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    Australia quarantine update

    They're being honest, at least. You'll still have to pay for the quarantine space prior, even if you sort it yourself, so how much would you really save?
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    Parent visa

    It depends on the conditions of your bridging visa. I believe the bridging visa for the 804 doesn't normally allow you to work at all. Of course, you could do cash-in-hand work but you'd be breaching the conditions of your visa and if found out, could potentially have your visa cancelled and be sent home. One important point I missed: if you decide to give it a try and then find, 10 or 15 years down the track, that you can't afford life in Australia, you'll have to go home and start all over again from scratch. What's more, because you've ceased to be a UK resident, you won't be eligible for any welfare or aged care assistance in the UK straight away. There are qualifying periods for some things, and being a citizen makes no difference. So please, do your sums!
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    Is YEAR 6 same as GRADE 6 in Australia?

    Melbourne opens in April. Quarantine will still be a thing until everyone is vaccinated so will definitely still be in place in June
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    Visitor 600

    Don’t underestimate the amount of evidence required
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    Brisbane for a Young Family of 4

    Brisbane Airport and Gold Coast airport are both classed as International Airports, so it might be worth checking out where you can fly to from them, to see which one would suit. There is also an airport on the Sunshine Coast itself (as well as several other airports up and down the coast).
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    Parent visa

    Assuming you are already in Australia AND you were a legal resident of the UK before you arrived, then you will be covered by Medicare for most things. Note, it's residency that counts not citizenship, so if you had retired to Spain or France before you moved, you won't be covered. However, unlike Australian pensioners, you won't get cheap prescriptions. As we age, most of us end up taking several medications, and just one medication can easily cost $30 a month. Also remember that Medicare doesn't cover dentistry or spectacles. If you want to buy a home, you'll be treated as a foreign investor. You'll have to apply for special permission to buy (from FIRB), for a fee of course. Then you'll be charged a surcharge on top of the stamp duty. On a $500,000 home, the surcharge is around $45,000. At some point after you apply, you'll have to pass a basic medical. As the waiting time for the 804 is about 30 years, the good news is that you'll be dead before you have to pass the full medical so that's no problem. The other thing to consider, which I admit I don't know much about, is how being a temporary resident will impact you in your very old age. You won't be entitled to any of the benefits available to Australian pensioners including aged care. You won't get the Australian state pension, but your British pension will be frozen at the rate it was when you arrived. In 20 years' time that won't be worth much. Will you be able to afford to live?
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    Flights to UK now

    He (or she) has a Bridging Visa E. A BVE is granted to someone whose visa has expired and who is therefore at risk of becoming illegal, solely to give them time to book a flight home. The OP arrived on a tourist visa with the intention of applying for permanency. The OP did not apply for a permanent visa, instead they just decided to stay and set up home. I think they've been extraordinarily lucky to be granted a BVE instead of being deported. I imagine it's part of Immigration being lenient with people due to the difficulty of travelling during Covid.
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    Home Affairs accused me of lying

    If you wrote holiday on the card, then you signed a declaration that said you'd leave when your visa expired. You didn't. That's breaking the law.
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    Missing the UK

    @bug family
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    Home Affairs accused me of lying

    lt's not the conversation you had, it's what you wrote on the card you filled in when you arrived. That card is a legal document, and it includes a declaration, which you signed, promising to leave the country before your visa expired. The fact that you didn't leave, means you've already broken the law. I'm guessing that they've been more lenient than usual and let you have a BVE because of Covid. I suppose you're working illegally as well? You can buy a house on a bridging visa, but you need special permission. Google FIRB and you'll see what I mean.
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    Home Affairs accused me of lying

    If you are in the country on a tourist visa or a BVE and you have no intention of leaving Australia, then you are committing fraud already. You were given the BVE in the expectation that you'd make genuine efforts to leave Australia and you have not done so. I very much doubt that you have bought a house. You'd have had to get special permission to do so, since you've got no permanent visa. If you've been silly enough to buy a houseful of stuff when you don't have a proper visa to live in Australia, that's not Immigration's problem. It's no excuse.
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    Home Affairs accused me of lying

    The travel condition just means that you can't leave Australia and come back (eg. you can't hop over to New Zealand or Bali for a weekend). Like I said, they give you the BVE to give you time to book a flight. That's all. They won't keep letting you renew it. You might even find yourself getting charged with fraud and banned from Australia for years. I suggest you get that flight booked pronto.
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    Flights to UK now

    As a Brit, you can fly direct to anywhere in Europe, you don't need to get a visa. So it's a case of going to a travel agent or getting online and checking which airlines are flying to Europe at the moment. If you can't get a flight to Spain, you could get a flight to Paris, for instance, then you can hop on a local flight to Spain, or you could catch the train. Etihad and Qatar and Emirates all fly from Sydney to Madrid, then catch a train to wherever you want to go. Note, though, that you're only allowed to stay in Spain for 3 months. If you want to stay longer, you'll need to go and register at the local police station there and apply for a longer-stay visa.
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    Home Affairs accused me of lying

    There are only two reasons you can get a BVE. One is to give you enough time to book a flight and get out of the country. The second is to let you stay while you're waiting for Immigration to decide on an application you already submitted for a long-term visa. Since it sounds like you never submitted a visa application, the second one doesn't apply to you. So your only choice now is to leave the country before the BVE expires. If you don't, you'll become unlawful. Then you'l have a black mark on your record which might ruin your chances of ever getting a permanent visa to Australia. In fact, if your tourist visa expired before you applied for the BVE, you've probably already stuffed it up.
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    Visitor 600

    Apparently you need to submit the visa application first, then submit the travel exemption application immediately, quoting your visa application reference number so they can connect the two. However it's not easy to get an exemption on a visitor visa.
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    Rail signal electrician

    You can't send personal messages until you've made a few posts on the forums.. I think it's only 3 posts, so do another post and then try again.
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    Brisbane for a Young Family of 4

    I'm curious, if it's a remote job, why does it have to be Brisbane or Sydney? There are other airports which might suit depending where you need to fly to. Is there an office in Brisbane? If not, have you considered the Sunshine Coast for instance?
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    Can my son transfer in year 12?

    Partner visas are being processed much faster now if you've applied from the UK, so you may be surprised. If you're unlucky and it is 18 months, then I second Quoll: make your activation trip, then stay another year to let him finish A levels. They are more "valuable" and widely recognised. I'm not an expert but it seems to me that Australian HSC is more like the Scottish Highers, not quite as demanding as A levels and therefore not quite as well regarded.
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    Flights to UK now

    You don't hold an Australian permanent visa, so there is nothing to prevent you leaving. There are fewer flights but it's not that hard. As others have said, once you get to the UK you'll be stuck. Better to fly direct to Spain.
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    Home Affairs accused me of lying

    So did you apply for a permanent resident visa? If you did, you should hold a bridging visa already. If you haven't applied for a permanent visa yet, then you are in the country illegally.
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    Brisbane for a Young Family of 4

    I can't answer your question. However if you are on a tight budget, then you are right to ignore Sydney. Housing - whether you rent or buy - is about double the price in Sydney for a equivalent property in an equivalent area.
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    Parent visa

    Which one would you go for?
  23. Even allowing for relativity, I don't see .02% as massive. It's .02, not .2. And you're assuming the government is going to want to address that, which they may not.
  24. Actually the drop was only a few percentage points so I'd hardly call it massive, and it was only in the last quarter of 2020. They are predicting Australia could have about a million fewer people than they expected by 2031, but that's only a prediction. Melbourne has seen an exodus of people, but that's as much people moving out to the country as moving to other states. It's driven by people discovering they can work from home, so they're heading to country towns where they can still commute into the city one or two days a week.It's still expected that Melbourne will overtake Sydney as the largest city in Australia. Most of the shortage of workers in hospitality, tourism and farming just illustrates how dependent those industries have been on students, backpackers and temporary workers, most of whom worked for wages an Australian would find unacceptable (which is why I don't think you'll see many Australians relocating to take up those jobs, even after Jobkeeper ends). There is now a huge backlog of visa applications from late 2019/early 2020, so any new applicants will be up against even more competition than usual, I would think.
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