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  1. Guest

    856 visa and leaving job

    I wonder if anyone can help or has been in the same situation. I am currently on a 856 visa and have been on it for almost a year. When I was applying for the visa I checked with the immigration depratment about my obligations esp regarding staying in the nominated job and they told me that I didn't have to stay in the job and that I could move job at any time as long as it was in line with my jobs contract. I am now at the stage that I do want to leave my current job (which sponsored me) - there have been some changes that I am unhappy with and also do not feel safe. The visa website says that my obligations as an employee are to "comply with all Australian laws as a permanent resident" - does any one know what these are / where I can find them or has anyone been in the same position and know whether I can leave my current job and what my obligations are in my next job - ie do they then have to be my sponsor? Thank you c x:arghh:
  2. When I split up with my wife and realized perth did not suit me, might try a different state in the future but at the moment my quality of life is good.
  3. I've very wimpily been postponing my departure so I can talk on line to my friend Brigitte in Germany. Even gone so far as to tell her I'd PREFER to talk to her than go to the beach. The acid test will be if I want to go to the pub next time she is on line!
  4. Hey guys, I came out to Adelaide with my partner in June, she had a 457 visa, I was on working holiday. I found a job fairly easily and started on a 3 month temporary contract and they said they'd have no problems sponsoring me for a 457 visa. Happy days. However, me and my partner split up last month and I have decided to head back to the UK. So I've just been looking into Tax refunds/claiming Super back, etc, and have realised that I declared myself as a resident for tax purposes when I started my job (as I fully intended to be settled in Adelaide for a minimum of 2 years) and now I'm thinking I probably should have been paying non-resident tax rates. I reckon it means I've underpaid tax by around $1000 and on top of flights home and stuff its eating into the little savings I had which I was hoping to use until I get myself up and running at home again! Anyone have any advice? If i just leave the country without saying a word about it would there likely be any repercussions? I know a way to get round it would be to stay until I have been here 6months and have the 457 visa, but to be honest after what's happened I just wanna go back home and see my family and mates. I also wouldn't want to let my work pay for my new visa and then leave a month or 2 later. Any opinions would be great, ta.
  5. As a mixed race family our experience of Perth is not what we expected. Hubby is white British and I am black (professional with great career from UK and a masters degree...you'll see why I say that later!) Daughter 8 and son 6. Here goes and excuse typos: Perth is a nice place and the kids love the outdoor life but it is not really for us as a family and we are actually going back to UK at the end of the year after 2 years here. The kids get bullied at school coz of their colour (and they are in private school have a friend with similar issues and hers is in a public school) We've found out that a lot of people here are ignorant when it comes to interacial marriage. (we live North of the River) I am quite shock how some people are stuck in a "time machine". My daughter has been told she has colour like poo. She's been called frizzy (hair texture), freak (apparently some people call the mixed aboriginal freaks so my daughter was called a freak at a public swimming pool). My son has been shoved at the swimming pool and being called "you black boy" and have his trousers pulled down at school! Disgusting! ...called "you poor black Indian" (oh he doesn't look Asian at all...lol) I am not a racist person and was not brought up to hate any race and I simply hate it the way they treat some people here. It really hurt us when our children are affected. I just cannot understand why mention colour of skin when it comes to people! My sister and I went to visit a Show Home, because she is is building a new house she wanted to get some ideas about interior design etc...A man heard us speaking creole (our native language as I am from Seychelles) and asked us where we were from. My sister said Seychelles and his respond was "I did not know that people from Seychelles were as black as you...I thought you were from Sudan or somewhere like that"...My jaw dropped and I was speechless...I just walked straight out. One day My husband took the kids to the Underwater Aquarium and a guy came up to him and said "are these two coloured kids with you...there is some black woman outside who's looking for her kids" Hubby turned bright red and didn't even answer (He said he wanted to punch him!) but my son asked why did the man called me coloured? I am not coloured...what does he mean by coloured daddy?. This man could have just Said "are these kids with you because there is a woman outside who is looking for her two kids" . And there is this woman who was talking to my husband and asked him if he has kids. Hubby said yes and showed her a photo of the kids in his wallet...her respond " Oh..they are quite dark...what colour is their mum"....Or a 16 year old boy in his class(Hubby is a teacher) who met him at the doctor's with our son and asked "Is he your son? and H said yes and his next question was why is he black? the list of incidents is endless! H and I laughed about it when the kids are not around because we find it hilarious that some people can be so so backward!. Each time H goes somewhere with the kids he gets asked lots of silly questions and as a family we get stare at a lot (it is very uncomfortable...now I don't like going out with hubby and kids). we have had enough and the kids cry a lot and want to go back to England because they hate school and don't have friends. In 1.5 years my son has been invited to one birthday party and almost every weekend he cries because invitation for a birthday party has been handed out and he never gets one. I have taken them out of school. They are being home schooled until we leave. I said I am professional because when I was looking for a job, Hubby asked around, mostly people who have seen me with him and met briefly. The answers he got was Oh...there are are lot of cleaning jobs going. No disrespect to cleaners but they did not even asked for my background...just because I am black they assume I am only good for cleaning jobs...I have a first class degree, A masters degree and extensive work experience in Media, broadcasting and PR. We came on a student visa because Hubby did a GTP in UK and it is not recognised as a teaching qualification here so he had to do the Grad dip in Education although he he taught for 7 years in UK and 2 years at an international school in Seychelles.When we left Uk I was the only one who did a medical test because I have a seychellois passport...(according to Oz immigartion I am a health risk...Oh by the way I lived in UK for 10 years!) In March we renewed the visa to graduate one and to see how things go before apply for the PR...I had to do to a medical test again because I come from a "high risk country". I do not know what that means because Seychelles do not have any high risk disease and babies are vaccinated there! when Hubby called them and told them that I have been in UK for 10 years, I did a medical before I left UK and have not left Australia in the last year and surely I don't need to do another one. And if I had something contagious the whole family would have contracted it by now...Their answer was " All we know is that she has a Seychellois passport not a British one" When I was in UK Hubby nagged me to get a British passport but I did not see why I should because my Seychellois passport in UK did not not hindered me in any way. Until I get an Australian passport or a Bristish one I will always be treated differently in OZ. We were much happier as a family in UK and I hate the small/narrow minded attitude of people here. Sorry it's a long post but I just wanted to share our experience. Like I've said the list of incidents is a long one. We're leaving Australia because we feel that we do not belong. In UK my kids were never picked on because of being mixed race and I was certainly not discriminated against because of my passport. I have permanent residency in UK and was treated fairly when I went for job interviews etc...I married my husband for love not for a British passport. We thought we were bringing our kids here for a better life but at the moment we do not feel that way. We are aware there are racist pockets everywhere but feel that here in Oz you are either black or white ...mixed is a problem they don't know where to place you. We might have just been unlucky to be treated that way...but I know people who feel the same way too here. Its been an experience and I would encourage anyone to give it a try.
  6. Hi can anyone offer any advice on where to live?? We are hoping to be moving to Sydney in October. My husband is an electican and I have to children aged 5 and 2. I have lived in Sydney about 10 years ago stayed in Manly which was lovely but very exspensive. My husband seems to think Cronulla would be a great place but that seems very exspensive as well. We have friends that live in the west who say it's very cheap to live but my husband say's it's quite far from the city and dosen't want to be out in the sticks. Can anyone shed some light on where might be good for families and afordable, not to far from the city. Many thanks Maddy.
  7. I guess this is what it says on the tin. Love Australia, would like to give it another go, potential job opportunities have come up whilst they're disappearing here, BUT my main issue is the guilt of leaving my Dad behind (he's 82 & wouldn't travel), and we have a 2 year old who he really enjoys seeing. What do people do to minimise this? Skype is great, but he seemed to have alot of problems with it!! Thanks:wink:
  8. Not long since we got our visa and we are trying to plan when to leave?? We are hoping to move out of the flat at the end of march, and then have two weeks to tie up everything with it (final bills etc) and then fly out. Just wondering if anyone has advice about timings? Just wondering when to finish work? As part of my thinks everything will be organised ( as i think moving out of flat, packing will be the biggest job! I could be wrong?)so to work right up until last few days or did people have lots to do in the last week or so? if so what kind of things keep everyone busy? Any advice greatly received :wubclub:
  9. kellyjamie

    Our leaving party is booked!

    Morning all, Well after a few problems, we have finally got the rugby club booked for a leaving party on 26th Nov:yes: We were originally having a large family meal i had paid to have special aussie invites printed and sent for the restaraunt to call last week and say its double booked!!!! so ive spent all week trying to find a new venue and decided to make it a party instead. So finally got a local rugby club, sigh of relief as we have family already booked flights to come up. I ordered some decs from an online company and they arrived yesterday and they are brilliant, include a 40 question quiz on oz for everyone to take part in. Not ashamed to say i had a few tears yesterday going through the decs, tears of happiness may i add, we got aussie road signs, boomerangs, aussie posters, bunting, hugeaussie flag, bunting of aussie flags, welcome to the outback sign, inflatable roo and new invites! put the house in hands of letting agent getting total wakos doing ourselves! spoke with my boy explained my side of the story so he knows whats happening, think he,ll join us in 2 years after exams, im sure of it:jiggy: So were pretty much good to go, only 14weeks left till we fly to brissy cant believe this time last year we thought we would never get to australia, if you want it badly enough never give up xx
  10. In short, I have my final consultation regarding a small operation I need on the 6th October. It is highly unlikely the NHS will organise this operation within 1 week of that consultation, which leaves me in a difficult position, as my flight to Australia is booked for the 16th October. I cannot fly any later as the visa (WHV) runs out on the 21st October, I will be 32 on the 22nd! Does anyone know, if there's any sort of possibility of me getting this operation in Australia, via the NHS? I can divulge details of the operation, if it matters.
  11. Hi just wondering if anyone knows if I let my employer know that I moving back to Australia can they fire me because of that? We are waiting on my partners visa to come through and are looking to move at the end of November but I wondered if I told my boss that we were moving (not handing in my notice) can she let me go because of this? If any one knows or has any ideas that would be great. Thanks x
  12. Hi PIOers I've been self employed since April 6th 2011, and am moving to Aus in a couple of weeks time. I have completed and been paid for all my self emp work for this year, and wanted to settle up with the tax office before I go but I just rung them and the girl I spoke to said I had to wait until next tax year before I could file this years return. Does anyone know if this is correct? Or if there is a special form I can complete so I can wrap up my accounts here? Thanks StS
  13. We are moving out of our rental early (10 days) and luckily it has been booked 1 week into this time so we only have 2 days rent to pay instead of 10.. This has worked out fine for us. The owners have asked us to pay until the day before the new people move in. We plan to be moved out a few days before. As the house is still ours (but empty) up to and including that paid up date, the owners cannot ask for their keys back or get in to do maintanence, etc before then? Right or wrong?? Just checking as we are anticipating a few problems with them.
  14. my daughter aged 8 is moving to oz with her mum without me, i wouuld like some advice from others on coping and dealing with this situation. is there any other parents been through somthing similar?
  15. We're leaving Sydney at the end of August to move back to the UK and will be selling: - Whirlpool fridge/freezer - 18 months old - Ikea 2 seater and 3 seater navy blue sofas and matching footstall - 18 months old - Toploader washing machine - 18 months old - Car - red Renault Clio 16v (2001) Then we'll have a multitude of other odds and sods (kettle, toaster, steamer, cutlery, plates, pots, pans, vases, lamps, bedside tables, desk, office chair, coffee table, dining table, bookcase, printer, home phone, outside table and chairs, BBQ) that we'd like to get rid of... Any takers?

    Exhausted & leaving on 27th

    Well, after 2 years the time is here, John Mason are in next week then we spend time with family then fly 27th to Kuala Lumpa then onward to Melbourne. I am exhausted!!! There has been so much to think about & do, clean, check & double check. Getting to see everyone has been emotional to say the least. I havent cried yet but I am sure the flood gates will open soon. Its been amazing to know how loved we all are. Will keep the updates coming regularly especially on the otherside. There are absolutely no regrets, it will be very tough I am sure, but with hard work & an attitude to fit in & embrace Australia, I think we will do just fine
  17. Guest

    leaving in a rsms visa 857

    hi everyone. I have been granted my 857 visa sense januari 2011 and I have been very unhappy and under paid,,,I have been doing way over fulltime and my boss has been a asshole..she has been going nuts on me and I couldn't take it any more..so I had to quit. but I'm on a 2 years contract,,,I live in a regional area...so my qeustion is what is going to happen to me..Am I going to be cancelled my visa or do I just need to find another job.
  18. So, my visa came through last week. Really excited about the move now. Presently raining outside in London. On the 22nd floor of an office in Canary Wharf with phenomenal views over the city. It has recently been really sunny which has invoked slightly nostalgic impulses as I look over my beloved city and try to take in the sights and remember all the fun things I have done here. However today it is raining and i am happy because this turns my mind's eye towards sunny Brisbane <?xml:namespace prefix = v ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" /><v:shapetype id=_x0000_t75 stroked="f" filled="f" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" o:preferrelative="t" o:spt="75" coordsize="21600,21600"><v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke><v:formulas><v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"></v:f></v:formulas><v:path o:connecttype="rect" gradientshapeok="t" o:extrusionok="f"></v:path><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:lock aspectratio="t" v:ext="edit"></o:lock></v:shapetype><v:shape id=Picture_x0020_1 style="VISIBILITY: visible; WIDTH: 22.2pt; HEIGHT: 22.2pt; mso-wrap-style: square" alt="0" type="#_x0000_t75" o:spid="_x0000_i1028"><v:imagedata o:title="0" src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\TEMP\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image001.gif"></v:imagedata></v:shape>:biggrin:<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> This time last year I had just bought my dream car (white BMW 325 Coupe), was living in a 1 bed flat in Chelsea with my beautiful Australian girlfriend and was working in a quality job. Four months into that dream and Mrs Gunshow walks into the bedroom "I'm pregnant!" <v:shape id=Picture_x0020_2 style="VISIBILITY: visible; WIDTH: 22.2pt; HEIGHT: 22.2pt; mso-wrap-style: square" alt="0" type="#_x0000_t75" o:spid="_x0000_i1027"><v:imagedata o:title="0" src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\TEMP\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image002.gif"></v:imagedata></v:shape> :huh:Fast forward a year and the car is gone, the flat is gone, i am married, I am leaving my job next week and in 8 weeks we shall be leaving England (and the Premiership <v:shape id=Picture_x0020_3 style="VISIBILITY: visible; WIDTH: 22.2pt; HEIGHT: 22.2pt; mso-wrap-style: square" alt="0" type="#_x0000_t75" o:spid="_x0000_i1026"><v:imagedata o:title="0" src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\TEMP\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image003.gif"></v:imagedata></v:shape>:cry:) to fly to Australia. A lot has changed in that time. Baby Gunshow is due in 3 weeks or so and I am very excited about becoming a father and giving her the opportunity to grow up in such a fantastic country. <o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> Anyway, enough waffle. I am now looking for a family car and i know this has been posted on A LOT but I am still getting over how expensive cars are. Not only have I been relegated from the Premiership of BMWs to the second division that is Toyota or Ford, but I effectively will be trading in my Eva Longoria for an Oprah Winfrey. Bad times!<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> So lads (or ladies if you also love cars), my question is, what did you USED TO drive before the sprog/s came along and what do you drive now? <o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> Please feel free to use the hot chick, not so hot chick (or ladies, the hot fella (I have heard women like Hugh Jackman, Will Smith etc), not so hot fella ("Toady" off Neighbours comes to mind, Shane Warne etc)) analogy. This might make me feel a bit better about having to "ride" Oprah for the next 18 years <v:shape id=Picture_x0020_4 style="VISIBILITY: visible; WIDTH: 22.2pt; HEIGHT: 22.2pt; mso-wrap-style: square" alt="0" type="#_x0000_t75" o:spid="_x0000_i1025"><v:imagedata o:title="0" src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\TEMP\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image004.gif"></v:imagedata></v:shape>:nah:<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> Also, don't have the foggiest about family cars so this will help me decide what to buy. At the mo, I am leaning towards Rav4, and OLD 3 series, and OLD Merc C200, Nissan X trail, Ford Escape or a santa FE (tough these are pretty ugly). In England I would also consider Land Rover Freelander but I think I read somewhere to avoid these like the plague in Aus.<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> Cheers guys (and gals!?)....<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> Gunz<o:p></o:p>
  19. Hi My husband is self employed and I only work part time so am on a very minimum salary. Do you know if we can complete a tax return before we leave? I spoke to my old accountant who said we have to wait until it's time to file so by the end of Jan 2012 even though we are leaving in September. I assumed we would be able to do it before then but she disagrees and I guess I am really trying to see if there is a better way round digging out all his receipts and invoices etc 4 months after we've left (and that's providing our shipping has arrived!). Can anyone shed any light on what to do or what they have done? I'm guessing I won't get any refunds being paid so little either? Cheers Sally
  20. hi i came into the country on a 457 and moved to 856visa , that 13 mnths on 457 and a year on 856 , i am curently having problems and am thinking of leaving , but now am suffering in decission because someone told me that if i decide to leave the employer now , the employer can report me to immigration and they will revoke my visa saying that it was fraudlent due to the short time i have spend with the company , so my question is how long should someone stay on an 856 visa before leaving for it not to be termed fraudlent , please help , coz its stressing me up :arghh:
  21. Guest

    leaving my family

    I am heading to Perth in October on a one year working visa, leaving my wife and two children behind :no: I am hoping to get out in time for summer and get working in the construction sector. Once I’m out there I will be looking to get sponsored so my family can join me in Perth. I am unemployed since February 2010 and my wife is a qualified teacher since 2008 but has not secured a full time position-so sponsorship is our only option! Just wondering has anyone been sponsored or do they know how long on average would it take to find an employer who would sponsor us?
  22. Hi there We are currently waiting to hear back from our state sponsorship application to Victoria. We applied 7 weeks ago (29th Dec 10). We are hoping to apply for a permanent skilled visa as my husband is a carpenter with his skills assessment due next week. We wanted to move to Perth, WA, however, due to the points system changing in July and my husband turning 40 in May of this year, the WA SS process would have taken too long and we'd have lost precious points. Our immigration consultant recommended that we apply for SS to Vic as they have a faster thurnaround time and then at least we would gain entry into the country, even if it isn't the state we wanted to live in. The risk we would take is not getting into Oz at all. My questions to you are: If we moved to Vic, do we have to stay there for two years or is this just a moral obligation as I've heard people say? If my husband were to be offered a job in Perth, WA, despite having looked for work in Vic, could we inform the relevant bodies that we were moving states without jeopordising our permanent visa? Could they force us to stay in Vic as this would effectively be making my husband unemployed?! Also, and the most important question, if we did move states early, would this affect the possibility of us sponsoring my parents and sister in the future? For example, would it mean we have a negative record with the immigration dept? We'd really appreciate any help or advice you can give us. Thanks!
  23. Marc the Painter

    leaving state sponsor before 2years

    I'm a painter who needs to go to melbourne but can't get victoria state sponsor. So if I take wa state sponsorship but just go to melbourne could my visa be revoked?
  24. Guest

    a leaving checlist required

    hi everyone, am leaving the UK in august for brisbane can anyone/everyone chip in with items that i should have taken care of before i step on the big bird..and if they came across any major problems and how they were eventually overcome. up until now, i have held the belief that with a passport, a credit card..and a visa.. you can now go anywhere and do anything,..bit what should i have done and checked before that. all memory jogging prompts appreciated paul, aged 56 and a half
  25. Hi guys, We are going home after giving it a go. We are having trouble getting holiday insurance. We are having a 3 day stopover in Dubai and will probably take our jewelry in transit. Insurances in Oz want you to come back then they will cover you. Where as insurances in the UK want you to live there in the past 6 months otherwise you can go do one. Does anyone have any suggestions? P.S. Good luck to everyone who came and love. It is a great place, it just isn't my home.