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  3. Hi everyone, My name is Jessica. I am 19 years old (20 in June) I have lived in Australia for over 10 years, I lived in Derbyshire in the UK. Ever since moving here I’ve struggled to make friends to go out with etc. I was just wondering if anyone lives around the northern suburbs that is around similar age. I do have my own car and licence. I hope to hear from you guys soon.
  4. flatpack

    Citizenship approval letter waiting time?

    Applied August 2018, in April 2019 we got our test dates for August 2019. Managed to get cancellation dates for April. Mrs got her grant in July & I got mine in November. We did the ceremony on invasion day
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  6. it's a long time since we did our citizenship test - we did get told that it could take anything form months to days depending on how quickly checks were done. I think it was about 4 or 5 weeks (this was in 2009) before we got our approval then about 4 months wait for the ceremony
  7. FOL

    Moving later this year

    Beldon is a pretty decent suburb. Craigie next to it a bit less (and smaller/older) houses. Padbury is a biter nicer than Beldon but more expensive. All suburbs west of Marmion Ave are far more expensive. We have lived in that area for a few years (and we still do, just 5 minutes east in Wanneroo south)
  8. Hello Everyone i applied for citizenship in November 2019, received test date for January 16th. Passed exam and police clearance was missing so supplied next day through IMMI but after a month still waiting for Approval letter. City of Stirling (WA) Is anyone else is in the same situation or does it take this long for approval after test ?
  9. ali

    Moving later this year

    Hi, Don't know about Beldon. I live in Leeming which I think (rather biasedly) is a great suburb (as are the surrounding areas. Seek and jobs wa are good sites to look for jobs - you may want to see where you get jobs before deciding on location to settle High schools - Some public school you have to live in the area to go to - such as Rossmoyne/Willetton. My children went to Leeming High (chalk and cheese kids) and both enjoyed it. Football as in Soccer (I hate that word lol), there are a number of NPL teams - look at football west website.
  10. Andy H

    Moving later this year

    Hi all new member my name is Andy I’m originally from the midlands and myself and my wife and 2 kids have lived in Auckland since 2006 we are selling up and moving to Perth around Christmas time this year , a bit of advice if possible 1) Beldon and surrounding area is it nice can anyone recommend other areas 2) my wife is a dean at a high school in Auckland she teaches design tech can anyone tell us about websites for teaching positions 3) High schools my son will be in last year and my daughter a year 9 4) football clubs my son plays rep level for Auckland are there any good academies he can attend cheers in advance
  11. Rossmoyne

    Recommendations on schools in fremantle

    So hard to give recommendations about schools these days as staff change so often and a school is only as good as the Principal and the staff employed at any given point. I worked briefly at North Fremantle PS and it was an amazing educational institution. But that was 17 years ago and I have no idea how it is perceived now. My best advice is to research on line as much as you can, and then go and visit the schools you think would suit. Nothing beats a look around the school and talk to the Principal about what the school is offering that would suit your children. I think once you visit a school, you get a feel for what it can offer your child/children. For my entire career I worked in education admin, either in UK or WA. When we moved here 30 years ago, we visited many schools in the areas we thought we would like to live. We chose the suburb and house we eventually bought in based on the primary school that our Pre-Primary and Year 3 children would best fit in. Best decision, and 30 years later I still live in the same house.
  12. pegg

    Visas/Sponsorship/Age/Help!

    Hi, we will be moving back as our permanent visa expires 2021. Same area also . But like i say i like it in the UK also, My love for our rugged coastlines with never end. But we live in the midlands so always a haul to the beach ! where in Mullaloo we where just a stroll form that giant swimming pool they call the ocean ! i swam every day in Oz - the sea is absolutely amazing ! Anyhow rambling on , i guess look at the skills list - identify whats wrong with UK to you guys and is OZ the answer ? ..... programs like "wanted downunder" seem to show Oz in a very romantic way . Hey , if you want to personal message us ..... We would be happy to answer any questions , Or anyone else on forum ...... Weve had some very amazing advice from here . Good luck guys !
  13. jcross

    Visas/Sponsorship/Age/Help!

    Thanks Pegg, appreciate your message. Maybe I'm just in a crap part of the UK, haha! We've just been chatting about doing some re-training, possibly welding/fabricating - not me! Will definitely pursue, like you say if its meant to be and all that! I presume the Christmas trip is just a holiday, not another move? Good to know you're still keen to visit although not living there!
  14. pegg

    Visas/Sponsorship/Age/Help!

    Not sure whats wrong with the UK at the moment , hey unless its personal..... but compared to WA its booming here for sure. Personally if we had not have came back to the UK when we did .... Well financially its made a big difference . But we absolutely miss WA so so much , we are returning this chrimbo / jan 2021. And its not for the money - so it does have that pull . What about training to be a barber/hair dresser ? something on the skills list ? I know when we where there plasterers always seemed so busy out of all the trades . Im sure there must be a way .... if its meant to be it is meant to be . good luck guys
  15. jcross

    Visas/Sponsorship/Age/Help!

    Thanks for the heads up regarding family. My brother had suggested him being there wouldn't be much of an advantage. Unfortunately no trade qualifications, other half can turn his hand to most things but no papers to say he can do it officially, unfortunately - maybe the route we need to go down. I hear what you're saying about 'better life'. Right now, anything feels it would be better than here but appreciate what you're saying!
  16. ali

    Moving with 16 year old

    Do you mean she wants to stay in the UK? A level can convert to get Uni entry in Aus, it will depend what visa you're on as to how much you would pay. A temporary visa would mean international fees, A PR visa would be domestic fees which are payable at the start of each semester (only citizens are eligible for student loans).
  17. verystormy

    Visas/Sponsorship/Age/Help!

    Hi and welcome to the forum. The first thing is you mention a carpentry business. Are either of you a qualified carpenter? Or do either of you have another trade? I am afraid having a family member in Oz who is a citizen is of very limited help. It can in some circumstances add some extra points, but also has some negatives. Just a comment on the better life / relative moving back to the UK, it isn't a "better life" just a different one. Hence about half of those that move, return.
  18. Hi all, Recent sign up after a long time discussing a potential move to Australia, particularly WA. Feels a bit pie-in-the-sky but desperate to move from the chaos of the UK as it stands and the obvious better quality of life! Partner and I are 32/35 with 1 son who is 18 months. Lots of practical experience working (PA/fitness instructor/start up business & pest control business /carpentry) however, no major qualifications to our names. My brother has lived in WA for the last 9 years and is now has citizenship/permanent residency but considering moving back to the UK(..!?!) We're caught between not being eligible for certain visas for one reason or another and age isn't on our side. I seem to go round in circles trying to find what may help us so I'm asking for help here. Does anyone have any suggestions/knowledge they can send over my way? (I'm sure this has been asked over and over again....And I'm aware there are agencies that can help but just trying to look at all cheap options first!) Many Thanks! Jen
  19. laura1o

    Moving with 16 year old

    Thank you for the information. She wants to stay on and do year 12/13 equivalent. So she can go on to study to become a midwife. So looking at getting as much information as possible.
  20. pegg

    Recommendations on schools in fremantle

    i do like freo though ...... I used to help a charity "homeless Run Perth" around freo , giving food and hotchocolate . Met some really good people . As for school - sorry i dunno
  21. ali

    Recommendations on schools in fremantle

    I don't really know any of the primary schools in Fremantle, hopefully someone with more knowledge of that area will be able to answer your question.
  22. ali

    Moving with 16 year old

    Technically, it's not behind and she wouldn't be doing it again - years 11 and 12 are the equivalent of going to college and doing your A levels. The legal leaving age in Aus is 17, If she is still of school age, there may be an expectation of her to still be in education unless she has a job. you can leave school in year 10 if you have a job/going to TAFE. Graduating year 12 and getting the WACE certificate is important to a lot of students - it the culmination of years 11 and 12 and is a nationally recognised certificate. During years 11 and 12, some student study ATAR stream subjects - this will give them a score at the end of year 12 which can get them into Uni.
  23. Hi. Can anyone recommend primary schools in fremantle?
  24. laura1o

    Moving with 16 year old

    Hi. By the time we move over to Perth my eldest will have finished her GCSEs and left school, I know they're a year behind over there, has anyone here experienced the same situation, will she need to stay and study like her peers and do it all again over there?
  25. Jon H

    are folks still emigrating ?

    £1.33 / A$2.40 at my local garage today! Whinging Aussies...
  26. verystormy

    over 65 & bridging visa

    Yes, and we are assuming the OP is British, so I am assuming you make your clients FULLY aware that reciprocal is not full Medicare by any stretch? I hope you also inform them of the pitfalls of what can happen should they live long enough through the visa processing and in 30 years fail the medical? i hope you also supply the complex financial advice an older person needs prior to such a move?
  27. ASC Migration

    over 65 & bridging visa

    Depending on your citizenship you may be eligible for reciporcal medical benefits. John MARN 0320925
  28. Zebbedy

    Where mid 20's lads should head?

    Hi, We gave them the opportunity to go out on their own but they wanted to hang around with us :-) We've shown them around everywhere though and they seem to be having a great time. Thanks for the tips though.
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