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  1. Marisawright

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    It doesn’t if they arrive relatively young with skills that are in demand.
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    CANZUK freedom of movement

    That doesn’t mean to say they’ll want to hand over a huge chunk of it to a health fund. Bear in mind the health fund will have to allow to cover things like $30,000 hip replacements and $50,000 heart ops. That premium will be stonking! You can be sure the health fund will err on the side of caution
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    Processing Times keep getting longer

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    CANZUK freedom of movement

    Not sure why you'd pick that figure - but we actually know how much the premiums would be, because Overseas Visitors Health Cover already exists in Australia, and it covers everything. The annual figure isn't too bad. The problem, like I said, is ensuring that the person is guaranteed to keep the cover in place continuously until death. You can't threaten to cancel the visa or deport them if they stop the policy, because that's leaving the government open to the old sob story ("deporting granny" always gets attention). The only way I can see it working would be for the health fund to take all the premiums upfront for the rest of the applicant's life - like an annuity. That would be doable, but that would be an astronomical figure, I think, by the time you allow for inflation.
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    How is Boris Doing So Far?

    I hope you are both doing OK. When my niece and her son had it (months ago), they were told they couldn't get tested either - in spite of living in the same house as two vulnerable elderly people. The true numbers infected in the UK must be much higher than has ever been reported.
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    Processing Times keep getting longer

    I'm not suggesting you apply onshore. She can visit Australia as often as she likes (on a visitor visa) while you're waiting for the offshore 309 to be approved. If she happens to be onshore when it gets approved, she would just need to hop out of the country for a week or so, so it can be awarded.
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    Is the UK’s weather massively underrated?

    I agree about the Queensland winters, they are gorgeous. Sorry to hear you're stuck.
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    Is Dan Andrews doing the right thing?

    Well not quite. Donald Trump says there's nothing his government can do to prevent the illness and death, "it is what it is". He does not say, "well, we could do x y and z to reduce the death toll, but we've decided it's best for the economy to let people catch it."
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    You're forgetting medical costs. A recent NHS survey is interesting - health costs rise steeply after 50, and an 85-year-old costs the NHS seven times as much as a man in his late 30's. So even at home, an old person costs the government a packet. It would be the same in Australia. Not to mention pensions. That's the reason Australia (and other countries) don't want to accept migrants' parents, they cost the taxpayer a packet. People like you and me are win-win for the Aussie taxpayer, I think - we may not have spent our entire working life in Australia paying tax, but on the other hand, we weren't here as kids so the taxpayer didn't pay for our education or child benefits either. And I think both of us could say we've spent most of our working life here. So I think we've paid our way as much as any native Aussie.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Actually they have been on the list till very recently and are only now flagged for removal, somewhat to my surprise considering how many hairdressing shops there are already.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    There has been discussion on this thread about Brexit stopping the flow of migrants, as if it would stop the refugees as well - I can't even remember who posted, but that's what I'm responding to. Clearly, Brexit won't have any effect on the open borders within Europe so it won't change a thing for non-EU citizens
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    Processing Times keep getting longer

    You could come to Australia now and your partner can come on a visitor visa. She'll need to apply for an exemption on the basis that she's your partner. Obviously, she won't be able to work on a visitor visa, so that is a downside - but then you'll be able to work, so maybe that's swings and roundabouts?
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    Flights to the UK October or December 2020

    You are right, the airlines are cancelling seats - the plane is flying, just with a restricted number of passengers. It's not economic for the airline to fly a half-empty plane at economy fares - so if business and first class passengers come along, they'll dump economy class passengers. If you get bumped, you can get a refund, though it may take some time to come through. The bad news (for you at least) is that the government is increasing the number of passengers allowed, so you're less likely to get bumped now. You can't claim anything on your travel insurance if you cancel the flights yourself. You could try applying for an exemption - it will be refused as it's just a holiday trip - then see if the insurance will pay on the grounds that you can't get an exemption, therefore it's not your fault you can't go. However I think it's unlikely, as you're supposed to wait until you have the exemption before you book the flight. I think your only hope is to wait and hope you get bumped. Or enquire whether you can change the dates on the flights for some time next year, and pray restrictions have eased by then.
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    Tax on UK Property

    You'll have to declare the rental income on your Australian tax return while you own the property (even if you don't transfer the money into the country). You can claim the interest on your mortgage (not the whole mortgage payment) as an expense - you'll need to ask your bank each year how much the interest part of your mortgage is. However, as it was your principal place of residence, you won't pay any tax on the sale proceeds when you transfer them, provided you sell within 5 years.
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    UK to Adelaide Flights

    Melbourne airport is closed to international flights.