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  1. I am a regular contributor, and I find myself repeating the same advice over and over again. Which is OK because I like the sound of my own voice ;-) All the posts here detail what you SHOULD do. As something different, I will detail what NOT to do. This is based on many years investigating Immigration Fraud cases, it applies to Visitor, Partner and most other visa's. When you make a visa application, DO NOT.. Lie or tell half truths. Withhold important information that is on public record (i.e you have a criminal history). Honesty may prove you have learnt your lesson and can now be trusted? Claim something you cant prove. Everything you state must be able to be proved through paperwork. A job without proper pay records is probably fake. Ring the embassy or High Commissioner demanding priority. Send abusive emails to your case worker Criticise your case worker by name in a public forum (yes DIBP read all this) Complain about the fees. Australia ain't cheap If you want to prove a Defacto you must prove 12 months relationship, NOT 11 months and 2 weeks. Include erroneous photos without explaining why the are relevant. Unsubstantiated Photos mean nothing, they are easily faked. If you include Statements from someone as your relationship or circumstances, make sure they can be contacted by DIBP. Yes they do check. Ask for a statement from someone who cant prove that they were in same country as you 12 months ago. Visa, Passport stamp, airline ticket. Think you are special, important or high priority. In Australia, we are all equal. Look up Tall Poppy Syndrome. Expect DIBP to see into your heart, regardless of how much love you feel, HARD proof is best. No amount of love will replace hard facts and proof. Expect to get around a medical. Medicals are mandatory, relax they are not complicated, providing you are healthy. Complain about long waiting times, especially if your application is from a high risk country, they will take longer. Expect to come here and get medicare and welfare the day you arrive. Come here to build a life and work hard. Questions like "how soon can I get medicare, or welfare" do not look good Try to avoid or fake Police checks. They are VERY important to DIBP, what you may think is minor thing, DIBP may consider an issue. If you have a police history, tell them. Hiding things like that will only hurt your application. Try to fake that your relationship has been for a long time, when it has not. If the relationship is true, and genuine then all is good. If its fake and not real, save your money, DIBP will catch you out. Send anything in a foreign language, Everything must be translated (by a certified translator), regardless what some hokey local website or friend of your mother says is ok., (Exception is some EU and Russian missions will accept local language docs, check first). Thinks you are being victimised or discriminated against. Trust me, DIBP do not care about ladyboys, same sex unions, age gaps, religion, or how many times married. So dont make it an issue. "DIBP rejected my PV because I am a gay, transgender, muslim, divorcee" Bullshit. The Australian Public Service pride themselves on their impartiality. Expect a visa if either of are not of good character, including the sponsor. Especially if there is a child involved. Good Character is a complex term, but most get the idea. Think visa fees have a guarantee. Yes the PV is very expensive, and there are no guarantees. If in doubt DONT APPLY. DIBP is not an Apple Store. Try to fake a relationsip. Any genuine relationship will have evidence to prove such. No evidence, its probably not genuine. Be impatient. DONT be in a hurry. Patience. And NO DIBP do not make you wait as a test. PLAN ahead, DIBP like people who plan holidays well in advance. Get married, or have a baby thinking it will get you special treatment or a fast track. Think that you father/uncle/brother as a famous proctologist/businessman/politician gives you status. It means nothing. Its about you and your partner. Provide fake documents, statements, payslips, company certificates, letters etc etc etc. They are usually spotted immediately. Just one lie and your probably will be rejected. Understand this, TRUTH on your application is more important than ANY other aspect. Use or pay a NON licensed immigration agent. All registered agents with DIBP are listed on the Australian Embassy Websites. Believe sites like www.easyaussievisa.com, they are usually full of lies and old information. Believe the information on the TRUE www.dibp.gov.au website. Believe anyone who says they have a friend at the AU embassy, and can get you fast tracked. Judge Australian society, standards and culture by your own. What may be normal in your homeland maybe either illegal or unacceptable in Australia. The opposite also applies. Disrespect or treat any Immigration of DIBP staff member poorly. They have a hard job. While on this forum,Don't demand answers, we are volunteers Don't get narky because we may have not observed you own customs, trust me we are observing ours. Don't demand rapid answers, we all have other real lives, we do our best Read, read and read more. 99% of all questions have been answered before. So excuse us if we get testy when repeating the same advice for the 1200th time ;-)
  2. My Thai girlfriend is unemployed. Can she be granted a tourist visa to Australia? This is a question that we are very often asked by client’s who would like to bring their Thai girlfriend to Australia for a holiday. The short answer is yes, she can still be granted a tourist visa if she is unemployed, but a detailed explanation is necessary. For Australian visa purposes, Thailand is unfortunately considered a high-risk country. Although you and your Thai girlfriend’s intention may be to visit Australia for a short 2-week holiday and then return to Thailand, it is in fact primarily an assessment of her personal circumstances that will be taken into consideration by the Department of Home Affairs. At Thai Visa Express we will only submit an application that has been thoroughly prepared by us and which meets the criteria for the grant a tourist visa. That criteria can be found in the Migration Act and Regulations. Although there is no actual requirement that a visitor to Australia must be employed to be granted a tourist visa, a person’s unemployment will be taken into consideration in the overall assessment of their tourist visa application in assessing whether they are intending a genuine temporary stay in Australia. Ongoing employment in an applicant’s home country can be seen as an incentive to depart Australia prior to their tourist visa expiring. However just because a person is employed, this does not mean they will be automatically granted a tourist visa either. It is an overall assessment of an applicant’s personal circumstances which will determine whether they meet the criteria for the grant of a tourist visa or not. If a tourist visa application does not meet the criteria, then it must be refused. In assessing whether a person is intending a genuine temporary stay in Australia, the Department of Home Affairs will take into consideration many personal circumstances of the applicant, including, but not just limited to just ongoing employment. Other factors will also include the presence of close family members in their own county – that is, does the applicant have more close family members in their home country than in Australia. When we prepare a tourist visa application for your girlfriend, we will firstly undertake a thorough and comprehensive assessment of all of her personal circumstances so that a tourist visa application with the strongest chances of success can be submitted to the Department of Home Affairs for favorable consideration. We will also ensure that the adequate means of support criteria are satisfied by preparing your sponsor’s letter of support, also known as an invitation. Once your girlfriend’s tourist visa is submitted our support does not end there. As your girlfriend holds a Thai passport, she will also be required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and photographs) which can be done in either Chiang Mai or Bangkok. Depending upon her requested length of stay in Australia she may also be required to undertake a health assessment by an approved panel doctor in Thailand. We will make all the necessary appointments for her For Australian visa related inquiries for Thai's wanting to visit temporarily or migrate permanently, please contact us as Thai Visa Express
  3. Visa for my Thai fiancée to migrate to Australia Any person wanting to migrate to Australia must have an appropriate visa which allows them to do so. If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident there are several visa options available to bring your Thai partner to Australia to live permanently. If your partner only wishes to visit Australia for a temporary stay, then Thai Visa Express can assist in obtaining your Thai partner a tourist visa. A tourist visa can be granted to permit the holder to travel to and remain in Australia for up to 1 year. We will ensure that a thoroughly prepared application is submitted which addresses all of the criteria necessary for the grant of a tourist visa. However, what if you are engaged to be married and you want to bring your Thai fiancée to Australia to live permanently. I’m engaged to my Thai partner- what visa allows her to migrate to Australia? A partner visa allows an Australian citizen or permanent resident to bring their Thai partner to Australia if they are either legally married or in a de facto relationship with them. However, if you are not legally married or do not meet the de facto relationship criteria, there is still another option that may be available. It is called the prospective marriage visa, also referred to as a fiancé visa. This is for people that are engaged to be married. Read More at Thai Visa Express
  4. My wife is in the process of getting the Partner 820/801 VISA, she has 820 and is now waiting for 801. My question is can I (the husband) apply for a Japanese partner visa and this won't cause problems with my wife visa.
  5. Hi guys!!I am the sponsor while my fiance (applicant) is living in the Philippines. We have met in person but majority of our relationship was long distance. We are so close to gathering all our documents and requirements, and we are planning to lodge our application in March 2019. I just have a few concerns and would appreciate some advice! ♥ ♥- quick relationship background - * We first met as friends in 2011 at our high school.I migrated to Australia in 2013, and our relationship started/developed when I reunited with him when I went on a vacation to the Philippines in Feb 2017. (This was the only time in 2017 where we were physically together, for around 2 weeks only)* Ever since I went back to Aus in March 2017, we have remained in contact and continued our relationship. We started talking about our future and getting married in Australia constantly throughout 2017 to present. QUESTION 1: Does this count to 'when we got engaged'?? or only when he actually proposed to me with a ring? Is there a certain requirement for how long we are supposed to be engaged for? * I went on a vacation to visit him in the Philippines twice in 2018. (first visit was for almost 2 months, and second visit was for 1 month). We did talk about him getting a tourist visa but he has not yet had the opportunity to visit me in Australia due to college and work (and He has never tried travelling to other countries before, but he got his passport earlier this year) QUESTION 2: Is that going to be an issue to be concerned about? Does he need to visit me in Australia first prior to lodging our visa? * We both met each other's family in 2018.I only have 3 photos together with us with my family, and only 2 photos of us with my fiance’s family. (We met up way more times than this, but we just did not take lots of photos back then when i was in the philippines twice in 2018). As for friends, we also only have 1 photo with our friends in 2018. Our friends are graduating from college and some are working full time, causes a clash in our schedules which is why we didn’t really get the chance to spend more time with our friends (plus we were honestly focused on spending our limited time of being physically together alot more)Will this be an issue of concern? Do I need to provide more photos than this? QUESTION 3: Will this be a problem? Do I need to supply more photos than that? * As of now, I will be visiting him in the Philippines again for a month in mid January 2019, and in February we are going to be travelling together for the first time (and his first time travelling in general) to Singapore for our 2nd Anniversary. * During my time in the Philippines in Jan-February 2019, We are planning to get his medical exams done there in advance and then lodge our visa in March 2019. As for our Notice of Intended Marriage, I am planning to get that done in early January 2019 before I leave Australia to go to the Philippines.QUESTION 4: Will this be okay to get these documents a month prior to lodging our visa? Is it allowed? These are also a list of relationship evidence requirements that I have gathered so far:- 2017 call logs and message history- 2018 call logs and message history- 2017 social media posts- 2018 social media posts- receipts of gifts we gave to each other (with bank transactions)- receipts of our hotel bookings (with bank transactions)- receipts of uber ride histories showing us visiting each other’s houses, going to our hotels, dates, etc (with bank transactions)- timeline of our relationship that shows photos of significant events and joint activities - receipts of times money was sent to fiance through remittance website (with bank transactions)- receipts of our hotel and flight bookings for our trip to singapore in feb 2019. QUESTION 5: in regards to ‘ proof that you and your prospective spouse have met face-to-face as adults since turning 18 and know each other personally’ in our written statement it is mentioned that we met in 2017 when we were 19 years old. What other evidence can I provide for this section? Question 6: in regards to ‘proof that you and your prospective spouse genuinely intend to live as spouses’ We included talking about our plans to live together in our written statements and also included screenshots of chats/messages about this, as well as links of rental properties we both liked that we sent to each other. Question 7: I only have 3 photos together with my fiance and my family, and only 2 photos of me with my fiance’s family. (We met up way more times than this, but we just did not take lots of photos back then when i was in the philippines twice in 2018). As for friends, we also only have 1 photo with our friends in 2018. Our friends are graduating from college and some are working full time, causes a clash in our schedules which is why we didn’t really get the chance to spend more time with our friends (plus we were honestly focused on spending our limited time of being physically together alot more) Will this be an issue of concern? Do I need to provide more photos than this? Question 8: In regards to joint activities, I can only think about including photos of us going on dates. We never travelled anywhere in 2017 and 2018. We have never went on weddings or parties (only one family reunion event). What are other examples of joint activities?? Question 9: In regards to Form 888 Statutory Declarations, I am planning to get 3-4 stat decs to be completed in Jan 2019 (2 months before visa lodgement) is this okay? does it matter when a stat dec is made? Question 10: In regards to fiance’s Form 80 Character assessment.. My Fiance does not hold a bachelor’s degree since he decided to stop his university studies mid 2018 in order to work full time (his first job) to help save for our future and for the visa. Will this affect our application, or give a bad impression ? Question 11: Since philippines is a high risk country, does that mean processing time for our visa will take longer? IM SO SORRY for the long post and the many questions.I am just feeling scared and overwhelmed, only a couple more months until we plan to lodge our visa! We really want to be approved same as everyone else.. We truly appreciate it if you could let us know anything we are missing, any kind of advice, suggestion, or important info!THANK YOU SOOO SO MUCH!!
  6. Hello! For majority of my relationship requirement documents (for Prospective Marriage Visa), I used Microsoft Powerpoint (since I personally found that it is way easier to use in terms of positioning photos and texts compared to Word). I saved them in PDF format, and they are all waayyy over the 5MB limit. I have heard that there are programs and websites that can be used to compress the file size in order to reduce it and make it adhere to the limit.. However Im just worried if it will affect the quality and not make it readable. Please let me know how you handled this? If you've used size compressor websites/programs, how did it go? any suggestions? advice? THANK YOU SOO SO MUCH!!!
  7. Hi Everyone, I just wanted to see if anyone is going through a 309 Offshore Partner Visa with their partner being a Ghanaian or from any part of west Africa or even Africa itself. We just submitted our partner visa on the 9th May 2017 with a very strong case (an overload of evidence I was informed by our agent) and it would be nice to know who has been through this experience with someone from this part of the world or anyone else going through this so we can encourage each other. We have been told the wait is currently 16 months and I have been separated from my husband now for 8 months (took some time to get the visa in). Please share your story, I would love to hear it. I am an Australian woman who married a Ghanaian man In July 2016. We both met online through a mutual friend. Knew each other for 10 months before I went to visit him in Ghana to get married and stay for 3 months. I then had to leave due to financial obligations. We have an overload of evidence. We were told its a strong case. The 16 months possible wait just has overwhelmed my heart and mind. I pray it will not be this long. The emotional stress is much. This is not an easy process.
  8. Hi, I am Australian permanent resident, I applied Partner Visa 309 for my husband on 29 March 2018, medical was submitted within one week of application submission. We received email from DBIP for Police Clearance Certificate on 1 June 2018, we submitted it on 26 June 2018. My husband and I were in Australia before applying for his Partner Visa. We have lived together in Australia for three years, we submitted all proofs with our application. Before his visa expiration we came back in India, got married and applied for his partner Visa offshore. Since we came India for marriage, I didn't go back to Australia, I was hoping if we could go back together. We haven't lived separate from each other all these years even for a day. But we didn't hear back anything from DBIP yet, it is still under assessment. Now I am wondering, if anyone can give me insight into processing time after additional information submission. If anyone has experience, please share with us as this waiting game is getting very hard for us. Thanks
  9. Seeing as there isn't one yet thought i might kick off this years partner visa update thread. PMV sublcass 300 Submitted Ho Chi Minh City 4th March Email of received application, payment taken and Medicals Requested 5th March Medicals will be completed on the 16th March. Police check was already done by my Fiancee at the end of January so we will have to keep an eye on the times and get a new one if this carries on to the 10 or 11 month mark. First Hiccup was we filled out forms 40 and 47 on old forms and because they were not the current forms we have both had to fill out new ones which my fiancee will need to take a 12 hour bus trip to HCMC to give to VFS, but with the medical being requested immediately that makes the trip far more worthwhile. Basically got the usual drivel about the visa process taking 12 months however they are expecting processing to take around 9. Will believe it when i see it, however have heard of a few visa's being granted at 5 and 6 months out of Vietnam so here's hoping we can be one of those.
  10. The Australian government is set to introduce new temporary sponsored parent visa. This visa will allow migrant Australians to sponsor their parents to permanent visa permitting the holder to travel and stay in Australia for a period of 5 years from the date of grant. However, the first entry must be made before a date specified by the Minister for the purpose of this visa. This is encouraging news for those who have been waiting to reunite with their families. Read More......
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  12. Good day! My family is planning to apply for Australian Tourist Visa. Can you give possible reasons why a group application can be denied? Also, how long is the processing time of this type of visa?
  13. Hi There I'm an Aussie - we live in the UK and we have applied for my Husband's Partner Visa for us to move to Australia. We have a holiday planned this year - Is it still okay to just apply for the E-Visitor Visa online as we have done for trips to Aus in the past, or is there a different visa required due to being mid application? Many thanks!
  14. Australia & New Zealand To Negotiate New Immigration Deals Following Brexit In a move that will greatly benefit the potential for Commonwealth freedom of movement, the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced that Australia will team up with New Zealand in a bid to negotiate new trade and immigration deals in the wake of the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom. He has also ordered an urgent review from Treasury officials and diplomats over the implications of Britain's exit from the European Union. Following the UK's June 23rd referendum result, the potential for freedom of movement between Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada has now become a hot topic among many politicians and supporters of the initiative. By leaving the European Union, the United Kingdom will soon be exempt from unlimited free movement with other EU member states, and therefore, able to negotiate its own immigration protocols including free movement agreements within the Commonwealth. Mr Turnbull told reporters in Adelaide on Monday that he'd been in contact with his New Zealand counterpart, John Key, detailing the implications of Friday's vote as "considerable". "We have many, many common interests in terms of dealing with that, both from a trade point of view, from a movement of persons point of view..." he said. "There are some big issues in terms of the access of Australians and New Zealanders to Europe, and indeed, to the United Kingdom." Mr Turnbull said he wanted to establish a "collaborative, cooperative framework" with New Zealand if he was returned as Prime Minister. He warned there were "opportunities and challenges" arising from the United Kingdom's decision, and he had ordered a "comprehensive report" on its likely consequences. As the leading international organisation advocating for free movement between the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the CFMO will be campaigning to newly elected officials within the Australian parliament following the July 2nd election. As free movement is a rapidly growing concept among politicians and citizens of our four nations, we are determined to introduce the free movement idea as part of Australia's government policy, regardless of who is elected following the national election. Considering Mr. Turnbull has acknowledged negotiating immigration deals with New Zealand (in consideration of the UK's referendum result), this suggests that the topic of free movement will be discussed in-depth by numerous officials and diplomats, and we will advocate strongly for our proposals to be high on the Australian government's agenda. We will also be submitting a formal letter to all Members of Parliament in Australia, detailing the reasons why pursuing a free movement initiative with the United Kingdom and Canada is in the best interests of Australian citizens and the Australian economy. We will publish the letter via our website upon submission. To contact your local Member of Parliament, Minister for Immigration and Prime Minister in Australia (following the July 2nd election), please visit our Email Campaign section for further information.
  15. Hey all, I got refusal of student visa 500 under clause 500.214 for financial assessment. Here, I had to show them 22k AUD fund apart from my 1 year fees (That I already paid). Now I already support 22k AUD funds as I acquired Loan of total 20lacs (Approx 38900 AUD) and remains 11Lacs after fees payment (approx 22700 AUD). Apart from these I have submitted my parent's Fixed deposits receipts of 5Lacs and bank balance of 4.5Lacs (Total Approx 19K AUD). I dont know why my application got refused despite I have already show them enough funds (Total around 40K AUD). I am lost,Help me. what should I do now my intake is a about to starts in 15 days. Attached file that I have received from embassy. IMMI Refusal Notification with Decision Record.pdf
  16. Hello Australian Visa Forum, A bit of information about me and my partners situation. She came to the land down under in September on a Holiday Visa, we met, sparks flew and fell in love. She however had to go back home (UK) briefly but came back because of the love we had on a Working Holiday Visa in February 2016, I know, lucky me : - ) Since then we've been inseparable, moving in together (probably not legally but shh), we adopted two furry babies (cats) and have had an amazing time together since we first met. This was all in Brisbane by the way, as I am a university student studying music (not the best career prospects but what the hell, its what I'm passionate about, besides my partner of course) Anyways in August during some random work and housemate difficulties we decided to go back up North to where I'm from in Cairns as we lived right in the city and had housemates move out on us, rent sky rocketed. A very short but crappy period but something good came out of it, I manned up and asked her to spend the rest of her life with me as husband and wife, she happily said yes, tears, the whole works. Fast forward a few months to now, November 2016, we are currently living with family back at home, I'm working saving up for our next year in Brisbane (uni commences February) we decided while we are with family back in the beautiful tropics of Far North Queensland we should have our wedding up here around Christmas time, as its the time of family and celebration and we do not know when we will return to this tropical paradise. Our wedding is all booked for December 22nd, a low key close friends and family type event, cute, simple and stress free like the Far North attitude. We decided to apply for our Partner Visa Subclass 820 (I think it is) in February before we make the trek down to Brisvegas once more. My partners Working Holiday Visa ends at the end of February as we could not find second year farm work in time (very difficult I might add). As we have no clue what we are doing application wise we turned to the inter-webs and ended up here, so we have a few things we're not sure about and we'll be shooting them back and forth here with hopes some peoples out there who have been through or are currently in a similar situation can guide us young ones in the right direction. Thank you for the read, I thought I'd put a bit of background information on us before I hit you guys with the questions, and here they are: 1. As I previously mentioned, I am a student, so on student allowance... not exactly scoring financially but we manage, will this be an issue (i will be surprised if its not). However I recently read somewhere that you can have a third sponsor who can step in and be the acting 'benefit system' for my partner so hat the government wouldn't be giving her money in hardship. Is this true or is this just falls hope? 2. So apparently its going to take up to two years for them to make a decision about our partner visa, and we've heard noises that she wont be allowed to leave till they come to a decision (understandably the majority of her friends and family from the UK are unable to make the wedding so we planned on having a second party for them). Does this mean we are going to have to wait two years in order to have this wedding party? However have heard of talk of a bridging visa B... is that hard to get? 3. I managed to pick a partner with just as bad career choices as myself.. my partner has ambitions of training to be a tattoo artist however according to friends in the industry she has to have a Queensland certificate allowing her to study. She has to be a resident or a citizen to be eligible, I guessing I am write in saying she will have to wait till after we have been granted the visa in order for her to become a resident?? Thank you for your time and attention kind people of the inter-webs, highly looking forward to hearing back some answers and if you can't get enough of answering our questions, believe me there will be more. Cheers, The Bubbles
  17. I HAVE APPLIED UNDER SKILLED MIGRATION SUB CLASS 189 VISA I have a query and I have tried reaching out to both SkillSelect and ACS(Assessment authority) and they said that they cannot help. Could you please help me with the following or atleast direct me to the right authorities? I have all documents for all the 8 (almost) years of my experience. However, I missed out on a few while sending them to the assessing authority and they could verify only the most recent 3.5 (approximately) years. For the rest they have marked it as "UNABLE TO VERIFY BECAUSE OF INSUFFICIENT DOCUMENTS" I have entered all 8 years in my EOI and claimed a total of 70 points. I am worried that the immigration authorities would consider it as a false claim against the assessment certificate according to which I can claim only 65 points. Should I lose the years of experience that hasn't been verified by ACS (Assessment authority) from the EOI or wait till I am asked for additional documents to verify my claim?
  18. Good Day I am a Permanent Resident of Australia with 189 Visa. My Sister in Pakistan, is an MBBS doctor with 5 years medicine study + 1 years mandatory house job + 6 months job experience. Can she get a visit visa for giving AMC exam and then stay to find a job? If not what is the fastest visa option for her? In short what is the best visa option for medical practitioners. Kind Regards Mr Tech
  19. Hi all, a very basic question: do both the sponsor and applicant need to create a separate ImmiAccount? We had created one (in the name of the sponsor) but are now not sure if this is correct. Thanks very much!
  20. Hi everyone! Need help! I'm an undergrad student from Pakistan. I just got accepted for a research position by an Australian University Professor. I have the following queries: 1. Which visa should i apply for? (because They are providing me stipend as well) 2. What are the chances if my brother applies for a visit visa along with me? (I have previously been to the US. He has not been anywhere) Thank you in anticipation of your response.
  21. I am potentially having my visa refused because my daughter has a form of autism (global development delay). Need advice help with what i could do to ensure i can stay and dont lose the life that I have built here. I'll try and quickly explain. So i have applied for the 189 skilled visa. My partner is a registered Nirse and the primary applicant and I am the defacto partner and i work in outdoor education. Have been in australia for over 18 months now living in wollongong. Have been on the bridging visa for 6 months now. I am here with my partner but my daughter is at home in england with her mother and her partner who is basically her step father. the relationship between us all is great. They have another son together so have a nice family life. There is no intention for my daughter to come and live here. she will always live in england with her family there. She will visit me for holidays and i will fly home to visit her also, but her life is in the uk. But due to my daughers learning disability, and the potential costs of support she would need if she lived in australia immigration have explained that it does not go in favour of our application. I have explained previously that my daughter is not coming to live here. But that hasnt made a difference. I obviously need something legal. I understand that if my daughters mother dies that would make me her gaurdian so legally would be my responsibilty. But even in that situation she would still stay in the uk with her step father, and all of her cousins brother friends and grand parents. But how do I justify that legally to immigration? I have researched and currently cant find a solid answer and im running out of time. Is for her to be legally adopted in the uk by her step father really the only way? Can custody be completly given to her mother? Is there another way? im stuck, and help would be amazing
  22. THE SHOCKING STORY OF JULIA MELINEK , see attached the county court judgment against Susan Johnson and Get Going Migration.
  23. Does anyone have experience with Prospective Marriage Visa processing times? Myself and my fiance from the Czech Republic applied in November last year, and have been informed that our application is processing and does not need any further documentation so far. We just wonder how long it has taken for others (we're not sure we entirely trust the 10-14 months according to immigration)
  24. Push for Visa-free migration bloc in Australia, UK, Canada and New Zealand As Britain plans to tighten the reins on international workers, there is a push to create a VISA-free migration bloc with Australia, Canada and New Zealand. AUSTRALIA is being called on to join a push for a new visa-free migration bloc with a new poll finding overwhelming public support to be able to live and work freely in “like-minded” nations. The push to have a “free mobility labour zone” between Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Britain was started by London Mayor Boris Johnson but has now been picked up by several MPs and Lords in Westminster. A poll in the four nations commissioned by the Royal Commonwealth Society in London and released today found 70 per cent of Australians, 82 per cent of New Zealanders and 75 per cent of Canadians supported the move. Britain also backed the initiative although to a lesser degree — 58 per cent. The UK is currently in a migration crisis with EU membership ensuring all Europeans have free access to live and work in the UK and receive substantial benefits, all of which is to come to a head in June with a referendum on whether the UK remains in the EU. Young adults (18-35 years) notably in Australia and New Zealand were the most supportive, 90 and 80 per cent respectively. The move comes as the British parliament plans in April to further restrict visas for skilled migrants from outside the EU, already down to just 20,700 a year from the rest of the world, a figure already impacting on Australian workers wishing to live and work in the UK. “This polling is invaluable as it shows the view and wishes of these fellow Commonwealth friends in strong support for closer ties,” the Commonwealth Society’s president and former British Minister of State Lord Howell said. The society’s director of policy and research Tim Hewish said MPs in each country were now needed to build political interest to having a migration bloc between the nations. He said the countries shared common language, legal systems, economic and family ties and the same Head of State so it seemed a natural shift. Both the Australian and New Zealand governments have publicly lambasted the UK’s visa restrictions and predicted the UK was “sleep walking” toward permanently damaged relations with its two allies over the visa issue. “It will be a long slog, it is a big idea,” Mr Hewish said of looking to connect MPs in the four nations to pressure to form such a free mobility zone. A spokesman for the mayor said Mr Johnson was particularly keen for a migration deal to be trialled between just Australia and UK first then possibly extended to other countries, adding Commonwealth citizens should be allowed greater ability to contribute to London’s culture and community.
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