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  1. Monks

    Permission to take 16 year old?

    Thats exactly what I thought about my sons father as we’re not civil with each other but initially he refused to give his permission, then he changed his mind so I quickly got the form signed submitted it and then he changed his mind again! I didnt actually need his permission I just wanted him to sign the form to make the process less complicated. My sons grandparents (ex’s parents) became involved and I think tried to convince him that his son would have a much better life and that it was an amazing opportunity for him and not to stand in his way as he was nearly an adult. It worked as I got the form signed but then he changed his mind again. That’s good news then, I hope the process isn’t too stressful for you!
  2. Monks

    Permission to take 16 year old?

    I have a 16 year old boy, wasn’t married to the father but is on the birth certificate. He does not have parental responsibility as we were unmarried and he was born before fathers had automatic parental responsibility which came into effect in Dec 2003. As he does not have parental responsibility I did not have to seek his permission to take my son to Australia. In order to prove this I obtained a stat Dec from a solicitor quoting the law and confirming he did not have parental responsibility. His father didn’t realise that this was the case and was of the understanding that I required his permission. Eventually he decided to sign the 1229 form which I asked him to sign to make things easier. After I submitted the 1229, immigration rang his father to check that he gave his permission. Now I’m unsure whether they would have just accepted the stat Dec from the solicitor or became suspicious that I submitted a stat Dec then the 1229 shortly after and wanted to make sure it wasn’t me that forged the fathers signature on the 1229 form. I’m not sure whether you were married or not but that’s my experience. We were granted our visas in Feb. Good luck with the process ?
  3. Monks

    Past Offences - Consent for Verification

    My partner was asked for a subject access report after he submitted his police check along with a statutory declaration detailing his offence. The CO can request information at any point and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to their process. I wouldn’t assume that this is the last stage in the process before they make a decision. We received our grant 6 months later but during that time we received a further 2 CO contacts for further information. ?
  4. I was without any doubt that my partner would refuse to give permission and he did but then later changed his mind and agreed to sign knowing that our son wanted to go. It was a very stressful time but as soon as he agreed I drove a few hundred miles for him to sign the form. The embassy contacted him by phone shortly after once we submitted the 1229 form to check that he’d given his permission. A very short phone indeed, he was asked if he obviously gave his permission and if he understood the implications of his son moving to Oz. That was it. A month or two later he said he’d made a mistake and that he shouldn’t have signed the form but I think he thought it was too late to do anything about it. I received advice from Major Tom at the time about the whole process which helped me a lot ? good luck with your ex partner ??
  5. My OH didn’t have to provide payslips as he is self employed but it’s 3 payslips per year you’re claiming experience. So if you’re claiming say 10 years it would be 30 payslips. Yes the TRA is an Aussie number, i remember staying up late at night to phone up because of the time difference. I would suggest that if you ever need to ring them don’t speak to the operatives who just answer the phone, we actually got to speak to an assessment officer. I think if your OH is employed and not self employed, gathering the paperwork won’t be as lengthy. Ours was a real pain in the butt. Its me, my OH and 16 year old son. We should have made the move years ago but things don’t always work out so they! Where you guys heading and are you going as a family? ? I’d also say, don’t be afraid of providing too much evidence! ??
  6. My OH didn’t have to provide payslips as he is self employed but it’s 3 payslips per year you’re claiming experience. So if you’re claiming say 10 years it would be 30 payslips. Yes the TRA is an Aussie number, i remember staying up late at night to phone up because of the time difference. I would suggest that if you ever need to ring them don’t speak to the operatives who just answer the phone, we actually got to speak to an assessment officer. I think if your OH is employed and not self employed, gathering the paperwork won’t be as lengthy. Ours was a real pain in the butt. Its me, my OH and 16 year old son. We should have made the move years ago but things don’t always work out so they! Where you guys heading and are you going as a family? ?
  7. No they didn’t ask for any other supporting documents, we just read the guidelines on what we needed to submit and submitted everything!! just to be on the safe side. My OH did a CITB qualification years ago and we didn’t know if it would be transferable but we contacted the TRA via telephone and they were really helpful. They couldn’t say until they obviously saw a breakdown of the units covered. Some of the guidelines were a little confusing too so we rang them I think about 3 or 4 times for clarification on a number of things if we didn’t understand. My OH also completed an NVQ level 3 before we submitted our documents to the TRA and we were worried that they would only count his years post qualification and not his old qualification but luckily for us it did. Lol believe me, I’m the worlds greatest when it comes to worrying. It’s been one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. Your life is on hold and nothing else matters. The whole process consumes every single minute of every day, but you’re not alone ?
  8. I still can’t believe it, I have to pinch myself sometimes! It’s been a long anxious wait. As he’s self employed it was a long slog getting all the paperwork together for the last 10 years. He found the TRA process the hardest and most time consuming, everything else seemed a breeze compared to that. Yeah sure, I’ll grab one off the computer and send you one. I remember posting all the documents to the TRA in December just before Xmas 2016 and we got a successful outcome in March. If it helps you with the process then I don’t blame you. It’ll give you that peace of mind. ?
  9. Thank you! ? a lot to sort but we’re so excited!! Not booked any flights yet, had a quick look but we plan on booking them shortly as we plan to go in July as we have to make entry by 10th August. We received our invitation within a week on 60 points but I understand now that there’s a little bit more competition. We didn’t use an agent and we managed just fine. We’re heading to Perth as we have family there ? have you submitted your EOI?
  10. We’ve just been granted our visas, my other half is a plasterer but we applied for a 189 not 190 but feel free to ask any questions and i’ll try to help ?
  11. Monks

    190 application with a criminal record

    Like very stormy says, they are looking at serious offences such as drugs, sex offences etc which resulted in a custodial sentence of 12 months or more. My partner has a criminal offence from 12 years ago, albeit a drink driving offence but nevertheless it’s still a blur on his character. My partner wrote a grovelling statement about how this was such a long time ago and that he was now a reformed character etc. They did request a full disclosure in addition to the normal PCC request so we had to provide that too. On a more serious matter, he also overstayed a visa. Immigration came to his place of work to remove him and he was deported and received a 3 year ban from entering the country. It was last chance saloon for us too to apply due to his age and whilst we thought he would have failed the character test, we applied anyway. We applied for a 189 in May 2017 and have just been granted our visas. Maybe they are human after all and think people can’t be punished forever and deserve a second chance, who knows but I would definitely apply if you have the required points. ?? Good luck ??
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    189/190 Visa Applications from July/Aug 17

    The called my sons father too, the call didn’t last very long. He said they only asked him 2 questions and one of them was did he understand the consequences of his son emigrating. They did this quite early on in our process. We applied in May and they contacted him at the beginning of August round about the same time as they requested medicals. We finally got our grant last week ?
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    The Long Wait

    Thanks Simon! ?I’m in another group/forum and it appears the people in that group that May/June applications are being finalised so fingers crossed it’s not far away! Get the beers chilling ?
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    The Long Wait

    We submitted our application on 19th May and we’ve just received our grant on Monday. We had 2 requests for further information, the last one being in October. We did send an email too once it had gone over the 8 months but just got an automated response. I’m not sure if it was coincidence but 2 weeks after sending the email we received our grant. It’s still not sunk in. The wait is agony, I feel your frustration but it will come! ??
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    Partner Visa - Criminal Record

    My partner had a drink driving offence and we received our grant no problem. They did however request a full disclosure report in addition to the normal police check.
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