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  1. 4 points
    I've never really thought about what I consider myself to be. Scottish-Australian I suppose. I love Scotland and still have very good friends and a sister living there. I have never lost my Scottish accent after very nearly 40 years in Australia. My husband is Australian and our two sons were born here. The three of them also have British passports. My husband has a very soft spot for the UK. Parts of Tasmania remind me of where I grew up in Scotland ..................... rivers, lakes (lochs) forests, rolling hills and the sea.
  2. 3 points
    Australian, I felt like a tourist when I went back recently. I find the accent gives me away, it's Australian in the UK and British in Australia.
  3. 3 points
    The one who has the strongest ties and proof should apply first, then the others apply adding the family member with the RRV as additional evidence. Having a family member with PR, or an RRV is a strong tie. You have time to do this and you only risk one application fee initially.
  4. 3 points
    Actually we planned to move to Bournemouth but the housing market proved to be way beyond our reach. Too many people renting out places as holiday lets rather than long-term rentals, plus lots of Londoners moving down (I could never understand that, it seemed like an impossible commute to me). We saw an ad for a new development in Southampton, we drove over and had a look and fell in love with it. Knew nothing about the city and of course, you can't judge "friendliness" until you live there. Basically we had a year living in the home of our dreams , just in totally the wrong location. Full of chavs, horribly lonely. I was willing to give the UK another chance if we moved to another city, but my oh was so fond of our home, he kept putting it off. He didn't care if we had a mind-numbing day-to-day life, provided he got a European holiday each year and a few trips to London. Eventually I told him I was moving back to Australia with or without him. I was really worried about returning to Oz because we came to Melbourne instead of returning to Sydney. I worried that our lack of friends and mind-numbing life in Southampton was my own fault -- and I'd have exactly the same problem in Melbourne. Not at all. I have a great life in Melbourne, in fact to my great surprise, I think it suits me better than Sydney.
  5. 2 points
    Indeed. Factual though, not woke. Don't you just hate that terminology?
  6. 2 points
    That is very sad to me if you don't have that sense of belonging anywhere.
  7. 2 points
    There is more to it than has has been posted. May I suggest that you consult one of the RMAs who posts on this forum for advice about strategy?
  8. 2 points
    Very good advice. My wife and I went through the process about 18 months ago. Fortunately I was already a citizen so it was just an RRV application for my wife, which was straightforward because being married to a citizen is a very strong tie if the citizen wishes to return to Australia. However, apart from that we didn't have anything else! The biggest issue is that you've let your PR expire, so you no longer have the option to return here if your RRV is refused. I wish you the best of luck but based on what you've said your chances of getting back (given current circumstances) aren't great. I would definitely recommend consulting a RMA before you put any applications in, as they may pick up on something which could favor your application.
  9. 2 points
    It depends how flimsy your case is. The most important thing is proving strong ties to Australia. If they’re not adequate, then all the reasons in the world will make no difference
  10. 2 points
    When I worked at hursley I lived in Winchester and loved it, although it wasn't cheap. Many lived in Southampton because it was cheap. One guy had been in Southampton for a week and came in with a big black eye. Apparently he had been mugged after going to the pub. A local told us a story of a mate moving a load of stuff into a new flat in Shirley. He went back for a second load and found he had been burgled in the meantime. My son had an opportunity to attend the university there. It is quite a good uni, but I'm glad he chose not to. It's a shame really as it's beautiful in parts. Lovely green parks, good walks. Good shopping centre. It's just a shame there are a few bad areas that let it down.
  11. 2 points
    I'm originally Scottish. Came to Australia in my thirties. If people ask me, I'll say I'm Scottish-Australian but I definitely think of myself as Australian first. If I didn't, I wouldn't stay in Australia.
  12. 2 points
    Can the whole thing completely. There, I made the decision for you. Sorry for being rude but seriously, you're happy in the UK so just stay there. Sydney is just FOMO.
  13. 2 points
    This is one of the biggest problems when discussing whether a place is interesting or not. Some people love history, but it leaves other people cold. Paul loves his beach lifestyle but not everyone is outdoors-y. And so on. It's like saying, "Of course you could enjoy living in _________. All you have to do is force yourself to enjoy stuff you have always disliked."
  14. 1 point
    Even though born in Australia don't feel some overwhelming sense of being Australian. What does that even mean? I take on aspects of all countries I've lived in. Many not even consciously. Just a preference for a particular thing in this country and that in another. Nowhere will provide all requirements. I suppose if one lives most of their life in a particular country it may prove more clear cut, this question of nationality. I don't see it matters beyond the legal aspects of residency and all that entails. A bit like watching the World Cup in Germany in 06. I followed several countries in support watching them play and felt the intensity equally among that support.
  15. 1 point
    Thats right of course but your question was more about how you 'feel'. At least thats how I took it.
  16. 1 point
    My aunt and uncle used to live in Southampton. I agree with you, definitely not the best of places to live.
  17. 1 point
    Hi We got married in Greece, so we just submitted the Greek and English version of the certificate and this was fine.
  18. 1 point
    It applies to applications for contributory visas only - not 103 and was brought in in October 2020. Pre I/6/18 the application date for contributory visas was the lodgement date then it changed after that as a queuing system was introduced similar to that for 103 and 804. Please see https://www.gm-parent-visas.com/contributory-parent-visa-applications-queuing-system-introduced/
  19. 1 point
    No. Spent the night down the pub with my mates. Stopped for a slash against a wall on the way home, but I couldn't go. Turned around and there were two coppers standing there
  20. 1 point
    The risk is more that Australia finds it has plenty if IT Network engineers and takes it off any visa list, and your chance is gone forever. I really would start sooner rather than later.
  21. 1 point
    Point well made. The truth of the matter is though this takes 1-2 years, and delaying only increases the cost and reducing the likelihood - and you get points for being younger and can't apply at all after 45!
  22. 1 point
    You do, but unfortunately some people are fabricating evidence so they can claim 'exceptional circumstances'. I saw a group on Facebook dedicated it
  23. 1 point
    There is not going to be 20000 deaths. We have been all through Covid for over 12 months with less than 1000 deaths. We have also learned from our mistakes which is a good thing. The borders won't open much until next year at the earliest anyway. I don't see them letting students in on a large scale this year. They will wait until the vaccination program is complete and other countries like India need to sort out their issues too.
  24. 1 point
    I don’t think popping back for a vaccine would come under ‘exceptional circumstances’
  25. 1 point
    At the moment a lot of plots for new builds are so small you wouldn't fit a pool in. I rented new builds previously in Melbourne and I would say be careful who your builder is! The show houses may look good but a lot of houses are very poor quality. Just depends what you are looking for as well, I like having a bit of space rather than just having a colourbond fence and 6 inches of ground between us and the neighbours. Now in Perth to get land that is affordable you would be looking a good bit out from the city, so consider travel time as well if you are working in the CBD.
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