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  1. Congratulations. Have a fantastic time in Bali and be careful crossing the roads!! ??
  2. If you are going this alone, I can highly recommend @Alan Collett He was worth every penny (cent) we paid him last year.
  3. Hi folks. I used to follow @Catlady2014‘s progress with interest as I always assumed we would get our visas a couple of months after her, having applied a couple of months after her. If you look at both our signatures, we actually got our visas first!! Loving life here, especially laying on the beach mid January
  4. NanaJan

    Parent visa question

    I would suggest they look at this thread. It’s an absolute mine of information.... https://www.pomsinoz.com/topic/50481-the-brand-new-pio-parents-visa-thread/
  5. We have just moved into a property in Lynbrook (close to Cranbourne) and need the services of a plumber, an electrician and a fencer. Are there any of said tradies on here, or is there anyone in the same area who could recommend some? Many thanks in advance. NanaJan
  6. At long last......congratulations. I can’t believe how long it took. Enjoy your new life in Australia. If ever you are in Melbourne please let us know
  7. Hi both. @Geoffandgill, @juliew1499 and I are meeting up sometime in November or December at a rooftop bar in the city for a bite to eat and a couple of drinks. Exact date and venue still to be decided but you are more than welcome to join us. Please pm me with your contact details if you fancy it.
  8. Spot on Kath. We spent a few days in Bali. Such a hardship I know........
  9. I think this depends entirely on the case officer dealing with your application and probably how straightforward it is. Our request came within days but others seem to take several months. Good luck.
  10. Welcome 2015 applicants. It is well worth the wait in the end but so frustrating when that processing date sticks.....seemingly forever. Ian, you can add a signature to your posts (in settings) so everyone can see your dates and you can update it as things progress. We also added our destination areas so it is possible to arrange to meet people for drinks etc. And, for anyone thinking about using an agent I can highly recommend @Alan Collett. He is knowledgeable, efficient and a pleasure to deal with. We started the process with an agent who was so inefficient it was almost laughable so we basically sacked him and appointed Alan after reading his posts on here!
  11. We got our request for further information at the beginning of July but didn’t get a case officer until early September. Our case officer was pretty quick off the mark asking for the 2nd VAC but @Catlady2014‘s took several months!! Good Luck
  12. Congratulations. You must be over the moon. Have you booked your flight yet?
  13. You can apply on-line or by post https://www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx It's very simple and a quick turnaround. Good luck with the rest of the process
  14. That is fantastic news. Congratulations. At long last
  15. Thank you. You have been my benchmark through this whole process and I cannot believe this has happened. It seems the day a case officer was allocated to our application the 2nd VAC was requested. It does seem very strange that nothing has happened on your application. I think I would be chasing them daily! Good luck and fingers crossed for you.
  16. Thank you. I think maybe another lunch date might be in order @juliew1499?
  17. And so, I thought it was time for an update. I'm not sure of the exact dates as this last part has been a bit of a whirlwind. My daughter had her interview at Centrelink, lodged the $14,000 bond and the AoS application was accepted and uploaded to Immigration on 30th August. All the other documents were already with the agent. The medicals were completed back in July. On the 8th September we were asked to pay the 2nd VAC. We had already transferred the necessary sum from the UK and so arranged a bank cheque which was posted to the PVC by express post on 11th September. We booked a trip to Bali and flew out of Australia on 16th September. From my sun lounger by the pool I can confirm our visas were granted today, the 18th September. We return to Australia on Wednesday and can start both work and serious house-hunting. I cannot believe that after all this time it has actually happened. Keep the faith those of you in the waiting room.
  18. Goodness. It must be so frustrating for you. I can't believe how long it is taking. I expect to hear your whoop of joy over here in Australia when you eventually get your visa. @BrendaM how's it going for you? We are so close on our lodgement dates.
  19. Oh no, that must be awful for her. I'm sure you will be an absolute godsend when you get there. Enjoy every moment
  20. Oh dear. I call it emigration brain! Good luck for your new adventure.
  21. It's been on that since 1st August.......... Just want it to move...6 days...that's all I ask!!!