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  1. Check out how to apply for an ONSHORE Aged Parents Visa Class 804, subject to satisfying the terms and conditions http://www.huntmigration.com/aged-parents/
  2. PARENTS VISITOR VISAS Apparently there have been some changes for parents visiting their (permanent resident) children in Australia to allow accumulated visits of up to 18 months in every two years, if my memory serves me correctly. Can any one please direct me to a definitive statement on this issue?
  3. My wife and I are back in the UK after a six and a half month trip to Australia on a Visitors Visa. Main purpose of the trip was to vist our daughter who got married to a great Aussie guy in January of this year. Our first grandchild is due mid April and we are keen to return to Australia to provide some family support and child care particularly when our daughter returns to work near the end of this year. Provided we can get a 12 month Visitors Visa we intend to rent out our home in the UK, sell the car and fly out to Australia before the end of this year. We checked out about renting a house in Australia when we were there and anticipate no problems in getting a long term rental in a decent area. We are both in a good state of health and financially can meet the conditions for obtaining the Visa both being retired and in receipt of UK State and Occupational Pensions. Are we right in assuming that we can extend a Visitors Visa for at least another 12 months under the current Visa regulations? Appears that we may have to leave Australia for a few days to be granted the extension but that should not be a problem. We assume that Medicare would give us sufficient health care under reciprocal arrangements between the UK and Australian governments. We even had free Flu Vaccinations on our last trip! There seems to be little advantage in applying for permanent residence in Australia provided current regulations do not change and assuming we can get rolling renewals of Long Term Visitors Visas, given of course that our health remains good and we take care to be model citizens. We are struggling to work out how the UK Tax Authorities would view such an arrangement and if we are likely to have problems if we are classified as non-UK residents. We are seeking professional advice on that issue and are not intending to take any short cuts. We lived in New Zealand in the late 1960's early 1970's and both our daughters were born their and have dual UK/NZ nationality. We have no illusions about the emotional stress of a long term move overseas particularly since it will certainly initially mean leaving our other daughter in the UK. Comments/advice from anyone who has experience of the above issues would be much appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read this posting.
  4. Further to my quoted below, I have checked with my bank in Australia and they impose a charge of $12 for every deposit from the UK. For my wife and myself with a state pension and occupational pension each that is about $600 annually in charges. Seems to me it would be more economic to make a single accumulated payment monthly for the four pensions unless any one else knows better? Any comments welcome, Tony
  5. At the risk of duplicating an issue raised on previous threads does any one have experience of having UK State and Occupational Pensions paid directly into an Australian bank account? My wife and I are both retired and resident in Australia on a Bridging Visa. We both have our State and Occupational Pensions paid monthly into a UK current account. It is getting to be inconvenient to organise monthly money transfers from the UK into our Australian bank account. Any information on the advantages and more particularly the disadvantages of setting up direct pension payments into an Australian bank account would be most welcome, Tony EDIT It seems I may have posted this in the wrong Forum. I shall repeat the posting in the "Money and Finace Forum"
  6. I have posted this inquiry elsewhere but it was suggested that this might be a more appropriate place. My wife and I are both in receipt of UK State and Occupational Pensions paid monthly into a UK bank current account. We are now living in Australia. Has any one any experience of the advantages and more importantly the disadvantages of having pensions paid directly into an Australian Bank? I can see the advantage of automatic transfer with no further action needed on my part, but disadvantages may be that my Australian bank may impose charges for the service (I shall check with them) and also there may be punitive rate of exchange imposed on conversion from £ sterling to Australian dollars. Any comments gratefully received, Tony
  7. Thanks for the replies above. Advantages. Automatic monthly payment of pension direct to my Australian bank a/c. Disadvantages.I would need to check with my Australian bank to see if they impose any charges on deposits from the UK Possible disadvantageous exchange rate? Could anyone add anything to the above, in particular the disadvantages?
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    Aged Parent (Residence) Visa (Subclass 804)

    Further inquiry through the local Federal M.P. office indicates that February 2009 applications for the 804 Visa are currently being dealt with. This is a backlog of 2yrs 4 months rather than 2 years but again, who am I to complain? The significance of the QUEUE NUMBER had escaped me until now. Tony
  9. Does anyone have experience of the current length of time it takes to get a Case Officer ? As a UK resident I applied onshore for an 804 Visa last September and the Bridging Visa kicked in at the end of last November when my 3 month Visitors Visa expired. Since then I have heard nothing, not even an acknowledgement of my written notification of a change of address. Is a wait of six months or more typical? Any information gratefully received, Tony EDIT Linday, Thanks for the suggestion below, Tony
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    Aged Parent (Residence) Visa (Subclass 804)

    Hi JBS, Thanks for the links in your posting. I knew that there was a posting on pomsinadelaide but it would have taken me ages to find it. Two years without a case officer seems a long time but who am I to complain? Tony
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    Aged Parent (Residence) Visa (Subclass 804)

    Mildy, Re: your posting above have your aged parents been assigned to a Case Officer? According to a previous posting by Gollywobbler there is a possibility that initial medical checks may no longer be obligatory. Can anyone confirm? please, Tony
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    Aged Parent (Residence) Visa (Subclass 804)

    Johnb, Thanks for the information in the posting, above. Further to my posting on page 1 of this thread I have yet to be assigned a Case Officer after a wait of nearly 7 months since applying for an 804 Visa, so no health/police checks to date, but I guess it will all unfold in due course. I found that Medibank in Australia were very helpful in supplementing medical insurance cover in addition to the RHCA cover with the UK. Dental insurance is my main concern and my wife had to seek some emergency dental work before the Medibank cover "kicked-in" but the costs were not prohibitive and the service was as good if not better than she had received from the private dental practice in the UK, and that was first class by UK standards. We were surprised that when we went for our (free) 'flu jabs recently the GP suggested (free) blood test and bone density scans, so all is not "doom and gloom" on the health care front. Out come so far is that we have started taking vitamin D tablets. Obviously too much sun block has been used!
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    Aged Parent (Residence) Visa (Subclass 804)

    NickyNook, It always helps to look on the bright side! Who knows what will happen in ten or fifteen years time? Given that 804 visa applicants are at least 65 years old at the time of applying for this visa, one is equally likely to be dead! To be serious I believe this issue has been raised in other postings. One scenario is that there is an appeal procedure and there is reason to believe that the authorities would be reluctant to send a frail elderly person back to the UK by themselves. Only time will tell, but your viewpoint is certainly an incentive to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to keep fit and active. Tony
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    Aged Parent (Residence) Visa (Subclass 804)

    Paulimouse, Regarding "cons" of the 804 visa, I guess that payments can be made out of income with a view to conserving capital. At my age I have no intention of working but I understand that it is possible to apply for permission to work in the case of extreme hardship. Regarding health cover my wife and I are currently in a good state of health and one course of action is not to take out expensive private insurance, but to set aside the equivalent as a cash reserve in case of emergency. I am still working on this aspect and will consult with Medibank to see if we can pay only for dental cover ( since we are currently paying for private UK dental cover) and ambulance cover whilst we are on a bridging visa and are eligible for limited cover under the reciprocal health agreement between Australia and the UK. Could be a risky strategy so it will need more research. Any input from other 804 visa holders would be welcome, Tony
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    swapping the uk driving license

    gsaps, In NSW I understand that as visitors to Australia my wife and I have to wait until we have been in the country continuously for 6 months before we can apply for an Australian licence. Apparently these will be issued without any formality on payment of the appropriate fee because we both have clean licences. Trust that this helps, Tony
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    Aged Parent (Residence) Visa (Subclass 804)

    paulimouse, I applied for an 804 on behalf of my wife and myself in early September 2011 having entered Australia at the end of August on 3 month 767 visitor visas and have received advise that a bridging visa has been granted. My understanding is that our bridging visas start at the end of November 2011 when our 3 month visas expire and the $2960 covered both of us as an up-front fee with the application. We have yet to be assigned a case officer and medical/character checks will take place some time after that when the case officer requires the checks to be done. It is my understanding that the assurance of support bond is only required when the 804 is granted several years (7?, 10?, 20?) in the future. I am open to correction on any of these points but to the best of my knowledge this is correct, and I trust that it has been of some help, Tony
  17. Not many postings about the 804 Aged Parents Visa on the various message boards so it is good to find this one and particularly since it is so positive and upbeat. Has nannadi or other contributors located further information regarding the COMMOMWEALTH HEALTH CARE CARD? I must admit that this is the first I have heard of it. Healthcare is certainly a primary issue for those of us senior enough to satisfy the age requirement for the Aged Parents Visa. A brief trawl of Health Insurance offered to bridging visa holders by Australian insurers yeilded figures of $AUD 5000 annual premium for a mature couple with no current health issues.................................a lot of money. My research had suggested that a very minimum cover should be for Ambulance charges in Australia. Has anyone any first hand knowledge of these issues? Tony
  18. I visited Australia for six and a half months in 2009 on a Tourist Visa. When I advised my House/Car insurers that my house would be left empty with the car locked in the garage, for 3 to 12 months, I was told that my insurance would have to be cancelled. I eventually got house/car insurance on very poor terms. For example no theft, vandalism or water leakage cover on the house. Does anyone know of a UK insurer that could provide house/car insurance during future trips to Australia? Many thanks for taking the time to read this message
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    Specialist UK House/Car Insurance

    We have just received our e676 Visitors Visas which allows a 6 month stay for tourists. We applied through our travel agents and were happy to pay the fee just to ensure that things progressed smoothly and in the end the whole procedure only took a few days. Our first granddaughter is due middle of April 2010 but it could be mid November before we fly to Oz . We will try to have this summer (if there is one) in the UK and then summer in Australia. However the best laid plans of mice and men............................. Our house and car insurances are currently through www.heathlambert.com but I would welcome information on other options for insurance if anyone has any information. For our six and a half month trip to Australia last year we left the house empty with the central heating ticking over and the car in the garage. The only damage we could see after our return was a loss of felt from the shed roof. We saw a local estate last week for advice on renting out our house during our proposed future time in Oz. Given that my wife is reluctant to let the property fully furnished we would have to put our personal effects and furniture into storage whilst we were away, as well as storing the car somewhere. The estate agent offered full management but would take the first months rental (from a proposed six month rental period) plus twelve and a half percent of the balance. I assume we would be liable for tax on the rental income. We would have to pay storage costs plus costs for a removal firm to move our effects into storage and out again when we return. Some quick mental arithmetic shows that we would make a "profit" but I am not sure if it would be worth the risk of damage to our home should we end up with a careless tenant. Could be less hassle to do what we did last year and rely on the neighbours to keep an eye on the property. We had arranged for our UK mail to be forwarded to our other daughter resident in the UK but a few items slipped through including a cheque which we did not pick up until it was more than six months past the date on it, so the bank would not accept it. I am still trying to get the issuers to send a replacement cheque. The Post Office let us down in that when we were due to return I wrote to cancel the forwarding of mail. An unknown amount of our mail "disappeared" because the postal authorities claimed that I had advised that the forwarding of mail was a "pemanent" one not the "temporary" one I had marked on the forms. The customer, of course, is always wrong. Next time I shall ask our neighbour to put any mail that slips through back into the mail and make sure that I telephone and speak to a live person when I cancel the tempoary forwarding of mail. We live and learn. I trust that all goes well with your proposed trip Downunder next year.
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    Specialist UK House/Car Insurance

    Keep me posted, please if you get any information. I guess most people do not inform their insurance company of prolonged absence from their home, but that is not a route that I would want to go down. House sitter would mean that we would not have to strip all of our personal posessions out of the house and put them into storage, but I have yet to investigate where to locate a reliable house sitter. Perhaps a google search tonight. You state that you intend to vist Australia for a lengthy stay. Which visa do you intend to apply for? What would you do for accomodation and transport? I shall look up the name of the insurance broker that we used a post it later today, for your information.
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    Grandparents Long Term Visit to Australia

    With one daughter in the UK and one in Australia, 6 months in the UK/ six months in Oz seems the optimum solution.
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    Specialist UK House/Car Insurance

    Thanks for the suggestion. Certainly food for thought.
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    Sponsored Family Visitor visa 679

    Does anyone have experience of this 679 subclass of visa? I assumed that I could apply for 12 month Tourist Visa subclass 676 and apply to renew this for a further 12 months subject to leaving Australia briefly. It seems that the immigration authorities would no longer view this favourably. However the "Visa Validity Period" notes on the webpage for the "Sponsored Family Visitor Visa (Subclass 679)" states: "If you wish to visit Australia more than once you can apply for another Sponsored Family Visitor visa once you leave Australia. You can also apply for a Tourist Visitor visa instead of a Sponsored Family Visitor visa." There are no guidelines on what is meant by "once you leave Australia" and it is not clear why the 676 Tourist Visa is mentioned at the end of the notes. Is anyone able to clarify the situation regarding renewing a 679 visa, or applying for a 676 visa, once the 679 visa has expired? Any help gratefully received. Many thanks for reading this message
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    Grandparents Long Term Visit to Australia

    Our Travel Agent in the UK has a dedicated Visa department (tourist visas only). They advised me that restrictions on tourist visas are constantly changing and the Cruise Ship restriction had been a surprise to them. They seemed confident that leaving Australia to vist New Zealand specifically to apply for renewal of a tourist visa was no longer acceptable. I have not seen any of this in print on an official Australian website so I stand to be corrected.
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    Grandparents Long Term Visit to Australia

    Looks like changes are inevitable and very frustrating for people wishing to settle and work permanently in Australia. Currently a 143 Visa costs $38520, £40k or more for two of us, assuming that we could obtain these Visas before the Grim Reaper carries us off. Will leave you with that happy thought!
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