Well hello there oh great neglected space. It’s been a hot minute since I showed up here (although my page views have been some of their highest ever, how’s that for validation) and I have a LOT to update you on. If you thought updatey your matey was big, this is huge. I mentioned it back in my last post here, almost a month ago. And then I just… vanished.
More about that in a minute, but first let’s get to the news because there’s clickbait and then there’s just being annoying.
We got our permanent residency visas!
This will be old news for any of you who read The Ugly, of course. If that’s you, yay and thank you, and feel free to skip ahead.
The whole and full story is, as with most things visa related, quite boring so I’ll give you the highlights. As I may have mentioned once or twice (or a lot of times if you read The Ugly, again, thank you) I wasn’t expecting to hear back about the visa for maybe another 6 months. They have a long processing time and I didn’t see a reason why I should be at the front of any queue.
Turns out, one Friday lunchtime, I got an email from my migration agent who told me that my company had been approved as a sponsor. First big milestone down! So I replied back saying how glad I was to hear it, and when did she think we might hear about my application? A couple of hours later, my phone rang. I thought she would be ringing me to answer my question, but instead she congratulated me on MY application being approved! We’d done it, we were residents!
Of course, I wanted to ring S straight away and tell him but was so overwhelmed I had to go to the loos and have a little cry to myself first. After getting that out of the way I decided that I wanted to have a bit of fun with how I broke the news. So I went to the supermarket nearby and bought this hideous card:
And wrote this on the inside:
Then I printed off copies of our visa grant notifications and stuck them inside. I wish I were more of an artiste, but I am not a Pinterest friendly person so this is my very best effort. I handed over the whole thing at the airport while we were waiting for a flight to Brisbane, and filmed his reaction.
It was classic S and very understated, but he was so relieved. I’m not going to post it on the internet but if you know me IRL and you want to see the video I might share – if S says it’s ok. Anyway we spent that weekend in a bit of a blur because we couldn’t really believe it. I think we both suspected it would come, but neither of us thought it would be quite so soon. Here we are doing our best shell shocked faces:
When people kept asking me what my plans were now that I had my permanent residency visa, all I could think was that I’m going to buy a lot of houseplants. That’s literally all I could think of. Because, you know, houseplants are expensive to buy and they don’t travel around the world well so when you buy them, you need to be sure you’re staying put for a bit. And I love plants. So now I can buy lots 🙂
And that’s the story of how my 186 permanent residency visa was granted. If you’ve got any questions about the process or want to know what migration agent we used (she was amazing and I would 100% choose her again) just let me know. I might do a more detailed post about it in the future but it’ll be a snooze fest for 99.9% of you so I’ll save that for sometime in the future.
The first useful thing I did post PR grant was to finally upgrade to a NSW drivers license in which I look like a total degenerate (I’m sad to say I actually put in an effort for the photo and everything). I was going to post a photo but it’s not photographing well and on reflection that sounds like a bad identity-thefty type of decision so… ask me to see it in person if you need cheering up.
As for the reason I’ve been gone for almost a month, that would be a combination of visitors, bad work times and a dolly mixture induced perma-coma (nothing better than sweets from home, thanks Catherine!). We’ve had visitors more often than not since Easter, and whilst I had prescheduled content for the first and second waves of visitors, the third and fourth waves were just beyond me. Blogging three months in advance doesn’t work for me – and luckily enough it doesn’t need to, as this is just a happy hobby. As for the work stuff, the less said about that the better yeah?
I’m back now, or at least I will be just as soon as I’ve finished these dolly mixtures, so tell me what I’ve missed!