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  1. Hello I'm a brand newbie here, and up until 4 weeks ago, if you said I'd have joined this forum, I would have said "naaah.. pigs flying over there". But, life presents so many surprises, and we've had one! We've been offered a wonderful opportunity to emigrate to Oz with DH on a 457 business visa. My brother lives in Sydney and we had wanted to emigrate to Oz, but thought it was impossible for us to move over there as my new career no longer qualifies to get us in and my husband is well over the age to get a residents' visa. In fact, we went on a Reccie trip to New Zealand last year and have been pursuing opportunities there, as the visa rules are different which meant I could get plenty of points! But... in January my brother said that there was a Project Manager opportunity with the company he's working for. To cut a long story short, my husband has just had a 2nd interview and they like him. The next step is for the company to check that the customer likes him. Then, all being well and the salary offer being what we expect, we could be on our way in as little as 6 weeks. At the moment I feel like I'm in some sort of strange twilight zone.... or purgatory. Not knowing whether our lives are in UK or Oz is very unsettling to say the least! We have 2 kids and our oldest (7) is dying to tell his mates at school that he's off to Oz! It's been like a rollercoaster. On Friday we thought it was all over - my brother emailed to say "not looking positive". Then DH got a call from the HR Manager saying "The big boss likes you; we want to take it further". Gulp city! :wideeyed: Being an ex Project Manager myself, I'm pretty good at planning, but I need some practical and emotional help! I can't tell my closest friends yet as I don't want to set hares running until we know whether this is going to happen or not. I just don't want to upset people unnecessarily, and there's also the danger of people labelling us "all talk and no action" if it doesn't come off. As many of you probably know, unless you go down this emigration route, it's hard to understand what a rollercoaster it is and how many uncertainties there are! The job is in Brisbane.. we've never been there! We spent a month in Oz a few years back with my brother and his family, but didn't touch Brisbane. With my brother being in Sydney, he won't be on our doorstep to give advice about where to live in Brisbane etc etc. I've tried to get a bit ahead of ourselves, as if DH is offered the job, I'll not only have to pack up my family and life but also my business (I'll post about that another day!) pretty darned quickly. I've had White's removals round and tomorrow I've got John Mason. I've got Pickfords coming round the week after. I've had 2 valuations from rental companies so that I know what we could rent the house out for. I've got quotes for the fence that would need fixing if we rented the house out. We've been manically spending weekends finishing decorating. We've done a great big list of "Things to do IF it happens!" BUT... What I don't know is IF I've thought of everything and what order I should do everything in. For example.. say we have 5 weeks from DH getting the 457 visa to sling our hooks... We'll need to sell my car, rent the house out, buy plane tickets, ship our wordly goods. What order do I do those? At what point do I put the car up for sale? We'd need it up until the last minute, but I wouldn't want to leave putting it for sale til the last minute! Do we book plane tickets before we've got a definite tenant for the house? Gulp again! What about sorting a school out for my eldest son? And a nursery for my youngest? Somewhere to live over there? We won't get any relocation allowance. I've had a quick look on hotel websites at serviced appartments before we found a place to rent, but they all seem to be at least $200 per night for something decent. We probably won't be able to afford a car out there - we'll have no credit history for a loan and all our meagre savings will go toward shipping, rental bond, flights and my son's school fees (I understand that I have to pay $5000 upfront for the year's fees as we are not eligible for free schooling on the 457 visa). Will we be able to cope without a car? These and many other questions are occupying my poor, busy, excited, sleep starved brain! To move to Oz would be a dream come true, it would be an excellent adventure and a daring move. But if DH gets the call to say "yes, you're in", there will be many sphincter relaxing moments in this house! Is there a checklist/plan anywhere that I can use to together with my own checklist? Has anyone been in a similar situation, where you don't know if it will happen or not, but if it is going to, it will be QUICK? Can anyone give me some practical pointers and also some virtual hugs please?!! Many thanks! Zizzyzee