That news I was going to tell you about…

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.

Our subclass 186 permanent residency visa was just granted! This is a tiny story about how I found out, and how I told my husband. We're official Australian residents now!

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:

Our subclass 186 permanent residency visa was just granted! This is a tiny story about how I found out, and how I told my husband. We're official Australian residents now!

And wrote this on the inside:

Our subclass 186 permanent residency visa was just granted! This is a tiny story about how I found out, and how I told my husband. We're official Australian residents now!

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:

Our subclass 186 permanent residency visa was just granted! This is a tiny story about how I found out, and how I told my husband. We're official Australian residents now!

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.

and then…

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!


Our subclass 186 permanent residency visa was just granted! This is a tiny story about how I found out, and how I told my husband. We're official Australian residents now!



  1. 3rd July 2018 / 16:36

    Yay congratulations Rachel!

  2. 3rd July 2018 / 17:38

    Hurrah!!! Congratulations!! And what a relief!!! For more reasons then one! 😉 Haha I love how you told S that you guys got PR – very creative!! Ahaha, oh man, my current employment pass picture is HIDEOUS. I look like I belong in the loony bin!! I can’t wait to hand it back!!

  3. 3rd July 2018 / 21:25

    It’s such exciting news – congrats again! You will need to share some pics of your houseplants once you’re settled, and perhaps some tips on how to care for them, ha! The boys did a free planting session for the school holidays and I’m just hoping these plants last longer than the last ones they planted, haha!

    It’s great you’ve been away from the blog just because you were so busy and not because you were bored of it or anything! Pleased to see another post from you, and with such good news too! 🙂

  4. 3rd July 2018 / 22:23

    this is why i love the ugly – getting all the goods ahead of time 🙂 seriously though congrats to you both! so well deserved after all that waiting, work, and tests in patience. yay for residency and shitty license photos! ha

  5. 4th July 2018 / 08:02

    I want to see the video. I vote that it gets to go out to email subscribers. I love the way you told him. So creative, so fun, so incredible to keep it a secret!! Best way to celebrate a weekend in Brisbane!!

    • S
      17th July 2018 / 11:31

      It was mostly me just going “huh?”

  6. Catherine
    4th July 2018 / 08:26

    You’re welcome for the dolly mixtures, but HOW do you still have some left?! High five and personal growth points for willpower and rationing!

  7. 4th July 2018 / 11:06

    I read the Ugly and I hope that continues now since you are resident (you’re legit the only newsletter I read because its so entertaining). Congrats btw! Very happy for you!

  8. 4th July 2018 / 16:24

    CONGRATS and I love your adapted card of congratulations!

    SSG xxx

  9. 5th July 2018 / 00:41

    Congratulations! So glad this stressful waiting is over for you 🙂

  10. 5th July 2018 / 16:48

    This really is the best news ever! I love how you broke then news to S, now I want to see the video. Here’s to many happy Australian days and lots of houseplants. We should really go out for a scone to celebrate!

  11. 5th July 2018 / 20:28

    Yayyyyy! Congratulations! Isn’t it the best feeling?!

    Jesses PR was granted on Thanksgiving and it was a massive surprise as we’d only put in the application a week earlier!

  12. 5th July 2018 / 23:37

    YAY!! Congratulations. I’m so pleased for you.

    House plants made me lol. I know what you mean though – we gave one of ours away when we moved to Switzerland because it wasn’t even happy moving to the other side of the living room! We gave it to our downstairs neighbour, then last year he moved to Berlin so now a mutual friend has it.

    Dolly Mixtures! YUM!

  13. 6th July 2018 / 00:30

    What a load off! Congratulations!

  14. 6th July 2018 / 03:42

    congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is so awesome. that card is fabulous. yay houseplants! go you for the driver’s license! you’re better than me, it took me like 4 or 5 years. oops!

  15. 6th July 2018 / 03:55

    Congrats on getting your visa! That’s so exciting! And I love that you got a card for S to tell him and signed it from the Australian government! Hopefully things are starting to settle down with work, I won’t say settle down with visitors because I know that you must love having them!

  16. 6th July 2018 / 09:44

    Congratulations! That’s super exciting!

    Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  17. 7th July 2018 / 03:56

    This is so exciting!!!!!! Congrats!!

  18. 20th July 2018 / 04:28

    CONGRATS! You practically walked through fire to get it so I’d say you two earned it!!!!

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