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  1. Marisawright

    Decided I need a change

    If you read the thread, you'll see part of his plan is to use his time in Australia to get some Australian experience in his chosen occupation in hopes of getting PR eventually. Not every WHV'er does hospitality work, many of them do their usual job.
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    Just can't settle here

    It does depend enormously where you live, though. I lived in the Eastern Suburbs and had a great social life. There are some outer suburbs which are a cultural and social wasteland. My stepdaughter lived on the North Shore for years. She decided to move out West so they could afford a house. After a few years, she came back to the North Shore. She said it was like living in a different city and she hated it. I would have to say, I've found the same thing. (I should add that there are nice suburbs out West too. But there are huge areas which are pretty dismal.)
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    UK passport renewal glitch

    However with a lot of things nowadays, if it’s colour there’s no need for certification so it doesn’t make sense
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    UK passport renewal glitch

    Was it a full colour copy? If it's full colour it shouldn't need to be certified.
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    How would you go for work there?
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    Decided I need a change

    It's a well known fact to you. It's surprising how many people (like the OP) think that provided they can get to Australia somehow, some magical door will open which will let them qualify for PR without having to do the hard yards. I've never told anyone that emigrating was impossible. I've told people that emigrating is impossible with their current qualifications, and I've warned them that retraining can be a long hard road -- and you'd be surprised how many people don't know that. Also let's not talk about the people who retrain and get the experience, only to find that occupation has been taken off the list. I guess my difficulty is that I don't understand why anyone would be so absolutely desperate to get to Australia that they'd be willing to sacrifice years and years of their life -- and probably a great deal of money, not just in fees but in wages lost -- to achieve that goal. Australia is a nice place to live. Personally, I prefer it. But it's just preference. It's not paradise on earth, it's just another first world country. There are just as nice places in Britain.
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    Decided I need a change

    Who said it was impossible? I said it was impossible for the OP to get a PR visa if he goes on a WHV now and then wants PR at the end of it. That's just a fact. Yes, he could be patient, get a trade etc etc. We've already had that conversation. Personally I think he'd be better to complete the course he's doing and get some experience in that field. No one has said there aren't options, just that all of them take time -- often years -- to come to fruition.
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    Decided I need a change

    So you don’t need a trade or qualifications? That will be news to some
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    Decided I need a change

    ....but people who have come from mud shacks in Asia are willing to put up with anything in order to achieve their goal. They'll live in cockroach-infested flats sharing six to a room to get through a university degree, working all hours in part-time jobs to survive. Then they end up thousands of dollars in debt by the time they get their PR, and then they just get on with working off the debt without complaining. There's a difference between being determined to achieve something and having unrealistic dreams. People need to know the size of the mountain they're proposing to climb, so they can prepare appropriately. It's not helpful for others to say, " don't worry, it's not Everest, it's just a little hill, you'll be right".
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    Just can't settle here

    I get you, 100%. You don't really mean it's a foreign language, it's just that you're on a different wavelength. I had the same experience when we tried retiring back in the UK. Everyone was very nice but I just couldn't relate to anyone. It's hard to explain. I think you have to experience it to know. I thought I was going mad, until I bumped into one woman and found I could talk to her. It turned out she was British, but had lived abroad most of her adult life. It's not going to get any better, IMO. I think you need to talk to your partner about moving to another country. If you can't go back to your home country, do you have other options?
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    Hands up, who’s still here??

    Sounds like a good plan
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    Flights to Manchester

    I always start by looking at Skyscanner to find out what my best choices are
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    How to get shut of regret and remorse?!

    True for most, but not for all. However as we know, some think they have the choice, then find the choice has been taken away from them due to family or finances.
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    How to get shut of regret and remorse?!

    I think all the people who say you have to "get over" remorse are forgetting the concept of hiraeth, which @bug family told us about.
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    Still here and still feel the pull

    I didn't see anyone, anywhere in the thread, suggesting a doctor or psychiatrist could make the decision for you. Parley said doctors and psychiatrists only made things worse and you replied, "True".