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  1. dissolvedgirl

    Moving To The Gold Coast - Countdown!

    Hi all! So I've been really intrigued to read everyone's reports of moving over to Oz, so I thought I'd start my own countdown thread, detailing all the many trials and tribulations that I'm sure I'll have to go through to get there! A bit of background first...I'm 24, moving with my Australian OH, and will (hopefully!) go over first on a WH visa, and then get approved/get the ball rolling on a de facto partner visa while I'm out there. We're looking to move our little Persian cat, too, so starting to sort out everything for him (what a costly nightmare!!). The OH will most likely be walking into a job (he's an accountant) and I'm happy to do anything initially, then maybe get some admin/reception work. Near future goals are: Rabies jabs, bloods, and micro-chipping of kitten! Apply and pay for visa (along with getting it approved) And to start my 'get thin for Australia diet.' Would love to chat to anyone that would be moving to a similar area Helen
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    Rabies Blood Test Results

    Hi all! Right, so we took our little cat to get his rabies jab in early June, and got his bloods done early July. He was cleared about three weeks ago (the vet left me a very garbled voicemail!) but my question is, does the countdown start from the day he was immunized, or the day we got cleared? We haven't received the paper copy of his bloodtest results yet, and we're starting to worry a tad... Cheers!
  3. Hiya! Currently looking at rental properties in the Gold Coast area; mostly Varsity Lakes, Burleigh, and Mermaid Waters. Does anyone have an idea of how much to bond amount is in these areas, and how many weeks rent is average to pay up front? Ta,
  4. Hi all! So my question is a fairly simple one...do you have to have a return flight already booked to be let into the country on a WHV? My situation is a little different, as I'll be applying for a De Facto relationship visa once I'm there, and will be renting a place with my OH who already has a job lined up, so I'm not going to be booking a return flight as I hope to be staying longer. I just basically want to know if I'll be turned away or anything for not having a return flight booked, and if they even check? Cheers!
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    Bond & Rental Amount In GC/Queensland?

    Have been looking on Domain.com, but just wanted to see what peoples general experiences were i.e. Doman doesn't say how many weeks rent you have to pay in addition to the bond amount...
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    Emigrating cats

    We're hopefully shipping our fluffy little man (a male shorthaired cat) in December, and we've so far paid £140 (ish) for rabies blood test, and £65 for both the rabies vaccination and the microchip. Our favourite quote (Goldon Arrow, the one that we're probably going to go with) quoted us around £1300 for their 'premium service', so it'll cost us about £1500. Probably a few more costs to factor in though. Hope it all goes okay for you too!
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    WHV Processing Time/Approval Rate

    I think I put British Citizen also...can't really remember though! I'm sure it'll all be fine
  8. Hi all, Just a general query really. Was wondering if anyone's application for a WHV is ever rejected, and how long they generally take? I'm heading over (hopefully!!) with the OH in November, and wanted to get into tourism/reception/customer service work. Thanks in advance! Helen
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    Best Value Pet Travel?

    Hi there! Does anyone have any advise about which is generally the best value best transport company out there? Price wise and quality wise? Have requested quotes so far from Animal Airlines, PetAirUk, and Airsupply Shipping Agents... Any advice would be much appreciated all! Helen
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    WHV Processing Time/Approval Rate

    Just had my Visa granted! Yay! Off to Australia for definite in December then
  11. dissolvedgirl

    WHV Processing Time/Approval Rate

    All your replies are very welcome, and also encouraging So I've finally submitted my WHV application! Eeek! Can't wait toi just get the nod of approval now
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    Best Value Pet Travel?

    Just got a quote from Golden Arrow yesterday, with the full service coming in at about £1200, compared to around £1700 for everything with Petair. Would the service be that much better from Petair? I've only heard good things about both, tbh.
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    Moving To The Gold Coast - Countdown!

    So we have officially completed our first step in moving! The kitten went in for his rabies jab, and micro-chipping yesterday. All went well, and he only freaked out in the car on the way there, bless him. Vet was lovely in assuring us that he would be much calmer in the plane trip there. So next step is bloods for the cat, and also my WHV. Yay!
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    WHV Processing Time/Approval Rate

    Cheers And another potential dumb question! Is the Visa valid from the day you step into the country, or form the date you plan to travel? I.e. if I put that I'm gonna fly 10th November, but actually book my flights for a week later, is the Visa just valid from when I enter the country?
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    WHV Processing Time/Approval Rate

    Thanks This might be a dumb question, but there are no medical checks etc involved in the WHV are there? I know there are with the other more permanent Visas. Just checking
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    WHV Processing Time/Approval Rate

    Thank you ball for your very encouraging replies! I'm just a bit of a worrier, and thought I'd maybe be turned down for the type of work I put down I was looking for etc. Just waiting for the funds now, so should hopefully be applying in the next few weeks! How much did all of your WHV's cost? Is it the same across the board? And good luck kylemac! I hope it comes through for you
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    Best Value Pet Travel?

    Thanks for both your replies I've had a few quotes come through now, but it's a bit overwhelming in trying to suss out who includes what in their quote etc. I know Petair are generally the most expensive (from what I've found), but many say the best, and their quote seems to cover pretty much everything you could think of. With Golden Arrow, what extras did you have to pay for Fifi? We're heading to the Gold Coast, so would send our little man to Sydney, then onwards from there.
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    Moving To The Gold Coast - Countdown!

    Aww, that's always good to hear! What work are you doing atm? And i'm definitely not opposed to working in Brisbane and commuting from the Gold Coast. What are travel costs like? etc. I'm also looking at getting a little Vespa scooter for zipping around town on the weekends. And we should be moving in November, fingers crossed! Does anyone have any idea of what the costs would be in getting a pet (cat) from Sydney to GC? I know the pet travel companies don't include that portion of the journey in their costings... Helen
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    Moving To The Gold Coast - Countdown!

    Thanks! I hope your friends finds something more perm, also. I'm not too hopeful about my job prospects over there atm, though. What's the temp situation like over there? Would I be able to get basic admin stuff, or should I look for more bar work/waitressing etc. Thanks.
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    Moving To The Gold Coast - Countdown!

    Hi! Sorry, should've specified, the OH grew up on the Gold Coast, worked at a firm before he came over here, and is now going back to the firm now he's qualified
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    Moving To The Gold Coast - Countdown!

    Hi all, Thanks for all of your replies! In terms of area we're looking to move to, the rentals are all around Burleigh Heads, Varsity Lakes, Miami, and Mermaid Waters, though we're not ruling out Robina as there's plenty of good value property there. What are all your experiences in housing etc? And I have the fun of a pre-visa medical to come (I'm guessing the procedure would be the same with a de facto partner visa?) but that should all be done once I'm out there, I guess. And I'm not opposed to getting a job in Brisbane either What's the commute time like?
  22. Hi there, Just looking for a bit of general advice really! We're looking to travel to the Gold Coast in November of this year, and will be taking our lovely, 4 year old male persian. To be honest, we've not done anything toward getting him there, but will be looking to get him his rabies vaccination this week at some point. Does anyone know how much it would cost? Is there a special vets we would have to go to? He hasn't been micro-chipped either. I'd also really appreciate any information on how to progress from here. I understand that he probably won't be fully ready to go in November, so we might have to go on ahead without him, and have him shipped on a bit after. Does anyone have any experience in this at all? Any advice would be very much appreciated :cute: Helen
  23. Hi all, Just looking for a bit of advise really. The OH is an Australian citizen, and we're looking to move over to Queensland at around November time. Now from what we've ascertained, to get me out there initially, we would want to apply for a WHV, then as soon as we're there apply for a De Facto relationship visa. The OH would basically be walking back into a good job, and I'm looking to work in the tourism/marketing/creative sector. We'd be renting property in the Gold Coast, and not engaging in any sort of backpacking etc. How best would people advise to proceed? How successful do you think a De Facto visa application be in our situation? We've been together for over 3 and a half years, so wouldn't have any problem providing evidence etc. Thanks! Helen
  24. dissolvedgirl

    4 Year Old Cat - UK To Queensland

    Hi Bob, Thanks for replying so quickly! And that's all really encouraging, thought the micro-chipping etc. would cost a lot more. Is there any special vet that we would have to take him to? And I requested a quote from you guys earlier today, so I'll look forward to receiving that. Is there anything else we'd need to get him vaccinated against? And how long would he have to be held in quarantine at the Australia end? Thanks again! Helen
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    WHV To get There - Apply For De Facto While There?

    And sorry for the double post, but thanks Cez! That's very encouraging. I would intend to lodge my De Facto visa application a month or two after getting there.
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