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Hey everyone!!

Well I made the decision about 2 weeks ago to move out of SA, which has been a difficult one for me but anyways. So I went through the 100 things to do which was very helpful. But there are simple thing that I would like to know, like are South Africans treated well in Oz? Do they drive on the right hand side? and is it really worth it?

so if you can help me with the basics of what life is like there it would sure be great!! :holy:

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Hi there, and welcome to the forum.

We have been here now 7 months and we think it was the best thing we could have done for our kids. Every person makes his or her own decision and shouldn't be influenced by anybody else. All that I want to add is: WE HAVE ALWAYS GOT ELECTRICITY AND WE ARE LIVING A SAFER LIFE!! and YES, WE ARE DRIVING ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD AS WE USED TO BACK IN SA.

What ever decision you make, we hope that everything works out well for you!!!

Regards,

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Hey Whiteraven

Well, Cairnslovers seems to have said it all - and from experience too. Welcome to the forum. I'm sure that many of the forumites who have already landed will be responding to your post shortly!

RoMar

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thanks guys for the awesome welcome :ilikeit:

The issues that you pointed out are the reasons why I want to leave, i'm just so glad that when i come over i can still drive on the right side of the road :holy:

I'm really getting excited but have so much to do, get married, get an adoption through, decide on the visa looks like lots of work but i believe from what i have read on these forums that is is well worth it :lol:

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Hi Whiteraven

My wife and I and 2 kids moved out to Syd 7yrs ago and after 2yrs moved doen to Mel. We have no regrets about our move.

However the best advice I can give you - Sitdown with a sheet of paper and remove the emotional aspects from this decision.

Yes it is tough to have to think that you maybe leaving family behind, but what you have to objectively do is look at what reasons are there to stay in South Africa and what reasons are there to leave South Africa.

Then take the list and do the reverse for Australia. For the reasons why you are leaving South Africa - will these now be reasons why you would want to stay in Australia. For the reasons why you would stay in South Africa, would these still be valid if you moved to Ausralia. In some cases it may not. For example:

-- I want to leave SA because of the crime - the opposite would be - I wont leave Australia because of crime. (thats not to say there is no crime, but rather that the crime levels are within accepted parameters or norms)

-- I want to stay in SA because I love playing golf - In Mel, Australia I can find 50 golf courses to join so I wont have to give up my golf.

-- I want to stay in SA because I like having a maid and gardener - In Australia I can have a cleaning and garden service, but it will cost me $x or I maybe have to go without this.

Then you need to have a look at this list and determine what is priority and important to you. Priority means you have to absolutely have it. For example leaving because of crime is a priority (and important) because you could be shot and lose your life. However playing golf or having a maid is not a priority (it is not life threatening if you dont have it) but it could be important because of lifestyle requirement. Then compare the priority items and important items.

You need to base your decisin on your circumstances and what is priority and important to you and your family.

Good Luck with your decision and visa process

Rgds

matman

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welcome to forum. All the best with your decision. But just remember that your family and friends and those closest to you may not necessarily be supportive of the idea.

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Thank you so much matman, you have all been helpfull. I will take your advice, and then decide which way to go. Is anyone in IT Recruitment at all, I would like to know what the market is like there as I am a specialist IT recruitment consultant.

regards,

whiteraven

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Once you have your PR IT Recruitment approach you before you in Australia...

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Welcome!

Wow, sounds like you're going to be quite busy. I think it's most def worth it to take a break from things now and then to keep your sanity. We're starting to get all our documents ready now, but will only be applying next year, so there's no rush to get things ASAP which is quite nice.

Have a look on the immigration website here they have lots of advise on different visa's and which ones you can qualify for with pro's and cons for each.

Good luck with your journey!

P.S. When's the wedding?

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Hi Michele,

Thanks for the site will definatly work through it. We going to take this process slow, around a 2 year plan, thing is we don't have any qualification we are just work your butt off kind of people :rolleyes: so we going to do some diploma's etc in this year. Seems like we may be applying around the same time then :blink:

I'm planning the wedding for the 10th of May, I'm not going to spend much money on it maybe just fly to the coast with our best friend and get married on the beach :whome:

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Hello and welcome! ;)

It's great that you are already accepting, and planning for, a slow process. I only got going the beginning of this year, and I can't get things moving fast enough for my liking! I want my visa yesterday. :D

I wish you all the best with your application,

Mark

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Hi whiteraven,

btw, I really like your name!

All of the best with your planning and things to do. You have got quite a list, and they're about the big things in life!

It may feel as if you are on a rollercoaster ride for the next few years; even the happy stress (eustress) that comes from making big positive changes in our lives does have an impact on us, and holds the potential to leave us feeling exhausted at times.

All of the positive things that you are doing will enrich your life, I am sur - so you can look forward to them. The excitement that you have is also great, and you can hopefully ride on the energy of it for a long time - that's what I do!

Cheers,

TereMel

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I couldn't have expected more from south africans than an uba awesome nudge to help me get going!! I am very excited, nervous, confused everything at once but I know what I need to do!!

Tobold is it easier going through a migration agent? and is it really expensive?

Thanks TereMel been using this nic since i was 15 :)

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Hi Matman.... I like your post here.... Very detailed and something all of us should do.

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