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  1. Oh I see - I like the picture Grabi - if only we could procure an enormous boat to tug Australia a bit closer to Pisa and Luca - that would be so good! DavidCellist
  2. This is for the Returning Resident Visa - application submitted offshore in September 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. I lodged app on Friday; had visa granted on the following Wednesday We paid priority service so it went to Canberra not the processing hub in Manilla. You need some luck in this life... Back to Blighty to wife and children in four weeks!
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    Is this a selfish thing to do?

    Are you certain Australia would work for you? I am an Australian national with an English wife and children and the move did not work out. Heading back to Blighty in four weeks Missed - classical music, National Trust houses, holidays in France...do not discount all of this. England is a great country - do not let yourselves be influenced by people telling you Oz is the greatest country on Earth. It must work for all of you. Peace, Davidcellist
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    Gough Whitlam dies

    Britain has had and still has a galaxy of talented radical thinkers and visionaries - however I know of no political leader like Whitlam. Enlighten me if I am misled!
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    Gough Whitlam dies

    Mary-Rose: from 1973 to 1989 tertiary education was free for all Australians. In the UK in this period it was also practically free...I know my wife, who is a British national and my age , never paid a penny for it. Gough did use taxes to pay for it however people such as myself have put a lot of work into making life better for others as a result of our good fortune. I have worked in difficult government schools as well as private schools for over twenty years now. Remember that very few young people attended university in the 1970s and 1980s and the top institutions such as ANU and the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney were very hard to get into in those days. The proportion of young people doing something tertiary has soared in recent years. Figures from the 2011 census show a 25 per cent jump since 2006, to 932,000 people studying at Australian universities. With the federal government pushing for 40 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds to have a bachelor's degree or better by 2025, student numbers will soon soar to well over a million. In 1985, when the parents of many of today's students were of uni age, fewer than 140,000 people were studying at university. Source: Sydney Morning Herald. This is partly why fees were not charged.
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    Gough Whitlam dies

    Gough was a great man. Australia was too backward and small to grasp his vision. The current Liberals are pygmies compared to Gough. Sorrow.
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    Gough Whitlam dies

    Well said. Gough recognised the waste of bright lads such as myself not attending university. He made tertiary education free of course - so I attended the University of Melbourne in the 1980s, hitherto a bastion for the wealthy. A complete visionary. Pyne and the current Liberal Party - you are careerist hacks and nothing more. Whitlam was a giant.
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    Last tax before moving back

    Not so. Early returns take up to 50 days to get into your account. My accountant thinks it will be more like 2-3 weeks.
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    Last tax before moving back

    In the same position as you. Easy answer. 1. Buy ticket - one way - to UK 2. Go to H and R Block or some such firm and file a paper return - you can then claim all tax back after June 2014 until you leave. Easy!
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    Returning Resident Visa - Substantial Ties

    get a lawyer otherwise your case will not be seen clearly and fail.
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    Australian Poverty Rate 13.9%

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    Australian Poverty Rate 13.9%

    Too true.
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    Australian Poverty Rate 13.9%

    Totally agree. In the Northern Territory it is very noticeable. There is too much poverty in Oz. This is made worse by these stupid films and ads which well Oz as a middle class paradise; implication being poor old England suffers with rubbish tucker and warm beer and too many chavs. WRONG! What injustice. Have you seen the Bon Beach Bogans running riot? Or the western suburbs of Melbourne? Desperate, mate. Best city on earth? Yes - the eastern half. Talk about a tale of two cities! Makes me wanna weep. This reality needs to be reported more. I am an Aussie by the way!
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    UK Returning Resident Visa

    Hi - I have been thinking about your issue. One thing I must point out is this: you are probably best trying the RRV route first of all and getting ILR/ILE on your Oz passport. Get a good lawyer and tell the truth. Our case was dead simple because what I wrote on the form was the absolute truth. I was only ever in Oz to earn mullah top support my wife and children. I hated being without them. What you write on your RRV form needs to not be slippery legal spin but real honesty. The ECO at Manila will smell half truths a mile off and refuse your application. I think that is why many RRVs are refused...people leave Blighty then change their mind and decide to go back. Our application for RRV had a positive outcome mainly because it was totally honest and transparent. Peace David
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    UK Returning Resident Visa

    Spot on - I just read this: The information posted on PomsInOz.com is general in nature and is not intended to be legal advice. PomsInOz.com accepts no responsibiity for the accuracy of any information given. Users should ensure that any information given on PomsInOz.com applies to their circumstances. It is recommended that users seek professional advice if in doubt. So...engage an immigration lawyer who is properly registered and willing to work hard for you or the alternative - using bits of half baked information from forums will all end in tears. Most of the advice we read about obtaining the RRV/ILE from outside the UK was plain wrong. Further, Immigration Officers at Terminal 4 or 5 at LHR or any UK port know very little and are not to be trusted. Many of them are dimly aware of the regulations they should be following. Believe me; I know from bitter experience. I have a wife and children in England and was granted my RRV/ILE this week after battling for it for six months - all owing to a clerical error of an IO at LHR who stamped me in as a visitor - when I have held ILR for sixteen years! Get yourself a good Immigration lawyer - to apply yourself is to invite peril. Please ask me for any hep or any documentation we used...it certainly worked!
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    Indefinite leave to remain

    Old passport? How long have you been out of Oz for? If more than 2-3 years with no visits to UK you may well have lost it. Ring Sam Hopwood, Lawyer in Melbourne at 1st Contact Visa and have a yarn - he is excellent. You may need to re-apply as a returning resident - not cheap old mate. Seek legal representation if you have lost your ILR - to not do so is to invite peril.
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    Heading back to the UK in December with mixed feelings...

    Yes mate - too true. I just got my RRV - as rare as rocking horse poo - so now I can finally re-join my beautiful wife and children in England. I love the heat and the smell of the flora in Australia; the culture in Melbourne is excellent; a bike ride down St Kilda road in Spring is a unique source of joy...but home is where the heart is. Make a choice - then stick with it.
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    UK Returning Resident Visa

    Not so. Losing ILR is easy; getting it back not easy. RRV is much valued because you leap-frog all of the hurdles to regaining your ILR/ILE again. Spouse Visa - great but very expensive/got to re-apply after a few years and pay more money. RRV just granted brothers and sisters and we are OVER THE MOON! My background. I am an Australian national. Went to UK in 1995/married English Rose/granted ILR in 1996. Worked as a music teacher/Director of Music until 2012, also examiner with ABRSM / involved in amateur music in England - hence very strong professional and cultural ties. I lost my ILR in 2013 because a totally thick IO at London Heathrow stamped me in as a visitor. Holders of ILR beware - these gentlemen are not Rhodes scholars. House maintained in UK/wife and children stayed in UK while I was earning excellent money back in OZ owing to economic downturn in UK. Sent around 2000 pounds back EVERY month when away in Oz/evidence of regular phone calls/daily emails/Skype calls. However the key was obtaining competent legal representation. I was represented by Sam Hopwood from Melbourne who was superb and meticulous. The legal argument was: I had financially supported my family while temporarily away from the UK/UK was my real home/I proved cultural/professional ties to UK/my wife and I have bank accounts/water bills/council tax bills/ mortgage agreements with our names on them. In addition, I went back twice a year for a total of 8 weeks per year - the joy of being a teacher! So my dear friends it can be done. I have a beautiful new vignette in my passport now. Pure joy! Please contact me if you want more details of how I got it. Very happy to share with others. Your case needs to be very strong. Peace David Cellist
  19. Oh Children stop sniping. I had 19 very happy years in England, 3 happy years back in Oz, now going back - just got RRV - as rare as the proverbial to acquire - and looking forward to many happy years in Blighty. I love both countries. I am happy in myself - maybe the truth lies here?
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    Teacher Confusion... 189, 187, 190, 489

    I agree. You must have excellence written all over you and an outstanding reputation , be resilient , and also willing to grow professionally to get a permanent job. Work on the things I have mentioned. There is no other way no matter where you live and work.
  21. Interesting. I think the pressures on some Australians are intense. I often meet people when I am out on a long bicycle ride and they tell me about one pressure - money. The need to keep up and own a smart house is the big one here. Prices are very inflated in all states apart from Adelaide. England? Yes a lot of hardship there and studies have shown that unemployment or underemployment has a terrible effect on health and longevity. Australia is still a beautiful place and if you are willing to have a real crack and work hard you will do well.
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    Crowded South Downs - UK

    My wife and two children and I lived in Eastbourne a few years ago and our picnics in Alfriston were wonderful. We spent our honeymoon there too. That whole stretch from Eastbourne to Brighton to Devils Dyke up to Steyning is heavenly. Does Australia have anything to compare? Perhaps parts of Tasmania or Kakadu.
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    Why do Australians want to move to UK?

    A fragmented sense of belonging? No. I think that our early childhood experiences provide us with a clear sense of where we belong. Australians speak of an inner landscape. For the English the inner landscape could be East Bergholt in Suffolk or the Downs in Sussex. For the Australian it is the sunburnt and sweeping plains. For me it is both!
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    Teaching Vacancies in Australia

    Well I can speak from experience here. I have never found it hard to find work in either country however my skills and experience usually get me over the line. However it is true - outside of London there are often up to 300 apllicants for a job in the UK. Combined with crippling funding cuts , the teacher seeking gainful employment has a hard go of it. I currently work in an urban school in Australia with good promotion prospects :wink: neverthless you gotta keep your foot on the gas!
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    The Aussie Version of Creation

    I understand. After living in East Sussex and Bath for many years...go figure!