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    What you wish you would have brought...

    Good quality bed linen.
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    Restricted Driver

    I believe this a Northern Ireland specific thing. I assume you're in that part of the country @Jay92000? Have you checked here? https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/licence/driver/index.html
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    Does this sound right?

    My partner and I didn't have a joint account, still don't. Internet banking is a wonderful thing... For my application, I produced bank statements showing all transactions between the two of us (into and out of my account). I blanked out all other transactions. I also showed evidence of shared tenancy, utility bills etc.
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    Does this sound right?

    Immi will notify you when you need to go offshore, you don't have to guess.
  5. Just realised I trailed off mid explanation! I was trying to say that I applied by post, so I am not sure what the online version looks like. I just typed up a couple of pages using my own words, under the headings I mentioned earlier.
  6. I applied for this visa and was not specific about staying the night. I described how we met, how frequently we saw each other, what we did together (ie, days out, holidays, meeting friends etc) and described how we stayed in touch when apart. I then gave details of the period before moving in together; we were in different cities so I gave details on how we decided where to live, how this affected our jobs/commute etc. This was in he 'History of your relationship' section. I applied by post so not sure how Immigration don't need to know every intimate detail! I used these bullet points for guidance ("Tell us in writing about"...) https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/partner-offshore/provisional-309#HowTo Happy to answer any specific questions that you might have.
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    Things to be done on visa validation entry

    Hi @SoniaG. There are no "mandatory" things to be done on your validation trip, it's up to you what activities you undertake. When I came to Sydney to validate my visa, I just had a holiday and did some exploring to better understand the city and surrounding area(s). My bank account was opened from my home country (UK) and when I moved here permanently, I visited my nominated branch to finalise the application and pick up the debit card. I would assume you can also wait until you arrive permanently, to open the account. I also visited my local Dept of Human Services within the first few days of arriving to apply for a Medicare card/account (https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/migrants-refugees-and-visitors). You will also need to look at what happens with your Driver's Licence; this depends on what visa you're on (NSW details here https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/licence/moving-to-nsw.html).
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    Yes you can make voluntary NI contributions each year. HMRC will send you a reminder and you need to pay by cheque, I think! It's less than 200 GBP per year so well worth doing to avoid any gaps. https://www.gov.uk/voluntary-national-insurance-contributions
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    Rudda's Clotted Cream now in Perth

    Meander Valley
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    Rudda's Clotted Cream now in Perth

    I just found some Tasmanian clotted cream at a local green grocer / deli (Sydney). Just in time for mince pies!
  11. My confusion is that the rules were going to change, meaning you'd have to be four years as PR before qualifying for citizenship. But I can't find any news source that confirms if that's happened. Immi website and the residence requirement calculator, still states four years living in Aus with the only the last of those years needing to be PR. Sorry to go off topic!!
  12. I can't see what's changed - it's four years living in Aus with the last year as a PR. Did it used to be less than four years? I've been targetting 2019 as my year for citizenship, for a while now!
  13. @SydneyBound Hi, have you actually heard that this is definitely happening? Please post a link if so. I was keeping an eye / ear on things, but have been a bit slack lately! Thanks
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    Australian Citizenship - Is it worth getting?

    OH! I had forgotten about that little drama...will have to see what happens with it in July then. I was looking forward to applying in 2019!!
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    Australian Citizenship - Is it worth getting?

    I'm pretty confident I'm good for citizenship application next year, as per below. But I will be sure to work it out carefully, closer to the time! https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/ente/retu/residence-calculator To satisfy the residence requirements you must: have been living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for four years immediately before applying which must include the last 12 months as a permanent resident, and not have been absent from Australia for more than one year in total, in the 4 year period, including no more than 90 days in the year immediately before applying. Lawful residence means living in Australia on a valid Australian temporary or permanent visa.