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  1. Hi All, Can't believe it, this place is hard to take sometimes. :sad: In a nutshell, moved from Liverpool UK in Jan 2010 with 2 cats - now 9yo. Two days ago our male was fine - he was the house cat, the female is an outdoors cat. He hid in our closet for 24 hours - usually hides, but I didn't see him eat his dinner, or sit with us when the kids went to bed. About 2am I woke up and opened the door as I heard him moving inside, so he could go in and out as he pleased. Didn't think to check him, so next afternoon thought he was trapped somewhere when I found him in the cupboard, unable to move, his breathing sounding like snoring, struggling a miaow, covered in urine, a real mess and pretty harrowing. carried him and lay him on the kitchen floor while I got catbox, vet called and baby in carseat for dash to vets. Raced to the vets - they found a tick on his neck - (1cm murderer!!!) and they stayed with him till 9pm, he got stressed being moved - to be taken to a 24hr vet facility, and so they said they'd have to leave him unattended in the surgery with oxygen, sedated, and see if he made it by himself. Got a call at 7.45 on Tues 26th Oct, to say he'd died in the night. Went there at 9.30am to say goodbye. :cry: Worst is that I didn't want him to die alone, so wish we could have brought him home and stayed with him. Once we'd got the cats from Quarantine in March, it felt the family was whole again. Now it's a nightmare, and I feel like I just can't breathe. The guilt of bringing him, of not finding him earlier, of now cleaning out the shelf he was on, and the cat box and towel I took him to the vets in. Just so many tears. He was with us pre-kids. I insisted on bringing them because they are family. Doing the kitchen sink thing, and being irrational thinking, why did we even come out here, such a struggle and now this before our first Xmas here. argh!:cry::sad: It's only been a day or so, so pretty raw still, but he's not coming back. and I'm at a loss. Poor kids just keep saying, oh mummy don't cry. It's ok. One word from the wise, 'you can't turn back time'. And that's all I seem to be wishing right now.
  2. bloomersthebear

    Daughter devastated, Citizenship refused.

    Just been informed by the immi and citizenship people that my 17 year old daughter has been refused her citizenship approval because of a 12 month good behavior bond she received two days after the applications was sent. :embarrassed: So thats me the wife and two daughters approved and awaiting what we hoped would be a family ceremony. The circumstances for the good behavior bond were at best very spurious. She was out with so called mates that turned on her. She was left beaten up ( her so called best mates 19yr old boyfriend thought he would throw a few punches in for good measure) Phone, bag, purse all stolen. Local police turn up the Australians kids had star burst and left her there. She was arrested for "public nuisance" and ticketed for court. All this kept to her self as at 17 she didn't need to tell mum and dad. (stupid law). The police refused to listen to her complaint of assault and theft. (Robbery)?? And proceeded with the easier option. Situation solved. She was awarded the 12 month good behavior bond and the rest is history a police check by immi during process and now she is refused the citizenship. She is gutted, were gutted. she was told by the police it wasn't a conviction so would not hamper her application. So she took the whole thing on the chin, quite literally too, and took them at their word. Silly girl. :skeptical: Now the thing is looking back at the paperwork the 1290 form I used for her application, http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1290.pdf is designed with 17 yr olds in mind. And it states quite clearly 18yr olds must prove good character and it goes on the explain the criteria. For 17 year olds and under it isn't a requirement. But it seems our case officer carried out a local police check and has seen this bond recorded against her name. :unsure: Had a look at the ATT appeal process and its nearly $800 on top of the $260 we already paid for the application. I thought the good character Critera was designed to nullify any "proper" un-desirables from getting approval not a juvenile with a behavior bond. (timing as they say is everything). really don't know what to do. could they have it wrong in this case?? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
  3. Tosh


    After being told two weeks ago by a VERY reputable, registered migration agent that we pass all the criteria needed to migrate to Oz, we employed an Australian lawyer to get things going and have since been told we cannot apply for a migration visa. It has been our dream for ten years to move to australia and all along we've been told on numerous occasions with our skills and qualifications we'd make it no problems. Then when it comes to the right time for us we're told sorry no. To say we are gutted is an understatement. The reason we've been given is lack of work experience and no heading on the visa list for what I do. I started life as a photocopier engineer for 18 years, then 3 years ago to aid our plans did a 3 year plumbing apprenticeship and became a qualified plumber as well. I then changed jobs 18-months ago to repairing and installing hospital equipment/equipment for the disabled which combined both my electronics background and my plumbing. We've now found out that under the various VISA classes there is a class for office equipment trades worker (photocopiers) or general plumber. The work experience required is 12 out of the last 24 months current working in the chosen field you're applying for. Even with 18 years of photocopiers behind me it's only what I've done in the last 24-months that counts. Looking for a visa for what I do, there isn't one. Our only option now is to get company sponsorship which I am told is near on impossible unless you're very specialized. Our dream is drifting away at a rapid pace and it's crushing. Good luck to you all if you're trying to go I hope the new points system in July 1st brings you what you're after.
  4. I am just after watching a news report about the utter devastation the floods in Queensland have caused.22 towns and cities flooded and/or isolated by floods.An area the size of France and Germany combined has been affected.I sincerely hope none of our PIO members in the region have been affected personally.The clean up will cost millions and it may take some towns years to recover.Some of the smaller towns may never recover. It's times like this you realise what a harsh country we live in.
  5. Hi all, Like everyone else I have been waiting patiently for the SMPs to come out, particularly that of WA. Having spoken to recruitment agents in Oz and one or two migration agents I was fully expecting accountants to be on most SMPs. I was devastated last week to find that WA do not need accountants, I'm guessing the fact that accountants are on the SMP but are not needed, means that this years quota has been filled? If this is the case, when does next years quota open? Is it calendar year or tax year, and are there likely to be and places available on next years quota, whenever that is released? So with a plan that perhaps I could move somewhere else in OZ, do my two years and then move to WA, I started looking at the other SMPs. So far, we have Queensland, no chance. Tas, job offer required. VIC, ACT, and NT, in all honesty our 3 bottom choices, have limited places available, but how do I know when these places have been filled? is there a list of upto date quota places available anywhere. Then finally, there's SA and NSW. There seems to be no indication of when NSW will release theirs, or what will be on it. SA, which was our second choice, has an interim list where you can apply for state sponsorship before the SMP is out. Do I then need to apply for sponsorship after the SMP is released aswell? Management Accountants are on the interim list, but my skills assesment is as an Accountant (General), so do I need to have my skills reassesed if I was to apply for sponsorship as a management accountant? Please help, a little devastated and confused.
  6. Well, I've read a few posts from people in similar situations to us and I know I'm not alone in saying I am seriously PEEVED with the recent changes to visas being granted!!! Aaaargh :arghh: We submitted our State Spons application to WA in July this year. We were told 8-12 weeks processing time, so been waiting....waiting....and now this!! My OH is a run-of-the-mill electrician, but we were assured by our visa agent at the beginning of the year that there should be no problems getting in on his trade. I understand they had no idea of the scale of these changes, but for us, this basically means £2500 down the swanney!!!!!! £1500 in agency fees and about £1000 in Vetassess. I am so angry, I could spit. No chance of getting that money back, I guess?? We simply cannot wait for the non-priority GSM visas to be finalised at the end of 2012!!!! I'm sure we're not the only people who can't put our lives on hold for the next 3 years? The best part though, is: our visa agent hasn't even contacted us to TELL us about these changes and how we will be effected. I know it's only been a couple days, but isn't that what emails and modern technology is for??? Sorry for all the whinging, but just had to get this off my chest - I know we're not alone in this. Just don't know whether to laugh at the sheer audacity of some people....or just burst into tears :sad: From Catherine (
  7. paddy

    devastated ss refused

    hi all just looked on client tracking for sa state sponsorship been refused as no cash/savings for migration but on my pro foma financial dec put zero in cash/savings but £20,000 (42,000 aus dollars) in house equity which will be readly available because no house sale no move to oz. Any help would be good got until 20th may to fax new form over HHHEEELLLPPP!!!!!:arghh: