well, i have been reasonably active on this site for a while now, reading mostly posts, gettin the general "vibe". So, i thought i would share some of my own experiences regarding the migration process, and why I have chosen NOT to migrate to oz, simply as it may help someone else, who may be in a similar situation and that yes, truely, the grass is greener..even if there is a water shortage, which, as it goes, is pritty much the situation in the city i have chosen to migrate to, with my family.
Firstly i would say...dont put your eggs in one basket. If you are really thinking about oz, then consider another place too, perhaps europe..where, if your a pom, like me, then you wont need to go through the hassle of the somewhat stupid emigration procedure, which, costs money, and is, really, just jumping through hoops that keep the civil servants employed who keep the system running and who are probably decent folks, but......
anyway, i did apply for state sponsership, got all the information, really thought about it, got my documents certified, showed i had the right dosh to finanace my venture and, after a long wait, got an email back saying it was regected, which was fine at the time till i checked why, and it turns out, they want to see only 10,000 AD liquid assets as my application was based solely on my flat in london ( i dont actually live in the uk, im based in asia ). I felt it was really stupid to ask this, simply as the strenghth of my application was that i would really go for it and actually, if i chose SA, then i would be a kind of expert in my field there, a huge benefit for a very low risk to SA who would only offer a 2 year, temporary provisional visa! Well, i could swallow my pride?? NO! i have worked very hard in my specialist field, and to me , its worth alot more than simply having to prove, by way of capital, that i can or want to move to SA...anwyay, the good news is, im very happy with my alternative option in Europe ( I was there when i got the rejection email ) and when i really think about it, I am ( you too ) really lucky to have the right to reside in the EU and, i dont have to justify it to some stupid bearcrats..so, what can i say, but up yours SA? no!, actually, thats not what i want to say, its a very nice place and I think it has a lot going for it, i lived there 15 years ago when i was on a working holiday visa, i have some fond memories, and fond they will remain.
please consider your options my friends and thank you to all who have been a great help, be it indirectly:D.