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  1. Marisawright

    Adding daughter to visa

    There comes a point where you need to call him and pay for more detailed advice
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    Your favourite city in the world

    I agree. I really enjoy living in Melbourne but if someone was visiting Australia and asked where to see, I would NEVER suggest they include Melbourne. Melbourne is great purely because it's such a practical place to live everyday life. It's not a pretty city. It has good public transport, great coffee culture, some good eateries, and so many cultural activities that it's impossible to keep up. It's totally flat so you can walk or cycle everywhere in comfort, plus it rarely gets too hot to do either (and if it does, it doesn't stay hot for more than a few hours). If you're interested in late 19th century architecture you'll love walking through some of the suburbs. But otherwise, it's a fairly drab-looking city, with a lack of interesting vistas. It's often grey, there's too much graffiti and many of the buildings look dirty and rundown. Sydney - at least the coastal areas - is gorgeous to look at but harder to live in, and much less friendly
  3. Marisawright

    Why aren't raincoats showerproof any more?

    Ah, that would explain it. There are nice jackets around but they are very pricey.
  4. Marisawright

    Why aren't raincoats showerproof any more?

    I think you’re right, the reality is that if there are no standards, manufacturers are likely to take advantage
  5. Marisawright

    Why aren't raincoats showerproof any more?

    I suppose I've been spoiled by my old jacket which had warmth but no weight, and kept my dry too. I've been known to wear a t-shirt under it (to go to the gym) and still be warm enough - and then I don't have to drag a jumper over my head and mess up my hair! Also, by the time you have two layers on, it's feeling bulky.
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    Why aren't raincoats showerproof any more?

    That works for me if I was doing some serious country walking, but I want something that's warm and dry BUT not too bulky or restrictive when I'm going shopping (I don't have a car) or for a casual walk. The reason I'm looking for a new one is that my trusty Columbia jacket has given up the ghost after about ten years. I went and looked at their range and there's nothing under $500 that comes close to my old one.
  7. Marisawright

    Why aren't raincoats showerproof any more?

    Thanks, I saw the Uniqlo ones but I'm highly allergic to feathers and down (I've been hospitalised in the past after sleeping in a room where down pillows were present, even though I wasn't sleeping on them). I've got a totally waterproof rain jacket but it's got no insulation.
  8. Marisawright

    189

    Sorry I was referring to the 189 queue
  9. I've been shopping for a warm winter jacket - anorak, parka, puffer jacket or whatever you want to call it. I'm astonished at the number of jackets that make NO mention of being showerproof or even shower resistant. What's the point of a winter jacket that won't keep out the rain? Out of curiosity, I went and checked the trench coats and rain coats, and none of them claimed to be showerproof either. I'm wondering if they are showerproof but they're just not game to say so, for fear or being sued if the wearer gets wet? I'm in Australia - is it the same in the UK?
  10. Marisawright

    189

    Zero to none. The visa queue isn't really a queue, it's a competition. The people with the most points get cherry-picked out of the queue. As long as there are new applicants joining the queue with 70, 75, 80 or even more points (and there always are these days) you don't stand a chance.
  11. Marisawright

    Residency when drawing your Super

    12500 is still a reportable lump sum so I would check it doesn’t raise any issues. Anyway while you leave your super in accumulation mode, it’s being taxed within the fund at 15%, so you’ll be better off moving it to an income stream when you can, because then there’s no tax.
  12. Marisawright

    1m3 air freight

    Use a Movecube
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    When to apply for citizenship

    You have to do the four years residency and I believe you can’t count periods spent outside Australia
  14. Marisawright

    Go home to uk or build retirement in Melbourne?

    Based on the experience of others on this forum, proving you’re ordinarily resident for the NHS doesn’t appear to be too hard, at least not yet. I agree the pension situation would make it hard if she waits till she wants to retire
  15. Marisawright

    When to apply for citizenship

    You don't need an immigration lawyer to help you with citizenship. The rules are very clear. If you do want professional help, then consult a migration agent not a lawyer, they are more knowledgeable. I think you've already had discussions with Paul Hand on these forums, he is an agent.
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