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    Medicals tomorrow morning - advice needed

    Thanks for that. I had seen something along these lines before about needing vaccines for school and possibly getting reduced benefit if not vaccinated. Our kids are pretty young right now and we are planning to home educate them initially whilst we all settle in to our new life. Jay
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    Medicals tomorrow morning - advice needed

    Medicals all done today and everything ran exactly as Mandy had set out in her post above. We we the first appointment of they day and arrived at 10 and were done by 12.30. There were a few families after us and they spent a while waiting for us to finish so I think it would have taken them a fair while longer than us. My tip would be to go for the first appointment of they day. Thanks again for all of the advice Jay
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    Medicals tomorrow morning - advice needed

    Just wanted to say many thanks for the really helpful replies to my post - muc appreciated. We now have a really good idea of what to expect tomorrow :biggrin:
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    Which UK retailers ship to OZ

    I thought that it would be usueful to start a thread listing the UK retailers who will ship to Australia and what their rates are. I have read somewhere else that M&S and Next will ship but cant remember how much they Charge. I suggest that we try to build up list including the following inforamtion: Retailer Description of goods shippied Shipping cost Approx time taken to arrive When last used Once I have a feel for how much information there is, I can design a good summary format to enable quick reference.
  5. Just wondering if anyone out there can give meany information on the impact on your visa status if you are in oz under permanent residence visa and have a baby whilst in oz. Is the child automatically an Australian citizen? Does the birth of a child have any impact on the rest of the family's permanent visa status especially if they only stay for a couple of years before going back to the uk and don't return inside the initial 5 years period of the PR visa? Thanks in advance for your response. Jay
  6. I have just been allocated a case officer - good news! The bad news is that I need to provide completed form 80 detailing personal particulars for character assessment. All was going well until I hit page 5 where the form requires details of "all visits to countries outside of Australia in the last 10 years". Do you think this applies only to applications inside Oz or do I really have to disclose all overseas trips I have made in the last 10 years? I used to travel a lot for work and we have always holidayed abroad. At a guess this could run into 50+ trips!!!! Any have any experience of this and know whether I need to disclose every trip? Many thanks in advance for any advice Jay
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    176 lodged feb 2011 group

    Just wanted to let you all know that we have been allocated a CO this morning. Very exciting! One step closer We did not front load our application as we dont want to go until September 2012 so that we can have one last Summer here in the UK. Meds are booking for mid October and we will request Police clearences in a couple of weeks. Just been looking at form 80 (personal perticulars for Character clearence) which is also required and this looks like a bit of a pain to fill out. Just need to dig out lots and lots of dates etc More admin then.
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    176-Relative Sponsored Gang

    This is getting exciting - we cant be too far off now! We have now booked our medicals for 18 October at the Bridge Clinic in Maidenhead but still need to get Police clearences sorted. Does any know the details of the time to land rule? I have been told that I have one year to land from the date of the Police check or medical (whichever is earlier). WRT the mediacal does this mean from the date that you had the medical or the date that it was submitted?
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    Which UK retailers ship to OZ

    Just wanted to say a huge thanks to everyone who has posted on this thread. It looks like there is a big selection of retailers who will post to Oz and hopefully in time, they will start to remove VAT charges on Oz based orders - now that really would make for a bargain!
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    176-Relative Sponsored Gang

    I got the March 18 email saying case officer will be allocated in 3 months but have not heard anything yet. I did check the online system and it had a note saying "Further Processing" logged around 27 June. I was expecting to get an email from CO saying go for Meds and police checks but still not got anything. Just having to sit tigtht and wait. We are looking to move to Melbourne next Autumn so not panicking yet!
  11. I am currently considering taking a car over to Australia when we head out next year and am really interested in hearing other members experiences of doing this. It would be great to build up a picutre of other's experience so that this could help inform POI forum viewers as to whether this is a good move both practically and economically. I am thinking of taking over a BMW X5 and amcurrently trying to put a costing together to see if the sum of UK purchase cost + shipping + import taxes + registration and valuation fees etc are greater than the Australian $ value. It would also be great to get feedback on how personal import cars are viewed in the second hand market and whether they are worth significantly less than non-import models.
  12. Anyone out there able to make a reccomndation for London medicals? We are based in Stoke Newington (North East London) so could either do central London or head out into Essex. Advice is much appreciated. Jay
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    176 lodged June 2011 Gang

    Hi There Can you tell me where you got the quote from - seems pretty cheap. I was expecting a lot more than that. Thanks
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    Problems getting a buy to let mortgage

    I have a great mortgage broker who I am sure will be able to help you. They are very creative in finding solutions that will get you what you need and keep you well within the law. PM me if you would like details.
  15. Can anyone let me have a web address to log into to check the progress/status of your visa application? I received an email on 18 March 2011 saying that we would get a case officer in 3 months but we have still not heard anythin. Is anyone in the same position? I am 176 Family sponsored Priority 3 submitted Feb 2011. Thanks Jay
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    How do you check you application status?

    Thanks for your reply - much appreciated. I managed the whole process so far without an agent but whilst in what feels like a bit of a limbo following submission, I have found it hard to work out where things are at. As ever POI is a great source of support. Jay
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    How do you check you application status?

    Many thanks for that, much appreciated! I have just checked status and Isee the following message on the front page: 21 June - Application being processed further Health Requirements - "Outstanding" All other medicals listed as "Required" The strange this is that when I look at the document checklist, it is showing all documents as required even though I have uploaded everything except medical reports and police clearences. We wanted to wait until gettting a CO before getting Police reports and medical reports. I was assuming a case officer would be in touch to send us for medicals. Is this how it works? Would you say that I already have a CO? Am rather confused and not using an agent so any guidance here would be much appreciated. Thanks Jay
  18. When you get your skills assessed I can highly recommend using CPA. I too an am accountant (ACA) and was really impressed witH the folks at CPA. They were well informed and extremely helpful in guiding me through the skills assessment process. I don't have the number to hand but they are based in London and just next door to Australia house. Ask for Theresa and she will run you through the process. You will need to have your English test results before you submit the application and remember that you need the academic IELTS test not the general one. Worth getting the sample test paper book as the test can be tricky, even for a native speaker. Jay
  19. I am hoping someone out there can shed a little light on what feels like a rather confusing processing set up. I submitted an online, off shore 176 (family) appliaction in Feb 2011 - priority group 3. I had not expected to hear anything until the end of the year based on other's processing times so was surprised to receive an email on 18 March saying that I would be allocated a case officer within 3 mins. We have decided to hold off running medicals and police checks just yet as we are looking to move over to Oz after Summer 2012. The 3 months window is nearly up and we have not been contacted by a case officer so I assume that we have not yet been allocated one. I am just wondering if anyone can help explain how the process will run from here and what I can expect in terms of timing. How will I know when I get a case officer? Do they email you to make initial contact? Has anyone else had the same email from DIAC but not been allocated a CO in the 3 month period proposed? We have run the whole process so far without an immigration agent and so far it has been fine but I am now feeling a bit confused about the whole thing :wacko:
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    Visa Processing - confused, please help

    Enquiry submitted - many thanks Chris!
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    Visa Processing - confused, please help

    Thanks Chris What address should I email to? Regards Jay
  22. I looked into this with my insurer (legal and general) and was told that their policies typically cover you even if you are living abroad. The guy I spoke to said that I should double check my policy to be 100% sure though. We have not yet moved to Oz so I don't know about their policies but as a first step it would be worth checking to see if your current policy will remain valid after you move.
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    176 lodged feb 2011 group

    Hi Just wondering if you received the email on 18th March saying that a case officer will be allocated in 3 months? I got the letter and am now 10 weeks into that 3 months but still not heard anything? I am cat 3. Regards Jay
  24. Thanks Kristian That makes sense to me. I put myself in the position of a prospective buyer and think "would I go for a 50% discount for an import? " I would buy an import all day long at a 50% discount! Your figure of 85% feels a lot more realistic and this is roughly in line with using the trade price listed in the red book. Just wanted to check with you whether the customs duty is corrrect at 10%? I have seen this listed as 5% elsewhere.
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    176 lodged feb 2011 group

    We submitted in February this year too! Dont think there are that many of us. We are Priority 3 176 family sponsored and received the 18th March email saying that we would get a CO in 3 months - nothing yet but still have just over 2 weeks to go until we hit the 3 month deadline. We are planning to head for Melbourne and not in a rush as would like to go after the Aus winter has passed. Summer 2012 in UK followed by another Summer in Australia! Might be worth noting that we did not get Medicals and Police checks done when we received the email.
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