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  1. Marisawright

    Bulk billing??

    That's difficult if your new to Australia Not really. You don't have to register with a doctor here, you just go to whichever doctor you choose. If you don't like the first one you visit, you can go somewhere else next time, and so on until you find one you are comfortable with.
  2. Yes your visa has to be activated. You activate your visa by arriving in Australia, even if it's only for a day. If you don't arrive in Australia before the due date, you lose your right to enter and that's the end of your visa!
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    Pension earned in Oz back to UK

    So, in case the citizenship doesn't come through, apply for another RRV. Nowadays they last 5 years so that will be long enough for you to come back if you decide to. I know you don't have the two years residency but if your main home has been in Australia, you can get one for "ties to Australia"
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    Rates of skin cancer increasing in the UK

    I agree. When I was living in Southampton, what struck me was that everyone now seems to holiday overseas, and many people have two or even three trips abroad every year - mostly chasing the sun. Meanwhile, while the breast and bowel screening services are great, there is no equivalent for skin cancer and because it's relatively uncommon in the UK, the average GP doesn't recognise the early signs.
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    Rates of skin cancer increasing in the UK

    Australia has a higher rate of skin cancer because of our very high UV exposure, but we're less likely to die of it because the rate of detection and treatment is so much better than the UK.
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    Pension earned in Oz back to UK

    And how many people would go on holidays for 3 years in a 5 year period? Nobody, and that's how long you have to be away to affect your RRV. Also, if they have a home and family in Australia, they'd still get a RRV even if they had been away that long. All you have to do is demonstrate "strong ties to Australia". And I keep wondering whether you've even tried applying on that basis. I felt you were bitter because you keep moaning on about how "they" (meaning Australia) take your taxes.
  7. Marisawright

    Pension earned in Oz back to UK

    Rubbish. The average migrant manages very well with the travel arrangements, because you can go on holiday as often as you like without affecting your ability to get your next RRV. In your case, you've been unlucky because you've been obliged to work overseas, which has affected your eligibility - but what percentage of migrants do you think end up working overseas? BTW you haven't answered my question - have you actually tried to apply for another RRV or are you just assuming you can't get one? Because I was pretty sure the special conditions on your citizenship would work just as well when applying for a RRV. Although TBH, you seem to have such a grudge against Australia, I wonder why you're even bothering.
  8. Marisawright

    Strange query

    Given the importance of the situation and the implications of getting it wrong, I'd strongly suggest you hire an agent like wrussell to advise you. Yes, it's going to cost you a fee, but it sounds like it would save you an air fare and enable you to work, so in the end it will pay off. Besides, isn't your relationship worth it?
  9. Marisawright

    Strange query

    If wrussell thinks it's unnecessary for you to leave Australia to achieve your goal, then it's probably unnecessary. He's a very experienced migration agent. There must be something you're missing.
  10. Marisawright

    Aussie pension

    Write to Hostplus and tell them to cancel all insurances, if they haven't done it already. That will get the fees down to the minimum and allow your money to keep growing.
  11. Marisawright

    Route & accommodation advice

    So does that mean that even though you've got the right to live and work in Australia for one year,, you're planning to spend part of that year in other countries? why not spend the whole year in Australia and then visit the other countries on the way home?
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    Pension earned in Oz back to UK

    OK just to repeat, it's worth getting your terminology right when discussing these things. You can't get a "2nd perm" because you only get one permanent resident visa, which lasts forever. What you got was a 4 year RRV. Have you actually tried applying for another RRV? As for contacting your local council - look it up in the phone book and ring them.
  13. Marisawright

    100 points ID check

    I agree with Rammygirl. Signing up for a six month lease without seeing the property is a really, really bad idea.
  14. Marisawright

    Skilled VISA with pre-existing health issue.

    You would be best advised to engage a MARA registered agent who has experience dealing with health issues. When deciding whether to grant you a visa, Immigration will consider what you're likely to cost the Australian health system over your lifetime. There is a threshold, and if you go above that threshold, you will not be accepted. I have no idea what the limits are, no doubt someone will come along with more information.
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    100 points ID check

    Why do you need the 100 points before you arrive?