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  1. Quoll

    Moving my partner to England

    I guess you’ve checked his ancestry to ensure that there isn’t a British born grandparent lurking in there somewhere? If there is, he could apply for an Ancestry visa which is a whole lot easier. Failing that, is there any Irish or other European Ancestry which might get him a European passport as that would be enough (at the moment to get him into UK. Other than that, you've already got good advice about the partner visa. Good luck.
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    Royal Baby Boy or Girl?

    The (three, thus far) schools my granddaughters have attended have all had teachers called by their first names. It is in Canberra though, snowflake capital, so that might have something to do with it. They would never think of Sir or Miss-ing anyone.
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    Do I Need Medical Insurance?

    Not quite. You are entitled to pay the same as Australians for "necessary" medical care. That doesnt mean everything that could happen - for example if your kid wants his tonsils out that's elective. You want your gall bladder out, that's elective. You need a knee replacement, that's elective. You need a procedure as a cancer screen, that my be elective - it's whatever the schedule says it is, not whether you think it's necessary or not. Most specialists are private unless you choose to wait some time - there was an article in the Canberra Times last year which said the public wait to see a urologist was 6 years! You generally can pay around the $100-120 mark for a specialist "gap". Medicare is a co-pay system so the expectation is that Aussies will pay around $35 per visit to a GP. Of all the Aussies I know, none are hell bent on getting a bulk billing doctor as are all the new migrants on here who seem to think that they should get free health care because that's the way it is with the NHS. Bulk billing was designed as a safety net for those who would struggle to pay the co-payment but it seems to be being exploited by the factories which churn patients through, usually with little continuity of care. Medicare is not the NHS In all states you need to watch out for ambulance cover - some states have it as part of your power bill but in the states which require independent insurance you had better be sure your health care policy has it covered because it can be eye waveringly expensive. Other catch 22 is that if you have something that is elective and you are expected to go home to get it fixed, once you are no longer resident in UK you will have to pay for it there too. No matter if you are a citizen - you have to actually be resident in UK for treatment.
  4. Can you take a career break? The advice is always to wait until you have the visa in your hot clammy little hands. It's only a temporary visa so be sure you have something to go back to.
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    Getting my head around UK Reciprocal agreement

    Most people actually get cover for the ancillaries like dental and optical but cut down on the hospital cover - like you probably won't want joint replacement so you can opt out of that, if you're not going to have more kids you can opt out of maternity. You can go for more of an excess payment which will bring premiums down. I'd have thought that was a bit high but it's been a while since I paid it. Your being a temporary resident might also have something to do with the high premiums.
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    Getting my head around UK Reciprocal agreement

    Some conditions that you may think are medically necessary might be considered elective on the schedule. For example you need your gall bladder out - generally that's elective surgery and I saw one person a while ago whose exploratory procedure for possible cancer was considered elective and they had to pay. Ambulance in Victoria can be eye wateringly expensive so get ambulance insurance - usually included with private health cover. You'll pay the same as everyone else for GP, medications, dental, optical etc. The other whammy is that if you get something that is elective and decide to go home to get it fixed the NHS won't fix it free either as you're no longer resident. Private health cover can be expensive but better safe than sorry. Would your employer consider it as part of your package?
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    Last minute jitters

    Pretty much. First time I Just had my backpack. Second time we bought a trunk to send over to supplement backpack. Third time we posted over 40 parcels of books and made a 1m cubed box (we had a baby at that stage) plus backpacks. This last time, just turned up in UK with our backpacks (all our stuff is still in Australia but on our last few holiday we've been chucking stuff). Next time I'm going to need a container for all my wool stash!
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    Moving back and just looking for advice

    The international fees thing is probably going to bite you with your eldest but your intent to get your daughter onto an IB course is a good one - its an internationally recognised qualification whereas Aus yr 12 results don't compare really well with A levels and you'd need a very much higher yr12 result to get into even a mediocre UK Uni. Another solution could be to send your eldest daughter back to UK to live with family to do GCSE and A levels and she could visit you in the holidays. That way she keeps all her options open for Uni wherever you end up (A levels travel well for Aus Unis).
  9. Nobody said English migrants should take precedence over anyone - however an Englishman's ability to stand in a queue might be helpful. You've applied, you're in a queue, your application is being dealt with. If you've proved your relationship to be genuine (and bear in mind that the queue is inflated by many applications which aren't genuine and which require more time consuming investigation) then when you get to the top of the queue you'll get the spouse visa. Better spend your energy on a campaign to tell people to avoid making spurious claims because it clogs up the works for genuine applicants. I'm sure as a citizen you would want immigration to be ensuring that only genuine relationships are acknowledged for entry into your country.
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    What would you do ?

    Being somewhat Machiavellian, he could suddenly develop a passion in Family History and buy an Ancestry DNA kit for the family in the guise of helping triangulate his research. Otherwise I agree with the others, does he really want to open that particular Pandora's box? Sounds like the trust is gone anyway if he's even asking the question.
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    Best place to retire to

    That's always going to be the case!
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    Trial in UK: The Search for "Feeling Settled"

    Never think you can go back to what you had before - always view a move as a move forwards because the hole that you will have left in the lives of others will have been healed over, often with scar tissue. Personally I have infinitely more opportunities for doing what I enjoy here in UK but everyone is different and what floats my boat may well not float anyone else's. Looking at what my grandson enjoys here in UK, there isnt that much difference with what my Aussie granddaughters have except the grandson has more holidays away/overseas, a more rigorous education experience and access to a wider range of experiences (historical, cultural, social). Some of that may well be because my UK son has a great career and my Aussie son doesnt (his choice). Both are first world countries offering kids amazing opportunities.
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    Best place to retire to

    Spent this afternoon with a retiree from Port Macquarie - she's very happy with her choice, moved down from Queensland recently but she's a Western NSW gal by birth. I also have a friend who retired to Port Stephens and only moved away down to Tasmania to be close to her grandkids but she was very happy in PS. There is a nice range south of Sydney too - the "hour from airport" could be a bit of a challenge there though.
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    Last minute jitters

    Nothing is forever and if it works you win and if it doesnt work you reevaluate and move on. Go with low expectations and you will be sure to better them but go with high expectations and you could fall flat on your nose. Your kids go where you go, they dont set the agenda. They may love it, they may hate it but they have to suck it up whatever. If they're enmeshed with extended family expect that they might hate it. It's an adventure, that's all - I never got the jitters because I always viewed it as "the next step" but not the "last step".
  15. Yeah, of course. I can imagine that someone who has been happily spliced to an Aussie for decades with a couple of Aussie kids would be a tad ticked off but at least it's a less demanding process than for an English woman trying to get their Aussie husband into UK. I know several English citizens who cannot get their foreign spouses into UK even with evidence of being settled and having children. For some, especially women, the salary bar is just a tad too high although I know of one chap who is stuck in Japan, unable to get his wife here and another whose income has excluded his Balinese wife (although he was a bit of a prat and thought he could circumvent rules and found to his disgust that he could not)
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