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Hey folks, long time lurker, 6th or 7th time poster. But this is my first intro. :)

So I was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, but currently live in Ancona on the Adriatic Coast of Italy with my Italian wife and 8 month old baby girl. Said wife is pregnant with our 2nd child and it's all golden.

My partner, by Italian standards, earns a decent living and I manage to contribute by working for a local small winery when they need someone who knows what their doing in the cellar (was a winemaker back home, but here I'm a glorified cellar rat) but she's the major bread-winner at the moment.

Anyhoo, before we found out that we were expecting another child we were planning to apply for the offshore partner visa just to get the ball rolling before immigrating post approval. We'd accumulated a lot of documents and translations when we applied for our daughter's Australian citizenship by descent, so we're not far from having the full panoply of paperwork for the partner visa application, so it's not all that more of an effort really, apart from certain particulars and the hefty price tag...!

However, now that another bairn is on the way, and since my partner is getting her arse kicked by morning sickness and will probably go on maternity leave sooner rather than later (Italy has a very generous maternity leave scheme, amazeballs!) we're thinking of flying to Australia and applying for the onshore partner visa instead.

I know there's a "more proper" way to do it, but yeah, we're thinking of flying wifey in on an ETV and then realising epiphany-like and ever so disingenuously that we want to stay in Oz and apply for her permanent residency.

Importantly this enables me to go back to my old place of work (who incidentally are happy to have me back!) and also allows me to start rehabilitating the family vineyard that has been neglected of late. We'll have two solid incomes for nearly a year while we're settling in, which is certainly nothing to snort at.

Obviously, we'll have to fly before there are any airline restrictions pertaining to pregnancy, and of course she can't be so large that immigration will think to question our intentions, but I'm hoping it will be doable. The fact that Italians are covered by Medicare for 6 months upon arrival is definitely an important factor I'm plugging into this equation, and obviously we'll book return tickets.

I know there are a lot of potential what-ifs and pitfalls in this scenario, but I'm hoping that you knowledgeable forum folk will have some pearls of wisdom that will help smooth out this ride for us.

Cheers and we'll keep you posted.
 

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My sister is 7 months pregnant and she is planning to shift to Florida with her husband. She is bit nervous about her labor. Her health is not that good also she had some miscarriages before . I am really scared about the moving. we need an efficient and high professional moving company that saves time and money. Last day, while searching through online I found Armstrong Moving based in Toronto who helps in moving overseas which has good reviews about the company and its services. Does anyone know about them?.
 
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