I think our enquiry re our permanent residence application got stuck in the works somewhere but today things have started moving. The timer has started ticking! We received our first contact email from the migration lawyers together with a long, big, fat, hairy questionaire that we have to fill in. That is going to take a while to complete! It sounds fairly optimistic ... they say if we are planning to travel abroad within the next 6 months, we must let them know as we have to be in the country when the application is lodged and when the visas are granted. Read between the lines: we could have our PR in 6 months??? Pretty darn cool!