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Insane to do it all again?


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Old 02-03-2010, 05:07 AM
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Insane to do it all again?

Hello all,

Two wo years ago, I emigrated alone to New Zealand from the UK. I have a demanding and satisfying job and I love it here and saw this as my long term home. But I met a lovely Australian guy (which has no doubt contributed to me loving it here!) and he's asked if I'd move back to Sydney with him... Better career prospects etc there for him.

So, here I am, trying to read through an even more complicated immigration system than NZ and psyche myself up to going through it all over again! The paperwork, reading the fine print three times, medicals, the ever growing list of police certificates from previous countries, the stress of waiting, arranging to move a container load of furniture again, the shere expense of it all!!

Oh yes, I just turned 45 and timed out on skilled migration so it's employer sponsorship or de facto - kinda hard for an indpedendent gal like me:-)

So, is life still one great adventure or am I simply insane to go through this emigration lark all over again, so soon after the last time? Rhetorical question really, but I'm sure I'll come across like minded people on this sight and I'm in sponge mode (again!) with trying to take it all in:-)

I'm sure I'll have lost of questions when I get my head around the basics...!


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Old 02-03-2010, 06:36 AM
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Hi KP and welcome to the forum.
Immigration is certainly something of a task, greater for some than others and an issue for heart and mind, more so in your case than for many.

A couple of things you have in your favour are re documents, not too much in way of translations I imagine and then re police checks, checks from any countries you have been living in previously and have not returned to should still be valid.

Re the heart tug, if you've not been to Sydney in particular [ and though we speak close to the same language, Australia has a good bit of difference to NZ you may appreciate if a bit of a traveller and have already been] , perhaps arranging a bit of a holiday would be a good move.
Auckland may seem big for instance compared with Wellington or the smaller NZ regional cities but Sydney is just more and more of Auckland, more traffic congestion etc. and all that goes with it.

All the best with your plans.





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Old 02-08-2010, 11:04 AM
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Thanks Wanderer!

I've been to Sydney a couple of times, most recently at Christmas. Interestingly, given that I live in Wellington, I was wondering how I would find a trip to such a large city again, but it felt buzzy and fun, not London claustrophobic and stressful. Holiday season no doubt helped:-) So, that did wonders for my confidence. I'm in Auckland every couple of weeks on business so am fairly used to bigger places. I used to live in Rome for a while so Syndey will be a picnic after that. Not to mention a year of commuting to central London - still shudder at the momories! As long as I can be near a largish green space/park of some sort, I'll be fine. The bloke understands that some things are non negotiable:-)

KP


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