Re-Join from Australia

Discussion in 'Overseas Section' started by "Crikey mate", Nov 16, 2016.

  1. "Crikey mate"

    "Crikey mate" Member

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    Ninja, pretty much one for you here, hope you can help me out.

    Came over to the UK from Australia in 2014. Did all the pre-entry tests, PRMC, etc and got a security clearance (& residency waiver). Entered RT but left just after Hunters Moon. Spoke at lengths with the Training Team and decided together the best decision was to leave and sort out the family issues I had going on back in Australia, then return to RT when these things had calmed down.

    Things have finally sorted themselves out here in Australia (or are at least the best I'm able to make them) and I've spent the last year sorting out some financial stability and working on my fitness.

    I'm preparing to come back over in January 2017 and am about to reopen my application (have contacted them but been waiting for a response and needing to know ASAP so I can make some arrangements here, any advice will help!)

    I'm aware my Recruit Tests, Medical, PFJT, PRMC etc are all out dated and have no issue with redoing them again (guessing I've passed them once so shouldn't be an issue to do it again)

    My main concern is the Residency Waiver. Can I even get this again?

    I'm a dual national. Born in England and lived there until I was 10 then moved to Australia due to my dads work.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Ninja_Stoker

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    G'day & welcome back into the fold.

    Good to hear you've managed to get your ducks in a row and are now back on track. Good effort.

    Presumably you've re-applied via the overseas desk via London AFCO or emailed your original AFCO direct to establish comms and get the admin as[pect underway before you even set foot in UK.?

    Either way, once they have scanned copies or hard copies of your discharge docs & you've given signed consent for the release of your service med-docs, the AFCO will start the ball rolling by writing to gain Approval to Process your application for re-entry (assuming the PSO didn't put a time-caveat before permitting re-entry). Hopefully they will simultaneously request your med docs to reduce the wait.

    The thing that is going to take time is your Approval to Process - currently this can take 8 or more weeks so the advice is to establish eligibility and enter into dialogue with your processing AFCO now so they can get the letter sent before you arrive in UK. As they know you already, if there are no changes in circumstances, they could get cracking with your SC application and get the waiver submitted before you arrive. (Yes, you remain eligible for a residency waiver for as long as you have a valid Brit passport).

    Best of luck - keep us posted on progress. Be aware PRMC has ramped-up a fair bit since you last joined - don't underestimate it.
     
  3. BeastCoastWallabie

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    Sorry to hijack your thread but thought i'd introduce myself as i'm a fellow Aussie who's just about to start RT. So if I can be of any help to you in any way then don't hesitate to ask me any questions. Cheers mate
     
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  4. telemark

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    How long did it take for your security clearance and residency waiver to come through?
     
  5. "Crikey mate"

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    Well G'day mate ;) just sent you a private message!
     
  6. "Crikey mate"

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    Thanks! Exactly what I wanted to hear!

    I've contacted my original AFCO directly and am waiting to hear back, definitely not heading to the UK before I have everything possible lined up! Had no time-caveat or anything like that.

    Also understand about the Approval to Process, waiting to hear back from AFCO and will get those forms to them as soon as they ask and get the ball rolling. Great news about the SC and residency waiver too, will be great to not have the large wait in the UK again.

    Last time I had all of my tests penciled in the first 2 weeks of being in the UK (provided I passed each one, the next one was confirmed). Hopefully I will be able to organise something similar this time.

    Thank you for the heads up about PRMC and giving me all the info I was after!

    Will keep you posted.
     
  7. Ninja_Stoker

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    No problem. Any snags, yell.
     
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  8. BeastCoastWallabie

    BeastCoastWallabie New Member

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    Security clearance took about 6 months. I'm not sure on how long the residency waiver took but i've been in the UK since April so no longer than 8 months. All of the relevant overseas paperwork/ requirements etc has gone really smoothly, my AFCO has been very helpful and proactive so I owe a lot of that to him.
     
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  9. "Crikey mate"

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    Original AFCO I joined with have responded, have passed me to London overseas desk, but the CPO there is away for 2 weeks so I have to wait to even get the ball rolling.
    Will keep you posted.
    Can you advise when the Christmas shutdown is?
     
  10. Ninja_Stoker

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    All AFCOs will be close from 23rd December and re-open 03rd January.
     
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