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    Superannuation

    The preservation ages have changed, so perhaps they did it a few years ago? There is no way around the preservation age, unless you can demonstrate financial hardship. Note also that if you are going to take a lump sum at some point, you need to do it while you're still living in Australia. If you wait until you're living back in the UK and then withdraw a lump sum, it will be taxable in the UK and the Inland Revenue will grab a huge chunk of it (about a third).
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    Leaving after Citizenship Application

    In your shoes, I'd do both. Apply for citizenship, but also buy a property (which you can rent out, using a good agent). Also I'd make sure I kept my RRV current at all times, just in case. God forbid your mum has a sudden health scare, but you never know. Looking into the future, let's say you can't get citizenship before you leave, then you get stuck in the UK for several years, your RRV expires, and you don't meet the 2 years in 5 residency requirement. To get your RRV renewed, you will need to demonstrate "strong ties of benefit to Australia". If you can show that you've got a home in Australia (even if it's temporarily let), it demonstrates a commitment to return, so I'd say that's a good strong tie. You'd have your superannuation and bank accounts here too. Of course I'd also say, make sure the property is a good investment in its own right.
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    Dual citizen studying law at UK university

    A British citizen cannot get any kind of UK visa because he doesn't need one. He is entitled to live, work and study in the UK. He's just not entitled to benefits which have a residency requirement, like student grants, reduced university fees etc.
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    Leaving after Citizenship Application

    The waiting time for approval is 14-18 months, not 2.5 years. After approval, there have been long waiting times for the ceremony, because of Covid. That should improve now, I hope. Your problem will be that your citizenship can't even be approved while you are resident overseas. Do you have a current RRV and how long is it valid for? The rules have been made much tighter in recent years, because there were too many people getting a PR visa, working in Australia for 2 years, getting their citizenship, then going back to their home country. They just wanted Australian citizenship as an insurance policy in case of political unrest or war in their home country. Hence the increase to 4 years and the long wait to get approval after that -- the government wants to reserve citizenship for people who have a genuine commitment to Australia.
  5. Very very few. People do get sponsored while on a WHV, but they are usually in their late 20's, and they arrived in Australia with their qualifications and some years of experience already. Employers can't sponsor just anyone. The person must still have all the qualifications and experience specified for the visa, exactly the same as if you were applying from overseas. You don't get any concessions because you are onshore or because an employer wants you.
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    Superannuation

    Unfortunately, if you're a permanent resident, you can't withdraw your super until you reach "preservation age". So the question is, how old are you now? By the way, although temporary residents can withdraw a lump sum, they lose about half of it in tax, so it's not all good news for them either.
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    Dual citizen studying law at UK university

    The only benefit to being a dual citizen is that he doesn't need to get a visa to stay in the UK. He will need to establish residency before he can register with a GP (but that's as simple as getting proof of a UK address).
  8. Your enquiry is complicated and I'd suggest booking a consultation with a migration agent to plan a strategy. Try Suncoast Migration or Go Matilda. You have 3 options: a WHV, a Student Visa or a Skilled Visa. For a skilled visa, you need to check what the official requirements are. You always need qualifications AND some years of experience AFTER you've achieved that qualification. It would be worth checking whether you're allowed to study by distance education while you're on a WHV and if so, whether there are distance-learning options for the modules you wish to do.
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    Expired PR Visa

    As Paul said, if you once held a PR visa, you can apply for a Resident Return Visa. However as you haven't lived in Australia at all in the last 5 years, I wouldn't be hopeful. You need to show ties to Australia (e.g. you kept a home here, or you have family living here, or even a job offer can be enough sometimes). Otherwise, it's a case of applying for a new visa. If you're not planning to work, then employer-sponsored visas are no use, nor is the 491 visa (which requires you to work in a regional area for a probationary period). So your only option is to apply for a 189 or 190 visa all over again. Though you have to qualify under an occupation, there's no obligation to work once you've arrived in Australia. To be included in your application if they are over 18, your children must be dependent on you when the visa is granted. Unless they are unable to work for health reasons, that means they must stay in full-time education until the visa is granted. They can't go out into the workforce and then move back in when you're ready to apply. So if they're already working, then it's too late. If they don't qualify as dependent, there is no type of visa for adult children wishing to join their parents in Oz. If you are wealthy enough, one option is to bring them on Student Visas to do a university degree, but that will mean paying full international fees. At the end of the degree, they can get a graduate visa which allows them to stay and gain enough experience to qualify for a skilled visa in their own right (assuming they've chosen a profession which is eligible).
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    Personal Reference

    Does it say you can't use an international reference?
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    Would you move to the UK now?

    Ambulances waiting to offload patients, or having to leave them in corridors, is something that's been going on long before Covid. The paramedic was making the point that they're now waiting for hours longer due to Covid, because the hospitals have so many Covid patients. I think he'd know.
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    Introduction of Covid PCR Tests

    We fail the assets test but had no trouble getting the Health card
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    Free travel to Tassie?

    Normally, no. But currently it’s too hard to get a car rental so bringing your own car is the only option
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    Introduction of Covid PCR Tests

    There's no point in you applying for a Centrelink pension. To get even a part pension, your assets must total less than $583,000. That's not including the home you live in, but it does include your superannuation, your savings and any other property you own. You've got your UK property and a reasonable superannuation pot, so I think your assets would be more than that. You might be eligible for a Health Benefits Card, because that's based on income, not assets. If you earn less than around $50,000 a year, then you can get one. You do need to fill out a long financial questionnaire and it's a pain, but it makes such a difference to your prescription costs, it's worth it.
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    Would you move to the UK now?

    Probably a case of no ambulances available. There was an Australian paramedic on morning TV yesterday. He's in the UK currently, working in Kent. He was saying that the ambulances are getting stuck for hours in queues outside hospitals, because there are no beds available (all full of Covid patients). So then calls go unanswered. As for being pinged - yes, if you are found to be a contact of a known case, then you need to isolate immediately. Why wouldn't you?
  16. I thought it was perfectly clear, it did say visa APPLICANTS not visa HOLDERS.
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    Free travel to Tassie?

    Absolutely. Once you're used to the huge distances on mainland Australia, Tasmania feels tiny and it's easy to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time.
  18. To be strictly correct, it has been stripped for ALL applicants. However, if you come from a country with a reciprocal agreement, you are able to fall back on that agreement and claim treatment under it instead. In theory, cover under the reciprocal agreement is more limited - but in practice, it seems to cover most things.
  19. To be clear, those people with low points were in the Priority list?
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    Does anyone here have a patronymic?

    I studied Russian at school so I know what a patronymic is. On most documents in the English-speaking world, if you wish to use your patronymic, you would type it into the "Middle Name" section on the form. The difference between a middle name and a patronymic is irrelevant in most practical situations in an English-speaking country. For citizenship, to avoid confusion, your application should match your existing visa.
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    Does anyone here have a patronymic?

    I'm curious why you are asking? A lot of Australians have a middle name of some kind, so I don't see why a patronymic would pose any problems.
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    Travel facility on PR about to expire

    That's a worry. If you don't meet the residency requirement AND you have no strong ties to Australia, you don't qualify for a RRV and it's likely to be refused. Then you've lost your PR forever. As Paul says, you could try applying for a RRV now and see what happens. You never know, maybe they'll be more lenient than usual due to Covid. But in your shoes, I wouldn't be banking on it.
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    Free travel to Tassie?

    I’ve been one of the drivers who does that. They don’t just load the vehicle, they travel with it and drive it off. Cheaper than sending it cargo apparently
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    Travel facility on PR about to expire

    I think you’re misunderstanding the rules. Provided you’ve lived in Australia for at least 2 years out of the last 5, you’ll get the RRV automatically. It’s certainly not worth the risk to let it lapse
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    CGT on crypto sale for non-resident ?

    @that_person, the bottom line is this: it makes absolutely NO difference where you sell. As a UK resident, you are liable to pay your tax on the transaction in the UK. End of story, no other options available to you. You could sell in Australia, the US or Timbuktu and you'd still have to pay your tax in the UK. International tax law says that you pay tax where you live, not where you make the transaction. You might sometimes have to pay tax in the foreign country as well, but never instead of.
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