We’ve received an invitation to apply for our Australian visa, at last!
We began our journey to migrate to Australia in July 2013. It took five months to complete the skills assessment and for Husband to pass his English test before our agent could submit our Expression of Interest. We’ve been in the pool waiting for our invitation to apply since late December (so about four weeks). We went into the pool with 60 points (the minimum you need to be invited to apply), and it seems that most of the applicants in there had the same number of points as us. Had we got a higher score, we’d have been picked up in the first draw of the month. However, we’ve had to wait until the second draw of the year instead. I’m not good at waiting, so it’s felt like a very long month.
I don’t think we could have done things any quicker than we have – working with an agent has meant we’ve been a step ahead with the paperwork, and being married to a hoarder meant we had every bit of paperwork to hand ready and waiting (thank goodness we weren’t going there based on my skills as it would have taken me months to collect all of the evidence!)
Our agent is putting our visa application in this week, and the next step is to wait to be allocated a case officer. We’ll need to get medicals and police checks done, and then potentially our visa could be granted in as little as two to three months from now.
We’re desperately trying to sell things we don’t need as well as renovate our house ready to sell it as soon as our visa is (hopefully!) granted. The next three months will be mayhem! If we stand any chance of getting to Australia before our boys start school in September, we’ve got to seriously get a move on.
Keep everything crossed that everything goes smoothly for us. I can’t believe it’s finally happening! xx