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  1. come on! I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon, let's hear some nice stuff about blighty! I'll start.........but i'm doing it in reverse order (that's confidence for yer) 100. the Cotswolds
  2. Hi there, just a quick question went for medicals today for 175 visa me and youngest son who is 10 weeks passed with flying colours but my husband james who is the main visa applicant as he is in IT has been asked to see our gp when they did the urine sample they discovered quite a lot of sugar and traces of blood they think it may be the start of diabetes (his mum has it) he has been tested before and there was no sign they also asked for our nearly 4yr old son to see our gp aswell they said he seemed a little immature for his age and he was wearing a nappy we had to drive from leeds to manchester for our medical so it seemed practical also in the last couple of months i have had a baby and we have been involved in a car crash where the car was written off so we have had a lot going on since the start of dec both he and hubby are booked in with our gp for monday, my question is could any of these things make us fail our medicals, any advice or help would be greatly appreciated could you pm any responses to me Many Thanks Lorna
  3. I think we all know what the reasons are to move to Australia, but I thought being a sterotypical pessimistic Brit, it would be funny to remind ourselves of reasons why we'd want to leave this country!! My top 5 are: The goddam awful weather (including that horrible British grey colour that makes me feel depressed!!). Year after year the anticipation and hopes for a "good summer" are repeatedly dashed!! Chavs The UK government The M25 British holidays where you end up parked up next to a beach listening to the rain pouring down, a scotch egg in one hand and a flask of tea in the other trying to convince yourself that you're having a good time and ignore the fact that you'd rather have stayed at home! :arghh: What are your top 5 reasons to leave??
  4. People I have gone through another forum in which people have been really against migrating to AUstralia because its one of the most expensive countries in the world. Aftr reading that forum I have been very disturbed and depressed because of the cost of living in Aus.they say that the COL is way higher than in US or UK...Is it true? They also say that on ur salary the tac is 30 to 40% ??? Oh my God!!! Thats pissing me off...Please help me !!!
  5. Not sure if anyone has done this but I am interested in the top 5 reasons why people decided to make the move to Australia. I will start with mine! 1. Warmer weather with milder winters. 2. A more outdoor lifestyle (all of which its has so far lived upto - lots of great national parks and some of the best beaches in the world). 3. Cheaper housing prices (still cheap in comparison to the UK - but catching up quickly). 4. Better working conditions - with less emphasis on work and more on enjoying life. (I still work 9-5 Mon-Fri but am generally happier in my working environment compared to before in the UK). 5. Living in open spaces and less of feeling closed in which is typical of many of the places in the UK. These would be my top 5 am sure I could think of many more.
  6. Cerberus1

    Another '10 reasons' thread

    It appears the recent wave of 'nn reasons to live/ not to live...' threads has spread beyond the shores of PIO with the International Business Times now getting in on the act. They have produced a list of '10 reasons not to live in the UK'.
  7. Number 1 I have 4 chili plants and they have kept me going in hot hot hot :wacko: chillies all summer in my superb curries chilli-con-carnes and all my spicy hot food I like, fresh chillies are sooooo much better in a recipe than the bland chilli powder and I can pick them fresh when I want :jiggy:
  8. More beer Fewer Poms 7,000 beaches (I think)
  9. The Pom Queen

    100 Reasons to Talk to Yourself

    You are understood and it makes more sense.:jiggy:
  10. I think there are millions of reasons to move to Australia I don't think the UK is horrible - it's also lovely and fab, but I want to live in Australia! I don't think that other countries are horrible (ok there are some that I think have hideously horrible and yucky things). I want to (and soon will be) live in Australia!!!! (again) (No Norwegian folklore-ing please)
  11. The weather Low immigration Goats ........... ............. er :unsure: am struggling now :cute:
  12. thought i would join in too.......i can think of 100`s but why do you detest the scum.....:biggrin:..........
  13. 100. I got rather disoriented by the sudden mod action. Also, it is getting quite hard checking two different sections - one could end up getting vertigo shifting around between sections!!!!
  14. Hi all, Living in UK and currently considering a move to OZ. This has probably been covered already and I appologise if it has been but I'm new to this forum. I'm very interested to hear from people moving back to the UK as to what the main reasons are. thanks in advance Claire
  15. here the true finding of why they create massive backlog to go for cap and cease valid gsm applicants .it was neither over flow of trade workers and nor unemployment but only becoz of pleasing green's asylum policy and let to be their side. no doubt after reading this :realmad: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/immigration/surge-in-visa-success-rates-luring-boatpeople/story-fn9hm1gu-1226124895416
  16. Why Britain's brightest and best are emigrating 12:01AM GMT 21 Feb 2008 112 Comments We already knew, courtesy of the Office for National Statistics, that emigration from this country is running at higher levels than at any time since before the First World War, with 200,000 British citizens a year departing these shores. <LI sizcache="34" sizset="31">Biggest brain drain from UK in 50 years Your view: How can we halt the brain drain? We now learn from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that we lead the world in exporting talent, with a higher proportion of highly skilled professionals emigrating from this country than from any other (except Mexico). The OECD estimates that 1.1 million highly skilled Britons - more than one in ten of the total - are now living overseas. That 1960s phenomenon, the Brain Drain, is back. Should we worry? The urge to wander the globe has been in the DNA of the British for centuries; it produced an empire and gave the world a universal language. Pushed by poverty or oppression at home and pulled by the lure of fortunes to be made overseas, we have proved a footloose nation. But the current burst of wanderlust is motivated by something rather different. We are the world's sixth biggest economy - few places offer better financial prospects for the talented and industrious. So why the exodus? Scratch an expat in any of the 100-plus countries that have sizeable British communities and you will rapidly find out. They will cite the coarsening of British society, the rudeness and the aggression on our unsafe streets, the dead hand of welfarism, hospitals that make you sick, not better - the list is long. One thing will be mentioned more than any other: that unchecked immigration over the past decade is creating a country many Britons no longer feel comfortable in. The Government, stung by the backlash against this in its own electoral backyard, yesterday published a Green Paper on citizenship. It is no more than window dressing, an attempt to show it is "doing something" about immigration when it has proved incapable of delivering the one thing that would actually have an impact - a strict curb on the inflow of immigrants. While economic immigration is healthy, what the OECD figures reveal, when set alongside the half a million foreigners coming here each year (nearly four million new arrivals since 1997) is a "churn" effect that is fundamentally transforming the make-up of our society. The highly skilled are being replaced by incomers who may be hard-working, may have trades - but are not as qualified. This has serious long-term implications, social as well as economic. Regrettably, the Government has so far shown it has not even started to grasp the significance of all this, let alone framed a serious response
  17. Guest

    Reasons for going home....

    I know Bod started a thread asking us all to think long and hard before returning to the UK and I must say it was a good balanced thread but my question is what is making people return AND is the current economic situation having any influence on the decision ? I have travelled between the 2 countries many times over the years and in that time there have been recessions in both countries, at no time did that have any affect on our decision. It's just what we wanted to do at the time and to be honest it has always worked out regardless of what the doom mongers would have us believe we are going back to. To me life is way too short to worry about the economics, they always turn around for the better anyway so just get on with it. My feeling is if you want something so bad then take the hit in the pocket and get on with it, by not doing it all you are doing is showing you are undecided and it probably isnt what you really want. For us personally it is the offer of a great business opportunity plus getting back to our fantastic friends, the wonderful green countryside and the promise of a quiet village life. There are other things as well and even taking the first reason out we would still be doing it. I dont have a crystal ball so I cant say what our kids prospects are going to be in 10 years time and it would be foolish to try and guess, most professional economists cant get the next 6 months right so what chance have we got ? :laugh:
  18. I was just looking at all the posts on PIO and it is a massive site now, with the majority looking at emigrating and PIO is a fantastic site for help and information, but i was just wondering why do you individually want the visa and just how badly or desperate are you to get it? And i am interested in what everyone is hoping to achieve, what are your goals? Best of luck everyone with the process.:wink: Thinking about it a bit more, i would like to include those who have already emigrated, what were your reasons and goals and have you managed to achieve what you were looking for?
  19. It may seem strange to start a thread in moving back to the UK, when I'm looking to move to Australia. We are looking to move to Perth WA, my mother still calls it her home and would jump at the chance to go back as she was brought up there, we also have family living in Perth. I have the opportunity of a lifetime, in my opinion, to move to with sponsored 457 visa. I feel if I do not take this I will regret it for the rest of my life even if things don't work out, my wife and children are ALL looking forward to going, especially as we tried to move to France in 2007 and loved it, the only problem was the language and work but we loved the French way of life. My reason for posting is not everyone settles in Australia and many return home, indeed as we have lived in Cornwall for many years we have seen people move from London, for example, don't like the Cornish lifestyle and move back. I would like to know the main reason why those who have chosen to move back did so? The main reason appears to be missing family and being isolated so far away, the sublime to ridiculous reasons like missing M & S and Boots!
  20. Guest

    Reasons for denial?

    Was wondering if anyone has any idea or any knowledge of reasons they deny applications? Has anyone been denied and on what basis? We have concerns with a couple of things His character assessment, he is worried that because he has quite a few driving offences that took place in 1999 that he might get denied on them. Hes also worried that because he has moved around a lot and had lots of short jobs this might be an issue (he is a contract worker so it’s the nature of his work) He has also had two bridging visa E's before from when his visa has been cancelled while in Australia there is also an issue with the last time his visa was cancelled he had overstayed by 28days and they placed a ban on him for 3yrs (this is the second ban he has had), the lady at immigration at the time said our best option was a prospective marriage visa over a defacto relationship and that if we were going to apply for a prospective marriage visa that this would be lifted given it was approved. She actually told us to go down to the court house and ask for a NOIM that day.I am also currently unemployed atm. Not because im a lazy bum but because i left my casual job to travel with him to the Uk while we wait for the application process etc. I worked for my employer for 8yrs and worked between 20-42 hrs a week. i have a letter from them saying that i will have employment with them when i return. There is also our age difference. Im 28 n he is 46. put all those things aside and when it comes to proving we are genuine we have quite a bit of evidence ie proof of shared joint address in Australia as well as Overseas dating back till June last yr, shared travel documents, a NOIM, emails between each other chat logs between each other while apart a couple of photos (tho we are just captured in the background together... i hate having my photo taken but we did find a few photos of friends at parties where we got caught together in the background etc) and email between me and our celebrant asking if we could change the date. Its not really a single issue that’s the problem but its when you put all the issues together that we start to panic:err:
  21. Hi - New to this website and thinking (like so many others!) about moving to Australia. My question is regarding my partner who 14 years ago was in court for ABH, but never charged over the offence... the case was heard by a judge but charges were dropped and he walked free so no actual charge for ABH shows on his record. Basically he would't have a criminal record. But he would have to give details of this on the police check and I'm very worried that this would be grounds for refusal in a visa application? Just to let you know, he was up for ABH for beating up the man who beat his mother up for 10 years.... He has never been arrested for any reason after this offence 14 years ago! I hope someone can shed some light on this please.
  22. Tasmania is an awesome place to live. We moved here a little over a year ago and LOVE it! To dispel a few myths, here is some stuff that you would love too: 1. THE WEATHER - contrary to popular myth, Tasmania has beautiful weather. It is on the same latitude south as Madrid is north. We have more sunshine than Melbourne and Hobart is the second driest state capital in Australia. Yes, it would feel cold if you came from Darwin, but coming from the UK it is heavenly. We have four seasons same as the UK, but much more sunshine and we are protected (by the sea) from the temperature extremes you see either in the UK or on the Oz mainland. Winter is where you REALLY notice the difference. Max daytime temperatures in the winter are actually WARMER than Madrid. In the middle of winter 2010 I was sat outside a restaurant by the Derwent with my daughter having lunch in a t-shirt and watching a school of dolphins swim past. Unbelievable! 2. THE LIFESTYLE - we live in open country, but I work in Hobart CBD. The journey takes 20 minutes, 25 if there's 'traffic' (i.e. 30 other cars). I struggle to think where else this would be possible. Certainly not Sydney or Melbourne. Hobartians don't know how lucky they are. Having spent much of my time commuting into either London or Oxford, we don't have real traffic in Hobart! 3. THE PLACE - is epic! Lonely Planet put the east coast of Tassie as its No. 1 place in the world to visit in 2009, and with good reason. White talc sandy beaches and clean blue water. And only 1-2h drive from Hobart. But the beaches are everywhere and empty. We went down to Dodges Ferry about a week ago with friends from the mainland. Their comment (on walking onto a beautiful white beach with clear blue sea that had about 5 people on it) was 'we love Tasmania!'. And don't get me started on Cradle Mountain national park! 4. THE PEOPLE - are fab. We have made some really good friends since moving here, and the sense of community is something that I remember from growing up in the UK 40 years ago. When we arrived there was a neighbourhood barbie organised to welcome us and so that everyone could introduce themselves. 5. THE COFFEE - if you love coffee you'll love Hobart. Tasmanians are infamous for not allowing large franchises to take hold (except McDonald's and KFC) and Starbuck's lasted about 3 months. Instead we have Oomph (which is Tasmanian and far better) and lots of small cafes with really good local coffee. This should get you started. We love it here, it is a perfect place to raise a child, or to simply enjoy life in a beautiful place that is not polluted and overcrowded. Hope to see you all here soon, Lindsay.
  23. Hi all, i'll be really greatful if someone could help me out im on a bridging visa for my onshore spouse visa and one of the conditions is that i cannot leave australia unless there are compassionate reasons. my sister has been very unwell reacently, she seems to have some form a thriod problem but is also suffering from neological symptoms such as panic attacks and paranoia. She's been referred to a specialist and have had a MRI scan done but the doctors still cant find a diagonsis for her as of yet. Without a disgonsis would i be able to apply to leave to go back and visit her? i could get a statement from her specialist saying that she's been referred and have had an MRI but i was wondering if this would be enough for immigration. im very concerned for her and would really love to go back and be with her, we're 2 peas in a pod! if anyone has even a hunch it would be appreciated!
  24. kungfustu

    Reasons to go back

    What with all the recent good weather The yocals The locals The criminal gangs And those wishing to protest the proposed licensing of push bikes I wondered what other reasons you have for wanting to return to blighty. :biggrin:
  25. Paul1Perth

    One of the reasons we left

    My wifes Sister has gone through a really bad couple of years. Divorce, problems with kids, putting on lots of weight and found out last year she has breast cancer and a heart problem. She had an operation last year for her cancer and is still undergoing chemo. One of the good things that perked her up recently was she managed to get an allowance (somehow) for disablement and managed to change her car to a new Golf. Last night we found out that she was in the house at 8:30 at night with her youngest (14) and a rock came through the front door window, two masked guys broke in the house and demanded the car keys, which she gladly gave them. You can imagine how scary and upsetting this would have been. Luckily the car keys were attached to her door keys and in easy reach. Hate to think what might hae happened had she not been able to produce them quickly. She said the cops were great and they scrambled the police helicopter but nothing found yet. They are coming round to interview her today. When we lived in the same village before we emigrated my wife had an XR2. She used to work in Moss Side as a Health Visitor and the first one disappeared from in front of the office in the middle of Moss Side. The car had a crook lock on but a girl who worked with her saw it getting towed into the back of a big truck. Got another on insurance and that one had two of the wheels nicked off it at Christmas time and some tools taken from the boot. We got them replaced and a month later the car was nicked from outside our house. I was out and my wife heard it start up as it was parked at the side of the house. She rang the police and it took her 10mins before she managed to speak to someone about it as they were busy. Nothing ever found of any of them. We went back to a bog standard ford escort and that wasn't touched. Luckily, when all this was happening, we had been accepted for immigration so knew we would be leaving, thank goodness.