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  1. Hello, I’ve been reading this forum for some time now as we’ve started the long process of the family sponsored 176 visa in August (Ielts passed and Vetassess still pending :mad:). Thanks to all of you for this wonderful source of information. In the meantime, we have changed our plan. Because my brother who lives on the Gold Coast is going to have his second baby, because he misses family and also because it is now the right time for us to take a career break and not in 2 years, we have decided to go to Australia already as from July this year (flights are booked :cool:) . Therefore, we decided to enroll our older child in a local primary school for a year and request a student visa for him. For the rest of us (my partner and my second child), we have some doubts about which visa to request. We are not sure that both parents and a child can be on a student guardian visa (580) and we are also a little bit uncomfortable about the "no further stay" condition that seems always attached to it. The other option would be to request a long term tourist visa for the rest of us. It seems pretty straight trough to obtain if we can show that we have enough funds to support ourselves for one year and may not come with a no further stay condition (again if I understood it well). I know that every situation is different but what would be your choice? Keeping in mind that we may want to try to find a company to sponsor us in order to be able to stay longer (we cannot indefinitely live without working). Are there any pitfalls we've overlooked in this project? Any other options to be considered? Thank you for your help.
  2. Hi, Does anyone have any info on Guardian Angels Catholic Primary in Ashmore? It looks like a good school but should I be totally paranoid about applying there as it's so close to ashmore gun / pistol club? Literally almost just across the road! I don't know anything about the security of gun clubs or what motivates people to go to them so unsure. And any info on St Francis Xavier in Runaway Bay too. Thanks
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    school fees and guardian visa

    Please help Myself and fiance are both secondary science teachers so visa should be ok. However my fiance would like her mum (51) and brother (14) to come to. We thought we had it sorted school visa and guardian however i think i've found 2 massive problems. Guardian visa can't work, is this always the case? Does anyone know perth school fees? Any help or info would be awesome simon
  4. Hi all, I was wondering if anyone knows whether we can get to Oz by putting our children into private school on student visas whilst we process our permanent visas. We just want to get out there asap. I believe we could travel as guardians, the immi.gov.au website even states that dependant family members can work up to 20 hours per week, although this implies children of the person holding the student visa. Has anyone moved using their kids? Any feedback would be appreciated!
  5. Hello, I'm a journalist working on an article for the 'Work' supplement of The Guardian about emigration from the UK. I've been speaking to some statisticians and other experts. Now I need to chat to some folks who have made the move in the last year and a half, perhaps mainly because of economic conditions in the UK. I'm interested in their experiences of emigration, their views of their new life in Australia, the pros and cons of emigrating and their experiences of the process. The best address to contact me at is workfeature@gmail.com I'm hoping to do the interviews on the phone (about 15 minutes) on Monday or Tuesday. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Regards Ben
  6. The recent postings by "ten pound poms" have prompted me to consider how different the migrant experience is nowadays. They had to give up all the small familiar comforts of home. In contrast, contemporary settlers from the UK can easily connect with our favourite British things. Here's my own personal, Melbourne-centric list - - Yorkshire Puddings: bought some "Aunt Betty's" frozen ones yesterday from Aldi's. - Paxo stuffing, Chip Shop Curry Sauce, Bisto Gravy, Pease Pudding, Walkers Crisps. It costs an arm and a leg, but I regularly buy them from "Treats from Home" in Collins Street. - Proper "Weetabix" (not that nasty "Weetbix"), Coleman's Mustard, Robinson's Barley Water, mint sauce, Sarson's Vinegar. No problem: try the "English" section in Coles at North Balwyn. The prices there are far cheaper than at specialist English shops. - No need to forgo Marks and Spencer undies (or other clothes): You can order from their UK web site and get them to deliver to Australia from less than £20. The January sale may still be on - my first delivery arrived on Friday! - A proper "English Curry"? Well, I haven't tried the curry house in Lygon Street where the English Cricket team eats, but when I lived in Brisbane, there was one in Birkdale shopping centre run by a family from Wolverhampton. I'll be looking them up again on our next trip to the Sunshine State. - Steve Wright's show on BBC Radio 2, the "News Quiz" from Radio 4,and Clive Thomas and Pat Edison's shows on Radio Caroline: no problem - I can catch them streaming live on the internet, or - in the case of the BBC - also listen to them as podcasts on my phone while I walk the dog. - A UK phone number, so the relatives think that you still live around the corner? I've still got my Sheffield number. Funnily enough, its from a German company called Sipgate (see sipgate.co.uk - free phone service over your broadband link - voice over ip provider.). There's no monthly rental, and landline calls cost just over a penny a minute. Calls to UK mobiles are just under 10p a minute. To get a location specific no. (eg: 02, 0114, 01268 etc), you have to sign up in the UK (or get someone there to do this for you). From Australia only 0845 numbers are available. Sipgate's service over the past 3 years has been very reliable. - Coronation Street, Emmerdale, and East Enders: my wife watches them back to back on UKTV when she comes home from work. Now that we've been here a few years she doesn't mind that they are some months behind the UK (or over a year behind in the case of Corrie). - In depth news analysis of the world outside Australia: ABC's extensive relays of the BBC World Service on "ABC News Radio" are invaluable, as is my regular purchase of "The Guardian Weekly" (I know I can always rely on the "The Age" for decent coverage of Australian politics.) If I want a good laugh, I can always buy the "International Express" - it is as rabidly right wing as its UK counterpart - although I must admit that I have a secret passion for Ann Widdicombe's column! Each morning, I catch the lastest UK news from Sky News UK on Foxtel Channel 601. It's in one of those little Sky News Active boxes you get when you press the red button. Being a vegetarian, the only things I really miss are products from "Quorn". Now, if somebody could crack that one and import them into Australia then I'd have to say there would be very little I'd miss from my old life in England. I hope I don't sound like a little Englander. I still embrace all the best things that Australia has to offer. But I do think that nowadays we are blessed with the opportunity of having the best of both worlds. So how does my list compare with that of other "Poms in Oz"?