When I first arrived to Australia I did so on a work sponsored 457 visa. This visa had a validity of 3 years. I begun discussing this with my work last year since I would like to become a permanent resident rather than a temporary one. Unfortunately due to the fact that I was about to marry Simon work thought I could sort out my own visa and they didn’t want to continue sponsoring me. A little frustrated as it’s both cheaper and quicker to get sponsored through work and they didn’t seem to understand that me marrying Simon really wan’t going to guarantee me a permanent residency or in any way really make things that much easier. I tried to look at things positively though and decided to apply for my own partner visa. At least that way I will no longer be controlled by work and I’m free to leave whenever I want wihtout having to worry about the new company taking over my sponsorship. The process of getting the application in was speed up a bit in mid-December when it was announced that the application fee would increase by around 50% as of January 1st 2015 and instead of the “only” costing $4,575 would then become $6,865. I spent the entire Christmas break filling in forms and organising documents and on December 29th I submitted my application.
It’s now been 7.5 months and nothing has happened. I haven’t even been assigned a case officer yet. On the acknowledgement I received after submitting my application it says that the processing time was 9-12 months but when phoning up DIBP now the information I receive is that it’s more like 12-15 months. I suspect there might have been an increase in the number of application submitted during the two weeks from when the price increase was announced until it came into affect. It doesn’t seem to be much I can do to try to speed things up either which sucks. I hate this waiting game.
I can’t really believe it but today marks 3 years since I walked through customs at the airport in Melbourne to join Simon on our new adventure, a life together in Australia. I remember the day I left Sweden as if it was yesterday. The sadness of leaving friends and family mixed with the excitement of the unknown what was to come. It’s not always easy being an expat living far away from what used to be home (and in a way always will be). Sweden has a very special place in my heart and there are definitely things I miss about living there but most of all it’s the people I miss, my friends and family. That said though, Simon and I have built a very nice life for ourselves here in Australia and we are surrounded by lovely friends and family. You can’t have the cake and eat it too unfortunately so we’re happy with what we got, try to make the best out of the situation we’re in and look forward to what the future will bring us.
Crash course in how to speak Aussie. Just abbreviate everything and you’ll be fine 😉
Ok, so my last comeback was what one may refer to as somewhat unsuccessful so I don’t blame you if you don’t hold your breath this time. I do truly miss the blog and my writing though and I believe I’m at a point in my life where the blog once again can fill a void and have a purpose. I’m not sure there will be anyone patient enough to still be checking in for updates but I’ll be here if you do sharing the ups and downs of the roller coaster ride we call life.
Don’t think of her as gone away,
her journey’s just begun,
Life holds so many facets,
this earth is only one.
Just think of her as resting,
from the sorrows and the tears,
In a place of warmth and comfort,
where there are no days or years.
Think how she must be wishing,
that we could know today,
How nothing but our sadness,
can really pass away.
And think of her as living,
in the hearts of those she touched,
For nothing loved is ever lost,
and she was loved so much.
Vila i frid älskade mormor. ♥
It never ends. I’m at it again, another recruitment process. At least this time it’s not because anyone resigned or because the person I recruited was a wrong fit. This time it’s because my team is growing again and we need another person. Nevertheless, recruitment processes are draining and it’s not like my job go on hold in the meantime.
I feel like I’ve done nothing but recruiting and training people over the last year. It all started going downhill in April/May last year when I had to make one of my team members redundant, then 4 months later another team member resigned leaving me in a very sticky position with only one person left in my team. My original team was only 3 people and myself. Since end of September last year I’ve been trying to find someone for my team. I tried many different venues to find the right person for the role within the given budget (which changed a few times as well just to make things a bit more interesting) and after many interviews, hours of extra work and a bad recruitment later I found a new person for my team that started beginning of July. We are still very busy and I am still too involved in the everyday work and don’t really have time to do what I’m meant to be focusing on doing as a manager so I’ve now been given permission to recruit yet another person for my team.