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      If you’re applying for an Australian visa, you want to know how long it’s going to take to be granted. This is understandable as you’re eager to start your new life in Australia. Having such information will also allow you to get on with other crucial steps in the immigration process. That's why, after feedback from our members,  we've launched our Australian Visa Timelines Tracker https://ww.australia-visa-timelines.com The tracker allows you to enter key dates about your visa application and compare them in tabular format with other applicants around the globe. You can look at who’s applied for the same visa as you, the same dates as you, from the same country, occupation etc. This will allow you obtain greater insight into the likely time is will take for your visa to be granted. We've still a couple of changes to make over the next couple of weeks, but the site is now online and available for use.

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  1. Oops, less than 6 months on passport...

    We made it!!!!!!!! I went through first with a landing card filled out with '0' in the length of stat box. The immigration officer asked if I was just transiting and asked for flight details. I showed him the checked in details and said the rest of the family were coming through. DD sailed through then DW took DS. The officer cast her passport a glance and mentioned she needed to get it renewed then sent her in her way. No dramas!! Happily now sat in the lounge killing 8hrs...
  2. Oops, less than 6 months on passport...

    I would like to just add that when we booked this flight it was the return leg on our initial outward emigration flight. We booked a return as it was the sensible thing to do and as British Airways only release flights 330 days in advance the flight was originally returning within the time the passport was valid. The only reason it has gone over is that we split the booking when we decided to use the time our container was at sea to have a break. The Oz to Singapore leg was still in the passport validity window and it's only because we have to go through immigration today that the problem has come up. Among all the other things we had to plan to get our move home sorted this one thing got overlooked. It's a genuine human error that caused me to post a question in the UK Chat part of the forum asking for other people's experiences and advice.
  3. Oops, less than 6 months on passport...

    Thank you for your helpful input.
  4. Oops, less than 6 months on passport...

    Thanks, we have to go through immigration as we're flying in on a budget airline then on with BA so can't transit through. DW has been in touch with the CEO of the budget airline to make sure they let us on and that seems ok. It'll be up to the officer on the day. We'll see if BA let us check in online later today.
  5. Customs clearance times

    The ship is due in 24th August. The delivery of our furniture etc to our house is booked for September 1st. Yes, that's eight days but that's eight days for unloading, customs clearance, re-packing into a van and delivery to home. I don't think that's too bad?
  6. Customs clearance times

    I've had a docking date of August 24th from the handlers in the U.K. and they've booked us for delivery on September 1st. They don't expect clearance to take more than a few days at most.
  7. Oops, less than 6 months on passport...

    Quick update for anyone interested. I've spoken to Singapore immigration and they confirmed the required 6 months minimum but they've said as there's no time to get the passport updated it will be up to the immigration officer on the day to advise us how to proceed. They also said that having our onward flight checked in will be a help. We can check in online 24hrs beforehand so we'll have that. Here's hoping for a bit of leniency and some common sense.
  8. Oops, less than 6 months on passport...

    Thanks for all of the advice guys. We could try to leave her 'air side' in transit and check in online. I could take DD & DS to check bags in as we're lucky enough to have used Avios to upgrade to Club World so 2 bags each. I got a twitter reply from Changi Airport who gave me a number for Singapore immigration. We'll have to sort a SIM card today and call them.
  9. Ticket is bought!

    Hi, I remember Suzuki Scottie, so sorry to hear of your loss. Don't get me started on the joys of Facebook and Gumtree selling in Oz.... We were also shifting stuff before the move back and the amount of time wasters is flabbergasting. Even when you're giving stuff away people just don't turn up and can't be bothered to let you know. We had one guy really interested in the car, he asked loads of questions, made arrangements to come see it and then..... Nothing. DW sent him a polite message ta ask if he was still interested and instead of replying or even making up some BS, he just blocked her!!!
  10. Hi, We've hit a potential snag with our journey 'home'...... Just got to KL international airport to fly on to Penang for our last 6 days killing time on the way home and the passport officer noticed one of our passports has just under 6 months left. We thought initially we was going to refuse entry but his concern was where we were going next. We said the UK next week via Singapore. He reaction was we might have a problem in Singapore as they're pretty strict. We said it's only a transit and we have onward flights booked. He let us proceed but warned us it's our risk. I've looked around and can't find a definitive answer to this so I've emailed British Airways (our carrier home) and also the Singapore visa authority. If we don't leave the transit area it looks ok as there's no need to go through Singapore immigration. However as it's two different airlines we can't check the baggage through from Penang to Heathrow, meaning we've probably got to go through immigration to get the bags and check them back in..... Does anyone have experience of Changi airport please when transiting through to say if we have to go 'out' and bank in again, even better, has anyone got through in similar circumstances? Ta
  11. Customs clearance times

    Hi Has anybody moved back recently and can give their experience of how long it's taking to clear their household good through customs? I tried looking on HMRC web site but couldn't find any info. Has the TOR made things better? Ta
  12. The weather in Tasmania today

    Thanks for the info. We'll be Penang bound next week and back in the UK by the 24th. [emoji853]
  13. Not enjoying new job

    We stayed with friends initially on a 'stay as long as you want' offer that soon wore thin all round. We left just over two months later, mainly for work, but I think the friendship has definitely suffered, even for that time. First month was ok as we were settling in, looking for work, Centrelink paper work, schools etc but from then on there were definite issues. Your case might be different but in hindsight it might be the best thing you did. We found having our independence to a degree was a massive benefit and we enjoyed the Australia experience a lot more with nobody to answer to in effect.
  14. The weather in Tasmania today

    Can you see the Milky Way there at night at the moment? DD has been dying to find a spot here on hols in Koh Samui that's light pollution free enough and accessible so she can get a few good photos.
  15. Shipping companies

    We had varying quotes on volume and price. Bad personal experience with PSS and their 'customer service'. They did squeeze everything in a 20ft although some stuff we had on our 'if there's room' wish list got left behind while we found stuff from the 'only take if there's room' pile when we were unpacking!! And the fact is it all got there but not in one piece in quite a few cases. This is obviously just my personal experience, take a broad view of others have good things to say. Coming back we had everyone say we were over a 20ft, even though we'd slimmed down from the stuff we took out and flat packed more. We self packed the boxes and the removal company did all the big items. We had about 2ft left at the back of the container when they'd finished and put the bulkhead in. A bit disappointing as I wanted to get a new bike in the EOFY sales but didn't dare risk it not getting in.