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Everything posted by Pertenhall

  1. No - we just told them that we had applied for the 143. At the time we thought it would only take a year from opening the account before we got here - in the end it was over 3, but there was no problem.
  2. We opened one with Westpac. It was no problem at all. We went into their branch in London but you can probably do it on line too.
  3. Totally agree Alan. Guess it's a good job we don't need a mortgage or a loan, I assume the same criteria would apply!
  4. Has anyone had a problem in applying for a credit card once you are in Australia? We have been banking with Westpac for over 4 years and have just tried to get a credit card with them. We were so used to using our credit card for monthly shopping in the UK, paying the balance off each month and would have liked to continue that way now that we are here in Australia. We were very disappointed that Westpac didn’t even want to know what our income from our UK pensions was (I have a very good state pension and hubby has state pension plus military pension plus work based pension, all very good). The reply we got was that we needed to have an Australian taxable income. We confirmed with them that we are registered for tax in Australia and that all our UK pensions were liable to Australian tax. Their reply “I have double checked this with our credit team today and they have confirmed that we cannot accept only UK Pensions as a sole income to support a credit card application. Our current policy will not allow it. We would need you to be drawing a Australian pension as well for the UK pensions to be able to be used.” We will try other financial establishments but did just wonder if anyone else has come up against this problem. We are fully retired so won’t be able to get an Australian work based pension and won’t be eligible for an Australian state pension for another 9 years and even then because of our income from UK pensions and assets this will probably be close to zero.
  5. Fantastic news - look forward to seeing you when you are settled!
  6. So very pleased that things are at last moving on for you. Fingers crossed it won't be long now!
  7. Don't know if anyone can help. We are now well and truly in Australia - hip hip hooray. Has anyone applied for a Queensland Seniors Card. No sure if we are eligible as we are not a Centrelink customer, or have a veterans Affairs file number.
  8. Sorry to hear you've hit a snag. Hope everything gets sorted soon. We are flying out next Tuesday - can't believe it is actually happening! Good luck. Hope to see you when you get there finally.
  9. As far as I am aware it doesn't affect the eligibility but you can't count the amount received into the annual income of the assurer.
  10. We're getting close to booking our flights out. Does anyone know of any discounts/additional baggage allowance that any airline might offer to emigres?
  11. Hello there - have just picked up this thread again and see that Rosiejaq is having problems with AoS. We had great problems with them, constantly advising us that it was being processed. Eventually, after months of waiting our daughter contacted her federal MP and things started moving – however not in a good way as the response once it came was that it had been rejected. Our daughter re-submitted and, with think with a little more help from her MP, it went ahead pretty quickly. It is certainly worth a try to contact your federal MP. Good luck.
  12. Excellent news! We had our request when we were out for Christmas in 2017. Hopefully not long now until you can be out there permanently! We are still having problems selling our house, but at least we have the visa sorted!
  13. We had problems with our AoS application which was rejected after months of waiting and being told it was being processed (daughter's income was just AUD1K too little in the previous year). Our daughter asked if she could add another person onto the application and was told it was too difficult! However I have read on the forum from months, maybe even years, ago that someone was able to add another person. Fortunately our original application was rejected in May last year so we didn't have to wait long until the next tax year when our daughter's income was sufficient. Ask the question, and if the answer is no then get straight on and submit another application - once our daughter re-submitted hers it went ahead pretty quickly. Good luck.
  14. @kimbosliceDo hope it doesn't take too much longer until you have your good news.
  15. Sounds very similar to our experience with the AoS procedure. Our delay was for a different reason but it wasn't until our daughter's MP got involved that we actually got a response from Centrelink and things eventually started moving. Thank goodness you are now on track, hopefully it won't be too long before everything is done and dusted.
  16. We applied in March 2015 - submitted Form 80, scanned passports and scanned Police checks by e-mail. Everything accepted OK - this was Jan 2018.
  17. We applied in March 2015 - submitted Form 80, scanned passports and scanned Police checks by e-mail. Everything accepted OK.
  18. You have to go to specified centres. We went somewhere near Birmingham. We had 30 days from requesting them to have them done.
  19. Our sponsor was just short of the requirement in the first of the 2 assessed years! So that would have been obvious from the start - but they took forever to tell us. We thought we had calculated correctly but obviously didn't!
  20. Yes Linda - you are quite correct. We waited for ages, and phoned a number of times only to be told that it was on the system. Eventually during yet another phone call they decided to say that we had been rejected. Not the happiest time of our visa application experience. But it has all worked out well in the end. We have our visas activated and now just need to sell the house. Having a yard sale tomorrow - busy sorting and pricing things. Just hope the weather holds!
  21. Fantastic news. It is such a wonderful feeling isn't it?
  22. Exactly a year since we got our request for more info. So things have moved just over 4 months in a year! We completed our Form 80 on line but I would think a scanned one would be acceptable - perhaps someone else out there knows the answer to that one. Definitely a scanned copy of the police clearance and a colour copy your passport photo page will be OK. We waited until we had everything together (except the medical results) and sent them all by e-mail. So pleased for you - it is a lovely Christmas present isn't it!