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The words we've been waiting to hear............PR Visa Approved!!

HI Everyone,


I know many of you have heard my story of our 9 year battle to get to Oz, But we have finally had our dreams come true!!! On 6th July '11 we were granted our permanent residency indefinitely visa and our 9 yr wait is finally over......yippeeeee!!!  I am just in the process of sorting out my nursing registration in Oz and the house will be going up for sale in the next few weeks.  Excited just isn't a good enough word to explain how we feel.  Hopefully we will be…


Added by Stephanie Bennett on July 12, 2011 at 17:30 — 5 Comments

South Australia Sponsor Approved

Hi everyone,


We are soooo excited as we had out SA state sponsor approved today!!!! Main visa going in in the next few days.   There is a light at the end of that very long tunnel after all!

Adelaide here we come!! Whooooooooooooooooop!!

Steph x


Added by Stephanie Bennett on April 27, 2011 at 19:52 — 3 Comments

Awaiting State Sponsorship decision....

Hi Everyone,


Well our electronic form and paperwork was received by SA on the 17th have up to an 8 week wait for their decision.  I have collated and sorted all the paperwork ready for the main visa lodge as we only have 30 days after receiving their decision to get it in.  So with all that sent and done and with Ian Harrop & Associates doing everything for us, all we can do now is sit back and wait..........!



Added by Stephanie Bennett on March 22, 2011 at 21:13 — 3 Comments

The Journey So Far.....

Hi Everyone,


I just wanted to write to let everyone know our journey so far.  After reading on different forums about nurses trying to emigrate and either not knowing where to begin, or like myself getting confused along the way.  I thought if I told you our journey it may help others along the way.  Here goes....


It started in Jan 2002, when my husband and I decided to take our 2 daughters (then 4yrs & 9yrs) on holiday to Sydney, Australia to visit my…


Added by Stephanie Bennett on March 1, 2011 at 23:14 — 5 Comments

Taking Pets!!

Hi Everyone,

We can find plenty of information regarding taking cats and dogs to Australia, but my daughter wants to take her pet rabbit. Looking on different sites the information for 'other' pets is limited. The way one site read was that Australia only accept rabbits from New Zealand, but i'm not sure if i've read it right. I just wondered if anyone could shed any more light on this as our younger daughter feels better about going if 'Cookie' can come too!



Added by Stephanie Bennett on September 16, 2010 at 8:35 — 2 Comments

I Passed!!!!!!!


Hello everyone.....

Just to let you all know I passed my IELTS test!! I had the results today and got straight on the phone to the Ian Harrop Agency who is now happy to start the process of my visa application! YIPPPPPEEEEE!!

Exciting times.......Gold Coast here we come!!

Steph x

Added by Stephanie Bennett on September 6, 2010 at 17:56 — 5 Comments

IELTS Test.....Again!

Hi, I am re-sitting my IELTS again Saturday 21st August. I'm dreading it now as I know what to expect after failing it by 0.5 points the end of last year. I am hoping to conquer this vile test this time as I have spoken to an agency and they are willing to take on our application for a permanant visa. If there is anyone out there sitting the academic test this Saturday with me then i'll look forward to meeting you!! I get my results 3rd September so i'm keeping everything crossed this…


Added by Stephanie Bennett on August 17, 2010 at 18:19 — 5 Comments

Wanted Down Under BBC1

Hi Everyone!

Don't know if any of you are watching the series 'Wanted Down Under' on BBC1 weekday mornings, but i find it really frustrating when they make it look like a flip of a flag decides wether you move to Oz or not!!! I watch it everyday and also have watched all past years series too, when the one lady was a nurse it really interested me. The work out there looks fantastic, they made it sound very appealing and that jobs are very easy to come by....great!!! But what they're… Continue

Added by Stephanie Bennett on January 18, 2010 at 14:01 — 8 Comments

IELTS test over with...phew!!!

Hi everyone,

Sat my IELTS test yesterday. It was vile!! The academic test is brain numbing...and having to not talk for nearly 3 HOURS!!! The actual test wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the time constraints, especially when they keep telling you how much time is left and you're not even half way through the questions!!!!!!! The speaking part was easier, 15 mins of talking about why I like shopping for clothes and friendships. But it's amazing how a topic that you could normally… Continue

Added by Stephanie Bennett on October 25, 2009 at 16:29 — No Comments


Hi everyone!!

I've finally got my IELTS test booked for 24thg October. After buying a practice book, my fears are worse than ever!!! It appears really complicated and i'm sure I will fail it 1st go!!! As a nurse I have to sit the academic test...typical this is the harder test!!! Any tips as this could get to be really expensive????

Please help!!!!

Steph x

Added by Stephanie Bennett on September 14, 2009 at 22:04 — 14 Comments

Changing Driving Licences to Australian

Hi! After reading several pieces of information and other peoples comments, it appears that you have to switch your British Driving Licence to Australian within 3 months of obtaining your visa. Can anyone shed some light on this information please? What happens if you can't get over there in the 3 months, or your house hasn't sold, or the timings not right to leave within the 3 months stated? What happens then? Would you have to complete a full driving test again then if its over 3 months???… Continue

Added by Stephanie Bennett on September 8, 2009 at 15:55 — 3 Comments


Hi! Does anyone know what exactly is involved with the IELTS test? I've had a look on the website and it appears you have to write a letter of some kind??? How much does the test cost and where can i go to take the test? Im confused!
I appreciate any information given!

Steph x

Added by Stephanie Bennett on July 2, 2009 at 21:25 — 7 Comments

Skills Assessment

Hi! Does anyone know exactly what is involved in the skills assessment as I am about to start mine in September. We are starting our state skilled visa in January as I am a newly qualified nurse and by then will have a year of experience to enable us to go on a skilled visa. We have already spoken to the Ian Harrop Agency and they sound fantastic. Friends of ours used this agency and recommended them. The agency said the skill assessment was basically the Austrailian Government etc getting in… Continue

Added by Stephanie Bennett on May 26, 2009 at 10:28 — 4 Comments


Has anyone who visited the Leeds Expo in March '09 and spoke to The Royal Melbourne Hospital, had a reply regarding sponsorship? I spoke to one of their representatives and recieved an email saying my application was being processed and they aim to give me feedback in 2 weeks.....that was about 4/5 weeks ago!

Added by Stephanie Bennett on May 7, 2009 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

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