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  1. nyorksgrannie

    A citizen at last

    Thank you Ramot we are already living in Australia, we came out in 2017 and our 143 visa was issued in 2018, see below. We haven’t visited UK since and I didn’t know the state pension went up when visiting, how strange I thought you would have to be back permanently and prove it for that to happen. As we have no close relatives in the uk it is unlikely we would visit for long and we hope some friends will visit us here post Covid. We have kept a UK bank account too and also do a transfer from that via Halo. I will investigate Citizenship further, it’s tricky when the necessary documents on line are not available to view until you have reached the qualifying number of years to apply. We are so happy to be here. Thank you for replying.
  2. nyorksgrannie

    A citizen at last

    Thank you that is nice to know and I don’t have a problem with voting I have always voted , women suffered in the Uk protesting to get women the vote we should respect that. Many thanks for replying.
  3. nyorksgrannie

    A citizen at last

    Congratulations Ramos I was just browsing looking for info on citizenship so wondered if you or anyone else might be able to help. We only got our 143 parent visas in 2018 and we are in our early 70’s I understand older people can apply earlier for citizenship but not sure if this is true. Also are there any downsides we should be aware of, would we still be able to draw our UK state pensions for instance? We have never worked in Australia and have a private pension too. Also are we able to have dual citizenship? We have no intention of going back to UK to live but just wondered about passports ours have several years left. I would be grateful for any info.
  4. Just checked in to see how everyone is doing and so pleased for you SusieRoo some progress at last, I hope you manage to travel in Europe - safely and hope you will soon be in Australia with family.
  5. Many congratulations, lots of celebrating when you get to uk and they issue your visa, very happy for you.
  6. nyorksgrannie

    Moving to Central Coast from Perth

    I guess you have found somewhere to live now but we like Saratoga and Davistown. We are retired but travel to see family in Berowra and Sydney area. Driving is fine until you get to Hornsby and south then it is busy and full of trucks. The great thing about a Davistown is that there is plenty of space to walk by the water, it doesn’t get the weekend tourists that clog up Terrigal and Avoca and there is a ferry across to Woy Woy where you can catch a train into Sydney some of which are fast (ish) not stopping everywhere. We can walk to cafes, restaurants and takeaways. There are hospitals in Gosford, shopping mall st Erina, 15 mins drive to Avoca when you want beach. etc etc. You might struggle with budget but there are still some bargains to be had if you don’t mind a bit of renovating. Good luck with wherever you choose.
  7. Unless the rules have changed they just need to be out of Australia we were asked to give our departure date and flight details and were given a date to leave before (we went to Fiji) our residency was granted as soon as we were there but you should allow a few days, a week to be safe in my opinion before returning.
  8. Congratulations Jimbob007, what a wait! we never realised at the time how lucky we were - 3 years Good luck to everyone still waiting.
  9. nyorksgrannie

    Transfer of funds Uk State pension

    Many thanks Ramot, I am not sure if there is any relevance but Barclays closed a lot of their overseas branches, Sydney being one of them and they just have a Corporate office now. Not sure why this would affect our UK account though but the impression we were given was that it would be a temporary arrangement to keep the account open, our state pensions are paid into there and I have used it to send gifts etc., but that also has become more difficult as companies want Uk billing address for card payment. I use Paypal when I can now, or just pay in Aus Dollars. I do find the pin sentry gadget useful though for accessing account details. Many thanks for your help.
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    Transfer of funds Uk State pension

  11. nyorksgrannie

    Transfer of funds Uk State pension

    Many thanks rammygirl, Jetblast & MarisaWright, We assumed others with UK accounts gave a close relatives address, still in the UK. We don’t have any close relatives left there, just elderly cousins. We were originally told the bank wouldn’t send replacement debit cards overseas but did get them to do it after several requests.We have been with the bank in question a long time, with hindsight should have transferred to another whilst still in UK. We will continue with our present system thanks to your help! We love it here but so much still to learn!
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    Transfer of funds Uk State pension

    We no longer have a uk address
  13. nyorksgrannie

    Transfer of funds Uk State pension

    Hi I hope some of those that used to contribute to this site that got visas earlier than us might still pop in and read updates from time to time , hopefully someone will know the answer. We have up to now had our uk state pensions paid into a uk bank account and then transferred to a currency transfer company who arrange the payment into our Aus bank account, if we close the uk bank account which we will need to do, does the pension office transfer through a bank with higher transfer fees to us?
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    Try posting on Parent visa forum, we did our health checks in Australia, we got the impression from the Doctors there that there was no concern over our medicals but I don’t think we had a letter saying that, things change so hopefully someone on the forum can help you that has gone through this process more recently.