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  1. Do not confuse visa status with tax status, they are not the same thing. You are tax resident in Australia. Your company are correct to want to renegotiate the terms of your contract, they are incurring employer NI that they do not need to pay as you are not a UK based employee any longer. Ideally you and they would have looked into his before you moved as you also have incurred NI that you didn't need to pay and probably will not manage to get back. That at is because all of your employment income is taxable in Australia, from the day you arrived. That you have paid UK tax on it is irrelevant to ATO as they have first dibs on the tax from your employment. You should look to get tax back from HMRC. I would suggest the easiest way to do that would be through adjusting the employment income reported on your tax return to HMRC at the end of the year. When you prepare your Australian tax return you need to included these first two months of income gross and pay Australian tax. In terms of negotiating, well yes it would be sensible to factor in pension and the loss of any other benefits you had previously. I would also research the job market and provide evidence of salaries for similar jobs. My main advice is not to put any emphasis on the current exchange rate because it does not reflect respective purchasing power, that is £1 in UK will go further than $1.69 in Australia. On average you would need at least $2 for every £ you think your would need to make up for current salary and lost benefits. I would focus on those types of things and not get too hung up on tax rates. Although Australia has different bands and personal allowances, on the whole, most people end up with a very similar effective rate of tax whether in Australia or UK. Certainly it doesn't differ so much as to be something you need the spend a lot of time on. ETA: Sorry just realised you are probably negotiating a rate based in £? In which case my comments on $ are irrelevant, although personally, I would prefer to negotiate in $ so that I know exactly what I am getting.
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    Medicals and under active thyroid concern

    Australia does not turn people down for a visa because they are overweight. Your medical may get referred, this just means a medically qualified person will look at it as opposed to it getting a rubber stamp immediately. Many medicals are referred, so don't worry about it. I also often suggest people with medical issues consult an agent, but to be honest this is barely an issue.
  3. Yep. Long birth certificates were definitely a requirement for the visa application when we applied in 2009. I had the long certificate mine (born 1970) but we had to apply for OHs. Takes about a week to come through, if that.
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    Migrating to Oz

    Erm perhaps I am missing something, but you don't actually mention making the offshore partner visa application above, so aren't you therefore still looking to fudge your way through on a tourist visa with this plan? It is not possible to "register a relationship" in Australia when you are both in the UK. As has been mentioned your chosen state is the one that does not recognise registered relationships anyway. And finally even if you did register a relationship, it isn't a visa. So you would still be looking to fudge (your word) your way into Australia on a tourist visa? If she is willing to apply for that UK visa and live in the UK for a couple of years, then the way to do things properly would be to move to UK, apply for the Australian partner visa offshore after a year of living together in the UK and then move to Auatralia year or so later when it is granted.
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    457 to Partner 820 visa

    If you qualify for the partner visa now, I can think of no good reason why you would delay applying. I would not be worrying remotely about whether it looks iffy or not. In fact I cannot think of any reason why it would look iffy for someone with an Australian partner to apply for a partner visa. I would advise caution as this is not the way things usually go. As explained earlier, it should be expected that when the job ends the 457 cancellation period will start to tick down and when it does the BVE comes into play. Note that the 90 days is now 60 days too.
  6. The CO is entitled to ask married couples for evidence of the relationship as much as a defacto couple, if they deem it necessary.
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    Car insurance.

    I generally maintain the stance of swings and roundabouts. But there are a couple of exceptions, one is housing. Housing was so much more expensive to live in a commutable distance of Sydney versus London. Partly due to the vastly superior rail network to London. The one single other expense that I found extraordinary compared to UK was motor insurance. We paid multiples more in Australia and my OH and I have 40 years insurance work experience between us and had staff discounts, but it was still jaw droppingly expensive. We both have flawless driving records in both countries, but paid three times the price in Australia for a very similar car (the UK on being more flash if anything). I am just saying. I do love Australia with all my heart and this is not an Ozhater post. I am not making up insurance costs because I don't like Australia. :-)
  8. I think you are deluding yourself. Childcare. It is like animal care. People are fighting over each other to get into these areas. They are hugely popular and hugely competitive. You do not have a cat in hells chance. No employer needs to sponsor for a permanent visa to get somebody into a childcare role as there are Australians tripping over each other for these roles. Wake up. You are 200 years too late to walk into a childcare role.
  9. There is not that much relevance to the wedding date in your particular situation. The whole point of recognising a "defacto" relationship is that it is supposed to replicate a marriage in all but for a particular legal ceremony having taken place. So after 2.5 years of living together there is only one reason I would delay making the application and that is because after three years he would go straight to a permanent visa and not have to do the temporary stage. However in your particular situation, he doesn't have the luxury of waiting until the three year point as the WHV would expire before then. So in that case, no, there is no benefit whatsoever in waiting until the marriage before lodging the partner visa. And no it isnt "sensible". If lodging earlier enables him to get the 6 month restriction lifted then indeed that is the sensibke thing to do.
  10. Indeed. OP - childcare centre manager definitely requires a degree, not a diploma. You are not going to get a permanent visa for Australia by taking a diploma course.
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    Is There Anyone (ENS 186)

    You don't need to read ab it real experiences. You appear to want to know a few basic facts, which are readily available if you read about this visa on the immigration website.
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    Migrating to Oz

    I would say that the person in FlightCentre has not really got much of a clue about the finer points on Australian visas. Using a tourist visa to live in Australia whilst you build up your defacto time together actually isn't a legitimate option either, but it might be something that you manage to make work for you. But it is important that you know that immigration would not approve of your plan and you run a risk of being stopped, questioned and possibly denied entry every time you exit and try to renter the country. The more you do that and the longer you stay, the more this risk increases. But there is no way to give you any guarantees either way, it is down to chance and luck.
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    Is There Anyone (ENS 186)

    Yes of course there is. What is your actual question?
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    views on aud to gbp exchange rates?

    There is nobody on the planet that is in the know. If they were they would be billionaires anyway. So all speculation. My personal speculation is that it will hang around where it is now until at least Article 50 is triggered. I believe it will return to 1:2 one day as I believe this is its natural level, but could be a while yet and some of the Brexit uncertainty needs to be worked through first.
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    Car insurance.

    Was that comment addressed to me? Because I am most surprised to find myself described as an Ozhater if so. You will not find any posts on here where I have mentioned anything other than being very happy and content with my life as it was in Australia. It is a thread about the cost of car insurance. Mine costs a few hundred in UK and about $1,500 with CTP in Australia (which looks to be about in line with the average for Sydney that you quoted by the way). Simple facts. My thoughts on Australia don't come into it.
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    Noobie wanting to gain PR !

    M Well I am only commenting on what you have said. You said you'd dint have a degree and have had roles in sales, admin and now that you could not secure a sponsorship when you were in Australia recently. Why do you think there are surely options? I would maintain your options look very slim at the moment. The good news is that you are young and time is on your side. Whilst there may not be options now, if you focus on building a career for yourself, options may open up later.
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    Anywhere like Surrey near Sydney?

    It isn't a shame and Australia is not under developed! There are of course huge swathes of Australia not populated, but the populated areas are as developed as anywhere in the UK. Sydney CBD is very small as cities go and that is the only bit of Sydney that will feel like a city. Outside the CBD is just sprawls and sprawls, suburbs roll into one. Many of them are green and quiet, others have a bustling beach cafe culture. If you go further afield you can certainly save on housing costs, but I think you need to be a good 1.5-2 hours outside the CBD before you will see a notable drop in prices. I am perplexed by the comment that you will miss the convenience and beautiful countryside tbh. Correct Aistralia is not the same as UK, but isn't travel and living overseas about new experiences.
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    Adding a baby after visa grant

    The only criteria a new baby would need to meet is passing the medical. Are you pushing this a bit if you want to have a baby in the UK before your trip in August? I am not sure I understand how you are calculating those timings?
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    Migrating to Oz

    Who told you getting a second year tourist visa won't be a problem? I dont see how anybody could know this, getting a second year long tourist visa could very much be a problem. Even if you get it, you could still have a problem at immigration control and you should not assume otherwise. I am not sure why you would get a one year tourist visa anyway, that locks you out of working for the whole year. If you got a three month visa, registered the relationship (thus bypassing the 12 months Defacto), then applied for partner visa, the bridging visa with working rights kicks in after three months. I would not be so enthusiastic about studying myself. I am presuming you are quite young and would not have trouble passing the points test anyway. What occupation are you in - have you checked you meet the requirements?
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    Car insurance.

    I found car insurance incredibly expensive in Australia. Couldn't get my fully comp for less than $1,000 and then had to get the TP on top of that as well. Few hundred quid here in UK - similar car, well slightly more expensive car here as newer.
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    Revoke De Facto after PR granted

    So are you saying that at one time you registered the relationship, for example when you were applying for the visa? I am am sure it is worth revoking it in that case, but reading, I can see nothing to suggest that the defacto partners have ownership rights to each other's assets. It seems to be more about proving the relationship for visa, tax and benefit reasons.
  22. I would be pretty confident that nobody has done this. Childcare centre manager requires a degree and management experience. Taking a diploma in Australia is not going to cut it I am afraid. I do not see how you are going to get sponsorship as a Childcare Centre Manager after doing a diploma, normally people would work their way up to manager, not commence as a manager. Childcare worker is not eligible for sponsorship. I cannot see any way how this would work. I would suggest that you put Australia on hold for now, pursue your career and qualifications in the UK and then come back to migration when you are ready.
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    Revoke De Facto after PR granted

    Never heard of this concept. Very strange. Why do you think you need to do it?
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    Noobie wanting to gain PR !

    Your chances of securing a visa do not look particularly promising based on what you have said so far. It is not possible to get sponsorship for an admin role. There are some sales roles are on the skilled occupation lists but you would need a few planets to line up to progress this through to a permanent visa. When you were in Australia on the WHV did you have any luck finding sales roles? That might have been the time to sort out a sponsorship, after getting your foot in the door. It might be that you need to look at this as a medium to long term plan, skill up first and then look into migration options in the future.
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    Revoke De Facto after PR granted

    I am not sure what you are trying to do or what you mean by revoke. There is no need to inform any authority when a relationship breaks down, happens all the time. There are no visa consequences to this beak up.
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