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  1. snifter

    Applying for UK passport

    The system has changed now and all UK passport applications go through the UK. Even lodging from Aus. Its a straighforward process we have found the wait times are usually pretty quick. We got ours back within a few weeks. Price is the same as if applying from the UK too, so bonus there. https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports Just make sure you find a place that does the passport photos to the UK specifications. The standard Aus passport pics won't cut it. We used a proper photo shop (like the Kodak shop in Glenelg) and told them what passport were were applying for and they were able to change to suit the UK spec. It should be easy enough to find a place local to you to get them done.
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    1 yr Visa with multiple entries

    Is this the visa type they currently have? https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/electronic-travel-authority-601
  3. I'd advise you to contact a reputable migration agent to ensure you achieve your desired outcome. If you carry on without out fully knowing what you are doing and stuff it up, you could really stuff it up.
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    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Hi there. Mod here. I've had a few reported posts in this thread and have done my best to try to remove them all. This means that replies to the now removed posts are also removed to help keep continuity in the thread. Any further issues with rude language or aggressive posts, please report and I'll deal with them. snifter
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    190 visa granted ☺✋

    Hi. Sorry, I’ve only just seen this. You may well be here by now and have a short term rental sorted. If you want info on Aberfoyle Park and Flagstaff Hill still drop me a PM. We are in the area and my kid goes to a local school. Happy Valley isn’t far. I’m not a fan of Sheidow Park as it’s squashed between the express way and Main South road.
  6. I would expect that as they are adults they need to apply for citizenship in their own right and cannot go on your application. Link below explains about kids and what age they are no longer eligible and have to apply for themselves. https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/become-a-citizen/permanent-resident
  7. You should contact them direct to find out. I am sure an email will clarify fully either way. https://adelaidemetro.com.au/Contact-us#make-an-enquiry Also, found this https://adelaidemetro.com.au/FAQs/ Pets People must not, without the permission of an authorised person, bring an animal on board a regular passenger service vehicle unless it is a working animal accompanying a person with a disability.
  8. snifter

    Renting and moving

    Hi. If you want to rent it out for a short term furnished let then you are probably best to talk to some decent real estate agents that deal with lettings. I'd want to make sure its all covered with regards to insurance (as its your home and furnishings), given the all clear with the bank/mortgage lenders if required and that you have a decent rental contract in place. If you are wanting a more casual arrangement, not sure what to suggest. It could be you could find a UK family who are migrating and would like to rent it from you for 6 months but you'd need to research and advertise etc. Its not something I would recommend but I have heard of people doing this sometimes. Also not sure what the tax implications are for renting out short term. You may want to check on this also. Re the dog, that is going to be a huge cost to ship both ways inside of 6 months. Its based on the size of your dog so if small it will of course cost less but its still far from cheap. When we looked into it 6 years ago from UK to Aus our whippet was going to cost about £2,500 to ship plus all the vets fees, vaccinations etc. Then the quarantine kennels cost was easily another $1,000 once here. Your dog would need to comply with the vaccination requirements for both countries and rabies bloodwork etc will be needed iirc. Then any quarantine costs if required. Aus to UK https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad UK to Aus http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs If there is only a 6 month turn around and you have a set date of return, check this will be ok re the rabies vaccine and blood testing going from UK to Aus. Suggest you get in touch with some reputable pet shippers both here in Aus and also in the UK to discuss further. Be aware you may need to get the blood tests and vaccinations underway at least 6 months before you plan to travel. It is not something you can leave till a couple of months out. And flights for shipping do get booked up so ensure you have it all planned to fit into the timeframe you have in mind. Also as its a 6 month time frame check about the Aus import rules for bringing a dog back into the country within 6 months of departure. This may make a difference if you can bring them back with more ease within 6 months than once the 6 month window has passed http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs/cats-dogs-returning-to-australia Aus to UK there is Jet Pets https://www.jetpets.com.au/ and Dogtainers https://www.dogtainers.com.au/ to get you started. UK to Aus pet shipping try giving Bob at Pet Air a shout https://www.petairuk.com/ There are others but you can research those if you want. Good luck.
  9. You would probably be better to post and ask this in the 887 thread directly. Many who read and post to that don't tend to look at other threads.
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    Starting from Scratch

    Hello and welcome. I'm a bit out of the loop with the actual visa process these days. However, given what you've said above, I'd suggest the visa first route. That is if you or your husband are eligible and able to apply. There is a skills list for visas and if your profession is on there or you or your husband have the relevant skills to meet the requirements, then you could investigate that further. I'm honestly not sure what, if anything you would qualify under to apply for a visa these days. I've not looked at the skills list to know. If your teaching degree is 3 years then that might not be enough as IIRC Aus requires the 4th year. FWIW, teachers are plentiful here, at least in South Australia in the metro area. Its out in the sticks in regional Aus they tend to be needing them. For example, this visa may be something to have a read up on https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/skilled-independent-189 Keep in mind if you are over 45 and the main applicant, there is an age limit. Also, you mention your adult sons at uni. I don't know they would be eligible to go on your visa application with your younger kids and spouse. There are certain requirements to be met once a child is older and out in the world and they tend to be pretty firm on this. It may well be your older sons would have to be in a position to apply for their own visas later on down the line. Given your situation and your rather mixed set of skills/quals I'd say you may well do to run your case past a decent reputable migration agent to assess and see if there are any options for migrating open to you. Go Matilda would be a good place to start https://www.gmvisas.com/ Alan Collett over there should be able to look your case over and give you an idea of what you are facing. Keep in mind migrating is a huge undertaking and expense. If you are all on board as a family (I'm not counting the adult kids here as they are off living their own lives) and up for the challenge and have the finances in place to make it happen, great. If any of you are unsure or you are not in a great position financially, then consider if its wise to make the move. The visa process is the first part of a long process that can have a great ending but could also prove to be a real struggle and cause problems after migrating. I'd research in great detail about life here in South Australia/Adelaide and if it would be somewhere that could suit your wants/needs and lifestyle. Also research employment as it can be an issue for some. Look into the young adults job market also if your adult kids could follow.
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    Best suburb for familys?

    I was interested to find out a bit more as we don't rent. Found these links. Some stories are a couple of years old but it gives a picture of recent times hopefully. https://www.finder.com.au/how-much-of-our-wages-do-we-spend-on-rent-in-australia https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-29/adelaide-becoming-unaffordable-for-low-income-renters/9205084 Scroll down to find the dwellings numbers https://quickstats.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/quickstat/4GADE?opendocument https://www.realestate.com.au/news/adelaide-median-rent-well-below-national-average-report-reveals/
  12. snifter

    Best suburb for familys?

    It may well be but I cannot recall hearing that. It may be the rule of thumb sort of thing perhaps over something official? People rent without jobs when they move over, but show references, proof of savings etc and perhaps pay 3-6 months rent up front/bigger bond or something to help secure a rental. Of course, if working then showing salary would reflect on if you could cover the rental costs or not. If a salary isn't favourable to cover a rental then I don't expect you'd secure it. But I'm not aware there is an actual percentage to go out from. Of course common sense tells you to go for what you can afford that will allow you to be able to cover all the other outgoings each month. I'd be surprised if you couldn't find somewhere that is less than the 40%
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    Best suburb for familys?

    AFAIK you can go to whatever you want. However, with no rental history or job they may well want to see bank statements and proof of funds to cover rent and deposit etc for a set amount of time. Perhaps they may ask for a larger deposit. Keep in mind many leases here are for a year so don't go busting your savings on some really pricey house to start in case your funds run low or it takes you a while to find a job. Also if you do decide to move within the lease period, you are the one breaking the lease so its on you to cover rent till the lease ends or new tenants take over. There may well be some leg work involved on your part there. I'd suggest its wise to start of with what you can afford and that won't break the bank and to build up once you've found your feet and have jobs/income behind you for 6 months or so.
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    Movecube packing

    We used a large one coming over 5 years ago and crammed it to the brim. You don't *have* to fill them though. TBH even if you don't have a lot of stuff, if you measure it out properly and its going to come in under, you can always then box it so it does fit better and won't move around at all. Better to have a few extra packing boxes and half fill them if you are worried about things falling about.
  15. snifter

    painting and decorating

    Information is readily available on the visa section of the Aus Gov website. To get started https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/employing-and-sponsoring-someone/sponsoring-workers/learn-about-sponsoring After that, IIRC you need to see if you meet the criteria etc also. Gone are the days of family sponsorship if that was the route you and he were looking at. Its skills based that is most likely your route to Aus.

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