can I add my voice to this thread on this subject. During our 3 years living in Adelaide, we made many friends, quite a lot being ex pats who are all receiving a British pension. Due to the antics of the Government, the pound has devalued by more and more over the past 2 years or so, that many of them are now really feeling the pinch financially, having to have their almost worthless pensions transferred to Australia. Now we are back in the UK, we are finding the cost of living generally is cheaper here, mainly because a pound is still worth something, whereas in Australia it's purchasing power is so reduced that things become a struggle. We just hope things improve before we are too old to return to Australia.
Am I right to assume you were living and WORKING in Australia, hence not directly affected by exchange rate fluctuations and "freezing" of the Uk pensions for those resident in the UK?
It raises the question "How old is too old to return to Australia ?"
Originally Posted by Gollywobbler
I was awaiting the transfer of my teaching pension last year and signed and returned it within the required time only for it to be frozen by the change in government. It looks like they will reduce the off they made which is extremely annoying especially as they have still not given a new figure.
I naively thought they should honour the agreement - goes to show they can just do what they want.
Pleased to say I am a pensioner and came in to Oz on a Parent Contributory Visa, hence all of my income comes from the UK.
GOOD NEWS for non-contributory Parents
I am delighted to say that last week's Aussie Budget has produced some EXCELLENT news for Parents who have applied for the (offshore) Parent visa subclass 105 and the (onshore) Aged Parent visa subclass 804. Both of these visa sub-classes are for the non-contributory versions of the Parents' group of visas.
The Minister for Immi has DOUBLED the annual quotas of non-contributory Parent and Aged Parent visas for the financial year which begins on 1st July 2011. The breakdown is 1,400 offshore Parent 103 visas and 600 onshore Aged Parent 804 visas.
This is brilliant news because doubling the quotas halves the waiting times and gets them back to where they were before the May 2010 Budget - ie about 10 or 11 years or so for an offshore Parent 103 visa and probably about 7 or 8 years for the onshore Aged Parent visa.
This very welcome change has been made possible because Minister Bowen has reduced the number of Contributory Parent visas to 6,500 in total - 5,900 offshore CPVs and 600 onshore CAPVS.
I don't think that families whose Parents have applied for the Contributory visas (or are planning to do so) need to worry. The Global Financial Crisis, coupled with the very strong Aussie dollar, has weakened the demand for the Contributory visas so I shouldn't think the waiting times for this group of visas will be adversely affected.
Apart from the actual numbers, I think this shows that the present Aussie Government has committed itself to re-uniting immigrant children and their Parents, in Australia, as fast as is reasonable. I think this is very reassuring and most welcome indeed.
WELL DONE, Aussie Government, and very many thanks from us all! :santadance: Christmas has come early this year for the THOUSANDS of Parents who are patiently waiting.
Excellent Post, Very useful to find out this information, I can't wait to tell my parents who were ancious at the prospect of paying all that money, now there might be another option. Just need to get there now and investigate more.
OMG loads of info there. Thanks very much. I am awaiting our 176 visa, had meds and police checks done. My sister lives in Adelaide and has been an Australian citizen for 2 years now and we are hopefully moving over to be near them. The problem I have is that I have another sister in Vancouver but my parents would love to move to Adelaide especially if 4/6 grandkids are there 2/3 daughters. But they would also want to be able to visit my sister in Vancouver. Think you cover every base there.
Thanks for your invaluable information
Is there a period of time in which you have to be over there?
We are planning to go Easter 2012, My sister lives in Victoria and is a Citizen by birth, my mum wants to come too as will be on her own in the UK, i have 2 brothers but one is in Germany and the other is in Ireland.
I don't like the idea of leaving her here on her own, although she will visit as much as she can until she can get a visa in place.
I still need to read a bit more about the visa optins but wanted to know the basics.
Originally Posted by Mrs & Mrs T
I can understand completely why you are asking whether there is a time-limit before your Mum could apply to migrate to Oz. The answer is that you need not worry about time limits because your sister will be able to sponsor your Mum's visa application, so there is no problem with the timings in your particular case.
Other questions relating to your Mum are more important at this stage. How old is she, please? Unless she has turned 65 or is very close to doing so, she may be too young for any of the parent visas that have the word "Aged" in their titles.
Also, what visa do you hold, please? I see you are a PPA, which suggests that you might have a sc 475 visa? If so, that would not be fatal to an immediate parent application by Mum but it would be very important to get the Parents Visa Centre to confirm that they are happy BEFORE you lodge Mum's application with them.
If you could please help me on these two points then I can give you more help with the rest.
Originally Posted by Gollywobbler
Thanks for responding. My mum is 66, so she would pass for one on the 'Aged' visa's as you say! (Don't tell her that though).
We are applying for a 176 visa, state sponsored. We have a CO and have our Medicles on the 21st June, so all going well we will have our visa soon, but we will not be going until the spring 2012.
Since my brothers are also outside of the UK is she able to apply now or does she have to wait until we have moved before beginning the process?