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  1. Hi everyone, I’m hoping to get some advice regarding getting a Returning Resident Visa and moving back to Australia whilst COVID is still going on. I want to move back with my family in July/August time. I previously had PR but left Australia six years ago, so it has expired now. My Husband is an Australian Citizen and we have been back to Oz three time for holidays over the six years. Does anyone know whether this would be a fairly straightforward RRV application or whether it will take a long time to process? I’ve seen some posts on here that sound like the processing times vary greatly and I’m not sure when to submit my application. Once the RRV is granted, what is the validity on the visa? Whilst we plan to move in July/August, COVID could delay that and I don’t want it to expire before I’ve had a chance to get over there. Also, we were planning to apply for Australian Passports for our children, (2 and 5 years), before we left the UK but it looks like the London passport office is closed and that will not be possible. Does anyone know which visa we should apply for our children? Thank you in advance, any advice is greatly appreciated!
  2. 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
  3. Hey guys, hope everyone is well and to anyone affected by Covid our thoughts are with you all. I used to be a member of this site back in 2010 ish, we moved to Oz in 2014 and not needed to log in until now. I have since completely forgot my login details so I created a new account. This was BY FAR the best resource tool for us when we was going through the stages back in 2009 when we began our search down the rabbit hole. We now have a podcast here in Perth, WA called Expats 'n' Cork Hats. We are on iTunes, Spotify, Google podcasts and all the others too. If you want to be a guest on our show we would REALLY LOVE to have you on to discuss everything about your journey. You may be here in Oz wanting to go home, or you may be still in the UK thinking about coming here... Whatever your circumstances we would love to talk to you. We have done a few recordings now via Skype, it keeps it personal and intimate. We don't show the video, we just use it for the audio so don't worry, no one will see you. So, if you want to share your story to help or inspire others, please get in touch. Mark Rogers (One half of Expats 'n' Cork Hats).
  4. Chopped Pork

    extensions to current visa

    My enquiry is regarding the current COVID situation. Are there any extensions to current visa's, I'm assuming the expiry date of our visa's can't be pushed out all because of this limbo situation? For info, I'm still in the UK, we've not made the move yet, we have until 21st June 2023 to make the move, our visa are Skilled - Nominated (subclass 190). Another question is are we able make the move during the pandemic? Any help on this subject is greatly appreciated.
  5. Hi, Few days ago, my migration agent lodged my 190 VIC ROI but uploaded wrong documents. If the VIC government reviewed wrong documents, there would be a wrong record left in their system, which will have a consequence in all my future visa application. I found the problem yesterday afternoon, the government can only by approached by submitting an online enquiry, so I wrote to them yesterday afternoon asking how to withdraw, but it takes 3 business days for them to reply, since the submission window will close next Monday, I don't have much time left, I would like to withdraw before they start reviewing ROI. My agent said they have no idea how to withdraw or resubmit. Does anyone know if I can withdraw the ROI and resubmit? How to withdraw ROI? How long it takes to withdraw? When can I resubmit a new ROI after withdraw? If I cannot withdraw ROI, can I uploaded correct documents into the existing ROI with an explanation letter? Thank you so much.
  6. Hi, my husband and I (along with our 17month old daughter) are wanting to move to australia (realistically not until the end of 2021 with everything going on) I am australian but have been in the UK for 9 years and ready to go home! My question is has anyone recently applied for the offshore 309 partnership visa from the UK and if so how long did it take? (I read it is up to 2 years! ) or has anyone moved to australia and then applied for a partnership visa for their spouse once they arrived in oz and if so what were these timescales? (My understanding is they can't work for 3 months) obviously trying to start all my research now as so much stuff to consider/research so I will no doubt be posting on here quite a fair bit! Many thanks
  7. Hello, Application for RSMS187 submitted in Feb 2017, nomination and subsequent visa refusal in March 2018, due to migration agent submitting application without all relevant fininacial documents for the visa. My position is secretary which at the time was on the list. My agent took no repsonibility and asked for a further $6000 fee to go to AAT, claiming good success chance. I couldn't afford the agents fee + AAT fee so submitted appeal application on my own. 2021, Today I received notice the the nomination has been approved but my visa has been remitted back to immigration to consider the remaining criteria for my visa. Has anyone had a similar experience or any knowledge of how likely I am to be successful? It is also a bit messy because my ex partner who was but is no longer defacto on my application, became abusive and there are restraining orders in place that he has breached and received a 6 month suspended sentence for, but he is still eligible for appeal, I really hope he doesn't affect my visa. We had a son together who is now 2.5 years old, he has no contact and has provided no financial support. Thank you in advance to anyone who can give any advice or share experiences.
  8. Hello Everyone This is my first post here. I hope I'll find what I am looking for. I am planning to apply for skill assessment for occupation INTERNAL AUDITOR (ANZSCO Code: 221214) at VETASSESS. I head it's incredibly difficult to get positve outcome for that. Thus, I was really hoping you guys (especially those who has experience in the topic) can give me advice and suggestions. I'll be much obliged for any! Thank you in advance, Eliza
  9. Chopped Pork

    Skilled Visa Question

    Hi, both myself and my partner have Skilled - Nominated (subclass 190) Visa's. We haven't made the move to Oz yet, but my question is related to coming and going from and to Australia in terms of spending some months of the year in Oz and some in England. The reason we are looking into this initially is due to ageing parents in the UK who we would like to be there for, along with business commitments. We both understand that long term coming and going between the 2 would be expensive and impractical, but we weren't sure if there were any rules in place. I have read somewhere that you need to show your commitment (understandably) to settling in Oz by spending a good chunk of your time there, would anyone know what those percentages or months of the year would need to be? I appreciate anyone's help or comments. Colin
  10. Spark2Oz

    Latest on 190 offshore...

    Hi everyone, just feeling a bit down today and thinking about Oz. We were accepted for our 190 visa back in Feb for SA but heard nothing since for obvious reasons. Just wondering if anyone has any positive news about visas or acceptance etc to cheer me up?
  11. laura.chesworth21

    Resident return visa

    Hey, This is a bit of a strange ask. I've scoured the forum and can't seem to have found anyone in a similar situation to myself. My whole family (mum dad brother and sister) uprooted to oz back in 2009 and have remained there ever since. We all went over on a permanent resident visa. Me being a stubborn teenage who thought they knew better decided to come back to the UK (I stayed in oz less than 2 years) I have remained in the UK ever since. I am now wanting to finally move to oz and hopefully settle there and will need to apply for a resident return visa. My only glimmer of hope is that my strong ties to australia (immediate family) all still live and work there and are settled. My sister is now an Australian citizen and has 3 children, my mum dad and brother are permanent residents still. My mum and dad have bought a house and work full time. I was just wondering if anyone could advise that this is sufficient enough for me to be approved for a resident return visa.
  12. Hi there, I'm an Australian citizen by birth and my husband is a US citizen ... so although we're not Poms, I keep seeing this site pop up in my searches so thought I would post here and see if anyone can share any advice. We've been married 3 years during which time we've been living together in the US. I really want to go home as I'm very homesick and miss my family and friends in Australia and we don't really have any close friends or family where we live here. We visited Australia for a month at the end of 2008 and my husband loved it and is happy to move. We would also like to start a family and I would find it very hard without my Australian family around. We applied for a spouse visa in July 2009 but it was refused a couple of weeks ago because my husband has ulcerative colitis and a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth said he would potentially cost $100,000. He is in remission and perfectly able to work, he just has to take medication. We had put through a health waiver request but that was refused and I'm not exactly sure why - the letter we received didn't state which compelling and compassionate circumstances were considered or not, just that they decided not to exercise the waiver. I had put together a lot of information about our financial situation (which I believe is good, we own a house and have savings) and job prospects (my occupation is listed on the NEW skilled occupations list and my husband's was on the old one which was in effect at the time we applied), had six statutory declarations from family and friends stating that they'd be willing to provide care and support, and I also included a statement about wanting to start a family and how it would affect me emotionally if I wasn't able to return home. After getting the refusal I was so devastated that I rang the case officer and asked her if she could give me a better explanation of why it was refused - she sounded very flustered and just kept saying "it's the cost, it's the cost". When I said "but I'm an Australian citizen and you're basically telling me I can't live in Australia", she just said "you can live in the USA". I guess I was naive in thinking that the health waiver is exercised as a matter of course for spousal relationships. After doing some research online and stumbling across a 2007 Australian National Audit Office report on DIAC's administration of the health waiver process, it appears it's only exercised around 12% of the time. We are now applying to the Migration Review Tribunal and I wanted to find out if anyone knows anything about the process. Is it something we can do ourselves or would we definitely be better off getting the assistance of a lawyer? I have sent off the form and just received a letter and receipt today which stated I should send in evidence as soon as possible. I had spoken to an Australian lawyer over the phone prior to sending the application off and he said I should wait before sending any evidence. Is that right? What do I need to do next, do I just ask the Australian Embassy here to give me a copy of our DIAC file? I'm just not sure what the steps are - I had a look at the MRT website but I couldn't find anything which laid out the exact steps that would occur. If anyone can offer any assistance or clarification about the MRT process or point me in the right direction, I would very much appreciate it, as this whole thing has made me very frustrated and anxious. I just want to go home. :sad: Thank you very much if you can help at all.
  13. Hayleyb_28

    Migration agent

    My partner and I are wanting to migrate from England to Oz. Doing my research I think the best visa option for us 190 state sponsor as my partner is a mechanic and could get 70 points. HOWEVER I have been in contact with different migrant agents, 1 wants us to apply for two visas at the same time which I have since been told should not be done, 1 said there is no point starting because of the pandemic, the other said to start the ball rolling after 6th October when the updated state skills list will be known, 1 is a lot more expensive than the others in terms of fees and the other is eager to help but I have read bad reviews. Feeling a little overwhelmed and would appreciate any help in finding a migrant agent. thank you
  14. 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.
  15. Hello, Which type of visa is suitable for someone who is looking for a visa sponsored job in Australia? I am from Kenya and I'm looking for a job as a civil engineer /project manager in construction sector is Australia. Please advise....
  16. QS123!

    Visa Option

    Hi all, just wanting thoughts on the best visa to apply for to get me to Australia ASAP! I am currently working as a Quantity Surveyor in the UK and have 3 1/2 years of experience. I'm a UK citizen. I'm hoping my line of work would grant me an exemption to travel under critical skills. I am wanting to make the move to Oz as my girlfriend is currently stuck there due to corona (she is Aussie). Unfortunately/fortunately depending on how you look at it, we cannot prove a de facto relationship. I have an unofficial verbal offer of employment from a company and are willing to sponsor but they are a bit slow at the moment. a WHV is pretty much off the cards as I held one of these in 2013 but did not complete 3 months regional work to obtain a 2nd one. I currently hold a ETA visa valid until Jan 2021. Any advice on the best visa to apply for would be much appreciated and also ay advice in the skills assessment by AIQS would also be appreciated. Thanks
  17. Skilled occupation ceilings for 2020/21 are announced ... https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/occupation-ceilings Best regards.
  18. Hi As a healthcare worker I'm just wondering if a positive COVID result (either swab or antibodies) negatively affect the health check or chance of a visa (UK to Aus)
  19. Expatriate123

    Migration travel with Coronavirus

    Hi need some guidance. My travel facility on my PR189 visa expires in Nov2020. Although I am planning to fly down to Australia after sometime late Aug2020 when the virus situation is expected to be under control. However, I just heard some news that some flights will put a hold on all flying to Australia. And also few middle eastern flights have been asked to limit the economy passenger to a very small number and so prices are now sky rocketted. Any one with travel plans soon, please share / advise, if no flights then hiw do we plan to travel to be within the due date.
  20. Would the secondary applicant of the 489 visa be able to stay in Australia and apply for permanent residency if the couple were to get divorced? They have a child also. Thank you.
  21. As per recommendations on the forum, I'm in the process of filling out an assessment form to speak in a bit more detail about my query - but as most know, there's loads of information to fill out. And, I thought, in the interest of time (and my sanity) I would just throw out this query in the hope someone might have been (or is) in a similar situation. I'm currently in a Global role as an independent contractor based in the UK, but the plan has always been to relocate back to Australia (we lived in Australia 6 years ago, but had to return to the UK due to family obligations, which no longer exist). My employer has offered me a permanent role with the option of living "anywhere". They are a very large global company and there is some flexibility in the job I do - as I work with people all over the world. But here's the twist - they do not sponsor visa, full stop. Happy to do transfers for people who move on their own steam, but I guess don't want the headache or responsibility of dealing with mobility issues. I have the option of remaining a contractor or flipping to a perm, but we (my husband and I) would really love to get back to Australia before our age becomes an issue (although I've already gone over the golden age of 45, the husband still hasn't). Has anyone been in a somewhat similar situation? Looking to move, but don't need a job - as you have one and are gainfully employed. Employer is happy to keep you on, but not willing to formally sponsor a visa. As a side note, I should mention my husband is self-employed (eCommerce business) and he, as well, can be located anywhere. Any thoughts or inputs much appreciated!
  22. Hi This is my first post on this forum and I was wondering if anyone has had an experience where they were refused a spouse visa due to Hypopituitarism (or if they were granted their visa and have this conditon). My husband, who has this condition, is currently applying for his spouse visa (I am Australian and we are planning to move there permanently from the UK). He has undertaken his medicals and we just got an email from our case officer saying: 'Your medical reports were referred to the Health Operations Centre (HOC) in Australia for an opinion on whether you meet the health requirement for the grant of the above visa because a health concern was identified by our panel doctors during your medical examinations.' I am only assuming that they are referring to his Hypopituitarism, unless he has something else we don't yet know about! What I am wondering is - is this just a normal response for someone who has an existing medical condition? Do all/most medical conditions need to be referred to HOC? My husband's condition requires him to take medication everyday, which we are obviously willing to pay for ourselves in OZ (he gets it for free here) and he does not require any hospital treatment or any other type of medical treatment apart from his daily medication. Many thanks in advance to anyone who can help :cute:
  23. Hello, has anyone or known of anyone who failed their PR medical due to mental health? Ptsd? Anyone successfully appealed? My medical is in 2 weeks, I’m worried I’ll fail and worried about appealing and failing: My spouse and I are currently on a 457, we’ve both passed the medical before 2 years ago with no issues. Now that we’ve actually put in for our PR, we need to do an up to date medical. Since my last medical, I had a male manager At work who was (euphemism) very inappropriate with me and sadly, it stirred up a whole heap of childhood abuse flashbacks - I absolutely fell apart. During an acute phase between October 2018 & September 2019, I had hospital admissions due to dissociation and suicidle ideation also ongoing care from community mental health team. Since September, I’ve had the correct diagnosis of complex trauma and aspergers and intervention from a clinical psychologist which has me on the road to recovery at last. I also have a private therapist. The clinic are writing a letter to the medical doctor to say that they hope to discharge me soon and my private therapist has written one stating she will look after my care once I’m discharged. On this bridging visa now, we’ve been eligible to sign up for private health insurance to cover costs of any future hospitalisation but it’s unlikely with my prognosis I’ll need it. my partner has zero health issues and is main visa person - full time senior child practitioner. throughout my period of un wellness, I owned a small business making $10,000 and volunteered 2 roles for the hospital who treated me. I also have glowing references to say I’m welcomed back to my work places in Australia. I also have a mentor at the hospital who wants to employ me as a peer worker once I’m discharged. do you think my chances of passing the medical are strong? I can’t go back to the UK, life here is amazing despite those issues. thanks for reading- stressed and desperate to stay.
  24. Syedalley2099

    887 Visa offshore Family

    Hi I have 489 visa right. I have almost completed 02 years stay and one year full time work. Now I have to apply for 887 visa next month. I am in Australia but my wife and kids are struck overseas due to covid 19 crises and travel restrictions. Our 489 visa will be expiring on 02 Nov 2021. Can somebody please help me regarding following queries: 1) If I submit 887 visa for myself, can I add my dependent subsequent family members for 887 visa later on, when they are able to travel to Australia? 2) what will be the effect on our application, if I submit 887 only for myself at this stage?
  25. MUNSHA

    485 graduate visa

    Does my wife need to be in Australia when I apply for 485 graduate visa? She is overseas and not with me on my student visa, so is it possible to add her on my initial 485 visa application while she is overseas.
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