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  2. Hi all me and my husband and 10 year old son have been in perth since October from Scotland we are currently in Forrestfield but will be moving to Quinns rock in April. i am 30 and he's 31 and I'm really missing the social side as I'm not working at the moment and my husband is away alot with work so its just me and my son most of the time so it would be great to meet people also for my son. Any info on the schools in Quinns would be great i have been looking but doesn't say much from peoples reviews, i am going to view the schools nearer the time. Thank you hollie x
  3. Customs clearance for container

    Same for us. We went down to Fremantle and saw our boat coming in on the Wednesday and got the call the following Tuesday to say it had cleared customs and it was ready for delivery. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Customs clearance for container

    Just less than a week for us too (but that was 11 years ago).
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  6. Homesick

    I think being English people don't expect there to be a culture shock when they arrive in Aus. I too find it hard to think of Perth being uncultured and superficial. One of the difficulties making friends is that you may unawares be projecting some vibes and people might just be seeing the negativity and finding it hard to get to know you? What motivated you to move from the UK? Ask your GP for a Mental Health care plan for some psychology sessions - I think you need to talk out how you feel initially on your own - then I would consider couple counselling (Try relationships Australia). Your homesickness and negative feelings are affecting you, your relationship and probably your children if you're both bickering. With the couple counselling, you both have to be prepared to listen to the other person .. you say lack of support - what will help the session is to be able to identify what that means for you and that will give your partner a better chance to respond. You may find that the bickering is just a big a problem for him too ... once you can both identify what it is you need from each other - you can then work/look at if either of you can provide what the other is asking for. One of the things that happens when we're down/depressed is that everything around us becomes negative - as hard as you try, you're probably not going to see Perth in any different a light due to your unhappiness which you have to get sorted first. I do think that you probably need to sort out these issues here, if you both decide to go back then these issues are just going to be in your suitcase to rear their head at another time. One note of caution is that should your relationship end - you won't be able to just go back with the children.
  7. Homesick

    when i describe perth to folk i know - the best way to describe is its "like the trueman show" But yep i honestly have 50/50 feelings for Perth and suburbs As i do the UK. ..... But yep as stormy said - perhaps counselling . And youre doing right by being honest and confronting your feelings . Hope all goes well
  8. Homesick

    Where did you move from since Perth seems so superficial and uncultured? Maybe that attitude is one of the reasons you cant make friends? Which suburb do you live in? Maybe a move to another suburb could help. We are a FIFO family and manage just fine, yes its not for everyone but you do have to put a bit of effort in as its like being a single parent some of the time. Does family ever come to visit? Do you make sure you do daytrips etc on your partners R&R week? it all helps
  9. Homesick

    You need to have a long conversation with him. Have you considered counselling? It is though a more common issue than you may think.
  10. Homesick

    Dear all i need advice. My husband and i have been here for 6 years. He loves it and i hate it and i no longer know how i can bear to be in such a superficial and uncultured city. He's fifo and I'm left alone while he's away with our children to fill our time. I've struggled to make friends and our marriage has suffered so much from the lack of support and we bicker all the time. I'm exhausted from trying to make things work here and just want to go home; something that Australia has never been. Please give me some guidance.
  11. 143 parent visa

    Currently looking around 3 years to process ...
  12. Transferring visa to new passport

    You can fill in the form 929 and email it to - when i did it for my son a few years ago it was confirmed in less than 24 hours but that was to DIAC (I think). I've now just done my daughter's and got an automatic email saying it will be done within 5 business days
  13. 143 parent visa

    Hey I’m just curious, how long will the 173 visa take to process ?
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  15. Q on 186 Visa

    Yes, I am afraid you have misunderstood. Employers are not going to see your details. A 186 application requires a sponsor to be in place with the process started by the employer If you want a percent visa, you are better looking at PR visas such as 189 or 190. Or even a 489. Employers generally only offer 457 ( about to become TSS) which are temporary visas. What is the occupation?
  16. Q on 186 Visa

    Hi verystormy! We’re negotiating and it may happen, but in case the offer falls through, I wanted a backup plan. I though making an EOI was the plan B: to put my husband out there and see if there were any interest from employers. Am I way off? Have I misunderstood the Home Affairs homepage? Thanks, verystormy, for any assistance or advice. Best, Anna Linda
  17. Q on 186 Visa

    Have you got an employer sponsoring you?
  18. Thanks for your post - I have edited your email as we encourage people to contact via our PM system. We hope that you will continue to be an active member of the forum, sharing your migration journey and helping those yet to make the move.
  19. 143 parent visa

    Thank you very much for both replies,yes it's a massive decision due to the cost,at this stage of our working lives,and also the fact that it is a couple of years before we could move permanently.We are undecided but to be honest I think it gives us stability for later on as we only have the one child,with grandchild who is obviously in AU.As I understand other options could be available as we reach retirement age but it almost becomes crystal ball time as this could change,due to health issues or if the Australian government change the requirements.
  20. school and travelling

    Hi Ali, thanks for the info, very insightful x
  21. Q on 186 Visa

    Hi! I'm new to this. I have a question re. the 186 Visa. On the governmental website, under “Expression of Interest”, it states: “If you do not have an employer who will nominate you, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect. Prospective employers and state and territory governments can then view your details and decide whether to nominate you for skilled migration.” But when we login to SkillSelect EOI, it states: “The EOI for this subclass is able to be completed.” When I click on “Apply Visa”, I get a pop up window where it states: “In order to lodge an application for this visa type, the employer must have already begun their nomination application. You will need their Transaction Reference Number (TRN) to continue.” Then we are asked: “Do you wish to start lodging a visa application for this visa now?” YES or NO. How do we proceed? Can we proceed? Thanking you in advance. Best regards, Anna Linda
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  23. 143 parent visa

    I guess like ali suggests it really depends on the motivation behind the move in the first place. If you were to come over on tourist visas would you be able to stay with your family the whole time? Would you want to? Would they want you to?? It's a nice idea but unless they have a self contained accommodation or you are going to buy/rent somewhere for the duration of your stay it makes it difficult. The parent visa is a massive cost, and I think I would reconsider not wanting to work at all - even if you just found something part-time. My parents came over on the 173 and then converted to the 143 to split the cost. They arrived on a tourist visa, bought a caravan and traveled around Australia whilst waiting for their visa to be granted. They were in their mid-50's when they arrived and intended to work (and still do at 60 now) and really enjoy their work so intend to keep doing it for a while yet (FYI they both do completely different jobs from what they did in England). The financial position they arrived in allowed them to purchase a house outright and have some small savings (once paying for the visa) but very little in the way of funds when they retire, so they need to work and build up some retirement funds. If that's not something that you think you'll be able to do, or you think you'll struggle - then it's probably not a good idea.
  24. 143 parent visa

    I think it's a massive undertaking and as you're approaching retirement age I too would question the massive cost. I guess to examine - what you wanted to achieve by making the move in the first place and what those benefits are in the long term. My in-laws are in their 70's and whilst relatively fit - my mother in law now feels that the journey is too long for her and they may not visit us again. I would put that scenario into the equation when considering regular tourist visas ... the travelling back and forth might get a little too much. As you know, the rules for visas change all the time and processing times get longer and re-visiting visa options down the track may not be on the same playing field as they are now. I'm sure others will chip in
  25. 143 parent visa

    We are in the process of the 143 visa at the stage of about to arrange medicals,police checks etc,must admit I am getting a few doubts mainly due to the fact that in reality will not be moving permanently for at least 2 years,and being aged 60 thinking of the cost of the visa,as would like to think once retired at 62 will not really want to work in AU. Has anybody been in a similar situation,or maybe parents been in this situation?I am aware this visa has certain pension rights after 10 years and also medical care.But beginning to think the money could be better spent on 3 month visits and revisiting visa options at 65. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
  26. Meet new friends

    Hi. We arrived a month ago. Four of us, 43, 40, 12yo girl and 11yo boy. Moved from Gloucester to Tapping. Things going well so far, but would be great to meet more people. No problem driving anywhere really. Group meeting could be fun!
  27. Multiple super accounts and you

    Regardless of your age, one of the ways to help you grow your wealth and prepare for retirement is to take an active interest in your superannuation sooner rather than later, especially when considering the impact that having multiple superannuation accounts may have on your end ‘retirement nest egg’. You’ll notice from your superannuation statement, that your super grows from contributions and returns less tax and costs (such as contributions tax, administration/member fees, investment fees, adviser fees and insurance premiums). With this in mind, consider what impact several sets of deducted costs may have on your overall superannuation balance if you have multiple superannuation accounts running simultaneously. Not to mention all the extra paperwork come super statement time. As at 30 June 2016, over 14.8 million Australians have a superannuation account* – great news for people looking to have a lifestyle above what is provided by Age Pension entitlements! But did you know that almost half currently hold their superannuation in more than one fund? What’s more alarming is that many of these people are nearing retirement in the 61 to 65 age bracket. That could mean they may have been paying duplicate sets of costs throughout their working life, potentially reducing their ‘retirement nest egg’! Fees aside, it is also important to be aware of how this impacts asset allocation. In many instances your additional superannuation accounts may have been established under what is called a ‘default investment option’, which in some instances coincides with a balanced investor, on average this equates to roughly 70% growth assets (such as shares and property) and 30% income assets (such as cash and fixed interest). You might find that this is exactly how you would like to be invested based on your financial goals and objectives and risk tolerance. But if the default investment option does not align with your needs it may mean that you’re not getting an optimal result from your superannuation. Before you go rolling one superannuation balance into another it is important to understand that in some instances it may make sense to retain multiple superannuation accounts. For example, you may be in a position where: one superannuation account needs to be retained with the minimal account balance because you have personal insurance cover within it that was established prior to a medical condition developing; whereas, the other superannuation account is receiving your personal and employer contributions due to its potentially better quality investments. If you are unsure about which path to take, then remember it is ok to seek professional advice from us before you consolidate your accounts because we can help you make an informed decision regarding fees, insurance offerings (and insurance cover established prior to medical conditions), defined benefit schemes, as well as diversification, risk tolerance and much, much more. Lastly, as at 30 June 2016, there were roughly six million lost and ATO-held superannuation accounts with a total value of roughly $16 billion*. Is some of it yours? Read our article on how to find your lost super because it could mean more money for you in retirement!
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