thanks for getting in touch, are you enjoying life in Adelaide?? Would you swap it for the UK now??? Come on you know you want the cold, ice, snow, wind and rain again!!!!!
Originally Posted by Django
It's lovely to hear from you, where are you in the UK?? Where are you heading for in Adelaide??
Have you been instructed to get your medicals done or are you getting them done early?? We're wondering if our visa class may be quicker now as we are on the 175 class with occupation of the MODL list, so we're thinking about getting our medicals done in February!!
It's so nice being on here, being able to talk to people in the same situation, you can share the excitement with people.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Originally Posted by Trevali
what a small world, we're just down the road in Great Totham. But got to be honest I can't wait to get the hell out!! I'm originally from Cold Norton - do you know it??? I already have an aunty,uncle,cousin and her hubby in McLaren Vale and I have another cousin and his family in Hallett Cove, so at least I will know some people!!! It would be lovely to be able to meet with people on here when we get there,because I think that when we get there we are going to need all the friends we can get!!! And if we don't put ourselves out and find friends it just won't work out there. I'm sure like you I will have down days but hopefully they will be far and few between.
So what made you go to Oz???
Originally Posted by Diane
I'm a nurse and my husband works for a civil engineering company driving the diggers etc so he's hoping that there'll be something for him as I'm dragging him away from the UK. Thought it may take more persuasion but we went over in November to see an old work colleague and he loved it after we had only been there a couple of days!
Don't quite know where we are going to live at the mo, my friend will put us up for a couple of weeks while we find a place to rent so that takes the stress off to begin with, we looked at a new developement called Mawson lakes which is convenient for my work and central Adelaide but we need to have a good look when we come over.
Someone put a post out to remind us all about wanted down starting on Monday at 9.15am and also watch a place in the sun down under next friday at 8pm cos they're off to Adelaide!
Sarah and Matt:)
Hi Karen & Jason
We seem to be at the same stage of the journey as you, although I think we will be waiting longer for our visas due to the new regulations, we are on 176 skilled, sponsored by a relative so are way down in the pecking order! We started the TRA application in July and lodged the main application at the beginning of December, I never thought that we would get there, there is so much stuff to get together. So now have to be very patient (not very good at that). The good news for us is that we have sold the house here. Very premature I know, but just didn't want to leave it any longer due to the housing market or else would have no money to go with! We are hopefully about to exchange, so everything is crossed. We will then rent for the remainder of our time here. All very exciting and very scary. Like everyone, I have days when I can't wait and other days when I think its a ridiculous idea! Everyone knows now (except my boss!) and I must say the hardest thing in the world was telling my parents. They are slowly getting used to the idea and even rang me last night to watch 'a place in the sun'. That's big progress, believe me!
We just spent New Years eve with all of our friends, who spent the evening giving us grief about leaving them and why on earth we would even dream of going! We do have a great bunch of friends and enjoy a good social life.
We have two small children and while our lives here are fairly comfortable, we have had enough of the rat race (we both commute into London and earn good salaries) I really believe there is something better to offer them. They go to a lovely catholic school here, but I really think they take the education too far , my daughter had SATS exams last year at the age of 7. They both love the outdoors and my daughter is really sporty, and there is just no emphasis on that side of things. She was mortified when we first told her, she didn't want to leave her friends and her Irish dancing, but is now getting used to the idea. (might be something to do with the pet koala i offered her!)
Our best friends have been in Grange for 4 years now and have not looked back. I am under no illusions, I know we won't get the salaries we get here, but I don't think you need so much money for a decent standard of living. It costs of about £4000 for two weeks in the sun here every year, so that's an immediate saving!! My husbands sister lives in New Zealand so that's out holdidays sorted!
Anyway I am ranting a bit now, but it's so nice to talk to people going thru the same thing, It's such a rollercoster and you are just living in limbo land, but think of the long term outcome.
Tina & Mick x
Just reading your post and noticed that you are going on a 176 sponsored by a relative. When we come to apply for our visa we too are hoping to go for that visa as I have an aunt and uncle in Adelaide. What does the sponsorship involve on the relatives part? Is it just form filling or do they have to put forward cash of some kind like a bond? Ideally we would like to go on the 175 Visa but we might be 5 points short. Anyway enough of the questions, as long as we get there hey!
Take care, Joanne x
Their part of the form filling is not half as bad as I imagined. My aunt is in Melbourne and in her 70's and I was really worried about this, but it is only a few pages, just giving details of their residency and proof of them being a blood relative. Her birth and marriage certificates along with my mums had to be provided and you have to draw a family tree showing how you are related.
So not as daunting as you would think, but I am glad that bit is over for us!
Thanks for that Tina,
Good luck with your visa process,
Hi Tina & Mick,
It's good to hear from you and please stay in touch, we all need people to talk to during this whole journey, it's easier to talk to people who understand the process. Where are you in the UK??
I have family in the south of adelaide who were due to sponsor us,but then Jason's occupation - Landscape Gardener came onto the MODL list and so we were able to go on the 175 skilled independent visa. I'm still not sure whether this means we will get our visas before the end of June or not?? I'm getting so excited at the thought - i've got butterflies in my tummy, but something keeps telling me we're not that lucky!!!! Do you know if we will get them early???
I know what you mean about the life for kids, that is one of the reasons for us going, our little boy loves being outside, to be honest there are several - the outdoor living being number 1, none of our friends and family know about us going except for my parents and my brother, so it may come as a shock to people as we run a business here, so I don't think people will expect it.
You're lucky you've sold your house, we just don't know whether to try and sell it now or rent it for a while until the housing market picks up, the trouble is doing that wewill have to rent in OZ and then you will never feel settled until you buy property and set down roots. We both hate where we live so it won't be a problem to go.
I had a big wobbler over christmas and I thought I'd decided I didn't want to go,but the following day I realised I'm just scared, it's a huge move, going into the unknown, but we are lucky to have people to help when we get there and we'll have a roof over our heads. We're also taking the dog, so we've got to sort all that aswell- stress!!!!!!
Anyway, look forward to hearing from you soon.
Karen & Jason
Originally Posted by tinad