Big congrats babes.
Good luck on heading back to the uk.
Big congrats babes.
Good luck on heading back to the uk.
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We applied online. We were quoted 10 - 12 months that they would take to deal with application. Luckily they caught up and so it was only six months in the end
Yes regarding Centrelink it deffo does say that you have to wait a further two years for any benefits. I personally think that it would be worth trying as each case maybe treated differently, as it is just the two of us maybe with children it would be different? After all you will already have done some years here - we had done three and also it deffo does say that we could have applied for citizenship after twelve more months. Worth checking out in your case?
We are heading back to the UK for various reasons. It is great here however we do come from a great part of the UK anyway and never hated it. We were starting to struggle financially after three years here. My job although working with the best of the best would never have paid the bills and nor did OH's although he was working all hours. We have basically been wiping out our savings over the three years. When we had made the decision we were then told of serious illnesses which close family members in the UK were keeping from us when they thought we were staying here. They had been hiding the fact that my mum had had two strokes, my dad had a brain tumour and my OH's sis was ill also! I was horrified that they had been hiding it from us so that we didn't feel guilty for being so far away! Can't believe that absences when phoning were disguised as hols etc. Then the biggie came - we had made the decision but were worried with the possible 28 day notice to leave OZ looming over us. Even if we did want to change our minds (which we didn't as although great it's not for us) we have gone too far now. I'm just really sad at the moment at the thought of never seeing my friends at work as have made some really close relationships with them. Although I'm boosting the UK economy as two are already making arrangements to come to the UK Also there are some great people who will hopefully be coming to visit us anyway ;)
Good Luck with your application and your life here in SA
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It was good news as we would never have made the move within 28 days
Thank you for your kind words I'll probably still look at the site as enjoy reading your posts and progress!
The new visa says that we can leave and enter OZ freely with no probs until 2014 after which time we would need to apply for a re-entry visa - not sure how easy or if it would actually be possible after that time - who knows? We probably wouldn't be doing that now but it does state that though so never say never eh?;)
Hope the new job is going well.
Good luck to you and Val in your new life - although not so new now!
Great to hear from you and hope all is well with all of you. Was great news as the pressure's off a bit now - although still booked up for May:v_SPIN: Blimey how on earth did you manage to arrange everything in the short time you did! There's not enough hours in the day and although I handed in my notice seven weeks ago - I still haven't left as they keep asking me to do more days!
Would be fantastic to see you down in Devon - really looking forward to it
Thinking of you all too - and promise to be in touch soon. Shipping all arranged and got a great deal in the end
Hope all goes well for you as well. Also great news for you as they've caught up quite a bit so yours hopefully will go through even more quickly. Nearly time to put your application in - at least they didn't find out I was underbelly 2
Take care hun
Congratulations - certainly given some of this stories we'd heard about the 495 to PR status.
Without being too nosey, I thought you could've applied for your 495 after a minimum of 2yrs - were you aware of this? This would have taken the stress away of that bidging visa expiring?
All the best for the future
Also, I forgot to ask - when you apply, I understand you have to supply proof of living in SA by things such as payslips/bills/school records etc - what else do you need to do/provide? Also, do you have to have another medical?
Sorry for all the questions.
Yes we were aware however applied at the two and a half year stage due to me having to go offshore to change part of original visa so that I was allowed to work - by the time we paid for that and they allowed me to work it was six months later - hence why it was longer than two years before we applied for original 887 - also this gave me three months back in the UK and made me realise that although I thought it was ok here, I really missed everything about the UK and had forgotten how beautiful it was. Albeit I wasn't working back there either so had time for the beach everyday :v_SPIN:
Basically just provide everything you can - all receipts to do with rental/purchase of property, utility bills from the beginning middle and end of the two years. Payslips and contracts for work and if self-employed BAS statements will probably be requested - this was the only thing that we hadn't sent that they requested.
No further medicals were requested - I don't think that they always ask for another medical - although I had had to have a another medical when back in the UK last year for that change to original visa.
Good luck with your new life here
Thanks for the info..............It seems this whole adventure hasn't been the smoothest for you so I hope your trip back and life in the uK is good for you. Also, best wishes for your family - hope all is ok.
We are loving Adelaide, but unfortunately work is so difficult to get - and as this 495 visa is so criteria driven - we are on the verge of leaving. We got PR status for Canada at the same time (long story...) and are now thinking that it would be easier to go there as PR status is complete - we just need to live there for 2yrs to gain citizenship. Either way, thanks for your advice and I hope goes well with you.
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Thank you Devon, good luck yourselves, take care x
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