iambrettstar Posted November 14, 2017 Report Share Posted November 14, 2017 Like others, I've found it incredibly helpful to read other people's process and experiences - and so thought I'd scribble down (err.... type out?) my own, in case it helps someone else along the way. We were always hopeful about South Africa and the future, and never truly considered moving (at least not for anything other than the adventure of it). When we had our little girl, however, things changed a little. We had a few discussions over the months leading up to and after her birth, and mutually agreed that if right now was not the best time to pursue emigration - we'd have to have a sit down and seriously consider it in at least the next 5 years: thinking by that time she'd be approaching primary school and it'd probably be better all around if we moved before she started rather than mid-way. It would also give us some time to scope the political scene of our country, and decide against a move if all was rosy. Narrator: all would not be rosy. So, with the idea in the back of our minds, we eventually hit our tipping point with the cabinet reshuffle back in March. December was a scare and put us on the edge of our seats, but we never really believed that JZ would get away with axing Gordhan given the economic climate of the country. Hah! The day after the news broke, we had a long discussion about our options and felt that economically, things were not in a good space for South Africa, and with a population clamouring for progress from a government determined not to give it to them - the best future for our daughter in terms of education and opportunity was not likely to be here. It wasn't to say that the country was completely broken, but that we couldn't see it changing anytime soon and it would be a long and difficult road to salvation. So, we put our house on the market and began researching. New Zealand, Australia, Canada, UK - these were our options. UK ancestral visas are available to us, but it's at the bottom of our list given weather and lifestyle. New Zealand and Canada aren't options without a firm job offer, and my occupation is on the skills list for Australia - meaning PR without the long and arduous search for work without a visa. We also have friends and family there, so Australia it is! We began gathering the mountain of documents required almost immediately, preparing to apply as soon as our house was sold. Well! Apparently, the market just about shifted overnight, and houses in our area in Cape Town were suddenly selling for hundreds of thousands lower than they had been two weeks prior. Thanks, Jacob! Nonetheless, around July we applied for our police clearance certificates and I proceeded with finding the various docs for a skills assessment and booked a date for the PTE General English test. There was a minor glitch on the ACS site (they sent out my successful assessment, but it never reached me....it was only after I emailed the CO after a few weeks that it came through) but I received my positive assessment in August way after I'd applied, and after I'd nailed the English test in July. A week after receiving my positive skills assessment, I submitted my EOI with 70 points, and received an invite the same afternoon (technically the next day in Aus, so I'd just made the cut-off...)! We discovered that my wife's police clearance certificate was incorrect (it did not have her maiden name) so we re-applied for that (ended up getting a friend to drive to Pretoria and collect it personally mail it directly to us). We also received an offer on our house and signed the OTP - transfer and occupation from 1 December. We finally received a letter from UNISA stating my wife had completed her degree in English (for proof of functional English), and we booked our medicals after doing the My Health Declaration on the immi site. The next hurdle was finding the $$$ to lodge the application. With all of our money essentially tied up in the house, and largely reserved for housey-type things like certificates and work required etc., this was a bit of a stretch, but by mid-October, we scraped our pennies together and officially lodged our 189 skilled migrant application with all docs including police clearance and medicals. Woo! In the interim, we've been getting rid of as much stuff as possible, either by selling it or giving it to our cleaner or the many, many, many people who come to our gate asking for a little help. While we initially thought we'd struggle to part with the most sentimental things, the process has been quite cathartic and we're pretty sure we'll fit all of our earthly belongings into a small movecube and checked/hand luggage. What a liberating feeling! Courtesy of my ever supportive in-laws, we've a flat to stay in until the visa is granted, and we'll be spending December with them up the West Coast so our daughter can spend some QT with her grandparents. We'll be off to JHB to see my family before flying out, whenever that is... Some interesting observations we've made in the last few months: A lot of people are moving, preparing to move, or want to move Some people are quite offended when you tell them your reasons for leaving, particularly if they have children and your reasoning is "it's for our daughter's future". So much so that we prefer to state our main reason as "I've got a job offer I can't refuse" For the most part, however, people are very supportive, and family - while sad we'd be far away - are excited for us There's quite a lot of documentation required Like, a LOT of documentation People who live in Melbourne think Melbourne is the best city to live in. People in Sydney think Sydney is the best city to live in. People who live in Brisbane think Brisbane is the best city to live in. So...not sure it's worth asking anyone from other cities since we can guess their answer Now we wait (and I totally haven't checked my immi account 32 times during the writing of this essay, despite only having lodged a month ago....), and pack, and bin, and sell, and prepare to land in Melbourne (we've friends and family there, and loads of IT jobs, so seems the most sensible starting point) sometime next year. See ya round, folks - and if anyone has any questions that I can help with, feel free to shoot me a PM. 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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