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  1. Well folks it's decision time..Do it?

    It's impossible for any of us to say whether you should do it or not. It's a very personal thing. For every Pom on these forums who is happily settled in Australia (like me), there is one who deeply regretted their move and is grateful to be back home again in the UK, several thousand pounds poorer of course, but lesson learned. We don't know what your motives are for wanting to move, or where you're planning to move to, or how rich you are - so we have no idea whether your expectations are realistic or not. Australian capital cities do not have a more laidback lifestyle than the UK. Australians work longer hours than many other nations. Official working hours are 8.30 to 5.30 but if you work in a big corporation, those hours mean nothing! Especially in Sydney, the working week can be much longer than that. Where the difference comes is in the things you can do in your free time - BUT that depends where you live and how rich you are. The average person in Sydney lives a long way from a beach. You may look forward to warmer weather but you may find you hate the sticky, humid summers where the sweat is dripping off your nose and your shirt is sticking to your back on your commute to work. Or maybe you're the kind of person who loves the heat, but you choose Melbourne and end up wondering where the nice weather is. I think, if you are both professionals and you have some money behind you, that you should come for a visit Usually I advise the opposite, but usually I'm replying to someone with a family, on a tight budget, who are going to need every penny to make the big move. Just try to remember that you're on a research visit, not a holiday - because if you treat it as a holiday, you'll get no idea of what it's like to actually live here.
  2. Family of 5 lookin to emigrate, help needed!

    As others have said, the first thing to do is find out whether you're eligible. Recently, an agent posted on here to say that most of the people who consult him, aren't eligible. It's just a fact of life that if your occupation isn't on the list, or you don't have the qualifications and experience they specify, there is no way around it - you can't migrate. If you are eligible, you have a lot of saving to do. The visa fees and air fares are an obvious cost, but they are actually the least of it. You'll want to ship some of your belongings (you can be ruthless with your own stuff, but your children will need toys etc to help them settle in, and you won't fit it all in your luggage!). You can either ship your furniture or sell/give it away and replace it when you get to Australia - whichever you do, it will cost you a few thousand. You'll likely sell your car for less than it's worth (you'll probably need it till the last minute), and then you've got to buy one in Australia of course. You will need to book a holiday flat for about 4 weeks when you arrive, which for 5 of you could be expensive (check out AirBnb). Then you'll probably take a six-month lease on a home, even if you're planning to buy, and you'll need money for a bond. Check out rental and purchase costs of housing on realestate.com.au and domain.com.au. The cost of housing in Australia is a huge issue at the moment. Then you've got to find jobs. I don't know whether there are any licensing requirements for motor mechanics so you'd need to check that. There are two different sets of requirements for tradespeople - he might have the skills and experience to get approved for migration, but that doesn't mean he's got the skills to get a licence to work in a garage. He may have to serve an apprenticeship in Australia first, and that means a lower wage for the first year. As for your mother, it would be safest to assume she won't be able to come with you. Even today, her visa would cost over $60,000 (that's JUST the visa, not the cost of moving), and it keeps going up and up. Australia wants productive migrants, not people who are about to retire, and they are likely to go on making it more difficult for parents to migrate. If it's important that she comes with you, then I'd say New Zealand would be a better bet as I believe their parent visas are easier - but I have no idea whether you'd be eligible.
  3. how easy is to apply for WHV?

    Provided he has no criminal convictions, it's usually straightforward and comes through in less than a week.
  4. Once you have migrated where do you go on holiday?

    In the early years, I holidayed in various places in Australia - Kakadu, the Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays, all the big tourist spots. Although I only went for short breaks, because I had to save most of my annual leave for duty visits back to the UK to see family. A lot of Australians do still go to Bali or various Pacific islands for a beach holiday, in spite of having excellent beaches at home. Of course, in some of the capital cities, people have to live a long way from the nearest beach. Depending where you settle, sunshine isn't perpetual. Melbourne has very unpredictable weather, though still warmer than the UK. If you go further north, the sun can become a problem in itself. Bear in mind you are not talking about the kind of sunny weather you get in the UK. In England, the UV index never gets above 8. In most of Australia, it's above 10 for most of the summer, and often as high as 12 or 13. Even the southern parts of Australia are similar in sun exposure to the south of Spain. You burn very quickly and it can be uncomfortably hot for any strenuous activities. If you settle in Queensland, you may find you need to swap your habits around and do your vigorous outdoor pursuits in winter instead.
  5. Rockhampton

    I had friends who moved to Rockhampton and they seemed to enjoy it. It's a big country town rather than a city, so it's pretty quiet. If your daughter was older, she might find it a bit boring, but there should be plenty to keep a four year old amused! It would be too hot for me, but I'm not good with heat. As you're on a 457 and presumably your employer will pay for the move, it sounds like a good opportunity to experience a different part of Australia.
  6. Taking Neo Mastiff back to Wales

    Did you bring her from the UK too?
  7. Anyone recommend a good immigration lawyer?

    Do not engage a lawyer or a solicitor/barrister. Find yourself a good migration agent. They are specialists in what they do. Path2aus has listed several who post on this forum. Choose one of them.
  8. To move to Perth or not...

    Are you on a working holiday visa? I do hope you've managed to see a bit more of Australia in your 10 months!
  9. I know no one will care but...........

    I do hope you added that sentence about offering to help, otherwise that could come across as if you couldn't be bothered... If you didn't, I'd send her another text saying, "Is there anything I can help with in the meantime?"
  10. bank accounts uk to au

    It's not a bank, but you do get an account, and then you can transfer money from that account to any other bank account (your own or someone else's).
  11. Starting on a 457 and applying for 189 or 190

    The concern is that your husband has only 65 points. I'm not sure if you're aware how the visa process works. It's not a case of "I have 65 points and meet all the criteria, I'm guaranteed to get a visa". You're in a competition: there's a limit on how many visas they grant each year, so they can be picky and take the best. Currently, there are so many applicants with 70 points, they are not even looking at people with 65 points for a 189. So the 189 is probably not an option. I'm not sure about the 190 visa - but as you point out, that might cause trouble with your 457 employer, because if you get the 190 visa you will have to go and live in a regional area. Once you get the 190, the 457 is cancellled so you can't prolong your employment with your original employer, you'll have to go. I'd strongly recommend a consultation with a good agent, like one of the ones on this forum, to get an honest opinion of your chances of being successful. Right now your chances sound borderline to me. You're talking about securing your future, but you're planning to move halfway across the world on a very insecure visa, with the slim chance of being allowed to stay permanently. At that rate, I'd be worried you will end up spending your savings and ending up back where you started. If you do decide to do it, for goodness sake don't sell your house or close your bank accounts! I know that with Brexit etc, the future in Britain looks very uncertain, but please don't think Australia is a guaranteed safe haven. Currently unemployment rates are about the same in both countries. Australia used to have a booming economy but no longer! If you take a look around the forums, you'll find plenty of discussions about which country is a better place to bring up children and there are pro's and con's for each. And you are likely to be able to give your kids a better future if you keep your savings in your pocket, rather than waste them on a risky adventure.
  12. Studying Law in Australia (Please Help!)

    Actually, the Australian government prefers you to apply for visas while you are still in the UK and therefore they process offshore visas more quickly. I'm not sure how long a partner visa takes, someone else will know. In fact, it's actually illegal to enter on a WHV or a tourist visa with the intention of staying permanently. If you arrived at Australia and told an immigration officer you were planning to stay in Australia permanently, you'd be deported! So if you decide to take that option, remember to pretend you're intending to leave at the end of your temp visa. Then when you apply for your partner visa, you need to pretend that you hadn't intended to stay, but you changed your mind once you arrived.
  13. Working as a bricklayer

    If you love Brisbane, then go to Brisbane. House prices in those cities are very different. Sydney house prices are astronomical, and if you decide to settle there, you'll have a large mortgage even if you live a very long commute from the centre. Melbourne house prices are about two-thirds of Sydney's. Brisbane is about a third less again. So if money is tight with a young family, you'll be able to afford a better home in Brisbane.
  14. temp to long term housing

    This is a very, very common scam with removalists. It's their way of giving you a low quote to get the business. Let's face it, how would you know how much volume your original list came to? That's why it's much better to get them to come and look and agree a fixed price. If you can't find anyone willing to come and look, then make sure they tell you, in writing, how extra charges will be calculated if you are over the limit.
  15. Studying Law in Australia (Please Help!)

    How long have you been living together? It doesn't matter how long you've been dating, it matters how long you've been in a "de facto relationship". That means a relationship that's equivalent to being married. If you've been living together for at least a year, and you can prove it, then you are eligible to apply for a partner visa right now. Once you have your partner visa, you will be a permanent resident of Australia, so I believe you'd be able to enrol in university as a local student. I'm sure someone else will be able to confirm that for you.