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SimonK

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  1. Neither I just made up a list in Excel and printed it. Why would they care if you think about it, every worldwide shipper has their own quotation form. Goods can be shipped without the code and you have a specified amount of time to claim it back after landing. The dates are just an estimate. The email address is: nch.tor@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk This is the one they confirmed to me in the approval email. " National Clearance HUB All replies must be forwarded directly to nch.tor@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk "
  2. It's just one code for both (at least it was for me). I got my code via email after about 25 days. Thanks.
  3. We applied for this in order to move our pet dog, we were rejected as we didn't include a packing list of our household items, even though I explained that we were not moving any items apart from the dog. So it seems I now have to ship some items back to the UK that I was intending to give away, just so that I can get a TOR reference number
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    Evidence of relationship... You cant be serious!

    My partner and I went through the same process with an 820 visa although didn't bother with an agent. You do have to be careful with this kind of thing, don't just assume that the migration agent is crazy. A friend of ours visa was cancelled and she had to leave the country because DIAC somehow found out her relationship ended 8 weeks before her visa became permanent! Evidence of your relationship doesn't have to be official correspondence from companies. Do you contact each other throughout the day? text messages and phone calls? emails and facebook messages? Print them out and use it as evidence, send phone bills highlighting your calls and texts to each other, you can even print off emails and things like that. Have you taken a flight anywhere in OZ during your stay here? Find the booking email and use that - it will have your names on it. Also, if there are any photos of the both of you with an obviously Australian background you can use that too. Good Luck!
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    Point Cook- 1 important question

    We live in Point Cook and really enjoy it here. I drive my partner to Laverton every weekday and sometimes theres a bit of traffic but it's nothing compared to London, or Richmond for that matter.
  6. Hi there, sorry to hear about your problems. I've just gone through the second stage on the partner visa process, I think you really need to think about talking to a professional migration agent, don't rely on an internet forum like this for such important information. As far as I remember, the only reasons that DIAC might give you permanent residency if your relationship ends would involve children or domestic abuse. I could very possibly be wrong though! You might want to ask your employer if they could sponsor you?
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    Moving from Brisbane to Melbourne

    Hey, I've moved from Sydney to Brisbane and then from Brisbane to Melbourne six months later (don't ask). Moving interstate was much easier than I thought I would be. We used a company called CK Interstate both times, we packed everything ourselves and they moved the boxes etc - this saves a lot of money. The quote is based on the size of your load and a few other factors (which I think is normal). I think we had to book a few weeks in advance, they move up and down the country every week. Cheers Simon
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    GP/Doctor in Melboune

    Thank you :biggrin:
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    GP/Doctor in Melboune

    Hi Guys, Does anyone have any experience with a GP in Melbourne (city centre/south/st kilda) that they would recommend? Thanks! Simon
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    Racism in Sydney??

    I've lived in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. The other posters are right, in the cities there are people from many races and countries. Out in the bush or some small towns most non-aboriginal people are white, I think at worst you'd get a look but I very much doubt anyone would have a go - Aussies aren't British trash.
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    Winter's Coming... :-)

    Ha! I am half way through my Monday coffee. I have found this site to be raelly useful when I was putting my visa application together and figuring out what to do when I got here - the arguments do make me use the site less though. Si
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    Winter's Coming... :-)

    Hmmm, Maybe there should be a 'Thunderdome' thread to thrash this stuff out?
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    West End Oppinions...

    Hi there, West end is nice enough, it's pretty much inner city and there are lots of places to eat etc. You could probably walk to the CBD without much trouble. I guess it depends what sort of home you want and the atmosphere you want around you? Thanks Si
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    Winter's Coming... :-)

    No, I live in a 40s Queenslander in Camp Hill.. I wondered why the builder had put in a brick fireplace! Whereabouts are you in brissie?
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    Winter's Coming... :-)

    It's about 18c here right now in Brissie (at 10pm) and I've got a hoodie and thick socks on. The extra blanket is already on the bed. Not really the level of acclimatisation I was hoping for!
  16. Hi Guys, Does anyone have any recommendations for lawn moving/gardening services in Brisbane (south side - Camp Hill area)? Thanks Simon
  17. We had this problem in our old Sydney apartment. I'm not so great with spiders but got the Mortien Outdoor spider spray which was fantastic - didn't see another spider (alive) for months! Mortein - Products - Mortein Spider Control Outdoor Surface Spray If you use it though, cover your mouth and nose - toxic stuff!! Si
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    Nightime cramp.....any cures

    I used to get this about 4 times a week. I found that a little salt usually fixed the problem in about 15 minutes. Thanks Simon
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    Spouse Visa Evidence

    Hello, According to our migration advisor you ask them to complete a statutory declaration that's valid for whatever country they're in and also get a certified copy of their passports to attach. We were also told to get at least five stat decs from friends and family (they don't all have to be Australians but it counts as evidence). The statutory declarations are important and you should have at least two as stated in the checklist. Finally, the evidence that you submit can be used to prove and support multiple aspects of you application: Your friends can write one statement in support of your relationship, your social acceptance, your financial co-dependency, holidays you take together, your future plans etc etc etc. Thanks Simon
  20. Hi Guys, We've moving from Sydney to Brisbane in a couple of weeks and I have yet to arrange for removals! :eek: Does anyone have any recommendations for interstate shippers or backloaders? Many Thanks! Simon
  21. Actually we don't have a permanent address at the moment so are staying with some friends in Chapel Hill. We'll definately be in the Metro area within 9k of the CBD. I'm happy to travel for the lessons though. Thanks Simon
  22. Hi Guys, After being in Sydney for just over a year, we've decided to move to Brisbane and settle there. As it's more of a driving city I've decided to start driving lessons again! Does anyone have any recommendations for driving instructors in the Brisbane area? Thanks! Si
  23. We used Freedom shipping to move all of our boxes over from the UK. Good service and pretty good price too.. Simon
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    Best broadband deals??

    I've been with Internode who have been great for me. I pay $59 for 500GB (which is more than I could ever use - as much as I try to!). They also have Australian service which is great. My partners brother whos also in Sydney has TPG who were great until recently but now he gets really slow speeds due to over subscription and poor offshore service - I guess it can depend somewhat on luck and what area you live in! Simon
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