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  2. Rossen

    Non Resident for Tax Purposes Question

    Thanks for that, much appreciated! Now I need to find a tax practitioner and give them a power of attorney. Any recommendations?
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  4. LM17

    Catholic vs Private schools

    @ChrisH at $22k for your first year at primary school - its just about being in the "old money club" in Sydney.....you will never get the value for that in my opinion ....
  5. ChrisH

    Catholic vs Private schools

    Thats just insane. I think there is definitely a point where paying more doesn't get you anything more in terms of quality of education.
  6. CyberJoe

    SA Passports - 6 to 12 months?!

    I was astounded to receive my passport in the mail on Friday morning! Looks like it was printed on the 17th of March and then somehow magically made its way here in super quick time. Not sure how this works but I'm happy even if I cant fly anywhere right now 😁 Stay save everyone!
  7. LM17

    Catholic vs Private schools

    fair enough @ChrisH , I was commenting on my experience in Sydney where they are not afraid to charge , its insane: (granted the example below is on top end of the scale 😉
  8. ChrisH

    Catholic vs Private schools

    We're doing this whole exercise at the moment. We found the private schools in the North of Brisbane to range between $4000 a year up to $15000. They aren't all obscene.
  9. LM17

    Catholic vs Private schools

    Actually Public is 100% free (The Australian Government has an obligation to provide state education via public schools to all children in Australia) the amounts you referring to are voluntary contributions, social pressure in some areas and in the school as resulted as these fees being seen as compulsory - but they are not. https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/going-to-school/Pages/school-costs.aspx as for the cost of books, uniforms and laptops - yes you will have to pay for that , I think that is reasonable
  10. Maz

    Landed! Parent support group.

    So sorry to hear of your bad news but the positive outweighs it. I am so relieved to hear of your recovery. Continue to stay positive this country has so much to offer. Has your hubby found any work yet? Do you get to see the family often do you live near each other? I will make a conceited effort to check in here more often and hope to have others join us maybe worth posting a link on the Parents visa page?
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  12. Willie en Liezl

    Transfer money to South Africa

    I use https://www.xe.com/.
  13. XXXXX

    Non Resident for Tax Purposes Question

    Suggest go into your -efiling profile and run a statement of account - should reflect interest accruing monthly. Also have a look here - being a non-resident, a tax practitioner is permitted to change your banking account details (which they will charge for). https://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Individuals/Need-Help/Tax-Questions-Answered/Pages/Exceptional-Circumstances---Banking-Details.aspx
  14. Rossen

    Non Resident for Tax Purposes Question

    Hey mate, my tax return was processed without any issues as you can see in my last comment in this thread. It took about two weeks. The only problem I have is that I changed my bank account so I still haven't received my return. There's newish regulations that you have to go into a SARS branch to verify your bank account info which I obviously cant do seeing as I'm in AU. So at the end of the day SARS gets to keep a good R36k of mine for a few more months/years until I visit RSA and can resolve this in person. Whats the chances that they'll pay it out with interest?! ;-p
  15. Mel-B

    Catholic vs Private schools

    Just a quick note: "Public schools, strict catchment areas , you pay nothing." This is not true. State and suburb depending - some pay more, some pay less, the school sets its amounts. We pay $750 a year for public primary school, and $850 a year for public high school. For high school (year 7) we also had to spend $700 on books, and $1400 on a laptop, this all excludes uniforms and school bags. When we moved we budgeted 0 for school. Upon arrival we had the shock of our lives. The cost to setup 2 kids was astounding, the uniforms were VERY expensive, and we did not expect the school fees at all.
  16. LM17

    Catholic vs Private schools

    …sort of: Public schools, strict catchment areas , you pay nothing. Catholic schools , no catchment areas, heavily funded by the state and funded by the Catholic Education Diocese it falls under, you will also pay , can vary from $1500 to $8000 per child per year Private – no catchment areas, often leads toward being ‘Christian based (not always) more likely to play rugby union, $12 000 min per child per year , costs get obscene
  17. SkillSelect Invites for 189 visas - Results from the 13 March 2020 Invitations 189 Visa Invites: 1750 x 189 visa invitations were issued. The points score for all other occupations not on the ProRata table was 90+. The EOI cut off date (deeming date) for those with only 90 points was 29/01/2020. The higher number of invitations than seen in recent months resulted in a lowering of the points required. 491 Family Sponsored Visa Invites: 300 x 491 visa invitations were issued. The points score for all occupations not on the ProRata table was 85+. The EOI cut off date (deeming date) for those with only 85 points was 05/02/2020. (NB: 15 points can be obtained for 491 sponsorship https://www.taylormadeimmigration.com/Skilled_Points_Score). The 491 is a Regional Provisional visa, if aiming for PR please research and ensure you are comfortable with the pathway to PR. The attached table shows the points required for the occupations that are issued on a ProRata basis. All other occupations required the points detailed in the text above. The points required to receive an invitation for a 189 visa in previous recent months can be seen at our web site https://www.taylormadeimmigration.com/DaystoInvite
  18. GKatherine

    Catholic vs Private schools

    Not sure about differences, but Catholic schools are considered as private 🙂
  19. Hillsong is amazing....online as well
  20. SA111

    Yes, well this place is dead . but

    😆
  21. Hi, Can anyone provide some information on the differences between these two. Are Catholic schools still private schools?
  22. Ours was approved 3 months after medicals...
  23. SA111

    SA Passports - 6 to 12 months?!

    Starting to sound slightly more positive....what a process to get this done!!
  24. SA111

    Transfer money to South Africa

    I find World remit very easy to use, and the rates are great...
  25. SA111

    Church online services

    With many people in isolation, I thought I would share the following church services that are online: https://online.hillsong.com/ https://churchome.org/ https://www.lakewoodchurch.com/watch-online
  26. SA111

    #change

    Interesting read...
  27. SA111

    Non Resident for Tax Purposes Question

    Hi @Mauro and @Rossen....did you ever hear back from SARS? What was the outcome? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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