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    @Paul1Perth I also thought that when I read the BBC headlines yesterday, but they are just closing the 'travel corridor' so that people coming to the UK will have to quarantine at home for 10 days (5 days if a negative test after Day 5). After a couple of days or so a lot of people are just going to say 'I feel fine' and off they go out. We had the same problem here in the beginning, but at least our government clamped down on it.
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    I've always assumed the financial obligation i.e. the two years, is that should you not be able to work, the sponsor will meet all the financial needs and you wouldn't be able to apply for any benefits
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    Watching EPL last night in our garden, suddenly we hear a voice coming round the back of the house shouting "hello" (our back gate is locked), turned around to see a fireman had jumped over the fence, a neighbour had reported they could see a fire at our home (it was our citronella oil burners). As we were at the back of the house, we didn't hear them knocking. Went outside and there was a full fire engine .. the fireman just laughed when he saw the burners and said "I'll leave you to it then" ... but it's good to know our neighbours were concerned.
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    I have experience of a. living between 2 countries I did this for nearly 10 years as an expat as our children were in school and university in UK spending time in each house in shortish trips trying to keep husband and children happy. Not to be recommended as it’s very unsettling you end up trying to please everyone and it’s a bandaid in a hard situation. It’s very unsettling as you don’t really live anywhere, torn between husband and children. Its very different going back on holiday rarely and being made a fuss of, to going back regularly, when the novelty has worn off.I was very lonely at times. b Pre covid spending approximately 3 months in Uk Have been doing this for the last 13 years as our only grandchildren are in UK, not because we are unhappy in Australia, it isn’t a cheap option, but at least easier as it’s now possible to rent short term since Airbnb started up. We do own property in UK, but it’s not worth getting good tenants to leave your property to live in it for 3’sh months and then have to find a new tenant. Financially it doesn’t make sense. Certainly doesn’t make sense either to leave a property empty for most of the year for all the obvious reasons. We originally rented an Airbnb near our family, so now book directly with the owner and negotiate a long term rent, and hire a car, it’s not a cheap thing to do when you also factor in airfares, so careful thought.needs to be given as to how long you can realistically afford to go for.
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    Silly question but I assume you know you actually can move to Australia? There’s many people that say they’d like to/considering it when they have no chance of getting a visa so I’m just checking you’re confident on that front as otherwise everything else is irrelevant.
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    Tough question to answer. Before I try let me say this, as the father of 3, aged 21, 16 and 12, I’d say that in my experience you can move your kids out of school with minimal risk to their education right up until they begin their GCSE’s. Now this is a generalisation, and some people have found their kids struggled to settle, but in the main, from an academic impact point of view, you have years before you need to worry. The financial question is so hard to answer because it varies so much based on where you live, what you do for a living, what you typically spend your money on. Again, speaking very generally, on the whole Australia has a much more expensive cost of living than the U.K. But that doesn’t always hold true. You’ll find it cheaper to live in Adelaide than London for example. But compare Sydney to Banbury and you’ll need twice the budget for a home and 25% more for your groceries for example. if you work in healthcare, you could earn twice your U.K. salary. A phenomenal difference and you’ll enjoy better working hours. But if you work in IT it will be much of a muchness. If you are a corporate exec you’ll earn less in Australia and your work-life balance will be down the toilet If overseas travel is your passion, it’s going to cost a lot more in Australia than the U.K. But many other pastimes are more accessible and no more expensive. Some surprising things are far more expensive. Mundane stuff like internet or car insurance are really expensive. My mother in law just renewed her insurance for her little Hyundai i30 and it cost more than I pay for a Range Rover. Despite her better driving record An added complication is that product costs are likely to start rising in the U.K. now as choice reduces and importation costs grow. By how much? No one yet knows. So the answer is “it depends”. Which isn’t terribly helpful but is reality. I’d suggest a bit of internet research. There are cost of living comparison websites that let you compare cities and give you a sense for the weekly grocery shop. Moving costs are really high. Depends on circumstances naturally, but people on here talk about it’s costing £20,000 and that’s not including stamp duty when you buy your home.
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    So 309 visa has been granted, now thinking about the practicalities of moving money to Oz. We have a significant six figure sum having already sold our UK home in anticipation of this. I get the point about using a specialist fx money transfer company to get the best exchange rate but just wondering what others did in this situation. I’m happy to lock in at approx the current exchange rate (or at least get half done pretty much straightaway). The options seem to me to be: i) set up a AUD denominated account with a UK bank and then transfer the money into it, then just transfer the lot into an AUD account with an Australian bank shortly before we move - this seems safest I think and would allow me to manage fx risk by transferring into AUD progressively over time but doesn’t have the access issues of (ii) below. ii) open an AUD account with an Australian bank now and transfer the money into it now (seems the risk of this is that it might be difficult to access the money until we turn up in Australia and present ourselves at the bank - this is only a problem if we need it for unforseen circumstances like unexpected medical expenses but still makes me worry a bit) iii) enter into a forward contract with an fx transfer company - seems the risk of this is that I would need to make a margin payment to the company which I would lose in the event they went bust (so more risk than having it in a major bank which is less likely to go bust in a way which results in financial loss to retail investors). I could mitigate this risk by splitting up into say four forward contracts with different brokers. Still not sure I fancy it - presumably margin is at least 10%. iv) wait until just before we move and just transfer it all in one go into an Australian bank - don’t fancy taking that exchange rate risk given £ could take a significant hit from brexit. Anyway any thoughts / experiences welcome.
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    The child should be able to travel on a 600 or similar short-stay visa with an entry exemption as the direct family member of a PR or citizen. Once onshore they can then apply for PR. But of course this will mean paying for the 101 visa twice. Update: Given that Home Affairs has announced that 101 visa applicants may be able to obtain the visa onshore, they may not have to pay for it twice: https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alantudge/Pages/Further-changes-to-support-Family-visa-applicants-.aspx
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    Perth can be boring. Why not move East where there’s a lot more variety and things to do?
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    I have lived in Brisbane and now I live in Adelaide. Personally I would pick Adelaide. 1. Less humid - it doesn't bother me but I saw you mentioned it. 2. Commuting is easy. Everywhere seems to be 20 minutes away. There isn't a huge amount of traffic. 3. There is a variety of different types of places in such a small space. You can be in the hills and quickly be at the beach. 4. The people are more friendly. - No offence queenslanders! It also seemed much easier to make friends here. 5. The cost of living is generally lower (apart from electricity) but wages are around the same in my profession. 6. Cheaper public transport - providing it covers where you need to go. The network isn't as comprehensive here and does have gaps. Adelaide isn't all that far from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Day and weekend trips (via a plane) are an option.
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    Thank you @FirstWorldProblems and @Tulip1. A little more information on us, my husband is 28 and is a senior hedge fund analyst in London, I am 31 and work in the music industry. We currently live on the South East London/Kent border and would be looking at either Sydney or Brisbane is Oz.
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    I see the UK is closing borders, about a year too late.
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    Recent changes from last October. Applications made before June 2018 have their lodgement date as queue date. But after June 2018 applications will be assessed and if valid will then be given a queue date - which will be later than the lodgement date. Similar to that of 103 and 804. These commonly have a queue date 2 years late than application date ! Whether this will be the case with post June 2018 isn’t clear yet as it only started last October Ive attached a screenshot of a post by Alan Collett
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    Forecast to reach 17C here in Hobart too today (currently "feels like" 11C. Even a little snow forecast above 1200 metres. We had 36C last Monday.
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    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-15/australian-visas-melbourne-liu-family-private-jet-flight-nz/13059766 This is crazy, the government should step up and make some changes to avoid unnecessary travel for parents just to get stamps for their hard earned PR.
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    Hello everyone My wife visa has been granted Timeline below: DOL 14.06.2019 RFI : 24.11.2020 Submit RFI: 21.12.2020 Visa grant directly: subclsaa 100 12.01.2021 Thank everyone for sharing timeline I hope you will get soon who are waiting
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    https://www.gm-parent-visas.com/contributory-parent-visa-application-numbers/ See the table at this web page for details of the number of applications lodged for each month. Best regards.
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    With the queue calculator still offline and if you managed to record the date of your last check and number of applicants ahead of you. You could possibly use the FOI data, ie. number of grant and number of rejection in the below link, to manually estimate number of applicants ahead of yours, hopefully the queue calculator would be put back on shortly. Additional I think from memory one could also send a generic query email to determine the current queue date immi has processed to date https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/access-and-accountability/freedom-of-information/disclosure-logs/2020
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    Many for all the information, not as positive as I had hopped but food for thought. Thanks again. Leslie
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    Thanks for your feedback Marisawright and WandererReturns. I have looked at Numbeo before & will look at it again and the Aldi website. Both your observations confirm what we noticed when visiting Oz previously. We spent about a month each time touring in a campervan so low fuel costs were great. Food in supermarkets was more expensive but manageable and encouraged the sampling of lunches out which seemed reasonably priced & meant no cooking that evening! Obviously we were there in a holiday frame of mind but, coming from Yorkshire, we're always keen on value for money :). I had hoped to buy a few clothes in Oz but found them expensive, however, I hardly ever buy any clothes at full price here, always wait for the sales & make a lot of my own having studied this at college. Going off my original topic again, I've noticed that "slow fashion" is much more of a thing in Oz. By this I mean small businesses who create, make & sell their own ranges of clothing - oh to be 25 yrs younger & this is what I would be doing. Didn't seem possible in the UK because everyone expects to pay so little for clothes - fast fashion, wear once or twice & throw away. This is our first winter at home for 4 years & I dread to think what it will be costing in fuel to heat the house, I'm leaving my husband to keep tabs on that! I'm off to read up on FIRB. When I looked at this a few years back, I think it was possible to buy a holiday home without being a PR but I can't really remember & it will have changed. Does anyone have knowledge on this? Thanks again for input from everyone, all useful!
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    Hi Homesick1! We lived in Perth for 7 years and it was my hubby that wanted to come back. He never settled, got fed up with the heat and really missed his parents. Both my parents passed away years ago so it wasn’t as bad for me I liked living in Oz although I missed things about the UK. My boys have started from scratch regarding mates, they have a couple of old school friends but that’s it. My youngest has made friends through his apprenticeship now and my oldest through his job at Nationwide. I would wait if you can until after April before you come back as by then what with the injections rolling out we should be back to some normality! My youngest goes to the gym lots but can’t at the moment so he’s a bit like Australia isn’t like this the UK is stupid! Other than this pandemic both my boys have settled which I was really worried about, it’s nice to be back with all the family,! My boys are hoping to travel around Europe this year hopefully! They visited places in UK, Ireland and Scotland and have loved it! Tell your son to look at Network Rail apprenticeships they are amazing, my youngest has been doing his with them for a year, they are a brilliant company and have really taken care of him. Does your son drive? My sons both passed in Oz and switched their licences to UK ones here, I was lucky with work I went back back into my old job as a Teaching Assistant and my hubby has been working as an electrician although in Oz he did flooring as found it hard to get work as an electrician in Perth. Feel free to ask as many questions as you want as I know it’s a worrying time. I’m glad we moved back as I know if we left it any longer my boys might have found good jobs, girlfriends etc and then they might have decided they didn’t want to move back and I would have been torn!
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    You're right Marisa ~ all of my funds were converted by Moneycorp and they are held safely until ready to send to the beneficiary ~ but ASICs F.I. KYC procedures here are very stringent and verifying IDs isn't always immediate for foreigners entering the country. Getting it all arranged in advance saves potential problems and delays when you arrive. And your money will be available to you instantly instead of having to wait for ATM and Credit Cards to be made and sent to the bank. Especially if, like me, new arrivals may be living in a hotel initially without a permanent address. From a personal standpoint, with such an exhaustive list of crucial tasks to accomplish before you can leave a country, I think anything you can tick off before you go is more weight off of your mind.
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    Actually if your funds are a temporary large amount due to a single transaction such as selling a house (or divorce or inheritance) you are protected up to £1m for 12 months. https://www.fscs.org.uk/how-we-work/claims-process/temporary-high-balances/