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Jon the Hat

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  1. I should have put a comma in... You can be granted the 100 straight away if you have with your partner for 3 years, or 2 years if you have children together.
  2. You can be granted the 100 straight away if you have with your partner for 3 years or 2 years and have children together.
  3. Jon the Hat

    Land Rover diesels

    I have a Disco 4, it is a bloody lovely car to drive, hugely practical, and very very comfortable. It has also been VERY expensive to Maintain; will be looking a something a lot cheaper when we get to Australia.
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    Advice needed on wanting to move back to Aus again.

    This is a very good point. You need some equity and a decent income - if you can earn a good income in Sydney as in London call it $200k + and take $500k of equity with you then I'm sure it is doable. Have $200k of equity and earn $100k and really you will be living way inland somewhere. Might be lovely, but not the dream of short commute and living near the beach.
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    100 visa granted straight away?

    When the job market is tight, many CV's have to be filtered somehow, and small margins can be the difference between an interview and not.
  6. Obviously I understated the number of times I checked my immi account to make it see a little less insane.
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    100 visa granted straight away?

    I received the 100 email in the same minute as the 309 one.
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    100 visa granted straight away?

    Yes I got 100 at the same time, married 12 years 2 kids. As long as you show evidence for the long relationship you will be fine. If they don't grant it then query as you clearly meet the requirements - some people I have read asked and then it was granted.
  9. There must a stages of international migration which everyone goes through: We should make a flow chart Idea > dismissal > renewed enthusiasm > practicalities > terror > renewed enthusiam > never-ending documentation > wince in pain at application fee > ITS IN! > Panic about what you missed > find obscure PIO posts about thing you missed > Update application > Worry > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > Request for Information! > relief they didn't lose your application > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > lose will to live > start looking into Candadian immigration again > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > check immi account > think Guatemala looks appealing > check immi account > check immi account > GRANT!!! > Oh sweet Jesus what the **** have I done > Panic > Panic > calming session updating planning spreadsheet.... etc.
  10. If you look in the London thread you will see most recent timings - no guarantees but most far less than the global times. Mine took about 8 months, others have been quicker, others a bit slower.
  11. Definitely get your citizenship; Important point to note is that if you apply as spouse of a British Citizen (and only then) you do NOT have to intend to stay in the UK. Everyone else must intend to stay to apply, but this is not the case for partners. You know if you don't do it and want to come back it will cost a hell of a lot more than £1300 to get back in. Leeches is right!
  12. Great news! Congratulations, you much be so relieved. So is it NZ or Bali?
  13. Jon the Hat

    309 visa - with baby

    If you are married you only need 3 years in the UK, and you don't have to intend to stay in the UK either. Worth thinking about if you are thinking of moving only 6 months before then.
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    Land Rover diesels

    Solar panels on the roof? I assume you mean LR saying no more diesel development? I doubt they are going to stop producing the ones they have / Hybrid drive-chains. I guess it might mean Australian outback drivers will have less choice in future.
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    309 visa - with baby

    I would seriously suggest you get naturalised as a British Citizen before you move as it will only get harder and more expensive.
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    309 visa - with baby

    Your child will qualify for citizenship by descent, which is a pretty straightforward process. As far I being pregnant is not a question anywhere, but if you were waiting for the visa and had a baby you would update your application to say so, attached copy birth certificate as this obviously adds weight to your relationship, and depending on how long you have been together might help you get the 100 straight away (between 2-3 years).
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    Citizen by Descent not an option

    Grant. You apply and it is granted, not automatic like Birth.
  18. Jon the Hat

    Why are British trains so bad?

    All Transport for London travel was free from 11.45 pm until about 5 in the morning so everyone could get home. Lots of tubes and night buses run all night all over London these days.
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    Why are British trains so bad?

    I pay £104 for a weekly ticket to travel 110 miles a day. Mind you a day peak return is £41 which is nuts, although I have worked out if I have to come in on a single day I can travel at 9.10 for half that and work late Still I'll be honest part of the appeal of moving to Perth is living close to the city and spending a lot less time and money commuting.
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    Why are British trains so bad?

    The average Brit likes to complain about the trains yes, but if you asked them to pay more income tax to subsidise them, most would say no thanks I don't use them very often.
  21. Jon the Hat

    What's new? Good and not so good.

    half of Manchester is completely different, fashionable and modern, diverse etc. The rest is probably the same. Rural Cumbria is most likely the same but with mobile phones and automated milking.
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    Crossroads

    If you are 3 exams away from getting your ACCA I would finish that even if it isn't going to get you into Australia, unless you are years away on the experience front. Always good to have as a fallback even if another route is the way in.
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    Positive Emigrating To Australia True Life Stories

    I must say I am watching Wanted down under in awe at people who no no-one at all in Australia yet throw themselves into it with such enthusiasm! Some people are adventurers I guess. I suppose I must have been at one point to take off around the world for 18 months when I met my wife. We have all the foundations to make it work except the right job for me, and that will hopefully be a matter of time. 14 years working for an Aussie company probably helps with the fitting in bit as well
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