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Hi my name is Annie, husband and self looking to emigrate to Adelaide where my son lives, anybody already done this or going through the process / We would be grateful for any advice regarding ease of application and is it worth using a migration agent as it doesn`t look too daunting !

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I think if you have a straight forward application than you could handle it yourself, mostly they just check what you have prepared anyway unless you pay more for them to prepare so you're still doing the running around. We used one as we had a complicated issue but to be honest I think we could have managed without, we have been waiting a bit too long for our decision after medicals and all i get off him is there's nothing we can do and if I ignor him and contact them anyway I will lose the fee refund if we get refused!

Try poms in oz forum for any questions, there is always someone is applying for the same type of visa or same issues!
Hi Annie,

Do you pass the balance of family test. Can you tell me what ages you and your husband are?

Best regards

Chris
By the way Annie, you cannoy apply on line. There are 4 different catagories of Parent Visas, hence my previous question.

Cheers

Chris McGrath
Migration Lawyer
We applied in January 2008 - our children are both in Sydney. At that time the exchange rate was substantially better. You could expect approximately $2.30 to the £1. Last week the exchange rate was under $1.60 to the pound so you would need to be very well off to take such a substantial drop in capital. I suspect there may be many others, who like us, when offered our visa in the coming months, now are unable to go.
We applied for a contributory parent visa and the waiting list is between 18 months to 2 years. We did use an agent, but in retrospect could easily have done it ourselves. The forms are lengthy but you have to fill them in whether or not you use an agent.
juleigh
Hi Rosemary, thanks for your quick response, I think the forms look reasonable to do ourselves but wondered if there were any pitfalls that we weren`t aware of?. I have downloaded most of them and we are gathering together all the necessary documentation. All still in the early stages, there is much to do and consider!
Hi Bruno, Thanks for your input, I have downloaded a lot of the forms but confess that I don`t have a scanner. Good point as will have to invest in one or send direct to the Immigration Dept in Australia and hope they get there! Thanks for your good wishes .

Bruno Momont said:
A migration agent might be able to help you navigate all the different visa types. But that information is available online as well in a very structured way and you seem to have decided already which visa is right for you. As long as you're comfortable with the process of applying online (getting all the docs together, getting copies certified, scanning them, ....), then I would strongly advice against using an immigration agent. It will only delay the process as there's an extra step in between and he will never be as dedicated as yourself. All he will do for you is upload the docs into the online application process.

Good luck!
HI Rosemary,thanks for your quick reply, I have downloaded most of the forms and they dont look too bad , just wondered if there were any pitfalls that we weren`t aware of? I does seen silly to pay someone if you can do the job yourself. My son also said that he thought we were capable of doing it ! I suppose it s a bit like having insurance, there if you need it ! Have been on pomsin oz but not joined so maybe thats the next site to visit! Thanks again

Rosemary Brown said:
I think if you have a straight forward application than you could handle it yourself, mostly they just check what you have prepared anyway unless you pay more for them to prepare so you're still doing the running around. We used one as we had a complicated issue but to be honest I think we could have managed without, we have been waiting a bit too long for our decision after medicals and all i get off him is there's nothing we can do and if I ignor him and contact them anyway I will lose the fee refund if we get refused!

Try poms in oz forum for any questions, there is always someone is applying for the same type of visa or same issues!
Hi Chris, we have done a fair bit of research into the different types of Parent Visas and have spoken to a Migration Agent . We do qualify on all counts and my son qualifies to sponsor us. Please can you explain the comment that we CANNOT apply online as most people seem to do it this way? Many thanks, Annie

Christopher McGrath said:
By the way Annie, you cannoy apply on line. There are 4 different catagories of Parent Visas, hence my previous question.

Cheers

Chris McGrath
Migration Lawyer
Hi Julie, We started looking into emigrating middle of last year and visited Adelaide in Nov 2009, this was our second visit and we were aware then of how much less far our money went. It is a worry but I dont think we can predict which way the economy of either country is going to go esp as house prices are set to rise in Adelaide by 10% in this next year! However ,nothing ventured nothing gained so I think we will keep on moving forward in stages to see what happens. I`m sorry that things dont seem to have worked out for you and your husband. We feel that if we dont try at this time in our lives we will have missed the opportunity to emigrate. How long was it before the 2nd vac was due to be paid from the date of lodgement of the 1st visa application? Many thanks for you help.

Julie said:
We applied in January 2008 - our children are both in Sydney. At that time the exchange rate was substantially better. You could expect approximately $2.30 to the £1. Last week the exchange rate was under $1.60 to the pound so you would need to be very well off to take such a substantial drop in capital. I suspect there may be many others, who like us, when offered our visa in the coming months, now are unable to go.
We applied for a contributory parent visa and the waiting list is between 18 months to 2 years. We did use an agent, but in retrospect could easily have done it ourselves. The forms are lengthy but you have to fill them in whether or not you use an agent.
juleigh
HI,
You should approach a migration agent and ask if they can help, any one of the registered agents are in a far better position to assist you before you hand over any monies.
As to what Chris is leading to below, there would be a few pre requisits that may put you in more viable postition i.e your age, financial stability, would you be working etc?
We applied through an agent for a skilled migration visa (subclass 175) which I agree is totally different to your circumstances and our application was successful first time around and relatively stress free.
We used Go matilda who were great and provided a service that we did not have the time nor patience to carry out the guess work.
If you do use an agent/ consultant they should be able to tell you if you SHOULD be successful or not by asking you a few questions first without you paying out any money.

Regards,

John
We haven't had to pay the second instalment yet, having initially applied in January 2008....so it takes at least 18 months to 2 years. More important than using a migration agent - I would advise you to talk to someone expert in moving finances to Australia someone like Simon at Global Qrops. It can save you large amounts of money for very little outlay - particularly on any pensions that you may have.
Julie

Annie Greenwood said:
Hi Julie, We started looking into emigrating middle of last year and visited Adelaide in Nov 2009, this was our second visit and we were aware then of how much less far our money went. It is a worry but I dont think we can predict which way the economy of either country is going to go esp as house prices are set to rise in Adelaide by 10% in this next year! However ,nothing ventured nothing gained so I think we will keep on moving forward in stages to see what happens. I`m sorry that things dont seem to have worked out for you and your husband. We feel that if we dont try at this time in our lives we will have missed the opportunity to emigrate. How long was it before the 2nd vac was due to be paid from the date of lodgement of the 1st visa application? Many thanks for you help.

Julie said:
We applied in January 2008 - our children are both in Sydney. At that time the exchange rate was substantially better. You could expect approximately $2.30 to the £1. Last week the exchange rate was under $1.60 to the pound so you would need to be very well off to take such a substantial drop in capital. I suspect there may be many others, who like us, when offered our visa in the coming months, now are unable to go.
We applied for a contributory parent visa and the waiting list is between 18 months to 2 years. We did use an agent, but in retrospect could easily have done it ourselves. The forms are lengthy but you have to fill them in whether or not you use an agent.
juleigh
Hi Julie,thanks for the info, we spoke to HiFX at the Immigration Show and they were pretty helpful regarding pensions etc but its always good to have personal recommendation and I will take note of Global Qrops. My hubby, Trevor will have a pension from Royal Mail to consider. plus the usual finances. Still very early days for us, lots to do !
Julie said:
We haven't had to pay the second instalment yet, having initially applied in January 2008....so it takes at least 18 months to 2 years. More important than using a migration agent - I would advise you to talk to someone expert in moving finances to Australia someone like Simon at Global Qrops. It can save you large amounts of money for very little outlay - particularly on any pensions that you may have.
Julie

Annie Greenwood said:
Hi Julie, We started looking into emigrating middle of last year and visited Adelaide in Nov 2009, this was our second visit and we were aware then of how much less far our money went. It is a worry but I dont think we can predict which way the economy of either country is going to go esp as house prices are set to rise in Adelaide by 10% in this next year! However ,nothing ventured nothing gained so I think we will keep on moving forward in stages to see what happens. I`m sorry that things dont seem to have worked out for you and your husband. We feel that if we dont try at this time in our lives we will have missed the opportunity to emigrate. How long was it before the 2nd vac was due to be paid from the date of lodgement of the 1st visa application? Many thanks for you help.

Julie said:
We applied in January 2008 - our children are both in Sydney. At that time the exchange rate was substantially better. You could expect approximately $2.30 to the £1. Last week the exchange rate was under $1.60 to the pound so you would need to be very well off to take such a substantial drop in capital. I suspect there may be many others, who like us, when offered our visa in the coming months, now are unable to go.
We applied for a contributory parent visa and the waiting list is between 18 months to 2 years. We did use an agent, but in retrospect could easily have done it ourselves. The forms are lengthy but you have to fill them in whether or not you use an agent.
juleigh

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