Just got home from a weekend in Leeds primarily to visit the down under expo. It kind of was how I expected but at the same time not! I had an online assessment previously which said I had 120 points then the one we had there said I only had 110 but not sure why! Two people said I'd be better off lodging a permanent visa and then switching to state sponsership which kind of confused me as they waffle so much you get lost in the facts!
The fact that you can talk to people was good but i felt like i was just filling in forms and will be bombarded with leaflets for the next few weeks
I was disappointed with the seminars as the things i really wanted to know about was how the healthcare system works and the schooling system, granted not everyone needs to know about schooling but it's a major deal for those of us who do need to know and neither subject was touched upon by anyone.
Also i would have liked to talk to someone about the cost of living and what you have to pay for so we could have some sort of comparasion to here.
Having said that it was good when we got talking to a few other visitors to the expo and talking about our experiences. Whilst wandering around it was really easy to get swept along in the whole 'australia's a dream and you could be living it' type thing and we both felt really enthusiastic but now we feel deflated as not sure going helped at all!
It just seems so hard to decide what to do and we haven't started any visa proceedings (can't afford it anyway at the mo lol). We've been thinking and talking about it for 5 years now will it ever go away or are we going to have to just take the plunge and try it?????
More research needed i think!