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  1. Marisawright

    Considering move to Mandurah from NZ ?

    LOL. this should read, "shipping your stuff from Perth to Sydney (for example) costs as much as shipping your stuff from Sydney to the UK.
  2. I know it's frustrating, but VeryStormy has a point. The State Education Department (to whom you'd be applying) has no access to anything you've submitted for the visa processing. That may sound crazy to you, but it's a privacy/confidentiality principle that different departments can't go sharing a person's personal information willy-nilly. So they will have to do all their own checking, all over again. Although it does sound as though your visa grant is 99% certain now, it's not granted until it's granted. Occasionally the offer is withdrawn at the last minute. As VeryStormy says, the education authorities don't want to start all that bureaucratic work only to find you don't get the visa. The fact that Immigration is totally separate comes as a surprise to a lot of people, so you're not the first. It catches out tradies in particular, because they think the Skills Assessment means their qualifications are accepted as valid in Australia. It doesn't. It's just for Immigration, and most tradies have to do extra courses to convert once they get to Oz.
  3. Marisawright

    Considering move to Mandurah from NZ ?

    If you're travelling light, then you could give it a try. The big downside of Perth is that if you settle there and then decide to move East, it gets expensive to move anywhere else. It's a long flight for a start, so going for job interviews gets very expensive. Then, shipping your stuff from Perth to Sydney (for example) costs as much as shipping your stuff from Perth to Sydney. Whereas if you start somewhere on the Eastern seaboard, it's fairly easy to move around if your first choice isn't quite right. If house prices are an issue then I can see that Perth makes sense. House prices in most of Australia have gone bonkers and while Perth was once the worst of the lot, it's now the most reasonable of the capital cities. However have you thought about going to a regional city instead of a capital city? For instance, Geelong is four times the size of Nelson. Newcastle is over ten times the size of Nelson. Both are within a reasonable drive/train trip to a capital city for a day trip or a weekend.
  4. Marisawright

    Considering move to Mandurah from NZ ?

    That would be my question too -- why WA in particular? I haven't lived in Perth but I have visited a lot and my niece worked there for a few months at one point. Her impression, and mine too, is that it's a great place for families. Not so great for singles.
  5. Marisawright

    Class 176 visa and family

    It's not that unique. Unfortunately, it's very common and there are a lot of sons and daughters stuck overseas because they let their visas expire and can't get a RRV or other visa to join their families. Immigration isn't interested in showing leniency, they apply the rules. Having said that, your son does have ties to Australia because all his family are citizens. The question is whether he can show it would be "of benefit to Australia" to give him a RRV. That might be tricky and I think you need expert help to put the application together. Paul is a well-recommended agent so I'd suggest getting a quote from him. If you want another quote to compare, try Go Matilda.
  6. Marisawright

    NSW 190 occupation list experience

    The way I read Paul's post, it means 4 years. maybe he'll pop back and confirm.
  7. Marisawright

    NSW 190 occupation list experience

    I think what Paul is saying is that the 1 year isn't 'post qualification', it's 'post TRA assessment". So basically you'll need to get another year's experience after you pass your TRA.
  8. Marisawright

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    You really are determined to stick to this myth, aren't you? The story changed not because authorities were lying, but because the virus was mutating. The vaccines did reduce transmission of the original Covid virus. The virus mutated to bypass that protection somewhat, then mutated again to bypass it even more. It is still mutating. It may even mutate to the point where none of the current vaccines are effective at all. If we're very lucky, it will mutate like the Spanish flu did, to become so harmless we don't need a vaccine. Scientists don't know, and that's not because they're dumb or lying, it's because the virus is mutating so fast and scientific research can't keep up. It's all very simple science really.
  9. Marisawright

    Considering move to Mandurah from NZ ?

    I assume you're a New Zealand citizen, so getting a visa to live in Australia won't be an issue?
  10. Marisawright

    Visa chat

    Because most parents aren't willing to wait 18 years for their visa, many agents are advising their clients to exploit a (perfectly legal) loophole: it's possible to come to Australia on an ordinary tourist visa, then "decide" to stay and apply for the 'onshore' version of the parent visa while you're here. The Immigration department will automatically grant you a Bridging Visa while they consider your application. The fact that it'll take them 18 to 30 years to consider the application makes no difference, the Bridging Visa just keeps going till it's decided! It sounds like a great solution -- you get to stay in Australia, probably for the rest of your life, without having to jump through any of the usual visa scrutiny or high fees. However there are downsides to living on a bridging visa and you need to consider those carefully. I've listed them in the post below. Note that it's a migration agent's job to find solutions which will get you to Australia: it's not their job to warn you about how difficult/expensive it will be to live in Australia once you get here, or even whether it's a wise decision or not.
  11. Marisawright

    Visa chat

    The bad news is that it's very, very difficult. Only a small quota (currently 6,000) of permanent parent visas is granted every year. Australia is still accepting applications, but you just go in a queue, where applicants are processed in strict date order. There are tens of thousands of applications already in the queue. If you apply today, even for the most expensive visa, you will be waiting at least 18 years for a grant. This post explains it well: https://www.gm-parent-visas.com/visa-processing-time-calculator/ If that comes as a shock, consider that if an Australian wants to bring a parent to the UK, it's virtually impossible. Perhaps people who would like a change should apply to Liz Truss to see if she can 'do a Boris' and get some kind of special deal done.
  12. Marisawright

    Spouse visa refusal - MRT process?

    Yes, but at the same time, surely you're not the only person in the whole of the rest of the world available to fill the job?
  13. Marisawright

    Spouse visa refusal - MRT process?

    ...however, you will be paying the same taxes as someone else who doesn't have an expensive health condition. If you were the only person able to do that particular job, then yes, you're bringing an extra economic benefit and that should be taken into account. However the fact is that in most cases, there are hundreds of migrants eager to move to Oz and they can afford to pick the ones that will cost them the least.
  14. Marisawright

    I know no one will care but...........

    You do know there's a whole line of succession after him and his kids so it would just pass to the next person and the next, until someone agrees to take it on...
  15. Marisawright

    I know no one will care but...........

    It is, which is why there has been so much speculation among the pundits, for the last thirty years or so, about whether the Queen should stand down in favour of Charles or maybe both would stand down in favour of William. As you say, it would make some sense. It was all just that, speculation. The media loved it, of course, and it got reported so often, people started to think the royal family were seriously considering the idea. In fact, there's never been any evidence they were considering anything of the sort. They're a very traditional bunch and the Queen was brought up to believe that abdication was a deadly sin. I think you're also assuming that William is desperate to get his turn. I doubt it. Becoming the sovereign means losing a great deal of personal freedom. Right now he's got the wealth but not nearly as many responsibilities. I'm sure he's hoping the old man will soldier on for a long time yet.