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  1. I have been married for 25 years and we have lived in Perth, Australia for the last 7 years. We both have citizenship and intend to remain here. Unfortunately, we have grown apart and in April 2018, separated amicably. We have agreed terms of a Financial settlement which includes allocating my soon to be ex-wife a significant portion of my Group Personal Pension plan with Standard Life in the UK. On contacting them to determine the necessary wording of an Australian Court's consent order, Standard Life wrote to state that they would not recognise the Australian order and I would need a Court Order issued by a UK Court. Does anyone have any experience of splitting of UK based pension as part of an Australian, obtaining a UK Court Order and, importantly, recommending a UK Solicitor who has relevant experience. The one I contacted online from a Google advert was quoting GBP3,000 - GBP5,000 (!!) Any help would be appreciated
  2. We moved to Perth 3 years ago and were lucky enough to have a mortgage free property in the UK that has been let out. We rent here in Australia. Now our eldest son has gone and got in to Cambridge and we will have to fund the rather large (international) fees. To help with this, I thought it would be easy to put a mortgage on the property (at max 10% of the value) but no. It seems that the banks do not have policy to offer buy to let mortgages to non UK residents and that to offer them to Australian residents the bank has to have registrations in Australia; this plus the currency mis-match of my income being in Australian dollars is scaring them off. HSBC came close but because we do not have a mortgage here; this was apparently a problem for them. I also tried Expat Mortgages....with no success. So we are now thinking that we will have to sell up but before we start this I thought I would check in here to see if others have found a way ?
  3. I was aware of Emirates and Singapore give 40kg on unvalidated PR visas (we are validating in June with Singapore AIrlines and so are taking 40kg each which we will leave at a friend's home in Perth) but the IOM additional baggage is useful for those who have already validated before making the big move over. Are there any airlines that give 40kg to people who have already validated?
  4. Just used Skyscanner and found for the five of us the IOM concessionary fare was £100 (in total) than the best price out there for when we need to fly...plus we've got the additional baggage allowance of 40kg each including the kids. Its a good site but would still recommend trying out the IOM if you need the extra baggage.
  5. I have just booked my one way flights from Heathrow to Perth for 1st September 2012 for £605 per adult and £520 for each child under 12 years. This was through the concessional fares offered by the International Organisation for Migration. We will have already validated our visas by then so the 40kg baggage allowance for all five of us get by going through the IOM is a good perk too (200kg in total for the five of us !). I can't see much chance of booking closer to 1st September would have done better than that so its one thing to take off the "things to worry about" list. If you are in the UK, then May from the IOM concessionary fares for migrants can be contacted via http://www.iomuk.org/aboutus.htm The only draw back is that they do not take credit cards and you have to pay by bank transfer prior to getting your e-ticket. I was a bit nervous about that but I got the tickets today (Wednesday) having sent payment on Monday. Good luck.
  6. Pegs

    176 visas lodged November 2011

    Thanks for taking the time to post the update TT. This sounds great. Mrs Pegs and I are heading over to Perth for our reccie trip on June 2nd and so if okay, I will PM you. Thanks
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    UK Frozen Aged Pension

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  8. Pegs

    176 visas lodged November 2011

    DAG - It don't believe it will make a difference either way. As long as you have the points, WA process their applications very fast (12 hours in my case or so! but within a week or so) and DIAC will take their (irregular) time with some 176's being very fast of maybe a month and some a taking a bit longer of a few months. Hope this helps Pegs
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    176 visas lodged November 2011

    On the Form 1100, it was only speaking to the Adelaide Center that they advised that it hadn't been received by DIAC and so identified the reason for the lack of progress. Agent then agreed that there might be a problem and contacted WA who stated that they had sent the form. Never did find out who was responsible but after asking, WA sent it "again" and two days later things were moving. If your agent isn't keen to contact the Case Officer, I would call Adelaide and enquire yourself. After waiting so long, I don't think it is unreasonable and it might identify an unnecessary hold up that can be quickly resolved. All the best Pegs
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    176 visas lodged November 2011

    Hi JnC, I was in a similar position as you. We applied on 18th November and based on the timings we saw went ahead and did our Police Checks and Medicals in mid December. I was frustrated somewhat at the lack of progress - as with you all of our documents still showed as "required" and, despite the Agent saying be patient, phoned Adelaide to see if there was a problem. When I spoke to them, they said that our application was in Category 4 rather than Category 3 as they had not received the sponsorship form 1100 from Western Australia. I was glad I made the call as the online status changed to "Processing further" and the documents were later changed to "met" and we got allocated a Case Officer. I was aware that DIAC phoned my Employer work reference early in January to confirm the details and after three weeks of nothing (Agent was saying be patient) I asked the Agent to email the Case Officer to enquire on the progress. This was sent on Wednesday 1st Feb and we got our Visa through this morning. So JnC, my advice would be yes be patient as it's not good to keep hassling them every week, but your timeline is way over that and so it is not unreasonable to contact the Case Officer to see if there is a reason why things are not being progressed. Have a word with your Agent. I would have thought the Agent would have forwarded the email showing the Case Officers name and details to you. In our case, after both of the times we contacted DIAC, things moved along to a happy conclusion. i.e. In our case it was definitely worth contacting them All the very best of luck. My fingers are crossed for you and any other November applicants that are still waiting out there. Pegs
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    176 visas lodged November 2011

    The positive vibes and our making an online status enquiry yesterday seems to have helped. Overnight, our online status has changed; on the document checklist everything is showing as having been met and status is showing "being processed further". Not long now I think.... Pegs
  12. Pegs

    176 visas lodged November 2011

    Congratulations Nic. That is fantastic news and does give us slow coaches hope! I bet you are on Cloud 9 today. When and where are you heading over? Pegs PS No news with me...system suggest that I am still waiting for a CO but we have meds and the police checks uploaded okay. Yesterday, I asked our Agent to enquire on status after the Form 1100 was uploaded before Christmas and nothing seems to have changed on the DIAC status webpages.
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    176 visas lodged November 2011

    I called DIAC and they explained that I am sat in Category 4 rather than Category 3 because they have not received the Form 1100 from WA for my state sponsorship. Wished I had not listened to the Agent, but glad I ignored their advice after no too long ! Will get agent to get onto WA to forward the form 1100.
  14. Pegs

    176 visas lodged November 2011

    Hi Kalinka, No news from a CO either I am afraid. I spoke to my Agent after my last post and they said just be patient. We had our Medicals done last weekend and I see that they had been received this morning on the first online webpage but on the second page (with the checklist) they still show as being "required" ? Otherwise it just shows as "Processing Commenced" with everything showing as being required. All very frustrating when I see others with their CO's having made contact. We sent off for the Police Checks last week and hope to have those back soon for uploading. When you called did you call the Adelaide #'s shown here? http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/australia/processing-centres/adelaide-skilled.htm I may try and give them a call tonight. It would be nice to have some contact before Christmas. Merry Christmas to you all. Pegs
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    176 visas lodged November 2011

    Thanks Kalinka. I haven't called yet (not sure what tel number to call amongst other things)...See what others may add and if no further guidance will give it a couple more days before calling to see what's happening. Thanks
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