Hello - get together required!
This is my first time on poms. My husband and daughter have been using it and I have finally taken the plunge - I am 48 and have never used a forum before!
We have been here now for one month and we are broke!
Luckily we are both working so is only hopefully for the short term. Like many others we have not sold our house in the UK and am renting it out so did not have much money to bring. We borrowed money for our car which obviously needs paying back asap (family member) and we need to find $9000 before jan / feb for our daughters university fees! I have come over on a 457 visa and this means my daughter is classed as an international student. I can apply for permanent residency in December (with exemption for age) but I dont think that will give enough time for her to be classed as a domestic student.
Our other daughter is still in the UK with her husband and 3 children - they are still waiting for their visa which apparently takes longer than ours, so am missing them very much.
We also have no furniture even though it was packed about a month before we left the UK - we still do not know whether it has even left - keep being told that not many ships going to adelaide because people unable to sell so nothing being sent. This has added to our financial woes and our house looks very bare!
This all sounds very negative but really its not! We are enjoying it very much, the weather is great, we are in Glenelg so near the beach, we are 20 mins tram ride from city, there are also the adelaide hills and we have walked / climbed from waterfall gully to mount lofty which was great. Work is fine (nurse in ashford hospital) and everyone has seemed very friendly and helpful.
I would really like to meet up with some people to pick your brains about things I do not understand (inc. the health service even though I work in it!) and also just to have a natter about anything. We could go for a drink / have a coffee / go for a walk / any other suggestions! This is what I miss most by coming to a country where I do not know anyone.
Look forward to you replies
Welcome to PIA, I too have only been using this site for a little while and have never used a forum before. I too am 48 and would love to meet up with someone of the same age group. We have been here a year now but still feel quite new. We have not met anybody from the site as not really sure how to go about it.
Our daughter of 21 arrived this week as she was still at uni in Nottingham when we left so she is finding things a bit strange with no friends or job. Our son is nearly 18 and has settled well with lots of new friends via school.
I work Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5.30 in Wayville but would love to meet for a coffee/drink but really enjoy walking as well as the beach.
PM me if you would like to get together.
Every Friday (although not next week being school holidays) a group of us meet opposite the Seacliffe Hotel on the esplanade and walk along the beach road to Brighton where we stop for a natter and a coffee before walking back.
Everyone is welcome - the group varies week to week depending on who can make it so just turn up. Age group varies enormously, some alone some with kids, babies etc but everyone is pretty friendly!
We leave a 9.15 every Friday from opposite the Seacliff hotel
Hope to see you there
Hi all, If you want to meet folks why not come to the meet arranged for 15th November at Henley Beach, 2pm- see on Socialisings forum. There have been loads of replies so hopefully lots of ex-pats to meet up with and make some friends with. Look forward to seeing you all there.
I have only been here since the end of August and arrived on my husbands 457 visa, I am not working yet but looking for a job. We live at Henley Beach and I often come into Glenelg for shopping or the post office box! I too would appreciate having a coffee and chat with someone, if you want to meet up please send me a PM. Jacky
ooohhh ! this sounds lovely - need to bear it in mind for when we arrive on nov 1st
Originally Posted by donna T
all the best
hi catherine im a fellow nurse at same hospital. I often go for coffee with a couple of pommies ive met since been here so if you fancy meeting up pm me hun x. How u finding ashford? Ivepm'd you hun x clare
Hi I am always up for meeting new people, i live up in the hills but love glenelg. Will be 40 next year Ahhhh!!!!!
Have got kids at school and hopefully should be working next month part-time. Let me know a time and a place and i'll be there.
just read your post; and i would like to pick your brains, if i may.......
I am just waiting for my 457, getting conflicting info on it too; how long did your visa take to process?
2) I was told that i couldn't apply for PR whilst on the 457, unless the employer sponsors the change over, and that i had to be at least 6 months in to do it.............
seems like a little white one on the timing!
As for shipping, we have been told about 8-10 weeks from removal........slap bang over Christmas if we send it 1st week in November.........so add another 3 weeks then?
Anyway, hope all goes well,
In answer to you questions -
On interview my employer agreed to sponsor me for PR after 3 months probationary period.
About 3 weeks after my nomination, Immigration sent mr email asking whether I had done my medical yet. I replied saying that I had not been asked to - had medical and within another month was granted visa. My employer had asked them for me to start in May which probably helped - also I am a nurse and I believe medical staff have some priority.
As for shipping - our furniture was picked up on the 16th July and we still do not know that it has left the UK. This has been blamed on the credit crunch - nobody moving while they cannot sell their houses.
Fed up about that!
All the best
let us know how you get on