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    Brisbane suburb for a pre-move re

    Thanks! Just had to look that area up as I've not heard of it and I think it may be a little bit too far from the CBD. I'm keen for low crime area (there's no kids so school's aren't an issue) but ideally it would be walking distance, or no more than 15-20 mins by train/river, to the city. Not sure how crime in Brisbane compares to central London, but I suspect (although may well be wrong!) that Brisbane is a bit safer therefore being closer to CBD should be OK..... famous last words!
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    Visa 461 very long wait

    That is interesting to know about timescale for applications submitted in London. I can only hope that it's still fairly short, although COVID will be impacting things now for sure. There must be a lot of this stuff that can be done remotely if people are working from home. However it doesn't seem like they are processing anything right now as the timeframes on the website have stopped being updated. I started tracking them in March (more out of curiosity than anything else), but they've stopped being updated as Jay M pointed out. I am willing to bet that its definitely NOT due to low volume of applications.
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    Visa 461 very long wait

    Does anyone on this thread have any updates? Finding other peoples experiences for 461s applications is proving tricky. Lots of peeps posting info on other visa types, but not 461! Processing time, as of 28 Apr 2020 is now 33 months for 90% (I am sure it was <30 at the start of 2020) but strangely I'm sure the 75% timeframe has dropped since last month, from 27 to 25 months. I am now keeping a spreadsheet to track this - mostly out of curiousity. We only lodged my husbands application last month, just before the COVID lockdown began here in London so I think we are going to be in for a loooong wait. I rang the customer services team a few days after I lodged it (an Aussie number) and they said we should get some sort of acknowedgement and a reference number once the data has been transferred into their system, but to call back in a month if we've not heard anything. Called them on Monday, and they say it's not in their system yet. Suspect it's sitting in a post room gathering dust given everyone is working from home now.
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    Brisbane suburb for a pre-move re

    Yeah that's why I also mentioned an apartment. However it's more about checking out the different suburbs, seeing what areas we think we'd like best. Because even staying in an apartment won't really be like living there.... as it's all just fun when you're on holiday.
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    Brisbane suburb for a pre-move re

    No motels. I've nothing against them (we use them a lot when we do US road trips, and in NZ) , but for this trip, given importance of the visit, I want to stay somewhere extra nice. So it'll either be a hotel, or an apartment. If we end up in New Farm or West End then hopefully somewhere with a river view!
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    Brisbane suburb for a pre-move re

    Thank you! Sounds like we are in the right track. Now the fun bit - to research some nice hotels
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    Brisbane suburb for a pre-move re

    Thank you - will take a look!
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    Brisbane suburb for a pre-move re

    Grrr, typing on my phone and it posted before I finished the title which should have said reconnaissance!
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    Brisbane suburb for a pre-move re

    We are looking at relocating to either Auckland (I'm a kiwi, although lived in London since 1999) or Brisbane. I've not been back to Brisbane since I was 16. My husband (British) has never been. We are planning on heading over for a weeks reccie and to see if we can envisage living there. Will be looking at having a relocation agent take us tour while we are there. Can anyone recommend a suburb to stay in for our trip? We are in our 40s, and want somewhere close-ish to the CBD, with cafes and restaurants. Not fussed about nightlife as such, but we do love a good brunch! My husband is a Londoner through and through, so it needs to be fairly lively so that he doesn't get withdrawal symptoms the minute we touch down. Based on my own research, I'm thinking West End, Paddington or Bulimba. Is there anywhere else worth checking out? Thank you!
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