Nearly!!!! We havent done many postings but thought it worth sharing our experience so far and I have come to the conclusion that getting a visa does leave you in 'no mans land' unless you do make the move.
We flew to Adelaide to validate our 176 visa in February 2012 having had a 7 hr delay sitting on the plane at Heathrow (the night of the snow) and finally landed in Adelaide after missing our connection alomst 48hrs later. We almost decided on the bus jouney to Moana that we wanted to go back home but we had three weeks make our mind up. I did actually have a job to go to which I managed to secure before flying over but got cold feet and glad we did otherwise we wouldnt have given it a week but knowing it was a validation trip made it more bearable.
So we rented a lovely house in Moana (Coast & Vines) and set about driving 900 kms in 10 days and the places that we particulary liked were Brighton and Port Noarlunga, we then spent 4 days in Glenelg which was great and the final three days in Melbourne which we loved. Adelaide was great and reminded me of the west country in the UK to a degree but this is where we made the mistake, we live just north of London so on reflection it was no real surpise we prefered Melbourne.
We decided that that was our Australian dream over and that it would be blightly for us. BUT, after a few months of being back we starting reflecting a bit more and Australia came back into the fold but my wife decided Adelaide would be to quiet for her but would go for Melbourne. I promptly contacted South Australia Government to ask if we could be released from our 176 obligation and got and initial reply that was non commital. I did mail back explaining the situation further that we didnt lie when applying and that we did intend to move to Adelaide and that from 12,000 miles away you can only work on research. The following repsonse was to effectivley allow us to move interstate which I promptly printed off and made numerous copies.
Now, Adelaide is a lovely place but not for us and we wasnt going to go though with it, but we didnt let it drop and did things the right way and contacted South Australia and effectively got released and we are now looking at Melbourne with a view of moving over next year. We have been up and down over this and felt that we was almost just sitting around waiting for the visa to run out in 2016 and then panick at the last minute.
A bit of a ramble, but we have come to the conclusion that once you get the visa you will be unsettled until it runs out (then regret???) or accept you have started on a journey and see it through good or bad but no regrets.
Last edited by Kjc; 11-07-2012 at 01:57 PM.
Kjc, good luck with your move next year. Glad you found a city you like. Makes all the difference.
With regard to SS it's a moral obligation only so people can move states if they really need or want to. Most people start off in their sponsored state but some don't settle or find work so jump states to try elsewhere more suited. There are some threads on here somewhere discussing it all that are interesting.
Thanks Snifter, we always knew it was a moral obligation but I spend alot of time moaning about the abuse of the our system in the UK and I felt in this case, it was morally the best thing to do to make the effort to explain the situation to SA and glad I did so as we feel better ourselves about moving interstate now.
Originally Posted by snifter
Hope your upcoming move goes well.
I admire you for it. I think it's a decent thing to do and really hope Melbourne works out for you.
Originally Posted by Kjc
And thanks, in planning stage but we are not far off now.
we gave up on our dream 5 years ago and have felt in limbo ever since. We have now decided that it is now or never and we will be in oz before 2013. I have to do what i feel is best for my family. The family staying here couldnt be happier for us and are itching to book their flights out to see and we havent even got there yet. You only get one shot at life and it is for living. Do what you feel is right for your life. You dont want the years to pass and look back with what ifs and if onlys.