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      Smile Hopefully arriving next year

      Hi everyone,
      We've posted a couple of times on here about jobs etc but just wanted to introduce ourselves properly.
      we are a family of 4- myself (primary teacher, currently on mat. Leave), Ricky (mechanic) and our two boys, ollie, who has just turned 2 and Leo, who is 4 months old.
      We are applying for a state sponsored perm. Res. visa using Rick's occupation. He has got his mechanic skills assessment day in London in a few weeks and is getting a bit nervous. If anyone has been through this before as a mechanic and can offer advice or even let him know what it is like, that would be great!

      We don't know anyone in SA so will be completely alone when we arrive (oh how I envy people who have got family or close friends to support them when they get there....seems like one of the most scary parts of it all!)

      We have researched areas and are hoping to move to moana/port noarlunga area (not very original I know but they are our favourites!) we have considered committing to a 6 month rental before we leave so we have somewhere more stable straight away and don't have to keep moving the boys around but have heard the negatives of doing this- not knowing what you're really signing up for etc, so we are still in two minds about it.

      would love to hear from anyone who has the same sort of timeline as us and will be moving over spring/summer next year or from anyone really who has got advice, experiences they want to share (especially if you've moved over with young children and didn't know anyone like us!)

      thanks everyone in advance!

      aureen, Ricky, ollie and Leo
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      Hi!

      We plan to move at the end of this year, so we'll be few months ahead of you.
      We, too, have two kids, but few years older.
      And we, too, won't have any family or friends in Adelaide.

      You are not alone on this road and I believe many of us share the same thoughts, fears, hopes and expectations.
      Stay tuned and keep your head up.
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      Hi,
      thanks for replying! Glad to from someone else in the same boat. Think it will all start to feel real once rick passes his skills assessment and we can start getting the paperwork all sorted. Good luck with everything this year, this time next year hopefully you'll be settling in the adelaide life! What are you doing when you first arrive, are you getting short term accomodation?

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      Hi Aureen, lovely to meet you. Wish Ricky lots of luck from us, I'm sure he will be fine though
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      I camped for a month when I first arrived. I highly recommend it. :-)

      i honestly wouldn't even consider signing up for a long term rental you have not seen. The photos often look SO much better than the actual place. We moved into a new place a couple of months ago and some of the ones we viewed had looked lovely in the pics. They weren't!
      Good lucky for your hubbies skills assessment. :-)
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      Hi ktee,
      thanks very much! He feels fairly confident as he's got years of mechanic experience and is a senior at work so knows his stuff but just doesn't want to go blank on the day and forget simple things!! I'm sure he'll be fine, just get through this and onto the next thing!

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      Thanks blossom,
      yeah that seems to be the general advice about renting, it's rick who's quite keen on just signing up but I am more cynical as I've done more research than him!
      if it was just us 2 I'd be quite up for camping but with 2 little ones, I'm not sure how that would go, also my mum might be coming over with us for the first few weeks to help with the flight and look after the boys when we arrive so we can go off and sort out Medicare, rentals etc.....cant imagine her camping! The thought's quite amusing though!
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      Hi,
      if you have the right attitude it can and hopefully will be the best decision you ever made! and give it a good 2 years before even thinking about returning to the uk if you dont enjoy it at the start, remember homesickness is completely normal expected. We made the move on our own as well without anyone to stay with and yes it is bloody stressful at the start and you will have times when you are stressed out and inevitably you will prob take it out on each but once you're settled in day to day life you'll wonder why you didn't come sooner!! Can't help with the mechanic assessment info I'm afraid but like you said if you are good at your job and have years of experience, it will probably seem like a very simple assessment. Your children are perfect ages to make the move, less opinionated! And also will settle in really well, they prob won't remember the uk when they're older!
      hope all your applying goes well, good luck!


      the Thompson family
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      I believe I will need support on this forum when we arrive to Adelaide more than I do now.

      We will rent some furnished house/apartment or maybe even stay in caravan park, although being cramped in that little place for one month doesn't seem very appealing. Especially because we will need internet to look for long term rental, jobs, schools and so on. But I take it one step at the time and try not to think in advance too much.

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      hi aureen, Rick and boys :-)
      we just got our visa granted on New Year's Eve! planning our move for later this year, so only a little further along than you.
      finding this site is one of the best things we've done, suddenly you're not alone in what you're doing and everyone is so supportive!
      our children are 8 and 10.
      already picked up some great tips, like making the first leg of the flight the long one, as it seems better for children, rather than short bit first.
      there's so much information in the forums, it's so valuable as it gives you someone's actual experience rather than trying to research and make educated guesses!
      lots of luck to Rick with his skills assessment! Stuart's took about 13 weeks to come back, which was well outside the timeline that was given, so don't worry if you don't hear when you expect to, I worried for weeks that they'd lost Stuart's paperwork!
      it's such a roller coaster ride, it's lovely to find that other people feel just the same!

      tracy, stuart, eden and max :-)

     

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