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  1. Fisher1


    Can anyone tell me if the date you arrived in Australia just prior to being awarded PR counts as your lawful residence date even if you left the country seven weeks later and didn’t begin actually living here until the following year?
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    Congratulations! We went to a citizenship ceremony as guests of some friends recently - it was really quite moving. Lovely day.
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    Buying house in Scotland before moving back

    The big drawback to buying in the UK is trying to get a mortgage when you are still resident overseas. As far as tax implications go, the UK and Australia have a reciprocal tax agreement that prevents double taxation - i.e. you can’t be charged tax in both countries - so you get an accountant on board who understands both tax systems. When I lived outside the UK and owned property in both countries I was charged Uk tax on the rental income for my UK property. Nothing more ... but the rules have changed since then, even though it was only ten years ago. You can’t trust the responses from HMRC - they led me astray so many times when I moved to Australia three years ago - I don’t think it was deliberate, they just didn’t know themselves.
  4. My husband had terrible sweaty feet when I met him. It almost put me off! But we (I) started taking his socks to the launderette and stopped him washing them in cold water and drying them over the radiator (!). I then persuaded him to stop buying cheap shoes ... miracles were wrought
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    Yes you do. If you go to the IMI website there’s a Calculator that allows you to add all the dates you have been outside Australia since your visa was validated. come to that, there’s one on this thread somewhere.
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    Stamp Duty

    We bought in 2018 and were treated as first time buyers.
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    Renewing UK passport in Australia

    They were very good about keeping us informed. We got an email to say the old passports had arrived, then a further two emails apologizing for the delay, then one saying our application had been accepted (!) then one to say the new passports were on their way, so it wasn’t a huge long period of worry. Good luck
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    Renewing UK passport in Australia

    Not too mention escalating the cost of said passport to thousands of dollars (airfares, hotels, etc etc) If it’s any comfort, we did it recently. Sent ours off on April 6 and got the new ones back in August. Our old passports were expiring and as we aren’t able to go anywhere just now, we gritted our teeth and sent them off to the UK. It all ended well.
  9. Fisher1


    Yes, I think they are. If you use the calculator that some kind person added to this thread earlier, you can work it all out easily.
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    According to the Aus govt website, if you have spent more than a year outside Australia since your PR visa was granted, you need police clearance from every country where you have spent more than 90 days continuously since your eighteenth birthday.
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    Positive Emigrating To Australia True Life Stories

    Haha that reminds me of the shops in Luxembourg when we moved there in 1985. Everything closed for lunch at twelve and reopened at two. We sat outside a pavement cafe to get coffee during our first weekend there. After waiting about fifteen minutes we went to see what the hold up was ... they’d closed for lunch!
  12. Hi BargeUK. I don’t often look on the parents’ thread any more because I got my visa in 2016 and moved here three years ago. However I saw your post and wanted to offer a bit of encouragement. I was lucky, because the wait is much longer now, but even so, I understand the sense of urgency. It’s really difficult to even get to Australia just now, so somehow you have to take a deep breath and look forward to making a visit when the Covid situation eases. Don’t forget you have a year from the issue of your visa to make your first entrance to Australia, so there is no need to rush at it. The only hurried bit is when you get an email from PVC (parents’ visa centre - be careful, I didn’t recognise PVC and almost deleted it!). Even then you get three weeks to do your medical, organise police checks and submit form eighty. If you have form eighty already completed (although that may then need updating if you have a long wait) and make sure you know exactly how to get your police clearance(s) three weeks is plenty of time. It seems like it’s never going to happen, but it will. Good luck with it all.
  13. Shoes. Especially trainers.
  14. Fisher1


    Brilliant! Thank you.