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Hoping someone might be able to help I am a dual national with British and Australian citizenship.  I lived in Australia for 12 years but returnedback to the UK 18 years ago. while being back in the UK I have adopted 3 children all British.  The kids and I adore Perth and are desperate to move. I have loads of friends and support and already have employment possibilities I am a nurse and midwife.  The difficulty is although by law adopted children have exactly the same legal rights as birth children and I am there only legal parent this applies to oz as well for the purpose of immigration they are treated very differently. if my children were biologically mine they would be entitled to citizenship  however I have to jump through hoops to sponsor them at a cost of over 4000 aud.  Am wondering if I brought them on a years tourist visa would it be any easier to apply from Perth end .Thanks so much

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You'd probably be best speaking to a registered migration agent.  I don't know the answer but the problem would be if the tourist visa ran out before they'd got visa's - schooling (and cost) and potential childcare costs for non resident children. The cost I would imagine would still be the same for the visa - I don't know long one can study on a 12 month tourist visa (if at all), often off shore applications for other visa's seem to be quicker than on shore.

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I think they are going to need 101 visas, the cost of which is the same regardless of where applied for. But, as Ali mentions, there are significant risks applying on shore as until the 101's were granted, they would have the same restrictions on them as a tourist which can have impacts on things like access to education. 

I would therefore also recommend you contact a good agent. Camilla from New Life Down Under is a reputable agent who posts on the forum. http://www.newlifedownunder.com.au

i am guessing they are all under 18?

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2 hours ago, verystormy said:

I think they are going to need 101 visas, the cost of which is the same regardless of where applied for. But, as Ali mentions, there are significant risks applying on shore as until the 101's were granted, they would have the same restrictions on them as a tourist which can have impacts on things like access to education. 

I would therefore also recommend you contact a good agent. Camilla from New Life Down Under is a reputable agent who posts on the forum. http://www.newlifedownunder.com.au

i am guessing they are all under 18?

Thanks for replying it's a minefield am really cross in some ways that as the legal parent I don't have the same rights as biological parents. Adoption in the UK isn't some shady process but gives equal legal rights to both children and parents as biological children.  I am planning to post on poms in oz and have sought advice from loads of migration agents 4 so far and no one seems to know. I know it will be worth it we've just returned from oz and missing it terribly. 

 

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@Tab you seem to be in a "no man's area" regarding this.   I have not come across your situation before at all before and hesitate to give you any other advice than to consult a very good Registered Migration agent.   I recommend Camilla from www.newlifedownunder.com  as she is very experienced and based in Perth.   I feel sure that if Camilla couldn't help you, she would be able to recommend someone  who could.

 Please keep us up to date with how you go with this this is case we have other members with the same issue.

Good luck!!  Rossy

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