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    Visa system a joke

    It is mate, i'm proper fed up about it and annoyed I cant get any response from anyone at the department. I think i'm just going to apply for the other RRV i need for daughter two and just then get them holiday visas and argue the toss if they give me a hard time about it. They surely cant think that over 5 months to process an RRV is acceptable.
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    Visa system a joke

    So, I have two daughters (twins) who are PR but are in UK finishing their education, both are due to fly out Christmas for 5 weeks before going back to continue their last year. At the end of July one of them stated she had had enough and wanted to come back and not continue with the next year of education so I applied for a RRV. We are now near end of October and they still haven't looked at it, they've taken the money though, $375 !! So I called them and asked about it and also the fact that I need another one for the other daughter to come out. I spoke with a very helpful lady and this is what she said. RRV are taking, on average, 5 months to process from the time that it is allocated and they are not being allocated for up to 85 days!! She told me there is no point in applying for an RRV for daughter 2 as it has no chance of being allocated before christmas let alone granted. So, i asked my options, there weren't any other than cancel their flights!! I explained I was not going to do this as they are coming for Christmas. I explained that I would cancel RRV for daughter 1 as it has taken so long (she has decided to carry on with current education) and get two holiday visas. You cant do that she said it will affect their PR, I explained that it cannot effect their PR as you are either PR or you aren't and they are!! This she agreed but then stated that 2 holiday visas may effect future RRV's but she was unable to explain how. She then went onto say that the girls would have restrictions on a holiday visa, ie they wouldn't be able to work, to which I explained they are coming here for Christmas not a job??? I went on to explain that if the department were unable to provide a visa in a timely fashion and I considered 5 months a bit over the top for an RRV then I had no option but to get the two holiday visas and in future if this hampered any subsequent RRV's I would be quite happy to use the departments over lengthy process times as evidence that led me to obtain holiday visas. She agreed that this course of action seem reasonable and my only option if I wanted to see my children for Christmas. She did also do a lot of telling me that she "cannot advise me" to which I stated if you are the Department of Immigration and you cannot advise me who can? She said I would need to see a migration agent but I personally don't think this is right, a government department should be able to tell you about the things it is set up to promote and govern, you shouldn't have to go to an outside agency and pay for information about what that department does and how it does it. So, here are my thoughts on the visa farce, when you apply for a PR visa as part of that visa you are allowed to travel to and from Australia for a period of time. This travel part ends and then you have to apply for a RRV to travel too and from Australia. But as far as I see it as a Permanent resident once you are in Australia you can do as your PR status allows, the RRV only allows you travel in and out you are still a PR , so whats the difference if a PR enters on a holiday visa and then just stays?? Still a PR just your right to travel in and out has ended? In fact this happened to my daughters in 2016, they were towards the end of the original visa so no need to apply for an RRV, they got to Heathrow and the check in staff stated they could not see the PR visa on their systems so for the princely sum of £50 each issued them a holiday visa. once they arrived i contact the Dept of immigration to find out what happened, they said they didnt know but there was no issue they just cancelled the holiday visas, no refund though, was down to me to chase it through the airline!!
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    Visa system a joke

    The department hasnt even looked at them yet Ali, in my Immi account it states that it hasnt been allocated. And tbh I have provided lots of evidence including legal documents about parental responsibility. Well Ali, while I understand that not everyone knows everything if you phone a government department there should be someone there that knows the sh*t they are selling, especially as the lady is telling me that some travel visas can effect another visa but cannot tell me why or how. Sadly not been here long enough for citizenship, got to be here 4 years but looking at other peoples posts they are waiting an extra 18 months to get their citizenship so its looking more like 6 years before you get it.
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    Visa system a joke

    The trouble stormy is that the department allows people to keep PR because people often go back and forth, some because for work some because they "ping pong", it works for that reason and also they can make money out of it. I understand this and don't mind them making money but they are offering a service and are unable to fulfill that service in a timely manner, what happens if i needed to get home for a crisis or a sick relative, you cant wait over 6 months??. The RRV is not cheap and they take the money straight away. I'm happy to buy two RRVs but they are taking too long to process and having checked the progress, the RRV hasnt even been allocated. Its just a bit frustrating, I tried to email from my Immi account for an update but it just give error message page not found 404, which just adds to the frustration so I emailed through the complaint/suggestion email, that was 7 weeks ago and nothing. Although ive vented my displeasure on this forum my email was polite and explained my reasons and dates.
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    Panel Beater Vetassess Interview

    Hi, I can only give you my experience of Vetassess from 2010 when I applied as a car mechanic and this may be different from their processes now. When I applied, my vetassess was a practical and interview in one. Before the economic downturn here, Perth, Vetassess assessors traveled to the UK and worked from the Technical college in Accrington, Lancashire, this was a long old way for me from the south coast so I stayed over night. At this time there were many examiners for different trades, however on the day I picked I was the only candidate for MV, they did try and move me but I had already booked time off and accommodation etc. My practical was pretty straight forward but based very much on what you would learn as a 1st or 2nd year apprentice. The guy chatted to me as we went around the work stations and at the end we sat down and he asked me trade related questions making notes as he went. It was a full 8 hour day and he didnt give anything away as to whether I had passed or not, that came via email. This process also gave me an Australian qualification, a Cert 3 on MV mechanics which was what I needed to hit the ground running without needing to do any courses once I had landed. My thoughts on this process was, if you are experienced and know your job then you will ace it, but there were a number of things we did that were typical college, by this I mean you learn it at college but never use it in practical application. Can I just ask, have a you got a job to go to? The job market is starting to pick up so we are told but I'm not seeing it. The only jobs I see are for large companies and chain groups who dont appear to look after their staff very well and have a high turn over. regards, jase
  6. So we are over two years in and love it here, things annoy me, stamp duty on cars, rego on trailers and boats all just a money making exercise with no real concern for the people, this is backed up by the fact as long as you rego your car it never has to be looked at, no mot so there are massive buckets of badly maintained sh*t driving about but thats another story. The driving is bad, they are idiots. Miss family, friends, a decent pub, decent customer service and a decent family friends pub/restaurant thats reasonably priced but they are starting to come. However, in October 17 the unthinkable happened that you never plan for, my wife who was 39 at the time found a lump, long story short its cancer. We found out the day we moved into our first Aussie bought house ( Bought back in March but was renoing it). Our world has been difficult to say the least, with two children 8 and 3 1/2 but my wife has been amazing and an inspiration. Shes has three operations to remove the cancer and surrounding infected tissue and is now half way through her Chemo. Now my thoughts regarding the Health and Government systems here, firstly when something like this happens you need help normally from your family, we have no family here and none in the UK that are able to drop everything and come over, the same with friends. Now I know that family and friends feel terrible about not helping but we decided to move 10,000 miles away so they cant be blamed for not helping. However, our Aussie neighbours from our old rental and our new house have been bloody amazing so have the other parents from the school, I now see what community spirit is and these people are amazing. I still have to go to work everyday and although my boss has been great I cant just drop days at the last minute after all they are running a business not a charity!! Now, my wife worked nights shelf stacking at Coles part time and had paid into her Super fund for over a year and had been paying for all the insurances, in fact about two weeks before we discovered it was cancer she was whinging about how much money they take and was going to cancel them, thank god she didnt because we would have lost our house if it wasn't for income protection!! We are NOT entitled to anything from Centrelink, nothing!! We are on a 176 SS visa and are not entitled to any income based benefits for the first two years. This is not small print, we knew this, but you always think this wont happen to you so gloss over it, well it does happen and we are proof. We also have Health insurance, however, with my wifes Cancer and this is all I can speak for, I'm on the fence with whether its worth having. Sure, she had her own room at a private hospital and private surgeon removed the lump and did the subsequent two other surgeries but she would of been seen equally as quick and may well have had her own room at a public hospital. The health insurance doesnt pay for scans and investigative work and there is a always an excess or gap in some treatments that we are in for to the tune of just over $2000. With the public system you have to pay for some exploratory stuff but no gaps/excess. In fact my wife is now on the public system for chemo because its the same as private with out us having to find the gap money. I cannot fault either private or public system here but I think one compliments the other. If you have no health insurance I think you wait for some things, just like the UK and some stuff youll have to pay for. Would we go home? No, we came for a more outdoor life for us and our children, Ive lost two stone in weight being here, the change of lifestyle and food has certainly helped me. the people are friendlier and generally more inclined to chat about nothing. Myself and my daughter do Karate which was a thing of mine in the UK but I never had the time, shes not long going for her black belt and has the potential to go further. I go to a fitness class at my local park 4 mornings a week with a great bunch or people. Wouldnt of done that in the UK!! So, it may never happen, and I hope you guys never have to go through this, but its worth remembering that life isnt always smooth and what you would do if it all went wrong!!
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    Car Import

    Pegg, don't bother, the whole process, once you get to Perth, is bullshit designed to cost you money. Plus, once you've got it through the bullshit its classed as an import, which it is, so you pay more insurance and its worth less if you wanted to sell it.
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    Parent visa query

    Just a quick question, I'm an only child, been in Australia now over two years as a permanent resident. Wife has Cancer and is under going various treatments that are going to be ongoing. I only have my mum left and she is 76 but is a fit 76. She has high blood pressure which she takes tablets for. Now she has said that she would like to sell up and come and live with us to help with the children, which to be honest we could well do with. However, I can only see the contributory and Non-contributory visas. The contributory visa is $43800 plus $10000 medicare bond and the non contributory has a near 20 year waiting period. Both of these are nothing short of criminal and the government quite clearly does not want people bringing their parents. I mean, who lodges an application that will take 20 years? The chances are your parents will be dead and the gov have still had their visa fee!! Is there another option?
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    Job demand in Perth

    Ooooow Jen78, I might take a look at that, see if they have anything for me!!
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    Job demand in Perth

    Hi, thought i'd reply, I can't help with your specific job but in general the jobs market seems to be slightly picking up. I have heard that some of the mines are starting to pick up and recruit more staff, theres been an advert on the radio for Rio Tinto looking for staff.The mines all have a knock on effect for the rest of the labour market which is always good. Ive never fancied the mines as being away from home defeats the idea of coming here but lots of people do and of course the money is good. Have you tried SEEK and INDEED for jobs? Also look at the Transperth website, i dont suppose that transperth maintain their own track but it might give you an insight into who does and maybe a quick email to them might prove fruitful. Good luck
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    Two years in and the Unthinkable happened!!

    Thanks Ali, tough times but we'll get there
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    Resident Return Visa question again

    Thanks for the replies, when they came last year they still had about a month left on the travel part of the visa. When they got to Heathrow the check in staff said they could not see either of them having a visa with valid travel provision and issued them with a holiday visa, at the cost of £50 each!! When they arrived I contacted the Department of Immigration to query this. I was told that the airport staff didnt look properly and she would cancel the holiday visa, never got my £100 back though!! Theiving Bas*ards ;-)
  13. Sooooo, my two older children are Aussie residents but are in the UK finishing their education, they are due to come out in July but my question is do I have to get them a RRv or can I just get them a holiday visa? RRV are expensive and if you have spent less than two years here, which they have, they are only granted for a year. They are only staying for 6 weeks and by the time they are due to come again the RRV will have expired. The visa system is just a money making exercise but thats my personal opinion. I got a RRV last year to go to a wedding, cost me $360 and only lasted a year, had to provide proof of staying here even though I'd been here well over a year (fair enough) then they only grant travel for a year. Would happily apply for citizenship but have to be here 4 years!! All the jobs I want to apply for require you to be a citizen, says it all really! Anyway thats a rant for another post!
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    Drinks tonight...

    I've just seen this, so may be a bit late. It was a fantastic offer but you dont say anything about yourself for people who might have been able to make it and might not have seen your previous posts. For example I'm in my late 40's and although I like a beer and throwing some shapes on the dance floor you might be early 20's and not appreciate my dad dancing!! Ive never been to the CBD of an evening for a beer due to kids, work etc but its defiantly on my list to do!!
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    Shipping tools from the UK to Perth

    Hi Mate, I'm a car mechanic and I brought my tool box containing lots of tools including a rechargable lithium impact gun, never mentioned the battery type just put rechargable impact gun. Arrived with everything else no issues, but then us mechanics have far more tools than you tradies, lol ;-). With regards to the airline, arent laptop batteries litium? if so the airline should have no issue with them in your hand luggage. Worth a call to confirm though. When I popped back October 2016 I bought some A/C parts for my car,fraction of the price in the UK, a couple of bits were heavy and went in my suitcase but the alloy bits went in my hand luggage, no issues going through as I declared them all even though they probably looked sus on the xray machine. They did look at them, I showed reciept and explained what they were and all good. No interest Perth end which was good because they might of wanted import duty!!! lol
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    Childcare costs and government assistance

    I would add to this that if your children are not fully vaccinated by Australian standards you wont get any rebate and some child care places will not accept them. An example is that they vaccinate against chicken pox here where as in UK they dont, you just get chicken pox and get over it. They still want to vaccinate even if your child has had chicken pox. Prepare yourself for government interference and taxation beyond your wildest dreams!!
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    At a turning point - Not sure what the future holds

    Thanks Arwen
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    First Time Buyers in Oz

    Where did you buy in the end?
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    Just a quick hello....

    Hi, Is the Mandurah High School the state one or the Catholic fee paying school? If your children come from a fairly nice area and a fairly nice school in the UK, I dont think they are going to like the state high school in Mandurah. It has reputation of being a little rough.
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    HD Fitters required in Perth

    Hi Wooster, I see no ones replied, so I thought i'd ask the obvious questions. I'm a LV tech and work in place that does predominantly 4x4s, some of these things re akin to a Heavy and takes two of us to lift the wheels!! Anyway, I digress, does your company help convert LV to HD? where in Perth is it? and what is the average pay? I have 31 years mechanical experience, ran my own shop in UK ,prior to that did apprenticeship with Peugeot before moving to Nissan as foreman and master tech. Jase
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    Purchase of House

    We found because we had no history here and didnt have a massive deposit there were not many lenders who would lend what we wanted. It wasnt a lot of money either considering and we could well afford it. Sadly as new migrants they make you a high risk, we ended up going with the government Key start that back in the UK I would never have considered a lender like this as the interest rate is higher. In the UK we have/had an excellent credit rating so lending was thrown at us. Here you are unknown unless you have plenty of money for a deposit!
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    At a turning point - Not sure what the future holds

    Hi Bryan, we can also relate to your post, been here nearly 2 years and have found the Aussies superficial or so I thought. Sadly, in October my wife was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, I was shocked as the offers of help we've had from our Aussie neighbours, while my wife was having surgery food was left on our doorstep so when I got back from the hospital there was something for the kids other than McDonalds. One lovely lady has taken my daughter too and from school for us because Ive had to go work early etc. These people were neighbours or people from the school who we now consider friends. I'm not suggesting you need a crisis to bring people out of the wood work but thinking back all they needed was asking round for a beer. We have no family here and its been really tough lately, would we go back, I dont think so, what would we go back to? After the initial euphoria of us coming back it would all die down and youd be in the position of finding a job, house etc. Admittedly, it must be tough to work so far away and I cant imagine how difficult that is for you and your wife but something will come up, get your wife to keep checking SEEK and INDEED for jobs for you and text/email them to you. When something crops up you want its a great motivator to stay up and fill out an application. Or as others suggest, move everyone to Albany, its doesnt have to be for ever and they may love it. Also, I dont think I would worry too much about your 13 year old, if I remember my 3 oldest girls this was the age where they got into ipads/computers etc and I remember whinging at them to go outside, go and play with friends met with "I aint go no friends" now they are late teens they have loads of friends and are never in!
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    Leaving Oz for a holiday

    Hi Mrsr1976, I returned to the UK for a week after being here just shy of a year and had to apply for a RRV as the travel part of our visa had expired. Sadly I only got a year RRV as I had not been here over two years. They wanted various pieces of paperwork to prove our commitment to stay but this was easy to prove, rental agreement, children at school etc. In April 2017 I applied for my 8 year old as me and her went to a family wedding, at this point we had been here over a year and they still only granted her a years travel. The cost was about $340ish each RRV. As ive very quickly learned the Australian visa system in nothing more than a money making exercise jase
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    Private schools close to Rockingham

    Hi, you dont say how old your kids are so assuming that they are in secondary school, because the state schools for primary seem to be good it only seems to tail off for secondary I'll tell you what i know. In Baldivis you have Tranby College, I have a friend whose two kids went there and are very happy with it, then a little further South, Mandurah way you have Fredrick Irwin, Mandurah Baptist and Mandurah Catholic College, at Warnbro (i think it Warnbro) you have the Lutheran Living Water School. All of these are private. In secret Harbour you have Comet Bay which is a state school but supposed to be pretty good.
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    2016 Tiguan- ship it or not?

    Don't bother, sell it there and buy something not European here. Firstly, if you go and ask on the other forum etc and look at the red book price etc what it doesnt tell you is that as soon as you mention its an personal import its already down valued, the insurance company's also load as its an import. You'll then have problems with the onboard Sat nav, im presuming it has one, as they'll want silly money to convert it to Aus. The Australians dont have this fascination and lust for all things Europeans like, say, the Americans do. I work in a garage and everything European that come in the Aussies are convinced its trouble or badly made, it makes me laugh, they don't wanna know how good it is from my point of view as far as their concerned its going to cost a fortune to repair and sadly they are right, parts for Euro stuff is astronomical compared to Aus, Jap or Korean. As for the import process, I imported my car, an old classic, and a boat and trailer, the actual importing process was fairly simple and I could not have bought a boat similar here for what I paid for it in the UK plus shipping costs, the car probably broke even although I still havent got round to getting it registered as yet as I can't bring myself to take it to those arsewipes at the DOT at Welshpool, but thats another story, I was warned and they wern't wrong!