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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #15 on: February 03, 2012, 05:18 AM »
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OMG, I can't believe that with the laptop blink The books I can - my son is studying science and it's ridiculous the amount he spends on books but has been able resell some of them.

I'm not certain how far behind we are on Coro as I don't watch it but 8 months sounds familiar. Downton Abbey is the British period drama that has been winning awards in the UK and America. It's set in my county of Yorkshire and it's a bit like Upstairs Downstairs but on a grander scale. I love to hear them talking about Yorkshire towns and the quaintness of it all.   Very Happy

Route 66 is like Billy's World Tour Series but it's along Route 66 in America. And speaking of Billy, I'd always wanted to see him but hadn't had the chance in the UK but he was on tour here in 2009 and saw him in Hamilton. My mum was visiting at the time so she got to see him too. I have loved Billy since I was a young girl and my mum and dad had cassette tapes of his shows-this ^ song was probably one of the things I could understand. I had to listen to the tapes over and over to grasp the accent lol He's a national treasure. tender

Nearly forgot, wellies are called gum boots here Eyebrow raise. crisps are chips and chips are hot chips. no They like to take the p*ss out of my accent at work sometimes but at least when I say yes it sounds like yes and not yis ignore Oh I gave them the giggles for a day (and some) when I'd had a good root in the cupboard for something. Rooting does not mean looking for something blush
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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #16 on: February 03, 2012, 03:03 PM »
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.."OMG, I can't believe that with the laptop..."

Wish it weren't true.. the uni is completely laptop based.. so it is mandatory to get one of their laptops.  They charge you a fortune every year.. and at the end of the 4 years you can buy it for 1 dollar... but that's after they strip all the programs off it.. and you've already paid $6-7k for the privilege.. and of course it is now 4 years old! ranting

"....when I'd had a good root in the cupboard for something. Rooting does not mean looking for something .."

Same here... reminds me of one of the times a friend of mine was over.  We were waiting for a-g-e-s for the tram car to arrive at our stop.   When it finally came, the driver was this huge black guy.  My friend pipes up "Well.. you must have a very long route! (prononounced 'root')
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Or the time our son told his teacher he "fell off a dyke.."
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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #17 on: February 04, 2012, 10:24 AM »
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Love the tales regarding the double meaning of words lol
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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #18 on: February 04, 2012, 10:56 AM »
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Great idea to start this thread Bev - it'll be interesting to hear everyone's experiences.   We seriously thought about moving to New Zealand 12 years ago but in the end decided to stay in the good old UK.  Would love to visit New Zealand it seems such a lovely Country.

When we first told friends and family about looking into moving, I think that they thought that we had no chance of making it but we thought what the hell, we've got to give it a go.

We had to put things on hold for about 6 months as my husband was taken ill and he had to go through a whole load of tests to confirm that he was fit enough to continue and have a specialist's written statement confirming this.  Luckily for us and him, he was covered by his private health scheme from work, otherwise we could have been waiting longer.

You have to go into a 'pool' with your application and we were selected at the the 1st opportunity.  We then have 6 months to get all the supporting documentation in to them and then it's taken from there.  You can use agencies to do this but they cost a fortune so we did everything ourselves.  You don't realise how important some documentation is until you need it!

My hubby hadn't got his school exam results on an official certificate and we had to somehow get a copy of that and the governing body that oversaw those examinations no longer existed!  We managed to find some extremely helpful people and managed to track down an official body that was able to provide us with a copy.  All our qualification certificates had to be posted to New Zealand for verification and graded against their standards so that we could complete that part of our application and confirm how many immigration points we would be awarded for that section.

We had to get police checks.  We (all the family) also had to have medicals and x-rays, and this is all at our own cost.  It was cheaper for us to travel by train to Birmingham to have this carried out than it was to go to Sheffield, which was just down the road for us.  Crazy!  Fortunately, we didn't have to have an English language test lol

At every stage in the process, we thought that we would be knocked back but wasn't.  The final part of the application was an interview, and this could be conducted via phone or in person but for us, it was a phone interview with my husband, as he was the main applicant.  At the end of the interview, my husband was told that we had been successful in our application for immigration to New Zealand and should have our passports with the visa's in a few weeks.  It took about 4 wks in the end and I was worried that my hubby had heard him wrong but he hadn't.  The process from when we first went in the 'pool' to be being granted a resident visa was about 6 months.  5 months after that we were out here.  We'd sold the house (twice, long story!) and flew out from Heathrow airport on 7th March and we've (hubby and I) haven't been back since.  Kids have been back though.

It is hard leaving friends and family behind and am glad that a couple of our good friends (they were our neighbours) flew out to visit for our 1st Christmas here.  I do think that the pros outweigh the cons most days.  I also think that as the kids are growing up, they realise that they have been given additional choices and should they wish to settle back in the UK or Europe, then they can but it's a big world out there and New Zealand and Australia is also an option for them.

We know of some people that moved out here only to stay 3 or 6 months and because they hadn't sold their house in the UK, were able to move back quickly and relatively easy.  We always said that if we didn't like it, we'd sick it for at least 2 years as after that time, we'd be given indefinite returning resident visa's, so that give us the freedom to move from the UK to New Zealand at any time.  As we've been here for more than 5 years, we can now apply for citizenship, and that's the one that gives us the chance to live and work in Australia.
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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #19 on: February 04, 2012, 02:40 PM »
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Your process sounds similar in many ways to ours Bev.. some differences.

Our application process was by a points system.  People mistakenly think if you have family here you are 'in'.. far from it.  You can only sponsor your immediate family (mother/father/children).. you cannot sponsor sisters/brothers/grandparents etc.
Don't know how it is now.. but when we applied you needed 70 points to even be considered.  Most of the points were based on the main applicant's occupation. Some jobs get more points than others.  At the time, my hubby was Service Manager for a dealership.. but he applied as a certified automotive mechanic because that was worth more points. (Although when you get here.. none of your credentials are recognised and you have to be re-certified.  None of my college certificates were recognised either.)
We got a whopping 5 points for hubby's aunt being here!
We also had to prove we were healthy, financially self-sufficient.. basically be an asset to Canada and not a burden (which I completely agree with).  
It also cost almost $3k to apply for the 3 of us.. and they said if we paid an extra $500 each we would be FastTracked (this was Canadian Immigration.. not an agency)... so of course we paid the extra.
They approved us 9 months after our application!.. who knows how long it would have taken if we hadn't paid!
The problem for us though was we had to leave the country within 1 year of our medicals and police checks... this meant we had 3 months to get out or else start all over again!!
Crazy time!!! shocking Don't know how we managed it.. but it's amazing what you can do when you have to.
We didn't sell our house.. rented it out.. another long story but wish we had just sold it then. Did eventually, but again long story..

When we came here we really did have to start our lives over again.  Finding jobs, house, banking, credit (you must have a good credit score here.. we had zero!), insurances (had to start again as new drivers as don't recognise previous insurance records, so high insurance!), resit driving test.. the list goes on and on.  We definitely didn't get any hand-outs!!
It's definitely not for the faint-hearted, and I can see why some people find it hard to cope.
Yes.. when I think about it, it's been challenging at times... but we are really happy we stuck with it.  It makes me sad when I hear about the UK now, but I'm so glad our son is growing up in this country, and that alone made our decision to rebuild our lives in Canada a good one.  

Hope your husband's health good now Bev?


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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #20 on: February 04, 2012, 04:52 PM »
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Omg what a time the two of you had once you decided to leave the UK.   We didn't get that far as hubby got a new job and decided to stay here.      Sounds like a lot of hard work, pressure and anxiety to leave and the same when you get to your new home.    Must have been really hard when you first got there, brand new Country, new ways of doing things, not knowing a soul - I take my hat off to you both.   I'm really glad  its worked out for you and you are happy which makes it all worthwhile, but it wouldn't have happened if you hadn't put in the effort, gritted your teeth and made it work.       Well done girls hug
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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #21 on: February 04, 2012, 05:02 PM »
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Thanks sengamac... you are right.. lots of hard work, pressure, anxiety, effort, gritting teeth, making it work, new ways of doing things...
Sounds a bit like Andy's life.. Wink
Here's wishing it pays off for him.
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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #22 on: February 06, 2012, 08:47 AM »
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Hubby very well thanks Scotnadian. Very Happy  And yes, Sengamac, if you think about it, moving countries is a bit daunting but I'm of the view that things happen for a reason and if it wasn't meant to be, then so be it.  I would say that the 1st 6 months, for me, were the worst.  Then I got a job and started making friends.  Actually made a friend that lived about 6 miles down the road from me in the UK, we attended the same college for a year but didn't know one another.  Small world! lol

And speaking of homesickness, all this freezing cold weather you're having in the UK makes us a tad homesick.  I know that if we were there in it, we'd probably not feel quite the same, but when you have seen snow in quite a few years, you feel like you're missing out on something.  Also, the seasons the wrong way round completely through me out!  Suddenly I've gone from a spring baby to an autumn one.
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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #23 on: February 06, 2012, 01:49 PM »
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I'll gladly send you some snow Bev.. that's something we're not short of here!  Although.. it's been a very mild winter so far.
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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #24 on: February 23, 2012, 10:06 AM »
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Ad on tv tonight for one of the major DIY stores in NZ made me smile - the staff doing the talking were both Scottish Very Happy
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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #25 on: March 10, 2012, 10:13 AM »
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Was our 6 year anniversary of being in NZ on Friday - seems to have gone by so fast!
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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #26 on: March 10, 2012, 01:34 PM »
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Congratulations on your 6th year.  You must be staying then, eh? Wink
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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #27 on: March 10, 2012, 02:13 PM »
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Yes Woolies definitely gone -
Now for the bad news: Woolies is no more - stores were all closed a year or two ago. 

There's a Woolworths in Barbados.  I took a photo, and will try to post on here. Not sure if I can because I tried to post a video and Mark said can't do that direct, has to be you-tubed first... and I'm not sold on that idea.
Anyhoo.. bought a wee something in the store just so I could get a "Woolworths" plastic baggie.
Sad but true.
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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #28 on: March 10, 2012, 02:15 PM »
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There's a Woolworths in Barbados.  I took a photo, and will try to post on here. Not sure if I can because I tried to post a video and Mark said can't do that direct, has to be you-tubed first... and I'm not sold on that idea.
Anyhoo.. bought a wee something in the store just so I could get a "Woolworths" plastic baggie.
Sad but true.
There's a Woolworths in Dubai, also - how bizarre is that?
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Re: Brits Abroad « Reply #29 on: March 10, 2012, 02:17 PM »
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Unite the Woolies of the world... yay
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