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Phoenix last won the day on July 28 2008

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  1. Can anyone reccomend a good financial adviser in north brisbane area who can help with repatriation of proceeds from sale of uk house and some pension issues?
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    visa options for son who remained in UK

    That is a fairly critical piece of understanding, just looked at the Subclass 155 application and the first question is relationship status...so,if the defacto relationship is declared on the 155 application then would it prejudice the application?, of course if its not declared then it may be considered falsification and establishing the defacto after the application would require at least a year.
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    visa options for son who remained in UK

    Nope what I read was correct, but I stopped reading after that and didn't read the second clause, which are people have correctly pointed out does state substantial personal ties. My only concern is the bit that says a former Australian permanent resident whose last permanent visa was not cancelled The original permanent residence visa has lapse beyond its original 5 years, i trust that lapsed and cancelled are actually different. This just leaves the defacto issue, if we can reestablish his permanent residence status with a subclass 155, whats the issues with bringing over a defacto? as far as I understand the best you can get out of a WHV is 2 years
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    visa options for son who remained in UK

    I did look at the residents return visa, but I think I read that you had to live in Australia of a minimum period of time over the last xx years. he has only lived in Australia for 1 week when he first validated his visa.... need to double check this one, but yes a RRV would definately be the easiest route all round....and then you have to sort out the girlfriend problem.....really wish kids would listen when you tell them they will regret staying in the UK Yeah, I think cook is on the CSOL, but its not eligible for state sponsorship.
  5. 7 years ago we moved to Aus on a skilled visa, at the time of application we got visas for my wife and three kids, one of whom was 20 and we were able to include him on the visa on the basis that he was at university, At the time our son came to Aus with us to validate his visa but then returned to continue university, and about a year later left university and decided that he wanted to continue living in the UK. Now (inevitably) he want to come and live with use is aus, and bring his girlfriend who he has been living with defacto for the past 3 years. In terms of qualifications he has a OND in forensic science and NVQ 2 and 3 in kitchen management and has been working as a cook/kitchen manager for a motel in the UK. So, the problem is, whats the best way to try and get him a visa, the visa he got on the basis of my skilled application has expired, and I can find no evidence that it can be renewed, and the remaining relative visas are apparently a bad joke and have a processing time of 50+ years! it appears that a skilled visa may be his best option, but I'm not sure if his level of skills will be adequate and the skills of cook and chef are not included in the Queensland state skilled lists! A working holiday visa may be his best initial option, this will give him a year, extendable to 2 years if he can demonstrate 3 months of regional work... maybe working high season on the sunshine or gold coast will meet this requirement, but i understand that there is a 6 month limit to working for any one employer, so that could be problematic! Maybe the working holiday option will put him in good stead for a skilled visa, at least after this he should know for sure if its worth spending the gbp5000 it will cost to process visas for him and his girlfriend ....anyone got any better suggestions or advice?
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    Christmas in Brisbane - help!

    Are we the only family that find that Christmas spirit is very hard to come by when its 32 degrees, and way too fn hot to cook anything... let alone a trad dinner with trimmings..... Guess we will be having the xmas barbie again this year.... but it wont be christmas
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    Where to live? Advice? Thx

    Brisbane is pretty cleanly divided north and south, however, your working right smack in the CBD, so being northside or southside is fairly irrelevant In this instance I strongly advise you to look at travelling in to the city by public transport, roads and parking are BAD and made worst by a lot of construction work, we have a pretty good train network....providing you don't live in Redcliff.. Beaches are a little of an issue, if your looking for classic golden sands then you need to look gold coast/sunshine coast, everything in between is Morton bay and not that great.... however, if you are looking for water sports then Cleveland, Manly, Wynnum, Sandgate, Brighton are good options
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    Wheres my Plasma TV

    If you are stuck in OZ wondering exactly where your stuff is, and find that 'at the back of a 40' container probably being hijacked by Somalia pirates' is a rather unsatisfying answer, then Ive found the website for you! Live Ships Map - AIS - Vessel Traffic and Positions All you need is the name of the ship your shipper put your container on and you can find exactly where in the world it is, and where its actually going..... right up to the point where it is hijacked off the coast of Somalia and they turn of the AIS reciever
  9. Hi all, Im looking for some peoples experience with customs clearance we have a 40' container due in on the 18th, professionally packed by pickfords etc, but whilst we have the due date for the boat we are finding it hard to get much guidance n how long it will take to get customs clearance..... what were other peoples experience with this? The problem we have is that we have a furnished house with options to rent until xmas, but we want to try and avoid renting an otherwise empty house for any longer than we really need to, but on the other hand we are looking at a pretty nice property that wont be available until 3 weeks after the boat is due in, and one months storage could cost an extra $1000!!!
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    Wht Australia?

    BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Room to swing a cat? Hardly need more be said?
  11. Anybody who has sent 600 job applications is plainly just wallpapering the sits vacant page, wallpaper type applications stand out a MILE and always go in the bin, if you are spending less that 3 hours on an application then you are just not spending enough time on them, target and research are the key words, show in each application that you have targeted and researched the company and position. Beware of internet advertised positions, the internet is very much a mixed blessing as in my experience you get a HUGE amount of rubbish applying for positions advertised on the internet, its a horrible job trying to weed out the decent applications when your email has just exploded with every loony in the country sending their poorly prepared CVs, I like to look for the positions that give a phone number of someone you can talk to, and beware of agencies, a large number of agency advertised positions are non existent, or just looking for ballast applications to strengthen a candidate they already want to place in the company.
  12. I really doubt giving up today will affect the condition of your liver between now an dnext week
  13. I believe the 32kg in the op is a typo, it probably should be 23kg as per the Singapore air website
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    Why not America?

    nice place shame about the people!
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    Dinner For One

    Before I lived in Germany I never heard of this sketch, but if your in Germany around Christmas/new years time then you cant avoid it, somehow this sketch became a huge cult classic over there without being all that famous in the UK