from VAT and taxes on the companies and employees of those companies that it is spent on even if there is no multiplier effect - it's not like when a pension is sent overseas and never seen again. The UK government has long attempted to confuse UK voters by calling one of it's taxes "National Insurance" rather than the more accurate "Additional Income Tax" that it really is, leading many British tax payers they are getting their own money back when the pension is paid rather than the social security benefit that it actually is. In Australia in comparison they make it very clear that the Aged Pension is a social security benefit. There is no ring fencing of National Insurance, it all goes in to exactly the same Treasury account as Income Tax. It doesn't get invested for your retirement and the pension is paid out from current tax (and NI) receipts. The UK government could decide to stop paying pensions to anyone overseas it it wanted to (well technically anyone in the UK too - but those pensioners live in their constituencies and vote) and might have to as the whole system has always been one huge Ponzi scheme.
  4. 2 points
    Hi guys, I’m silent reader Came to Australia in 2008. After 13 long years finally got my permanent residency. occupation- Restaurant manager got my 457 - 2016 Previous owners sold the restaurant in 2018 Applied my nomination again from same restaurant- refused Applied again from same place- Approved 2019 applied my 186 spouse to get my PR with in 6 months but corona happened finally got nomination approved 20th March 2021 and asked for the AFP, medical was expired but didn’t asked for it. submit my AFP 30th of March 2021 And 1st of April finally got my golden email
  5. 2 points
    When you ask for advice on a forum you may get someone say something you don’t really like. That often happens but when you reply with a negative response like you have it will put people off trying to help. You said in your post that you wouldn’t be able to get a mortgage yet you’ve just said you are two very employable people. Maybe the person who made the comment took what you said at first as it may be a big struggle for you and was wanting to warm you off taking the reap. Their response was quite to the point I agree but not rude. Your response was rude. If you want help from strangers then it’s best to be pleasant.
  6. 1 point
    Hi all Really love the community here, been posting a bit here and there. We have our 309 granted as of Nov 2020. However we're constantly getting pushed back, and even think my business class ticket with Etihad will be cancelled. Could only get one for July. It seems like flights from St Petersburg Russia to Melbourne are tough to come by and may not fit with other allocated flights. Who knows. We've had our doctors tell us that it's better not to fly until my pregnant partner is on her second trimester. All if this together makes for some interesting times. My question is - Where and who do I contact to extend the date of arrival for the 309 VISA given the current situation. I searched the forum but couldn't find info. I remember reading something about it being possible. Should we call the Consulate? IMMI? Send a letter? Any advice at this stage would be wonderful. It's still early days, but we won't be able to fly in October once my wife is at 36 weeks as airlines won't allow it, and if we give birth in Russia we need to wait six months before being able to fly anyway, which will be well into 2022. Any suggestions, reference, direction or info would be super helpful. Many thanks.
  7. 1 point
    As a number of middle aged women have been affected, I did wonder whether there was a link to the birth control pill which is also known to cause blood clots. From personal experience, I know that GPs switch older women to lower dose mini-pills to reduce the risk of blood clots and high blood pressure. Of course, it could be any number of things and no doubt there are loads of scientists beavering away to work out what may be causing this reaction in a relatively low number of people.
  8. 1 point
    And if you live in Australia it will be frozen at the date you first receive it
  9. 1 point
    I've always been a firm believer of paying everything you can on your credit card. Why pay now what you can pay in 25 to 55 days time for the same price? Although of course it does only make a difference if you are doing something with the money in the meantime (personally I use a mortgage offset account so I'm reducing the amount of interest I'm paying for those 25 to 55 days). But you should never use a credit card for something you can't afford to pay today since if you need to borrow on one the interest rates are (in most cases) extortionate. Most credit cards will allow you to set up a direct debit for the full balance each month so you don't really need a lot of discipline to pay it off in full each month - the discipline comes from not paying more than you can afford in the first place.
  10. 1 point
    Exactly, and it drives me crackers and means I come on here less. Anytime there’s any “perhaps that’s better in this country” or “what do you think of this” mentioned on a purely subjective level it’s “bashing” or “just go back there”. Being a migrant is an incredibly complex thing and comparisons and missing certain things - even if not said with any ill-intent - are natural and it’s comforting to want to discuss them sometimes. FGS. ps: hope you are well Marisa xx
  11. 1 point
    @calNgary, I'd have thought as a moderator, you'd be taking action against the OP rather than the rest of us. Check their other posts. He/she has openly admitted to being in breach of their current visa. He/she has set up a home in Australia with a long lease, furniture etc while on a tourist visa. He/she has posted, more than once, that they have no intention of ever leaving Australia with or without a visa. Either they are a dishonest person or they are deliberately trolling or they have some serious mental issues. Either way, I wonder if it reflects well on PomsinOz to allow a member to boast about their illegal status on this forum, which could be seen as condoning such actions.
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  13. 1 point
    You seem to have many questions around this process. Can I politely suggest you speak with a migrant agent to ensure you’re on the right path. It’s too important to get wrong. There are some excellent agents who regularly post on here. Best of luck.
  14. 1 point
    It seems that most native English speakers feel that taking the English test is an insult. In fact, as Marissa pointed above, the main reason is to jump as far ahead of the queue as you possibly can. You'd be surprised how poorly native English speakers fare in the test if they don't prepare adequately.
  15. 1 point
    This is a mistake that a lot of Australians make. If you are "negatively geared", it means that the investment property is making a loss (i.e your mortgage and expenses cost more than your rental income). At first glance that seems pointless, because the reason you're paying no tax on the investment is because you're losing money. However, it reduces the tax you pay on your salary--and for someone on a good salary, that can be worth a lot. Plus you hope the value of the property is rising. Some people are also conned--there are several investment advisors, including an Investors' Club that was very popular for a while, which will sell you loss-making properties as a tax dodge/retirement strategy. The con is that they find the properties for you at an inflated price, so you're losing money on the rent, but it's going to take a long time for the property to be worth more than you paid for it. As you point out, the big difficulty is that if things go pear-shaped, you're overstretched and in big trouble. The trick is to choose properties that are negatively geared on paper, (so you get all the tax benefits) but is actually making a profit in reality. Not hard to do when you understand depreciation etc, but some people are just greedy. I'm always surprised how focussed some people are on not paying tax. They'll go to great lengths to avoid making a capital gain so they don't have to pay capital gains tax, for instance. In the process, they lose sight of the fact that even after tax, that capital gain would've been a nice amount of money to have.
  16. 1 point
    Very sorry to hear that Simmo. I hope everything goes as well as it possibly can under the circumstances.
  17. 1 point
    Hi all, got my visa and nomination approved today. Went straight from "initial assessment" to "finalised". Thanks to all the people that contributes to this forum. Hope that you all get some great news soon.
  18. 1 point
    Can’t really believe it, but our 143 visas were granted this morning!
  19. 1 point
    That was one of my main reasons for returning to Australia. We got out and about and tried joining clubs etc in Southampton, but I was shocked at how sedentary and quiet they all were. It was like once people hit 65, they put their cardigan and slippers on and didn't think much beyond the pub, the TV, and their holidays in Portugal or Spain. I thought maybe it was just Soton, but my sisters and relatives in other parts of the UK were just the same. I'm sure there must be parts of the UK where retirees are active and socialise in the same way we do here, but for me it was such a relief to get back!
  20. 1 point
    It depends on the conditions of your bridging visa. I believe the bridging visa for the 804 doesn't normally allow you to work at all. Of course, you could do cash-in-hand work but you'd be breaching the conditions of your visa and if found out, could potentially have your visa cancelled and be sent home. One important point I missed: if you decide to give it a try and then find, 10 or 15 years down the track, that you can't afford life in Australia, you'll have to go home and start all over again from scratch. What's more, because you've ceased to be a UK resident, you won't be eligible for any welfare or aged care assistance in the UK straight away. There are qualifying periods for some things, and being a citizen makes no difference. So please, do your sums!
  21. 1 point
    Go Matilda, Suncoast Migration, Pinoy Australia or Andre Burger. All recommended, and will give you an honest assessment. That assessment may not be what you want to hear, but that doesn't mean they're being unhelpful, it just means they're telling the truth. Even for highly qualified professionals, getting a visa for Australia is sometimes difficult. I have no idea whether that applies to you, but it's worth being aware of it. Unless you're in a priority occupation or a critical industry, getting a visa right now is nigh on impossible due to Covid, so you will need patience.
  22. 1 point
    Hello Ronel. Please may I ask from requesting Medicals from your CO how long did it take to be granted your Visa? We were contacted to complete medicals/Police checks and submitted them over on the 8th February, crossing our fingers we hear sometime real soon. Kind regards Annette
  23. 1 point
    We already have our RRV so need to to apply, they just happen to run out later this year. I could apply for at least 50 jobs today with my skills and experience so I’m not worried about that at all. my husband is a plumber and a grafter and we’ve both never been out of work here nor in Australia so I am not concerned. He will dig roads and plant trees if he had to. We have friends In Oz who would put us up after quarantine and friends are all you need. it’s interesting that people like you can make statements like - you see no positives for us - based on my single statement - you have no idea and thank goodness I’ll take no notice of you LOL
  24. 1 point
    If your RRV runs out in August and you really want to be in Aus, i would be making steps to move now. Getting a flight can be the trickiest bit and quite a lot of people seem to have had their flights cancelled on them - numerous times. Those most successful appear to have booked business class. Good luck with everything , which State are you heading too? Cal x
  25. 1 point
    Go for it! As they say better to regret things you have done than things you haven't!
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