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    Hi All

     

    We have just sent off our completed visa (skilled independent) and are waiting for confirmation that it hast arrived! After much debate we used an agent to help us complete the forms and guide us through the process....fingers are well and truly crossed!

     

    After seriously considering Western Australia we have decided that Adelaide is our choosen destination...we think it has the nice mix of family life, climate, housing, jobs and Ozzie life that we are looking for!

    DebnDaz :D

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    DebnDaz

     

    Welcome to the forum...........good luck with your wait for your visa.

     

    We too think Adelaide has just the right mix....Western oz is beautifull, but it is rather a long way from anywhere else in oz....

     

    ..think we're all making the right choice!

     

    sarahx

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    Guest dglamoore

    Hi DebnDaz

     

    Welcome to the forum :D

     

    We also chose Adelaide for the mix of family life, housing, cost of living etc. Good luck with your visa!!

     

    Lisa :lol:

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    Guest hayls

    Hi Deb and Daz,

    good luck with your application and welcome to the site.

    We are going in on a skilled 136 visa we also looked at western australia but decided on adelaide we thought it looked more like a family place and the house prices are a lot cheaper than perth now as they have gone up a huge amount,i just think it looks a friendly place [hope im right :shock: ]

    My partner is a joiner what trade are you in?

    Well fingers crossed for you.

    Hayls

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    Guest Doodle

    Hi All

     

    Thanks for your warm greetings and good luck wishes. Same to you all, hope we all get what we are dreaming of in 2007 or before!

     

    Perth is beautiful and so is Queensland, I am sure we have all made the right choice after all we have all choosen Oz, so we cant go too far wrong!

     

    DebnDaz

     

    Oh hubby is a chef and an office manager....I want to retrain whilst I am out there and become a teacher?!

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    Guest taylor family

    hi just read your piece on forum hope your not in a rush we lodged on 5th of june and have just been notified to go for medicals.

    it is a long wait but will be worth it. myself and family have been to oz twice and recamend it to all better way of life for family so all the best alan taylor preston lancashire.

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    Guest donna T

    Hi Doodle - sorry for the late response - totally forgot to check this site for a week or so!

     

    We chose Adelaidepartly becuase we thought they would have us :) and mostly because it seems tohave erverything our family with 2 little ones would need.

     

    Welcome to the site and best of luck with the visa.

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    Guest Doodle

    G'Day All

     

    Our agent has now confirmed it has defo been lodged, but apparently no word from DIMA....apparently that is normal!

     

    We have hopefully sold our house too and if all goes well (you can never be to sure of these things.....) we should have gone from here on the 16, we are living with relatives until next year but we are hoping that we will be in Oz this time next year? :D

     

    Wishful thinking perhaps?

     

    We have been to Oz ourselves once, but not to adelaide. Hubby was thinking of going on a reckie, not sure though? Any ideas?

     

    DebnDaz

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    Guest donna T

    Hi DebnDaz

     

    I thought about a reckie but can't really afford the additional costs plus would have to leave the kids behind and would miss them too much ( at least I hope I would!)

    I think that once we have commited ourselves then we will be there and will know it's home - not just a holiday so we would settle better - don;t know, might not work out that way but that's the way we have ended up

     

    Best of luck

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    Guest hayls

    Hi Deb and Daz,

    we were in the same situation as Donna really didnt have the time and funds and my worry is that you have that holiday feeling on a reckie and i would be worried that i would want it to be the same when i went for good, but if i had, had time and money i would probably have gone i would not have been able to stop myself :lol: :lol:

    Let us know what you decide :D

    Hayls

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    Guest Doodle

    Hi All

     

    Thanks for your advice.

     

    I feel abit like you and just want to go for good, the hubby is a little concerned about making a massive leap into the unknown.

     

    But we both think Oz is fab and the hubby loved Perth and would have liked to settle there, but then after listening to friends and family and finding out more about adelaide we both agreed that it was to be our new home. But hubby would still like to check it out.

     

    Also last time I went to Oz I cried most of the way home, basically cos I just didnt want to leave I felt so at home and loved everythign Oz had to offer including the people...you know when something is right. So I arent sure I could go through the emotional upset! I think I would rather save the money for the actual move (fingers crossed).

     

    Its a difficult one as its important for us both to feel absolutely sure.......so still no decision yet :?

     

    Anymore advice is greatly welcomed!

    Deb

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    Guest hayls

    Hi Deb and Daz,

    Its a hard one isnt it ,i wanted to go and have a look but was worried that i would'nt like it and then my dreams would be shattered, sounds stupid i know , so i would rather go and then that is it ,at least you have been so have some idea, we have not got a clue what we are letting our selves in for :lol:

    I work with an old lady and she said to me one day you are here for a good time not a long time :shock: an i thought yep you are right if it goes wrong hell ill just come back :lol:

    My other half does not worry about any thing, i do enough for both of us :?

    good luck with every thing speak to you soon.

    Hayls :D

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    Guest dglamoore

    We just decided to go for it as that way we have no expectations for Adelaide to live up to.

     

    We have friends that went to Spain every year for holidays bought a villa and moved there. Now they hate it as life is not the same as the holidays were.

     

    So for us we are moving and will make it work. No matter what, we will give it at least 2 years as we are also on the SIR 495 so can then apply for PR. The worst thing that can happen is we may hate Adelaide but Oz is a big place!!

     

    One of the best quotes I ever read is - in the next 20 years you will spend more time regretting the things that you did not do than the things you did.

     

    It is a risk but all things worth doing are!!

     

    Lisa :D

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    Hi Hayls

     

    Like you it is the kids more than anything.

     

    My OH is an only child, therefore the boys are his Dads only grandkids :!: Difficult one....

     

    I will be ok once agency tell me my visa starts ONCE I arrive in Adelaide. As it stands they say it starts when I RECEIVE it - looking at how quick we got a CO it might be sooner in 2007 than we expected!

    In theory this would be great but my OH now wants to go out after their winter & perhaps when kids finished school - July 07.

    It being discussed !!! :!: :!: :!: - say no more we have plenty of time to decide.

     

    I would luv to be a non-worrier but its just not me! Ashley is laid back & chilled but I make up for us both.

     

    Angela :)

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    Guest hayls

    Hi Angela

    OOOHH i think you should come out as soon as you get your visa then we can get together :lol: .

    My girls really do treat my mum as a second mother, she takes them to school every morning or did do until recently when i decided they could catch the bus[over protective mother :oops: ] i start work at 8am so have always needed mum to take them as cameron works away alot, so they will really miss her :cry: but when she comes out to seeme she is coming for 12 weeks :shock: :lol:

    Well its getting closer and closer and i cant believe how calm i am , bit scary really :lol:

    speak to you soon

    Hayls

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    Guest Doodle

    Hi All

     

    Well we are in the middle of the house move and with the way I feel at the min we wont go there! Its hard seeing all you stuff packed up knowing you wont see it for nearly a year. Espeically if it has sentimental value!

     

    I think we will end up not going, i would rather get there and then explore, after all there is plenty to explore! Did any of you see a recent programme, I think it was on a travel program, but it was all these retirees who get a van and then go around OZ exploring! Now thats definately somethign to look forward too!

     

    Deb

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    Guest splmchandler

    Hi Hayls, We are hoping to fly with Quantas, via Melbourne, not looking forward to the flight, my youngest is 4 and gets bored really easily :( I'm not too bad, nervous but really excited!!

    It's all happened really quickly, we had alot of trouble with selling our house, now it's sorted and the buyers want to be in for christmas, so we are moving out next wednesday!! Every time I think about it I feel abit sick, how are you feeling?

    Where abouts in Adelaide are you hoping to settle?

     

    Lisa & Steve :)

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    Guest hayls

    Hi Lisa and Steve,

    We are flying with singapore airlines.

    We have no idea where we are planning on living in Adelaide yet its an open book, i keep changing my mind i think i will need to see the places first, and good schools will sway us.

    How old are your children are they ok about going mine are not and its one of the things that makes me feel a bit down really, but im sure they will be ok, they were like this about starting secondry school and they love it now :lol:

    Im sure the kids will be fine on the plane they seem pretty geared up for that kind of thing on longhaul and we have bought the girls loads of new nintendo ds games to keep them busy :lol:The lady that is buying our house is letting us stop till we go,she only lives over the road and is not selling hers so is in no rush :lol:

    Speak ti you soon

    Hayls

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    Guest splmchandler

    Hi Hayls,

    Our kids are Liam 17, Jamie 14, Jessie 12, George 4, Liam,Jess and George are fine about going, really up for it, Jamie isn't quite as eager, he says he'll miss his friends and he's coming back when he's 18! He's at a funny age, very hormonal, which doesn't help!! I'm hoping when he gets there and settles he'll feel differently! :lol:

    I know what you mean about feeling worried about the kids, but I think the outdoor life will appeal to them, warmer weather etc.. hopefully they'll make friends quickly, but it's a big step for everyone, we've got to stay positive and just go for it!!

    What does your husband do? Steve is a mechanic, he's had a couple of job offers already, but they were from companies in Queensland, not much good if we're living in Adelaide!!

    Speak to you soon, Love Lisa & Steve :)

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    Guest hayls

    Hi Lisa and Steve,

    Sorry i have been off line all weekend sorting out new laptop to take with us.

    Cameron is a joiner and has been in contact with a few firms and will go and see them when we get there, we are going to have a few weeks hols when we get there, we have got the oaa and just got the address[1/49 glenore terrace] i have a suburb map so can see where it is!

    My daughter Charlotte sounds like Jamie she says i dont mind coming as long as we come back :shock: and i think she will try really hard to hate it she is 13 and a half and grumpy :lol:

    Well good luck with every thing and hope to meet up at the other end.

    Have you booked your flights yet?

    Our container comes on the 28th dec and i am sooooooo not ready :lol:

    speak to you soon.

    Hayls

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    Guest splmchandler

    Hi Hayls,

    sorry we haven't been on line, we have moved out of our house now, I'm using my mum's computer!!

    Our container came on 19th Dec, what a day, it was hectic, but the packers were brill, we had PSS, and I would recommend them. The day we moved out it was abit sad, but just thought about when we arrive in Oz. :)

    We booked our flights today, we're abit behind you, we are also flying Singapore, but leaving London at 22.15 :D we arrive into Singapore at 18.55 on 2nd Jan, then fly on to Adelaide at 23.50, so you never know we might bump into you!! :lol:

    Good luck with your container, it's not as bad as you think, we'd love to meet up over there, take care and have a lovely christmas, just think, it's our last cold one!!

    Love Lisa & Steve

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    Guest BJF

    Morning Lisa,

     

    Are you staying in sponsored housing (or whatever it is) like Hayley and her family when you first arrive? Do you have any idea which suburb you'd like to live in?

     

    Have a good flight (oh boy it's a long flight).

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    Guest hayls

    Hi Lisa,

    It sounds like you are on the same flight from singapore as us i also think there is another family on the same flight that i have spoken to on adelaide brits called Ian and Lou.

    Well good luck and have a good xmas.

    Maybe i should wear a yellow flower in my hair :lol:

    speak to you soon,

    Hayls

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    Guest splmchandler

    Hi Di

    We are staying with my cousin for a few days and then looking for a rental. :lol:

    We're hoping to settle around Happy Valley as it's close to schools, parks etc.. it just looks lovely, but we'll wait & see.

    How about you? When are you hoping to be over?

    Speak soon, happy christmas to everyone,

    Lisa & Steve :D

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    Guest splmchandler

    Hi Hayls,

    I'll wear a red carnation!! :lol:

    Have a great christmas, see you in the new year,

    Lisa & Steve

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