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  1. ozuk

    What would you do?

    I think the sensible thing to do would be to go to Spain, via the UK. I've been a few times on holiday so I'm familiar with the place. Assuming I'd still be allowed to claim a pension in future since I've stopped paying National insurance since leaving the UK, then I could afford it.
  2. ozuk

    What would you do?

    I asked for help but was ignored. I get the impression they don't care that this is a big worry. I'm seriously thinking that I may have to leave Australia.
  3. ozuk

    What would you do?

    Well yes, but I didn't foresee a global pandemic which would mean I would get no return on investment. If I could have got even 4% a year I'd have been ok. It's the coronavirus that's really messed things up. When I arrived family told me not to worry as realistically I won't live longer than aged 70. I was bit shocked when I heard that as some people live well into their 80's. If I was to follow their advice I'll run out of money in about 12 years.
  4. ozuk

    What would you do?

    As I told immigration family don't keep in touch. Have only seen them once since last Xmas. They live 3 miles away but they don't call. Won't even respond to emails. They don't want me going to see them as they're paranoid about coronavirus. They were supposed to help me with the visa but I got no help and had to figure it all out which wasnt easy. They've been here 15 years so they know Australia better than I do. The reason I came here was because I wasn't sure I could stay in Spain due to Brexit. I wanted to go there as rent is very cheap and I could afford it, plus I like Spain. I need a warm climate, the UK was too depressing with the cold, wet weather for most of the year. So I came to Australia.
  5. Even harder for me, if you're over 50 chance of getting a job is about 0.0000001%.
  6. ozuk

    What would you do?

    Yes that's what I was thinking. Before I left the UK in July 2019 I was given financial advice. I was told to invest in bonds in a low risk portfolio. That way I would get 5-10%. I was very skeptical about being able to get that much monthly as there are ups and downs and some years I might not get anything. I could live off $1500 a month here very easily. I am doing that right now, but once the money runs out I'm stuck. Really needed to invest. I've paid £2500 so far for the visa with one payment left, so I can't withdraw the visa application as I'd lose it all. I don't think they give refunds.
  7. ozuk

    What would you do?

    No work allowed on the bridging visa. The problem is I don't have enough to buy a house or even an apartment. My original plan was to go to Spain as you can rent there very cheaply unlike Australia, but with uncertainty over Brexit I decided not to go as I wouldn't be able to stay there for more than 3 months.
  8. ozuk

    What would you do?

    Western Australia. The bridging visa has a no work condition.
  9. ozuk

    Exceptionally concerned

    When I googled protein in urine online it came up with diabetes. The Bupa doctor never mentioned diabetes. They said if I didn't hear back from them everything was ok. I never heard back from them. So they kept quiet about it.
  10. ozuk

    Stuck! (Perth/UK)

    One way of avoiding the horrible cold winters in the UK is to go to Spain for the winter months. Exactly the same climate as Perth. Problem is the UK summers aren't all that warm unless you're in the south of the country.
  11. ozuk

    What would you do?

    I can't decide what to do. I decided to come to Australia last year as family reside here. I know no other people in the UK. I am on a bridging visa A at the moment. The plan was to invest money I had saved and draw an income as I have no qualifications or job. I was looking to get 5% monthly interest in order for me to be able to pay rent, utilities etc. Due to Coronavirus I'm not sure if I will be able to get 5% monthly now. Even before Coronavirus I think 5% was very optimistic. So now I'm stuck as I have no income unless markets recover. What would you do?
  12. ozuk

    Strange request

    On the Medicare site it says: You can enrol in Medicare if you have a valid temporary visa covered by 1 of these Ministerial Orders: Fulbright scholars Witness Protection (Trafficking) Temporary visa (subclass 787) De facto partners of Australian citizens or permanent residents Support for Victims of People Trafficking Program Temporary Humanitarian Concern visa (subclass 786) Contributory Parent visas (subclasses 173, 143, 884, 864) Temporary Protection visa (subclass 785) Removal Pending Bridging visa (subclass 070) Illegal maritime arrivals holding a Bridging E (Class WE) visa Illegal maritime arrivals holding a Humanitarian Stay visa (subclass 449) Secondary Movement Offshore Entry visa XB (subclass 447) Safe Haven Enterprise visa (subclass 790) Skilled Work Regional Provisional visa (subclass 491) Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Provisional visa (subclass 494) I'm none of those so I don't qualify, meaning I pay for all medical costs. I've explained to them I don't qualify yet they still insist they send medical information to determine if I'll be a drain on the healthcare.
  13. ozuk

    Exceptionally concerned

    Not sure but I'd rather not know.
  14. ozuk

    What happens during the Medical?

    I was dreading the medical exam. Have been for decades as I knew some day I would have to have one. But to my disbelief I thoroughly enjoyed it. One of the best days I've had in the city. They're very efficient. They have everything very organised I was impressed at how streamlined the process is. They all seemed to know what they were doing. I had to have a blood test. The last blood test I had was 40 years ago in 1980 so that was the part I was dreading. Went great. I tried to remain calm and not look at what was happening. Also a chest Xray which is just standing in front of a machine. It takes about 10-15 seconds. Then a urine test which I was convinced was impossible as I get nervous and would never be able to work with me. That went sort of ok. Had to do it twice. Then someone looks in your ears, mouth, you get asked to raise your legs and arms. There's also an eyesight test which I think I must have failed as I couldn't even see the sign with the letters. I told the doctor I would get my eyes seen to. I lied. That will cost me a fortune. And that's it. There's a water machine so if you get dehydrated you can have drinks. They provide plastic cups. I left the medical centre feeling as if I'd won the lottery.
  15. ozuk

    What is a temporary visa holder?

    ah right thanks. I plan on leaving Australia for a 3 month or maybe 6 month holiday and then return. I'll probably need a 155 visa for that as the bridging visa has a no travel rule.