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Hi Everyone,

I have to say that once my partner received his visa my need to come on this forum became less and less. While I was going through the stress and distress of applying, waiting and finally acceptance of the visa, I found this forum to be a wonderful tool to help me and to realise that I was not alone in this.
I've always wondered however whatever happened to those people that received their visa's and went riding off into the sunset? Are they still together? What happened next?
So, I will start.
My partner first came to Australia on a student visa and towards the end of his studies we decided to apply for a de facto visa. What we thought would be a simple process turned into a nightmare. At times I felt I was drowning in forms and documents. I would lay awake at night thinking about what documents we had to produce and what documents we didn't have and whether it would hurt our chances. On top of that we hired a migration agent that turned out to be not very helpful as he kept disappearing on us and causing even more stress. Our relationship was surely tested. We would fight constantly about the most insignificant thing. We fought because we were scared. We were scared of having our visa declined which would mean he would need to go back to his country.
So the day came when we applied and the waiting began. We were lucky I think because even though he did come from a high-risk country his advantage was that he applied onshore. We waited over 2 months but when we got that call that we were approved it was such a relief to have that burden gone. Now we could look forward to our future.
So what happened next? Well to begin with we had to repair our relationship which fractured a little due to our fights and uncertainty of our future. It wasn't easy but we slowly made improvements because we finally knew that we did have a future together in Australia. A couple of months ago he asked me to marry him! Of course, I said yes. We are getting married overseas next year and couldn't be happier. I am not saying we don't have our bad days but we have much more good days then bad and have learn't that nothing is more important than the two of us.
So, how about you? If you are still on this forum even after your visa got accepted what happened next for you?
I also wanted to say to those that are still waiting or about to apply or even thinking to apply to never give up. The wounds heal and the stress goes away. Your love can and will overcome any obstacle (sorry for sounding so cheesy! =) :p
 
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