We have been regularly reading the posts on this site over the past 6 months and thought it about time we introduce ourselves. We are Pete and Davina, married with 2 young boys (ages 2yrs and 8 months). We have just started the process for our visa application for skilled migration visa (my husband being a plumber). At the moment we are sending off docs to vetassess. We are hoping to get our visa within 12 months as we want to coincide validating it with a family wedding which is taking place next Feb in Melbourne. We will spend a couple of months on a reccie. We will then return home and do some serious saving with a view to moving out beginning of 2012.
We are doing the visa application ourselves as we need to save as much money as possible and letís face it those agents are extortionate! We have both been to Australia before, myself twice, once for 9 months and second time for 6 months. I absolutely love it and have wanted to live there permanently from my first visit. My husband had a whirlwind tour a few years ago and loved it also. We will more than likely be settling in Adelaide as I think it offers us everything we need and is especially good for families. Also of course the fact that it is probably the most affordable city in Australia really appeals to us! I have visited Adelaide about 6 years ago, my husband has never been. My husband has a sister who lives in Melbourne and of course she is trying to put us off of moving to Adelaide and trying to persuade us heavily to consider Melbourne! Unfortunately even if we wanted to move to Melbourne I just donít think we would be able to get the house we would like for the budget we have.
Anyway, we are both really excited about our future and all it has to offer us in Australia. We are under no illusion as to how hard it may be for the first couple of years or so and are also well aware that the pound no longer stretches as far as it used to but still, the lifestyle far surpasses anything we can experience here in the UK and our children should be very happy.
Hope to hear from some of you soon and we will continue to read posts regularly.
Davina and Pete