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    Partner visa processing areas ?

    Why would an Australian visa be processed in Turkey? Or anywhere other than Australia for that. Check your migration agent is Mara registered, it sounds like they may be a bit dodgy if they think your application will be processed in Turkey. Paul, above is a reputable registered migration agent. I’d be inclined to perhaps shop around before committing yourself to the ‘agent’ and the strategy you already have. Many people have been stung by so called ‘migration agents’ who promise the earth for a lot of money when in fact they know very little of the complexities of migration law and can’t be heard from again once your application is refused. Just be wary, there are a lot of scam artists out there. Making sure they are Mara registered is a way of knowing they are legitimate and offer you some protection too as the consumer. Also, just wondering what reason you have been given to go offshore to apply for your visa? What visas are you on now? Presumably one of you is a PR holder already, and unless your wife’s current visa has a ‘no further stay’ condition I don’t see why you need to go offshore, but then I’m no migration agent.
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    If the laws change it’ll be harder not easier. You did miss your chance, especially by not working at all in the 3 months you were there, but you knew this when you signed up, it’s not like they tricked you.
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    If you’re talking about a visa that allows you to work, then it’s only the skilled visas which are temporary, provisional or permanent. All require you to have an occupation on the skills list, and the relevant skills assessment, experience, English requirements etc. Its a shame your working holiday didn’t work out. There are the tourist visas, but these do not allow you to work.
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    Visa for disability support workers

    The post you are replying to is almost 7 years old, and the OP was last active then too. If you have a question post it in the relevant forum.
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    Paided parental leave with recent pr

    They’re just people at a call centre, I don’t think they are deliberately giving false information. It’s the same with the immigration helpline who are notorious for incorrect/bad advice. Just apply, but be prepared that you may not get what you want.
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    Where to start a family?

    Just want to also add that we didn’t have masses of friends/support but have since met a lot more people since having children! There are loads of mums and bubs groups you can join. Child heath are very supportive in my experience of trying to ‘knit’ new mums together. Also, we find FaceTime fine for the kids to speak to grandparents etc. It doesn’t replace the physical contact, and we are lucky that both our parents have visited multiple times, but it’s sufficient. Sometimes families promise the earth and then you find, after you’ve moved that it just doesn’t work out that way. Everyone’s busy with their own lives.
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    Where to start a family?

    Maternity leave is 3 months full pay on whatever you were earning before you got pregnant (presuming you’ve worked for your employer for the minimum period). In addition to this, you can claim 18 weeks paid parental leave through Centrelink, this is at minimum wage. (If you have held PR for less than 2 years then you are not entitled to this however). My employer offered 6 months at half pay, and then I elected to have PPL start when this finished. All up it meant I was receiving something for 10.5 months. Childcare is expensive wherever you go but I believe the current system is fair here. Remember that yes you might see $100 a day at some centres, but that’s not including CCR. Centrelink calculates your family income and how many hours you work to determine how much they pay towards the fees which can be generous IMO. Also, just bear in mind if you are PR or citizens and your child is born onshore, he/she automatically becomes an Australian citizen at birth. If s/he is born offshore, even if you are Aus citizens you will need to apply for a child 101 visa which is a) costly and b) has a fair waiting period before you can bring your child back to Aus. If Aus is ultimately where you want to be, I’d be inclined to have your baby in Aus and then go to UK for a visit. As an Aus citizen the baby could stay for 6 months in UK, otherwise you’d have to apply for a UK passport to stay longer, as well as an Australian one for the baby to return to oz. In terms of better places to raise kids, (I have 2 young children, both born in Australia) we think they have a fantastic lifestyle here compared to what we saw on a recent visit back to the UK. There is so much free stuff for kids here it’s unreal. Shopping centres here during school holidays have petting farms, cupcake decorating, crafts etc, all free. In UK you had to pay for everything, and I mean everything. We found having children here allowed us to decide how we would parent and raise our kids without influence from everyone else. When my mum came for a visit when my first born was afew months old, she had very strong opinions on how I was feeding her, getting her to sleep etc. By then however, I was well established with BF and knew what I was doing was right, and worked for us. Had she been there was she was born and I was shattered and emotional, I think I’d have been more susceptible to her ‘advice’ which would have confused the hell out of me. We both had such different approaches to parenting. On some level I was glad when she went. My husband and I worked it out together, and we did good (if I may say so myself ) If you’re on par with your family with regards to raising children, feeding etc then their support can be invaluable, however if there’s conflict then it can be so damaging at a time when believe me, you don’t need conflicting advice and stories of ‘this is how I did it’ which are seldom evidence based and sometimes just plain dangerous (speaking as a midwife here). Good luck, I understand the pull, I’ve been there, but make the decision for YOU. Aus worked for us, it might well be the UK for you, but don’t let your family influence that decision too much, at the end of the day you’re the one left holding the baby. Best of luck
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    Paided parental leave with recent pr

    Despite what someone over the phone has advised, all you can do is apply and hope that the person processing the claim overlooks this legislation. However, it’s pretty clear on the website that if you are applying within 2 years of PR then you are not eligible.
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    If does sound like that.... but I didn’t think that was the case because that’s more than 12 months within the validity of the visa? Could he come and go up to the 14th October, and if that totalled 3 months (for eg) then he could stay a further 9 months from the 14th?
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    Child care subsidy on tss

    I’ve looked into this a fair bit because they changed the rules recently which means even if you have a PR visa you still can’t access a lot of the government benefits- there’s now a 2-4 year waiting period. On a temporary visa you are not eligible for any of these benefits. The only temporary visas that are considered eligible are partner provisional and temporary protection visas. It would be wise to consider the cost of this move, bearing in mind the uncertainty and difficulties many have had with the TSS visas. As a single or couple it can be a good opportunity and an adventure, but as a family the dynamic is very different. I’m not saying it won’t work out, my husband and I came out on a TSS visa and it’s been fabulous. I also don’t know the specifics of your situation, but just do your due diligence beforehand and as Marissa says, accept there’s a good chance you’ll be returning to the UK at the end of it, especially the way immigration has tightened up of late. Best of luck
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    I always thought that if you apply for another visa whilst the current one is still active, you automatically go onto a bridging visa when it expires. The bridging visa carries the same rights as the visa you were previously on, and lasts until a decision is made on the next visa I.e. your partner visa. It’s not something you apply for separately. This is assuming your current visa didn’t come with a ‘no further stay’ condition. Having said all this Paul above knows what he is talking about so with any luck he will put you on the right track on way or the other. Good luck
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    Paided parental leave with recent pr

    According to the above link, no, there is a 2 year wait period from gaining PR to being eligible to claim certain benefits, one of which is PPL. If you have applied, I don’t know how likely it is to be overlooked by the processor of your claim.
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    482-PR baby advice

    Cool beans, just worth having all the facts. All the best!
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    482-PR baby advice

    Just be aware as a temporary visa holder you wouldn’t be entitled to any Centrelink benefits such as paid parental leave /dad and partner pay. You would, I think get paid leave from work if you have been with your employer for the minimum amount of time (I think 12 months but not 100% on that). But be mindful when you return to work you couldn’t claim CCS (child care subsidy) which would make childcare very expensive.
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    Moving state on a 489

    Oh and don’t rely on the immigration helpline for advice, they are notorious for bad advice, as they are simply telephone operators and have no training the complexity of immigration matters. They have landed a lot of people in huge messes where their advice has been taken as gospel. If you need advice, they should tell you to speak to a registered migration agent, and the reply is the same if you were ever to complain. Immi website specifically says if you need assistance you should ONLY speak to a MARA registered agent. I also suspect somewhere in the small print that they won’t hold themselves liable for any bad advice given by telephone operators.