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    Been in Oz 8 months and struggling - advice please!

    You can pay your NICs every year, or do a bulk top up. There's no reason to be in the UK for that!
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    Thanks! I am not in a mad rush but it would be nice to see some progress.
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    a) Wollongong. b) no, have just had two weeks outside of Australia since applying.
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    Yes me! Applied 18 June 2019 (not Sydney) and my account has remained unchanged since that day.
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    Moving in Aug 2020

    I'm in Sydney so not very helpful for you!
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    Moving in Aug 2020

    Hi @Chiwy, having a dog in apartment will depend on the body corporate (strata). I live in a new-ish apartment block, and there are two dogs here (one chihuahua and one other type I don't recognise - small-medium size). I think my lease indicates 'small pets' may be permitted with prior consent, or words to that effect. There is also a small-medium terrier type dog who lives in the apartment block next to us. One of these dogs I mention is on the ground floor with a small garden but the other two only have balconies as outside space.
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    Which council to choose if you live in 2 councils ?

    Use the council that matches the residential address you've put on the application.
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    Question about Form 1195 filling

    Yes it's a passport photo. The post office should be able to confirm it will meet your requirements.
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    Question about Form 1195 filling

    I had my photo taken at the post office (same format as passport photo). If you feel reassured, take the dimensions of the required photo with you and ask them to confirm they will take a photo of that size.
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    Sydney - where to live?

    Are you in Aus or the UK at the moment? Very hard to analyse "vibe" without checking out various areas first. Are you looking to secure a rental immediately or you have hotel/holiday accommodation to start with?
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    Sydney - where to live?

    Hi, lots of suburbs will work for you! Anywhere on the North Shore (look on map from Milson's Point up to Hornsby and East/West to Mosman, Balmoral Beach, Neutral Bay, Greenwich, ) - close to work for your husband, won't be much further to the CIty for you to commute and airport not too bad either (1hr-ish on train depending on exact location and connection speed!). Around 30 mins drive to Northern Beaches for surfing. Northern Beaches. Ticks all boxes but will be longer for the airport and no trains, only buses to North Sydney and the City. Somewhere like Caringbah or Cronulla. Makes North Sydney into a longer journey (change trains at Redfern / Central / Town Hall) but close to beaches and airport. Plenty of cafe life. The only issue I see for you, is getting a 3-bed for $800pw or less (with plentiful parking and outdoor space). Check Domain.com.au or realestate.com.au for prices/slap in the face (I say this lightheartedly!) EDIT: there are of course plenty of other places that you can look into that would match your criteria: Eastern Suburbs (Bondi, other beach suburbs, Paddington, Alexandria) or Inner West (Balmain, Rozelle, Newtown, Marrickville etc).
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    Citizenship Application (by conferral) Checklist

    You can order a certified copy from the General Register Office (GRO). I used this for my visa application(s) and citizenship application. Can't remember the cost but wasn't much in GBP.
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    What is traditional British food?

    There's a Cromer in Sydney (kind of between Frenches Forest and the Northern Beaches) but I don't think it has a pier
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    What is traditional British food?

    Grab an Eccles cake if you see one in a local bakery, and have a good chunk of crumbly cheese with it
  15. Don't think I've ever had a problem with it: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/what-does-it-mean