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  1. rammygirl

    Working Australian nights for a UK business

    You should check how this will work as a business structure. For something ongoing an Australian abn should be set up and he should be paid via an Australian payroll with all that entails including super. My OH did this for a while but set up an Australian company (still retaining the UK one) it isn’t complicated but you need an accountant to sort it all out properly. He was in creative but worked Aussie days and just took the occasional call in the evening, preferring to be up early (depending on time difference summer/winter). There are some advantages for the UK client as they can send a brief at close of business UK time and come in the next morning to the response/completed work. I don’t think it would be a long term solution though, it certainly wasn’t for us.
  2. rammygirl

    Tax on money transfer from UK to Australia

    We use GM Tax. The agent Alan Collett who posts on here is also a dual qualified accountant and has offices in Uk and Australia. There are a few others but not many.
  3. What country are you from? There are a number of visit visas and for some countries and some visas you do need an invite I think. For a short stay visa you should be ok though.
  4. Whatever you do Do not cancel the 457. The bridging visa will also be cancelled if you do that and you will have to leave. You should continue on the 457 until it expires then you will be on a bridging visa. Bridging visas usually come with the same conditions as your original visa, you may need to seek professional advice as to what happens in your case and if you will be able to change employers or not.
  5. rammygirl

    Citizenship Timeline for years 2015-2016

    There is a practice test on the citizenship section of the website. It has the testable section followed by example questions. There are some free ones on line as well. I did some and some of the questions were not related to the testable information at all and ki panicked a bit! The actual test is very easy IF you have read and understood the relevant information. Here is the link. https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/test-and-interview
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    Citizenship Timeline for years 2015-2016

    Well we took ours and it wasn’t asked for they just wanted our birth ceros and passports and my marriage certificate as proof of name change. Son wasn’t asked for his either. I guess some offices may be fussier than others. Can you call the test centre and ask the question?
  7. rammygirl

    IT professional late life emigration questions

    If a degree is a requirement then any experience you have before that will not count. So you don’t really gain as you will have zero years of qualified experience after the degree.. For some occupations it can be possible to substitute several years of experience for the degree. You will need to check if this is possible for your occupation. If it is then you can only count the remaining years as qualified experience. A good agent may be able to suggest alternative ways or occupations that might help in your case.
  8. rammygirl

    Tax on money transfer from UK to Australia

    No again you are just transferring assets not making them. My accountant also advised that currency gains should also not be taxed in this sort of circumstance as you are not intending to make money from currency exchange rates, on the other hand if you lose out you don't get to claim a loss! If however you make interest on the cash whilst it is deposited that should be reported and will be subject to tax as it is considered as income. I would honestly advise you get an accountant to do your first tax returns in Australia.
  9. rammygirl

    Citizenship Timeline for years 2015-2016

    If you look back over this thread you will see that for some approval was the same day but others have waited for many months after the test. No obvious reason for it though.
  10. rammygirl

    Tax on money transfer from UK to Australia

    No if this is a gift and has been in your bank before you move you should not be taxed. You are simply moving your assets not adding to them.
  11. rammygirl

    Importing BMW to QLD

    Yes it is likely that your BMW will have some sort of approved fixings, if not they will fit some. The highest costs are import duties, registration and stamp duty. This will add up to a few thousand dollars plus the compliance checks and NIDDRIE plate. Plus every time your car has to go somewhere before it is Registered it will need a special permit or be towed. That is why an agent can be useful as they have things set up for exactly this. Never underestimate the red tape, permits and paperwork - plus associated costs required -to just do stuff in Australia!
  12. They need to get advice from a good agent ASAP. If their son isn’t a citizen but only PR they could move to cancel his visa for visa fraud, not saying this will happen but they are clamping down on this and have to powers to do so.
  13. They ask for non migrating dependents. She must have been included somewhere for them to have the details. If she was included as a non migrating dependent they will want to know why. If they are separated then she may not need to do them. If you are trying to avoid the cost and hope to apply later for a partner visa then be wary immigration don’t take kindly to that and you will find that it won’t work.
  14. rammygirl

    Importing BMW to QLD

    Uk cars don’t need speedo change as are dual Kph/mph dials and any digital display can be reset to kph. We imported an Audi TT into SA the compliance and rego checks are annoying and long winded and they didn’t put car back together very well either! We didn’t need car seat fixings as no rear seats in ours. We used a company to sort it all. It wasn’t cheap! Also start checking on insurance many do not cover imports or charge an arm and a leg to do so. We use Shannon’s very reasonable and we’re also good when someone ran into the back of it!!! Ours was classed as hobby car as low mileage and not used for everyday commuting though. These guys might help they are based in Brissie. http://www.bringmycartoaustralia.com/our-services/ it gives an overview of the steps you need to take and they can do it for you if you like.
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    Rules vary by state. Here is Qld https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/licensing/motorcycles/getting it sure if you need Aus license first. My son had to pay for course and extra license in SA and he held a full Aus license. It wasn’t cheap either. You can ring them they are usually helpful.