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  1. Sloth

    Bad timing or big mistake

    If OP has been here for 5 months, their visa was granted prior to 16 Nov 2019, on which date the status of the visa changed. Before this date, the 489 was " a 4-year provisional visa which requires holders to live and work in a regional area to obtain permanent residence. " So you're correct, it pays to find out the exact visa somebody has.
  2. Sloth

    Skilled 175 visa travel conditions expired

    Call Home Affairs and ask them: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/contact-us/telephone/outside-australia
  3. The taxman knows! The Common Reporting Standard means you can't escape: https://www.ato.gov.au/General/International-tax-agreements/In-detail/International-arrangements/Common-Reporting-Standard-information-for-tax-agents/
  4. It may be, but it weighs approximately 5,974,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg. Or 6,637,777,778 whales according to my onscreen calculator, no species mentioned.
  5. Sloth

    Aussie Electrical items in UK

  6. If you look at the first table on this page headed "Who can pay voluntary contributions", you either fall into the "living and working abroad" category, or "living abroad but not working" category. If working, Class 2, if not, class 3. If you've sent in a CF83 and received approval, pay class 2. https://www.gov.uk/voluntary-national-insurance-contributions/who-can-pay-voluntary-contributions
  7. HI Have you read HMRC leaflet NI 38 and sent in a CF 83 application to pay class 2 contributions? https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-security-abroad-ni38 We pay ours by chq from our UK bank a/c.
  8. Have you read this page? https://www.migration.tas.gov.au/skilled_migrants/skilled_regional
  9. Sloth

    UK TAX and Brexit

  10. Sloth

    Banks or others for moving money?

    I have used OFX (used to be Tranzfers) since 2006 with zero problems and competitive rates, free to open an account: https://uk.ofx.com/registration?pid=&cid=76
  11. Sloth

    Transferring savings back to the UK

    We only began to think about going back over last weekend so we haven't reached that stage yet. Off the top of my head, you could try Allied Pickford or Chess.
  12. Sloth

    Transferring savings back to the UK

    I see that last time you were here you only stayed for 3 months. What made you decide to go back to the UK again?
  13. Sloth

    Transferring savings back to the UK

    I thought about taking an income stream from my super but decided I would be a lot happier having everything in the same country! I don't think we'll change our minds about relocating, but you never know I suppose. The move to Oz has been very good for us financially, but now I'm effectively retired and my wife can see the light at the end of the tunnel, we realised we'd like to go home. Our reasons for wanting to go back are more hillwalking/cultural/holidaying in Europe oriented with a view to seeing out our retirement, plus my wife has family in the UK that she likes-I'm not so keen on mine.
  14. Sloth

    Transferring savings back to the UK

    Looked into that already but who knows what will happen with UK state pensions? I've got 27 qualifying years in and I don't think it's worth adding to. As for the Oz pension, it's means-tested and I have too much means! And no, I'm a long way off being old enough to apply for it anyway.
  15. After 13 happy years here in Tassie, over the weekend we decided we'd like to go back to the UK. I'm effectively retired, my wife has about 2 years to go to her super preservation age so that's our time frame. We haven't really got very far with our planning yet, but one option is to cash in our super and our other investments, sell the house and just transfer the cash across and reinvest it once back in the UK. We'd be using OFX to make the transfer, but what I'm slightly concerned about is the sudden appearance of what would be quite a large amount in our UK bank account-is it likely to arouse suspicion of money laundering or some other dubious activity? Do I just need to notify the bank ahead of time what I intend to do?