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    Mortgage

    Hi guys, hope everyone is safe and well, just wondering if any of you fellow Poms can advise me? Is it possible to get an Aussie Mortgage to purchase a house in Oz whilst still residing UK?? Thanks Sam
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    Kids Passports

    Hi Guys, just a quicky, our kids Australian passports expire this month, we were getting them British ones anyway, but was wondering if we don't renew the Aussie ones in the UK (cost is a rip off) could we re- enter the kids into Aus on UK passports (EVisitor ViSA) with the expired passports as proof of citizenship?? Don't want to travel to London with the Covid situation, thanks in advance.
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    Kids Passports

    No my post was about my kids passports being expired, and the main reason I posted was to see if they could enter on an visitor visa in a UK passport as UK passport are half the price, but apparently not, so I guess its a trip to London and a Aussie passport renewal. Quarantine will be what ever it is, but its 6 months away, so no worries mate, thanks for helping
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    Kids Passports

    And??? if thats the case 14 days quarantine it is, honestly like I said no a problem Of course im aware, its not a problem? No worries mate
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    Kids Passports

    Thats not a problem at all, we are going on a one way ticket, no intention of coming back to UK
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    Kids Passports

    Quarantine this applies to everyone, paying for what? sorry Im not sure what you mean?
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    Considering making the big move

    Hi, Thats exactly what we did. 9 years in QLD, felt home sick, missed my mum so much, worried about her, missed my friends, history etc etc, we have been back 3 years this November, we have holidayed the UK 5 times a year in the first 2 years back, caught up with our friends and our children have bonded with the grandparents. Unfortunately my mum contracted Covid19 in April and passed away, she was the main reason for my longing to return and right now I feel empty, I managed to cram so many memories with her whilst back which Im greatful for, but IMO UK has changed so much in the time we was away and we are in the process of returning to QLD in January, good luck, and if you have citizenship, you can always return. x
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    Kids Passports

    Yeah, we have done the applications, its just the tax/fees they charge cause your out of the country grrrrr. Max Speilmans do the photos to the correct size. thanks though
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    Kids Passports

    We are planning on going in January, i'm just a bit pee'd that they charge a tax for doing it in the UK, so I thought that if we apply for UK one (which my kids don't hold).
  10. Its been one hell of a journey, after my partner was working in the FIFO industry for 5 years, 4 cycles of IVF, 2 live births, a miscarriage, never feeling so lonely, and so emotional,our (partners) parents health deterating we have decided to go HOME, we are so excited but it does come with its complications. Our daughter was 13 when we arrived here and is now studying at Uni, has got her circle of friends and is pretty content. Me and OH on the other hand are miserable, homesick, skint (yes we both work), we argue alot due to our circumstances and want to chuck in the towel for our life back in Yorkshire. One of the inlaws had a heart attack last year and was on deaths door and I see my mother is deteriorating with some form of dementia, my little boys hardly know their grandparents, nor their uncles, aunts and cousins. The guilt we feel for not being there for the oldies is huge, we feel so helpless and this is when you realise just how far away Australia is. We believed that moving to Australia would be a dream come true, and honestly it was for the first 2-3 years, we had our ups and downs but on a hole it was good, gorgeous house, pool, good jobs, daughter went to fantastic private school, two beautiful babies which we never thought we would have. The sun shines most of the time, but even that becomes a burden and limitation. Its a very lovely (lonely) part of the world BUT its not home, it just doesn't feel right, I feel trapped, lonely and teary, i started having anxiety, I miss my old life so much, moving here wasn't a mistake or anything. Infact I certainly don't regret doing it, its been an experience (an expensive experience) but its part of us now. We are planning on leaving for rainier shores in the New Year, I would go home tomorrow if I could, we are very fortunate we only sold one of our houses and still have one to go back to (when the tenent leaves). We are trying to line up tradies to get it renovated before our return. Our son is due to start (UK) school this Sept this year but I've contacted the UK education authority and he can start Sept 2018 as his birthday is end of June, so that works really well, I'm able to get a job as soon as im ready, thats not a problem, straight back into the NHS, so the main obstacle is my OH to get a job which he is trying to do prior to leaving Australia. Then its the heartbreak of leaving our daughter here. Leaving her has made me so sick to my stomach, but she is 21 soon and totally independent, she has her own life, she keeps saying when she finishes her course and gains her experience, she will return to be with us. (Approx 3years) I guess thats what I have to hold onto. Although she is a grown woman, I feel she is still my little girl!! We are not telling our family or friends that we are returning as too many people would believe us to be bonkers to return, yet I believe until you have made this journey you would never know how it feels. I am so looking forward to being able to pop round to family and friends for a cuppa, proper pubs, cheaper shopping, a mini mortgage, decent TV, home comforts, curry, cheap holidays in the south/west country and Europe and cant wait to drive the M62 [emoji6][emoji6][emoji6] (compared to the M1 it will be bliss) If anyone could recommend shippers that would be awesome, we used Crown to come over, but we need quotes and timing of container to get to the other side. So we can plan well in advance! Thanks Lady Tottington Sent from my SM-T580 using PomsinOz mobile app
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    Returning to Blighty after nearly 8 years in Queensland!!

    I too entered on an Expired UK passport 8 months ago, still expired today lol as for my kids (3&5) they are here on their Aussie passports not even applied for UK ones, don't see the point in applying or renewing till we book an overseas holiday [emoji16]
  12. So 4 weeks ago a job offer and today we waved good bye to our belongings as it travels the 12 week journey. I can't believe in 4 weeks, we have done so much but we are now rattling around an empty house, jobless, carless and furnitureless [emoji87][emoji87][emoji87] just waiting to board that Big Bird back to Blighty on Sunday. Still got very mixed emotions, im tired and stressed but very very excited, thank you for all you that helped, guided and gave advice, hopefully I will be on here again next Spring (UK) letting you all know how fantastic, freezing Yorkshire is and this was the best decision in years!! Bon Voyage [emoji16][emoji6][emoji16][emoji6]
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    Returning to Blighty after nearly 8 years in Queensland!!

    Nope it didnt need a degree many years ago as it wasnt regulated by a governing body, but then Registration came in and all ODP's have to be on the register and are valid qualified members of the peri-operative team.
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    Returning to Blighty after nearly 8 years in Queensland!!

    Nope its been around for ever, I work in the theatres mainly in Anaesthetics but in Recovery, scrub, resus and also can work in ICU in some hospitals.
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    Returning to Blighty after nearly 8 years in Queensland!!

    Yes im an ODP,
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    Returning to Blighty after nearly 8 years in Queensland!!

    It is so sad to feel so trapped, thats exactly how I felt, trapped, I had anxiety, stopped going out, hated talking to people about how good my weekend was when in actual fact, id been at home all weekend, not seen a soul since leaving work on Thurs till returning to work on Tues, I felt life was passing me by, and I was only existing in a place the sun shined and the sky was blue, but so lonely. Our parents are aging and have some minor health issues and I wanted to be near them, near my life long friends, I wanted to start living again, instead of existing. The way I see it, is you only live once, this is not a rehearsal, life is too short and happiness is priceless. I love my daughter so much, but I also encourage independence and hopefully she will come home, but that has to be her choice, good luck x
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    Returning to Blighty after nearly 8 years in Queensland!!

    No she was still living at home with us, we found her a nice apartment and made sure she was set up. She has to live her own life, I cant live my life to suit her, nor would I expect her to live her life to suit me, she is now an adult, can make her own decisions, pay her own bills and be totally independent. Just like I was at 21 going on 22. The question is your happiness too, are you happy there or do you want to be here?? Your daughter then has to decide if she wants to stay in Oz or return, then I guess your daughter needs to be able to support herself should you return and she stay. Its not an easy decision. Its very difficult, it took months to make our decision.
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    Returning to Blighty after nearly 8 years in Queensland!!

    Its never ok, it broke my heart, but she is 21 going on 22, she has her own life and is old enough to make her own decisions. We talked about it, cried and decided that she needed to finish her degree at uni, she needed to do her travelling and then she would return to Blighty. If by any chance she does not come back then I will have to reconsider returning. This is her decision, and staying in Oz is a decision made due to circumstances, and I needed to leave as I needed to be near other members of the family that need us and right now she needs to do what she needs to do. But it certainly is not easy, although we will shout her ticket 3x a year to come home, infact she lands back here next Sunday for xmas [emoji7]
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    Just 4 weeks and we are ready (ish) to head home

    [emoji23] [emoji23] [emoji23] [emoji23] [emoji23] [emoji23] [emoji23]
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    Just 4 weeks and we are ready (ish) to head home

    Lancashire is on the dark side [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23] Yorkshire on the RIGHT side of the Pennines [emoji7][emoji7][emoji7] haha
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    Timeline for organising the big move

    Ive already knocked 2k off, we even have talked about taking it with us [emoji55][emoji55][emoji55]
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    Timeline for organising the big move

    We are heading home in a couple of weeks, we sold our house couple of years ago and are in rented so thats easy, we have used gumtree for a lot of stuff, OH was offered a job and we had 5 weeks to get back so its been a rush. The car is the worst item to sell, I needed it for work and so only advertised it last week and had no interest whats so ever, lets hope it goes in next 7 days. Good luck with your planning [emoji4][emoji6][emoji4]
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    Australian Driving Licence

    So we have booked our tickets one way , we leave on 26th November our aussie driving licence runs out on the 26th October, should we risk it and just use our UK licence or should we renew our Aussie licence?? ??? Cheers Lady T Sent from my SM-T580 using PomsinOz mobile app
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    Australian Driving Licence

    Hmmm but it has my UK address on it [emoji6][emoji6][emoji6]
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    Australian Driving Licence

    No we have got a car we just need to insure it when we arrive, I have my UK licence and I did renew my Oz one for 12 months, I was too worried Id get pulled and fined haha [emoji6] roll on 26th of Nov, [emoji4]
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