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  1. ramot

    A citizen at last

    Sorry I have only just seen this. Im afraid I don’t know if you can apply earlier for citizenship. As you probably know the amount you receive from your state pension will be frozen at that rate when you arrive to live in Australia, should you go to UK on holiday, it will be increased while you are there to the amount you should receive had you not left. On your return to Australia it reverts back to the original frozen amount!! Marisa has helped with your other questions. You will probably need good advice on your tax situation, when you move here, and Alan Collett who is a tax expert on both UK and Australian tax is recommended by posters. All the best. ps. We kept our UK bank account and our pensions etc are paid into that, and we use transfer wise to transfer money we need to our Australian bank. It suits us, as pre covid we went to UK every year for 3 months as we have grandchildren there.. I afraid I don’t know if it’s the best to keep a UK account open or not if you are never going to visit UK much?
  2. Definitely well worth a visit. Won the best Sunday roast in Australia just before the covid pandemic hit.
  3. We have everything paid into UK bank account and always use transfer wise. Can’t fault their efficient prompt service. Would never transfer bank to bank.
  4. I defy anyone who has watched Heather Ewarts program the Back Roads, to tell me there is no community spirit in Australia It’s probably interesting our personal definition of community, is it only a community if you have lived there all your life, went to school with everyone, or can it be where you have settled, made friends even if it’s only for the here and now? Do you even need to be part of a community to be happy? In The last village that I lived in In UK in Nottinghamshire, we lived on the main road and In all the 11 years I hardly knew a neighbour, but the community I was in, was through the children’s primary school and their activities. There were probably plenty of individual communities within the village, drawn together by common interests, but apart from the annual village show, there was little common ground. I have never lived in a row of terraced houses, with little or no front garden, but have moved 17 times since I was married and guilty of driving into the garage and spending time indoors or in the garden, always friendly to neighbours, but not friends. Living in RAF quarters was again different, we never had family near, so we supported each other in a friendly way but it was a very transient life, certainly a community but out of necessity rather than long term friendships of living in one place most of your life. I genuinely don’t know what living in one place most of your life feels like, and I have never had an extended family at all let alone living close, but I do know I couldn’t stand neighbours popping in and out, The day we moved into our house on the Sunshine Coast, our neighbours invited us in for coffee. Almost 18 years later we and our other neighbours, don’t go out of our way to live in each other’s pockets, we celebrate Christmas and Christmas in July together with a great street party, and celebrate the occasional milestone together. We would do anything for each other, when our neighbours husband started sadly to have Falls, she knew she could phone day or night for help, and we did on many occasions. We aren’t the only neighbour who checks on her after a bad storm. I also think life is very different now. When I was married in 1970, not many wives worked, so were around more in the daytime, and we helped to look after each other’s children, took our children to toddler groups and playgroups. Nowadays I think the majority of women work, and children are in daycare, sometimes from a very young age and for long hours. No time for socialising or chatting at the end of a long day.
  5. ramot

    Would you go on a cruise now?

    and the crew. Cruising has never appealed to me, but lots of friends love it. I don’t know even when we are allowed to stay in Sydney again, how confident to I will feel to stay in the Meriton apartments we use when we visit our daughter. Lift is always full.
  6. Too be honest makes a change from the ‘we hate Australia, especially Perth’ posts. I think MR is mostly comparing his attitude to life, but we need to be very careful not to personalise posts.
  7. ramot

    Does nobody own a small car in Perth?

    Even this 5ft 1inch grey haired old granny manages to get into her sons Ford Ranger,
  8. Only 81/2 years to go!!! I’m not really fussed, i do know the conditions for the pension. it was only the initial wording ‘resident’ not specifying Permanent Resident, till further on, that I was only being half serious about, as I have been a legal resident in Australia, just not PR,
  9. You are right, but we didn’t need to pay AOS or have a sponsor on the 143 pathway, The point is apparently no one can claim the Australian pension unless you have lived in Australia for 10 years, and you have to be resident and in Australia to to be eligible to claim. My query is that I wonder as I have lived here for 17+ years, irrespective of the money side, does that count or do you have to be PR or a citizen for 10 years to be eligible?
  10. Marisa I think you have to live in Australia for 10 years to be eligible for the Australian pension, which is also dependent on income. I haven’t really looked into the Australian pension, at a glance it says living in Australia for 10 years, but doesn’t mention PR or being a citizen for 10 years.Interesting question, answer probably in the small print.
  11. Could you apply for the 864 onshore parent visa, I think you are in Australia ?