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Want to retire to Oz, how much income needed?


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Old 06-02-2010, 06:47 PM
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Want to retire to Oz, how much income needed?

Hi. We are 47 & 56 yrs old with 9 & 12 year old children. Aside from 457 visa is there a way we can come for a few years, have the children in school, without working. How much money do we need to show the authorities do we have, and if we like it what are the chances of us being able to stay?

Any advice gratefully received. Thank you, Dawn


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Hi. We are 47 & 56 yrs old with 9 & 12 year old children. Aside from 457 visa is there a way we can come for a few years, have the children in school, without working. How much money do we need to show the authorities do we have, and if we like it what are the chances of us being able to stay?

Any advice gratefully received. Thank you, Dawn
If you were not going to be reliant on working, the 12 months tourist visas do actually provide for a near two year stay as they are apparently issued with a latest enter by date which is about 12 months from date of issue and then valid for 12 months from last date of entry.
http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/tourist/676/

Thus, if you organised to apply for one close to when you wanted to come, headed out here and then after nearly 12 months take a flight to somewhere like New Zealand or Asia [ $400-500 ] to return just before the latest enter by date, you would then have another 12 months.

That gives a reasonable length of time in which for you to see how things are but it will mean that a tourist visa has to be applied for individually, ie. one for each of you, four in total and not one for the whole family.
Study in Australia will give you some info re studying and though tertiary and some secondary education will have international fees applicable I think the application for primary and some standard secondary schooling does vary from state to state.

As to what funding you'd be expected to have, I suppose Immi would be looking at it from just a 12 months perspective and if you had anything less than say A$50,000 allowed, they could view it as problematical.

As to what you actually need will really depend on what you want to do and by looking at sticking the kids in school, that'll either tie you down a bit or if you move about to see the country, you'll be swapping them in and out of schools unless you want to take on home teaching.
Regardless of how you do it accommodation costs could suck up a bit and www.domain.com will give you some idea of that.

You may want to adopt more of an itinerant lifestyle and hit the road, following the sun somewhat and February to October will largely cover a school year and a great time for more northern parts of Australia to stay away from winter.
Or alternately, you may want to get set up to teach the kids yourself for a couple of years and buy some sort of a campervan or car and camping trailer, maybe find an outback cattle station to do a spot of WWOOF Australia and you can find plenty of other options re that too.

So there are ways to see Australia on the cheap [ and enjoy it ] and you may find some interesting links in the travel section if you scroll back through a few posts.

All that will not give you a right to stay but at least with a couple of years, you'll have had a chance to see whether you can get employer sponsorship and that will depend on your skills/qualifications etc.

Thareare also temporary retirement visas but they are also quite expensive.





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Old 06-07-2010, 09:50 PM
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Thank you, and another question :)

Wow, thank you for such a full response. Do you think that I'd be able to put the children in school on just a tourist visa though? Best wishes, Dawn


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Wow, thank you for such a full response. Do you think that I'd be able to put the children in school on just a tourist visa though? Best wishes, Dawn
It'll be up to any local school as to their policy but if you're resident in an area for a particular length of time, I'd not be surprised if you can.
There's no concrete ban on it and though you'll see a reference right at the top to study up to three months on
Tourist Visa (Subclass 676)

I'd reckon that is more in line with someone considering a specific course and using a tourist visa in lieu of a student visa more so than a family visiting and who wants to see the kids get some schooling.





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Old 06-08-2010, 06:28 AM
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Thank you, I am glad that there is hope for us 'oldies'! It's a shame that there is no option for us to go, with supporting money, and get a job on a casual basis if found. I know about the subclass 457 and we are on the list (we manage childcare) but we don't want to be tied down to doing that.
Our other daughter will be 18 and intends to go out to study with her friend who lives in Perth, but her choices are quite straight forward, with the student visa.
You are really helpful, thank you


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