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Marisawright

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    Corona Virus

    Did I read right - the UK has not shut down its borders like Australia and NZ have?
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    Day to Day Diary of Coronavirus/Covid-19 2020

    All the rottweilers I've met in Australia have been big softies.
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    Future in Australia

    ...and apparently it includes wifi, and your laundry as well.
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    Exemption to Travel from Australia

    Australia isn't stopping foreigners leaving, only people arriving. I'm actually surprised that the UK doesn't have a stricter travel ban in place. The UK is an island, after all - they could easily have followed Australia's and New Zealand's example but they haven't.
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    Bupa medical examination

    Coronavirus
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    Day to Day Diary of Coronavirus/Covid-19 2020

    True, but then their videos aren't aimed at us. It's the young ones who need to discover these skills and I guess they take lessons more kindly from their peers rather than old-fogey boomers like us.
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    Spouce visa

    Actually yes, your wife can apply for a tourist visa, travel to Australia with you, and then apply for a spouse visa once you arrive. She will get a bridging visa which will allow her to stay in Australia while her visa is processed. However she will not be allowed to work, and the waiting time is even longer than when you apply overseas. So you would have to work out if you can afford to have her not working for 18 months or so. I should say, that is how it works at the moment. The Department of Immigration is always changing the rules to make it more difficult for people to get visas. So you will need to wait until things go back to normal and then check what the rules are at that time.
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    Day to Day Diary of Coronavirus/Covid-19 2020

    True, but many of the truly vulnerable don't have access to technology or don't understand how to use it.
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    Use for Cruise ships out of service

    I love cruises so I can understand why people go on cruises. However, most cruises are only for one, two or three weeks - which means that most of the people on these ships must've boarded after the crisis had started. What were they thinking? What were the cruise companies thinking?
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    Spouce visa

    You are wrong. You do not need to be in Australia to sponsor your wife. There are strategies you could use, however it is very difficult right now because of the coronavirus. It is affecting travel and also affecting visas. If you want to be successful, the best plan is to speak to a migration agent like WRussell (who replied to your post). He is a reputable agent.
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    Retraining in Aus

    I don't think anyone here can give you a straight answer. Since you know the state you're heading to, the answer is very simple - contact the University and ask them. They will know what they will accept.
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    Use for Cruise ships out of service

    The virus spreads rapidly because of the way people mingle in large crowds throughout the ship. Also crew live in shared cabins. If they wanted to use it as a hospital, I'm sure they would have it occupied at a much lower level so staff could have a cabin each and patients could be isolated too. Not a bad idea IMO.
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    Where do I start?

    Yes, you could get a temporary visa BUT be very careful - it is only temporary, for 2 or 4 years. Years ago, if you could get a temp visa, then there was a very good chance you could get permanent sponsorship at the end. Nowadays, it's much less likely and the failure rate is high. So if you do come on a temp visa, you're advised to assume it's only temporary and plan accordingly. Then if you do manage to get permanency, it's a bonus. In your case, you need to think about how it would affect your daughter's education if you moved over for 2 to 4 years and then had to leave the country? I would also double and triple check that you'll be eligible for permanent sponsorship at the end of the temp visa, or whether the 45 year limit would still apply. There are some very good agents on this forum like @paulhand and @Raul Senise who may drop in to clarify that. Finally, I'd caution to be wary of agencies who tell you it will all be easy. There are some quality agencies out there, but there are also shonky ones who will tell you anything, just to get your application fee.
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    Justice of the Peace signing Form 1195 for Australian Citizenship

    The Immigration phone operators are notorious for giving bad advice, so don't trust them. Paul is right - you need one of the people on the form. This is one of those occasions when a JP won't do, unless they've known you for 2 years. Have you thought about asking your doctor or dentist or someone like that?
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    Retraining in Aus

    Considering it may be 2021 before you can get here, it would be worth her looking distance learning/correspondence course, so she can get started now, rather than waiting till she arrives. https://onlinestudyaustralia.com/pathways-into-university/
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    How is Megan doing so far?

    I think their decision was driven largely because she wanted to get back into showbiz
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    Future in Australia

    Yes, three meals a day
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    New destiny/destination

    I'm sure I've said this to you before, but have you considered Northern NSS rather than Queensland? I know Queensland has that aura of sun, beaches and a holiday lifestyle, but you can get exactly the same idyllic lifestyle all the way down the coast of NSW as far as Sydney, with hot summers and bright blue-sky winters. The beaches are just as good as Queensland beaches. In fact, I prefer the NSW coastline because the further south you go, the less humid and sweaty the summers are.
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    Corona Virus

    No, actually they couldn't. Russia and China are communist republics. The Scandinavian countries are good examples of socialist republics. Socialism and communism are being wrongly conflated far too often. If you say a Socialist is a Communist, then that's like saying Boris Johnson is a Nazi. Socialism and communism are both to the left in politics, Conservatives/Tories/Republicans/Nazis are to the right. But just like there's a gulf between Boris Johnson and Hitler, there's a gulf between socialists and communists. At one time, communism was called 'revolutionary socialism". Unfortunately, various communist governments have called themselves socialist as a way of disguising their extremism. I've often thought real socialists ought to find another name to describe themselves because the word "socialist"has been so misappropriated. https://www.history.com/news/socialism-communism-differences
  20. However, although they activated, they have never ever lived in Australia - so they're missing the residential requirement by 100%. That makes a very weak case for a RRV. If WRussell is suggesting they'd be best to get an extension on their IED then that's what I'd go for.
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    Where do I start?

    Yes, I'm afraid you are too late. Cutoff is 45.
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    Corona Virus

    I dread to think what the death toll will be like in Africa. It's not just the lack of medical facilities: large portions of the population already have compromised health due to bilharzia or AIDS. The countries which have experienced Ebola will understand and practice social distancing but elsewhere in Africa, it will be a struggle to get people to comply. Many victims will probably die in villages, surrounded by their families, followed by a funeral with a large attendance.
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    189 pr visa expiring May 2021

    Let's say you arrive in Australia just before your expiry date (May 2021). Now you're in Australia, but you've got no travel facility. You can't apply for one, either, because you don't qualify. That means that if you leave Australia for any reason, you will not be allowed back into the country. New Zealand is a separate country - so no, you can't go there either. Once you are settled in Australia, you have a home, a job, bank accounts, the kids are in school - then you can claim you have genuine "strong ties to Australia", and you would stand a good chance of getting a RRV without having to wait for the two years residency requirement.
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    New destiny/destination

    More difficult to get jobs, of course - but it depends on what you do for a living. You may just have to budget for a longer initial period out of work, or be willing to pursue a different career/start your own business.
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