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  1. My partner and I are at that critical decision stage in our process. The housing market is booming so we want to sell. SA have sponsored my partner as a registered nurse. We are still waiting on AHPRA to grant the registration, so that we can apply for jobs that will support an application for a travel exemption. Visa granted October 2020 and the clock is ticking on activating it. Does anyone have any advice or experiences that they can share regarding the supporting evidence required in order to get the travel exemption over the line?
  2. Hello all, New to this forum and hoping you can help me with my endeavours! I am a practicing doctor in the UK, and have the ambition to move abroad to Australia to practice there, and hopefully specialise at some point also. I have experience in emergency medicine, general medicine and general surgery, and have preferences to work in emergency medicine and/or medicine. I would hope to start work in Australia from March 2022 onwards, and was just hoping for a summary of information of how it works, and when is the best time to apply for my desired start date... Thank you for any help! Rikki
  3. Steveozz1

    Very Difficult Decision

    Hi everyone Having read some honest and very touching posts here recently re the dilemma people face when deciding whether to "go back or stay", I thought I'd add in my own experiences of this. My partner and I moved to Australia about 10 years ago. He was the main driving force but I wanted to give it a go too. I think the weather was one of the main things...and we were both in our late 30s at the time so it might have been early onset midlife crisis!! Anyway we moved to Canberra then after 9 months to Adelaide. We both have good jobs we have a house with a pool, chickens and a dog. We live in a beachside suburb and are 10 mins from the beach. We don't have kids. However, over the past few years I have been becoming increasingly homesick for family and for Scotland. My parents are in their 70s and I'd like to spend time with them before it's too late. I miss the TV, I really miss snow, I miss trees that turn in the autumn, I miss clear flowing rivers...I could go on! I have never thought of Australia as my "home"...I am from Perthshire in Scotland and one of the main differences I find with a lot of Brits who moved here is that they have come to "escape" the big cities or the hustle and bustle. We didnt. Also I quite like the rain! Like others who have posted recently, the dry dusty hot Adelaide summers are lost on me and I miss the lush green countryside of the UK. Snakes are also a problem here as we are keen dog walkers and there are places you just can't go in summer safely with a dog. Also, and this is weird, but for all the fact that it is vast, we are really restricted with places we can take our dog off leash in Australia...there is nothing like the right to roam here and the so called "dog parks" are really just prison yards. I am not bagging Australia or Adelaide at all...both are wonderful in their own way...but they are not my home. Of course my partner loves it here and we are heading towards an impossible situation..if we stay I will be unhappy and if we go he will. We may end up having to split after 23 years. I'm not sure how this will end up yet but wanted to share my situation and say thank you to others who have posted similar stories...they have really helped me to know I'm not the only one
  4. Hi all, So glad to have found this forum! 12 months later than planned (thanks COVID!), my partner and I finally received our 4 year TSS visa and travel exemption to move to Sydney. We have had a bit of a nightmare with the cost of flights (work are not covering our moving expenses but that’s another story…) and are booked to travel from London> Doha> Sydney at the end of March with Qantas, which is the cheapest we could find. I’m slightly worried with flight cancellations and needing to get a negative test before flying – feels so close but also those final hoops to jump through. Has anyone successfully got on a Qantas flight recently with no last-minute cancellations? Living We are in our late twenties and previously lived in London (Vauxhall/ Oval area) – enjoy pubs, bars and nice restaurants but equally love the outdoors (hiking, beaches etc). Does anyone have any advice on where would be best to move? We are thinking Zetland, Waterloo, Paddington, Bondi Junction, Surry Hills, Moore Park, Redfern. We need to be a commutable distance to CBD ideally and do not have a huge budget for renting. Moving Only have a 20kg luggage case included with our flight. We do not have any white goods, furniture etc to transport but I would like to bring as much of my personal items, clothing, shoes etc as possible. Does anyone have any recommendations on how best to transport - I do not think we will be needing a container – potentially a few storage boxes etc? I’ve seen MoveCube and Sendmybag mentioned on here, any experiences of either? Sorry for all the questions, any help/ advice would be much appreciated. I’ve loved reading all your threads Thanks, Ellie
  5. Hi guys! I know that this is a wide question, and I don't expect thorough answers as I will be doing my own research on it I just thought I'd ask if there are any drastic/obvious differences in the education system/school life in Australian secondary schools compared to UK ones? Is there anything that I need to be mindful of/take into consideration?) I don't necessarily mean bad things either, but things that could potentially surprise me when starting a new school? Anything at all would be appreciated! Thanks!
  6. We are planning to move from UK to Australia in November this year. We plan to rent out our UK property for a few years and I understand that we will be subject to CGT in both UK and Australia when we do decide to sell. For the purposes of calculating CGT in Australia, does anyone know which types of professionals in the UK are qualified to provide this valuation? (After we arrive in Australia, we plan to move into another property we own which will become our main residence so we won't be able to benefit from the 6 year exemption. I am Australian, and my husband in British and applying for his partner visa now.)
  7. Mattandgab

    Mid 40s couple in Newcastle

    Hi guys, we are looking to meet some ex pats in our area! In Newie and loving it .X2 teenage kids, we have lived in Devon, Somerset and London
  8. PaulTM

    Finding UK job from Australia

    Hi there, My family and I will be aiming to move back to the UK around April this year, after 12 years in Sydney. Can anyone offer their experience on finding a job in London or the South of England, from Australia? What is the likelihood of securing a job before departing? I work in SaaS as a Service Delivery Manager but have had a variety of roles in customer service and contact centre management. Also, has anyone moved back during Covid and could offer experience on the job market activity within IT / customer service & finance? Many thanks, Paul
  9. Susan from Moneycorp

    That Was The Week That Was..... (11)

    The Reserve Bank confirms another AUD base rate cut; The new NZ Cabinet is officially assembled; The UK "unprepared for the changes coming" and; The citizens of North America finally go to vote. That Was The Week That Was. https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/weekly-brief-06-november-2020/
  10. TobyKing91

    What are my chances? 189 Visa

    Hello Guys! First of all I'd just like to say this forum is great! Super helpful and an amazing resource for someone like me who is really only getting started with this 189 visa malarky. So, I'm looking for some advice and guidance with my 189 Visa Application. I have carried out plenty of research and feel I've put in the time but still there is that impending doom that all of this will be futile if I just don't meet the criteria once I've lodged my application. Hence, this is why I'd like to know what my chances are with the skills/qualifications/experience that I have. This is me: Visa Type - 189 Occupation - Construction Project Manager - ANZSCO 133111 Age - 28 Nationality - Irish Country of Residence - UK Education - Honours Degree Mechanical Engineering Level 8 (Irish Uni) & a PRINCE2 in Project Management (Foundation) Post Grad Experience - 7 Years (Project Management Engineering/Construction) English Level - Mother Tongue (Due to take the TOEFL test in the coming weeks) Marital Status - Single Australian Experience - I've been to Oz twice, first time on a Work/Holiday and second I backpacked along the East Coast. No professional experience however. At present, my estimated points are: With Competent English - 65 With Proficient English - 75 With Superior English - 85 Needless to say allot is riding on my english test! So, this is where I currently am with my application: Skills Assessment - Gathered 95% of the required info for the Skills Assessment with VETASSESS Character - I have my UK Police Certificate (waiting for my Irish Police Certificate) English Proficiency - TOEFL (scheduled - will revise and hoping I can get the required results for Superior English) Health Assessment - Unsure when I need to do this - any guidance would be amazing, I have no concerns here I would just like some idea on my chance of obtaining an invitation in the first instance and the chances of actually obtaining a 189 Visa as I've heard a lot on here saying that without 90 points I have little or no chance at this stage. It would also be helpful to know what the timeframes are with regard invitations and processing. I realise that what I'm asking is probably more in line with a paid consultation so please feel free to get in touch as I would be interested in speaking with an immigration advisor! Many Thanks in advance!! Toby
  11. Hi, my wife and I are returning to the UK after 13 years in Australia. We have renewed our GB passports and have an exemption to leave. Our TOR has been submitted. Sadly I closed my UK bank account down two years ago and I could kick myself for doing that. I hate the idea of transferring my money to a third party money transfer agent and then waiting until we get to the UK before we can open a bank account etc. This could take a while as we don’t have anything with a UK address on. We will be living with family for a short while when we get back. Using the bank to bank transfer is an expensive option. I have read various reviews of a few transfer agents and they range from moderate to terrible. Has anyone got any advice as to how they transferred their money back to the UK please.
  12. Lizziescho

    Travel Exemption

    We have recently started a business in Australia and want to head over to recruit a team based in Sydney and train them along with opening an office. We haven't applied for a visa as of yet, but planning on travelling over on a tourist visa for business purposes. Do anyone know if we would qualify for a travel exemption as we are creating jobs and business in NSW.
  13. Hi, I'm a 25 year old Midwife in the UK. Have been qualified 4 years and have done maternity care in hospital and community settings, CoC and now have a Specialist Midwife Band 7 post My partner is 28, qualified Chartered accountant (ACA). Does anyone know of an excellent immigration advisor to liaise with? Just wondering whether we should go on my visa, and whether it should be an 891 or a working holiday? My job is easy to change after 6 months but accountacy not so much.. any advice appreciated, thanks!
  14. I am very unhappy and need to go back to the UK as I miss family, friends and culture badly. My partner does not want to go back to UK at all and even more now because of COVID. We have a 9 year old and 11 year old who know the UK well (we moved fove years ago), miss our family in the UK but enjoy the lifestyle here . We only came here for a two year adventure as my partner's medic work is loads better here. I have been trying to get home for three years but as my partner does not want to go he has resisted and refused. I don't want to rip out family apart so want us to go together. I'm desperate to go back. Time is running out due to kids schools and my partner digging in his heals more deeply every day. Would moving back to the UK be completely foolish in the current COVID situation?
  15. Hi guys. Can I register our relationship in Australia already while my non-Australian partner is still in the process of getting her UK civil partnership with her ex dissolved?
  16. Susan from Moneycorp

    That was the week that was.....(6)

    The second wave in Victoria; UK pledging another £30B to keep the economy going; An up and down week in the Euro and yet more division and dis-unity in the un-United States of America. That Was the Week that Was. https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/weekly-brief-03-july-20202/
  17. So I've been living in England for around 6 years now (Born in UK, moved to Tassie, lived there for 8 years - up to grade 3 - , moved back to England - year 4 to year 10 (present)) My family is thinking of moving back to Aussie after I finish my GCSE's (year 11 finals) as I am currently near the end of year 10. We are not sure when/if we will be moving so I will most likely be doing college prep/searching for colleges in the UK but I do not know whether or not I will actually be going to college in the UK before we move to Taz. I don't really know much about Australian high school qualifications and stuff so I do not know what the GCSE equivalent is or what it means. I do want to go to college (idk if its university in Taz) though but I do not know what qualifications I need to be able to get into the colleges and whether my GCSE grades will be enough. I will be 15 doing my GCSE's and at least 16 when moving. Should I instead make sure I complete my college/year 12 A-Levels before moving or will I be fine with my completed GCSE qualifications? Any help would be appreciated as to what the schooling system is in Australia (i.e. primary school -> highschool -> college/uni etc.) and what I would need to do to be able to get into colleges. Sorry if this is confusing, I wasn't sure how to word it. Let me know what you have to offer to this topic, thanks!
  18. Alex159753

    professional review CIOB

    Hello, I have been working in the construction field for quiet a while now. And I am planning to get my charted membership from the CIOB, and i was thinking if anyone here would know any ciob professional review examples? If anyone has any info, could appreciate if you can suggest. But No pressure. Many thanks Alex
  19. xlornax

    partner visa Aus to UK

    Hi, i am (dual citizen - UK/Aus) getting married to an Australian later this month and then we want to apply for the partner visa so we can return to UK to live/work. I have a written conditional job offer earning enough to cover requirements - is this enough to apply for visa or do i need to wait for police check/references to return? Also i applied for 189 visa myself and found it easy without any help, is the partner visa straight forward too or do you think we should pay someone to help us? Any idea on time frames for visa and can we return to UK before his visa is issued on a visitor visa? Any info appreciated. Thanks
  20. sorca

    What visa for Aussie Spouse?

    Hi, I’m hoping someone on here may have some knowledge. I’m Scottish and my husband in Aussie. We are considering a move back to Scotland in the next few years and are looking into visa’s. I’m wondering what visa would be the best to go on as I’m finding all the options very confusing. His grandmother was born in England and so I think he could get an ancestry visa. However with the £2000 NHS fee and the £500 visa fee it’s expensive. I thought Australia and the uk had a kind of health care agreement?!!! It doesn’t look like it though! Or would we be best going on a spousal visa? I’m finding it hard to get a lot of info on the spousal visa - does anyone know much about this? It is cheaper? Easier? We also have 2 kids born Australia but I’d probably get them uk passports before we go and I’d assume they wouldn’t need anything else. Any experience with either visa would be great! Many thanks
  21. glh95

    WHV 417 medical examination

    Hi all Im new to this forum and wondering if anyone can help me out as im not sure where else to turn to. I just submitted my whv 417 and Its telling me I now need to arrange for a health check and attach the medical information before the application can be approved. The medical examination is going to cost me £500 or more which i dont really have. When the application asked me what work i planned on doing in Aus i said working with children, in a hospital and with animals. I didn't realise at first that if you state you are going to work with children or in a hospital setting that you would need these medical checks. If i ask to change my work to just working with animals and get rid of children and hospital will this then mean i no longer need to complete the health check? Is this even possible to do? Would this have a negative impact on my application? I appreciate all help Thanks
  22. Hi Can anyone tell me what costs are like to return to the UK compared to moving out in the first place? Has anyone returned and fallen short on money due to a massive difference in the housing costs, shipping and every other cost involved? Just heard that coming back can be very hard for people and want to be able to know that I can do it. My hubby is 100% certain he would not come back, but I am definitely not so sure and worry that I will be stuck. I know I shouldn't be thinking of this because we haven't left yet, (house here in the UK is about to complete). But with 2 kids under 8 and years of household goods coming with us, I need to understand the problems that may arise. Thanks Sarah
  23. Hello all Can anyone advise me on what website to use for a police check, this will be uploaded for partner visa. I am from the UK, is there a certain website used?
  24. tommyhawkes

    Moving back to the UK car insurance

    Hi all, Just a bit of advice really for a couple that have just had to move back to the UK. We have recently just tried our hand at a skills assessment for VETASSESS knocked back on a technicality and have had to come home because our visa has run out, while things are in motion. From looking at some of the other poor folk on here it could be any time or never! Any who, I have been outside of the UK for 3 and a half years now and although I have driven vehicles in Australia, but they have all been company vehicles. The problem I am having is the UK no claims bonus, which I now appear to have lost because I haven't had UK cover for over 2 years!? Has anyone else been in this position!? Do you just have to suck it up, or is there a more cheaper option!? I haven't seen quotes like this since I was 19, I'm now 32! Apologies if there's a similar thread, I just couldn't see any, and the insurance companies are being as clear as mud (as ever).
  25. Hi all, My partner and I will have been living together for 12 months in July and want to apply for the Partner Visa (de facto). I'm Spanish and he is Australian and we are living in the UK. We don't know whether to apply offshore or move to Australia and apply from there. We both have stable jobs but we both feel we are not progressing and want better opportunities in Australia. We are concerned about the difficulty for me to get a qualified job (graphic designer) while I'm on a Bridging Visa. We would like to move around January 2020 to Australia. His UK visa expires in November so he would have to renew it if we decide to apply offshore. Our options are: A) Apply in July for 309 visa and pay for his visa in the UK with the potential risk of having to stay in the UK for over another year. B) Move to Australia when his visa expires and I'll go there on a tourist visa – eVisitor subclass 651 which doesn't have the condition of no further stay – with the risk of not getting work rights on the bridging visa when I apply for the 802 partner visa on shore. I read it is possible to ask for the right to work but I don't think it is guaranteed. Most of the jobs offers that I'm seeing right now require Australian citizenship, permanent residency or rights to work on an ongoing basis. I'm not sure if the bridging visa or even the temporary partner visa would satisfy this requirements. Which route is best to take? Thanks!
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