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  1. Marisawright

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Goodness no, I'm not as old as all that. I left home in the 1970s when we were (metaphorially) burning our bras. All my classmates were full of plans to have a career before settling down. But that was the emphasis -- being a career woman, not going out and having holidays. Our goal was to be financially independent. We still wanted a boyfriend, but we also wanted to be sure we'd have our own money, so he couldn't push us around. None of my friends had kids before they were over 30 (unless by accident). As it happened, I got married early but we had no plans to have kids until our thirties. We wanted to establish ourselves first. Our first car was my father-in-law's old car. We drove it for a year until the MOT ran out, then it had to be towed away because it was beyond fixing. We had second-hand furniture, including a second-hand TV that you could hardly see the picture because of the snow. We bought a flat and my husband fell through the floor in the bedroom the day we took possession -- woodworm.
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    Carer's Visa subclass 116

    No, it's because Australia grants only a small quota each year. Elderly migrants cost the taxpayer too much money. A parent coming to Australia in their old age has contributed nothing to the welfare system but is eligible for most of its benefits. The Contributory Parent Visa is already very expensive and parents complain about the cost -- yet the research found that the fee should at least triple to come close to covering the cost to the taxpayer. Once upon a time, Australia was so desperate for migrants, it was willing to wear the cost. It was seen as part of the price of bringing and keeping skilled workers here. However nowadays, Australia is able to attract plenty of migrants without needing to offer that carrot. If a migrant ends up going home because they couldn't bring their parent or sibling to Australia, there are ten other migrants eager to take their place. If that situation changes, then perhaps the attitude would change. You may be aware that even skilled visas have an upper age limit of 45, for a similar reason. The government wants to ensure migrants have several years in the workforce, paying taxes and Medicare levies, before they retire and start to draw pensions, incur high medical costs, access aged care etc. I imagine the attitude is the same for the Carer visa. The carer comes to Australia to care for the relative, but as it's a permanent visa, they'll be able to remain in Australia forever. Having spent many years as a carer, they may struggle to get back into working life and may end up on benefits -- and of course, will eventually become old themselves and need to rely on the public purse.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I can understand that, but I worry that the younger generation are not considering WHY previous generations did so much work. I was very involved in the online industry from 2004 to 2011, when it wasn't that hard to build up a liveable income from a website or blog. I saw a lot of people -- even couples with kids -- abandoning the "rat race" in favour of becoming "digital nomads". That worried me, because while they were earning enough to live comfortably, they were saving nothing, and they certainly weren't putting anything aside for a future pension. I see the same thing still happening, and it seems to me that people are only thinking for today. Maybe that's because they think they won't live long enough to need pensions? Or are they so used to the fact that the state pays unemployment benefits and pensions and subsidised aged care to their parents and grandparents, they just assume (probably wrongly) all that will be available to them when the time comes? The only reason many of today's pensioners manage, is because they own their own home. Younger people won't have that safety net, yet they're not investing money elsewhere to act as an alternative, either. When I was in my 20s and 30s, we put up with jobs we didn't like because they paid well, and we were very frugal because our goal was to buy a house. Because that goal is out of reach, many young people won't tolerate anything but a job that's "fulfilling", and then spend all that (lower) income on having a good life now, without having much thought to the future. It's a worry.
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    Carer's Visa subclass 116

    Gosh, that's weird. You get a visa to come to Australia to care for a sick relative, and then you get to stay whether or not said relative is still around.
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    870 parents temporary visa

    However, the 600 visa is a short-term visa and is intended for people who are healthy enough to travel back and forth to Australia for visits. It's also more likely that someone on a 600 visa would wait until they returned home to have any major procedures or routine health checks. One doesn't arrange a routine colonoscopy while on holiday, for instance. Also they'd be more likely to bring medicines with them on their visits. Whereas 870 holders are resident in Australia and are going to access medical care as a resident.
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    870 parents temporary visa

    Unfortunately, it's inevitable that cover for over 70's is going to be much more expensive. Firstly, the great majority of people over 70 -- even those you'd class as healthy -- are on at least one regular medication (blood pressure tablets, statins, arthritis meds). That means more prescriptions and more doctor visits to get repeat prescriptions. They also need more frequent preventive health checks and procedures. They're far more likely to need hip replacements, knee replacements, etc. I'm almost 70 myself. I've read the research which shows that even for healthy people, health usually starts a steep decline in the late 60s/early 70s. I was reluctant to believe it but I'm seeing the evidence amongst my friends now, and in myself! If your parents aren't having that experience then they're the lucky minority, but of course the insurance companies have to look at their costs and cover themselves.
  7. Me too. I remember going shopping in Rundle Mall (in Adelaide) in 40 degree heat one day, and I was fine. Whereas when the temp got to 30 degrees in Sydney, I'd be in a sweaty heap. One thing I love about Melbourne is that even on a stinking hot day, it'll usually be fresh and a pleasant temperature for most of the morning. It rarely starts to really heat up until lunchtime.
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    Will i get a 190 or 189 invite?

    What do the criteria say? It's not enough to have enough points. You must also have the qualifications AND experience specified. If the criteria say you need experience and you have none, you're not eligible to apply.
  9. Marisawright

    Carer's Visa subclass 116

    They wouldn’t be building a new life in Australia anyway as they’re only going for a Carer visa, not a permanent one
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    Carer's Visa subclass 116

    Not true. The waiting time to obtain a parent visa is currently at least 12 years, and that is for the Contributory visa (with a fee of tens of thousands of dollars). The waiting time for a non-contributory parent visa is at least 30 years. There is a legal loophole. If you are both prepared to give up work completely for the next 7 years, then you have the option of coming to Australia on a tourist visa, then applying for a Carer Visa while you are here. You will then get a bridging visa which will allow you to remain in Australia while your application is considered (yes, even though that is going to be several years). It means you'll be living in limbo, not allowed to work nor receive any benefits and with limited access to Medicare. If you wish to buy a property, you'll have to apply for permission and pay a hefty "foreign buyer" penalty. If you want to leave Australia for any reason, even for a holiday, you must apply to the government for permission (leave without the right paperwork and you won't be allowed to return). Not something to be undertaken lightly. An agent will be able to give you further information.
  11. Marisawright

    Carer's Visa subclass 116

    It's not easy to get a carer's visa. Unfortunately, it's not enough that he'd prefer you to look after him rather than make use of aged care services. You'll need to prove that he can't access aged care services and you're his only option. You'll also have to prove that he can't manage on his own, and since he's been managing without you up till now, apart from one annual visit, that's going to be hard to prove (unless something significant has changed recently). I'd say you need to hire a good migration agent, who will know whether you stand a chance of success and will be able to advise how best to go about it. Get a quote from Go Matilda and Suncoast Migration.
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    Health Insurance

    I assume you're on a bridging visa?
  13. Marisawright

    Further education options for 16 yr old student with UK GCSE's

    As others have said, GCSE's do not translate to Australia at all. Either she'll have to do Years 11 and 12 so she can get the Australian HSC, or she stays in the UK until she's got her A levels. There's no middle ground. I would also say that if you're thinking of migrating in the next couple of years, then I hope you are working with a migration agent to get your application in right now. The process of getting a skilled visa can take well over a year, so even if you apply now, you may not get to Australia in time to get her into school at the start of the 2024 school year (remember, the school year starts in January, so if you wait for her to do her GCSE's and then she wants to do Year 11, she won't be able to start till January 2025). There's no downside to applying as soon as possible, because even if a miracle happens and you get the visa earlier, all you need do is take a short holiday in Australia to activate the visa. Then you'll have almost 5 years to make the permanent move.
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    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    I understood that even in 2017, the actual processing time was already much longer than that. The "18 to 24 months" quoted by Immigration referred to historical performance, not how long they expected new 2017 applications to take. I know most people were unaware of that at the time, though.
  15. It might be partly due to the fact that you've acclimatised, and partly that you're wearing lighter clothes in Oz.