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  1. Bridgeman

    Post from the UK

    I need to renew my UK passport but have been reluctant to do so due to the long delays in the post and the possibility it might go astray. I got the photos done just before lockdown.
  2. A couple of months back I posted a query about renewal of UK passports which had expired. I got my photos done and then Covid19 happened so I haven't as yet put in the application. I am assuming that the process may take longer in the current circumstances but am just wondering if anyone has actually applied during the current circumstances and how long it took. I don't want to have to get photos redone. The website just says it is taking longer.
  3. Well fortunately my postal vote arrived on Friday just in time. Although they said it was 'safe' to go, and that there was social distancing, maybe inside but I saw pictures of long queues outside the prepolling stations and guess what, people lined up one after the other, no social distancing there. There was no way I was going to go and queue up with them. I since heard that they are going to waive fines for over 70s. It would be interesting to hear whether there is a big jump in cases now.
  4. No, apparently not. They have been given the powers to cancel if they want but they don't seem inclined to.
  5. That's not quite true, it's only the pension you have to wait 10 years for. You can access benefits same as all other visa holders, used to be after 2 years now I think it may have been extended to 4. They are also looking at waiving this for new visa holders so watch the news.
  6. Just that. We are being told to observe social distancing, yet they are asking us to go and mix with a load of strangers, just to put a cross on a bit of paper. This is madness. I did apply for a postal vote, but so far nothing has arrived yet. I am an older person, not going out at the moment but yet am expected to turn out to vote. Meanwhile New Zealand is in total lockdown. What's wrong with out policiticians?
  7. Bridgeman

    Renewing expired UK passport

    Thanks for that, that's reassuring. Just hope Brexit doesn't cause all the rules to change now. Hoping the CV will all be sorted before next January.
  8. Bridgeman

    Renewing expired UK passport

    Does anyone know how long your UK passport can be expired and still renew it? My UK passport expires this month and I am concerned about sending it back to the UK with supporting documents as I know there aren't many planes flying. I would rather wait till after the Coronavirus is over and things are a bit more back to normal (hopefully) .
  9. Yes I have a debit card. I found that in order to be able to hire a car when travelling they will only accept a credit card, so this is the reason I wanted one. Also you get extra protection when buying stuff online and booking airline tickets etc.
  10. The card was in my husband's name. Apparently you have to have a taxable Australian income to be eligible to apply. I have found one card, Virgin which will consider overseas pensions, but have read some bad reviews.
  11. Yes, I have had the same problem with NAB bank. I don't understand it as we had a card which my husband applied for 5 years ago with only UK pension income. My husband recently passed away and I applied for a card in my name, and even though I have roughly the same income, including an Australian super, I was told they could not consider my UK income, even though I was able to provide UK bank statements and proof of transferring monthly to my NAB bank account.
  12. Bridgeman

    My lessons on Investment Options in Australia

    Actually, you can't. You can't open a savings account in the UK for example unless you are resident there. Also Australia doesn't like anyone to invest their money out of the country. I tried to open an investment in the Channel Islands, only to be told by them that I couldn't as I was resident in Australia and Australia doesn't allow it.
  13. Bridgeman

    Labour's Election plans for Pensions affect you

    It would be nice if they would backdate the increase to when we moved over to Australia and give us back the money they have stolen from us.
  14. Bridgeman

    Car insurance when visiting the UK?

    I actually contacted the DVLA in the UK and this was their response: 'It may help if I explain that you may drive in GB on your UK issued licence, however we would be unable to process a new licence for you as you are not currently resident in the UK.' So it seems my UK licence is valid to drive in the UK, so why would the car hire insurance not be valid?