Ta2Bryan Posted July 23, 2018 Report Share Posted July 23, 2018 So 2 weeks after arrival a few reflections. All in all, after deciding to make the move in April 2017, after an armed robbery at our home, everything happened pretty quickly. It didn't feel like it while we were waiting for our Visa, but after the face, we have come to realise how smoothly everything went for us. It started with an email from my wife to an Australian based recruitment agency specialising in placements in the Health sector (she is a Sonographer), they were keen to assist and away we went. First step was to get accredited with the Australian Radiographic authorities which involved a huge stack of paperwork from universities, employers past and present and more paperwork, everything certified. All paperwork was posted across (no e-mail copies accepted). Then we waited, and waited, and.... During this time we decised to sell our house and were very lucky with a quick cash sale. A few months later we got the good news, Sarah was accredited, and we were away. Next step was to gather all necessary info for our EOI. We enlisted the services of an Immigration agent linked to the Recruitment agency. More paperwork and we submitted, 7 days later we received a positive response to apply for a 189 visa, that was quick. Problem is, it got our hopes up for a speedy visa grant, that was not to be the case. We submitted all necessary documentation for the Visa application and submitted on 21 December 2017. The next few months wait was the worse, there is nobody to call and follow up. You just keep an eye on the forum tables, celebrate when somebody gets their Visa, and calculate when you should expect a response based on their waiting time, this becomes a daily ritual. The waiting is the worst, your immagination plays tricks on you. Like the majority of people on this journey, we had only one throw at the dice, due to the costs involved, and a rejection would put us back a few years. Luckily I was asked to stay on at work after my initial resignation notice period, and we had secured a month to month rental. On 24 May we got the awesome news that we would be off to Aus. The initial excitement was quickly replaced with most of the emotions on the emoji menu, and that didn't stop until we arrived, in fact, it still hasn't stopped. Over the next 6 weeks we sold off everything, gave notice to service providers, cancelled policies, booked air tickets, accomodation for the first week, booked car rental, packed and then the farewells. We had a party for our friends at home in Gauteng, then did a farewell tour of Sarah's and my families in PE and Cape Town. 3500km of driving in 6 days, not fun. Back home for a night and then onto a Jet plane to learn to speak funny. To be continued.... 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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