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  1. 2 points
    Thanks for that advice NLDU, very useful. I will definitely speak to the agent and get more info from her. Yes she is a migration lawyer too and she comes as a personal recommendation so I think she is very good, just want to ensure it's a valid use of that amount of money! That's amazing that visa was granted in 2d....makes a bit of a mockery of the proposed 12-13m processing times noted on the website! You must have done a great job
  2. 2 points
    Hi rollingstone I can not comment on how or what your agent does but I would say from a personal perspective, filling out a form is yes indeed very easy! knowing the complex legislation and regulations, eg Reg 5.19 for 186, addressing various caveats, writing submissions etc is a different matter and your agent probably like myself holds a Post Grad Cert in Migration Law. I specialise in Drs and medical professionals and they certainly see value in a migration agent. I can also watch youtube and learn how to rewire my house, or service my car, but I chose to get an expert to do these things for me. When I recently sold my property in Perth I paid my real estate agent $17K to sit in my lounge, drink coffee and get me a buyer! Migration agents charge a fraction of that cost and are responsible for life changing situations. However, only you know whether you find using an agent of value and as I said previously you need to know how experienced your agent is with the type of visa you are applying for, how many refusals they've had etc to know whether or not they are of use to you. The refusal rate is high I believe due to integrity issues and incomplete applications. How happy would your boss be if he loses $5540 nom fee and SAF levy because someone has lodged an invalid or incorrect application? Your agent will know if you are able to apply with grandfathering provisions aswell. Good luck, it is a personal preference whether or not you use your agent, however I think you need to speak to them and ask them to explain what they do for their fee and how experienced they are with the Subclass you chose to apply for.... If you are unhappy/resentful from the outset I think you may be best to DIY!
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    Here is how things went. Check-in at PERTH Airport was very quick and got through all the security checks easily. There was a delay of 30mins in boarding but no announcements were made and the departures screen said nothing so a bit of confusion but eventually boarded very quickly. First Flight Cabin crew were polite and helpful. Snacks and drinks were served early in the flight and then main meal. If wanting wine ask for a couple of glasses as only pour a small measure. OH had booked “bland” option for food and had chicken, mashed potato and green beans for main course. The normal option was chicken curry with rice or beef with potato gratin. Soft drinks were brought around during the flight and alcohol could be asked for. Entertainment was OK and, although I had seen some of the films, there was plenty to view. Bangkok Airport transfer only a short stop but did not enjoy the experience as over 30 degrees and no aircon in the airport. After walking from the plane drop off through to transfer lounge were drenched and felt uncomfortable until we were able to board the second flight. Second Flight Again there was a delay in boarding, with no announcements, but we boarded quickly so weren’t too late in leaving. Service was the same as first flight so no complaints. First meal “bland” option was salmon with rice. Main options were Chicken Thai green curry or a pork stew. Wine served by half measure again. Same entertainment as first flight but managed to keep ourselves occupied. Plane was darkened for large part of flight so people could sleep but extra drinks available on request. Breakfast: Bland option was fish with potato balls, main option was hash brown, pork sausage and omelette. Heathrow Airport Disembarked quickly and then reached immigration. Use your UK passport if possible as the non-EU line was horrendous. When we reached the luggage reclaim there were piles of luggage from other flights awaiting collection. They also started to make a pile of luggage awaiting people from our flight. Overall the trip was not bad and the flight were OK. We saved $600pp on the whole trip so can’t complain. Flight service was good and we have travelled with Emirates and Singapore before. Due to the price saving it was worth it for us (apart from Bangkok Airport). Hope this helps.
  4. 2 points
    Being a gardener, I love the Perth Garden Show each year, and when I was there yesterday (it runs Thursday to Sunday this weekend at McCallum Park in South Perth), I thought I would post about it on Perth Poms, as gardening in WA is so very different to gardening in UK and the northern hemisphere. If you want to attend and have Kleenheat Gas, you can buy discounted tickets from their website. There were stalls exhibiting everything from shoes to wear gardening to Metal garden sculptures, and everything in between you can think of from veggies, native plants to roses. Some brilliant exhibition gardens, and talks about gardening, food, growing food, starting a garden from a blank new builders sand block.... so many stalls giving out good advice and having competitions to win their products. Fingers crossed I win the huge bag of Lupin Mulch!! It was a brilliant day out... lots of sitting areas in shade and under trees... lots of food trucks... lots of portaloos. I have been to the Show for the last 5 years and thoroughly enjoy it and just wish it had been going when I first emigrated here in 1991 so I wouldn't have had to learn by disaster and default, how to garden in our harsh climate in what is basically sand, or clay if you are in the Hills. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, perhaps give it a visit.
  5. 2 points
    Thought I'd give an update seeing as we've been here nearly two months. We arrived on 4th December which was a day before we would have lost our travel facility on the visa, this was cutting it fine to say the least and not ideal but down to our own circumstances. Anyway we were very pleased that there was nothing to ground our flight like snow... We arrived and are staying in holiday accomodation which is lovely and much needed relaxation (in between doing admin) after our stressful and emotional departure. We are looking for a long term rental but due to the timing its a bit tricky, there are lots available from $290-$500 per week in the areas we want to be for work and the girl's school, we ideally want a pool too seeing as the weather will get hotter in jan and feb probably and its school holidays so it will keep the girls occupied! There are less properties with pools but fingers crossed something will come up after the news years break. We have had to fill in an application form to apply for one of the rentals and there were other applications, now the owners will select which person they want to go for. We had to put down previous rental information and the 100 point ID which was fine between us. As soon as we arrived, we tried to get things sorted to help with ID, i applied for a westpac bank acc online and this was so easy to open,.i just went into the branch with our visa and passport. We also got medicare sorted quickly as this can be a form of ID, i had to get my tax number and WWCC (working with children card) ready to start work in January. Both of these were time consuming but fairly simple to do. We have arranged a PO box address for admin stuff seeing as we're only in holiday accomodation and this just means we get notified if we receive anything, then we can choose to have it scanned, stored, collected or sent on. We also brought with us photocopies of our visa, passports and birth certificates. We dont have a lrinter at the moment so I've had to go to the local library and use their printer/photocopier which has been ok. The girls have managed to have a few days in their school which was great, this involved me enroling them, so had to take their red books, visa ID etc and pay for uniform which is really sweet! The children were friendly and both have made friends, I managed to swap numbers with a couple of the mums so we can hopefully get together over the summer holidays. Christmas felt very weird being hot and sunny, we kept forgetting and left it late to get pressies. It seems less in your face and lower key here, we went on the beach Christmas morning and it wasnt too busy, had a drink and the kids swam and then we went back home and i did turkey, massive Australian brussel sprouts and xmas pud (from a local Aldi!) It was a bit hot for a roast but I think important for the kids. So the main things weve noticed are: everyone is very friendly and welcoming, we are living in the northern suburbs so I can only comment on that, but people seem to be at a slower pace, they have more time to chat and the customer service had been great too! Up here everyone seems to have a 4x4 and especially a Mitsubishi Prado - usually with roof racks, bull bars, light bars and various useful stiff stuff for camping! (If youve seen some of my ither posts we were considering bringing our BMW M5....it wouldn't have been great with all the sand/dust/salt so i think we were best to leave it and get a 4x4) you hardly ever see BMWs up here, its mainly 4x4s The parks are amazing, so clean and there are loads. Usually they have some gas BBQs that are free to use and its so lovely that people regulaly congregate there with their families to eat. The beaches are so quiet and clean, the wind on the coast is very welcome and usually people do stuff in the morning before the wind gets stronger in the afternoon. Sone groceries are more expensive, depending on where you go, limes, yoghurt, garlic, milk are a few we have noticed but we've only been to Coles, Woolworths, Aldi (a lot less choice in the one went went to than in the UK), IGA Our shipping container arrived in Fremantle bang on time, which is amazing seeing as it was over Christmas. Doree Bonner were great and so we'd really recommend them, we're hoping to get our things within 2 weeks as they now have to go through quarentine. Our youngest daughter is really missing having her things and despite having xmas gifts, it will be lovely when she has all her own stuff! All in all its been a real experience and we can see why we've moved, the pace of life seems slower and the work life balance seems more in tune to what we want. Its not all been plain sailing, our youngest daughter is very homesick and she is having fun in the pool and likes the beach etc but she is a creature of habit and likes having her own belongings around her, I am hoping she will feel better now our things have arrived [emoji120] We had sent a 'really useful' box via a courier which was expected on 20th....it still hasnt arrived. This wasnt expensive stuff, but some xmas cards, good luck cards, some paperwork and odd and ends that we wanted for xmas but couldnt fit in our 30 kg limit. We're now having to wait whilst they investigate where on earth our package has ended up. So, we were lucky in a way that we didnt rely on that totally but im annoyed i packed some things in there that were sentimental and if they're lost it will be really upsetting. So, we feel like we've done a lot in a month but still to do....Australian driving license (another great form of ID) must get it within 3 months, health insurance! Oh and my hubby needs to find a job.....at least I have one starting new week! Be careful with the speed limits, I've come a cropper on double demerits weekend too.. [emoji849] We have found a nice long term rental and our things arrived without fuss, the shoppers were absolutely faultless from start to finish. We used Doree Bonner in the UK and they transferred to Grace Removals in Perth. Its been a long process but were so glad we made the move and are excited about our new life here in sunny WA.... Well a bit rainy today but that was a bit novel! It seems so amazing that we're finally here and living the life we've wanted to, yes things take effort and time and money but so far it's been well worth it and we're all hoping it will get even better on the next few months as we settle. Into daily life in Perth. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  6. 1 point
    Visa supporting documentation is getting more complicated, and I can only guess that you have been proactive. Well done.
  7. 1 point
    Doctors in Oxford hospital completed all test and diagnostic!! My little Girl is ok Happy me, now can concentrate on the move Crazy time
  8. 1 point
    I would strongly recommend using an agent. The downside of employer sponsored is that they are on of the most common visas to be refused.
  9. 1 point
    You will have to give an address to register the vehicle, so if you are in a holiday rental or hotel, you can use that address. I am not sure if you can use a post office box number, so you might want to look into that as well as it could be handy for all your mail to go to a P O Box until you are settled. You can drive on your overseas licence for 3 months from the date of your arrival, so you can leave this until you are more settled. Heaps of info about how to do this on the Department of Transport webpage www.transport.gov.wa.au Good idea to buy a car first as it will save on hire car fees. Plenty of car yards in Osborne Park in the northern suburbs, or look at Gumtree if you know what you are doing car wise. Scary isn't it when you think of all the things that you have to do when you first get here. Just ask away if you need help! You can buy a car without a permanent address and just change the address when you have moved into a rental or purchased a home. You will have to give an address to register the vehicle, so if you are in a holiday rental or hotel, you can use that address. I am not sure if you can use a post office box number, so might want to look into that as well as it could be handy for all your mail to go to a P O Box until you are settled. You can drive on your overseas licence for 3 months from the date of your arrival, so you can leave this until you are more settled. Heaps of info about how to do this on the Department of Transport webpage www.transport.gov.wa.au
  10. 1 point
    Great news - schools are pretty easy to register for once you're here with quick starts.
  11. 1 point
    I think you're an Australian once you've done the ceremony. Whether you choose to get a passport after that is up to you (and obviously comes with its own waiting period). It also happened to me - the gap between test and ceremony meant we had to pay for RRVs which we wouldn't have had to if they hadn't been so far behind on processing citizenship ceremonies.
  12. 1 point
    Cheers Rossmoyne. Everything seems to be lining up for January. We'll just have to prepare for being out of work until things pick up.
  13. 1 point
    I've heard move cube are pretty good.
  14. 1 point
    Hi and welcome to the forum. If you check our guidelines, it will give you our business rules regarding advertising your business (you are allowed to do this in your signature .. quoting your ABN is also a good idea).
  15. 1 point
    Albeit a long time ago now (12 years), we made the move in January. Our reasons were very much around new year new start, enjoying a last Christmas with the rellies and making the leap soon after. Additionally (and more importantly) our daughter 11 at the time was in year 7 and had started high school in the UK, but at the time, year 7 in WA was the last year of primary school and we wanted her to have a complete year of finding her feet before going to high school (again). Can't comment about the rental situation (although i'm sure you'd get fixed up), if you're looking at a holiday rent initially - book in advance
  16. 1 point
    by some bitters and use sprite (if they have it) - that's what they made me in Canada
  17. 1 point
    Thank you. We will definitely do that
  18. 1 point
    I think it's hard to predict what the job situation will be like - my advice would be to apply for visa's if you're eligible now as you never know when jobs are removed from lists.
  19. 1 point
    I have never come across a situation where a family were considering living apart for years before. So, this is only a best guess answer and hopefully a migration agent will post. But I would say the department would question if you were in a genuine relationship.
  20. 1 point
    You can't just swap her on your visa. You will need to sponsor her for a partner visa. You can only do this once you are living in Australia and the process takes 12 to 24 months.
  21. 1 point
    There are a LOT of clubs. If he likes a challenge, then the one that I used to live on is very popular, but known for difficult, The Links, Dawesville. It is a Rolex 1000 club and very pretty as it is boarded by the ocean.
  22. 1 point
    Sorry to hear of your sad news. Thinking of you all at this awful time. x
  23. 1 point
    Hi, Sorry to hear about your FIL, thoughts go out to you and your family. I am a big believer in fate and believe that you went home for a reason and this was it, to be there for your extended family. Regarding your son, if he has just started year 10 then he would continue in year 10 here for all of the next academic year and sit his exams at the end of year 12, so he will be at no detriment if you left next year. If you are thinking of moving again before your visas run out then if I were you I would do it sooner rather than later so he can finish his education here rather than waiting for him to do his GCSEs / A levels. My eldest daughter was 14 when we moved and in year 9. Luckily she settled in straight away and has made a great group of friends but it has taken her nearly 2 years to find a hobby. She has just been in her first musical and is now planning on being in another 2. next year if she passes the auditions. Before that she would just be on her computer or I pad and admitted that she was bored but didn’t know what she wanted to do with her time. The younger daughter was 10 and in year 6 when we moved and didn’t really settle at all for the first year. She has tried a number of things, Taekwondo, modelling academy, basketball, but nothing stuck. She has finally found a youth group run by the local church that she goes to on a Friday evening and she really enjoys it. Again, that was fairly recently and has helped her to feel that she belongs. She also has a group of friends now that she’s in yr 7 but that has taken a little while to form too. I guess what I’m trying to say is that children don’t always settle and jump straight in to the new life as quickly as we would hope and it can take time to make friends and find hobbies etc. I totally get the not wanting to stuff up his education but if you moved back over next yr he would in effect have another year to prepare for the exams. You know your son though and obviously worry about how he would cope. I suppose you’ve got to consider how unhappy you all would be as a family if you left it much longer knowing how much you enjoyed the ocean and sunshine etc. I think most high schools have psychologists, if you do move back and you are worried, you could always talk to the psych to ask advice or for help on settling him in etc Hope you manage to come to a decision without to much stress. Jen x
  24. 1 point
    Hi very stormy- thanks for your comment i will keep this in mind I think having the weekends together would be nice as i currently work away from home half the year but i appreciate your comment - always good to gather as much info as possible Hi rossmoyne - yeah I've heard that from a few people.. Hopefully by the time we move things will have improved - failing that we will look elsewhere In Australia but i totally agree now would not be the best time Hi Ali - that sounds really positive and exactly what we are after, i do not mind putting in longer hours aslong as we have weekends etc together for family time One thing we don't want is to look back in regret at the chances we didnt take and Australia certainly seems to offer a better future for children etc Thanks to you all for your kind replies Tony
  25. 1 point
    So myself and my family (hubby and 3 children aged 13, 10 and 8) arrived in WA on the 29th March after a long but manageable flight. Kids were great on the flight and really wasn't as bad as I was expecting! We have now been here for 6 weeks and i can't believe how quickly it has flown by. We are currently still in our holiday let which we rented for 7 weeks to give us time to find a permanent rental property. Which we managed to find our ideal home SOR with no problems and we move in on the 16th May and we all can't wait. Although we will still be without all our furnture which we shipped in a full 20 container and it left our property in the UK on the 4th March...but was delayed in the UK and is due to arrive in Freo on the 12th May. We will have to still prob wait 1-2 weeks due to customs and quarantine, but it will be great once we receive it all! The children found it a little difficult for the first 4 weeks as they only had each other (also they had been off for 3 weeks in the UK) and having no friends here they found it hard...but since starting school this has totally changed and they are coming out of school smiling! Although they are all a little devastated that each of them is in the year that they have to take the NAPLAN tests... (comparable to SATS in the UK) but from what they are telling me they do not seem too difficult for them...a lot of what they are being taught they have learnt in the UK. Jobs have been a little tough. I came over with a job offer as a Midwife and thankfully this has remained even though my Registration with AHPRA has been a nightmare and has taken almost 6 weeks to complete...but i will be starting my new job on Monday! My husband was not so lucky as he was hoping to stay with Aldi distribution (he worked for them in the UK) but this hasnt been the case and he is now desperately searching for work...hopefully something will come up soon! We are finding things great...weather is typically autumnal here. Cloudy and plenty of showers so far but its nice to still be able to do things and hoping for some pleasant days next week. It is giving us a gradual introduction to the weather in Perth and hopefully summer wont be as much of a shock! Shopping isn't as expensive as i was expecting...some things are lots more expensive other things cheaper. One thing that shocked me was how expensive green grapes are but kids love them! Its all comparable to earnings and we still convert everything although we are getting better! To sum up so far we are loving our new life here in WA and although we have had challenges we are overcoming them and just having time to enjoy our amazing surroundings...yes there are differences to the UK, but we are yet to find any negatives to living here ( other than friends and family not being close by). Even the wildlife (spiders) isn't too bad..met some of the different types of spiders and currently have a beautiful Garden Orb weaving spider outside! So far so good... Steph Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
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