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Sheila Wick, Canberra

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (05:36:50)
Sheila Wick
[Expat Focus: Sheila has kindly shared her sad story with Expat Focus in order to make Expats living or considering moving to a Commonwealth Country aware of what may happen to their UK State Pension.]

"On receiving the Age Pension, it enabled me to live in Australia. What I wasn't prepared for was the fact that it was 'frozen' at that rate for the rest of my life, simply because I had decided to live in Australia with my only immediate family. Had they lived anywhere but a Commonwealth country, my pension would have been indexed as it would have been had I lived in the UK..."    more ...


Jennifer Tice, Sydney

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (05:31:53)
Jennifer Tice
My name is Jennifer Tice – Former Marketing Manager and now travel blogger at I decided I needed a big change in my life, sold all of my belongings and headed overseas for an indefinite period of time. So far stops include two weeks in New Zealand, one year in Australia, and then off to Asia.

What challenges did you face during the move?

I found that once you really commit yourself to the trip things seem to fall into place. At first it was difficult to sell all of my belongings, but after a while it became a very freeing experience, and a good way to get some extra cash for traveling.    more ...


Lesley Snell, Northern Beaches, Sydney

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (05:25:42)
Northern Beaches, Sydney
My name is Lesley Snell. I live on the Northern Beaches in Sydney with my husband and three children. I am a UK trained primary schoolteacher and Director of a small business on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Australia. I have been very lucky to have moved around a fair bit. Over the past twenty years I have lived in New York City, London, Sydney, Washington.D.C. and Miami. We have moved because of my husband’s job within the airline industry. We became Australian Citizens a few years back and we are now settled here on The Northern Beaches.

What challenges did you face during the move?

Lots!!    more ...


Gordon Dolan, Perth

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (05:20:14)
My name is Gordon Dolan; for many years I wanted to migrate but had cold feet, until a recruitment team from HM Naval Base, Auckland, visited Plymouth where I worked in the Devonport Dockyard; being selected for migration with costs paid was too good to pass up, my partner Diana agreed and off to New Zealand we went, when I was 30.

We were 'sponsored' by a Naval Base employee and after a very unsettled period (missing family & friends) managed to get over the separation. As usual my partner suffered most as I had my work to distract me from homesickness while she was alone with two children, yet she showed determination to see it through. After 6 months we were up & running, she started work and we did very well for the 7 years of our stay. Diana ran a very successful business manufacturing and selling custom knitwear at premium prices until the Finance Minister of the Lange government killed the economy by removing tariff barriers overnight, giving no-one a fair chance to adapt.    more ...


Nick Jay, WA

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (05:15:19)
Nick Jay
My name is Nick Jay and I come from Norfolk in the UK. I first moved overseas in October 2006 to Berri in South Australia. It's a lovely little town in the heart of the Riverland about 3 hours from Adelaide. This was not our first choice but it was the only opportunity open to us so we decided to take it as we felt everything was going to be an adventure whether in WA or SA. My wife and two boys joined me 3 months later.

We spent 10 months in Berri and loved it. However I still needed permanent full time work for my visa. I migrated on the sir 495 visa which gave me three years in Australia. To be considered for permanent residence there were certain criteria that I had to meet one of which was to be employed full time. It had always been my intention to get permanent residence so when I was offered a chance of full time permanent work in WA I took it. Funny thing is it was where we originally wanted to move to in the first place because we have friends in Perth.    more ...

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