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  3. verystormy

    General Questions

    Hi and welcome. Generally, company sponsored visas are temporary normally valid for either 2 or 4 years. It is possible to buy property on such as a visa, but you would need to get permission from the Foriegn Investment Review Board. However, you would have to consider very carefully if should a purchase is wise on a temporary visa. If she were to lose her job for any reason, then you would have a very small window of a grace period before having to leave the country. For citizenship, you need to have been in Australia for at least 4 years with at least one year as a permanent residence
  4. ali

    General Questions

    Hi and welcome. Congratulations on your girlfriends job offer. The visa's don't open on Feb 5th, that is when WA is supposed to open it's borders (having said that, the premier and recently closed state borders again) and it's not certain yet how this will work. You will need to apply for a Tax File Number when you get here Australia Tax File Number (aus-taxnumber.com) Your status for applying for a mortgage may depend on the visa you are on and if it's temporary or not. We applied and got a mortgage within 2 weeks of landing (had a big deposit) but we had permanent residency and permanent jobs. It's not impossible to get one, but some lenders may not - it may be worth speaking to a mortgage broker. Citizenship again depends on the visa you are on. If it's a PR visa then you can apply in 4 years providing you have met the residency requirements of not leaving the country in that four years for more than a set amount of days (sorry can't recall off hand what that is). We have dual nationality but TBH it doesn't make any difference to us - we've allowed our British passports to expire and just travel on our Australian ones. As an Aussie Citizen you have to leave/enter this country on it anyway. Suburbs - it's always a difficult one as everyone is different. I love my suburb (Leeming) which has always had a strong community feel and been great when my children were growing up with a number of well regarded primary schools in the area.
  5. Rob1981

    General Questions

    Hi, my gf has just received a job offer from a Perth company and we are waiting for the VISA process to open up again (apparently 5th Feb) I am just saying hi and wondered if people could answer any of my questions. If you aren't able to then maybe a few pointers on things you wish you had known before you landed would be helpful, thanks so much, Rob. 1) Do I need to get a national insurance number (or equivalent)? if yes, where do I apply? 2) How soon can a non australian apply for a mortgage? 3) Are deposits generally the same as the UK? (ie 10% of the value) 4) How long does it take (roughly) before we can apply for citizenship? and is it best to have a dual existence? 5) What suburbs / areas would you recommed for a family with a three year old and a dog?
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  7. ali

    Recommended Builder

    Does your suburb have a local directory? Might be worth trying someone local
  8. art73

    Lateral flow tests

    Hi all, with the federal governments absolute shocking decision to not provide free laurel flow tests (RATs), my relatives are thinking of posting some from the UK. Does anyone know if these are likely to be stopped one they arrive in Oz or incur a customs charge? Thanks Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
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    Recommended Builder

    Can anyone recommend a builder? I need a doorway chopping into a load bearing wall. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Don't get me started on masks! A good friend of mine died suddenly in February this year from wearing a mask all day at work for weeks. She was a chronic asthmatic and had dispensation from her GP not to wear a mask, and didn't when out and about with exemption form in her bag. However her employer refused to allow her to work unless she wore one, and being a single Mum of 2, she wore the mask for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. One the Sunday evening she had a major asthma attack whilst in the house on her own. Her teenage children came back from spending the day with their Dad to find her dead on the lounge floor. She was 39 years old. So so sad. On a lighter note, she was a woman with a wonderful sense of humour, and when she and I were out shopping a few weeks before she passed away, I had a mask on and she didn't. A bloke walked up to her and shouted at her "No Mask!"...... she quipped back "No nickers either"! I will never forget the look on his face, and that will always be the lasting memory of my dear friend.
  11. What is funny , we have peaceful protests all through the year throughout the country , One of the biggest in london was estimated to be nearly a million people ( It was huge ) .......... Yet still not one has been shown on the mainstream News . However a knew kid is on the block - "insulate Britain" lol , now when just 5 people chain themselves to a lamp post crikey its on the news at 10 ! But again these are government lead protests which are going to lead to basically if your house does not have the right insulation then it can no longer be mortgaged ...... Again links with "the world economic forum" . As we know "sustainability" is the knew word which is the biggest threat to our modern way of living right now . But what the public see on the TV the public believes , Strange times old times . Oh i also do like the fact that masks where worn - Now the interesting thing about these masks that NHS staff wear or even the spotty cotton one worn at the school gates , Is these only offer protection for 3 minutes ........ Now lets think about this 3 minutes ! So you see people kicking off regarding not wearing a face covering , where they have had the same one in there pocket for 6 months !!! I cannot believe the stupidity in the human race . They have fell for this hook line and sinker. Also the problems caused by breathing in your own hot moist breath has lead to many elderly hospitalised. So many Ex Army guys think the situation is so amusing , they have spent years training for chemical / biological warfare with thousands of pounds of respiratory equipment , yet the government advise for the most deadly flu in history is a paper mask HA HA ....... Gosh i could go on for ages . ( Also the last pandemic the world had - 10 people on average died in every street ? has this happened um nope lol )
  12. Thanks I will look into this. I was at the Perth Rally yesterday as I had to go to the city anyway and decided to trot along to Forrest Place to see what was happening. I was blown away by the huge crowds... so many more than the 10,000 the msm say were there, and when I got home and did some research, the numbers were estimated at 50,000 plus. The crowds were not as the media state, "full of redneck anti-vaxers and antifa bullies", but were just ordinary Aussie Mums and Dads of all ages and enthnicities. The whole thing was very orderly and well behaved. People were polite to each other, and towards the end the Police were even joining in. I spoke to a few people who were standing on the side like me, and some were medical professionals who opposed the vax because they had seen the vaccine damaged in their wards and A and E's... and they were telling me stories that align exactly with what you have been saying. Some people were saying they had taken the vax purely to keep their job and feed their families, so hated the coercion and mandatory issue. Others were unvaxed and were prepared to stay that way with no job.... . One theme that ran through all the conversations I had, was that it wasn't until earlier this year that a lot of people starting to get suspicious of the official rhetoric and starting putting their critical thinking hats on and investigating/researching the whole situation. Which is me too actually. I have to say that I admired the stance of these people really standing up to what they believe in, and for doing it in a respectful manner.
  13. Hey @Rossmoyne if you download the Telegram app on your mobile phone - this is where you will find lots of local groups and information. The world is protesting but the main stream media will not show it. We have dear fiends that are Doctors in the UK that took the jab due to thinking they had to , but really now regret it. We will now see in the UK , what will happen like i say hospital wards are mostly full of vaccinated patients - FACT ! Not bbc fact Not Facebook fact .... BUT fact from the NHS workers , the Dr's and Nurses . The workers in the NHS now have a new union which are going to fight for this horrific agenda - WORKERS OF ENGLAND UNION ..... And the data shows 600k nhs staff are refusing the jab ! So we are going to be in for a rough ride if they try to fire them . Obviously on a personal level , were a'bit peed off as cannot travel back to Oz without Vaccination card ( however there are ways around this ) .... But yes please do your research, Oh also im pretty impressed with Australia first leader " Riccardo Bosi " ...... I pretty sure where gonna come through this very strong indeed. But yep get on telegram , or if Perth have "stand i the park" meets - think on sundays , pop down and meet fellow good honest folk .
  14. At last a voice of reason about this whole covid thing! Over the past 18 months, being a critical thinker and a person who has Doctors and Nurses as friends in UK, Oz and NZ, who tell me what you have, I have really started to look into this so much more. I am deeply concerned about what is going on and where it is all going. I don't talk about this now apart from with my family, as I am sick of being called a conspiracy theorist or anti vaxer, and told to take my tin foil hat off! But slowly over the past months, friends are beginning to say to me that they now agree with me because they have started to look into what is happening. Thank you @pegg for posting your last two posts. Although I expect we will both be "cancelled" for daring to think outside the box and be critical thinkers instead of sheep. And yes I guess both your posts and mine will be deleted. Which is a shame because that just goes to show that free speech and thought is just not allowed anymore in the world. Keep well. Rossy
  15. I imagine the above post will be deleted soon as anything going against the "plan" seems to go that way. But we are not "anti wax" , not at all ..... modern medicine has proved itself many many a time. But when flu disappears for 2 years ?.... And if you die within 30 days of convid test - even if you die in a car crash ! its convid on death certificate ! the PCR test was never designed for this - so constant false positives . If you died 3 years ago from flu ...... well the flu bought on pneumonia and that was on your death cert , but flu was not put on . However now if you contract convid and leads to pneumonia - Convid is added ? At the start like i mentioned before ventilators where used which cost more lives , and then " do not resuscitate " was bought in place. The world is in debt like never before , and people think if they take this shot - life will be back to normal ! it never will ! look at Israel are they on 4th shot now ??? And highest rate of deaths ? This is a mrna injection ...... nothing like this has been trailed before...... And for what - the flu ???? covid has been around for years and now suddenly everyone feels they need a shot ! a shot that dosent protect them or stop them from catching it or passing on ???? Bizarre world .......... I have many nurse friends abroad , so many agree something is not right. Anyhow , Lets hope we get through this , and the ones that have been associated with this clinical trial are punished in due course ...... Because i promise you in the back ground the evidence is mounting ..... Much love , enjoy the sun !
  16. Wow not been on here for an age ! forgot i started this thread . Anyhow So my view and update of this situation and bearing in mind my attachment to the major hospital in the UK that deals with respiratory etc. ..... So in the Uk alot of us where mocked for voicing our opinions , however all we stated is now coming true . Our government has failed us , and if you believe a word from W.H.O then you really need to switch off your TV. Anyhow yep so im obviously very close to major hospitals and can access data showing beds and care etc ..... Not once have hospitals been over run . Hospitals have never been so quiet , it is embarrasing , yet the media has taken so many of the public for a ride . Ourselves are not anti vax - But wow , they are really pushing this jab over here ! A jab that is still in the trial period ! The media are not reporting on all the adverse reactions to the jab and the deaths caused. We have now seen a massive increase of deaths since the jab rollout. Hospital wards are 80 % full of vax patients . the nurse's that took the jab are off sick . We are now loosing 100k care staff as they refuse to take the jibby jabby ...... and it is said that 600k NHS staff have not and will not take the shot ! So yes very dark times , im still in contact with a few Ozzies and they arent to happy . But yep the other side of australia is horrendous , But i and many more prey that this is a great awakening . So , yep thats whats happening here , if you watch any media - the lies are horrific , So may Drs and Nurses cannot believe the lies , especially Borris's latest one saying the unvaxed are clogging up hospital beds ???? Dark Times . anyway , might be delayed in getting over there for a while , but the thought of the sun always comes back to remind me of happy times in Perth. Hope everyones well .......... And turn off ya TV Also , another little tip , you never use a ventilator on a respiratory compromised patient !
  17. Hi, my husband has brought his van over from the UK and having troubles finding insurance. Can anyone help? Thanks
  18. FisherKing29

    By way of Introduction..

    Thank you , greatly appreciated
  19. ali

    By way of Introduction..

    Were you an Australian Citizen when your sons were born? If so, it may be that you can apply for visa's as citizen by decent (you'll need to look into that). We live nearer to the city so unable to comment about living around the areas you've suggested. Private schools tend to have looser boundaries than public schools for catchment but they may also have waiting lists depending on how popular or prestigious it is. Worth contacting them and seeing how the land lies. By chance that you do need to have medicals for the children - it may be worth gathering 'official' evidence about how functional your eldest is so that these can be submitted at the time of the medical.
  20. verystormy

    By way of Introduction..

    Hi and welcome to the forum. We used to live a touch further south than where you are planning in mandurha
  21. FisherKing29

    By way of Introduction..

    Hi Folks, Looking to potentially move to South of Perth in either Port Kennedy, Safety Bay or even as far south as Secret Harbour at the beginning of 2023 (allowing for all Covid elements to have moved on by then hopefully). I'm married to my wife of 15 years and we have 2 boys ages 12 & 10 and was looking at the Catholic College Schools in the area. Is St Theresa or MTCC as it is commonly called good ? Is there a catchment area or can you travel from afar to attend? I'm mid fifties with dual nationality (UK & Australian passport holder) but will require visa's for my wife and 2 boys. Looking to move and hopefully be mortgage free but also looking at a career change into healthcare. Our only fly in the ointment is potentially that our eldest boy was diagnosed as being on the Autistic spectrum and that the Australian authorities will deem it as a cost in the long term to their welfare system by way of providing support. However he has not required any help throughout schooling and is in mainstream and above average in all subjects and is crazily good at IT. He needs no 1-1 support in school classroom or in the playground and the authorities have basically assessed that he will go ahead to have a normal life and be able to have a fulfilling life without the support of social care. Personally i feel that it is a misdiagnosis as it is purely based on an observational view which is probably the case for many kids and adults who have to had to go through the same process. Happy to hear any thoughts before we dive into an interview with a migration agent at the end of this year. Take care Folks!
  22. ali

    School recommendation Perth SOR

    It's been a long time since my children were at primary school, my friend is a teaching assistant but works between two classes so there isn't always another person present who can give 1:1 time to a child. Some public schools have catchment areas so you'd be best doing a google search of schools in the areas you're interested in and and contacting the schools directly to find out what they offer/how they can meet your requiremnts.
  23. verystormy

    44 ur old painter running out of options

    You agent is correct. It is very hard for anyone aged over 40 to get a visa and the a salute cut off for most visas is 45. Even for a 186 extra rules apply to anyone over 45 that make it impossible. What is your occupation?
  24. Morning guys , my name is Richard I’ve just joined this morning , im looking to move to western oz with my wife and children in the next couple of years , we have family who live in kalbarri and visited them twice in the last few years , this has made us want to move to Perth /geraldton , we came back from oz feb last year and started the process with a agent called the down under Center , we met up with them and got started , however after only a couple of weeks they advised us to stop due to the pandemic and that I just turned 43 , so now I’m 44 and we just can’t let this go , I rang them yesterday and they said my options are the 186 visa or potentially the 494 visa . But I’ve been told I would need a job sponsorship for 3 years to do the visa application , how on earth can I get that , Is there any advise anyone could give us ? Also my wife has just qualified as a dispenser at Lloyd’s pharmacy and is looking to become a pharmacist tech which will take some years to do ! Our family in oz have offered to sponsor us but because of my age that won’t help , any ideas ?
  25. verystormy

    ACA moving to perth in 2022

    At present it is hard to say how things will be by then as it is likely there will be some shake up of system. If you are intending for this to be a permanent move, then you are best to apply for a permanent visa. Most sponsored visas are temporary and come with a lot of issues. You would also obviously be in competition in a job search with locally qualified people. Part of the sponsorship involves an employer showing they are sponsoring because there are no locally qualified people.
  26. Hi all, I am currently considering moving to Perth late 2022 (all being well with the borders). I have just gained my ACA qualification and am looking for some advise on a few things. If anyone could help I’d appreciate it. 1. Visa - I am unsure whether to go out there on a working holiday visa and try and get a job on the hopes of getting sponsored by an employer within the year. Or I could start the process of applying for a skilled worker visa 189, however from what I’ve learned online this seems to be a timely process and I may not even get invited to apply. 2. Jobs - I currently have 5 years experience working in practice (1 year doing accounting technicians, 4 years doing chartered accountants exams), but have just recently gained my qualifications. I was planning on getting my qualifications assessed and transferred to chartered accountants Australia and maybe doing some CPD courses in the Australian tax system before I move. Would this help my chances in getting a job? Would my lack of post qualification experience affect me? If I was to take a lower level job on a working holiday visa (Assistance accountant/accounts receivable/payable) to gain experience in the country would this help with the possibility of maybe applying for the skilled worker visa while I am in the country? Thank you in advance for advice given, really appreciate it. Aine
  27. Keer1992

    School recommendation Perth SOR

    We are currently overseas and would be moving to Perth early next year. We are are looking for rentals around Jandakot/piara waters. I have a 5 year old who would be attending year 1 next year, who is handful and strong willed, is also a bit delayed in language since we are bilingual. Please share your recommendation for public/primary schools of smaller size. Since I m new to Australian education system, I m unaware if there are teacher assistants in all the classrooms. We have been under lockdown for 18 months now and my child has never attended school. I have been thinking my child would settle well with a little one on one attention in the beginning.
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