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Hi everyone! I am so thankful I found you. This process is so long and involved (we haven’t officially started it yet) it’s nice to be able to read your stories.

I am 33 ( 3 years to old to make this process a bit less expensive and timely)

Currently live in Los Angeles. He is a permanent resident / filing for citizenship in Sydney. He’s been there for 8+ years.

We have started talking to Migration agencies to get the ball rolling. He is going to meet with the lawyer next week.

Which makes matters more complicated is I must bring my pup.

I am guess we should wait for our PMV to come through prior getting the dog stuff started?

Anyone else go through this situation?

We know it is going to be a long road ahead of us. However, we know at the end of the day this is just a small blip on our timeline together.

Glad to meet you all!

-Jessica
 

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If he is usually resident in Australia, he can sponsor you as a PR holder.

The minimum wait is 6 months (technically 170 days in the U.S. then 10 days of quarantine in Melbourne) before the dog can be imported. I would certainly start with getting the RNAT blood test done as that is what starts the countdown, but you have up to 24 months to get the dog imported after doing it so that gives you plenty of time. The point is, don't delay waiting on the blood test as the 6 months doesn't begin until that is completed.

In our case, our dog had a microchip that wasn't compatible. He had to be remicrochipped with an approved one, then get revaccinated for rabies even though he already had a three year vaccination the year prior. Unfortunately, the vaccination must be done after getting the proper microchip. Then we had to wait several weeks before we could get the RNAT blood test done. Our dog was pretty old so it's not likely you'll encounter this problem as your dog probably has the new style microchip anyway. But best to verify as that can add an extra month to the timeline. These are things you can get started now while awaiting a decision on the visa.

Read more here: Category 3: step by step guide for dogs
 
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