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    1. When to open an au bank account?

      Anytime you want. Easy to do online while in the UK. Any of the main ones would be a good starting point. You can always change once here. Check out charges etc and see which one appeals.
    2. Winston Churchill

      @Toots, might be worth taking a leaf out of my book whereby I tend to go out from if someone on a new account only posts and starts a topic or topics that are perhaps felt to be controversial, argumentative or confrontational and doesn't then add anything further to the thread by way of discussion from themselves (nor posting and discussing elsewhere on the forum) I give future threads of a similar style a wide berth and save my time and energy.
    3. Sponsorship + de facto ?

      There are other things than 'farm work' to go towards your 2nd year. The regional work list is on the Gov website somewhere iirc. No clue if anything in construction is on the skills list at present. Keep in mind if it is, it may not be in a years time. The lists are online and freely available to check. AFAIK you can only be sponsored if your skill/profession is on the list and you meet the requirements for it (ie qualifications, training etc all met). If you just want to extend your time in Aus to test the waters, your second year WHV is your best and cheapest bet. Admittedly you will have limits to the type of work and for how long you can secure it but if you want to travel and experience Australia with a view to perhaps returning to live longer term in an area you love, a WHV offers a great deal I think. Re teaching, it may be on the list (primary or HS) but doesn't mean its easy to get work in many of the more populated areas. Lots of newly qualified (and therefore cheaper to employ) teachers abound here. And the cities and towns nearby those are places with lots of people seeking work. You could be relying on relief work and short term contracts depending on area and teachers seeking work. HS maths and science are in demand. Primary is probably well over subscribed unless in regional or more remote areas.
    4. As above. Everyone is different. There is no right or wrong but you must cover and included what is expected. Mine was about 3 pages of A4, typed. Husband wrote 5 pages by hand. We’d been together about 7 or 8 years at the time. We wrote in chronological order and ensured we double checked all the dates we included to ensure we were not confusing them. However, our statements were very different in style and we didn’t both cover all the exact same things. It was our own statement after all. They did reflect our life together and covered all the points immigration were wanting.
    5. Counting down!

      We had a bit more than would fit in our Movecube so shipped the extra few boxes separately with Seven Seas. They arrived at Aus customs same time as the cube but cleared customs quicker and were delivered to our door a few days before the cube. Worked out reasonable price wise.
    6. Hay Fever down under

      As has been said above, much will come down to what your triggers may be. You may have none, you may have a few. You won't know till you are here and living somewhere as to if its going to be an issue or not. Wattles, gums and so on can be a big problem, as can the winds carrying it all in.
    7. Resident Return Visa help

      Agree with the others. If you do apply for a RRV that you are actually in a position to make the move and use it (it could be its a one year RRV for example). I've no clue about your son. I'd check with a decent agent as to what is what if you are unsure or want proper clarification.
    8. Partner Visa 309/100

      It’s totally normal not to hear anything. They contact you if they need to. Otherwise it’s just a waiting game.
    9. How it works in Canada for shipping is perhaps not how it works in the UK or Aus. Companies working with each other in same country for international shipping is a new one on me (as opposed to destination country company the other end). Get the other company out and ask them how it works in relation to if they work with this first company or not and why and if they do, if you can opt not to have them involved. Take charge a bit, ask those questions and go from there. With regard to insurance, it may be you are stuck with shipping companies own.
    10. You can mention company names on here. What you can’t do however is name and shame type things naming them. That’s a big no for legal reasons. If people post a reply slating a company, the company name will be removed. @MaggieMay24 can you help on this one at all?
    11. Are you wanting a whole container to ship everything or something like a self pack/load Move cube more for personal effects and the odd item of furniture? Tbh I think most on here will be pretty clueless about how it works in Canada.
    12. Well folks it's decision time..Do it?

      Depends on the type of people you are and why you want to make a move like this. If its for an adventure, experience a new country and lifestyle and you can afford it, why not. The worst that will happen is you'll find Australia (or the part of it you settle in, its a vast place and you can't write the entire country off based on living in one place IMHO) isn't for you and you prefer the UK or want to try somewhere else. You'll of course be a fair bit of change lighter for it. If you are migrating because you are worried the UK is going to crap and all that, I'd rethink and perhaps look elsewhere in the world to see if there is a band aid closer to the UK that will help you perhaps figure things out. Canada perhaps, somewhere in Europe for a few years with an international company, that sort of thing. If you are leaving the UK on good terms and are happy living there, IMHO it can make a difference to migrating over those who are disillusioned with the country and want out. Or those seeking a 'better life' over what they have there. Australia isn't going to magically fix all the problems and woes in your life, in fact, migrating is going to add to some areas of it. Its tough going and not always swapping like for like in terms of home, job or lifestyle. It can take time to find your feet, adapt and find your place and be happy in it. Personally, we have no regrets. Love where we live, happy as anything. We were happy in the UK, happy here. I'm the Brit, husband is an Aussie and he did 8 or so years in the UK with me so experienced both. Its coming up 5 years here in Aus now and no desire to return to the UK to live. If we do decide to move on it'll be to somewhere else in Australia perhaps or elsewhere in the world. UK is fine, has plus points but its not the be all and end all for us. We both lived in other countries outside of the UK and Aus and know we can be happy elsewhere also. More to life than returning there IMHO.
    13. So, trying to get my head round it all. Say in that time they may live apart in different countries, maintain their lives in both places (possibly, just throwing it out there) or live in one place (off shore?) and then lodge a partner visa application 5 years after grant of the parent visa. Just curious how it would work as thats a long time and things can change, ie the person without the visa waiting to apply for a partner visa could run into some ill health that would see them denied a partner visa perhaps? Or immigration may move the goalposts and change the waiting period or increase the cost of a partner visa. I'd sooner suck up the $40K if it were going and not have to be stressed and not knowing for so long. Its pretty hard to live in limbo waiting for a visa application that is going to be years away in the future, where much can change on both sides before you come round to applying for it. I'm not sure when all is said and done if its worth it financially or emotionally
    14. Family of 5 lookin to emigrate, help needed!

      I think you got a bit ahead of yourselves and perhaps thought it would be much easier than it actually is. It happens. As has been said, if you profession is not on the skills list, then you don't really have any chance of a skilled visa. Is your partner fully qualified with evidence post qualification to support this? If so then perhaps it is possible but don't get ahead of yourselves. If he is qualified then it could be worth checking to see if he could qualify for a visa and if so, contacting an agent but if not, then not really much point I don't think. Re your mother, again, if you get the chance of a visa, don't expect it to be an easy path for your mother to be able to follow you. Just because you migrate doesn't mean she gets an in easily. TBH if you are looking to migrate, you should be prepared to do so without your mother and if she can follow you out in the future its a bonus. But don't bank on it being a certainty. As has been said, its not easy or cheap and honestly, you need to be prepared to migrate and leave her behind, so if you really want to migrate and can, you need to be aware and realistic about it and be prepared. Re New Zealand, I think you'll find their visa process and skills list similar. I'd not expect your profession to be on a list, at least not a carer level, perhaps higher up in management or some such but not at care assistant.
    15. Family of 5 lookin to emigrate, help needed!

      If neither of your professions/trades are on the skills list then I doubt you’ll be able to migrate. I’d not be hopeful your mother would be eligible for a visa either.