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Sent in my application for a subclass 309/100 Spouse Visa in January and after being asked for some more documentation to prove husband and I were and still are in a long and lasting relationship, have now been asked to get a medical and police check completed within the next 49 days.  Getting a bit nervy now as hope everything goes well as all the rest of the family are Aussie citizens so its just me to get cleared now!  Have been told by my case officer that spouse visa are taking approximately 5 months to process.  The whole dream is feeling a lot more real now.  We are hoping to get out to Perth later this year for a recce visit to look at houses and schools etc.  If there is anyone else out there doing the same and looking to go to Perth would love to hear from you.

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Comment by Paul Johnson on February 16, 2011 at 6:55

Hi Laura,


Hmm top tips; everyone's experience is gong to be different.  Personally I wouldn't ship furniture, it's too expensive and may require fumigation and we've found furniture to be quite cheap here, depending on where you shop.  Clothing is another matter; buy up as much of the stuff you like as you can afford, as it's very expensive here.  Also if you're thinking of getting a new PC or laptop, buy it in the UK as it will almost certainly be cheaper.

Not sure where you are regarding jobs, but make contact with recruitment agents prior to coming out.  I set up meetings when I did my visa validation trip and met with as many agencies as I could, then kept in regular contact.  It pays off, they remember you and put you forward for more jobs in my experience.  


If you're moving money, think carefully; I was lucky and got mine out when FX rates peaked, but it's different now.  It may pay to wait, so think about how much you'll need for the first few months and only move that.  Bank accounts can be opened in the UK in advance and I suggest you do this, makes life easier.

Getting Medicare and your Tax File number is very easy and straightforward, don't get any agency to do it for you it can be done free.

That's all I can think of at the moment, but it should be enough to be getting on with!

Comment by Laura Balling on February 11, 2011 at 18:37

Hi Paul

Thanks for the info it is certainly encouraging as so far all the steps have been fairly swift so hopefully the 5 month wait time is the extreme.  They have said that it is likely that I will be given a permanent one straight away as we have been married nearly 8 years and been together 17 years.  What would be your top tips for helping the move go as smooth as possible?

Comment by Paul Johnson on February 11, 2011 at 13:19

Hi Laura,


We are currently in Floreat (which is about 20 mins from the CBD), but we are moving in two weeks to Currambine.  Personally I prefer north of the river, and west of the freeway, which is pretty much where we have ended up.

I was given a  permanent visa straight away (like you had to provide some additional evidence for the five years prior to the application, to prove we've been living together).  I didn't have an interview.  My visa took about 7 weeks to come through, I was asked to have my medical, police check etc. only days after applying.  We were very surprised how quickly it came throuhg, though very pleased!!


Don't worry, everything will be fine and a year from now you'll be on the beach wondering what all the fuss was about! 

Comment by Laura Balling on February 8, 2011 at 18:39

Hi Paul

Thanks for replying glad you are enjoying Perth and best wishes for your move into your new house.  Whereabouts in Perth are you based?  We have been looking at places north of the river so far.  When you got your spouse visa did you get a temporary one or did you go straight to permanent?  Also did you have to have an interview as well?  Am sure everything will go fin but unfortunately I am the type of person who worries about everything!

Comment by Paul Johnson on February 8, 2011 at 1:24

Hi Laura,


I already have my spousal visa (got in '09); seems things are taking a lot longer now.  Still you should be OK!  Perth is wonderful, we are just about to move into our new house and we can't wait!  Best of luck to you!

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