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    Anybody instantly regret the move back?

    We are four year back and no regrets at all.
  2. The reality is nobody knows at the moment. There were rumours of some significant changes to the system prior to Covid. It is probably now inevitable and there are likely to be significant changes to the skilled lists depending on how the recession and unemployment pan out.

    Pet shipping from Manchester?

    I will just say that Pet air are the only one ran by vets.

    Pet to Uk without flying (overland)

    Airlines will fly such breeds, but with restrictions. As for other options, the only realistic one would be once the QM2 is sailing its world cruise again as that is the only cruise ship that allows dogs on board. An inside cabin would be about £8000 plus fees for the dog.

    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    Even without Covid, am application lodged now was always going to take between 6 and 8 years as it has been creeping up for years and then places were significantly cut.

    186 visa Transitional vs Direct entry

    It is essential with either of these visas you use a good agent. They have some of the highest refusal rates of any visas.

    Flying our 10 year old cat out to Perth, Western Australia

    First, I will just say Pet Air have a fantastic reputation and are ran by vets. We flew our dog the other way Perth to London. He is a little chihuahua who is a VERY anxious little thing and medical issues. He was fine. Other than a bit of jet lag, he settled straight away.
  8. Yes. We have had members move recently. Do budget though as well for mandatory quarantine which is done at an approved facility at your cost.

    Cost of moving to Oz

    First, when you say you have enough points, be aware that while the minimum is is 65. In reality, for a 189, you need at least 90 to get an invite. State sponsored visas may need less points or may have special conditions, you would need to check the state you want to apply to. Though state sponsored are currently suspended due to Covid. As a total budget, including shipping, visas and everything else, I would allow 30k. As, there are lots of hidden costs. These are some. Temp accommodation on arrival, first months rent, rent deposit, shipping, buying a car, buying some essentials till your things arrive, living costs till you find work (bills, food, running a car, etc) then lots of incidentals
  10. The airline has fed you crap. You can get a flight, but economy class are often getting bumped due to social distancing and limited numbers on flights. Booking business or first class usually works.

    Leaving Australia - Covid flights to the UK

    It will of course depend on where you change flights. Though employers are these days pretty aware of Covid issues as they have to be.

    Returning to UK with PETS during COVID

    Are you using a pet moving company?

    Can 190 get through now?

    Oh, and be aware, flight are routinely getting cancelled unless you are booking at least business class and ideally first class.

    Can 190 get through now?

    You will also need an exemption to travel and be prepared to do two weeks quarantine which isn’t cheap as it is in a government mandated hotel.

    What would you advise for IT/Finance couple

    IT and finance are complex areas. My advice would be to speak to a good registered migration agent