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  1. AmyL

    Cost of moving to Oz

    That’s good to know
  2. AmyL

    Cost of moving to Oz

    For us it is costing nearing £40k. We are being cautious though as I want the money there before we go to pay for 6months rent upfront as we don’t have a rental history and just security as I suspect it will take some months to secure work. I think for me I can’t put a price on Australia. Yes there are things that are more expensive like housing and food but salaries are usually higher to compensate if you can get one. There are cons like everywhere but for me I spent a year in Australia Some years ago and fell in love with the country, I’ve never settled coming back to the UK and feel very much that Oz is my home. The lifestyle is completely different to the UK. It has been really hard for us saving as everything we earn is pushed into our savings for Australia but it is an investment and you have to accept start up costs are always costly but it’s whether for you the outcomes outweigh this - for me the gains of the end goal far outweigh the current bleakness of overly strict budgeting and selling belongings. you have to weigh up why you are going. Also you need to weigh up your visa type - a lot of temporary visas can cause disappointment when there is no option for you to stay at the end. I don’t think there is ever the “right” time to emigrate - it’s a risk and it can be scary but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. So long as you have enough money in your pocket to support you for 6-12 months on arrival. I know a lot of people may advise against It with children but my family uprooted me when I was an adolescent to move country - it turned out to be a disaster and we had to come home - for them it was stressful but actually all I viewed it as at the time was some adventure and it taught me the importance of taking risks and accepting that things don’t always work out the way you want them to but that you can deal with that. Sometimes it might not work out, but sometimes it’s the best decision you will ever make. That’s life. I’ve experienced both sides of the coin. But you’ll never know until you do it. It might not work out for us but it would be far worse for me living my life wondering what if than if we took the risk and tried. i would get on it ASAP though. We started the process a year ago and Covid will delay that further with the backlog of applications they need to get through. We applied for the 491 as I didn’t have enough points for the 190 - this gives us a potential pathway to PR and I will be working towards that the minute we arrive - hopefully if all goes well we will be moving to South Australia
  3. AmyL

    Shipping pets

    Hi I have one small dog and I’m using petairuk after lots of recommendations on here. You pay per dog I believe. The more animals you have to take with you the more expensive it is. It is costing us just over £3000 to take our chihuahua with us
  4. AmyL

    491 invite & grant

    yes that would be nice to have a little community with everyone in the same boat! I believe the character check is the police check :)
  5. AmyL

    491 invite & grant

    @RD there is light Oh gosh I'm not sure as I had an agent put all my stuff together and submit it. I know I completed a form 80 on invitation which was submitted and then I received a request to action police checks and medical pretty much soon after submission. My medicals and police checks were requested pretty much immediately after lodging the full visa application so just something to be prepared for as you have 28 days to show evidence that you have acted on the request I.e booking medical appointment and uploading this into your account. I'm not sure if that was at all helpful! What part of SA are you thinking of going to?
  6. AmyL

    491 invite & grant

    You're very welcome Yes and same to you, keep me updated! It's nice to know someone who is going through the same process for SA x
  7. AmyL

    491 invite & grant

    it's very undignifying standing there starkers trying to touch your toes So you get seen together but the doc only does one person at a time so your partner will be seated near the door and then you will be seen to so he won't be anywhere near you or the scales
  8. AmyL

    491 invite & grant

    Just letting you know how medicals were I was so stressed going in I've got such a fear of doctors but It really was not as bad as i thought. Whole process was about 45 minutes. We went to the manchester one. We arrived and were given sample pots for urine sample and signed a paper to consent to being examined (we got wrong for not bringing our own pen so bring one!). You go to the loo when you are ready and then got called in and we were seen together at the same time. Went through medical history (any diagnosis, under any specialists, any medication etc.) Had blood pressure taken, did quick eye test just reading some letters, then stripped down to underwear and listened to chest and lungs, checked ears, checked body over for lumps and bumps, checked reflexes then had to stand up and touch your toes () ... then bloods. Got dressed went back in waiting room and was called in for chest xray which took all of 10 seconds. Was really just like a good old fashioned routine doctors check up.
  9. AmyL

    491 invite & grant

    I think it all just starts to merge into one after a while!
  10. AmyL

    491 invite & grant

    It is frustrating the waiting game. Such a long process anyway made worse by all the madness with Covid. I applied for state nomination end of feb. Got nominated and invite to apply 24th june and lodged visa application on 6th July. The link is for state nomination applications being deleted if not submitted and paid for rather than the full visa applications
  11. AmyL

    491 invite & grant

    I will do yes I'm dreading it as well but booked it for as soon as I could to get it out the way. Will let you know what to expect afterwards! We have been watching youtube videos of suburbs in adelaide to get a feel for it Haha we want to be close to adelaide but not live in the city. We like the look of Glenelg and Henley beach. We had hoped to get over there for a research trip before covid set in this year but we might just make the move when we can and do a bit of exploring when over there to see where we want to settle. Part of the adventure I suppose! What about you where are you thinking of going to?
  12. AmyL

    491 invite & grant

    Yeah we are the same with just needing to send medicals and police certificates. Have our medical on thursday. I had a feeling offshore processing was on hold that's why I was so surprised to get an invite! At least then everything is done though and it is just a waiting game. Fingers crossed!
  13. AmyL

    What happens during the Medical?

    Oh wow, I wouldn't have even considered that! Thanks so much for the advice
  14. AmyL

    What happens during the Medical?

    Thank you that's really helpful
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