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  1. I'm currently working on the assumption that it's true - there is a judgement against me - but the judgement was made in error and is not a debt I have incurred in any way because I have never used that service. Am trying to sign up for a "Dun and Bradstreet" credit check at the moment, which is going to cost me $30. The alternatives either being a free service that will take 10 days (and lose me the job, and which I couldn't apply for anyway as I'm not in Australia) or a "Veda" annual account costing $80. I may not be able to sign up for any of these due to the residency thing. We'll see.
  2. It's some sort of agency. They won't share any further information than they have already.
  3. Hi all, It's been quite a while since I posted here, but I need some advice and was hoping someone here might have some wise words. I've just undergone an international credit check for a job and it turned up a court judgement against me for a few thousand dollars in Western Australia, where I lived. I have almost no information at this point other than the name of the company and the date and amount of the judgement. This may prevent me getting a job. The date was in 2014, I left Aus in 2012 so had no idea this was going on. The company claiming the debt is now gone as well, it went into receivership last year. I had never had any dealings with them whatsoever (they rented commercial and mining vehicles, I'm a computer programmer) Does anyone know how I can challenge this and get it removed or overturned? Do I need a lawyer or financial advisor? Any recommendations? All I can think of to do.is call the legal aid WA hotline when it opens, and maybe try contacting the receivers, a legal firm in QLD. Halp...
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    What will you miss when you go home ?

    What I will miss when I go home - Sunshine. Long drives into the outback and billowing red dust. Vast, open landscapes. Little Creatures. What I'm looking forward to - Real, cask Ale. All my friends
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    Who's going home this year?

    August, 2 and a half years, and I'm not really sure where yet. Will probably end up in Aylesbury, Leighton Buzzard or Tring. It all feels very weird. The worst part about it is having to pretend I'm interested in my job until then....
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    Re PENSIONS

    You become eligble to apply for Australian citizenship after only 4 years with permanent residency, so it's probably a good idea to apply for it, just to make sure you don't lose out on a technicality. For those wondering about British state pensions - I don'ty know what people are eligble for, but I do know that if you have the spare cash you can back-pay contributions up to six years. May not be enough for some of you, but may help.
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    How long for shipping stuff back to the UK

    Would it be rude to ask how much these containers are costing people? Am starting to get quotes at the moment but the move is a few months off yet.
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    Return resident's visa

    Hey cool - by the time I leave I will have been here two and a half years, I was anticipating only having another two and a half of window open just in case I decided to give it another go. Unlikely, but you never know ... So if I apply for a five year RRV just before I leave, I can extend that? That would be a good thing, it's nice to have options.
  9. Hey, thanks for that, I've applied for a quote from them now.
  10. Thanks for all the positive responses - it's true, we never know where we're going to end up in life, and a couple of years can be a lifetime in itself. And thanks supa, I had been thinking about a change of career!
  11. If you'd told me two years ago as I was booking my flight and preparing to fly out in four or five weeks, that I'd have decided to ship out again by now, I would have probably laughed in your face... Everyone likes a story so here's a quick one - I needed a change from London; after almost a decade the big city life was starting to tire me. It was great in my 20s, not so much now. So I decided to come out to Oz. Perth seemed good because there were a couple of folks I knew and a job waiting for me if I could get a visa. A year of gathering paperwork, filling out forms and waiting with bated breath and it was off, off to the dreamland in the sun. I bought a small-ish 4x4 and spent the first 4 months on the road, did a complete circuit of the coast, saw wonderful sights, met wonderful people and enjoyed myself no end. I got back to Perth and reality hit... but that was OK, a new job and a new life was fun and exciting too. I went furniture shopping and bought a new tv and tried to settle into the routine of getting up in the morning and going to work again :mad: Fast forward a year or so, I'd settled into the Perth life but not made a lot of friends and was a little lonely. I took a trip back to the UK to visit friends and family and realised that everything I did in those three weeks was everything my life was missing over here - lazy afternoons in the pub with folks I'd known for a decade (or two, or even three in soime cases), familiar faces, familiar places and a good British curry. Coming back to Perth after that was still good - I had missed the sunshine and the space, and London is oh-so dirty and filthy by comparison, but by this point I think I'd started telling myself Perth was temporary and I'd just stick around for the four or so years to get citizenship (and with it the ability to move around freely), then think about going back 'home'. Over the next few months everything just completely lost its shine. By Christmas, even though I wasn't on my own for Christmas day, I was just miserable and barely making it out of the house or even out of bed on my days off, missing everyone back home and thinking about them *all* the time. My mother picked up on this over the phone and nagged at me that I ought to make more of an effort to meet people or seriously think about coming back, to which I snapped "that's exactly what I am thinking about", and realised that it was, and that this Oz experiment was over. As soon as that happened and I knew I was going to go home again the depression lifted. I dearly love Australia, its hugeness, its natural beauty, its people and even its vegemite is acceptable :biggrin: But in the end the people I want in my life aren't here and that matters more. Really it was over as soon as I started to think it wasn't forever. In a few months when the rental lease is up I'm going to head on home. It's been an overwhelmingly positive experience, especially my four months on the road, and I'll be back to visit sooner or later but that's it for now... So, anyone know a good international removal firm or even a cheaper way of shipping stuff from Perth to... wherever the hell I end up next in the UK? I cut my worldly possessions down to two suitcases on the way over, then rented an unfurnished house and have more stuff than ever before!
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    Moving back to UK in six to nine months

    Hallo all. Never thought I'd be posting in this section of the site, but as a fellow ex-Berkhamsteadian (though I haven't lived there for about 10 years now) who's been here in Aus a couple of years, I've come to much the same conclusion - it's time to go home. I absolutely *love* Australia. It's beautiful, it's vast, and it's amazing. That said, all my friends and family are back in the UK, and I've been terribly homesick ever since I went back to visit in August last year. So good luck to you OzzHammer, maybe I'll see you in the Boat sometime!
  13. Rachel - Schedule 4 seems (on a quick reading of the pdf and DIAC site) to be a list of professions that are treated as being on the SOL (and therefore processing priority 3) IF you have state sponsorship. I.E. say you want to move to Perth, you're a journalist (for instance) and as a result you're not on the schedule that gets you the SOL for a 175 visa. So what you do is you apply to the WA state government for sponsorship, then (unless things have really changed drastically) you apply for a subclass 176 visa, and you commit to the WA state government to live and work in WA for the first two years. The WA government (hopefully) approves you, and then DIAC take your schedule 4 status into account. Without state sponsorship it sounds like you either don't get the points from the job, or you get dumped into the lowest processing category which could take several years to even get looked at, or may just be rejected out of hand. HTH, it's just my interpretation.
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    Holy *&%&$!!!!!! Got it!!

    No problem. It was 32 pounds per bag if you paid in advance online, I think it was 40 if you just show up. But nice and cheap. The main problem is that they resell other flghts through the one-world alliance partnership thing, so keep an eye out for that. Thanks for all the good wishes, it's lovely here though I seem to have picked up a cold on the way over...
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    Holy *&%&$!!!!!! Got it!!

    How strange that this thread about me getting my visa gets resurrected now. I'm currently enjoying my first week in australia As for the baggage allowances, this is something I fell foul of. I booked my flight through BA and ended up flying through singapore, which is good for me as I have family there. BA are pretty good about luggage, they give you 23 kg allowance in economy, and you can take extra cases, up to 10 per person and 23kg per case, for 32 quid each case. But Qantas operate the sing->Perth leg and are much more restrictive. They charge hundreds of dollars for extra bags. Like around 600 AUD for another 23 kg case. You can send bags as freight but that is complex and involves going to the security protected part of changi airport and hunting down the freight section and it still costs about 140 quid for the case. And you get it days after you arrive. Should get mine today... Qantas are much more generous when you fly between aus and the US. So I think the advice above might be that you should check out the prices of going via the US because you might find that it's easier in terms of baggage allowances and also less of a physical strain due to jet lag. Not sure how true that is for such a long journey, but in general going west is better for the lag. HTH
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