I’ve got some amazing news to share with you today concerning Australian Residency…
As most of you are probably aware, I am in the process of a visa application. I moved from The Netherlands to Australia in 2016. I went down under with my 1-year working holiday visa and started looking for work sponsorships as soon as I got there.
My goal was to become a permanent resident in Australia and with the help of Visa4You the work sponsorship turned out to be my best option.
If you are interested in how we got to this, please read here.
The visa that I applied for is Employer Nomination Scheme – subclass 186. This visa allows you to be sponsored by a business, to provide you permanent residency. The condition is that you work for this particular company for 2 years and in exchange you receive your permanent residency.
To apply for a visa, you have to send in your request to the Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs. They will determine based on the documents you’ve gathered if they will grand you the specific visa you applied for. The documents you provide include your passport, school certificates, medical exam results and your record of good behaviour.
These are a few of the basic documents that are needed. Depending on the visa you are applying for, you might need several additional paper. For me it was mainly work based stuff as my visa is based on a work sponsorship. If you walk the path of a partner visa, they will need more personal details.
AND THEN YOU WAIT
Once all the paperwork is done and the documents are send off, the hard part starts. You have to wait to hear back. Are you going to get this visa or not?
And the worst part is, it will take a while to find out, so try to be patient.
The waiting times for approval vary per visa. You can find the waiting times on the government website for each individual visa application.
Please note that these time frames get changed regularly.
When I applied last year, end of June 2017, the waiting time was 7-10 months. At the moment the waiting time for this visa is 11-16 months.
In my case, it took the Australian Government 49 weeks – almost a year – to approve mine.
It is a difficult period. You’re in the position of building a life and at the same time having the uncertainty of your living situation – am I going to be send home?
It was a long wait, an emotional process and a very expensive journey, but it is so worth it. And I am saying that after 3 days of approval – 3 days of Australian Permanent Residency –
SO WORTH IT
If you have been following me for a while, you’ll be aware of all the up and downs I’ve had on my journey to Australian Residency. Exams, unexpected bills and insecurity got the best of me some times, but I never gave up. I wanted this, so I was going to make it happen.
And I am so happy to tell you, I DID. I did make it happen. And so can you. Are you thinking about moving? Please sign up for extra tips and free worksheets!
On the 5th of June 2018, I officially became an Australian Resident. YES!
Are you curious about what changes now my status has changed?
Stay tuned for next week