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Tom Brody

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  1. Tom Brody

    Resident Return Visa

    Applying for a Resident Return Visa (RRV) appears to me to have become a tad more difficult, or maybe it's my imagination. The time schedule for the RRV has just changed to 5 - 10 days, from 5 - 8 days. Not a big difference there so no worries. However the part that I find a worry is "Applications that do not meet the residence requirement will take longer to finalise than the published processing times advertised above. Processing timeframes for these applications can be up to 12 weeks." I applied for a RRV 6 weeks ago. I was in Australia and advised to just apply online via my IMMI account. I did this, and I had immediate acknowledgement and receipt of payment for $365. I don't qualify for a 155, but have mitigating circumstances which I think are applicable and permit me to apply for a 157 (3 month entry) I won't bore people with the details of the mitigating circumstances, safe to say these prevented me from returning to Australia as planned last year. I certainly fall into this category of not having been in Australia for enough days. I really do!! My days had been non existent since 2015 when I had to return home to UK. I went back to Australia in May as my current RRV at the time was due to expire and fearing the worse or being guilty of not activating a RRV granted to me, I made the trip down under and wanted to speak to an Immigration official to try to explain the situation. I was worried about the situation I was in. But I was told "not necesary just apply online through your IMMI account" I am now free of all matters which prevented me from returning, but I fear it is a year too late. In all fairness the Australian Immigration people have been extremely accommodating, sympathetic and kind with my previous RRV applcations. However I feel maybe their patience has been exhausted now by my own failure to return and settle as planned. It may just be a case of tough luck, bad luck and hard luck, but maybe my visa for Australia is shot. I take full responsibility for this and it is through no fault of the Australian immigration or anyone else. It's not really my fault, it is just the way fate has dealt my cards, which sometimes we have no choice but to accept. I was just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience and had to wait 12 weeks to see if they are granted a RRV or not? I am doubtful now that my visa will be granted, and I may have to just accept that fate has worked against me, and it is not to be. The next few weeks waiting for an E-mail and checking my IMMI account will be quite tense. For the record when I flew out of Australia back to London, as is the normal practice, a Border Official at the airport kindly spoke with me in private and pointed out that my RRV was about to expire and handed me a leaflet. I explained that I had already applied for a RRV and showed her my acknowledgement and receipt. The lady was really helpful. She then told me that I could actually return without a RRV but that I would need to go to the departure airport very early and the airline then have to telephone Canberra for a Code to permit me entry. I was surpried by this as I had never heard of this before. I thanked her for this advice but explained to her that I would never do that, as I don't think that's a very good thing to do. Knowing the way the airline staff are in Heathrow, I wolldn't trust them to assist me, and I would be too worried about causing a problem, breaking the rules and the law and ending up with a ban.. It is however a contradiction in terms of practice, a genuine RRV application taking 12 weeks to process, yet a way in to the Country through a telephone call and a code from Canberra ? That's not for me as I have never abused the Visa system, or my status as a Permanent Resident and with my luck, I would probably get thrown into jail and never heard of again. ?? Regards, best wishes and good luck to all.
  2. Tom Brody

    Resident Return Visa

    It's with great joy that I am able to report an update, and the good news that I was finally granted my RRV 155 to return back to Australia, (Sept 11) It's been a long wait, 120 days or 17 weeks depending on how you look at it. I take back all the bad things I may have said about the immigration folk, the bad thoughts and words, all the names I called them, and all the infestations I wished upon them.? Their lovely people really and for sure I was provoked into such words to be sure. May I thank all you guys who commented or showed an interest in this post, and all comments were noted. It is always good to share a problem, a worry or concern and I thank you sincerely for your help. It is a true saying, "Patience is Bitter but it's fruits are Sweet" and I really feel that today with the relief of getting my RRV. So I am heading off soon and will be happy to join in more on this forum when I am in Perth, and of course to seek advice on Life Down Under. Looking forward to it, - Onward and Upward. Best wishes to all, and have a blessed day. TOM
  3. Tom Brody

    Resident Return Visa

    A big congratulations, I am sure it is a great relief to you to have it and to know your fine now for your job and livelihood. Best wishes and Good luck, Regards TOM
  4. Tom Brody

    Resident Return Visa

    Well all I can say to you mate is Good Luck. If they have not answered you or offered any assistance and you are already there in Perth, working and providing all the detail that you have listed above, my case is surely doomed. Whilst not a qualified migration agent, (very few are on here) it appears to me that you have a very solid case for continued residence in Australia based on the details you have stated. Infact it seems grossly unfair that they have taken this length of time to deal with your case. I have nothing at all to offer in terms of work etc., and obviously no longer have a lease. Yes I have maintained personal ties and even have all my personal possessions in a 20ft3 container there in Perth in storage. (that's cost me and lost me around £12,000) But nothing else to offer. I came home due to the terminal illness of my Dad and his subsequent passing left myself and elderly Mother with a lot of problems to resolve here in UK after his death. So I am working on the GENUINE position of having genuine mitigating circumstances as a result of a parents death. So I am not expecting any favours, not asking for anything other than consideration. At the end of the day what will be will be and the passing of my Dad has made me realise that there is more to life than worrying over where one can live. I would dearly love to return to Australia, but if it is not to be, then so be it. I guess Ireland is not so bad a place to live, inspite of the rain. Once again I wish you success and a speedy outcome soon.
  5. Tom Brody

    Resident Return Visa

    Hi Mext60 Yes it's very frustrating isn't it. But if I am reading your message correctly, you still have a visa which will entitle you to travel and enter Australia, surely that will be fine? Once in Australia I am sure you would find the assistance there to be able to resolve your situation. However obviously you will know your situation clearly and what your up to date position is. Probably best to go and engage a good agent there who can assist you in a professional way if as you say it relates to your career, your livelihood and future. I think any costs incurred would be money well spent. For the record, I have just come off the phone to DHA and they were aware that I have called previously and been told to E-mail. The gent I spoke to was very polite but could only advise me to send the E-mail again and mark it as URGENT. It's 106 days for me now, which I must say I find difficult to accept or understand but there you go. Let us all remember "A moment of patience in a moment of anger, can save you a hundred moments of regret" We will see. Good luck and best wishes for your visa, I hope it comes through soon for you. ?
  6. Tom Brody

    Resident Return Visa

    Hi Loxxy, thanks for the interest. No sadly still no response. It's now 102 days which exceeds the current directive of between 5 -85 days or indeed the 12 weeks still showing on the home affairs website. I have made a couple of telephones to their office but not got anywhere. One guy refused to even look at the application, saying the 12 weeks is only a guide and not understanding the wording on their site which states "can be up to 12 weeks". ? One lady there was quite helpful and took the reference number and the time to look at the application and said all looks in order and OK but just got to wait now for it to be processed. I think I will leave it in place now until the New Year and probably if it hasn't been granted by then, I will just leave it and draw the curtain down on things there. Just move on. I am encouraged though by a guy I heard speaking yesterday called Scott Morrison, who had landed a new job and mentioned how "everyone get's a fair go in Australia". That sounds good doesn't it. So I will keep those words in mind while waiting. Thanks again and Best wishes to you and with your plans. Tom
  7. Tom Brody

    Resident Return Visa

    Hi Proview 220, many thanks for your interest. Much appreciated. Sadly still awaiting a response, I have heard nothing at all, not a single response other than the receipt of payment and confirmation the application was received. I am not the type who complains and I guess in the end "What will be will be". So I move towards week 9 now of waiting. What I will say which is just my humble opinion of course as I wouldn't want to risk the wrath of the Legend's God's and Experts who wander through this wonderful website, is it is a pretty shocking service by the Australian Immigration to take 12 weeks plus to process a RRV. OK, fair dinkum the processing time increases by a few days, or even a week, lets say even 2 weeks. But to now place it on a 12 week turnaround from what was a 3 - 5 day process is dare I say a bit unfair, especially when the $365 gets taken upfront. Gosh, even Ned Kelly wore a mask. But no doubt there is some vital point that I have failed to realise which justifies such a process, which somebody will of course nail me on. No worries. ? Best wishes, Stay Cool.
  8. Tom Brody

    Moving to W.A

    G'day guy's. I'm moving over from QLD to Western Australia in January. Just looking for a fresh start and fancy a crack at W.A. I was hoping for some pointers on nice area's to live. I'm happy to be within 30 -45 minutes of Perth, or even closer. I'm not looking for lively Night life place, (way too old for that) but on the other hand not like in the back of beyond. Type of house would be new modern and bright, a nice suburb somewhere. It's a big challenge starting off in a new City. I have been to Perth a few years back for a couple of days and really like the ambience there and it was there that my desire to live permanently in Australia really took shape. Work is not an issue because I work for myself via Internet, all I need is a good reliable fast Internet connection. So here goes. I like Brisbane very much, but feel like a change and new start. Thanks for any advice and comments.
  9. Tom Brody

    Prospective Marriage Visa

    Exactly Peach, and also the Brits did the same to us in November 2012. So that's on record too. Brits said she had no incentive to return to Phils as her emotonal ties were to myself there in UK. So kicked out the application.
  10. Tom Brody

    Prospective Marriage Visa

    Hi Everyone, just looking for a bit of advice please from anyone who know's a bit about these matters. I am getting engaged to a Filipina Lady at Christmas, finally popping the question, so hoping it will be a happy time for us. Sadly she was refused a Tourist Visa in October to visit me here in Oz for a three week visit. (Basically they said there was no incentive for her to return to Philippines, even though she has a lease and her own market trading stall which she run's and makes her living from) and we had ticked all the box's correctly and she had the equivalent of around $4,500 AUD in her bank account. There you go!!! Over the past 18 months or more I was in UK trying to sell my property there before finally getting back here to Oz. I am a PR here. Our intention all along was as soon as I got back to Oz we would make our plans firm and be together permanently, and to bring here here with me. So fair play, she was very patient while we were apart while my house sale was ongoing. As she is Filipino, she is classed as "High Risk" in terms of the fact Philippines is not an ETA Country Quote from the immi website, "The terms 'Low risk' and 'High risk' show whether passport holders are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Low risk applies to nationals from countries which issue ETA eligible passports. A list of these can be found on the department's website. High risk countries are those which are not ETA eligible". To apply for the Prospective Marriage visa it is estimated at a turnaround time of 12 months. In other words another year's wait. For us this is another body blow in so much as how long it is likely to take. A friend of mine has suggested to apply for a student visa, and do a skills course here, like baking or pastry chef or something, a course over a year and during that period apply onshore here in Australia for a Prospective Marriage whilst she is here? Apparently a student visa is granted in approximately 3-4 months ? Does any of that make sense? Is it a possibility? Is it allowed? Personally I laughed at the idea at first, but was persuaded to look into it further if it can help our situation. I guess really I need to find a good migration agent to assist us with the situation, it is frustrating me now to the point that I am actually thinking of packing it in here and just going to live there instead, something that I truly do not want to do. I find being alone here in Oz is not good, as it is just existing not living and I feel disappointed in how our plans appear to be blocked at every corner we turn. I am not one to ever complain, but it is very difficult now. Can anyone offer me some advice on all this, I would really appreciate it. Thank you and my best wishes.
  11. Tom Brody

    Prospective Marriage Visa

    It's OK, I appreciate the points you raise, and Yes I agree we will seek the advice of a Migration agent to deal with it. Fingers crossed. We have ample proof of the long term relationship, from photographs, travel documents, e-mails, and so on. Citizens from UK, Phils and Australia know us and can back that up. I point out as well, that we as a couple know of quite a few Filipina's who have suffered the same disappointment on a tourist visa, but then been successful with a partner/marriage visa. They may never admit it but the High Risk I refereed to in my initial post above is applied across the board apparently based on statistics. Well we will see, If it turns out we have to go back to UK, well so be it. I think she actually would prefer that. Thanks for the help.
  12. Tom Brody

    Prospective Marriage Visa

    Thank you for your reply. In short, I don't like it there as a place to live. In addition my soon to be Fiance wants to move overseas also, and thirdly the costs incurred first in moving out here to Oz and then on again to yet another Country is prohibitive. I enjoy visiting Philippines to see her family and spend time with them, whenever I can, but I am not even going to pretend for a moment that I could live there permanently. Sorry that's just a personal choice/feeling. I have visited 6 times over the past 2 years, and been happy to visit, but neither of us want to remain there. My question was more for help to do with settlement here in Australia, but thank you anyway for your interest.
  13. Tom Brody

    Moving to W.A

    I am very grateful to everyone who responded to my post and I think I will take the advice to go into a serviced apartment for a while and then decide having given myself some time to look around properly. Thank you all for the time and effort to reply to my thread, really appreciated. :notworthy:
  14. Tom Brody

    Moving to W.A

    Thanks for the reply Cal. Work is not an issue because I work for myself via Internet, all I need is a good reliable fast Internet connection. I should have mentioned that in my original post so I just amended it. Thanks again.
  15. Tom Brody

    Moving from Brisbane to W.A

    Hi Guy's, I wonder can anyone offer some info and advice. I'll try and keep it concise. I have decided to move over to Western Australia around the Perth area having settled previously in Brisbane. I've given it some thought and was even contemplating returning home to UK, but really don't want to give up on what was a dream to live here in Australia. I'm self employed in financial markets and work is not an issue, other than the time zone in W.A will actually suit me more. I also hope to bring my soon to be Fiance to Australia if they will allow it. She's Filipino and sadly they knocked back her tourist visa application last month. (I was keeping it all a surprise for her when she got here to get engaged) Unfortunately the DIAC in Manila a Filipino member of their staff, rejected it on the basis he/she believe she would not return to Philippines. I point out there was never any question she was returning back to her homeland, after just a 3 week visit, when we would then have applied for a tourist visa. I had researched everything with regards to her visit and was determined to do everyting in a correct and proper manner complying fully with the Immigration rules for her. Bureaucrats hey, you gotta luv me!! Anyway undaunted we will fight on. My question relates more to my move to W.A. I am a permanent resident no ties. What are the pitfalls if there are any of moving to W.A from Queensland? I am thinking in terms more of things like driving license, car registration, medicare, all those things. I am sure there are other things I may have forgotten. This is purely a move of choice, no other reason and a chance for a fresh start in a beautiful city. I have visited there before and liked it very much. It was a toss up a few years back between Brissy and Perth. I just want to try somewhere else. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, and thanks to anyone who responds.
  16. Tom Brody

    Moving from Brisbane to W.A

    That all sounds so encouraging AJ (my nickname by the way - coincidence) Thank you so much for your help, much appreciated.
  17. Anyone got any info or experience where I could rent a short term furnished rental around Brisbane, for say a month or two. What I mean is my Furniture and possessions are going to take around 11 weeks to get to Australia and I am looking for somewhere to rent for a few months while waiting for them to arrive. Just a one bed apartment would do.
  18. Tom Brody

    Furnishes Short term rental around Brissy

    Many thanks to everyone for the great info here. Cheers Everyone :notworthy:
  19. Tom Brody

    Should we say thank you

    I would say Yes. Good Manners and generally being Nice to people costs nothing. I think we should all strive to assist others in any way with a smile and encouragement with migration plans. Always good to say "Thanks Mate" takes just a moment of one's time.
  20. Tom Brody

    ******** Anyone ?

    Anyone heard or used ********? I haven't heard of them before but a friend of a friend (if you see what I mean) used them to move to Perth and said they were excellent? http://www.********.co.uk/ I was wondering if anyone here has used them or got any info. I may just complete their online form and see what happens, but any advice or opinion would be good. I know we all have different experiences with different things but still good to get some sort of feedback.
  21. Tom Brody

    ******** Anyone ?

    Well thanks for your reply and I see your a Moderator. If you look on the section Transport & Shipping I found the same question asked for the same company. That had not been starred out. The post to which I refer is Started by Mandy Smith, 28-06-2013 05:23 PM Maybe my thread was starred out because I put a link on to their website ? It just seems a bit inconsistent to me that's all. But no worries. Thanks again for your comment.
  22. Tom Brody

    ******** Anyone ?

    Infact I notice another post on this section of Transport & Shipping where the Removal Company is the main title of the post and 3 other companies named in the post? And that post is made today also. (See post entitled Burke Brothers) What would the difference be to what I tried to do in this thread? This was instantly altered as I posted so it is some sort of Automatic key word process I guess. But my enquiry was a genuine and legitimate question?
  23. Tom Brody

    ******** Anyone ?

    Ahh OK, I'm really sorry and apologise if I did this the wrong way, I was looking for advice and not looking to advertise or promote anyone. I thought sure I had read recommendations and stuff like that before from PIO members who had done this sort of thing. Please delete the post if it violates the rules of the forum and once again my sincere apologies.
  24. Tom Brody

    ******** Anyone ?

    Ooops :ssign13: I think I did something wrong because when I posted it all came out in *********** Sorry about that, honestly was not intentional.
  25. Tom Brody

    Shipping Costs

    Hello Guy's, Can anyone offer any help on Shipping of household goods and possessions down under? I'm in a real dilemma about it all. I have been given a quote that was a lot more than I expected it to be. Way too expensive. I have an accurate figure of the volume for Shipment and it's about 45 -50 Cubic Meters or in old money around 1600 cubic feet. Any companies recommended? Any idea's how I can reduce the cost down from the 10K quote I been given. I appreciate any advice you can throw my way.
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