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  1. ali

    Where to buy hamper?

    Not used any hamper companies - are you thinking of gift items or more necessities? Gift type - Myers will probably have them and also Target do them. Alternatively, you could get them stuff from coles/woolies and have it delivered. I do find with christmas hampers though, that I end up with stuff sitting in the cupboard that we never eat.
  2. The further away from the city the more affordable it is - but it may lack some infrastructure. A lot of the new build areas aren't on larger plots. We're not beach people so live about 20 mins away from beach and city.
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    Parent Visas

    Sorry you find some of the responses negative. I is important I think to highlight the barriers that might be encountered.
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    Parent Visas

    The contributory parent visa is probably the quickest although still a few years to grant.
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    Parent Visas

    It's risky to come out on a tourist visa and then wait on a bridging visa - there will be restrictions to travel, restrictions accessing some things due to the temporary status and the biggy that when they were due to get the medical they may have conditions that makes the visa not be granted and they'd be sent back to a country they've not lived in nor have any residency status in.
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    Wanting to make new friends

    Our closest friends both in the UK and here in Aus were people we met through our children. You don't say how old your children are - getting talking in the playground, inviting children for a playdate and it progressing to mum and dad being invited. Joining clubs yourself or the kids being involved in them and you getting to meet other parents. My suburb has an i love Leeming page on FB - have a look if there's one for Canning Vale - may be worth putting a post out
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    Sounds like a nice idea, haven't done it ourselves - we hit the ground running - hubby started work after a week and and me after 4. One thing I would be cautious of is the job climate and it hasn't always been easy for some migrants to get work and not unheard of to be out of work for a few months when arriving. You may need your savings to 'get by' if you were unable to find a job right away. Due to COVID-19, a lot of jobs have been lost with businesses not being able to reopen and being hit by a recession. Might be worth doing the sums e.g. how much you'd need if you didn't have any wage coming in for 4-6 months. We did find that when we arrived we hemorrhaged money, whilst we brought over a full container of furniture there were still things we needed to buy.
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    Young Family, hoping to make the move

    We've been here since 2007 and the process was a lot easier then (I'm a nurse) as once the ANMAC had approved skills assessment they actually (at my request) sent all the documents to the nursing board or WA for registration (AHPRA came in a few years later). When we moved, there wasn't the process of applying for EOI. The whole process for us took 7 months from applying for skills assessment to getting the visa.
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    Young Family, hoping to make the move

    Good luck with the process - I found gathering the info for the skills assessment the most time consuming. What visa are you applying for? Covid, has like many places had an impact upon jobs, but hopefully things will pick up soon.
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    Young Family, hoping to make the move

    Your first step is to look at the jobs lists to see if your occupation is there.
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    Young Family, hoping to make the move

    Hi welcome to the forum - what are your occupations?
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    Anyone waiting to migrate?

    We have made the drive from Perth to Exmouth - did do a stop-over at kalbarri on the way there and back
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    Anyone waiting to migrate?

    It was on the news that they're worried the Rottnest brand has been tarnished by being used for quarantine - hopefully there may be some cheap deals in the future, cheaper to holiday in Bali than Rotto.
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    870 Temporary Visa

    My understanding is that you can be in Aus when it's granted (but not when you apply), so you could come on a visitor visa. Has your sponsor been approved yet? The visa is taking approx. 19 months to be granted I believe (which is longer than the average tourist visa), when were you considering coming over? Do you work in the UK? Only asking as it may be wiser if you do to get the extra funds as I don't believe that this visa allows any work rights.
  15. 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