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I am an Australian Citizen and been living in the US for about 16 years as a Permanent Resident. My husband who is American, and our two kids have all agreed we would like to live in Australia which thrills me to bits as I have always wanted to come home. My whole family is in Perth WA and would help us with living and help us find jobs etc. We would sell everything here in the US to pay for fees and moving expenses... We are excited about packing our bags and starting fresh and new with our family around. My kids are 8 and 10 and want to go now as we have visited alot and the last time they did not want to get back on that plane! Hubby is for it too.But now we have decided we have no idea where to start on visa's for him and can he go once he has a visa and look for a job right away etc. We just sent the paperwork off for kids citizenship but do I need to do anything? We are ready, excited and scared a little for this adventure but I think the kids and Hubby will get so much from it. Starting out new from scratch with nothing but family to rely on is rough at 32 but we are up for the challenge. My heart belongs there and I have wanted to come home the whole time I have been here but this is my hubbys home and I never wanted or would ask him to move...but now he is the one offering! So I am ready to pack and see my red dirt! Any help or advice is greatly appreciated. We are thinking about a year to get everything together and in order etc??
 

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Hi there Pollards, and yes a big move for the whole family but you all have youth and energy on your side.
The visa side of things should be fairly straightforward for and with having been married a long time and having kids, hubby ought to get PR granted.
Have a read of all the detail via Partner Visa: Offshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 309 and 100) , especially the eligibility and applying sections as well as Booklet #1 and even though you're married long term etc., as stupid as it'll seem, you'll still need to show evidence that you have a relationship etc.
It'll be more tedious than exciting and in the applying section there is a good Checklist and so follow that and it should be a breeze for hubby and you.
Depending on your overall financial situation and employment history you may be required to provide an Assurer of Support and thast can be a combination of family and friends, details of that in your sponsorship application, the form 40SP.

One of the main preparation issues for Hubby is going to be the FBI clearance and they can take up to 12 weeks so once you have mapped out the schedule in a bit more detail', though you do not have to provide the PCC and Medical until requested, it'll not hurt to get the FBI check underway even a week or so before the visa application goes in for it could be up to somewhere around 2-3 months before a Case Officer is assigned and the PCC/Medical stuff is asked for.

Quite a few people of late have asked about travelling once the visa has been applied for but it can get tricky and so I made up a summary of the possible issues @
http://www.australiaforum.com/visas...re-offshore-partner-visas-visiting-visas.html

In your case, seeing as it may take you up to a year to get all organised, I'd still get the visa application in ASAP, even if you leave the FBI/Medical until a few weeks after you put the application in, once the visa is granted, you'll have up to 12 months from the PCC/Medicals in which to move for Hubby to validate his visa amd so that way there should be no issue re needing to move before he has the visa.

You'll find a lot of threads re what people are doing in the Visas section of the forum.
Best wishes for the move and maybe if funds allow, have a think about getting a decent size motorhome of about 10 - 15 years age for looking at Ebay prices they appear well priced compared to what we would pay here and even with shipping and conversion from LHD to RHD if needed, you might be able to make some $$$$ on one.
Other than that, you'll need to decide on either The Eagles or Dockers in AFL - The official site of the Australian Football League - AFL.com.au
 
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