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Posts posted by Marisawright

  1. 1 hour ago, lesleyB said:

     I have made a good case in my personal statement and have kept contact with a lot of people including quite a few cousins and friends who are oz born and would be willing to back me up. 

    You've made a good  case that you always meant to come back - which means nothing.  You've got friends and a few relatives in Australia, but they're not immediate family so they don't count. You've explained why you didn't make it back in time - not relevant, though Covid may be the one reason they'll allow.

    I have been on these forums a long time, and time and again I've seen agents say that you MUST be able to demonstrate strong ties to Australia.  If you cannot, they may not even read your explanation of your absence or your desire to return.  I would really, really recommend an agent since your ties are so tenuous.  If you want some comparative quotes, try Suncoast Migration and Go Matilda as well as Westly above.  

    It would be a pity to lose your right to live in Australia for the sake of a few hundred dollars.

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  2. 15 minutes ago, Toots said:

    Edinburgh would be the only city I would consider living in.  The weather wouldn't bother me that much and I know how cold it can get there.  

    I lived there for a few months and enjoyed it, but boy it was windy!   I remember coming home from work one winter night. It was snowing and I had on one of those 80's fleecy jackets.  I got off the bus and battled through the snow to my flat with my hood up and my scarf over my mouth.  My flatmate laughed when she saw me.   My whole front from head to toe, (except for my eyes) was completely plastered with snow.  But my back had not one speck on it.  

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  3. 6 minutes ago, Blue Flu said:

    Brunswick East. Sounds like the sort of area I'd feel in tune with. I know Docklands from decades back. I'm trying to recall but wasn't there some issue with some of the building? The longest spell I passed in Melbourne was on my first time in the city back in the nineties. Stayed in Balwyn and found it wanting. Lovely houses and seemingly cosmopolitan, but barely saw a soul around on the streets where I stated. Since stayed in other places and while not quite as lively as may have expected in places , certainly far more vibe than Perth. My friend lives out in Reservoir. Yet to make an acquittance with that area. Next time will check that out. I wonder if you find contact easy? Are people easy to engage from your experience? 

    I wouldn't fancy Reservoir, though I've heard hipsters are moving out there due to the out-of-control house prices.  Balwyn is too far out, too.  We are ballroom dancers so don't want to be too remote from the Eastern Suburbs where all the dance studios are, otherwise I'd consider moving to Seddon or Yarraville.   South Melbourne, Pt Melbourne, Albert Park are all nice but too expensive.  

    Flammable cladding (a la Grenfell) is a massive issue in new high-rises in Melbourne.  Still not being addressed adequately.  

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  4. 17 minutes ago, Blue Flu said:

    I  thought a lot of Melbourne inner city apartments were reliant on international students though? Is there a lot of middle aged living inner city as well?

    There is a lot of purpose-built student accommodation in the inner-city.   It's not like Sydney, where luxury inner-city high-rises are full of international students sleeping 12 to a room. 

    Docklands is absolutely bursting with retirees.  Downsizing to the city has become quite a trend in Melbourne.  However, when I say "inner city", I think of the inner ring of suburbs rather than just the city itself.  We're in Brunswick East.  We have a choice of two trams and a bus to get us into the city (though we usually walk it).   Carlton, Brunswick, Fitzroy are all close by, vibrant suburbs with their own high streets.  Strong hipster culture but a mix of others too--I can't say we feel out of place. Draw a circle round the city at a similar radius and you'll find lots of similar burbs.

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  5. 2 hours ago, Blue Flu said:

    Great you found Melbourne so much to your liking. Probably the only place, for people looking for certain cultural traits in Australia. That's one city that picked up their game in the latter decades of last century. I suspect you would need to chose well though. Many of those suburbs look 'disheartening' to say the least. Trust your hubby has adapted to live there with equal enthusiasm as yourself?  

    It's funny, but when I was in Sydney, people always thought of Melbourne as more "cultured".  Now I'm here, people on the dance and music scene are envious of how much is going on in Sydney.  I don't think there is really much to choose between them in that sense.   If it wasn't for the heat and the high cost of housing, I'd still be in Sydney.

    Hubby took a long time to get over the move, but he loves Melbourne now.   In fact he often says he wished we'd thought of moving to Melbourne sooner, instead of trying the overseas move (actually I did suggest it at the time, but let's not go there...).  Financially, we are much better off in Australia than we would've been in the UK, so that is a bonus.  

    I think any large city has its share of awful suburbs.

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  6. 4 hours ago, Parley said:

    You could have tried the burbs outside Bournemouth might have been a bit cheaper....

    But I think you made the right choice coming back to Australia. Although I don't think i would like living in the inner city of Melbourne. I enjoy the greenery and pace of the suburbs better.

    See, that's where we're different, and it's also why we didn't think of looking at the outer burbs of Bournemouth either.  We're inner-city folk and would hate to live in the green, leafy suburbs anywhere!

    What we didn't realise, after such a long absence from the UK, was that middle-aged people and retirees don't do inner-city living in UK cities.   Everyone seems to have embraced the "Escape to the Country" ethos, and live in little villages on the outer edges.  The inner city is left to students and council housing. I think, to get the kind of inner-city vibe we like, we'd have had to go to London (which we couldn't afford).  I was keen to try Edinburgh but my oh was convinced he'd freeze to death. 

  7. 2 hours ago, JetBlast said:

    I have had this conversation with a few people. It seems to be people identify their nationality with the country they grew up in. I think the psychology of an accent also plays a lot into this.

    Maybe that's my issue.   I was sent to a speech therapist when I was three to cure a speech impediment.  Unfortunately she didn't just fix the problem, she taught me how to speak "properly".  By the time I started school, I was speaking like the Queen and got teased mercilessly.  The strange thing was that I really wanted to speak like the other kids, but it was always hard work.  I felt I was always 'putting on" the Scottish accent, and even then I didn't do a good job of it - people often thought I was English, though in fact I only crossed the border once in all my childhood/teenage years, to go to a wedding. 

    At 18, when I went to London for a working holiday during college, it was a relief to be able to speak in my normal voice!

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  8. 14 hours ago, Red Rose said:

    You're right, that is what meant, and how your feel about your nationality I guess changes depending on many factors. I'd imagine you could feel Australian in Australia, and return to the UK and feel British again. It's a fluid state of play to an extent. 

    I returned to the UK and felt more Australian than usual!

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  9. 3 hours ago, lesleyB said:

    Thanks for the replies everyone. I have built a good case as we always intended to return but time and then covid got in the way. I have proof of flights ...

    All good but the fact remains you have no current TIES to Australia, just an intention to return, which is not good enough.  Having a concrete job offer would be a lot better than just a "maybe" letter and might get you over the line.

    Having said that, they may be more lenient due to Covid.  However, I would strongly advise you get an agent to put it together for you.  They know exactly how to word things to get the best outcome.  Get a quote from someone like Westly (who posted above).  It's not nearly as expensive as a visa application!

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  10. 1 hour ago, DukeNinja said:

    Does one need to have a nationality-based identity?

    You don't have to, but I don't think it's something you choose.   For me, it's not a jingoistic thing, it's more like an affection.   I feel more affection for Australia than for the UK.  It's a bit like what they say - you can't choose your family but you can choose your friends.  

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  11. 35 minutes ago, Blue Flu said:

    One thing I always wanted to ask you Marisawright. I seem to recall you moved to Southampton on return to UK? I'm just wondering of all possible places to pick why that city? Surely more friendlier options than there?

    Actually we planned to move to Bournemouth but the housing market proved to be way beyond our reach.   Too many people renting out places as holiday lets rather than long-term rentals, plus lots of Londoners moving down (I could never understand that, it seemed like an impossible commute to me). 

    We saw an ad for a new development in Southampton, we drove over and had a look and fell in love with it.  Knew nothing about the city and of course, you can't judge "friendliness" until you live there.  Basically we had a year living in the home of our dreams , just in totally the wrong location.   Full of chavs, horribly lonely.   I was willing to give the UK another chance if we moved to another city, but my oh was so fond of our home, he kept putting it off.  He didn't care if we had a mind-numbing day-to-day life, provided he got a  European holiday each year and a few trips to London.  Eventually I told him I was moving back to Australia with or without him.

    I was really worried about returning to Oz because we came to Melbourne instead of returning to Sydney.  I worried that our lack of friends and mind-numbing life in Southampton was my own fault -- and I'd have exactly the same problem in Melbourne.   Not at all.  I have a great life in Melbourne, in fact to my great surprise, I think it suits me better than Sydney.

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  12. 1 hour ago, HappyHeart said:

    . So much history! Don't tell me Perth is boring! Oh my word. I need a cup of tea. 

    This is one of the biggest problems when discussing whether a place is interesting or not. Some people love history, but it leaves other people cold.   Paul loves his beach lifestyle but not everyone is outdoors-y.  And so on.  It's like saying, "Of course you could enjoy living in _________. All you have to do is force yourself to enjoy stuff you have always disliked."   

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  13. 34 minutes ago, Nemesis said:

    The date I quoted is the date being referenced in ABC reports about the vaccines.

    Yes, that's a projection by the ABC, not a government prediction.   It is based on the actual rate of vaccination to date.    We know the vaccination rate will rise from next week with the opening of vaccinations to the over-50's, and that rise (and any future rises) are not taken into account.  

    PomsinOz can't have it both ways.   We get angry at Immigration because they show a processing time for parent visas which is based on the actual rate of processing to date, rather than taking subsequent events into account.  The result in that case is that the figures give an overly optimistic view.    In the case of the ABC's graph, the result is that the figures give an overly pessimistic view.

  14. 9 minutes ago, palaceboy1 said:

    This is not the case where we are going it’s a joint contract in both names . 

    Yes, so were the contracts I mentioned. That's why those couples assumed they were secure.

  15. 12 minutes ago, palaceboy1 said:

    We are just moving to a retirement village in Mullaloo ..... I realise the final exit fees make up the cost and have explained this to our family who are more than happy to have us close

    I hope you've had good legal advice on the contract.   The most important thing, if you are  a couple, is to check what happens if one of you dies. Under some contracts, the death of one partner triggers the exit clause, and the remaining partner then has to pay up, AND then, if they want to continue living in their unit, they have to pay for a whole new contract.  All perfectly legal and has left many widows/widowers destitute.  And some so-called "reputable" companies do it, too.   I know Aveo did it at one time, not sure if they've changed it after there was a TV exposé.

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  16. If your doctor determines that it's medically necessary, it will be covered by Medicare.  If not, not.  If your history indicates it, then I'd expect Australian doctors to take the same cautious attitude as your British doctors so I wouldn't fret about it. 

    However, do make sure you let doctors know that you have no health insurance and you want to be treated in the public system.  Many GP's will automatically refer you to a private specialist without thinking, unless you make a point of it, and then you'll be up for a big bill.

    Your pregnancy is a pre-existing condition so I doubt you'd find a private insurance company who will cover it.

    When transferring from one Australian health insurance company to another, it's normal for waiting times to be waived.  @Quoll, I've never heard of one that offered a waiver based on overseas cover? 

  17. 1 hour ago, s713 said:

    But that article, if correct, isn't just about flight availability, its about Australia deciding whether or not to let its own citizens back in. Which they've decided they're not going to.

    No offence to anyone but, that's bad. Bet they didn't mention that at the citizenship ceremony.

    Ever since the borders closed in early 2020, it has always been the case that we're letting in our own citizens and our own PR holders and nobody else, but there is a weekly limit based on the availability of hotel quarantine places.

    We could let them all in, but that would mean throwing all our quarantine measures out the window.  So we are letting our citizens back in but it's slow, and there's a temporary halt on all flights from India (which New Zealand has implemented for a while too).  

     A fair criticism is that they should have built more quarantine stations, but that takes time and I think the government hoped there wouldn't be a need.  After all, over 300,000 Australians returned when the border closures were announced, and it was estimated there were around 27,000 Australians left stuck overseas. With around 4,000 quarantine places available each week, that should've been done and dusted by now, right?

    Mysteriously, the number of Austrailans "stranded overseas" has kept rising and rising, with anything between 40,000 and 100,000 now being quoted.  

    Of course, what is happening is that Australians who had made their home overseas (and had no desire to return when the borders closed), have changed their minds, because their lives have been disrupted by Covid.  That's their right.  However, the unfair thing is that there's no "first in best dressed" system in place.  The airline gets to choose who flies and they favour first and business class passengers.  It means a rich person who changed their mind last week will fly ahead of the poor person who's been trying to get a ticket since last year.


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  18. 5 hours ago, Waldo said:

    Thanks for this

    I’ve been in the scaffolding business for 20 years now and worked all over the uk. It’s a shame that counts for nothing in Australia 



    It certainly counts for something with employers. It’s just that there are rules about licensing that they have to obey

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  19. 3 minutes ago, s713 said:

    I haven't been following it that closely but I read this today https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-56924188

    Is it true Australia isn't even letting it's own people back in?

    Both New Zealand and Australia require all travelers to quarantine in hotels on arrival. We tried at-home quarantine but too many people were cheating. 

    There’s a limited number of hotels due to the high staffing required. New Zealand has a voucher system (which seems fairer) whereas Australia gets the airlines to manage the quotas. 

    There are far more citizens wanting to return than there are places on the planes

  20. 4 minutes ago, Parley said:

    Marissa you know you and all over 50s can get vaccinated on Monday onwards so lets not mislead people.

    Get your vaccine on Monday morning at Jeff's Shed if you are in a tearing hurry. No appointment needed.

    Did you even bother to read the rest of my post?  I said "currently".   Next week is not currently.

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