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Visa Grant Today Ten Years in the Making!

Visa Grant Today Ten Years in the Making!

"I am a British Expats forum poster from old, I doubt many will remember me, as our journey started over ten years ago, but with the grant of a 189 visa today we will be able to apply for citizenship in 1 year and officially be able to call Australia home." Read more as BE member Watt Dabney updates us all on her and her families journey to their new lives in Australia

"I am a British Expats forum poster from old, I doubt many will remember me, as our journey started over ten years ago, but with the grant of a 189 visa today we will be able to apply for citizenship in 1 year and officially be able to call Australia home." Read more as BE member Watt Dabney updates us all on her and her families journey to their new lives in Australia

Here is a brief synopsis of our ten year journey.

2001

Hubby and I + 2 kids (3 & 6) decide we want to move to Australia. I have no 'skills,' but hubby is very skilled, although he has a mishmash of qualifications and his experience came before his qualifications. Thus making the process difficult, and there wasn't the abundance of information and resources online then as are available now.Never the less we persevere.

2002

Hubby approaches his UK employer aniticipating help with assessment. Employer says they want to keep him – and although they cannot offer him employment in their Oz branch, they can in New Zealand with a view to moving to Australia at a later date. We had never thought of New Zealand but the prospect of a sponsor, and a job to go to (which will take us to Australia in the end anyway!) seemed to good to throw away, and and awesome adventure so we agreed.

November 2002

Off we trot to New Zealand (Christchurch), we dont know anyone and we are on a work to residency visa. At the time this means you had to stay with employer for two years and earn over $42K a year, and then you qualified for permanent residency, sweet.

Keen to settle we buy a house within two weeks of landing and enrol the kids in school etc. It soon transpires though that the Christchurch branch had been 'told' to make room for my hubby, and they clearly did not want him. He was accused of being a spy from head office, subjected to awful workplace conditions and they refused to pay him the agreed wage, making us in breech of our visa conditions. When we highlighted this they couldnt care less.

2003

Realising we were in a dodgy situation we decided to attempt a skills assesment (not needed on a work to residancy visa) so we could apply as skilled independants and cut our ties with the employer. After a long, painful and stressful process we got the visa and we told the company where they could stick their job.

2003-2006

With the promise of Australia now gone, and jaded from our experience we decided to knuckle down and get on with life in New Zealand. I loved it and so did the kids, however the limitations on their future prospects from living in South Island New Zealand became more obvious as they got older, especially when our eldest son expressed and interest in persuing a career in F1 motor sport. For my husband the original lure of Australia never really left and he could not settle in the New Zealand workplace. He changed jobs frequently and upskilled quickly meaning he was no longer on 'the tools' anymore, which was good, but he still could not settle. The elephant in the room that was Australia was getting harder to ignore.

2007

I decided I wanted a career and enroled on a pre-nursing course with the view to becoming an RN in New Zealand. My dad and stepmum decided to join us in New Zealand and completed the immigration process and moved in down the road. We gained our NZ citizenship. Yet the elephant in the room was now unavoidable. Hubby applied for jobs in Australia and was snapped up. The only problem was he now didn't really do the job he was qualified in, making a skills assessment a nightmare, and he did not want to engage in that. I said I was up for the move if I could do my nurse training there, so I enrolled and we decided to move to Brisbane on our kiwi passports (subclass 444) and take it from there. Needless to say my dad was a bit miffed.

2008

We settled quickly (again), hubby felt much more at home in the workplace, we found an amazing school for the kids (now nine & twelve) and their future prospects seemed to really open up. I got on with my nursing degree and all seemed well.

2008-2012

As the restrictions of being a Kiwi in Oz became more apparent I felt more and more uneasy. Paying for my university upfront was one thing, but would we be able to afford the kids, no HECS and this moving countries lark is not cheap! We could not vote, everytime we looked eligibitilty for services seemed to be being stripped, it started to feel insecure. Then our daughter was very ill and for a short while no one knew what was wrong and a debilitating genetic condition was suspected. Fortunately this was not the case and the cause was found, and after a small operation she was ok and has remained so for two years. BUT if she had of had a long term condition I realised we would be pretty much on our own as far as goverment support was concerned.

2012

Hubby had changed jobs a few times, and employer sponsorship is hard to get as a kiwi, after all its not like you will be kicked out of the country without it. So not much incentive for employers to lock horns with immigration, and as hubby's jobs progressed they matched his qualifications even less. I had qualified as a nurse, but as I was over 40 and had little experience could not qualify. Then they changed the system to EOI, still didnt seem like I could do it. Then they announced the points passmark as 60!!!! Suddenly it was do-able, just needed to pass IELTS. On 12th of September 2012 I passed IELTS with flying colours, on 14th of October 2012 I submitted an EOI, on 3 Decmeber 2012 I was invited to apply, applied on 4 December 2012, Case officer on 12the of January 20/13, medicals on 25 January 2013……….189 VISA GRANTED 30th of January 2013!!!!!

Due to the fact we have been in Australia for five years on a subclass 444 we can apply for citizenship in one year. Not quite in time to get HECS for our sons 1st semester at university (still wants to be a motor racing engineer) but we can pay for that.

Sooo pleased, it has been a long time in the making, and has been both financially and emotionally expensive…….but so worth it, Australia is home!