We’ve just had some fabulous news…
Our skilled independent visa has been approved, which means we can move to Australia as soon as we like!
I’m amazed how fast the process has been since we submitted our application earlier this year, given how slow the earlier phases have been. It took just over three weeks from the submission of our application for us to hear back with a request for our medicals and police checks.
Husband’s police check was back within a week, and mine took an extra week (which hubby blames on me dating too many dodgy men before we got together – the cheek of it!) then we had to travel an hour and a half to the nearest private medical centre for our medicals as there are only a few places you can go for them. We spent a couple of hours shepherding energetic and excited children in and out of various waiting rooms and surgeries. Eventually all the stickers, toys and sweet bribes in the world weren’t enough, so we just did our best to survive until we could make it home for a large glass of wine. Thankfully as the kids were all under five, they just had to have a quick check over, draw on some paper and do a couple of simple tasks for the doctor. Husband and I had a blood test, x-ray and urine test which were all really quick and easy, although not so much for the parent left in the waiting room attempting to corral three small people. Trying to get the boys to sit down in the not-so-child-friendly waiting rooms gave us a taster of how challenging a flight is going to be (one receptionist even remarked with a smile that she was pleased she isn’t going to be on the same plane as us – yeah, thanks for that!)
Just after, our agent submitted the police checks and the medicals were submitted by the medical centre, and within 24 hours we’d received notification that our visa had been granted! So that’s it now, our agent’s work is done and we’re on our own. After months of chasing paperwork, regular emails and agonising waits, it’s over and we’re now free to set off as soon as we like. It’s a very bizarre feeling. But a good one.
Now there’s just the small matter of finishing off our house renovations so we can put it on the market asap. We’re at the final stage where everything is still chaotic but I can see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. I think. People keep telling us we’re silly for doing so much work when we’re selling up anyway, but I don’t think buyers have sticky finger prints or bespoke crayon wall art high on their priority list. We’ve managed to do an incredible amount of work this year, all while juggling three small people between us. Hopefully it will net us the best possible price for our house which will go a little way towards the huge cost of making the move to Australia.
Eek, it’s really happening!!