Hi you are right this is an interesting thread people have very strong views, but you can see both sides of the complicated visa process, look at it this way when you go to the bank and want information on your account you expect to produce to string of vigiourous security checks we don't mind showing our id, account number, signing a peace of paper so they know you are genuine. This is by all accounts OZ they will take only what is needed and make sure the people are genuine thats why its hard its the same with other places Canada example. We have all the time people coming to this country to take advantage of our NHS, school system, housing and benifits we all feel it, but each family/person has their own reason for choosing oz.
Good luck to everyone with their choices.
So do you still need the AUD$10,000 to have a successful application? Does this come up at the visa application stage? Liquid assets, is that cash/savings? Does equity not count?
Depends on your visa. For instance, you don't need a penny to your name to gain a 175 visa.
Originally Posted by LOCO IN OZ
I see, thanks, I think my OH is going for the Independent Migrant subclass 175 visa. Do you know why it's different for this visa?
He was told at the skills expo at Australia House that 175 would be the best option for him and it gives you more freedom.
It might depend on your points total.
We came in on the 136 Skilled Independent Visa which gave PR from the outside. I think the one you are talking about replaced it, not sure.
Anyway, I was the main applicant as OH couldn't get the points (too old). We were still 5 points short and had 2 choices. Pay the cash OR do a skills assessment for OH and use that. Purely due to time constraints we paid the cash. It also meant we had a nice little sum earlier this year to do the home improvements we wanted.
This has been a very interesting read. We are (hopfully) coming out on a 175 visa (replacement for the 136). We have wanted to live and work in Australia for the last 10 years - my husband is a qualified bricklayer, but is also dyslexic and we thought that we would never be able to get through the visa process because of this. Yes we could have taken the easy option and gone to another European country, but we didn't want to we wanted to go to Australia. Therefore, my husband has worked very hard to improve his condition and because of this changes in the application procedure, and an excellent agent we are now finally on our way.
Everyone who applies for a visa has and will continue to work very hard in order to be successful, and so they should after all if we all had free movement, Australia would be in the position we are in now - the Poles are going home by the bus load because they can't get work!!!
I for one am very glad that the process is so difficult, at least the dead legs in the UK that we're all trying to escape from might not get a sniff at getting in Oz, keeps all the riff raff out and tries to ensure everyone's above board and willing to work for a better life and that's fine with me!
Oh by the way Sharron & Andrew, when are you due to leave, do you know yet? Congrat's, your husband has done you proud!
My cousin and her husband used to own the Cumbria Ballroom in Workington until a couple of years ago.
Hi Wayne & Rachael,
What a small world! Some friends of mine were going to buy the Cumbria and turn it into a place for young people to meet and partake in supervised activites, but the locals objected saying it would be too noisey and the kids would be getting up to no good outside their houses so the council turned them down. Now it is stood empty and the kids have nowhere to go.
As for the process, we have just lodged Andrew's documentation on line and in paper form to VETASSESS and are hoping that we should have confirmation of his place on the practical skills test that takes place in October. He will have to go to either Glasgow or Tranmere for this, and then we will all have to go back to either Glasgow or Manchester for our medicals. Lucky for us Andrew's cousin wants to buy our house so we will be on our way as soon as the visa comes through! Will keep everone posted on our time line on our signature thingy!
Typical of the UK that, we ask for something to be done about the kids on the streets then someone tries to do something and it gets rejected!
Didn't realise you had just started the ball rolling, funnily enough we posted the paperwork on Friday for the Vetassess/Tradeassess, my OH is looking to take the practical in October too, don't know where our nearest place will be, probably London or Birmingham, don't think they do Manchester. Your using an agent aren't you, we're doing it all ourselves, I'm a glutton for punishment!
Who knows, we might all end up getting to Oz at the same time, after reading all the doom and gloom about selling houses we're a little worried but all depends on what happens along the way, at least that's one less thing for you to think about if you already have a buyer. We might have to look at renting our house as we have a close friend who's a letting agent so it's not too bad. Not worrying about it too much for now because there's not much we can do about it. Our house is only worth £130 - £140k so as long as we get £100k for it we won't be too depressed. House prices are a bit ridiculous anyway aren't they, I do feel sorry for first time buyers.
I've started listing things on the signature thingy too, to keep at track of the costs as well, watch the pennies slip away!