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  1. Guest

    In need of serious help.

    Hi, I am a student and I am here in Australia for past 3 and half years, almost close to 4 in few months time, I came under my step dad's visa called VISA Skilled BQ 138. Now even more before we moved step dad was always fighting with mum and being violent all the time. I have no idea what to do being a high student since he is frequently causing so much problems and whenever we want to move out he threatens how our visa will be cancelled etc, . I just want to know since we came under his skilled visa , I am still worried if We move out as in my mum separates from step dad would this cause our visa to collapse in anyway. Please help...:'(
  2. As the tile says, we kind of have to take the old mum in law, cannot leave her on her own here, so where is the form on the DIAC site where I can add it to my current 176 visa? im sure its there somewhere, any pointers would be kindly recieved:wubclub:
  3. You couldn't make it up!!!!!!! Apparently the UK is breaching their Human Rights.:yes: 2 test cases have gone to the European court of human rights and even though they are in prison for Robbery, Burglary, dealing in class A drugs and Threats to kill, the UK have been told they can't deport them.:mad: There are another 214 Somali's also who were awaiting the outcome of this court case, some who have committed the most horrendous crimes and the UK government can't send them back either and i think to myself ............... Just how much does it take for us to say to Europe ................. ? Please feel free to put in the last few words if you can, mine are unprintable.:arghh:
  4. thewebweazel

    They can't be Serious!

    West Midlands Police officers who have been forcibly retired due to budget cuts have been invited to return to policing and work for free. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-13282047
  5. Lakaal

    Serious cold feet

    Hi there. I have received sponsorship from Melbourne and am just about to click apply on 176 visa application but am having serious cold feet. I have a feeling this is the wrong decision but at the same time afraid it's just nerves and don't want to not submit my application as will lose sponsorship(only valid for four months which is up nxt week) There is myself and my husband and two daughters 5 and nine months. We have both been talking about going back to oz when we met there 15yrs ago but more seriously in last four yrs. We have mire or less put our lives on hold for last four yrs planning. However I am seriously worried. I am a social worker and the salary in oz is alot less than I earn here. Here I can work parttime whereas over there I will be fulltime. I am very close to family, my did lives across the road and generally we have a good life. My husband runs his own business very successful but works way too much - the cause of alot of arguments. We are hoping that he will work less in oz when he gets set up again . But even writing it I am thinking are we fooling ourselves. Obviously if I earning less he will have to work more. I guess we are chasing the dream of more family time, more outdoor life but I am afraid we wIill be living in poverty and kids will be in childcare do much, is that a better quality if life whereas here I can mind them. We have had a tough few years in our marriage and several times have talked about separating. We are putting this down to not being happy here. Any advice from anyone before I click apply and possibly waste two grand or before I don't cluck apply and lose sponorship and maybe live with regret
  6. Guest

    serious thread 2

    Thanks for all the replys, ESPN tonight ( WA time ) 10.55pm live I thank you. :notworthy::notworthy::notworthy::notworthy::notworthy::notworthy::notworthy::notworthy::notworthy::notworthy::notworthy:
  7. Guest

    Serious thread

    Well nearly, any one know of a pub that has the Englang V Wales game on ???, its not on Foxtel/ESPN/Setanta etc. We are in Port Kennedy. Thanks for looking. ER :arghh::arghh::arghh::arghh::arghh::arghh::arghh:
  8. Hi guys, Someone please give me an advice. I am on student visa, finished my course (IT degree) in 23 december 2009. My visa expires 15 March 2010. I applied for my ACS on 11th Jan 2010, got a confirmation email that they got my application. Since then its been "to be allocated" and I doubt I'll get it before my visa expires. My plan was that I would apply for 485 and use its bridging visa until my skills app comes in then lodge my 885/886 visa. Now here is where problem begins. It says in DIAC website that to apply for 485, I need IELTS score of 7 in each component. I just got my IELTS and it was 7, 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5. The writing part screwed me up and now I cant apply for 485. All I see now is a dead end. I can try to appeal my writing score but that will take 6 weeks max and I only got like 2 and half and it may not go up. I need to stay in the country to apply for 886 visa (885 is out of the window) long enough for the skill app to come through. Any idea would be appreciated. Thanks.
  9. Guest

    Serious soul searching!

    Morning all, We have been doing some serious soul searching over the last couple of weeks given the new changes recently announced. Our plan was always that we would be in Australia before our son started secondary school in the UK so he did not get too settled into his routine. He is due to start in September 2010 (Australia would be Jan/Feb 2011). However it would seem now that our plans have been well and truly scuppered. OH and I are both from forces families and OH is himself an ex-soldier and our hope was that Morgan would have a stable secondary education in order to optimise his learning and achievements and make sound friends for life. So what do we do now? If non-CSL SS applicants are not going to be looked at until 2012 then it would seem that our application will be well down the list and it could even be longer than that. I know that it is all a bit up in the air at the moment as no-one is really sure what is going to happen but as far as I am concerned for my son it means that he could potentially be in secondary school here for 2-3 years and then we will uproot him. Not what we wanted at all.:arghh: I am lost as the best way forward. My feeling is that we just forget about the whole thing. If we get state sponsorship great but really what is the point? Sure if we get our visa in 2013 we can have a lovely holiday and validate it and then not have to move for a few more years but will the same passion and want for Australia still be there at that time? I guess that there are a lot more of you feeling like this out there and my thoughts are with you all. If there is one positive thing to come out of this it is that I will get to graduate as a lawyer which I would not if we got to go next year :smile: Sorry for the moan. OH is so laid back he should have been born an australian of that I am sure and he doesn't really understand my concerns. He just says what will be will and to an extent I am with him on that but I guess I am the worrier! Oh well back to the law books. Donna x
  10. Hi everyone, So, were having seriously big 2nd thoughts about the whole thing. We are a priority No.5 as liek the rest of you in that position totally gutted. But we are only just applying for state sponsorship now so this gives you an idea of where we are right now. after the 23rd sep announcement we felt completely despondent with the whole thing as it just feels every avenue another door shuts on us. We have spents thousands of pounds retraining so as we could qualify for oz and now dont know whether to bother? We know we dont want to wait 3 years we were hoping things may pick up and we could be away within 2? We foolishly looked at a beautiful new build home at the weekend down by the sea and found we could easily afford it which we were surprised at. We both work for local government in secure jobs with private pensions have a decent group of friends and go on holiday on every year. I think we have lost sight of why we wanted to go to oz in the first place Hubbies job is only a 40 pointer we will only have about £28k to take we dont have jobs to go to and we have 2 kids, we are applying to SA but all our contacts and friends are in QLD?? Weve worked towards and thought of nothing else for 3 years but now all of a sudden we just keep questioning it? Please give us some advice we just dont know what to do for the best:cry:x:wubclub:xx
  11. Hiya About a week after we received Queensland State Sponsorship ( 3 weeks ago) my hubby was unexpectadly diagnosed with Diffuse B Cell Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of cancer and has just started chemotherapy. We applied for our visa last September and although Queensland Gov say they have informed the Dep of Immi that we now have state sponsorhsip we are yet to be allocated a case officer. Am I right in thinking we will now have to wait for 3 -5 years of remission and how do we find out exactly how long he needs to be clear? Also does anyone know what happens to our visa application as we have paid our first installment but can not proceed until we know we can all pass the medicals? Will it be put on hold, would there be any chance of a refund? Finally if we have to start the visa ap again in a few years time, will his TRA still be in date? I understand these are complex questions but was hoping someone with experience might be able to throw a bit of light onto our situation so we know what to expect. Thanks guys, Tess.
  12. I outlined in another post our traumatic experience when my OH was detained at Dubai airport for two hours and strip searched. Since we returned I have heard a number of horror stories including someone who was imprisoned for four months for having Paracodol - i was kind of thinking it was probably an urban myth (it was a 'friend of a friend' story) so i did a bit of digging and found this: How children’s medicine could get you four years in a Dubai jail - Times Online It’s selling itself as a 21st-century playground, a world capital of tourism offering beach resorts to challenge the Caribbean, Parisian art and Hong Kong-style shopping in an environment that’s “safer than Singapore”. But draconian antidrug laws are undermining Dubai’s carefully cultivated fun-loving image. Travel there with a bottle of cough mixture and you could catch a cold. Last week, the emirate’s authorities quietly released Cat Le-Huy, a 31-year-old tourist who was held for six weeks in the central prison at Al-Wathba after customs officials found melatonin pills - used to beat jet lag - and a speck of dirt that the authorities declared was hashish in his luggage. He was lucky. Last month, the Radio 1 DJ Raymond Bingham - aka Grooverider - was jailed for four years for possessing 2.16 grams of cannabis. Whether he will serve the entire sentence depends on the whim of Dubai’s judiciary: the American record producer Dallas Austin, sentenced to four years when ecstasy was found in his possession, and Londoner Keith Brown, who received the same term after 0.003 grams of cannabis (an amount smaller than a pinhead) was discovered lodged in the tread of his shoes, were recently freed in prison amnesties. Five other Britons, along with 19 French nationals and an Italian tourist, have been imprisoned for weeks or months for the alleged possession of even microscopic amounts of narcotics, but it’s not just recreational drug users who are at risk. “What many travellers may not realise is that they can be deemed to be in possession of such banned substances if they can be detected in their urine or bloodstream, or in tiny trace amounts on their person,” says Catherine Wolthuizen of Fair Trials International. “We even have reports of the imprisonment of a Swiss man for ‘possession’ of three poppy seeds on his clothing after he ate a bread roll at Heathrow. “We have seen a steep increase in such cases over the past 18 months. Customs authorities are using highly sensitive new equipment to conduct extremely thorough searches on travellers, and if they find any amount – no matter how minute – it will be enough to attract a mandatory four-year prison sentence.” On the list of substances that travellers can be jailed for possessing are dozens of compounds used in over-the-counter remedies. These include Benylin children’s coughs and colds formula, which contains dextromethorphan, and Tixylix children’s cough syrup. Other products on a blacklist of more than 300 substances include the popular antidiarrhoea treatment Lomotil, cough treatments Coldex and Robitussin, and antidepressants Valium and Prozac. Possession of any of these without a prescription or an explanatory letter from your GP could lead to arrest and imprisonment. And despite the fact that more than 800,000 British tourists will visit Dubai this year, none of the tour operators contacted by The Sunday Times offers information about what medicines can be taken into the emirate. “We would not put detailed banned substances on the website as this would be too much information to digest,” Kuoni said. “We do, however, refer clients, both in the brochure and links on the website, to the Foreign Office’s website.” In its entry on Dubai, the Foreign Office advises: “Some over-the-counter medicines, such as codeine, are illegal without a doctor’s prescription. In some cases, you will be allowed to take these medicines in, providing they are in their original packaging and, in addition to the prescription, you provide a note from your GP outlining what the medicine is required for.” The definitive list can be found only as a file buried deep in the pharmacists’ section of the United Arab Emirates ministry of health’s website, but is it reasonable to expect families to ask GPs for a letter to cover a bottle of Tixylix bought in Boots? “Along with the international community, Dubai has a clear policy regarding drug trafficking, smuggling and possession, and this is one of the reasons the emirate has one of the lowest crime rates in the world,” says Ian Scott of Dubai’s department of tourism. “This, in turn, is one of the many reasons it is such an attractive holiday destination.” But Tixylix? “The message is clear,” Scott says. “Don’t take illegal drugs, and if you’re on medication, bring a prescription to prove it. We have hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, and the number stopped with illegal substances is infinitesimal.” If you are one of that number, you could end up behind bars for weeks, months or even the mandatory four years, so it’s probably best to leave the Tixylix at home. What makes me go absolutely cold is we had bought a bottle of TIXILYX in Tesco's and it was in my husbands luggage - either they didn't see it or there is some element of urban myth in this article. And as for cannabis in the sole of a shoe - shudder, we'd spent a weekend at T-in-the Park so god knows what was on our shoes......... A scary, scary place we will NEVER fly through again.
  13. Guest

    Serious help needed

    My hubby Karl & I have only decided in the last month that moving to Oz is def what we want to do. We have decided on Perth as Karl has a possible work contact. We have so many Q's. Is it easy to sort our own visas or should we use an agent? If we use an agent how much do they cost and who is a good one? I am a RNLD nurse. I believe the equivelent in Oz is developmental disabilities nurse, any one know what the job ops are like for me? Any help would be very much appreciated in this mine field! :wubclub:
  14. I have a serious question which I would really appreciate your comments on. I am in a dillema, I was due to go back to the UK due to not being too happy in Australia this month but have now put it off due to the recession and knowing that a lot of my colleagues/friends are now out of work over there. I need to be able to work and survive and am not having much luck in Australia and cannot realistically hold on for much longer. Should I try New Zealand, Wellington or go back to the UK and throw the towel in ?? thanks
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  16. Guest

    They cannot be serious

    The only reason it is worth going to the beach and they want this.... Conservative MP Fred Nile says he wants topless bathing banned in NSW to protect Sydney’s Muslim and Asian communities. Nile has rejected allegations that prudishness is behind a bill he has prepared to ban nudity, including topless sunbathing, on the state’s most popular beaches. Australia’s reputation as a conservative but culturally inclusive sociery was at risk of erosion by more liberal overseas visitors, he said. “Our beaches should be a place where no one is offended, whether it’s their religious or cultural views,” he said. “If they’ve come from a Middle Eastern or Asian country where women never go topless - in fact they usually wear a lot of clothing - I think it’s important to respect all the different cultures that make up Australia.” Conservative Australian MP wants ban on topless sunbathing to protect Muslims and Asians
  17. Guest

    Morbid but Serious Question

    Hi Guys Been here 11 months now and love it:jiggy:, however have friends who have just had a bereavement and had to fly back to UK for the funeral:sad:.. My mum mentioned (practical as she is lol) that you can get insurance for this type of thing to help you with your flight costs. Does anyone know who does it? I have been looking on the net but cant seem to find it. I put in death or bereavement it brings up life insurance put that with flights and it just brings up travel insurance Thanking you in advance for any assistance. Rach xx Canberra
  18. Hello everyone, not been on here for ages! But after getting our visa in September we put the house on the market. We have just sold it after silly silly offers and people taking the mickey really. But we hung in there and stuck to our guns and we finally got what we wanted. It was so stressfull, didn't want to give the house away but ideally wanted to sell rather than rent. Fingers crossed it will go through. Its been such a rollercoaster ride this year and often felt like giving up (mainly due to the added stress of the credit crunch). But people still need to move and my advice would be to keep up to date on right move at the competition and put the house up for a fair price. Also the estate agent always wants their christmas cheque so I would never trust them completely when they ask you to knock 30k off the asking price. We didn't tell them that we were moving to Aus either and I think that has helped. Also I had so many deadlines and dates I wanted to go and in the end I took them away (apart from the obvious visa deadline) and it made me alot more laid back about it all. So the next step is when will we go? Hopeing for Jan but now there seems loads to do so I've asked my hubby to get me a PDA to try and be organised!! I thought this time would never come and felt like giving up so many times but I have learnt that you will always come up against challenges BUT keep going! Good luck to everyone still waiting and I promise to remember to send updates when I get to Aus! (Can't imagine going though). Bernie :spinny:
  19. Guest

    Nurse shortage very serious

    I was quite surprised yesterday listening to an interview on the radio in the car, with a guy from Queensland health following the release of a Government report, the interview was on ABC Brisbane. I didn't realise the shortage of nurses here in Queensland was as bad as they claimed. I thought they were well on the way to fixing the situation. This interview was with a Senior guy from their health department and he was quite forceful in trying to emphasise the scale of the problem. QUEENSLAND'S struggling health system is short of more than 1000 nurses despite some aggressive recruitment efforts, according to a government report and a projected shortage of nursing professionals of roughly 1100 by 2008. The shortage persists despite recruitment campaigns interstate and overseas, and a rise in the number of people studying nursing in recent years. The ageing population is said to be another factor in the problem, and almost 75% of Queensland nurses are aged over 40, with a higher average in midwife's and nurses trained in mental illness. So I’m sure the drive to recruit Nurses will continue and I wonder how many more of them will make the trip form the UK to join up here in Queensland. I have been shocked to hear of many of the same problems here in Queensland just listening to the news, bed shortages, staff shortages and doctors working long hours. All sounds very familiar. I was told everything was very different to this in Australia. What do people involved in Health care think of work here compared to the UK, should I persist in canvassing a few of my friends back in Wales to come and work here ? What do you think? REDDERS
  20. OMG we have just discovered we have made a serious mistake in our plans to to move down under. The intention was to take MIL with us but we have misread the Balance of Family test rules. We thought you had to have more children outside Oz than in :no: We are totally gutted - we haven't told her yet and she will be devastated. What I would like to know is there any other way round it any other visa she could apply for - she will have a good sum of money to take over but we don't know if this would help?? In any event she will come out for 12 month long stay but can she do that again (she could leave the country if necessary). Any ideas/info etc would be greatly appreciated.
  21. Ok this is serious, sensible answeres only please! My little boy is very worried, That christmas ends in the uk, That when he is in oz there will be no such thing, as its hot and not cold wet and dull! So after a long talk i thought all was going well untill my 4 year old pipes up wanting to know how father christmas will find us, and will there be twinkly lights and christmas trees:no:. So im begging all you wonderfull peeps to help me out on this one, ( even thou we won't be there this xmas and hopefully will by next! long way off i know) to help reasure the little one, As i feel its all going down hill from here. i will even click your chicks for you, i promiss,:notworthy: Luv Ellie Kyle and Aimee XXX tHANKYOU FOR YOUR TIME IN READING THIS IMPORTANT NOTE DAWN X
  22. Guest

    Getting serious!!!!!!!!

    hi , i have not been on 4 ages cause my computer broke:realmad: but just a quick update : we are starting to sell things and have got a austrailia fund and my mum has being offered a job !!!!:yes: see ya lol from courtney
  23. Guest

    Just Starting to get serious

    Hello All, We are a group of 8, Wife and I, 3 grown up kids and their partners looking to set up an Australian branch of a business we are involved in the UK. It is very early days but the business plan is on the way. Location not certain yet, we have formed the impression that from the point of view of climate and house prices that Adelaide is a possible. Any comments on these two factors? Business wise somewhere between Sydney and Melbourne might make more sense. A bit concerned that the poor state of the UK housing market, the rising prices in Oz, the worsening exchange rate and the rising Oz interest rates are all conspiring to make this uncomfortably expensive. Another 'odd' question: is anyone aware of any 'Groundforce' type tv programmes there? We did two of them here and it gave the business a brilliant boost. Mike & The Rabble
  24. Guest

    SERIOUS QUESTION! dogs ashes

    serious question???? is there anyone out there that can help,:idea: we had our beloved boxer dog cremated and put in a little wooden box, that sit proudly on top of our fire place,we had her before our children were born,and picked her from the litter when she was 3 days old, so although now passed over, she is still precious to us,and is a must she comes to oz, our worry is, how do we take the wooden box? do we put it in our case or hand luggage? without customs thinking we are taking something illegal into the country, any ideas:idea::idea:on how to go about this.... please please push them our way. thankyou.