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    About Beffers

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    1. I don't know whether there is enough de facto for you to be granted the 100 but it sounds as tho you've enough for a 309, providing you arrange the information succinctly and clearly, with good stat declarations etc. Meds, I waited until they were requested as I didn't want to risk paying for them twice, but it's up to you. Good luck!!
    2. Which account to open

      We went with Westpac Migrant Banking and didn't have to have any income, just $1 to open account. We opened it online from UK then spoke to their migrant banking team before we left and collected our bank cards in London. They also set up a GBP account to sit alongside our AUD one. We can transfer funds free of charge from our Barclays account to our GBP/AUD accounts with Westpac. No transfer fees at all and we've found this to be so useful!!!
    3. Moving to Melbourne

      Depends on where you live and where you work. Realestate.com.au is a good one to look up prices. Buying and running a car here is cheaper. Food prices are variable depending on where you shop, but the quality of food here is very good. Health insurance can be pricey but you can shop around for that. Public transport I've found cheap compared to London, $41/week for an All Melbourne weekly travel card. Check the PTV website for train and tram lines etc, and check commuting distances etc. Melbourne traffic is mental! Living near your work is a sensible option. Also lots of people would say that it depends on how far you're prepared to live from the CBD, but if you don't work in the CBD then that doesn't become an issue.
    4. The bank statements showing mortgage payments should be enough. We didn't provide a "mortgage statement" Just annotated our bank accounts etc. Good luck.
    5. De facto is the term I couldn't remember the name for lol
    6. Resident Return Visa-Is it too late?????

      I don't know that you can use RRV if the 309 has expired and the 100 wasn't granted but check with a good agent to make sure. Did you inform Department that you left in 2014?
    7. We typed ours. Mine was 3 pages and my husband's was 8 😂😂😂 Key dates, shared experiences, aspects of social life as a couple, life decisions like buying a house etc as a couple, that type of thing.
    8. Hi Medicals and police checks are only valid for 12 months and so you take the risk of including them, as if your application takes longer to process then you'll have to redo them (and pay again). The date of entry is up to 12 months after your police check/medical date, ie medical Jan 2018 = date of entry to validate visa is Jan 2019. Photos - don't include loads and loads. We put ours within a document with a line of text underneath. We included around 15 photos overall. Translation - not sure, perhaps someone else can advise. Also I've not heard of a couple who have only been dating and not married to be given the 100 straight away. It's normally married couples with/without kids who go straight to the 100, but it will depend on the strength of your application overall. Have you been living together for very long, do you have rent/mortgage statements in both your names for 12 months or more, joint bills, life insurances, - these are the kind of documents needed for a 100. A couple of flight tickets won't be enough on their own to prove the longevity, other types of documents such as those rated above. Good luck with it all!
    9. Well done!!! I've not been on here for a while but remember you talking about courts and the like. I'm sure you're well chuffed!!!!!
    10. Positive Emigrating To Australia True Life Stories

      Can't stand whinging poms!!!! No point in emigrating if you're gonna moan about everything!!! Glad you've had a good journey too!!
    11. Form 80 for my partner visa

      I added a few more on all other contacts but not all of them, for example, my husband - the Aussie - has sisters and nieces/nephews galore but I didn't put any of them down!! I just did the two who provided our Stat Decs and then added my cousin and another contact in the extra section!
    12. Just got PR - what next?

      Only citizens have voting rights. Check with Medicare and Centrelink to see of you're eligible for anything extra. You can make an appointment to change your licence over, if you haven't done so already.
    13. It's a lottery. We were contacted after a week and a friend of mine didn't hear anything for nine months. Sit tight and make plans. We filled our time by selling belongings we didn't want to ship, researching jobs and networking on LinkedIn and all that kind of stuff. Good luck!
    14. Form 80 for my partner visa

      I just put two in this section and it worked for us.
    15. Welcome!!!! Hope you get settled in well and slot back into Aussie life!! I must msg you with my Aussie cell. Am sure Jess is pleased to be back on home soil!! Good luck!! Our container finally arrives at our rental tomorrow. I'm so excited!!!