Hi Everyone, well most of you know we had our visa granted yesterday yipee! With the excitement and relief came another challenge........sorry but its gonna be a long ramble......
We originally applied for our visa in November 2009 with WA state sponsorship as an off-list nomination. When the smp came out we were not included but WA continued to negotiate with DIAC to get the off-list applicants cat2. After 2 months of nothing happening we decided to give up and look at our other options and applied to SA. We did loads of research and fell in love with SA and were really pleased to have the oportunity.From this site i feel that i have got to know some really fab people and have felt part of the site. However, we have allways had WA at the back of our minds as we have friends and family there. So when the visa arrived we were suddenly thrown a lifeline as the visa was not state specific and as we have ss for WA and SA we can go to either. Something we didnt know was going to happen. So after a long discussion we have decided to stick with the original plan and we are going to WA. Mandurah to be precise which is regional and about 1 hour out of Perth. It is such a big decision for us but we feel it is the best option for the girls and haveing the support network already there has been a big pull, plus we have been to WA so know what to expect. :D
If everyone is happy i will continue to run the SA SS timeline and the visa lodged timeline till we go as i really want to see it through to the end with you guys. I think i would have gone mad without the support and friendship given on this site, hense why i felt i had to explain why we are no longer coming to SA.
I would also like to keep in touch as i am sure one day we will visit and you never know some of you may visit WA. I wish you all the best getting your state sponsorships and those of you waiting for Case officers and hope you all get your visas and live the dream.