OMG Just checked on line and we have a VISA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My apologise for not posting as we went along, but we have been glued to the forum throughout.
We cannot believe how fast this has all happened after waiting all these years.
First thought of Australia - Sep 1996
Began Family Sponsored Visa 1996 then cancelled due to guilt over leaving family!
Thought about australia again July 2010
Contacted Go Matilda - July 2010
TRA Information sent to Go Matilda - July 2010
TRA Submitted - 18 August 2010
TRA Successfull - 24 September 2010
State Sponsorship lodged - 18th October 2010
SA Sponsorship received - 3rd November 2010
Visa 176 Application Submitted - 23rd November 2010
CO Allocated - 21st Feb 2011
Police Checks - 3rd March 2011
Medicals Done Birmingham - 26th March 2011
Meds Finalised - 7th April 2011
Visa Granted - 8th April 2011......
This has been one hell of an experience, going through the elections last year, the freeze on 176 Visa's, the suspension of the skills in demand lists, the publishing of the SA Interim List, the wait for final DIAC approval and then a rush at the end. Now all is left is to sell the house and fly away.
Big thanks to all of you who post on here the information and support has been invaluable. Also a massive thanks to Sarah & Wendy at Go Matilda, there is no way we could have done this on our own!
Good luck to everyone who has shared this experience, and to those of you who are just setting out. Keep going be prepared for your life to stop, and don't lose faith!
Nick 40, Kelly 39, Emily 13 & Alice 12.