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    Flights & International Cap Levels

    I managed to get in touch with Qatar and they have stated that infants and children under the age of 12 don't need a covid test as long as everyone in the travel party has tested negative, hopefully that sheds a bit of light on the situation for others. We are due to fly out next Tuesday but who knows what will happen lol. Its annoying though because we have to book our PCR test but they could cancel our flight at any moment so could potentially loose out on the test money.
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    Flights & International Cap Levels

    You need a private PCR test, dont know where you are located but if you google it you will find one. We are getting one done at Edinburgh airport couple days before due to fly out, 80 quid it costs! They dont accept NHS ones apparently but makes sense as its for people who require them and i imagine they are already under a massive amount of stress with the testing.
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    Flights & International Cap Levels

    Where did you find this information? We are traveling with a 4 month old baby next week (if the flight even happens) and cant find out information if he needs tested or not. It was my understanding children under 12 don't need tested? Theres so much information out there that says all different stuff, cant find a definitive answer lol
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    Help Getting Newborn Back to Aus

    For anyone interested, we applied for a visitor visa and an exemption at the same time, both came through 2 days later. Going to book flights for Jan when prices aren't as crazy and hope that it doesn't get cancelled. Thanks for all the advice everyone!
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    Help Getting Newborn Back to Aus

    Hi there Im not exactly sure but im guessing since my wife is a citizen and im a resident and we are looking at returning permanently, we would get an exemption. Im going to get onto the consulate here in the UK and get some answers, i was just wondering if anyone had been in a similar situation before, going over with a UK born son before te citizenship by decent was issued.
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    Help Getting Newborn Back to Aus

    Hi there Thanks for the reply. Looks like this is what we will do then. If the citizenship doesn't come through within the 3 months that he is on a visitor visa will we need to leave aus and come back to get another 3 months? Cheers
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    Help Getting Newborn Back to Aus

    Hi there Thanks for the reply, good to know we can sort passports out when we get there, glad we got his british one done as quick as we did. Regarding the visa, looking on the "You had a baby" page of the immi website it states:- Other passports A baby who may be eligible for Australian citizenship (but has not yet acquired Australian citizenship by descent) can travel on a visa to Australia on a passport issued by another country. This may be done as long as the baby is not confirmed by us to be an Australian citizen. You could consider bringing the baby to Australia on a visitor visa, for example. You can still apply for citizenship by descent for your baby in Australia, if your baby has already travelled to Australia on a visa. Does this mean we can get an Evisitor visa if we arrive in Jan, then have a 3 month valid visa there and hopefully his citizenship by decent comes through? That is if he doesn't get his citizenship before Jan which doesn't seem likely. Thanks for the reply!
  8. Hi everyone, Looking for a bit of insight, I know the issue I have is pretty specific but wondering if anyone could offer some guidance. Myself (British citizenship who has PR in Aus till 2023, 801 visa) and my wife (aus citizen) moved back to the UK at the end of last year just to see how life was after living in aus for 6 + years (couldn’t have picked worse timing lol). We ended up having a baby boy in September here. Now we have decided that things aren’t looking too great here, and are going to make the move back to Aus. This is where things get complicated due to the little one. We have applied for his citizenship by decent, but looking online the processing times are looking at 7+ months for 90% of applications, and then we would need to apply for his aus passport which is further waiting, and we were looking at going back to aus at the end of the year as we aren’t in a very good position here (living with parents due to not being able to secure a house because covid). We have gotten his UK passport already, so my question is can we travel to aus with him using his UK passport, and get a visitor visa while his citizenship by decent is approved? Ive looked on the immi website and it looks as if this is possible but feeling a bit lost with it all and looking for some insight. I should also mention i have tried to get in touch with the consulate in london for some advice but having difficulty getting through to them, so have sent an email last week but no reply. Thanks in advance for any help. Cheers
  9. Hi all, Was wondering if anyone on here could give me some insight into my problem, as i cant seem to find any information on it on the forum. My problem is that i'm a UK citizen, who has PR here (gained Feb this year), so qualify for citizenship February 2019. Problem is, me and my Mrs were going to move back to the UK as we have been here for a few years now and the parents back home are getting a bit older and such, so we want to go back and spend some time with them. The predicament is that i was going to wait until i got my citizenship before we left for the UK as we don't know how long we intend on staying there, so thought it would be easier if i just had an Aussie passport if we decided to make the move back here. I never realized that the citizenship process lasted so long (14-17 months according to the website!!) Does anyone know if i can apply for the citizenship in Feb, move back to the UK, then fly back for the ceremony? or do i need to stay in Aus for the entire time that the application is being sorted out? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!
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    Apprenticeship While on BV A

    Thanks for the reply, that's exactly what immi said but its extremely vague. Does that mean in a nutshell i would be able to do an apprenticeship? This includes going to TAFE etc, so i thought that the company pays for this, then they get a rebate from the government meaning i would need access to government funding. Or am i totally wrong about how the apprenticeship scheme works lol.
  11. Hi All, Im in the situation where as my employer has offered me a full time apprenticeship with them so i can get my certificates over here (as i am classed as an unskilled laborer.) The problem is that im currently on a bridging visa A as i am awaiting the outcome of my partner visa application. I've contacted immi about this via email and they have stated that since im on a BVA, im entitled to work and study as much as i like so yes, its possible. But i know better than to trust immi lol. I was under the impression that you needed to at least have the 820 temp visa to have access to government funding for the apprenticeship? This is all just assumption and i cant find anything about it on the web, and my employer has never done this with someone on a BV, so its all new to the both of us. Any and all help would be much appreciated. Cheers!
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    Provisional UK Driving License

    Hey there, Speaking from personal experience here as i never had time to sit my test before i came over. When i arrived i swapped my UK Provisional and got a QLD learners, i had to pay the fee for the learners license, think it was about $120?? not 100% sure, but never had to take the written test for it. When you swap it over you have to provide evidence, full address in QLD and a bank statement with said address on it, i think it was. I am under 25 so had to do the logbook which was such a pain but finally got through it lol. I passed my test and went onto P1 license (Red P's) but as stated before from Ozmatic, since you meet the age requirement you will go straight onto P2 (green P's). You cant drive unsupervised until you pass your driving test (just like in the UK, you wouldn't be allowed to drive there on your provisional alone). Not sure about driving with whilst supervised with your UK Provisional, you'll need to contact the department of transport and ask. Hope this helps you Lew
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    OZ - UK Christmas/NY Flights

    Hey everyone thanks for the responses so fast, i appreciate the help I think the way to go is to go with KLM after looking at there flights and connivence of just staying with one airline, i wanted to try not have to do an extra stop over but for a saving of $800+ per flight i can deal with it! Just another thing, i have been told that when booking flights to the UK its like the stock market, in that one day the price will be X and the next it will dramatically change and be Y, so do you reckon i should book flights asap, or try wait it out for a couple months? Cheers
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    OZ - UK Christmas/NY Flights

    Hi Everyone, Currently been looking through the forum but cant find anything up-to date on this topic, Me and the misses are looking to fly back to scotland for christmas and hogmany this year, and spending 3 weeks with the family over there, the only problem we have run into is that they are looking in excess of $6000 just for 2 flights! I knew we would have to pay quite a bit as it is peak time of the year but this just seems insane. The above price is with emirates (Brisbane - Dubai - Glasgow) as we dont want to spend hours and hours in an airport waiting on a connecting flight, but i have shopped around and they are all pretty much the same cost. Does anyone have any tips on booking these flights? Any advice would be much appreciated Cheers
  15. Hi all, I'm currently in the midst of going through my De Facto visa and i am currently working as a trade assistant for a roofing company. My question is, back home in the UK i obtained a HNC in Engineering Systems, and was hoping i could use this to my advantage to kick start a decent career over here. Sadly i never had an opportunity to use my qualifications so i have no practical experience in the field. Is there some way to get this qualification recognised over here by australian employers so i can at least apply for higher skilled jobs? It just feels as it would be a good door opener in that respect. Thanks for any and all answers. Cheers