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  1. 16 points
    Today our journey ends. Or maybe, begins... No fanfare. No nothing. Anti-climactic. Just an email. Nothing spectacular. “Granted.” And so, after 6 years, we have our visa. I am excited and “verslae”. Don’t know how to feel. I want to thank all of you. You guys have been such a support. I don’t know how I would have made it without you. The stress was so overwhelming at times. Thank you, thank you! Lots of love. 😘
  2. 11 points
    Thank you all so much. As I have said before, this forum has carried me through many a dark night in limbo. And our limbo period seemed especially long... I am so grateful that my kids, especially my little boy will be safe and ok and have a future. They have grown so much since we have been here. In confidence especially. It is amazing what an equal safe environment does to kids. No more teaching them "how to survive a hi-jack." As I distinctly remembered doing a few years ago in RSA. My eldest is looking at the airforce, my middle boy is being vocationally training supported and my youngest girl who has now been in Aus longer than she had been in RSA, can play carefree and not worry about being attacked. We travel in Aus and it is a beautiful country! We never had the resources to do that in RSA. For me to have job security is amazing. I am judged on what I can do professionally only. If I do more than required, I get rewarded. I now have peace that if I get injured and cant work(like almost happened before with my back injury) , we wont be deported. The people at work have been amazing. They (as Aussies) have not realized the struggle one has to get PR. When I told everyone yesterday, they were so excited, but they have also been having a go at me! Someone came looking for me in my office, and I had just stepped out, and when I came back, they said (tongue in cheek) "Oh, you are still here. I thought you had gone to Centrelink to register... " And we were going to a restaurant for Christmas work lunch, and I said I didnt know where the place was, and some one piped up and said "You should know now that you are PR, it is in the same block as the Centrelink building". so the whole day everytime I walked away from my office to the copier, or to take documents somewhere, someone would shout "Off to Centrelink, are we?" It has been non-stop! It has come to the pojnt now, that when I get up, I put my hands up and say: "Calm down mates, just on my way to Centrelink.." Someone also made like 50 copies of Advance Australia Fair and stuck them all over my office. On the computer and phone and everywhere! Looked like the room had been paper bombed! One person laughingly said I had to have it memorized by the end of the day, and someone else laughed and said I needed to ask the lady who said that ,to sing the second verse herself, without the paper. And then she mimicked someone mumbling and said no Aussie knows the second verse either! I miss family, so much so that I cant think about it for long, then I have to seriously distract myself not to get depressed. And I miss the smells and sounds of RSA. It doesnt smell the same here after the rain... I miss the future I had imagined as a young person. I miss that my younger kids cant speak Afrikaans anymore. But things change. And one's ability to adapt is everything. It still hasnt sunk in. We have fought for so long, that now there is just a weird gap, where the worry was before. (Does that even make sense? ) The kids look at us like we are crazy and maybe we are. Last night we were saying: Oh look, our first braai on PR. Kids you are having your first dessert on PR. Go and have your first bath on PR. Trying to make it real in our minds. We are no longer on the outside looking in. We are in the candy shop, buying stuff! Merry Christmas everybody!
  3. 3 points
    Ok. So there I was, crying in the Coles Carpark. You finally got it. BEST NEWS!!! Ticket to Cairns booked. Put some champerz on ice! I'm a comin'!!!
  4. 2 points
    Staying patient in this process is really really hard. No matter how sure you are that you're doing the right thing, you will have LOADS of time to question that certainty, and things are bound to happen that will make you question everything. My suggestion would be to try not to have such hard timelines in your head to plan around, as a start - don't make a timeline for things you have no control over. You can plan to have researched x, y and z, or to have put together the paperwork, etc etc - or to make a decision about applying for the 190 for Adelaide. But not for the response, because that almost always takes significantly longer than you expect even when it's based on official timelines etc. Immigration is not easy!
  5. 2 points
    If there is ONE person to receive the "Granted" email, it is YOU!!!! SO blerrie bly vir julle xxxxxx
  6. 2 points
    .Hi everyone Just wanted to share our journey and discoveries to the benefit of anyone that might be paying for their visa soon. First, as one would expect, we checked https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/visa-pricing-estimator Our result was (AUD5630): Not too bad, we thought. But how did they arrive at that exchange rate? If you look here, it makes sense: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/applying-online-or-on-paper/online/how-to-pay So that means, if we pay today, 2018-12-19, the exchange rate of 1 January to 30 June 2018 would be used. I remember ZAR being quite strong then: And indeed, the average rate is close to the R9.75 per AUS$ implied by their estimator. In reality, things were quite different. Initially, we tried using my Capitec debit card for payment (for both VISA and Mastercard you need to add 1.32% as card fee), as I know that they do not charge a currency conversion fee for international transactions. After setting my temporary international point of sale limit to a number that was definitely sufficient, we found the payment being declined. We ended up calling the Capitec call centre twice, and eventually, it transpired that the maximum international card payment that could be facilitated by the Capitec/Mastercard agreement is R50000. You cannot arrange with the bank to exceed this limit. Next up, we tried FNB. I was reluctant to use them because they charge a 2.75% currency conversion fee, which on R56636 would be a staggering R1557. Crazy. But we had to. I ensured that I had at least R60000 available on the FNB credit card but this time the transactions were declined due to reason: insufficient funds. How was this possible? Within moments, I received a call from the FNB fraud department, just confirming that it is me trying to make the payment because someone is trying to pay Australian Home Affairs with an amount exceeding the available balance on the credit card. I asked him if he could see what that exact amount was, and he told me, just short of R61000. I found that the amount charged to my VISA card could be arrived at here: https://usa.visa.com/support/consumer/travel-support/exchange-rate-calculator.html If you use Mastercard: https://www.mastercard.us/en-us/consumers/get-support/convert-currency.html So there you have it - should you plan on paying your visa application, the amount you will pay in ZAR is nothing like what their visa cost estimator would suggest. Rather use the relevant card company exchange rate calculator website. Our effective exchange rate (factoring currency conversion fees of 2.75%, card processing fees of 1.32%) was 10.827 ZAR to AUD. If you bank with Capitec, should your costs exceed R50000, you'll have to use another bank to make the payment.
  7. 2 points
    Congratulations to you and your family! You have had the courage and strength to undertake a journey that entailed many risks with roadblocks to overcome along the way and some challenging decisions to make. Many people would not even have commenced this journey, many people would have given up at one of the roadblocks along the way. I wish you and your family all the very best for your future as Australian Permanent Residents.
  8. 2 points
    I have goosebumps head to toe. So thrilled for you! Congratulations - what a Christmas gift!!!
  9. 1 point
    I have read many posts on the forum from people who wondered whether migrating to Australia was in line with God's will for them and most had that confirmation or conviction. I did for a while, have wanted to move there since I was a teenager reading Emma Darcy's Mills & Boon novels about romance on the sheep ranches and starry skies. Anyway, I have been wanting to move on and off but since this time last year the urgency increased and I began the process in January 2018. Hubby wasn't always keen but after some encouragement from his sister who lives in Adelaide and is now an Australian citizen he came on board. I spent December doing research on visa types and booked the 1st available IELTS test in January. I passed with 8.5 and got 20 points. To me this was a blessing and I felt so thankful that God was working in my visa. The original aim was to migrate by June as my contract was ending in May. Next stop was VETASSESS qualification assessment. We could not afford the fast-track option so had to wait almost 12 weeks. I wanted to apply for subclass 190 for South Australia to be close to my sister-in-law and by that time I had fallen in love with Adelaide. Vetasses recommended that I claim points for 7,2 years instead of the 8 I had hoped for because one year was contributing towards minimum requirements. In March the high points category for South Australia increased to 90 points and I only had 85. A few week earlier this would have been enough so I kicked myself for not paying the extra money for priority processing. I still applied in April and was declined. That time there was so much anxiety about the new visa regulations coming out in June. I panicked and applied to Tasmania, they came back after two weeks with an offer for 489 nomination since I didn't have a job offer. I saw it as a blessing, maybe God has a purpose for me in Tasmania. I had put together the paperwork in a huff and felt that nothing short of a miracle could have made it possible. And until a few weeks ago I was certain that this was my God-given destination. SA had been so close to getting the nomination for SA but in the end didn't make it. I thought maybe it was divine intervention. There are times when I have not received something I badly wanted then a few months be like thank you Lord for helping me avoid that. I lodged the visa application in June, managed to do the medicals and PCC in a few weeks and then waited for a direct grant, and waited.... and waited. I had a CO contact in September asking for 5 year bank statements and other documents I had either submitted earlier or not relevant. I sent back a response and the statements in three days. And until now I am waiting for feedback, or better yet, a visa grant. As the wait continues I find myself wondering if I am on the right track after all. SA dropped the points for my profession back to 80 in July and I could possibly get a 190 nomination if I applied now. I would actually have 95 points since I now have 8 years experience. I wonder if it was or really is God's will for me to move to Tasmania. Or was it South Australia, after all I would migrate with a PR rather than the 489 visa with less privileges. Did i act too rashly when I could not get into SA, or am i being impatient now that the visa is taking much longer than anticipated. I don't know what to think anymore. As I mentioned earlier my contract ended in May, it was a very stressful time with no prospects but God did wonders for me. I heard about a job opening from the most unlikely source, was interviewed together with someone who had been headhunted but still made it. I know God loves me and takes care of me always. And i want to go where He leads but this time if feel like I am not sure where that is. Maybe there is so much noise in my head I can't hear Him. I would have loved to be out of here by now that was plan A. Plan B was to at least have a visa by now and start planning for next year with more clarity. None of it has happened and I feel completely lost. What do i do and not do in this situation. It's hard to remain still.
  10. 1 point
    Fantastic! Congratulations. What a Christmas pressie.
  11. 1 point
    Congratulations!!! Best wishes for the transition
  12. 1 point
    Congratulations @Eyebrow!! I cannot believe how happy I am to read your message even though we've never even met 😁 All the best and enjoy your Christmas time with the family!
  13. 1 point
    What a great Christmas present Eyebrow. Congrats.
  14. 1 point
    WONDERFUL WONDERFUL news Eyebrow!!!! Tears of happiness from me too. You did it! Tenacious and unwavering determination has got you there. Sooooo happy for you all... the best Christmas present for you and your family. Your move to a regional centre was a winner. Congratulations
  15. 1 point
    Let us know if that's the way to submit it if/when she replies
  16. 1 point
    Thank you very very much for the advice I really appreciate it!!
  17. 1 point
    i have just received an email immigration asking for further documents... wohoo.. we have applied my Mum's visa on the 10 July 2015 .... hey guys so letter says we can apply AoS online... can anyone please guide me towards AoS ... Many thanks
  18. 1 point
    New Bill expected to result in Significant Changes to a number of Family Sponsored visas. Royal Assent was given on the 10th Dec 2018, to the 'Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016'. Therefore, this Bill will commence within the next 6 months - date not yet provided. Anticipated changes expected include: - Sponsors required to undertake Character checks and require Approval, prior to a visa application being made. This change therefore adds another Step into the application process. It is anticipated that before a Visa Application can be submitted that the Sponsors must first become approved. If you are considering submitting a family sponsored visa you might consider submitting it prior to the changes occurring. Visas this is anticipated to impact on include: - Partner Visas - Temporary Parent Visas - Potentially Permanent Resident Parent Visas - NB it does NOT impact the 489 Family sponsored skilled visa, or applications already submitted The aim of the new Bill was to: - require family sponsors to be approved before a visa application is made; - impose obligations on family sponsors (and sanctions if not met); - enable sharing of personal information between Sponsor / Visa Applicants (e.g. relating to prior domestic violence); - enabling the Department to refuse/bar Sponsorship to some individuals
  19. 1 point
    Good news, request for our 2nd VAC came in this morning 😎 Nearly there with our 143
  20. 1 point
    The Centrelink officer was as good as her word and called me yesterday to confirm they had accepted my AoS effective 4/12/2018. She also informed me that Electronic notification will go on 10/12/2018 to PVC. I am still waiting to receive this letter on MyGov but am so relieved that she cared enough to call and update me. I can now travel without anxiety of unfinished requirements hindering assessment.
  21. 1 point
    LOL! Mate, the only reason you like using gas is because you are time pure. In order to get the best taste out of the meat and to have the most fun with your mates, there is no substitute for a Weber using wood or good quality charcoal.
  22. 1 point
    The 100 step process to immigrating to Australia from South Africa What follows is a 100 step process that the average immigrant would need to follow. I write this based on various posts from the www.saaustralia.org forums. So most of the stuff you would have read before. Not everything listed here applies to everyone. Some things are not required for some visas and everyone's situation is different. But maybe you will see something you never thought of. The decision 1. Make the decision to immigrate 2. Make the decision to apply for a visa yourself or to use an immigration agent. 3. Start reading the www.immi.gov.au website. Spend hours reading about all the different visa options and who they are for. It is a fantastic website and most of your questions will be answered there. 4. Register as a user on www.saaustralia.org and make your first post in the foyer thread. Do not be a lurker who reads and takes but never contributes or helps. If you get help by reading then try give help to others. No one expects you to be an expert before you post, and no one is going to hold you personally accountable if you give a wrong answer to someone's question. All we really want is an opinion from people who are in the same boat. The Visa application process 5. Choose which visa is best for you and your situation. 6. Start collecting the required documents for your particular visa. 7. Get multiple passport sized photographs. You will need about 8-10 per person. (You even need photo for the customs department that inspects your container.) 8. Apply for passports 9. Apply for all family member's unabridged birth certificates from home affairs 10. Apply for unabridged marriage certificate from Home Affairs or get proof of De Facto relationship. 11. Get certified copy of custody documents (and access arrangements) / adoption papers (if applicable to dependents) 12. Apply for military discharge papers from the Defence force if you did National Service. 13. Book to write your IELTS exam with the British Council if required 14. Apply for academic transcripts from your university 15. Apply for a letter from your university saying the course was taught in English (if not using IELTS to prove English speaking ability) 16. Apply for a letter from your High School saying the medium of instruction was taught in English (if not using IELTS to prove English speaking ability) 17. Get certified copies of all academic qualifications 18. Get certified copies of all licenses you hold to practise your profession 19. Ask for detailed references from all places that you have worked (previous and current) 20. Apply for skills recognition/assessment from the relevant Australian skills assessing authority. See document 1121.pdf for all assessing bodies. 21. Make a curriculum Vitae (this is not only for looking for work but needs to be attached to some visa applications) 22. Study up on the different areas in Australia. 23. Do an LSD (look-see-decide) trip - either actual or virtual - to help make the decision. For a virtual tour use Google Earth / Google street Maps http://www.google.com.au. 24. Choose where in Australia you would want to live. 25. Secure work in Australia from an employer who is willing to sponsor you to DIAC (if not going the independent route) 26. Get a formal letter of appointment signed by both employer and employee 27. Complete your character Assessment (Form 80) 28. Apply for police clearance certificate 29. Book your medical exams (form 26 for medical and form 160 for x-rays) 30. Read and sign the Statement of Australian Values (Form 1281) 31. Get a copy of Regional Certification Body approval (if applicable) 32. Get a copy of the Nomination approval letter 33. Submit your visa application 34. Get your "visa granted" letter 35. Book your airplane tickets through IOM (International Organisation for Migration) who often provide cheaper one way tickets and increased luggage allowance. The moving house process 36. Make the decision whether to sell your house or to rent it out and finish paying off your bond, then to sell. (As it not seller's market at the moment might mean that it is better to rent and pay off the bond with the wonderful A$1 to R6.75 exchange rate (Note was R6.75 in 2008, it is now A$1/R10 in 2014) 37. Make the decision whether to ship all your belongings across or to sell up and buy everything new once there. A 20ft container will cost in the region of R30-R45000 and a 40ft will cost R60-R75000). If you sold all your belongings for say R30000, could you replace everything for between R75-R100000?) 38. Get three or four removal companies in to give you quotes (eg Magna, AGS Frasers, Crown, Chess, Pickfords, Biddulphs, Amphibious Freight) 39. Choose which one you will use. 40. Start throwing away things that you have horded for years. Keep only what is going in the container. This takes longer than you think so start early. 41. Make an inventory of everything in your house (with Australian replacement values) that is going with you to Aus. (You can even take photographs of the contents of each room before they start packing - open your cupboard doors and photograph your clothes, CD's, DVD's etc) Take this with you on the plane. 42. Do some research on what can and cannot be imported. See http://www.customs.g...te/page4369.asp or http://www.agricultu...ravel/cant-take as to what you can take with and what you cannot.. 43. Make a list of all the serial numbers on the valuable items in your house (TV, PC etc). Take it with you on the plane. 44. Clean perfectly all items like garden equipment, vacuum cleaner, camping and fishing equipment 45. All Australian King and Queen size beds are extra length (203cm) - that means if you buy a new bed in Australia, your old linen (fitted sheets) will be too short. Consider replacing your linen with extra length here, as linen in Australia is pricey. 46. Keep all receipts for your relocation costs (medicals, etc). You may be able to claim it from your tax. 47. Make sure your passport is not in the container! 48. Keep the keys for everything that is locked inside your container with you - customs will request it. The pet decision 49. Make the decision whether to take your pets with you or not. 50. Contact Keringa (East Rand); Global Paws (West Rand) and Kookaburra (Pretoria) for quotes 51. Visit them to see where your beloved pet will spend quarantine. 52. Get certified copies of your pet's vaccination records 53. Select one and book them a place 54. Ensure your pets are micro chipped 55. Ensure all their vaccinations are up to date. 56. Ensure their rabies vaccination is valid. All pets must have had at least two Rabies vaccinations, one of which must have been done not more than 6 months, but not less than 1 month, before entering quarantine. (Extremely NB: ensure that if they need a rabies shot that the vet does not use one containing Leptospira interrrogans. var. canicola. This affects the blood tests during quarantine. 57. If your pet is ten years and older, then have a geriatric profile done by your vet. It is advised to get full blood counts, liver and kidney enzymes and urine analysis. Your vet may require chest and hip x-rays. If they fail this profile, you will not be allowed export them. "Shutting up Shop" process 58. Change postal address of all accounts to a reliable friend or family member two months before you go (so you can see which companies did not make the change, and you have enough time to sort it out before you go - things like telephone account, DSTV & MNET, City Council, Security company, insurance - both short term and life, Bank (all accounts - some bank's you have to change it for each account!), Medical Aids, Shopping Cards, Memberships, Doctors, Specialists etc.) 59. Set up a free email account like gmail and start using it two months before you leave. Then you can see who is still emailing your old email address. Remember when you cancel your ISP you will lose your email address. 60. Start obeying the South African speed limit and road rules. Takes time to get used to watching that speedometer and the cars behind you edging you to go faster. Australia works on the Driver's license point system. Too many speeding fines will see you losing your driver's license. 61. Get a reference letter and client code from your bank. 62. Give bank Power of Attorney to a trusted person. This allows them to conduct banking transactions on your behalf etc. 63. If you don't already have internet banking, get it set up and test it. 64. Get a reference letter from your short term insurance detailing your no claim bonus etc. 65. Cancel Telephone account (Do this in writing and keep proof - applies to all cancellations) 66. Cancel cell phone contracts (all three VC, MTN, Cell C contracts require 3 months notice). 67. Cancel ISP 68. Cancel DSTV / MNET 69. Cancel Security Company 70. Cancel SABC license 71. Make the decision whether or not you will continue paying your policies (Life Insurance, Annuities etc) from Australia. Speak to your broker about the effects of early cancellation. 72. Cancel your medical aid (read the fine print - they may require 3 months notice) 73. Close your store accounts. 74. Cancel all membership debit orders etc that won't continue. 75. Get all you kid's immunizations up to date and have it recorded on their immunization cards. (To attend day care and school in Australia it has to be up to date). 76. Get a letter of membership and involvement from your church. Advise them that you are leaving. 77. Get a reference letter for your family if you were involved in volunteer work. Volunteering is big in Australia and if you were involved in volunteering, it goes a long way - also, when you want to get involved again in Australia, you will need references. 78. Back-up everything on your computer (photos, documents, inbox, sent items etc) and take the CD's or removable hard drive with you on the plane. 79. Make certified copies of ALL important documents (passports, visas, ID books, birth certificates etc) and leave it with a reliable friend or family member. Even better yet, have it scanned and leave a copy of the disk - take the other one on the plane with you. 80. Update your Last will and Testament and leave a copy with a reliable friend/family member. 81. Give a reliable person General or Specific power of attorney to attend to your business on your behalf. Make sure they have details of all your bank accounts, policy numbers, contact persons etc. As well as copies of all important documents. The banks require a special POA and do not accept a general one. 82. Get transfer cards from your kid's schools and their latest report cards or a progress report. 83. Get reference letters from your kid's activities e.g. ballet report, etc - this will assist in placing them in the right group when they take it up here. If your child performed in anything, get proof. You WILL need it! 84. Take the whole family for a medical check-up, have their eyes tested, go to the dentist, get that filling etc. Dental and optometry is very expensive. 85. Get the contents of your medical files from all your doctors and specialists. Saves you from going through the whole process again. Aus doctors don't take your word for it! If you have a special condition, let the doctor write a letter. If you have contacts or glasses, get your script. 86. Get scripts for all medication your family is currently using - especially chronic. You can bring 3 month's prescription medication if you have a written script. Take it on the plane with you in case your container is delayed etc. (Also bring some general medication that your family use regularly if it is anything stronger than panado or if it is something specific such as anetheine cream, myprodol, etc). 87. You do not need an international driver's license but make sure that RSA driver's license is not about to expire. You will require a current RSA license is convert. 88. Leave your flight details, first accommodation details etc with a family member/friend. 89. Also leave the details of your next of kin with this person. 90. Write this person's contact details in the back of your passport. 91. Service your washing machine and dryer if they haven't had one in the last 12 months (just a call out by a technician for a quote is A$125). 92. Pay your UIF and de-register. Give your employees their UIF documents as well as a letter that they no longer work for you. (UIF does not only accept the UIF document - they also require a letter that they no longer work for you). Get your domestic worker to sign that they have received their severance package. Keep proof of all of this. Give your employees reference letters and assist them in finding work elsewhere. (Advertise with you school, church, neighbours etc that they will be available from a specific date etc). Pay them their last salary, notice pay, leave and pro rata bonuses. Keep proof. 93. Go to the AA travel shop and buy some SA to Auz/NZ plug adapters. Pop them in your hand luggage! Then buy some mulitplugs. The kind with 4 or 5 plugs on a cord. Then when you get there replace the main plug with your Aussie plug - you can then use your old SA plugs in the multiplug. 94. If you haven't yet sold your house, but are planning to do so, get an electricity certificate before you leave. Give it to your agent or the person who will be handling the sale of your property. Keep a copy. 95. Inform your tax consultant that you are leaving. He will still have to complete a tax return for you for the current tax year. Then he may need to deregister you as a tax payer at some point and arrange a tax clearance certificate. In which case you might need to sign papers before you leave. 96. Help the older members of family set up Skype before you leave. Buy them a microphone for their computer as a gift. Install it for them. 97. Take photographs of everyone and everything, your friends, family, the neighbours, your pets, the kid's friends (give your digital camera to your kids to take to school for a day). Take photographs of your house, neighbourhood, church, school, street.... This is all you will have of your life in South Africa. It may not seem important now, but when your kids, or grandchildren one day, want to know what life was like, you'll have more than enough visual memories to share. 98. Have a farewell party at least 3 weeks before you leave. Less tears & emotion than having the goodbyes at the airport!! 99. Sell your cars. 100. Arrange your transport to the airport. NOTE: This post was made almost 7 years ago. If it is helpful let me know by making a post in this thread. If info needs updating tell me too. The rules changed in 2014 for the import of pets. No longer 6 months but now 10 days.
  23. 1 point
    I am not in this field, but really dismayed to hear of the problems you are all experiencing. It is crushingly unfair, and very short-sighted, given that Australia is deperately needs mental health professionals. I don’t know what else to say!
  24. 1 point
    Hi everyone Thanks for all the responses and advice. I suppose the journey was not an epic fail - we managed to activate the little one's visa which was our purpose to start with. We only had until the 7h June to do so, so in that sense we achieved our goal. Maybe I was a little hard on myself, with my health the way it is and the uncertainty as to why my hearing is not improving contributed a lot to my emotional state that side. Also, being out of my routine and also getting sick that side probably turned the situation into the perfect storm. But I have 'pulled myself towards myself' and decided that firstly I will work on improving my health and then hubby and I will make another trip in October to Perth. The good thing is that we can learn from past mistakes, correct them, and tackle life again. @Mara Thanks for the encouragement Mara - I appreciate your support! @WayneAndMel The antibiotics contained sea kelp (I think that's what the doctor said. I am allergic to penicillin so there wasn't a lot of options). Perhaps I just reacted badly to it as I have never taken anything similar before? And travelling with a very unhappy toddler really adds to the stress big time. The one day we drove through Fremantle and he started screaming like there is no tomorrow. Our nerves were really frazzled. @Eyebrow I can imagine what you felt like arriving there in the cold of night after missing your connecting flight. Luckily adrenaline keeps a person going but once you check into the hotel and had a sleep reality kicks in. Wow Eyebrow, that's one very expensive breakfast! When we left the airport we had a plate of chips, one coke and hubby had a mango beer. I think it cost about $25.. Thanks for everyone's responses and encouragement - it means a lot to know others have been through the same process. Here is hoping that my health improves and by October our trip to Perth will go a lot better.
  25. 1 point
    Just my five cents... I'm currently fighting hard to get my PR visa. (had a hiccup with my son's health requirements, but that is a whole other story... and thread) Still living in RSA, I see so many positives everyday, just as you do. There is so much to appreciate in this beautiful country of ours, despite all the many negatives. At the end of the day, I am sacrificing my happy little comfortable bubble to try start a new life in an unknown country, not for myself, but for my children. If you have children, or are even considering children, try make the move. Think about their future in SA, once you are long gone. Does it seem as bright? All I know, is once I make it to Australia, if it happens, I will NEVER list all the negatives about RSA, as it has been good to me. I will always encourage people to visit this country. Whether we like it or not, SA has shaped the people we are. Always be proud of your roots, don't wallow in the negative aspects, as it just makes you seem like a bitter expat who was forced to move. If you move, love your old country and love your new one just as much.