Sadness

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Industry_Hack, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    I've just sent in a request to cancel my Australian visa. I haven't lived there for three years, and certainly won't be returning any time soon under the same terms I was granted residency, but it's still sad.
     
  2. jwl325

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    Even though we only visited there briefly while we were stationed in Guam, I can certainly understand your blues if you had secured and enjoyed a visa there.

    One of the best places I've ever visited, and I have to remind myself I only saw a fraction of it.

    Bill
     

  3. Grape Ape

    Grape Ape Younger than Hack Tavern Member

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    In the immortal words of Barbara Bush "Just say NO." The just requested they didn't demand. So just reply politely with the following.


    Dear Australia,

    Thank you for thinking of me and my possible future travels to your great country, but at this time I think I will go ahead and keep it. Again thank you for your concern. I hope you have a very nice day.

    Your Friend,
    Industry Hack
     
  4. Burr

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    I think he is talking about a residency visa.

    Not a tourist visa

    I (or my wife) have to be in country and renew my residency visa every year or pay a big fine.
     
  5. Industry_Hack

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    Yeah, it was a permanent resident visa, so it didn't come cheap. But I had to cancel it in order to get access to the retirement funds I accrued working there. Hopefully, that will amount to more than $23.
     
  6. Farnsworth

    Farnsworth New Member

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    So your never going back? Do you have to do it?
     
  7. Industry_Hack

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    I can still visit any time. Just can't work there any more, and I won't get any benefits like Australian Medicare.
     
  8. Farnsworth

    Farnsworth New Member

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    Better stock up on prescriptions quick then.
     
  9. TxCyclist

    TxCyclist Administrator Staff Member Admin Staff

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    How simple was the process for getting it?
     
  10. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    About $1,200 for the application, comprehensive medical exam with blood test and chest x-ray, police background check, and I married an Australian. That last bit added a significant amount of expense.
     
  11. chh55

    chh55 Drink plenty of water!!!

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    I married a swede and the digits are still turning:rolleyes:
     
  12. Burr

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    So what are the cost?

    It was very cheap over here.

    Are you American?

    What do you teach?
     
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  13. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    Immigration, airfare, and moving expenses cost me more than $20k over a five year period.
     
  14. Burr

    Burr Cranking Old Guy

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    Ya well moving and air fair and now that the VA cut me off so my Meds. all add up.

    Stocks come back up we are moving back.