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PR granted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!25 Mar 2010
One year in!18 Jan 2010
English language requirement21 Jul 2009
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Nomadic merchants 22 Jun 2009
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Immigration Intake Cut16 Mar 2009
Medical treatment11 Mar 2009
Rain - lots of it!01 Mar 2009
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Seafreight delivered26 Feb 2009
Babies25 Feb 2009
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Crazy Cat Laws23 Feb 2009
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Homebased business in Oz17 Feb 2009
Organic & free range products13 Feb 2009
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One month in11 Feb 2009
Aircon and electricity09 Feb 2009
A nation in shock and mourning09 Feb 2009
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Australia Day27 Jan 2009
Cyclone!26 Jan 2009
My First South African25 Jan 2009
Heat25 Jan 2009
4x423 Jan 2009
New goal & mobile phone23 Jan 2009
FIFO22 Jan 2009
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My email address21 Jan 2009
Angels of Mercy21 Jan 2009
We are in!21 Jan 2009
Temporary Accommodation06 Jan 2009
Moving abroad and the taxman06 Jan 2009
One week to go!03 Jan 2009
Preparing for the outback02 Jan 2009
Countdown01 Jan 2009
Emigration ain't for sissies24 Dec 2008
The indigenous issue18 Dec 2008
Excitement and panic14 Dec 2008
Unabridged birth certificates14 Dec 2008
Sorting out stuff08 Dec 2008
Bookings06 Dec 2008
Visa Application06 Dec 2008
Preparing to depart02 Dec 2008
South African bank's advice28 Nov 2008
Bitter-sweet25 Nov 2008
Being South African ...25 Nov 2008
Losing my Religion22 Nov 2008
Ouch21 Nov 2008
Emigration Wave20 Nov 2008
Taking a container or not18 Nov 2008
So much stuff!15 Nov 2008
Health Examinations12 Nov 2008
Crikey ... another medical!11 Nov 2008
Australian Bureau of Stats07 Nov 2008
The relocation team04 Nov 2008
Job offer30 Oct 2008
The LSD20 Oct 2008
Prams and baby car seats13 Oct 2008
Infant formula & pearls11 Oct 2008
Infant formula10 Oct 2008
Sabona! Site for S. Africans!10 Oct 2008
Skills assessment08 Oct 2008
Homework06 Oct 2008
The beginning of our quest04 Oct 2008
Visa Application
06 Dec 2008
Guess what I have in my grubby little paws??? Yip, you've guessed it! Passports for the whole family with 457 visas in them! We could leave tonight if we liked! What an amazing thing and privilege it is to have the right to live in Australia for 4 years!

Next step is the permanent visa application but that will be done within Australia.
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26 Nov 2008
Our 457 visas have been approved!!! This is really happening! Next step is to take our passports off to the High Commission and have the visa labels stuck in them. Everything is definitely now ... flights can be booked, notice can be handed in at work, furniture removal plans can be confirmed, etc, etc. (faint)
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24 Nov 2008
I had a feeling we would hear some official visa news today ... and we did! The employee nomination has been approved by the immigration department. It happened last week already. The department can now finalise the processing of the visa application subject to the usual requirements such as health and character being met. I'm a bit concerned as we haven't been told to go for our police clearances. I even raised this question earlier with the migration solicitor but she didn't seem concerned about it for immediate purposes. Time will tell. Things are moving like lightning.
17 Nov 2008
Oh boy! The medical results arrived safely last week so the visa application was lodged today. The migration agent is running about 2 weeks ahead of schedule as we did the medicals so quickly. It could take a mere 2 more weeks to have the result ... ! This is happening FAST. If it all comes together, we could be leaving early Jan (flight availability permitting).
07 Nov 2008
We submitted the completed questionnaire and copies of all the documents requested a couple of nights ago. The migration solicitor in Sydney called at 6am this morning our time to advise that the next step is for us to go for our medical examinations and x-rays at a panel doctor. I was delighted to learn that baby doesn't have to have an x-ray! Apparently the main thing they are interested in is the chest x-rays. The rest of it shouldn't be a big deal as we had nothing to decl
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05 Nov 2008
A migration agent in Sydney has been appointed to help us with our visa application. We received a fairly comprehensive first email from a solicitor at this firm with a whole bunch of instructions. They put a bit of a different spin on the whole thing so it will be interesting learning from them while we go through the process. We need to complete a questionnaire ASAP but the link to their questionnaire doesn't work ... mmm! I can't wait to ask them about the necessity of the English test to see if their advice matches my research results but I'll behave myself, follow their instructions and wait for the appropriate moment. They have also requested an urgent telephone interview.
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