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  1. Marisawright

    When to go?

    I think if he’s not flying till Christmas they will all be charging by then
  2. To be fair, right at the very start of the travel bans, the Prime Minister made several statements to the effect that residents needed to return to Australia immediately, because it might be their last chance to get home. That was weeks ago when flights were readily available I know that it wasn’t possible for everyone to drop everything and get on a plane, but there were clear warnings
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    Stuck! (Perth/UK)

    People often make the mistake of thinking Australia is one big sameness - so if they loved living Sydney or Brisbane, they'll love living in Perth. Not the case at all. Each city has its own vibe, and different cities suit different people. In my experience, people who adore Sydney don't settle in Perth - and people who love Perth can't stand Sydney. I love Sydney but in all my years there, made very few friends - whereas Melbourne will never be as gorgeous as Sydney, but I've made lots of friends in a short space of time. However, I have a Sydney friend who found Melbourne stand-offish. We are all individuals, with individual likes and dislikes. You might find that moving over to the East Coast would offer a solution, if going back to the UK doesn't appeal.
  4. Very true! I'm surprised the government hasn't realised their attempts to discourage parent visas has just resulted in more and more people exploiting that loophole - and if they are UK residents, then they're a burden on Medicare anyway.
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    PR expired and want to enter on RRV visa

    Suncoast Migration or Go Matilda
  6. I'm not sure. If the government is seeking to reduce pressure on the health budget, parent migration might be a target - after all, their figures show parent visa holders cost them money. The comment about spouse and child visas was that a figure of 34,000 didn't seem to leave enough room for them. I'm not sure how that was worked out.
  7. I think next year's figure are just reflecting the likelihood that the travel bans won't be lifted till late 2021. Beyond next year, the article is saying that "Australia's weak economy" will result in lower migration. I interpret that as saying the government will make it much harder to get employer-sponsored visas (temp or perm) - there'll be more pressure on companies to hire locals instead, to get the unemployment rate down. Also of course, if Australia is no longer seen as a booming economy, migrants will be less attracted to the country.
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    When to go?

    Flights were always likely to be cancelled at the last minute, even before Covid, so of course Qatar would say that. I've had it happen to me - the most memorable was when the flight was cancelled after I'd arrived at the airport (engine trouble). The only difference now is that flights are less frequent, so if a flight is cancelled, there are fewer alternative flights they can transfer you to. As I said before - book a flight to Sydney, because Qatar has a few flights to Sydney every day. If one is cancelled then he will be transferred to the next available one, so it won't disrupt anything. If he has to stay in quarantine, he won't be allowed to see family anyway. He's going for the activation and that's your priority.
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    Health Insurance

    If you go to any public library in Australia, you can view the reports free.
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    Health Insurance

    Worth noting though, that they don't compare the whole market - they only compare the ones that pay them a commission.
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    PR expired and want to enter on RRV visa

    It's understandable that a family bereavement delaying your migration was out of your control, but choosing to stay in the US and have two babies was your conscious decision. So it sounds as though you have no compelling reasons why you couldn't move to Australia. That makes your case sound very weak. Having a first cousin in Australia would not constitute "strong ties" to the country (not a close enough relation) and having studied there isn't relevant. I'd say you don't stand a chance without a good agent, and even then you may be on shaky ground.
  12. Marisawright

    Resident returning (or ping pong if you prefer)

    @Lavers is in quarantine in Melbourne as we speak. Food is provided but you can also order in. Lots of exercise classes available on Zoom these days and you get free wifi.
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    Resident returning (or ping pong if you prefer)

    I'm assuming you've got an RRV (resident return visa)? If so, then you are allowed to enter, no formalities necessary. You will be taken to quarantine ini a hotel for two weeks, all arranged for you. Currently it's free in most states but the NT is already charging people, and WA is making noises about charging too, so it depends when you are planning to travel.
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    Are we coming out of isolation too soon?

    That reminds me of a line that Bernard said in Yes Minister: "It's one of those irregular verbs, isn't it? I have an independent mind, you are eccentric, he is round the twist."