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

    We have quite a mix of British and Australian residents here.
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    SC491 window of arrival

    The 491 is classed as temporary and therefore not allowed to enter. It's a real kick in the teeth for 491 holders, who went for the 491 on the understanding it was a solid pathway to a permanent visa. They just had to serve out their "probation" in a country town somewhere for a few years, then they'd transition to PR. Now they are stuck overseas, unable to get started, which means that by the time they arrive, they won't have enough time to serve their time to qualify for PR. There's no indication whether there will be any leniency. Even worse are the 491 holders who got stranded overseas when the borders closed. The great majority moved lock, stock and barrel to Australia, because they had an assurance of PR down the track. Their family home is here, sometimes one partner and the kids are here while the husband is stuck overseas or vice versa, sometimes the whole family is overseas which means the main visa holder has lost their job and their home has been lying empty for over a year. I used to think the 491 was a good option for migrants but this shabby treatment has changed my whole attitude.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Where are you? Tulip1 is in the UK
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    Government reshuffle

    I think most women think it's a joke. He thinks that putting more women into his Cabinet shows he's respecting equality, but it doesn't - because he didn't bother to do it before, he's only doing it now as a marketing exercise. I can't stand Michaelia Cash or Peter Dutton either.
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    491,190,189 offshore

    I think he's asking, where are you seing people who've been waiting 3 years? Have they been invited or what stage are they at? It sounds strange.
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    Has anyone had their citizenship ceremony overseas?

    I believe it is possible to have your ceremony overseas, but only in special cases, and I have no idea what constitutes a special case. I believe that if you're overseas, you have to prove your intention to make Australia your permanent home (an "intention to reside" application). I don't know how high they set the bar. The whole point of the strict overseas rules is that Australia got fed up of people getting citizenship just so they could bugger off back to their home country, but keep Australia in their back pocket just in case. The practice had become too widespread, especially among Asian and Middle Eastern migrants. So they have made it difficult for people who aren't in the country.
  7. Brits got all excited about it, but missed the fact that the suggestion was to allow people to travel freely to Australia for work.
  8. Gets my vote too
  9. I get the impression his wife chose that area to be near family, and she's too much of a selfish b*** to consider that it might not suit her husband.
  10. No one is disputing that those awful dormitory suburbs exist, you'll find them in every Australian capital. You'll find them in most similar-sized cities anywhere in the world, actually. They may even be the majority - they are the majority in Sydney, for instance. But even so, if I tried to count all the lively, fun suburbs in Sydney, I'd run out of fingers and toes. It's a pity you've ended up in the boonies, at the opposite end of Perth from any of the nice areas by the sound of it. It does happen to a lot of migrants, I think - houses are cheaper in those awful suburbs.
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    Flights to UK now

    Yes indeed. The thing is that even when the UK was in the EU, you weren’t supposed to just arrive in Spain and set up home. If you wanted to stay permanently, you had to register at the police station and get your papers in order. Many people didn’t know that and have been living illegally on the Continent for years. I thought there was some kind of amnesty which allowed people to stay providing they registered before a certain deadline - but I have a feeling the deadline was late 2019 or early 2020 so maybe they missed that too
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    ...even better, buy a Surfers pad, so you can hop up there whenever you feel like a change. If you've got most of your belongings in the Surry Hills unit, you'd only need a one bedroom or even a studio in Surfers https://www.realestate.com.au/property-apartment-qld-surfers+paradise-135505970 You might even have enough money in your super to buy it outright. Five minutes' walk to the Surf Club!
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    I think you're like my husband. He doesn't feel the need of a lot of friends or social activity, but he does like to be in the middle of a lively city with lots of "buzz" going on. In your shoes, I would make Surry Hills your permanent home, because that's where you belong. You've got everything organised there, you have your regular doctor, pub, access to good services etc. No need to deal with all the anxiety and hassle of finding a place to buy in Surfers, packing up, moving house, your cat getting stressed, etc. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Not that hard to go on holiday for a month or so to Surfers, every year if you want, especially once Covid is over.
  14. To be fair, you said suburbS, and that's a big generalisation, as Paul1Perth's post showed. I know where you're coming from, though. Every modern city in the world has "dormitory suburbs", acres of faceless houses with no pubs, restaurants or sometimes even shops. If you live in the midst of them (which I'm guessing you do), it's easy to assume the whole city is like that, and give up. That's especially easy to assume if you head into the city centre and find that it's just as dead. But it's not true. Australian city centres are often dead. Up until a couple of years ago, you couldn't get a meal in the Sydney city centre after 8.30 pm. I always thought Canberra, Newcastle and Wollongong were boring places - until I got to know people there and discovered it was just because nobody goes into town to have a good time. The action is in the suburbs. But you have to know WHICH suburbs. Like I said, most Sydney suburbs are wastelands of faceless houses. It takes a bit of effort to learn where the nightlife is. I'm sure Perth is the same.
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    Initial assessment - 309/100 partner visa

    It's everything. Provide it now or never, basically. I think it might be wise to have a chat with Paul - maybe an agent will be able to buy you some time. The lesson (which may not help you now, unfortunately) is that you don't submt the first part until you've got all your documents together and can submit the lot. Fingers crossed for you.
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    That is a VERY good point. I remember going on holiday to Noosa and loving it, but we arrived the week before Christmas. I was talking to some locals and they said, "just wait till Boxing Day". Sure enough, from Boxing Day onwards it was mayhem, and I understood why the locals live further out, away from the beach!
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    I don't thn I don't think it's odd at all. You lived there a long time before you went up to Surfers. The routine is in your bones! And of course you're still a local. To be honest, I can't see why you would move anywhere else. You are comfortable there, you have a nice unit which is all set up the way you like it. Rather than ask yourself, "where will I go?", you should be asking yourself, "why do I want to move?" I cannot see any reason why you'd uproot yourself to move to Perth, no matter how much you like the place. On the other hand, I can see a strong argument for moving up to Surfers permanently IF you have family there. But that would be the only valid reason I can think of.
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    Brisbane for a Young Family of 4

    I've seen episodes of Wanted Down Under where people are heading for Brisbane, but they're shown houses on the Sunshine Coast (probably so the cameras can see a beach nearby). Not practical for most people. To the OP, if you're considering it, use Google Maps, use the Directions feature, and try changing the time of your journey to peak times. The difference between a clear run and peak hour can be stunning. I think migrants often imagine Australia is this lovely spacious, traffic-free zone. We don't get the same density of traffic as the UK, but we still get traffic jams!
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    Parent visa

    You can't find out exactly where you are, as far as I know, all you can do is guess based on the figures that are issued. Here's a discussion you can join and keep an eye on: https://www.pomsinoz.com/topic/207694-parent-visa-application-timelines-143-173/
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    Brisbane for a Young Family of 4

    $600 a week sounds tight. In most nice suburbs in Sydney, $600 a week would barely get you a two-bedroom apartment. Brisbane is cheaper, but I'm not sure it's that much cheaper.
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    Can my son transfer in year 12?

    I think you're right. As Loopylou says, there are good and bad schools in any country, a lot depends on where you end up. And in the long term, it won't matter, especially if you see your family's future in Australia. As for more opportunities for pilots in Australia - not sure how you'd work that out? With Australia's tiny population and most international flights run by foreign airlines, I don't think there are a lot of jobs for pilots here compared to Europe.
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    Parent visa

    That was one of my main reasons for returning to Australia. We got out and about and tried joining clubs etc in Southampton, but I was shocked at how sedentary and quiet they all were. It was like once people hit 65, they put their cardigan and slippers on and didn't think much beyond the pub, the TV, and their holidays in Portugal or Spain. I thought maybe it was just Soton, but my sisters and relatives in other parts of the UK were just the same. I'm sure there must be parts of the UK where retirees are active and socialise in the same way we do here, but for me it was such a relief to get back!
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    Is YEAR 6 same as GRADE 6 in Australia?

    @Captain Ron, popping back to say that Melbourne quarantine is already all booked up until August, so you might not want to wait till June to book those September flights.
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    Missing the UK

    https://www.pomsinoz.com/topic/201029-moving-back-to-the-uk-from-australia-positive-stories/ Many people do go back. But there are just as many who stay and have a happy life in Australia. Everyone is different. I must say, I do find it telling that you refer to missing "home". If, after two years, you're not even starting to think of Australia as "home", that could be a sign that it's not for you. It sounds as though you were driven by the idea of financial security and didn't give much thought to other aspects of life in Oz. However, I think you need to work through your feelings first. Ask your GP to refer you to a counsellor. It really helps to have an impartial ear to tell your troubles to. Whereabouts in Australia are you? If you're in one of the capitals, one odd thing about them is that the suburbs are very, very different and you can be miserable in one suburb, struggling to make friends and thinking there's nothing to do, when only a few suburbs away, people are very friendly and there's heaps going on. So consider widening your horizons a bit too
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    Is YEAR 6 same as GRADE 6 in Australia?

    It's been open for domestic flights for a long time, so yes, opening to international flights from 8th April. I would be surprised if quarantine is over by September. Australia has been slow to roll out the vaccines, not expected to have everyone vaccinated till early next year. So the government won't want to allow potentially infected foreigners to enter. At the moment, they think it's still possible for a vaccinated person to carry Covid and pass it on, even though they can't catch it themselves. So I'm not sure vaccine passports will be enough to change their mind.
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