It's unbelievable how quick 2 years have been passed by. We can’t take it for granted that our first 2 years are really over now!
From now on we’re ‘established’ Permanent Residents in terms of Australian policies withits ‘newly arrived resident’s waiting periods of 104 weeks’ and the 176 condition of ‘filling in 5 surveys in the first 2 years’.
Frankly speaking our ‘probation period’ as a PR is over and history!
From now on
- no longer exclusions from centrelink theoretically (luckily both of us have work currently)
- we’ve finished our state sponsorship requirements for SA
- we’ll get better premiums for car insurance (never had comprehensive therefore insurance
companies didn’t accept our 18 years crash free driving history from Europe)
- we can sponsor close relatives due to the ‘waiting period of 2 years’ applied until today
- we could obtain a 5 years RRV instead of only a 1 year RRV (just a worst case scenario)
- half way gone to put forward our yearned for citizenship application.
From now onwe are able to look back on our migration journey to South Australia.
Though we had our obstacles and job issues like many migrants we never gave up and let allow something to knock us over.
Actually we never looked back to our ‘old’ life in overseas. Homesickness, not at all, which is surprisingly for me because I used to be very close to my family and friends there. But at the same time ambivalently I always was a risk taker and an adventure-seeker which I think plays the bigger part within my personality momentarily.
We love Australia, we feel completely happy and grateful being here and having this kind of lifestyle with outdoor living, plenty of free and open spaces, beaches, friendly people, multiculturalism. We also got more and more inside knowledge how for instance the job market works here. The more Aussie certificates you gain the more employers will acknowledge the efforts migrants have done to adjust to the job market here.
It was a good opportunity of making a fresh start.
Everyone should give themselves at least 2 years, otherwise migrants miss out on the full picture.