Hi everyone at PIA,
Myself (Michele, 41) and my partner Christian (41) have just moved to Adelaide and are looking forward to making some new friends. I'm English and Chris is Dutch and we have been living in Holland for the last 14 years.
Like lots of people we had been trying to get to Australia for years. We applied for a 175 permanent visa (occupation IT Manager) back in Feb 2008, but this has been put on hold until 2013 by DIAC as a result of the re-prioritisations due to the credit crisis. We were gutted when we found out as there is a big chance that this visa may never get approved!
So back in May last year we made the decision to go to Melbourne for 3 months on a holiday visa with the idea of Chris trying to get a job with a sponsored 457 temporary business visa. It was a long shot but possibly our only chance of getting to Australia. The recruitment agency that we had been in contact with for 2 years set up some interviews and we arrived on 8 October 2009.
To cut a long story short we heard on 15 November that everything had fallen through on the job front for one reason or another. We were devastated as we couldn't see that it would be possible to find another company in time to sponsor us.
In despiration Chris sent out his CV to companies all over Australia, and low and behold a company in Adelaide was interested. After rushing over from Melbourne for a interview, plus numerous phone interviews and a number of tests they gave us a thumbs up. We applied for the 457 on 15 December and it was approved at midnight the next day. We couldn't believe it - we were expecting a wait of at least 2 - 4 weeks.
We left Melbourne on 7 Jan 2010 and arrived after an overnight stop in Nhill in Adelaide on 8th. After 10 days in temporary accommodation we moved into a townhouse in the south east of the city.
Having fallen in love with Melbourne the move was a bit of a shock but we are getting to know our way around and are starting to feel really at home. We saw the Tour Down Under, and had a great Australia Day in the city. So far we've been to Hahndorf, Glenelg, North Adelaide, Norwood, Marion Shopping Centre and the Barossa Valley.
Our dreams really have come true and the future looks good. :D
We are looking forward to the next monthly meet-up and getting the chance to meet some of you.
Also if there are any women who are free during the day and would like to meet-up do send me a PM or email.