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  1. Guest

    kidney issues for my son

    Hi all, my youngest son has a kidney disorder called Hydronephrosis. He had an operation to correct this when he was 11 months on his left kidney but his right kidney is also slightly enlarged. We went last December to see the surgeon who would have discharged him but as his right kidney is affected we have to see him again this December. My son has had no problems with this since his op or really before his op. We are just about to lodge our visa and i've been looking at other posts on here. Any advice would be gratefully recieved or if anyone has had a similar experience please share it with me as i am getting worried. Many thanks Natalie :spinny:
  2. Hi all, from reading some posts there seems to be qutie a few people waiting on 457 visas. I am also waiting on a 457 visa which is being sponsored by a company in Sydney. I am keen to know how others are getting on with 457 applications (i.e. when commenced, where its up to, if accepted, when accepted, any issues or complications they have or are experiencing). My 457 is being dealt with by a 3rd party which the company employs to do all their sponsorships so information I am recieving is limited. All I know is I have a CO appointed. My application was submitted mid april, and thought it would have been alot quicker than this considering we had the medicals done mid march in prep for the app being submitted. hope to hear from all applying for 457s and details of how its going for you
  3. I'm currently in the UK pending a 676 visa that I might not get due to previous health issues (have had several 676 visas over the past few years). I do NOT nor have ever had TB or Hep or anything at all, but have had cancer in the past. If this visa is not granted, I will go over on an ETA anyway. I have a de-facto partner there, property, car other assets all legally held. My questions are: 1) can I actually apply for an 820 while on an ETA or do I need to be on some other visa in order to apply for an 820? 2) would an 820 onshore de-facto be easier to get than a 309 de-facto offshore? Cheers, Alexandra
  4. I have to spend an initial 5 months apart from my fiance, then I get to spend 3 months with him... then visa gets sent off... and have to wait however long it will take for that to process. Up to another 5 months!! I just don't know how I am going to do it! Probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I am dreading saying goodbye at the Airport next week, knowing this is all ahead of us. I would love to hear some positive advice to keep me going!
  5. undershot

    136 Visa Family issues

    My mother got a 136 Visa to move to Australia, which also was put into the rest of the family's passports. The only problem is, there's a possibility she won't be able to move until after the cut off date on the visa (5 years). I'm going travelling there myself next year and would essentially like to stay their myself with or without the rest of my family and get my citizenship after my travels. Would this be possible, or would my mother have to be a resident there aswell? Is the visa dependant on her move there?! Cheers
  6. mr luvpants

    Divorce issues??

    Hi all I am trying to get the documents together that we need for the ANMC, QNMC, SS and 176 applications. I will then take the copies to a solicitor to verify. We have both been divorced before. Do we need to get copies of our first marriage certificates? The 176 document check list asks for decree absolutes but not the first marriage certs which I think is odd? JOHN
  7. Guest

    removal issues

    hi there, i'm moving to brisbane soon but have been getting removal quotes around £3500 based on 20 foot containers!! too much!!! does anyone know if self loading the container is a good idea? anyone know how you go about arranging this??? cheers:wacko:
  8. hazo

    Migration issues

    Hi Can anyone help I have just completed form 47PA for visa subclass 143. Going through the checklist for main applicant it asks for certified copies of birth certificates of all your children, does this include step children or only biological children of the main applicant. The step child is not migrating but has been mentioned on the form and biological child is the sponsor from Oz.
  9. hazo

    Migration issues

    Hi Everyone We are shortly applying for a Contributory Parent-sub class 143 visa.I am 70 my wife is 64.We would be very grateful for any hints or tips from anyone who is currently going through the process or has got a 143.Approximately how long does it all take? Hopefully we shall be heading to Sydney where our son his wife 15 month old Genevieve and a new baby due in July live.
  10. Hi, I am having issues with my current employer, who is sponsoring me on a 4 year 457 visa. I have been here in Sydney almost one year, and the company i work for(who sponsor me to be here) has said that i, may not have a job soon! ahhhh! I have enquired about the independant 175 visa and have crossed reference my skills with one that is on the list(sales rep- communication/information). I am in the process of getting all the information together before i can apply. What happens if i apply for the 175 visa and shortly after applying i loose my job? I would try to get another job in sales, however it may not be in the same communication/information field, Would this make a difference to the 175 visa application? What are my options if i do loose my job? Is the only way to stay here in Australia to get another job with a sponsorhip? Does anyone know of any reasonable immigration lawyer? Thanks Jessica
  11. Guest

    Medical Issues

    Hi please help we are in our final stages of applying for a permanent visa and in the medicals they have found that my wife has Hepaptitis C they are sending her to a consultant to evaluate the extent of the damage if any. She is in healthcare and is perfectly fit and healthy does any one know if we will have any problems obtaining the visa
  12. Guest

    Health issues

    Morning all, has any one emigrated when they have been diagnosed with MS, the reason I ask is that my wifes mother has this and we think it may be in the family. regards iain
  13. Guest

    visa issues

    hi lookin for some help with visa lodged on 16th jan state sponsored, aknowledged by diac of payment received , got other message on 4th feb that visa being processed further , message saying to get meds done , asking for birth certificates de facto relationship proof state sponsorship proof etc ,not got meds done yet as have issues with driving offences recently my agent said he has sent all other documents when he lodged my visa , can i e mail diac to ask if they have received these and if i have a case officer best regards jim:biggrin:
  14. Guest

    Migration issues

    hi, could anybody give us any advice on how to get into oz,my partner has worked in a baby and toddler unit for a montessorri school for eight years, but has got no relevant qualifications,i have been involved in construction for 8 years, and lorry driver for 6 years,we are 38 years old with three children, thanks
  15. Guest

    Server Issues

    Hi All, We are experienceing some issues with the server at the moment, it may run slower than normal but I should hoepfully have it resolved soon. Tim
  16. Guest

    criminal record issues !

    hello , right here goes im 21 and had a turbulant ubringing , ive been i got cuaght up in the wrong things as a youth and now paying for it . ive got convictions such as possesion of a claas b drug ( tiny bit of pot ) common assult interfering with a motor vechicle abh these where over 6 years ago but since then ive finished an apprenticeship also took my high energy life style up in the matial art muay thai ! then one night i was attacked by 2 squadies . i was caught red handed defending myself . on oct 19th 2007 i recieved 12 months custodial on an abh ! i was told i used exsesive force !! 2 against one what could i do . any way all thats out of the way now . i am now looking to work within australia or new zealand but i do not know where i stand ,does any one know ? rather than running me down on my honesty please posotive input would be appreciated thanks .
  17. Hi everyone, I'm fairly new to this forum and I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right section so please bear with me. I'm originally from the UK, moved out here in 1997. Married an Aussie and had a gorgeous baby girl a year ago. Hubby and I sadly separated as he has issues that I will no longer tolerate. My issues are that I now feel completely ALONE. Hubby's parents (whom I once loved) are obviously taking his side, mutual friends no longer call or feel awkward in my company. I only have a couple of friends who I could trust. My heart is now starting to yearn for England and my hubby is making my life hell with daily harassment and psychological bullying. He has made it clear (via his solicitor) that he wants my daughters passport in trust with the solicitor and if I want to holiday in England I have to, a) give him 3 months notice, b) put $5000 in trust, c) allow him to have the same amount of holiday time with my daughter upon her return from England (I have issues with allowing him overnight visits as he is a heavy drinker). So, I guess my question is, has anybody been through anything similar. Were you able to relocate back to the UK with your children and what were the implications. Thank you for any help you may be able to provide. I'm sinking into a big, black hole here..............................................:wacko:
  18. Hi, I am completing an internal transfer (London to Sydney) with my company - although to a new role and different subsidiary. I would be moving over on a business sponsored long stay visa. When I asked about LAFHA (as no mention was made in my offer letter) I was told: 'LAFHA is only available to those employees who have a contract for a defined period of time and have the intention to return home at the end of their assignment. You have been made a permanent offer of employment and the LAFHA does not apply in your circumstances. Does this make sense? I have no idea if I will return to the UK following my period of working in Australia. I believe that LAFHA offers me significant incentives re food and rent rebates which I should try and get included in my contract but can anyone recommend a course of action? If I inform my company that although my intentions are long term I dont want to rule out a return to London and therefore request that LAFHA be considered in my offer letter? Thanks in advance for your advice. Tim
  19. Guest

    agent issues

    hi lookin for your opinion on what i should do. my agent lodged my visa on tuesday ,, before they lodged they told me i wasn't certain to get my visa as i am facing criminal charges on driving offences which happened last month, i reckon he was just covering his back as i said i was goin to change agent even though i had paid him in full or should that be fool, i agreed to let them lodge and specified i wanted them to check my application thouroughly and have it spot on before sending . they sent me a copy of the lodgement saying this is your 175 visa application ??i am going on a state sponsored 176 visa, on the question on my application form where it asks if you have any upcoming charges they put no ,i couldn't believe it ,after telling them to check everything they make such a blatant mistake , they sent an e mail apologising but not to worry as they'll send an incorrect answer form to be filled in, one day after lodging and they've made me look as i'm being economical with the truth my case will be hard enough without this , it's just one of many issues i've had with them, i sent an e mail to them today not a very nice one as i've been too nice to these incompetent fools long enough i really think there takin the p,,,s any one give me there opinion on this matter cheers jim :unsure::unsure:
  20. Hi Can anyone help, we will be leaving uk in Feb 09 but will be renting our house to family, i am just filling in the P85 forms from the tax office to hopefully claim back some income tax but they also want to know about the house etc and what income we will be getting from it, which will be around £10,000 a year which is just enough to pay mortgage, will the tax office tax us on this and dooes anyone know how much. Thanks
  21. Guest

    Family issues too depressing

    I have posted messages on here before about my parents' reaction to us moving to Oz and I know it always provokes many responses as lots of you are in the same boat - but yesterday we got great news that we passed TRA and realised we didnt really have anyone to share with us how happy and relieved we were - and then today my sister has told me that my dad has now worked out how many times he would get to us before he dies if we moved to Oz next year!! I just cant believe I am causing so much pain. I think it will be unbearable...what can I do??:sad:
  22. Guest

    Criminal record issues!!

    Hi there, I am currently in Oz on an ETA 3 month holiday visa. I am here with my partner who is on a 457 work visa. I have applied to be added on to his as a spouse as we are engaged to be married. We left together only I had to apply for a holiday visa as it was quicker than providing all documents for the 457 visa which i thought i would do when i got here. The problem is i have a criminal record, nothing substantial, 1 minor offence. ABH, I have completed community service for it. I was charged with it on the grounds of accidental assault! caught someone with a cigarrette! I am a good character, I have completed university 2 months ago, from which i recieved two awards for my achievement there. I also have a letter from my soliciotor explaining the situation of the offence as i was charged on a very limited basis! I sent off all my forms and now i have recieved an email from the agent explaining that the DIAC would like me to obtain a police clearance certificate and complete a very detailed form which asks questions on my family etc. Is this normal? I only ask because I have only 2 weeks to get all the information sent back to them which I don't think I can do in time! I am worried, any info would be of great help?!!!!!!! Also, do you think i will be granted the visa with my criminal record?
  23. What a nightmare - so much information to read and sooooo confusing! :err: We first thought my husband would be the best way to get residency in Australia, however, although he has an NQV level II in Plastering he has only done just over 500 hours of training (2yr day release course). He has been working as a plasterer for 10 years and the last 5 had his own business here in France! BUT it appears that as he has not completed 900 hours college training he will not apply for the Skilled 175 visa and that we should wait for the new MAP criterea to come out! - this could be forever by the looks of it! So, we then thought, I would apply for a student visa (as i wanted to do a hairdressing course anyway) but I am quite worried that this will cost too much and we may not get permanent residency at the end of it. Does anyone have any advice on this? If on a student visa I have heard that you need to pay for school fees (I have two little ones!) does this mean private schools or states schools as well? My eyes hurt from trawling the internet for information so if anyone could help me I would be very grateful!:wubclub:
  24. Guest

    Money issues - help

    :goofy:can someone please help me!!! I cant get my head round the money side of things..... I am going to be earning around 43,000AuD ( i think) before tax....but I dont know what the tax is and how much i will take home a month after tax? Also the pension contributions is this over and above or is this in the tax amount. Is it called something else not a pension in Oz? In terms of bills gas , electric and then local rates anyone know what these are in Sydney and are they similar in Gold Coast? The childcare costs I am looking at are about 230 a day and for two kids - does anyone know about the child tax rebate system and do ou always get it if you qualify? How much is rent in Sydney? 3 bedrooms
  25. gpo1971

    General Finance Issues

    Hi All, Am sure these topics will be covered elsewhere (numerous times) but thought I'd just open a new thread and hopefully someone will be able to pass on advice. Questions; 1. For those people who have done it, what is your preferred bank in Oz? (We are moving to Perth). 2. Is there any way round the fact that the Xchange rate is pants at the moment? I think it's about 2.14 on the Xchange sites although I expect you get a lot less when actually transferring. Is there any way to maximise what we get? Thanks in advance. Garry
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