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RichardH

Fantastic! Congratulations. What a Christmas pressie. 

 

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Eyebrow

Thank you all so much.:D

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! :rolleyes: 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! :P 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?  :blink:)

 

The kids look at us like we are crazy and maybe we are. :blush-anim-cl: 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! :santa:

 

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Husky

Ah. How wonderful. Your journey has been a particularly tough one and you deserve things to fall into place with ease. Merry Christmas and happy PR!

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OnYellowBrickRd

Loveliest post from you yet.  Lump in my throat.  Still tickled pink for you, my friend!

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March2

Wow congrats @Eyebrow.  What a journey!  I have been following your story since I became a member of the forum and I drew so much of hope that encouragement from your posts.  You are one strong woman and if anyone deserves an award for resilience, patience, courage and determination, it’s YOU!:yourock:

I am so happy and excited for you and your family.  All the very best for your future as Permanent Residents.  Next up...citizenship!  Now here’s something to fill that void you’re feeling now that you have PR!

Am sure this festive season is going to be your best one yet!  All the best. Have a blast, you deserve it.

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Chips

Congratulations @Eyebrow well deserved grant. Happy PR to you and your beautiful family.

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Bonny

Oh my gosh @Eyebrow, I haven’t logged on for a few days and now....THIS!! Honestly I think your story has been one of the toughest - if not the toughest - on here, and I am thrilled for you and your family. It will sink in, and bring you a new level of peace.

🤗🤗🤗

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Mara

EYEBROW!!!!!!!!! You got it at long last. Hallelujah!!!

 

I have been logging on to the site, and the first thing I do is check this email... and imagine my surprise today to see that you have got it, as last!

 

Once again Eyebrow, I give you and hubby our sincere congratulations, for making it for six years!!!

 

Now it is off to Centrelink and to sing Australia Fair, all the verses.

 

Lots of love to you all, Mara

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Pell

Congratulations! Super happy for you and family! If anyone deserved this, it was you! 

 

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SML

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you & your family! 

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Eyebrow

Today I am feeling a bit frustrated...

 

In all the excitement I let things slide for a while. Now that we have right to return again (did not have it for the longest time with the bridging visa), we are wondering if we should go back to RSA to visit family. My brothers child was born shortly after we left and is almost 5 now! Never been seen by us.

So in this process of "wondering" I realized my RSA passport had expired.

So I go to the link below and print it out. Highlight all the documents. Go through the process of getting fingerprints. (I am getting so good at it now I just walk in, and almost tell the police officer to step back and roll my fingers over the ink and paper like a pro. :P And I can see the suspicion in the police guy's face... He looks at me like he is wondering whether he should check for my photo on interpol! I always have to explain how everything in RSA requires fingerprints and that I have been doing it since the age of 16 and that , no, I am not a career criminal.)

https://www.sahc.org.au/passports.htm

 

Anyway, today I get a letter from Canberra. My application is incomplete!

They want my marriage and divorce certificate (was briefly married 20y ago) and copy of proof of retention of RSA citizenship AND a letter of me requesting which surname I want my passport in. None of these documents were needed according to their website. Yet now they MUST have them.

Really? I would think if you apply for renewal of a passport, they would renew it in the name that was there before?! And coincidentally the name that is on all the supporting documents :huh:? What is up with this "choose your surname" bit? Shouldn't they give you they name you had before (if you had not changed it by deed poll)? Is that not logical? Imagine having a different name on the passport compared with the name on my Australian visa. How will I explain that?

I showed this letter asking me to request my name to an Australian friend and they were shocked.

My marriage and divorce has been lodged many times before. Do they still not have the records of that? And home affairs were the ones who issued the proof of retention of citizenship paper as well, do they not have record of that either?

Weird.

 

Is this happening to other people too?

 

Glad to be here.

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Eyebrow

Hallo

 

Guess what? (You never will!)

 

It took me a week but I got the documents together and certified and my letter etc. I scanned it into pdf as requested and emailed it and guess what...

 

My email was returned as “permanently undeliverable”.

 Reason: 554 Policy violation. 

 

My email (as requested by consulate in Canberra ) is undeliverable due to it being marked as “spam”.

 

So I am spamming them with the email they requested me to send! If this is the case, they are probably wondering why no one ever returns their emails! Because that is what I did. Clicked on “reply” and added the attachment. And voila, spam. 

 

I give up!

 

 

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rozellem

 

Just saw you got PR. Fantastic news. For a number of years I sang in a choir in Sydney. For two years in a row we were asked to sing at a council Australian day celebration in front of thousands. I had to learn the national anthem and this ∆ song above. I was a blubbering mess each time. People thought I had lost the plot. The words in the one above especially gets me. Congrats. X

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RYLC
1 hour ago, rozellem said:

The words in the one above especially gets me.

 

I love it too. If there was ever a vote to change the national anthem, this would get my vote. It feels so inclusive. There’s even a verse in an aboriginal language. 

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RedPanda

:ilikeit: Yip-frikken-yay-hoerraaah!!! :ilikeit:

 

I just caught up with your post today! Congratualtions, and best wishes. I think by now it's all been said before, but jeepers you deserve it! 

Wonderful news!

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