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:confused:My Husband 2 children and I have our 457 Visa approved. Really excited!! Kev has a job in Melbourne city centre. We'll have a service apartment to go to for the first month. But now its like, what do i do now??

 

We've got a few quotes for shipping 20ft container. We're in the process of finding an Agent to rent out our house. Now what?? I just need some guidence please as to the things to remember to do?? And what to do next??

 

What do you do with your bank accounts ? All your direct debits? Utilities? Is that it? what have i forgotton???? Ahhhhhh!!

 

I'm sure it will all fall into place, but if anyone can help, or perhaps there is a site with all this moving information. Everyone who's emigrated has gone through this, so i'm sure i'm not alone. Will appreciate any advice thank you x

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Hi, you are further down the line than us, we have only just started our 457 visa application and I am already panicking on what to do. The only thing I can tell you is as far as your utilities are concerned surely its just like moving house over here. Take meter readings on your last day in the property, phone each one up and tell them the date you are moving out and they will send you a final bill. Now can you tell me how you found a freight carrier? What are you taking with you? Is it cheaper to ship out rather than buy over there? What are you going to be able to fit in your freight? I feel for you because I just keep looking around me and wondering where the hell will I start. We are also taking a dog with us and I want to look into shipping my car out. It will all be worth it in the end and I wish you lots of luck and hope you get some help on here which I am sure you will. We are going to Brisbane by the way. Keep me posted on how you do.

 

Raych

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These are a few things that we needed to do -

 

If you have pets you need to sort out their travel and quarantine stay.

 

If youre renting your UK house out then you need to change your insurance from building and contents to landords building insurance. Also you may need to tell your mortgage lender that youre renting your property out - we have a one account and had to pay a small fee to transfer it to a landlord lending account or something like that.

 

Redirect your post - this can be done on line very easily.

 

Meter readings for utilities.

 

Council tax

 

Cancel TV licence

 

Sell your car, cancel insurance

 

Open an Oz bank account. We are with Westpac and we opened this whilst in the UK but activated it when we arrived in Oz, again very easy to do online.

 

Sort all your things out so that youre only packing things you actually want (I didnt do enough of this so I will be doing more sorting whilst unpacking when my things arrive)

 

Book flights!!

 

Look into excess baggage costs or unacompanied luggage costs - we did this and its helped us alot. Its mean that we have a lot more things to keep us going whilst we are waiting for our container to arrive. Like you we have a furnished rental for the first 4 weeks but after that its a long term unfurnished one so these extra bits will make it a lot easier - fingers crossed!

 

Hmmmm cant think of anymore right now but im sure i will.

 

Good luck

 

Emma

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457 Visa Granted 4th June....Flying to Perth 6th July!!

 

 

 

JUST Starting To Settle & Enjoy Life In Perth!

 

 

 

PR Granted 22nd December 2011

 

 

 

Citizenship Granted 28th August 2013!

 

 

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:confused:My Husband 2 children and I have our 457 Visa approved. Really excited!! Kev has a job in Melbourne city centre. We'll have a service apartment to go to for the first month. But now its like, what do i do now??

 

We've got a few quotes for shipping 20ft container. We're in the process of finding an Agent to rent out our house. Now what?? I just need some guidence please as to the things to remember to do?? And what to do next??

 

What do you do with your bank accounts ? All your direct debits? Utilities? Is that it? what have i forgotton???? Ahhhhhh!!

 

I'm sure it will all fall into place, but if anyone can help, or perhaps there is a site with all this moving information. Everyone who's emigrated has gone through this, so i'm sure i'm not alone. Will appreciate any advice thank you x

 

 

Shipping you stuff out: First do a search on here for shipping and or - get at least three quotes and tell each one teh others are offereing you a discount while things are so bad!

If you a shipping a full 20 ft container, it will usually be loaded and sealed at your property.

Make sure you have full insurance ( about £600 for £20,000 value of goods)

If you use Groupage ( part container), posts on here give statistics that equate to a higher percentage of "losses" in transit occur after you stufff is packed into boxes and those baoxes loaded on a van for onward shipping when thd conatiner is ful.

And and all shippers will get good and bad revues, so its pot luck in the results.

 

Direct debits etc,: Go into you bank and explain the situation. Set up online, paperless, banking. cancel all your paper statements to you "old" address. Change you UK address to a family or friend - because no matter what you do, some pillock will send all your statements and renewals to the origianl address.

( we did all the above, the HSBC held our motgage and when it was sold they got paid off - the whol ebank staff new we were off to Aus..cos we never stopped telling them to move over also! - and they still sent the final statements for the mortgage and to acknowledge of change of circumstances - to the (old)address. )

 

Contact you credit card people and tell them you are going on agp year and will be away a year or more... coz they will cancel you card and not re-new it.

Again, I did all this an dteh first time I used teh card in Oz..they blocked it!

I then a had to phone teh UK and sort it out. Then I bought some fishing tackle on eBay..it was a USA source.. they blocked the card again!

 

Remember that things like Sky need 30 days notice, we told them our last day in teh UK and they left us with sat TV till midnight the previous day..and then it was off, teh final bill is taken from your card...which you can pay online. Its easy!

Call BT or who does you landline and sort out your last day in Uk with them and they should bill accordingly. The cut it off.

 

Apply the same principle to anybody you are paying of, like car insurance.

We had Orange pay as you go mobiles...useless here, they wanted $150 - $200 to unlock them, A decent new pay as you go is around $70 - $150.

 

Make a written to do list... and tick um off...coz it will get stressful teh nrearer the departure day gets!

 

Good Luck

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Shipping you stuff out: First do a search on here for shipping and or - get at least three quotes and tell each one teh others are offereing you a discount while things are so bad!

If you a shipping a full 20 ft container, it will usually be loaded and sealed at your property.

Make sure you have full insurance ( about £600 for £20,000 value of goods)

If you use Groupage ( part container), posts on here give statistics that equate to a higher percentage of "losses" in transit occur after you stufff is packed into boxes and those baoxes loaded on a van for onward shipping when thd conatiner is ful.

And and all shippers will get good and bad revues, so its pot luck in the results.

 

Direct debits etc,: Go into you bank and explain the situation. Set up online, paperless, banking. cancel all your paper statements to you "old" address. Change you UK address to a family or friend - because no matter what you do, some pillock will send all your statements and renewals to the origianl address.

( we did all the above, the HSBC held our motgage and when it was sold they got paid off - the whol ebank staff new we were off to Aus..cos we never stopped telling them to move over also! - and they still sent the final statements for the mortgage and to acknowledge of change of circumstances - to the (old)address. )

 

Contact you credit card people and tell them you are going on agp year and will be away a year or more... coz they will cancel you card and not re-new it.

Again, I did all this an dteh first time I used teh card in Oz..they blocked it!

I then a had to phone teh UK and sort it out. Then I bought some fishing tackle on eBay..it was a USA source.. they blocked the card again!

 

Remember that things like Sky need 30 days notice, we told them our last day in teh UK and they left us with sat TV till midnight the previous day..and then it was off, teh final bill is taken from your card...which you can pay online. Its easy!

Call BT or who does you landline and sort out your last day in Uk with them and they should bill accordingly. The cut it off.

 

Apply the same principle to anybody you are paying of, like car insurance.

We had Orange pay as you go mobiles...useless here, they wanted $150 - $200 to unlock them, A decent new pay as you go is around $70 - $150.

 

Make a written to do list... and tick um off...coz it will get stressful teh nrearer the departure day gets!

 

Good Luck

Thanks for your help. Think i will start with the list and see how i go. Haven't got credit cards only debit cards so not sure if they will be of any use there. We have been advised not to bother transfering money through a bank but through a specialist foreign exchange company, who can transfer your money at the right time of day for world trading exchanges, apparently making you money and taking a profit from the profit and not charging you commission to do it.

Not sure if any of that makes any sense. will have to see if anyone has gone down that route or not.

 

Thanks for the all your advice with the container, will keep you posted.

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Hi, you are further down the line than us, we have only just started our 457 visa application and I am already panicking on what to do. The only thing I can tell you is as far as your utilities are concerned surely its just like moving house over here. Take meter readings on your last day in the property, phone each one up and tell them the date you are moving out and they will send you a final bill. Now can you tell me how you found a freight carrier? What are you taking with you? Is it cheaper to ship out rather than buy over there? What are you going to be able to fit in your freight? I feel for you because I just keep looking around me and wondering where the hell will I start. We are also taking a dog with us and I want to look into shipping my car out. It will all be worth it in the end and I wish you lots of luck and hope you get some help on here which I am sure you will. We are going to Brisbane by the way. Keep me posted on how you do.

 

Raych

(As i'm very new on here i'm not sure if i'm repling to one person or one does all!!) will soon find out... But this is for Raych

 

tell me about it.... where and what ???? arrrhhhh.. I havent booked a freight company yet, but i have had a couple round. For a 2-3 bedroom house taking evrything, you will prob need a 20ft container and you may have seen the other replies it looks as if its best not to share a container. I just googled removals to australia. but i found pss to be really helpful, prices are looking at being between £3,000 and £3,500 so def best to shop about. still waiting for another couple of quotes. We looked at taking the car, but its so complicated and really expensive as they have a charge for evry little thing, and on top of that they charge 10% of the value of the car in australia and another 10% tax, it goes on and on....

 

Have you got a job to go to? Are you going with anyone? Good luck to you... This site is fab though eh!

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(As i'm very new on here i'm not sure if i'm repling to one person or one does all!!) will soon find out... But this is for Raych

 

tell me about it.... where and what ???? arrrhhhh.. I havent booked a freight company yet, but i have had a couple round. For a 2-3 bedroom house taking evrything, you will prob need a 20ft container and you may have seen the other replies it looks as if its best not to share a container. I just googled removals to australia. but i found pss to be really helpful, prices are looking at being between £3,000 and £3,500 so def best to shop about. still waiting for another couple of quotes. We looked at taking the car, but its so complicated and really expensive as they have a charge for evry little thing, and on top of that they charge 10% of the value of the car in australia and another 10% tax, it goes on and on....

 

Have you got a job to go to? Are you going with anyone? Good luck to you... This site is fab though eh!

 

Hi Jodielola I am not sure about taking everything I am wondering if it will be worth buying over there......anything to make life easier as I keep waking up in a cold sweat at the thought of everything! I was sent a link last night about taking my car and I just looked blank at the screen so I need to look into that a bit more although I will be gutted if I can't take it.

 

I am going out with my husband Paul (43) and my daughter Britt (14) I am Rachel (39) and we are going out on a 457 visa. Paul has a job to go to and the company are sponsoring him. What about you? You're right though I don't know where I would be without this site although I am getting a bit addicted and reading up on anything and everything!! Good luck to you and let me know where you are up to and who you are going with and to where. We are going to Brisbane by the way, not sure if I've mentioned that already.

 

Speak soon,

 

Raych x:confused:

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Hi raych, I'm really upset about my car too but i think they make it really hard for you.

 

My husband kev has a job too who are sponsoring him makes life loads easier, and the 457 didnt take long at all. We had a company who were collating all our information and checked bits of information with immigration as we went along if they werent sure about it. They want us over there end sept / beg oct. so all systems go ... well it would be if i knew where to start. i'll start with my list that people have kindly helped with, get my quotes and i better hurry up and get renting my house out.

 

i've heard that things are quite expensive to replace out there, but we want to take as much of home as possible. our main stuff like sofa's, dining table and chairs, beds, tv's etc, kitchen appliances, (sounds crazy but apparently that is much more expensive out there) We just thought if you have to replace everything it will cost loads.

 

We have 2 children, Jared 7 in oct and Jodie 5 in oct, and they are both really excited and are cool about leaving their friends and school. what does your daughter think about it?

i am 41, Kev is 49 and we thought that would be a problem, but he is an engineer on the railway and the govenment is pumping lots of money into that industry to improve it, so his skill is much needed.

 

When are you thinking of going out there? Think you are wise to plan ahead. I would of prefered to be more organised, but we switched off just in case we didnt get the visa.

 

anyway will keep you posted.

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Thanks for all the info Emma, How the first few weeks going? What airline did you travel with and can you recommend them?? How did the excess baggage thing work, could you just take extra suitcases with you?

i was hoping not to have to tell the morgage company save all the aggrevation, but not sure if i can get round that one or not? And didn't even know about the landlord building insurance, so thanks for that. does it make it a lot more expensive? Did you rent your house out?

 

You were lucky to go out for 12 weeks before hand. We've never been before so its going to be a big adventure. One that we will hopefully love. Melbourne has its seasons, so still hoping for more sunshine than we get here. Have you been house hunting ? I hear its quite hard to get a property as its a bit of a free for all.

 

last question, sorry, how long did you leave it to book your flights?

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Hi Jodielola, our daughter Britt was devastated when we first told her about it a couple of weeks ago as she is very close to my family, but with lots of bribing and reassurances that they would probably follow us out she is cautiously excited about it. It is only leaving my mum dad and sister and cousins that is upsetting her, nothing else matters to her. We didn't tell her till we had to in case nothing came of it because it nearly happened a few years ago but my older sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and we had to turn the job offer down. Devastatingly we lost her in 2007 hence I am sure my mum, dad and younger sister will follow me so we can still be together. Losing my sister made me realise that life is short and you only get one shot at it so you should experience as much as you can in life so here we go and I will experience everything new possible in dedication to her. I am not sure when we will be going as we have only just filled out our forms and sent them back to the migration expert this week. The company who are sponsoring Paul said they were told by the agents that it could take anything between 1 and 3 months so who knows. Paul is flying out on 12th to meet his employers but only going for a few days! God help him I have given him a list of instructions and his employers are arranging for him to meet somebody in real estate so his days will be full all three of them! lol. You probably thing it strange that they haven't already met but he worked for Bentley here and was recommended for this position in Brisbane. I am so negative at the moment with everything that has happened in the last two years and expecting something to go wrong with the visa application or something so I envy you that you are past that point. I hope everything is as stress free as possible for you all and you enjoy your new lives but if you want to sound off or just say hi then drop me a line and also keep me informed of your progress. I look forward to your message from Oz!

 

Take care and lots of deep breaths!

 

Raych x

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Thanks for all the info Emma, How the first few weeks going? What airline did you travel with and can you recommend them?? How did the excess baggage thing work, could you just take extra suitcases with you?

i was hoping not to have to tell the morgage company save all the aggrevation, but not sure if i can get round that one or not? And didn't even know about the landlord building insurance, so thanks for that. does it make it a lot more expensive? Did you rent your house out?

 

You were lucky to go out for 12 weeks before hand. We've never been before so its going to be a big adventure. One that we will hopefully love. Melbourne has its seasons, so still hoping for more sunshine than we get here. Have you been house hunting ? I hear its quite hard to get a property as its a bit of a free for all.

 

last question, sorry, how long did you leave it to book your flights?

 

Hi Again,

Whilst we knew back in Dec we were moving in the end we only had four weeks at kind of full steam ahead. Our visa took a long to time process considering it was a 457 and also prior to that we did have to put things on hold due to a health scare. So from the day our visa was granted to the day we landed in Perth it was 4 weeks!!

We flew with Emirates and booked this just 3 weeks prior to flying. I would reccomend them, we had good flights with no real proplems.

Excess baggage gets picked up from your home and is flown out when there is room (I think) but they say it arrives within 10 days. We had three large packers boxes and a large suitcase and looking at the costs again it was £350 in the UK and $240AUD here. We packed things like the kettle, cat bed, extra clothes, bedding, wok, a couple of photos which were in frames. Things that when we are camping out in our unfurnished rental we can use to make things a lil easier.

Our landlords insurance is via the halifax and is £18 p/m.

If you need to know anything else ask away :)

Oh I think quality furnisture items are expensive here so if you can afford a container i would pack everything!! There are places you can buy furniture packages from which are good value but then there are come places where the stuff doesnt look like it will last more then a few weeks.

This is a link to my update as to whats been happening since we got here.

 

http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/reccie-arrival-reports/65991-one-month-perth.html#post551522

 

Take care

 

Emma

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457 Visa Granted 4th June....Flying to Perth 6th July!!

 

 

 

JUST Starting To Settle & Enjoy Life In Perth!

 

 

 

PR Granted 22nd December 2011

 

 

 

Citizenship Granted 28th August 2013!

 

 

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wow we sound so alike. I lost my mum in february to breast cancer, she was my best buddy and like you i feel life is much to short not to give things a go. I keep thinking something will go wrong too!! I'm past the visa thing now, so the next thing i can think of is swine flu!! The kids are due to go back to school in sept, is it worth the chance of them catching something in the 4 weeks before we go?? Of course i'm a crazy paranoid lunatic, but i just think something has got to put a spanner in the works.

Very lucky for your husband to have a quick look before you go. Hope he gets on ok.

 

I'm doing the deep breaths as we speak, it definately helps.

 

Take care x

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I am so sorry about your mum I know exactly how you are feeling and until you go through it you can sympathise but never really know the true pain.

 

You made me laugh about swine flu!!!! I am totally paranoid about it! Before Britt leaves the house she is given a list of rules: 1. If any of your friends or people around you sneeze or have a cold don't get too close to them 2. Don't share your food or drinks with your friends healthy or not, if you feel mean saying no, give it to them and tell them they can have it all then buy another 3. Wash your hands as often as you can through the day. She just looks at me and raises her eyes. Even worse when I am at the gym I spray the equipment before I use it and afterwards and become very indignant if somebody looks at me strange cos I want to say this is what you should be doing. I know where you are coming from and thats what made me giggle. I have also started worrying about the plane journey cos I know if someone sneezes or is unwell I will have a panic attack cos we will be stuck with them for whole journey and I will be convinced they have it. I am going to get tamiflu to take with me cos I don't know how easy it is to get there or what the procedure is. Sound great don't I, a really positive person! But I do love a laugh most of what I have said here is usually kept secret but seeing as you are the same thought I would make you feel better that you are not alone.

 

Keep in touch and don't take too many deep breaths or you will hyperventilate!

 

Raych x

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wish you were going to Brisbane!

 

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Ha ha i was just thinking shame your not going to melbourne cos we'd probably hit it off... Sounds good that there are even more paranoid people, i didnt think i was as bad as that but now you're making me think!! So thanks for the tips ha ha. Have to get some masks for the journey!

 

will def keep in touch and let you know any development that may help you.

 

Take care x

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Hi Jodielola,

 

hope the sorting out is going well. I'm in the same situation as you... off to Melbourne in September as hubby has a job with 457 visa. Also got 2 kids and just up the road from you (at the mo!). How are you getting on with everything? We're getting on ok here but the list of things to do seems to be getting longer and not shorter!!!

 

Everyone keeps telling me that i seem really relaxed about the whole thing but i think that's because it hasn't really sunk in yet that we are moving to Oz!

 

take care,

Clare

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Hi clare, its great hearing from people in the same situation, going to the same place. Yes your only up the road. Have you been to Melbourne or oz before? we have no idea as we've never been but makes it all the more exciting.

 

Can you tell me how you have been getting organised and where you are at now, just so i can pick up a few tips. All we have done so far is ear mark the shipping (who are you using) and the house rental this end. Plus getting some house improvements organised. Think we need to start packing up bits that we're not going to be using soon. But its all the other bits to do, like utilities, direct debits insurances etc, aarhh what a head ache. Have you booked your flights yet? (who with?)

 

sorry, sound very needy eh!! ha ha. Think i just want someone to do it all for me actually, if i'm honest.

Good luck to you. take care x

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Hi clare, its great hearing from people in the same situation, going to the same place. Yes your only up the road. Have you been to Melbourne or oz before? we have no idea as we've never been but makes it all the more exciting.

 

Can you tell me how you have been getting organised and where you are at now, just so i can pick up a few tips. All we have done so far is ear mark the shipping (who are you using) and the house rental this end. Plus getting some house improvements organised. Think we need to start packing up bits that we're not going to be using soon. But its all the other bits to do, like utilities, direct debits insurances etc, aarhh what a head ache. Have you booked your flights yet? (who with?)

 

sorry, sound very needy eh!! ha ha. Think i just want someone to do it all for me actually, if i'm honest.

Good luck to you. take care x

I just bumped up a "things to do" list,might help a bit,good luck anyway


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Hi jodielola,

we went to oz on hols last year which started this whole emigrating process off!!! not that we thought about it until we got back home ;-) went out to visit my aunt in queensland and really loved the people and lifestyle over there. have had a few 'life is too short' kind of moments that made us decide to just get on with it - nothing like watching someone with cancer getting more and more ill to make you want to crack on and live life to the full!

 

I haven't been to Melbourne before but hubby went out back in June for a job interview and really liked it.

 

what have we been doing to get organised??? well, have been getting rid of clutter and anything that is not going to be taken. have put the house on the market as we are hoping to sell, had a lot of interest but no sensible offers yet. have made a list of all the things that we have here (e.g. bank accounts, insurance, phone etc) that will need to be cancelled and started to look at how we would set these up in oz. have applied online for aussie bank account. started looking at possible areas to live (hubby's employers are sorting out the 1st month for us). one way flights booked for 14th Sept on Singapore airlines (flew out there with them last year and they were really good - brilliant with the kids). we've had shipping companies round but just waiting for the last quote to come through before we decide who to use. erm, there might be more but i can't remember!! have an enormous things to do list. hubby is in the garage at the mo cleaning all the garden stuff that we want to take.

 

how are your kids taking the news? my eldest will be 5 in January so will start school out there. He's really excited and is telling all his friends about it. my youngest is only 2 so hasn't got a clue what is going on. sure she'll love it though as she is a real outdoors adventure kind of girl (but loves bags and shoes too bless her!).

right, i'll stop jibbering away for now... good luck with it all. happy to answer any questions, not that i am an expert! Clare

p.s. which area of Melbourne are you thinking of moving to?

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Hi all

We (my wife and two girls) are in a similar situation as most of you guys! We are off to Brisbane in Oct on a 457 visa, we both have jobs as nurses and the logistics at both ends, house lets, what to bring and how, bank accounts etc, etc are quite 'panic attack' inducing!!!! the information offered on this thread is ace, thanks all

Tony & marie

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Ha ha i was just thinking shame your not going to melbourne cos we'd probably hit it off... Sounds good that there are even more paranoid people, i didnt think i was as bad as that but now you're making me think!! So thanks for the tips ha ha. Have to get some masks for the journey!

 

will def keep in touch and let you know any development that may help you.

 

Take care x

 

Hey long lost friend, where have you been? Are you ok? How are things going? Paul went to Brisbane on 12th and came home on 17th after meeting his new employer, he said it was beautiful. It feels like time is standing still and I am getting fed up with waiting now for visas to be granted. I am a nervous wreck waiting for them to reject us. I was reading that they might consider closing immigration due to swine flu especially from UK as we have highest numbers of infected and deaths!!!! Apparently Australia is being watched very closely as it is one of the first countries to hit winter and they are waiting to see what happens to the virus. Just my luck that this bloody thing will put the caibosh on us getting there, fingers crossed.

 

Let me know where you are up to and how you are coping with all the stress of packing your lives up. When you get out there, you are still going to keep going on here aren't you so we can keep in touch while we are over there?

 

Take care of yourself and try not get too stressed.

 

Love

 

Raych xxx :hug:

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Hi you, sorry not been on for ages. I dont tend to go on the computer every day and its been a lot less lately cos been busy with school holidays really. Yes we're ok thank you, not getting stressed with the oz thing, just the children, cant wait for school to start again. i'm def sending them back and will just keep my ear to the ground with the swine flu thing.

 

So Paul said it was beautiful that good, what else did he think of it??? Be really interesting to know how he found it all! He obviously still wants to go then, that's good eh. Did he like his new company? If your Visa came thru in the next month say, when would you go?

 

Kev handed his notice in yesterday, so its all systems go!! ha ha, not got very far actually. Need to book the flights by mon/tues have got flight centre doing the hard work this morning acutally, as i'm totally confused with it all. Still um-ing and ar- ing whether to take the car. will let you know about that one and what the flights were like.

Will def keep in touch out there when internet up and running. need to swap e-mail addresses in the private bit at some stage. Its nice to have a buddy on the same wavelength and going thru the same stuff eh.

 

Just about to book the letting agent and PSS as we have decided on 8th October. ARRRHHHHH!!!!!!

 

Try not to stress to much, you've got a sponsor, they cant just stop people going over there, you'll be fine!! Its just horrible waiting for the Visa.

 

Anyway take care, speak soon,

 

Niki xx

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Glad to hear you're not stressing and taking everything in your stride. Yes Paul loved the place said it was so clean and even though it was winter, the skies were clear blue and it was around 25 degrees all the time he was there. Apparently it was going to be 33 this weekend! He also said how friendly the people were and made him feel completely at home. His new company were lovely, his boss spent every day with him, gave him a car to drive around the suburbs and introduced him to a real estate friend of his who was also lovely. This mad me happy because I have read on here that the ozzies are not necessarily the most friendly of people but he said he found no evidence of this whatsoever even in the shops and bars they were so lovely. The people at his new work are so excited about us going out and have said we will never be short of invites, and some of them had already emailed before he got home.

 

If our visa came through in the next month, depending on whether we had sold our house, Paul would have to go out first. We have our house on the market quite cheap now, but if that was the case, then we would put it on below market value to sell it straight away and then Britt and I would follow immediately.

 

So Kev handed his notice in hey, how did that feel for him? I can't remember cos there are so many people I speak to on here what visa you are going out on and do either of you have jobs? What does Kev do and do you work?

 

Paul flew with Emirates from Manchester, stopped in Dubai for 3 hours and then straight to Brisbane. He booked them online and was able to see a picture of the inside of the aircraft and available seats, so was able to book ones with extra legroom, so try and do that. I think in all it cost him £891 return but one way is slightly cheaper. Some flights have you stopping here there and everywhere so that is something to consider. Etijhad only have one stop also but that is at Abu Dhabi instead. He was so lucky coming home, he got upgraded to business class!

 

You said you had to book PSS Niki, what is that?

 

On the car front I have not looked into it too much yet, but I am going to phone someone Monday for help with it and a price because cars are so much more expensive over there you know and I think there is no way I would get an equivalent for the cost of taking mine over.

 

Can't believe you are going 8th October!

 

Look after yourself and I hope everything goes well for you.

 

I will keep in touch.

 

Love,

 

Raych xxx

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Hi guys

we are going through the same process as you, we have booked our flights and arrive in Brissey on 21st October, handed our notice in at work, renting house out (as we have'nt sold it!) and have got prices for shipping, so we know what you are going through!!! Now we have to worry about finding a rental in a nice area and school for the kids!!!! We both have jobs so I guess that's the biggy covered!! good luck with all your plans

Tony & Marie

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Hi Tony & Marie how long did it take for your visas to be granted start to finish? Where are you thinking of living in Brisbane? I suppose it depends on where you will be working and commute times. I am interested in Bayside, I like the look of cleveland, Wellington Point and Thornlands online although I haven't seen them in the flesh so to speak although I have made a few good friends on here who live in these areas and they are advising me. What jobs do you both do? Who have you booked your flight with and do you have a lot of stops? We haven't looked into renting our property out here as there are a lot on the rental market that have been empty for so long that we don't want to run the risk of paying a mortgage here on top of rent over there, so if the visas come through before we sell, then we will sell it below market value for a guaranteed quick sale.

 

Good luck with everything and keep in touch so we can meet up when we get over there.

 

Love,

 

Raych (39) OH Paul (43) and Britt (14)

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