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Ok, so I typed up the whole text and the freaking pc deleted it when I did a spell check, nice.

It's 11:23 in South Africa and we have decided to relocate to Aus. Why, the crime spree in SA is killing us, literally. So many white South Africans are being targeted because of their skin colour it makes me sad and now they are targeting babies as well. Now they even want to do land grabs like Zimbabwe.

3 Girls have been raped in our small town in a month, a 1 year old girl Marzanne Kruger was assaulted so badly she is blind and that for a cell phone and another unnamed baby whose police photos we found on a local website was burned alive. Nice living in the Rainbow nation.

Many of our friends already live in Aus and told us to come, so far we were just to chicken. They say change is as good as a holiday but boy this is BIG change. After a lot of thought, putting it off for a year we have finally decided, for the sake of our very unplanned, but adoring 5 month old son we have no choice but to do what is best for him.

Now the big question, my husband, my son and I will get visas, we will be sponsored by the company but my mother lives with us. She is retired, 52 years old. Will she be able to come with us. It is hard enough to leave my sister and brother behind but I cannot leave my mom here.

Any advice? Oh, another thing, our pets. We love them to bits and we will probably have to give them away. I know we can put them in quarantine and take them over, but it's such a long period on both sides is it worth it. I don't want them to suffer?
 

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Ok, so I typed up the whole text and the freaking pc deleted it when I did a spell check, nice.

It's 11:23 in South Africa and we have decided to relocate to Aus. Why, the crime spree in SA is killing us, literally. So many white South Africans are being targeted because of their skin colour it makes me sad and now they are targeting babies as well. Now they even want to do land grabs like Zimbabwe.

3 Girls have been raped in our small town in a month, a 1 year old girl Marzanne Kruger was assaulted so badly she is blind and that for a cell phone and another unnamed baby whose police photos we found on a local website was burned alive. Nice living in the Rainbow nation.

Many of our friends already live in Aus and told us to come, so far we were just to chicken. They say change is as good as a holiday but boy this is BIG change. After a lot of thought, putting it off for a year we have finally decided, for the sake of our very unplanned, but adoring 5 month old son we have no choice but to do what is best for him.

Now the big question, my husband, my son and I will get visas, we will be sponsored by the company but my mother lives with us. She is retired, 52 years old. Will she be able to come with us. It is hard enough to leave my sister and brother behind but I cannot leave my mom here.

Any advice? Oh, another thing, our pets. We love them to bits and we will probably have to give them away. I know we can put them in quarantine and take them over, but it's such a long period on both sides is it worth it. I don't want them to suffer?
Hi oj and yes we do often get documentaries on the problems in SA including the crime and killings etc.

Some reports have attempted to downplay the situation for the World Cup but then I've seen where many Aussies are staying in a tent city within a Cricket Stadium and that has plenty of security but already a couple of assaults reported.
A pity SA did not get the win in the opening game and sad for Nelson Mandella's Gd's death also, it seeming some sadness will have been with him at every step of his life too.

But back to your immigration plans and unfortunately your mum may find it a bit difficult to get a visa for whilst there had at some stage been an age requirement [ needed to be 65, seemingly not now ] there'll also be a problem with your sister and brother remaining in SA for there is what is called balance of family requirement re siblings.
Have a look under Family - Visas & Immigration for details and tou'll also see under other family, mention of carers if that could ever be considered an option with grandchildren but I suspect the eligibility requirements would be stringent.

Another possibility is in your mum being retired, if she did have a professional career, perhaps an exit from retirement could be considered.
There is the normal 45 YO restriction on skilled visas but not for the employer sponsored temporary residency 457 visas and with good qualifications/skills, there can be exemption sought for older applicants with a permanent residency application.
details via Visa Options - Employer Sponsored Workers - Workers - Visas & Immigration

I've known of a few people whose pets have become immigrants too and met one SA woman walking her dog in a park who told me of how she thinks they lost his pal to a lion [ they had an orchard in the country somewhere in SA ] but I think animals are pretty resilient and would rather a temporary than a permanent separation.
Our family has two dogs that came from separate shelters at a young age about 12 years ago and not only are they inseparable from oneanother but they do really become part of the family, sort of moving from kids to parents as they age and get their own health ailments.
And you'll never really know what sort of life they'll have.

If you have a watch dog style pet, they are the best form of burgular alarm you can ask for, and yes, even though we do not have crime on the same scale as SA or other violent countries, we still do get some levels of crime.
If you are prepared to pay the cost [ about as much if not more than a visa for each animal when you tally all costs ], the pets will handle it OK.

Hope you can work something out for your mum.
 

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I have done health certificates for dogs going to Australia if you just meet the requirements its ok. I think take your pets with you. If you dont like South africa they probably wont too. I am also sniffing around for info to leave SA as well
 
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