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  1. Marisawright

    Financial Planning for Brisbane Move

    That sounds like a healthy budget. I would agree with not rushing to buy. It takes time to learn where the best suburbs are and as your new lifestyle develops, you may find your preferences change
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    Immigration2Oz Evidence Checking session

    Are they a MARA registered agent? If not, don’t spend any money with them. There is no such thing as an evidence checking session so that raises red flags
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    Where to start? Perth and Perth living.

    He may have given you loads of advice but how do you know it’s correct? If you are paying him for advice and he’s not an agent, then you’ve spent money unnecessarily. Most agents will give you free initial advice then once you’ve engaged them, all advice is included in the few they charge to apply on your behalf. Frankly I’d be suspicious of anyone representing themselves as a “consultant “ considering how unnecessary the role is
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    Contributory parent visa

    She’ll have to apply for permission every time she wants to leave Australia and she’ll have to show a good reason for needing to travel, e.g. wedding, funeral etc. She’ll be covered for essential treatment only, assuming she was a UK resident immediately before moving to Australia
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    Return to the UK... Omg

    Did you read my reply? You’ve given them so many years, it’s your turn to be happy
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    49 Killed in Shooting in NZ

    If that's true then we really are all screwed. The world has gone mad
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    Return to the UK... Omg

    There are some people who can move to a new country and settle in like a duck to water. I call them "nomads". Then there are other people who, as soon as they leave their homeland, feel like they've lost a piece of themselves. Nothing can fill the whole left by the place they were born. The only way to feel "whole" again is to get back on home soil - there's no other cure. And it sounds like you're one of those people. The thing is, it's almost impossible for nomads to understand your problem, because they've never felt that way. They'll think you're mad to leave the "better life" in Australia, but they're completely missing the point. It wouldn't matter if you were living in a palace in Australia, you'd still be happier in a maisonette at home It's just your nature and there's nothing wrong with that. I agree with Quoll. Get your Australian citizenship if you haven't already - that way you will always be able to come back to Australia if your children need you. Then go home. Your feelings are only going to get worse the longer you stay, and you don't want to be stuck in Oz in your old age.
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    49 Killed in Shooting in NZ

    Most popular? You are joking, aren't you?
  9. Maybe they’re referring to the prospect of getting a job once arrived? The occupation is still on the skilled list, but that doesn’t mean it’s “in demand”
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    In your shoes, I'd be doing more investigation to see if his NVQ matches AQF level 4 or not. It would seem foolish to embark on a six-year plan, (losing three years of income while he studies, plus the cost of fees) on the basis that it "might or might not be enough"- and then find the occupation is no longer on the list anyway. If you can get a 190 visa for the NT, then yes, you can move to another state once you've served your two years. As for cost - the whole process of migrating is expensive. The agent's fees and visa fees are a drop in the bucket by comparison!
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    TSS Visa

    The company must pay for all its own costs, and your expenses. They are allowed to ask you to pay for your own visa application.
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    How often did you see family once immigrated?

    Frankly, I would say that if missing family is a concern for you now, then I would think very, very, very seriously about whether you should migrate at all. "Missing family" is the number one reason why people end up going back home. People who need close contact with their family never "get used" to not having it. In fact, the attachment is so strong that we've seen several marriages break up here on PomsinOz, when the wife (or husband) desperately wants to go home but the other partner doesn't want to leave Australia. Bear in mind that when you first migrate, you will have absolutely no friends and no support network, so you're going to notice the absence of family even more. It will take a couple of years to form new friendships so it can be a long haul. The most successful migrants are people who are already used to coping without family support.
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    Adelaide Vs Perth

    For work opportunities, I'd still say Perth is better than Adelaide, in spite of the recent slump. For instance, the big national and international companies often maintain a Perth office because it's so far away, whereas they don't in Adelaide (because it's easily serviced from Melbourne or Sydney). So I'd say there is more admin, clerical and IT work in Perth than Adelaide. If you're very into the beach/outdoor life, then I don't think you'd notice the isolation of Perth. People who feel isolated (like me) are usually more into the Arts - of course Perth has cultural activities, but the arts scene is limited compared to what's available in the Eastern States. My only reservation about Perth is what happens if you don't like it, or can't get work. If you settle in Adelaide and can't find jobs, then you can fly to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra etc for the day (the flight time is only one or two hours in each case), to attend interviews. Whereas if you're in Perth, it's 3 or 4 hours flying time to any of the Eastern states - so not only are the flights more expensive, but you probably need an overnight stay as well. Also, if you then decide to move, it can cost almost as much to ship your belongings from Perth to the Eastern States as it did to bring them from the UK! So in summary, I'd say if you know Perth well and/or have friends there, and you're pretty sure you're going to settle, it's a good choice. If you've never lived in Australia before, then another state might be a safer option. I really like Adelaide as a city but I would be a little concerned about work opportunities.
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    143 parent visa

    Unfortunately you're in a queue with thousands and thousands of people who are closer to retirement age than you are, there is no mechanism for them to pick out younger applicants. VeryStormy has explained it well.
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    143 parent visa

    So true. Having been in Australia for over 30 years, I thought the age prejudice was just a modern trend, and I was astonished to discover I could get a good job in the UK despite being over 60. In Australia, I became almost unemployable at 55. It's particularly strange because I think older people are generally fitter and more able in Australia, so you'd think it would be the other way around.
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    How often did you see family once immigrated?

    It will all come down to cost. How much do you spend on a holiday each year now? Would that be enough to pay for a holiday back to the Uk, if you were in Australia. If so, then an annual visit, either you going back or bringing family out, is doable I couldn’t afford that so I went back every other year. You get used to the travel. It’s the fact that you never get to have a holiday anywhere else that starts to get annoying
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    6 month stay each year

    My gut instinct is to say yes - it seems the height of callousness for someone to uproot their parents from their home and drag them halfway round the world, only to abandon them. However, on reflection, I don't think it's that simple. Firstly, I wonder how often the move is driven by the parents, not by the children? In your case, KBear, it's clear your daughter really wanted you to come - but from looking at the parents' thread, it seems to me that it's more often the grandparents desperate to be close to their grandchildren. My first mother-in-law was a kind, warm-hearted woman but she was totally smothering. We moved to another town two hours away just to get some peace. Even so, she and my FIL visited us most weekends, always unannounced, and just assumed they could stay for one or two nights. We never had kids but I dread to think what it would've been like if we had. It never occurred to me that they might follow us to Australia and thank goodness, it didn't occur to them either. But what could we have said, if they'd wanted to? "No please don't come, we don't want you taking over our lives again"?
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    Moving back to UK where do we start!

    Good luck with the decision. The only thing I'd say is - be very, very careful of the rose-tinted glasses. I think it's built into human DNA to think that the grass is always greener somewhere else - it's why the human race has achieved so much. When you leave somewhere and move somewhere else, you start downplaying the negative stuff and exaggerating the good bits. We tried to settle back in England a couple of years ago. I was so miserable I almost had to go on anti-depressants. I know that for a fact, and yet I still find myself thinking back fondly on our time there, especially our lovely European holidays!! Remember, there must have been a reason you left Australia in the first place. Has that reason disappeared? If not, then it's going to be just as bad when you go back. Keep reminding yourself of that!
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    49 Killed in Shooting in NZ

    Well, that's your fault for not doing your research, isn't it? The information on Infowars is very readily available.
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    Buying property on a 489 visa

    It applies to all foreign buyers
  21. I second what Ali said. It won’t hurt to try for a Queensland licence
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    Adelaide Job Hunting Tips

    If you read the other posts in this thread, you’ll see your question is already answered.
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    Darwin - housing for initial month

    Airbnb or hotels or caravan park or holiday accommodation. Try stayz.com but nowhere is cheap for a month
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    Buying property on a 489 visa

    If Queensland has foreign investor stamp duty (not all states do), then yes you will have to pay it
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    Living in Australia - What you need to know

    I think the reason for the driving is just the fact that Australian drivers don't need to develop the skills when they're a learner, and after that there's no one to teach them. We were terrified on the roads the whole time we were in the UK (south of England). The traffic was SO fast, even on narrow winding roads. Roundabouts were nervous breakdown territory. It wasn't that people drove badly, in fact their skills were good - but then they drove to the limit of their skill and expected everyone else to be just as adept. In Australian suburbs - where Australians learn to drive - the roads are wide and relatively quiet and you don't even have to consider other road users half the time, because there aren't any. You don't have to be aware of how wide your car is because you never have to squeeze through a narrow lane. And so on. Then once you've got your licence, you venture onto busy roads and have no idea how to deal with them, but you're on your own.