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  1. hi all, so as always the first port of call when we have oz probs is here with you guys, so heres our next new prob. Been feeling low about it all, but knew id be fine once there, anyhow weve had a chat and a decision has been made. Its out of hands basically, we cannot sell our house weve dropped to nearly 20k under asking price not one viewer in 9 months, had it up for rent for 6 mths and been pissed around 3 times, we now have nothing!! some companies coming friday about buying it but will no doubt want to shaft us with some ridiculous low price we cant afford to take. so the upshot is this jamie has till wed to tell work if hes staying or taking his yr career break, we have to phone the shippers to find out where the furniture is incase we need to get it back, and luckily my boss said my jobs safe no matter what, so its looking very likely that our one way ticket in jan will now have to be a return validation trip. we are absolutely gutted, but trying to stay positive that we even have a visa :cry: thanks all K x
  2. My wife and I have been planning to move to Perth for about 12 months. My skills assesment came through from Engineers Australia last week and I have my IELTS in 2 weeks. One of the reasons I wanted to move was because in my line of work the pay is notoriously poor in the UK with countries such as Australia, Canada and Germany paying much better. In the UK my role is on a similar level to a departmental manager in Tesco, but in Australia it would be more around the same level as an Aussie doctor or Vet - So you can see there is quite a difference. With this and my wife's dislike of long haul flights we've already booked ourselves on a P&O cruise to Perth which departs in January 2013 and paid £1500 deposit with around £5000 due in October 2012. Now for the problem............... I'm currently writing this whilst sat in a hotel overlooking Hong Kong Harbour. The M.D. of the company and I have been travelling China reviewing the work done by various factories. This is something I do about once a year and is generally seen as a perk of the job to compensate for poor pay. However, over dinner yesterday he explained his plans for the company's expansion and the role in that he would like me to play. Without going into details, it would mean I would jump through the pay ceiling I'm currently at to where I'd like to be - More than doubling my salary. He's not the type to lie about this kind of thing and if he's happy to tell me about it I know it will happen as promised. He also said they're toying with the idea of opening an office in Hong Kong and it may be possible for my wife and I to move here. So, this morning I've woken up completely confused. I dont know if I should laugh or cry, carry on for Oz or hold out for longer. Why do these things always seem to happen like this? Good things seem to be like buses. You wait ages for one and then two come along together.
  3. we are going to see the tall ships festival in gloucester docks,and later having a meal out--thats my day--whats your day
  4. Greetings All, I mentioned in the " is honesty Always the best policy thread" Our situation in that Thorn having followed dept guidelines had informed our Housing Association that he would be coming to the UK for three months to help me submit my Visa & get everything ready for my move to Australia. His Return ticket is booked & payed for, & he is due at Heathrow in just under two weeks. Having informed the Housing they threatened to take away our little home, Thorn has been to several different meetings with various departments & the final result is that they WILL take our home away if he leaves the country for more than a month. This is being decided by one man who had a choice to allow our decision, but has chosen to make Thorn homeless again & this means I wont be able to submit my Visa & go to Australia. We have about a week to sell up the home Thorn has made for us in Brisbane , Everything will have to be sold. What we need to know is How can he stay in the UK he is coming on a Tourist Visa, with a three month return ticket. If after this he was to leave the country for say a week in Europe & then come back into the Uk could he remain in the UK for a period of time while we look into getting him a Spouse Visa for the UK instead. This is not what we wanted but we are having so many problems just getting the most basic requirements in Australia we can't even get started. We haven't seen each other for 18 months & Thorn has worked endlessly to get us established in Brisbane, but has been constantly let down in both Housing & work issues everything we have done has meant a legal fight with one dept or another. & this last one will more than likely drive Thorn out of his own country. This is what our lives have been filled with for the last two years endless battles with beaurocrats. We have very little money so our choices are heavily influenced by department policies all the time. We really appreciate any help we can get with this. What would you guys do, with a week to sell everything you own & a life changing decision to make ?
  5. Up until my recent decision to move to Australia (as discussed in my previous post here) I have to admit that when it came to school work, university and my career I have often been guilty of pretty much coasting through life. Sure, I have done alright in school, thanks to pushy teachers and caring parents (apologies to you both!) that wanted to see me do well, and then I headed off to University like I was supposed to but my primary intention was simply to have a good time and party as much as I could! I was never one for setting goals, organization or planning. I was the guy the day before and assignment was due freaking out in the library and pulling an all-nighter just to throw the work in two minutes before the deadline! As I have got slightly older I realize that approach is no longer going to cut it and I have recently noticed that setting even simple goals has helped me organize, save and prepare for my impending trip and I want to continue taking this proactive approach because there is so much that I want to do, see and achieve down under that just hoping it will happen is not good enough and without a plan I know I am less likely to make it happen. In truth, the goal that I went to university with hasn’t really changed much. I still want to have a good time and I believe life is to be enjoyed. I guess that you do too or you wouldn’t be reading this post and you wouldn’t be heading to Australia for what you believe will be a more enjoyable and rewarding life as well. What has changed for me since University though is that I realize having an amazing time isn’t always just about parties, there is so much else that I want to do and achieve that for me are both exciting and rewarding so here are some of my goals for moving down under: I have a dream job I want at the moment that if I landed would really help me achieve my longer term business aspirations so that is a key goal for me right now. I want to live by the beach where I can surf every day. I want to get my fitness levels back up. I want to learn a new sport (possibly Ozzie Rules!) I want to do, see or experience at least one new thing every day and I would like to document this and write a book one day! Ultimately my goal is to live my “Dream Day”. Your dream day is what you would do if you could do whatever you wanted and mine looks something like this… Get up nice and early before everyone else and have a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit. Head to the beach and watch the sunrise while catching waves in crystal clear blue waters. Work for a few hours on my business helping people and earn $1000-5000 per day for that. I want to use some of my money to make a difference and help others access opportunities that have been denied them. Meet friends for lunch and laughs. Finish the day off with a BBQ and a couple of cold beers! If my dream day seems unrealistic to you that is ok, it’s a dream day remember! The point is that life is all too short. I intend to live my life in pursuit of my dream day and whether or not I ever live out every single aspect of it I have made the commitment to always try to get closer to it. I am starting with a scaled down version for now which consists getting a good job close to the surf (so I can surf everyday) and then rent an apartment right on the beach so I can start my day with a quick surf before work then use my evenings and weekends to explore and see as much of Australia as I can. So far all is going good with plenty of Skype interviews and real interviews lined up for my arrival. All being well I will land my dream job, with sponsorship potential, fairly quickly. Then all I have to do is get a beautiful, low cost apartment that’s close to transport and right on the surf in Sydney… That should be easy right?! [YOUTUBE]<iframe width="425" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OSYtQy9EqTA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>[/YOUTUBE] What does your dream day look like? How could you in some small ways move closer to living a life of dream days starting right now?
  6. Eclipse

    Our plans so far

    Pomsinoz have been invaluable to us throughout our journey so I thought I should share my experience so far in the hope that the information provided may be of use to someone else. We applied for our visa 3 years ago, on January 2011 we were finally allocated a CO and not long after received our visa (175). Because we have been waiting so long to get our visa we decided not to wait any longer, so from February 2011 this is what we have arranged to date: The first thing we done was contact shippers, we had Crown, Doree Bonner, Anglo Pacific, Pickfords and PSS. This process took a while, it is a lot of money to pay out so trying to get the best deal takes up a lot of time! (don’t be scared to ask for discounts and extras). In the end we chose Pickfords. You may want to take out insurance for your possessions when in transit, we chose Letton Percival, I found them extremely helpful and cheaper than the shipping companies quotes and Insure your Move. Once we had secured our shipping company our attention was on how we were going to get there. I have read so many great reviews on Singapore Airlines so they were my first and only choice. We have a cat, Sparkey, who is coming with us but found it was going to cost us a least £300 to fly him to Heathrow from Scotland. I also found that although we will fly with Singapore Airlines it is actually British Airways that would fly us from Glasgow to Heathrow As we are emigrating we would need the extra baggage that Singapore Airlines would be allowing us but this does not apply when flying from Glasgow to Heathrow. We have decided to hire a car and drive to Heathrow Airport with foresaid cat, he will then be looked after by Transfur (again best quote I had from pet travel companies, they are in touch all the time and really informative) We have used Go Walkabout for our Travel Insurance, this was really straightforward and easy to get. We have booked a holiday resort for a 4 week stay until we find a more permanent address; this took weeks to find the right place. Although this is not a holiday I wanted to find somewhere the kids (age 12 and 13) would enjoy in the hope that making this whole transition easier for them (happy kids, happy parents :yes:). If I can give anybody advice on finding accommodation, it would be, don’t pay the advertised price, e mail them, ask for a discount, when they give you a discount, be cheeky, ask for more, I more than halved the advertised price of my accommodation.
  7. Following Jackboots post of "Heat v Cold" today is our lst day of Autumn here in Australia. What plans have you guys got leading up to winter? Does your state have a variation of seasons? Northern WA we never experienced Autumn, winter used to last for as long as 6 weeks:biggrin:, it cooled down to a lovely 22 in the evenings. Tasmania has the four seasons, the wonderful autumn colours, the snow appearing on the mountains, the log fires . Christmas in July It would be lovely to hear from folk maybe showing their pictures of how their state differs at certain times of the year.
  8. Without wanting to start a baseless rumour I am told that Qld and the NT are each about to finalise and present their State Migration Plans. South Australia has advised that it's currently improving its website so theoretically they could be ready from tomorrow. Fingers crossed that they can all be announced this week! Good luck to all those waiting. Cheers, George Lombard
  9. Having seen how the Victorian SMP is constructed, and considering what gossip is available about the ACT's SMP, the following considerations come to mind: a) Victoria has picked up very few Schedule 4 only occupations in its SMP. There are some 200 occupations in Schedule 4 which are not in Schedule 3, and at first blush I think they're only sponsoring about 20 of those Schedule 4 occupations. Although it's impossible to know how this will be handled until the Memorandum of Understanding between Victoria and the Commonwealth is released, it does seem that there will be a lot of Schedule 4 applicants already sponsored by Victoria whose priority will not be changed by this announcement. b) Victoria has signalled that it will consider cooks, pastrycooks, welders and airconditioning and refrigeration mechanics in the future, but that quotas for those occupations are full at the moment. c) Almost all offshore applicant IT people holding a pre-July 2010 skills assessment in IT will be eligible to apply for Victorian sponsorship, particularly if assessed in the specified former MODL skills. One new IT specialisation is GIS. Existing sponsorships in most IT occupations except Data Warehousing will also be included in the SMP. d) The ACT list is most likely going to be longer than Victoria's but with higher English and work experience requirements; given that they will only have 1700 places I would imagine it will fill up very quickly. e) Hard to believe any other state will have more places to fill than Victoria - it's going to be a tight squeeze to get SA, WA and Queensland in on that kind of quota. f) Doesn't seem to be much hope in this list for subclass 475 applicants with more diverse occupations, a lot of them will remain in Priority 4. g) Most existing decision ready checklist applications have until Wednesday to be allocated since as soon as the SMPs come into effect those cases take priority in Brisbane - but as the ACT doesn't sponsor many onshore graduates, relatively speaking, and given the narrow list of occupations which Victoria is now sponsoring, there's still hope that some decision ready checklist applications will continue to be allocated in the Brisbane Skilled Processing Centre. A lot will depend on whether other states come in with their SMPs at the same time. Cheers, George Lombard
  10. A further signal that the SMPs are imminent in this MIA message received today: Important GSM Decision Ready Checklist update David Stewart, Program Director, General Skilled Migration, DIAC South Australia has provided the following advice to the MIA: You will be aware that Brisbane General Skilled Migration (GSM) currently have a trial of a Decision Ready Checklist (DRC) which gives priority allocation to GSM eLodged onshore applications lodged by Registered Migration Agents (RMAs) that are declared via the DRC to be decision ready. Currently only GSM applications in Priority 3 and those not subject to the Minister's Processing priority Direction can be lodged with the DRC. When State Migration Plans (SMPs) are introduced, priority in allocation must be given to GSM applications in Priority 2 and from that time only Priority 2 applications and those not subject to the direction will be able to be lodged with the DRC. Any Priority 3 DRC applications not yet allocated at that time will be allocated only when all Priority 2 applications (DRC and non DRC) have been allocated and will be allocated in order of date of receipt, ie they will receive no priority. This has the potential to inconvenience clients as there is a possibility that health and character clearances may expire before such applications are allocated and decided. You and your client should consider this in making any decision to lodge Priority 3 GSM applications with a DRC prior to the introduction of SMPs. Stewart also provided answers to two questions from MIA National President Sharon Harris: 1. Do you have any idea of timing for the release of the SMPs? I assume from this notice that they may be any time soon.Nothing informed regarding the timing for release of the SMPs; just know that, as program requires 24,000 grants, we need to get going soon. 2. In relation to health clearances, as they are the most costly, would it be possible to consider further extension of the validity of healths if a person has not departed Australia? Case officers would apply the flexibility allowed by policy regarding the extension of health and character checks in such circumstances. Note, we have allocated all Priority 3 onshore applications received before 1 May 2009, so it will be some time before we start processing cases lodged in late 2010. And worth noting that merely being in a state's group of sponsored applicants is no guarantee - except possibly for the ACT - that your occupation will be in the SMP for your state for this program year or that DIAC will reach your occupation in this program year. Each SMP is expected to include quotas for occupations and in some cases a file will be processed more quickly just by virtue of being a Schedule 3 occupation. But good luck to everyone. Cheers, George Lombard
  11. Unfortunately the Minister did not use his opportunity on Friday to announce the SMPs at the MIA National Conference, but some information about developments is now available. The starting point is the table of planning levels at Migration Program Statistics - Statistics - Publications, Research & Statistics . There will be 61,700 general skilled migration visa grants in 2010/11. Of these, 23,000 are allocated to state sponsored migration and 35,200 to skilled independent applicants. A further 3,500 people are anticipated under the family sponsored stream. Talking to states and DIAC people at the conference it seems that the 23,000 planning level on state sponsorship is effectively a cap, ie if they can't reach you in the current program year then it will need to be the next one, or the one after that. This will be made more complex by planning levels for particular occupations in particular state migration plans. Anecdotally, some states are already highly oversubscribed even though the number of state sponsored visas available has increased dramatically. This may mean that a longer wait is involved for most of those seeking state sponsorship. There are of course already longer waits for everyone else and this form of management may at least allow some sort of orderly progression for all those who fit within DIAC priority groups 1, 2 and 3. Priority groups are explained at http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/priority-processing-14-july-2010.pdf . For priority group 4, although there is an allocation under the GSM program for family sponsored cases, it's hard to see that the specified allocation will make much of an impact as there are as many as 40,000 applicants in this group. On the timing of the GSMs it seems that 1 November is a popular choice but there are still those who expect it earlier. DIAC of course can't say anything on this. More to come I hope. Cheers, George Lombard
  12. Unfortunately the Minister did not use his opportunity on Friday to announce the SMPs at the MIA National Conference, but some information about developments is now available. The starting point is the table of planning levels at Migration Program Statistics - Statistics - Publications, Research & Statistics . There will be 61,700 general skilled migration visa grants in 2010/11. Of these, 23,000 are allocated to state sponsored migration and 35,200 to skilled independent applicants. A further 3,500 people are anticipated under the family sponsored stream. Talking to states and DIAC people at the conference it seems that the 23,000 planning level on state sponsorship is effectively a cap, ie if they can't reach you in the current program year then it will need to be the next one, or the one after that. This will be made more complex by planning levels for particular occupations in particular state migration plans. Anecdotally, some states are already highly oversubscribed even though the number of state sponsored visas available has increased dramatically. This may mean that a longer wait is involved for most of those seeking state sponsorship. There are of course already longer waits for everyone else and this form of management may at least allow some sort of orderly progression for all those who fit within DIAC priority groups 1, 2 and 3. Priority groups are explained at http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/priority-processing-14-july-2010.pdf . For priority group 4, although there is an allocation under the GSM program for family sponsored cases, it's hard to see that the specified allocation will make much of an impact as there are as many as 40,000 applicants in this group. On the timing of the GSMs it seems that 1 November is a popular choice but there are still those who expect it earlier. DIAC of course can't say anything on this. More to come I hope. Cheers, George Lombard
  13. The ACT has today advised that it will contact all currently ACT sponsored General Skilled Migration applicants to confirm that they are maintaining their commitment to the ACT, and giving them 28 days to so indicate. This applies to anyone who has a current subclass 886 or 176 application with the Department and who is sponsored by the ACT. As you are aware, the State Migration Plan, that we hope to have finalised by end October, will limit the number of 176/886 visa applicants that the ACT Government is able to nominate. Government sponsorship will also become more valuable as DIAC implement their processing priorities and non sponsored applicants join the end of the queue. We are currently contacting all ACT Government clients who have a pending 176/886 visa application. We are seeking confirmation of their employability in the ACT and their genuine, ongoing commitment to living in Canberra. A copy of the email below has been sent to your clients personal email address. The indication is that each state may only be able to sponsor a specified maximum number of visas in each calendar year, and so therefore after winnowing their lists the states will be forced to rank candidates. The implication is that not everyone currently sponsored by a state will receive the benefit of priority processing under the State Migration Plans. It may be that the states can withdraw sponsorship for people already sponsored but I think the legislation on that is ambiguous and probably DIAC would hesitate to allow that to happen where people have already expended thousands of dollars in costs. On the other hand it's most likely that the legislation does allow the states to be choosy with respect to who gets included in the State Migration Plan, since that is ultimately just a question of prioritising. Hold onto your hats people this might be a bumpy ride. Cheers, George Lombard
  14. The ACT has today advised that it will contact all currently ACT sponsored General Skilled Migration applicants to confirm that they are maintaining their commitment to the ACT, and giving them 28 days to so indicate. This applies to anyone who has a current subclass 886 or 176 application with the Department and who is sponsored by the ACT. As you are aware, the State Migration Plan, that we hope to have finalised by end October, will limit the number of 176/886 visa applicants that the ACT Government is able to nominate. Government sponsorship will also become more valuable as DIAC implement their processing priorities and non sponsored applicants join the end of the queue. We are currently contacting all ACT Government clients who have a pending 176/886 visa application. We are seeking confirmation of their employability in the ACT and their genuine, ongoing commitment to living in Canberra. A copy of the email below has been sent to your clients personal email address. The indication is that each state may only be able to sponsor a specified maximum number of visas in each calendar year, and so therefore after winnowing their lists the states will be forced to rank candidates. The implication is that not everyone currently sponsored by a state will receive the benefit of priority processing under the State Migration Plans. It may be that the states can withdraw sponsorship for people already sponsored but I think the legislation on that is ambiguous and probably DIAC would hesitate to allow that to happen where people have already expended thousands of dollars in costs. On the other hand it's most likely that the legislation does allow the states to be choosy with respect to who gets included in the State Migration Plan, since that is ultimately just a question of prioritising. Hold onto your hats people this might be a bumpy ride. Cheers, George Lombard
  15. Guest

    Plans For The Weekend

    Just thought I'd ask as it is bloody miserable here in Hertfordshire. Trying to see what the weekend weather is going to do so we can go out. So far it looks like a meeting of Citroen 2CV drivers in Reigate, or a steam engine rally in Dorset.:embarrassed: Seriously though, what are your plans if any. PS. If anyone mentions fishing, Palm Cove or The Barrier Reef they will immediately have there post cancelled, because I WANT TO DO IT AS WELL.:mad: Cheers Tony:wink:
  16. George Lombard

    State Migration Plans - Official Statement

    The Sponsored Skilled Migration Policy Section, Labour Market Branch, DIAC, has given the MIA the following advice: In the absence of State Migration Plans (SMPs), State/Territory government agencies should only seek to nominate applicants whose occupation is listed in Schedule 3. Once their State Migration Plan commences, they will have access to Schedule 4 occupations provided the nominated occupation is included within the relevant Plan or the jurisdiction identifies the occupation as an off-list nomination. In the case of off-list, the occupation can be any occupation listed in Schedule 4 even if it is not listed within the relevant Plan. It is intended that each jurisdiction will have 100 primary off-list nominations to use per program year. States/Territories should not seek to nominate an applicant from Schedule 4 unless there is a plan in place as within the Migration Regulations 1994, there is a Schedule 2 time of decision requirement for the applicable visa subclasses that 'the Minister accepts the nomination'. For the nomination to be accepted, it will need to be made from Schedule 3 while there is no Plan in place and once there is a Plan, that the nomination be in accordance with the Plan. The MIA Queensland Branch President Sharon Harris has been advised that SMPs will not be released by anyone now until after the Federal Election. Cheers, George Lombard
  17. emmaroo

    Gillards Plans for Migrants!

    I aint no bush babe! :cute: Migrants could be sent bush - The West Australian
  18. State Migration Plans and State Sponsorship My present understanding based on conversations I have had is that: * Those with "old style" subclass 176 visa sponsorship will not automatically transition to the higher priority SMP sponsorship. * As such those who wish to be pushed up the processing pecking order will be required to seek sponsorship again, once the SMPs are published. * It remains to be seen whether DIAC will allow sponsorship under a SMP to replace "old style" sponsorship on subclass 176 visa applications that are already lodged. * It appears that subclass 176 visa applications supported by "old style" sponsorship will not be possible once the SMPs are in issue. Hence the SA Government's communication of earlier today requiring all visa applications with old style sponsorship to be submitted before 07/07/2010 (I will write an article for Go Matilda News discussing this later today). This appears to stem from the Department of Immigration's use of quotas within the SMP sponsorship regime to control the number of applications under this higher priority category. I hasten to add that in the absence of published material from DIAC I can only interpret what I am hearing, but I hope the above gives some direction in the fog of confusion that currently exists. Best regards.
  19. State Migration Plans and State Sponsorship My present understanding based on conversations I have had is that: * Those with "old style" subclass 176 visa sponsorship will not automatically transition to the higher priority SMP sponsorship. * As such those who wish to be pushed up the processing pecking order will be required to seek sponsorship again, once the SMPs are published. * It remains to be seen whether DIAC will allow sponsorship under a SMP to replace "old style" sponsorship on subclass 176 visa applications that are already lodged. * It appears that subclass 176 visa applications supported by "old style" sponsorship will not be possible once the SMPs are in issue. Hence the SA Government's communication of earlier today requiring all visa applications with old style sponsorship to be submitted before 07/07/2010 (I will write an article for Go Matilda News discussing this later today). This appears to stem from the Department of Immigration's use of quotas within the SMP sponsorship regime to control the number of applications under this higher priority category. I hasten to add that in the absence of published material from DIAC I can only interpret what I am hearing, but I hope the above gives some direction in the fog of confusion that currently exists. Best regards.
  20. Guest

    State Migration Plans

    Does anyone know anything about when any of the states will start to accept new applications? Without state sponsorship the lift on the ban from the 1st July means nothing as we can’t apply for the state sponsorship needed as all the states are not accepting applications yet. We have been trying to get a visa application in for nearly a year now, but were first held up by Vetassess not coming over, then the ban on all 176 applications, now no SMP, I’m getting frustrated and we haven’t even started.:goofy:
  21. Guest

    New houses off the plans

    I was wondering if anyone out there has built one of these new homes that we see in all the brochures. When they quote a price, such as $410,000 for a 4 bedroom house in Officer or cranbourne - is that ALL it costs, or are there many hidden costs that we do not know about. Are the houses built to the standard you expected. I would love to hear you experiences with building and living in these brand new areas.:mask: Jenny
  22. Just been on the aussie immigration website and they say the maximum age is 30 for the working-holiday visa! I was hoping to get work in the mining industry temporarily and my feet under the table and then later get sponsorship from a willing company for migration visa. Now it looks pretty grim. I'm 32 years old, from an oil and gas construction background.
  23. John Gilfillan

    State Migration Plans

    Hi All, Just wondering if anyone had heard anything about the State Migration Plans? What do you think will be on them and what do you think should be on them? Regards, John 175 applied 15/5/09, WA SS granted Feb 2010 all meds and PC's in. Now waiting for SMP
  24. Come on people, pipe up I wanna hear your stories about future plans or plans you're currently making to be able to make the big move, and why this is just for fun, for people to share their experiences with others on here. And if you have moved, was it as you expected? What do you miss about the UK? I will post mine shortly, I actually already wrote it in this new thread but then my laptop shut down *sigh* so here I am making a new one!
  25. family5

    What are your plans B & C?

    What are your 'alternative' plans if you pull the plug on your move to OZ? For us the Oz dream is over. The decison is made and based on the fact that the UK economy and financial world staus will not recover before we are in our late forties/early fifties - 5 to 10 years. Reasons, we would 'lose' significant assets in house devaluation, exchange rates and all other costs in quitting the UK plus the known and hidden costs of setting up a new life in a country that hasnt been in recession and thus has continued to grow, prosper and get more expensive. Brilliant if we had moved out 3 years ago but now we just cannot afford to 'give away' so much of our life savings. The more in assets that you have, the more it costs! For what it would cost us to get our feet on the ground in Oz we could have a three month holiday in Oz every year for the next 10 to 15 years My question is directed to those who are in the same position as us. Do you have a plan B or C or even D? We have had to think 'outside the box'. Maybe a move to a more pleasant part of the UK (We live in the Midlands). Maybe stay where we are and buy a (small) place in France, Spain, Italy but remained domiciled in the UK until things improve and stabilise with a long term aspiration to leave the UK altogether. Maybe wait for 10 years and hope one of our children settles in Oz and enables us to go the contributory parent visa route. Im interested in how the creative/problem solving skills of similarly affected PIO members are dealing with the issues outlined with a view to growing the list of options and alternative plans. I do realise that our analysis and decisions are based on facts and devoid of the utopia/romantic aspirational elements but the above applies to our specific circumstances which Im sure you understand. Thanks for reading.
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