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  1. ramot

    Moving back to UK for A levels

    When I was an expat, the 3 year UK schooling rule was in place. I have no idea if things are stricter now? Our family dwelling was overseas, but all our three were in UK for their education. The older two were already at university. Our youngest was 13 and had to go to boarding school, they all joined us overseas for their holidays. We kept a place in UK, for the occasional visit back and for the older two. There was absolutely no problem for our daughter to go to university, despite her home dwelling being overseas, and previously in boarding school. Education facilities changed where we were with an international school opening too late for our daughter. Just about everyone sent their children to the international school and then back to UK for A levels, giving grandparents as their address? No idea if that was allowed? but no one ever had a problem and somehow all went on to university straight from school, don’t ask me how I’ve no idea, but of my friends three children two went to Bristol and one to Cardiff. i do agree with quoll, it might be very disruptive to chop and change between two different education systems, plus he will probably have established a friendship group here by then. I speak from experience here as we had to move our daughter midway through her GCSE’s it had to be done, but it wasn’t an easy thing for her to cope with, plus trust me it isn’t an ideal situation being on the other side of the world to your children at any age especially teenagers. It wasn’t a problem for all our friends children to move back to UK for A levels as they had followed the British school system in the international school.
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    reciprocal medicare

    I’m not sure I can be much help, as our temporary visa was a long term retirement visa, renewable every 10 years. We had to have overseas visitors health insurance, and not eligible for Medicare. We had the top cover, and were never charged for anything as everything was covered. It was very expensive, but I think others on the visa opted for a cheaper package so had to pay for things? There was an agreement in place that we paid the PBS rate for prescriptions. When my husband had surgery every bill was covered by the insurance, even the following bills for everything. We were with Medibank. I knew several people on the 804 visa, who had no problem being covered for everything on Medicare some were waiting about 10 years? for the visa to be issued. 2 couples definitely didn’t get health insurance, their choice,. Everyone I know has their visas now, so no idea sorry if conditions are still the same. Marisa I had blood tests recently and there was no charge, not a bulk bill Dr, due more next week, will let you know. Also don’t pay $80 extra to see the Dr after Medicare rebate.
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    Contributory Parent Visa

    Never said you were having a go. I just get a bit fed up with the general insinuation that all of us on the parent visa come here with little or no funds. Wether we all end up costing the country a fortune is irrelevant , as we come here on a visa offered by the government for older people, we shouldn’t be blamed for our eventual cost. At the moment until the government cuts back more or discontinues the parent visa, we have the right to be here, even if we end up costing the country a fortune.
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    Contributory Parent Visa

    Marisa apart from Medicare, I think you have to wait 10 years from the date of your visa before you are entitled to any other benefits? Please let me know if you know anything different. I do agree that us oldies will cost the country, but some of us actually do pay a fair amount of tax, ok probably a minority but we aren’t all broke, so agree on balance it doesn’t even out, but it’s better than nothing.
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    We made it!

    That’s what worries me, the justification of the circumstances were irrelevant, fraud was committed. Trust me we probably all have had sob stories about either our own or our families traumas trying to emigrate here. Thank goodness we do quarantine arrivals.
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    We made it!

    I agree. I am less than impressed to hear of your illegal and irresponsible attempt to break the law. So even though ‘you!’ were sure your partner wasn’t still infectious, you were prepared to think it was potentially fine to infect the cabin staff and other passengers, and be the cause of an outbreak.
  7. I give up, hope your parents get here one day
  8. My iPad is playing up, and didn’t show this first reply
  9. That’s discrimination, not something I agree with. If you can pass the balance of family and afford tp pay for the visa, then you have the right to apply to come and join your family. Parents want to come here from all over the world, and at the moment there is a visa for them to come. I honestly don’t understand why you think everyone is penalised , rather than think every parent has an equal right to want to join their family. irrespective of individual circumstances. It has been said over the years that immigration does check in to this forum occasionally, so the advice has always been, be a bit careful what is posted
  10. Sorry I don’t like that sort of discrimination, if you pass the balance of family and can afford the visa price, then you have every right to be here. You have access to Medicare as soon as you get PR, so you have medical covered.
  11. Then it could be argued you are buying yourself into the country. Don’t forget that parents want to come here from all over the world not jus UK, not everyone will have sufficient funds to cover their living costs for potentially over 30+ years. In the 18 years we have been retired here, the cost of living has escalated, and income doesn’t necessarily keep up
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    Travel Ban /Exemption

    If that’s your email address you have as your sign in, I would suggest you change it. Not a good idea on a public forum to give out personal details.
  13. I completely agree with Tulip 1’s post above, on both the need for the length of the waiting time for the parent visas to be processed on the government’s web site should present a realistic time scale. When we applied for the 864 visa in February 2017 the processing time was “1 year” !!! Plus the misconception of the parent visa applicants, complaining that because of the long wait they are missing out on time with their grandchildren, and or that they are needed here as unpaid baby sitters, that the government will care. It couldn’t care less. The government is however concerned with the cost to the country of too many old people coming here who have never paid tax here, who will end up costing the country more than they have contributed. Not every parent comes with sufficient funds to support themselves long term.
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    From backpacker to PR

    I should amend the above, she came on the WHV, at age 30 with no intention of backpacking, just wanted to spend a year here to be near us, had plenty of work experience, so a slight hope of being able to stay on. Met her partner on her first week in Sydney and as they say the rest is history!!
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    From backpacker to PR

    Our daughter came as a backpacker in 2010, PR through partner visa 2016, citizen 2018. I doubt she did anything apart from keep her bank account open now with her Australian address, and a small amount gets paid in to keep it current.