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  1. Martinbjulieb

    Residency when drawing your Super

    We have been back in the U.K. for just over two years now and were in Australia for 10. When we first moved we transferred a personal pension and my civil service works pension into 2 Australian super funds. My question is, when we reach 60 (our preservation ages) how long do you have to be resident in Australia for to withdraw your funds? For example could you take an extended holiday for a few months? Is so we would then transfer the money back to the U.K. using Moneycorp or the like and invest it here. Then we would just declare to HMRC the interest gained each year? Like you do on U.K. bank accounts/investments. Is that the way to do it? Otherwise we would just transfer amounts each year that would keep us under or just over the tax free threshold. Any advice greatly received! Thanks.
  2. Hi there, I'm hoping someone can help me please! I'm currently on a 457 visa but have started the process with my employer to apply for Permanent Residency. I'm married to an Australian Citizen and having our 1st baby in September 2017. I'm not entitled to Paid Parental Leave from the government whilst on a 457 visa and my permanent residency will not be granted before the baby is born. You can however claim paid parental leave up until the child is 52 weeks old. My question is, can I apply for paid parental leave within that 52 week period if my PR visa is granted even though I was on a 457 when the child was born? Any help or advice is much appreciated :-) Nicole
  3. A quick query I hope someone can help me with..? We'll be moving to Sydney in August 2014, on 457 visas, for a period of not less than 3 years. For tax/super purposes I understand I'll be classed as a 'resident'. Will my 9yr-old daughter be classed as a 'resident' for school fees purposes? (For example, I have seen a least one independent school website list different fees, residents at ca. $18k pa and overseas students at $39k pa. Yes, I'm looking at the higher end - but not that high!) Thanks in advance - Steven.
  4. Hi everyone, My name is Andy and I have a question that I would like anyone's thoughts. My family and I migrated to Australia and subsequently returned to the UK in 2003. I wanted to stay in Australia however I was 11 years old at the time and unable to do so. My permanent residency visa expired in 2008 before I was unable to return as I was only 16 years old at the time. I am now 20 years old and am in a position where I would be able to return to live and work in Australia on my own. I believe I may be eligible for a one year resident return visa as long as I meet the certain conditions. I have returned to Australia on a tourist visa in 2011 so this is the last year I can apply as I would have left Australia as a resident 10 years ago in July this year. I have an employment offer from the company I work for, Apple, so feel confident I could meet the substantial ties due to employment condition. I also have family who have been citizens of australiangor over 30 years however they are Aunties, Uncles and cousins so not immediate family. I also will have completed a degree in BSc Computer Science in June this year so I am sure this will benefit Australia as I will be employable in an area that is in high demand. For compelling reasons I feel that the fact that I wanted to stay in Australia and was forced to come back to the UK because of reasons out of my control would suffice. If I had been of an age and in a situation where I could have stayed then I would have done so however I was unable to. I also would have acquired a college and university education in the uk which was another reason that I did not apply earlier or return before my visa expired. I am in the process of completing the application currently and would love some advice from anybody on what would be necessary in the application and any advice anyone can give on whether you think that my reasons would be sufficient to secure a resident return visa. Another question I have is can documents be certified by univeristy lecturers or do they have to be certified by certain people in particular? Thank you in advance, I look forward to hearing from you. Andy
  5. Hello, Could somebody please clarify whether i can apply for PR whilst on a 457 business class ( 4 years)?? Talking to work colleagues, they say i can, and it goes on points. I have applied for E.O.I ( expression of interest) on line, but would i be best to apply straight ( thats if i can ??). I really would be grateful of your advise/guidance!! I am a nurse, 7 years experience ( but 20 years altogether in the field), irish, my partner is 41 and has 20 years as a carpenter, is from wales. Any info welcomed, Gx
  6. Hi all, currently awaiting the outcome of my de facto partner visa application. Fingers crossed if all goes well I'll be moving over to Aus to be with my partner. We are hoping to buy a house asap with a joint loan. He being an aussie and good job should have no problems but I was wondering if we are likely to experience any problems as I'll be a temp resident? Has anyone had any problems with this? Will we have to wait until I am a permanent resident? Any info/advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
  7. Hi, I need info about student visa if im moving with my Husband and mother in law. I want to initially go on a student visa to study for a diploma over the course of 2 years with the intention of applying for a permanent visa once I complete my studies, I have 2 questions with which I'd be delighted to hear any response to, 1: Has anybody had any experience with a Student Visa to Permanent Resident?What difficulties can we face? Are the rules tough for bridging visas? 2: I've read all the Great things about Oz but I'd love to hear from somebody who lives there to hear what its really all about, Thanks in advance to any responders Angjol
  8. Hi Please can some-one help I have a property in the UK I have been granted perm residents in OZ and will depart in January 2012 I am going to rent the flat in the UK I have filled out the UK non residents tax form so will get rent with no deductions I understand I need to complete a tax form at the end of the year as the UK will have first call on my rental income minus my personal allowance Since OZ collects on worldwide income I will get a tax credit from the UK and pay any extra tax owed in OZ So far so good I have a list of allowable expenses for UK rental income (10% depreciation for wear and tear, repairs, professional services and mortgage interest payments etc - on another matter I do not have a mortgage as I own the home outright and would be interested to know how I should make best use of the tax breaks e.g remortage or not etc) What I do not understand do I use the UK model for allowable expenses or do I need to use the OZ model. So I am getting around £13,000 a year in rental income before any expenses and before tax Do I use HMRC rules for allowable expenses on my UK rental income or the OZ tax rules I would be so grateful for help on this matter Also would welcome any professionals to approach me if they can offer a service to help me through this
  9. Hello, My husband and I will be moving to Australia next August (2012). We are on a permanent resident visa and would now like to get a job as soon as possible. I'm an HR manager of 31 years old with more than 7 years experience and extensive exposure to Industrial relations (International). Currently working in the Packaging Industry, previously in the Automotive Industry. Our first intention is to go to Sydney, however, we would be happy to go anywhere in Australia where we could bothe get a job (Husband is IT consultant, specialised in Oracle) Anyone in the field has done the move? I'm just starting looking around.... wondering if it makes sense to have my skills assessed to "prove" to Australian employers my experience in the field. Wondering if it makes sense to go to law school to grasp the main points of Australian labor law... but feeling the cost very expensive for uncertain result If you had any advice on where to start, that would be muche appreciated! Thanks a lot!
  10. Hi all Just wanted to know if anyone would know if I was granted a perm resident after being on a temp spouce visa am I still entitled to live in australia with my aussie daughter if my husband and I split up??
  11. Juliep

    resident return visa ??

    i got my PR last year in June when we lived in Brisbane, we came back to the uk in December but are thinking of moving back over to oz do i need a resident return visa ?
  12. BritChickx

    Resident Return Visa

    How hard is it to get? Asking on behalf of Paul :wubclub:
  13. hello everyone and am new to the site.we are looking for advice and wondering if anyone can help us.we are poms residing in NZ and basically wife and kids are bored stiff here in NZ.NOW ARE LOOKING TO GO TO OZ.i am 44 years old(getting on now) and a boilermaker/welder working here.wife is a health care assistant at whangarei hospital and boy/girl,16 and 14 years old and 2 pommy and 1 kiwi dogs.i have a brother who is a oz citizen living in brisbane.are we eligible to move to oz,i know age is a concern but would it be easy to get into oz.i know all about meds and expressions of interest and ITA to apply.what do you guys reckon?
  14. Can anyone help pleae? I have been an Australian citizen for some years. I recently inherited a house with my sister in the UK which has been rented since last year. When completing my Oz tax return I declared the income and have paid tax on it. I recently received a letter from the UK tax authorities stating that I was required to complete a UK tax return. As this seems a bit daft as the only income I have in the UK is a paltry sum from the rental of the house, is there a form I can send them from the Oz tax authorities to show tax has apready been paid here?
  15. Hi all, Hoping someone can help me. I have been a PR residing in Australia for the last 11 years, but only having residency for the last 6 years. In previous trips back to the UK I have not had to worry about a RRV as I was covered for unlimited travel under my original visa. So when my grandmother suddenly died, I didn't give a second thought to booking my flight over to stay for three weeks to attend the funeral. It was only when I reached heathrow to come home that they informed me that I wouldn't be allowed back in Australia as my unlimited travel ran out in May! I ended up getting a 3 month E-visa at the airport and travelled no worries and had no problems entering Australia. I now assume that as I am back in australia that there will be no further issues? I can't find any information on the net about this situation, but as I will be applying for citizenship soon I want to make sure that there is nothing I should be doing to ensure that the two visas I currently hold will not cause any issues. Can anyone give any advice? Thanks in advance. Cheers, Christina
  16. Hi Everyone, First time poster - long time fan, you guys seem to be fantastic for helping people out so here goes... My wife has been offered a job in Sydney with PR visa, truth be told we are very keen on Melbourne. How long are you obliged to stay with a company once you are in employment? She would be working for one of the hospitals, so her employer would be the local government/state, Many thanks in advance J&L
  17. Please clarify? Is it from the day I land in Oz? The day I start working in Oz? (which might be 6 months to 1 year later) The day I leave England? ( what if I go travelling for a while elsewhere in the world?) Reason I ask is once the house is sold in the UK I dont want to feel forced to transfer funds while FX rates may not be favourable? Help appreciated.
  18. Guest

    Can I Be a Resident? (Please!)

    Hey, Was wondering if anyone could help us! We are a young couple (23) looking to stay a lot longer in Oz. I have a business degree and several sporting qualifications, and my boyfriend also has sporting qualifications. Would we be elligible to apply for residency to stay for another few years? Any advice would be appreciated as we don't really want to do farm work and hopfully there is another way! Hopefully someone can help as we are a little confused! :confused: Thanks, Jenna :wubclub:
  19. Hi, I am currently on a 457 visa with my husband and have been living and working in Oz for over 2 years. We are looking to start a family soon but I've heard there are no family benefits for people on a 457 visa. Does anyone know if I have a baby whilst on a 457 visa and then apply for perm residency, would I be able claim maternity pay for the child if I am not working. Wasn't sure if you could claim after child was born. Also if I become pregnant whilst in process of applying forperm residency, does this effect our application at all? Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks
  20. Hi everyone, My sister in law is a surgical nurse in the uk, she would love to emigrate to Brisbane, Australia. We have heard of agents that help you find a job and for the employer to sponsor her. Has anyone tried this? Has anyone got any views on if a permanent visa maybe a better choice for her? i appreciate any help or views you all may have :wub::wub:cute: Rachel
  21. Hi, Under the 457 visa i was under strict work-sponsor rules regarding what i could do for employment. Now that i have my Permanent Resident visa (856), i am wanting to know if i have to find another work-sponsor in the event of me being fired or if i quit from my current sponsor. Also, under the 856 visa, am i able to open my own business instead of working through a sponsor? Any information and or references would be greatly appreciated.
  22. I’m sorry this is a long post. I have not been on this forum for a very long time as I have been desperately trying but failing miserably to put Australia behind me…..My long and sorry story is on a variety of other posts scattered throughout the forum. Long story short, my OH, children and I all got PR visas in March 2007 and moved to Sydney in August 2007. My then 11-12 year old daughter and I found it extremely hard to settle and I couldn’t get a job. I returned to the UK with the children in March 2008. My OH refused to come back with us as he was convinced that we would get off the plane, see grey sky and return. He then returned to the UK in July 2008. We were planning to return in 2010 once we had saved the money up for it again but then I just could not face going through it all again. It was then decided that we should just lay it to rest and put it all down to experience and get on with our lives here. Now here we are and have come full circle and want to give it another go but we really are in a dilemma now. We would love to go back asap but my daughter is now slap bang in the middle of her GCSEs, she goes into Year 11 in September and doesn’t do the final exams until June 2012. And our PR visas expire in March 2012! Obviously, we are looking at trying to get RRVs but looking at the eligibility criteria, I think it looks tricky, am I right? We were in Australia for less than two years; we have no business, employment or cultural ties. We do have my OH’s sister there, who was also our sponsor for our visa but that isn’t a great relationship; she came between my OH and me a fair bit while we were there, had far too much to say when I left and hasn’t really bothered with us since we got back – I can’t blame her for all of the help she gave us sponsoring us and when we first arrived. Also, we are planning to move somewhere else, not Sydney, where she is. We just think we should leave that situation alone now. I’ve spoken to the Australian High Commission in London and they were fairly helpful and said to put in the application in now and then if refused, at least we have until March to come up with another plan. I contacted a migration agent and he said that just based on telling them that we can’t move yet because of my daughter’s education at the moment is not a strong case or enough of a compelling reason as to why we have stayed away so long and that the DIAC don’t care that we have had to save money etc. He said one of us should try and get a job offer and we should re-open our bank account and just think of other ways to have stronger ties and looking at the forms for RRV, this seems to be the case but is easier said than done. I spoke to another agent and she was more positive and said that the education issue is a compelling one and that as my husband had a job in Australia previously, it shows that he has contributed to the country and can and will do so again!! I have looked at similar posts on here and it’s a pretty mixed picture, some seem to suggest that they are quite sympathetic to education issues, others seem to say that they are pretty black and white and need to see strong ties to Australia and others seem to suggest it’s all luck and depends on the case worker or day!! Others say it is better to be in Australia when applying for the RRV. We are considering all options and just don’t know what’s the most likely to succeed and also have to think of the cost as we are now just moving back on what we have and can still save. We have thought of: 1.Just bite the bullet and apply from here and put the best case we can together for compelling reasons why we can’t go before next March. Hope for the best and see what happens before deciding our next move and fingers crossed, we get the RRVs. 2.Go to Australia for a holiday and apply for them – can you do that a few days after arriving in the country after an absence of three years? 3.If all else fails, my OH goes back in March, hopefully gets a job, sets up a place to live etc. and then in June, the children and I apply for the RRVs based on our tie to him. We really want to avoid this one if possible – he will be on his own for months in Oz and already has a bad association with this - and it will be costly to run two homes, when we could really do with the money for when we’re all there. On another forum, I also saw a case where the RRV was refused offshore and the person then went to Oz and it was granted! Can you just re-apply or does it have to be appealed (on the DIAC website, it says an appeal needs to be lodged by close family in Australia, if any and I just don’t think we can go there). So sorry for the length of this - any advice or experience or knowledge that anyone has would be greatly appreciated as we really would be foolish to lose our visas and have felt that more than ever these last few days!!!! I wish I could turn back time and battle my way through those dreadful lows in those early days in Australia – we could be taking our Citizenship by now!! Isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing! :arghh:
  23. Guest

    Return Resident Visas

    We have permanent residency and have yet to become citizens. We need to get new Return Resident Visas. I have applied online and paid $260 for another 5 year visa. So if I want the visa actually placed into the passport it is another $60. But the immigration department are saying that I no longer need to have a visa in my passport. How does everyone else go about it? I feel at little concerned about not having a visa in my passport. The person in immigration stated that the visa is linked to my passport number and that this is enough for most countries and airlines let me board a plane to Australia. Has anyone else used their passport to travel overseas without a current return resident visa label in it? Tia
  24. Hi, Can anyone recommend a good tax accountant in Sydney who has knowledge of the tax laws between Australia and the UK? There are loads of tax offers about but I would like to know I am paying someone who knows a fair whack about owning property in the UK etc, not just a standard tax return I could do myself. I am boggled - not sure if I have to declare my rent and mortgage (and a few dividends) in the UK as I am still a temporary resident here (waiting for decision on perm res application at the mo). Would like to know I am doing my tax right from the start (this is my first aus tax return, emigrated in Aug 2010) and not end up having to pay heaps back for not declaring things I have to. Any advice/recommendations? :eek:
  25. http://law.ato.gov.au/atolaw/view.htm?docid=%22AID%2FAID201153%2F00001%22 This Ruling might be of interest to some who maintain high quality contact with both countries. Note: It is recommended that those with complex tax affairs (those who migrate generally fall into the complex category, at least to the generality of tax practitioners and financial advisors) take advice from a competent tax professional about their personal tax position. Best regards.