10 Jan 2010 16:57
At the end of this month i move to Sydney, Australia with my girlfriend.
If any of you lot don't realise how far down the pan this country has gone, listen to this..
My girl is Australian and had been working over here for 3 years on a highly skilled visa in a famous London hospital doing research into certain disorders, anyways she applied for an extension and it was denied on the basis she hadn't proven she earned over a certain amount despite supplying pay slips and a letter from her employer. We appealed and provided more evidence and it was denied again as the photo she provided with the appeal was the same as the one she provided with her first application and the photo has to be no more than 2 weeks old ( this one was 4 weeks old) so that was two lots of £1500.00 or somthing that will not be refunded. As the appeal was denied - thats it, she was given 14 days to leave the country.
Now, in the same rejection letter was a leaflet explaining if she was seeking asylum or facing certain hardships, her and all her dependants were entitled to accomdation and could stay in the country indefinetely.
So as a hard working, law abiding, tax paying member of society, with skills extremely hard and exspensive to replace (as stated in a cover letter with the application provided by the head of research at her unit)she has been forced to leave the country.
Lets just say i'm a little bitter over the whole fiasco,
So anyways, i fly to Sydney on the 29th of January and was wandering if anyone has experience of living in this city?? I was actually born there heh but haven't been there for 5 years and only then i was there on a short holiday.
What are the cool 'hot spots' of the city? Areas we should look to be buying in?
And anyone have any experiences of moving your whole life to another country?
10 Jan 2010 16:59
That fucking sucks man, can't really help you but good luck with it all.
10 Jan 2010 17:02
How serious were you? Couldnt you just have married for the visa or is it more complicated than that.
10 Jan 2010 17:10
That is proper bad man,anyway I can't say much but I moved to UK about 5 years ago this year I was young so can't really apply it to this situation as you are grown,although i have to say i miss home and the culture shock was major.For me it was really hard to get in here,we were denied visas 3 times and my mother had to fly back from here to Swaziland to sort is out,it was just a long,stressful process.I would have thought your g.f being Australian it would be easy just proves how the immigration can be proper cunts..good luck with the move.
10 Jan 2010 17:12
Together for a couple of years now, and i am convinced this is the girl i'll marry but didn't really want to do it for the sake of a visa.
Also, the whole situation has made me want to leave.
Cheers for words of support, i'm pretty nervous but i'm sure the long sunny summer days will go some way to help.
originality is the art of concealing your source
10 Jan 2010 17:25
Thats well shit but good luck, it'll probably be the best move you ever make.
Maybe PM Milspex as he should know something on the subject
10 Jan 2010 17:29
Aren't you the guy with a black eye who wanks 12 times a day?
10 Jan 2010 17:44
did you hire an immigration lawyer to oversee the application?
when you have a lawyer involved, immigration usually back off cos they know they will get contested on every point.
i can understand about not marrying for a visa, immigration logic astounds me…
will ask a few mates who are in oz, not sure if they are in the sydney area tho
10 Jan 2010 19:36
I'm almost certain that as your girlfriend was rejected for technical reasons rather than not fitting the points criteria that with a bit of escalation/a good lawyer she'd get her extension but that's not really the point I suppose.
Australia would be a nice place to live for a few years, bit of a cultural wasteland though.
10 Jan 2010 20:17
We emigrated from the motherland in 1974 bet you wished we hadn't mind