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  1. Not sure if this is the correct forum but anyway ... My wife and I hold dual (UK/Aus) citizenship. We lived in Aus between 1997 and 1999 (on a temp work visa) and then 2004-2010 (on a permanent visa - we got Aus citizenship during that period). We returned to the UK in June 2010 for family reasons. We are now going through a divorce after 18 years of marriage. The divorce in the UK will include a financial order that (thankfully) we agreed on without the need for lots of fighting in court. That order will include the splitting of the UK Pensions and the Aus Super 50:50. The UK pension pot is very small compared to the Aus Super. Has anyone been through this process and can they tell me how difficult it was to get an Aus Super Fund to split the current pot when the divorce happens in the UK. The intention is to put 50% of the current fund into another Australian super fund that my (soon to be ex) wife already has. Any help is appreciated. Thanks perthGooner
  2. Hi My Partner and I were granted a 175 skilled indepedant visa (permanent residency) at the begninning of the year. We have now decided to break up after 7 years of being in a relationship and as a secondary De Facto (same sex) applicant on the visa I'm not sure how it affects my rights to stay in Australia? Would I lose the PR on the basis that I am not skilled? Chris
  3. Can any one help ... I have been racking my brains as to why family sponsor has been moved to cat 4 and yet state sponsor is cat 3. I understand the reasoning behind it , that diac wants to put people into specific states to fill the need for required trades/skills, but over the last few months I have been reading some post and it seems if you decide to change state once visa has been granted there is nothing that the diac can do ! Surley anyone considering applying for a 176 visa will opt for state sponsor over family and then go wherever they like . Is this the case ? :confused:
  4. Anyone else been in a situation where the move has meant their family is split between here and the UK? Long story....I came over on a temporary visa (subclass 444) and my baby daughter on a subclass 461 back in December (she was 5 months then). This is for NZ citizens (I'm also brit) with family members. My partner was going to follow 2-3 months later. There were a few reasons why he would stay on a bit longer - his Irish passport was in the process of being renewed (due to expire in 2011) so he couldn't apply for the 461 visa at the time I applied for my daughter; he could save a bit more cash as he had been without work for quite some time and finally had some good steady work; and he had a bit of an attack of cold feet but a lot of this was due to his poor finances and not wanting to rely on me for money while looking for work over here. At the time although I didn't feel right about us being apart for a few months I thought I was doing the right thing going without him - I was anxious to be back for xmas so my parents could meet their first grandchild (they've not been too well). I also needed a bit of family support as was feeling pretty exhausted as a new mum. I thought/justified the time apart would be good for my partner as he could focus on working hard and getting a bit more money together and that he'd feel more certain about wanting to be here. Anyway - what a disaster. His passport renewal was supposed to have taken about a month. He submitted it around the end of October and didn't get it back until mid April 2011 (they lost the photo of one application and it wasn't until he chased them at end of December he found out about it - they didn't contact him to let him know). He applied for the 461 visa three weeks ago and still waiting. So we've been apart for 5 months now and if I knew then what I know now I wouldn't have got on that plane. I've been house-sharing with my parents (they moved down from Queensland to be near us and got a rental sorted before we got there) so I've at least had the family support I needed and they've been able to spend ample time with their grand-daughter which she has loved. But she's now 10 months old and he has missed so much - she couldn't even sit up when he last held her! Skype is great but it's just not the same as being here. To top it all off I was unknowingly pregnant when I came over so I'm now 23 weeks - definitely want the baby but it's been a pretty lonely pregnancy with him not here. After all of this he absolutely wants to be here so I guess that's something too. At the end of the day we thought we were doing the right thing - we miss each other so much and just want to get our new life started - I feel like we're in limbo - waiting, waiting, waiting. I'm at my wits end with all this waiting! All I see around me are happy families out and about. All my friends in the UK are busy with their lives and it's all great. It's like everyone's life is ticking along nicely except for ours! We just want to be together and start our Aussie life together as a family - is that too much too ask??? Has anyone else experienced the difficulties of being apart - I can only hope a bad start means it can only get better!!
  5. Guest

    Split between UK and Aus

    Hi Everyone, I have just found this great forum and have been reading many of the threads with much interest and quite a few tears. I moved to Australia in 2008 with my Australian husband and two very young children, to cut a very long story short, we struggled to settle down and have moved around a lot and I had my own feelings of frustration and homesickness, but after a bout of depression following the birth of our third child in April 2010, I decided that for my own sanity I needed to return to the UK to get support from family and friends. I do not want to get into an argument about whether or not we should stay, or the pros and cons of each country, for the record I can see lots of good reasons why some people would like to live in Australia, but what I really need is some help in persuading my husband to come and live in the UK, and to hear from other people who have been in a similar situation, who I should imagine there are a few? I am now in the UK after coming back at Christmas to see if I liked it still etc, and I do and am sure now that I want us to be here as a family. My husband is back in Oz as he didn't want to leave his job (he is hoping I get a UK fix and then will return). He is planning to come and collect us in May, I have told him I don't want to go back, and as you can imagine we are having a stand off. We don't have a house over there as we have only rented and gave the last rental up in Dec, we have a house here in Bristol, which I want to sell and buy one closer to my family and finally settle down before my eldest starts school in September. This whole predicament is driving me mad, any one got any bright ideas????:idea:
  6. Guest

    Medical Test - Split tests

    Hi Friends, I would need some help to understand whether anyone has done a split medical tests. I have a UC457 and the medicals(XRAys) was done in May/June 2010. I have applied for a 175 & 176 and have taken up medicals(Nov 2010) for these minus the Xrays as I have one whic is from UC457 and have mentioned in the application when I had been to medibank melbourne. Please let me know if some one has done it this way and what has been the outcome or any experts advice regardign would be helpful Regards, JSHAN
  7. Guest

    North qld wants to split

    I heard today north qld wants to part fron the rest of qld ,there not happy that se qld is growing so much,so fast . Good/bad ?
  8. Hi all, Well, it's time for my partner (British) and I (Australian) to submit our de facto visa application. Just out of interest, how many of you paid the visa charge together as a couple, as opposed to having the applicant pay the full amount? Ironically, my Scottish partner feels compelled to take the full burden of the fee, whilst I feel we should share the cost equally, as it's a means for our relationship to continue in Australia. The two of us earn roughly equal salaries, so I think it's more a matter of principle for him. No, I don't think he's being insistent due to any lingering plans he may have of leaving me for some hot, Swedish lass after the two-year qualifying period (in case that's what some of you may be wondering Be interested to hear your thoughts.
  9. Guest

    Partner visa then split?

    Just wondering if anyone has applied and been granted a partner/spouse/interdependancy visa and then split with their aussie partner and if so what happened after that? Did you manage to stay and if so how?
  10. Hopefully someone can help! A friend of mine is currently in the middle of the temporary phase of his De Facto Partner visa (has 15 month left before it goes into an automatic application for permanency). His relationship with his partner has broken down and they are currently separated. My friend came back to the UK in Jan-09 as his mum was ill suffering from Cancer. He is now looking to go back in August and work on his De Facto Visa. My friend first went out to Australia on his visa in Sept 2008 and stayed until end of Dec-08. He basically wants to ensure his visa is still valid and if so, whether he would be able to initiate a skilled migrant visa application (degree and qualified CIMA) in the interim, so he was covered for when the temporary part of his De Facto ends. Can he apply for his 175 visa in Australia? if he went back on the basis to try and patch things up and it didn't work is there some sort of bridging visa he can get whilst waiting for his 175? what would happen if he doesn't advise immigration of the split and they find out?
  11. Guest

    How many split up in oz

    How many familys do you think split up in oz ,and one haft go back to the uk and the other stays in oz. ? Just wondering. eddie
  12. Hi All Lately I have mentioned Alan Collett's possible "split visa strategy" for Contributory Parents a few times on here, which has led to loads of people asking about it. During 2007, a bird told me that this idea had been suggested to him. I had never heard of it, so I asked Alan Collett whether he knew anything about it. He very kindly contacted DIAC at very senior level and got to the bottom of the query. Alan then produced a factsheet about it, which is reproduced below (without the kind permission of the author but Alan pretty well said everything in the factsheet in a PiO thread that was running at the time so I am sure he won't mind, lol!) The figures that Alan gives are the costs for a CPV in the 2006/7 Program Year and Alan was using the exchange rate that was applicable in May 2007, but apart from that his statements remain accourate as at the time of starting this thread. However it is a loophole in the present legislation and those can be blocked very quickly should Canberra choose to take action to close it. Here is the text of the factsheet: GO MATILDA - THE GATEWAY TO AUSTRALIA CONTRIBUTORY PARENT MIGRATION OPTIONS AS TO VISA STRATEGY FOR SPOUSES AND DE FACTO COUPLES As those seeking the grant of a Contributory Parent visa will know, the Visa Application Charges and the Assurance of Support Bond make the Contributory Parent visa a fairly expensive pathway to permanent residency. For example, using the Visa Application Charges and Assurance of Support Bond amounts applicable for the year ended 30 June 2007, and assuming an application by a couple is made for the grant of a permanent Contributory Parent visa immediately: Initial visa application charge – A$1,340 (for an offshore visa application) Second visa application charge – A$29,330 x 2 = A$58,660 Assurance of Support Bonds – A$10.000 plus A$4,000, or A$14,000 TOTAL - A$74,000 An alternative strategy is for one of the couple to seek the grant of a Contributory Parent visa, and to then sponsor the spouse or partner for the grant of a Spouse visa. The costs then become: 1. For the Contributory Parent visa Initial visa application charge – A$1,340 (for an offshore visa application) Second visa application charge – A$29,330 Assurance of Support Bond – A$10.000 For the subsequent Spouse visa Visa application charge – A$1,340 TOTAL – A$42,010 This alternative strategy offers a saving of some A$31,990 (or about UK£13,400). We have spoken with the Department of Immigration’s Perth Offshore Processing Centre, which handles all offshore Contributory Parent visa applications, and they have confirmed that: The “split visa strategy” is an option that is permitted by migration law and policy The Department of Immigration is aware of the loophole in the migration legislation, and has no present plans to change the position The Department of Immigration does not disadvantage applicants who apply under the “split visa strategy” So what are the potential drawbacks of the “split visa strategy”? The partner or spouse of the individual applying for the Contributory Parent visa must also pass health and character checks. This potentially introduces additional costs, as they will also be required for the Spouse visa application. Health issues might arise for the Spouse visa applicant before the grant of the grant of the Spouse visa, meaning a Spouse visa is not granted because of a new medical condition. Death of the sponsoring spouse prior to the grant of the Spouse visa (though we anticipate that the surviving spouse would then usually apply for the grant of a Contributory Parent visa). A change in migration law or policy, such that (say) the Spouse visa applicant has to pay a higher Visa Application Charge if s/he is sponsored by the holder of a Contributory Parent visa, or an inability on the part of Contributory Parent visaholders to sponsor a spouse or partner. It should be noted that the Department of Immigration can change policy or legislation at short notice – and should action be taken to address this loophole applicants may find the total visa application process takes a materially longer time as compared with the time it would take for a single CP visa application to be processed. An additional fee payable to the migration advisor who is handling the Spouse visa application. If applying from offshore, the need for the Contributory Parent visaholder to validate the CP visa before being able to sponsor. This means additional costs of travel to Australia and more delay in the couple being able to make a permanent move to Australia. In summary, a “split visa strategy” is an option for parent couples seeking permanent residency with a potentially significant cost saving available in the order of A$30,000. However, changes to migration policy and/or legislation may be introduced by the Department of Immigration at short notice that could lead to a significant delay in the ability of both individuals being able to make a permanent move to Australia. Please contact Go Matilda if you wish to discuss the above more fully. Go Matilda can be contacted by email on info@gomatilda.com, by telephone on 02380 488777, or by writing to us at Enterprise House, Ocean Village, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 3XB. If you are in Australia contact us by email on info@gomatilda.com, by telephone on 03 9935 2929 or by writing to us at PO Box 467 Belmont, VIC 3004, Australia. Author: Alan Collett, Registered Migration Agent & Managing Director of Go Matilda. Go Matilda - Your Gateway to Australia - Visa, Tax and Financial Planning for Australia My own views are these: 1. The idea has now been "road tested" on several British CPV applicant couples. Not one of the couples whom I am in touch with has opted to risk it. Universally they have told me that they would rather pay the extra money in return for certainty and security on Day One. Obviously, though, I am only in touch with a comparitively small number of applicants and prospective applicants. Go Matilda's own experience might differ from mine because they "know" far more CPV applicants than I do. 2. This is a strategy which should be regarded as nothing more than a potential bonus or windfall towards the end of the process of applying for a joint CPV for both husband and wife. I believe that a joint application should be made and it should be made on the assumption that no money saving will be possible. The thing to do is to investigate the legal position shortly before the CO requests the Assurance of Support. If the loophole has not been closed by then, well & good. A decision about whether to attempt the split visa strategy can then be made at that point but not before then. 3. In every case, start with a joint application because it is much quicker, easier and less messy to withdraw one Parent from it than to add a second Parent to it at almost the last minute. 4. Unless the applicants and/or their children are completely confident of making the necessary legal enquiries of DIAC and getting the law right at the relevant time, this strategy should NOT be attempted without prior consultation with a Registered Migration Agent who can convince you that s/he understands all the potential ins & outs of it. If you are in any doubt about whether a given Agent really understands it and/or whether s/he is really willing to make the necessary last-minute legal checks with DIAC on your behalf, then instead consult a different Agent who CAN convince you of his/her understanding and thoroughness, for your own protection. 5. If you decide to attempt it then make arrangements for the CPV-holding Parent to travel to Australia to validate the CPV as soon as possible after the grant, and have your RMA lined up with a completed and ready Spouse application so that s/he can launch the Spouse application on behalf of the second Parent literally within a week of the CPV Parent's arrival in Oz. Speed would be very valuable in this situation so please do seek expert help to get everything ready beforehand. Your Agent can write a suitable covering letter to DIAC pulling all the various threads of the strategy together and s/he can also argue with DIAC should the latter try to spit their dummy when they see the Spouse application! 6. Expect the Spouse visa application to take longer to process than Spouse applications usually take. It is very possible that the DIAC office handling the Spouse application will decide to send for the CPV file before making a decision on the Spouse application. All completed visa application files are sent to somewhere in Oz for storage (I know not where.) Getting a file retrieved from storage and sent to another office is probably not a swift process. Best wishes Gill
  13. Just wondered if this has happened to anyone else out there? My partner got his spouse de facto visa through 7wks ago and I have to say I didn't understand why he said "that ain't worth the paper it is written on.." We had been arguing a lot due to lack of courier work but it took a few more weeks before I finally learned the truth. He was having an affair with a neighbour who I have to admit disliked me when we moved in 2 years ago. I never understood why. Cut a long story short she left her husband after I revealed the affair to him. I chucked my partner out on the same day and now I am left with a huge mortgage and no sign of the house being sold. It has been on the market since last October. The last month has been horrendous as I also started a new job at the same time as all this. Both my ex and his bit of stuff are hell bent on making my life a misery with threats, false reports to the police and trying to drive me out my home. As I was born in Australia I still have the dream to return but not sure when now with the mess I have been left with to sort out. Has the happened to anyone else out there?:sad: Cindy
  14. Alan Collett

    Split of 2008/09 Parent Visa Program

    As confirmed to me by POPC: Go Matilda - Your Gateway to Australia - News Interesting to note the increase in the number of the old style Parent visas. Best regards.
  15. Guest

    Split Visa

    Hi we are just looking into starting our visa applications, and were advised by an agent to do a split 136 Skilled visa, has anybody heard of this? Here's a bit of of my OH's background - Orignally trained and qualified as a Tool Maker but hasn't worked in this field for about 12 years. for the last 10 years has been working as a bathroom fitter - wall and floor tiling and plumbing, but unqualified, the agent has advised us to do a split application for tiler and plumber which apparently you can do until july this year then they are stopping this. I've just got a few question/concerns before we lodge our application and spend all this money to follow our dream. We had 9 months out last year to go travelling will this go against us, and with him not being qualified would it be worth going on a weeks city and guilds tiling course to be qualified to go with the work experience. thanks in advance :rolleyes: