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Oh god! You gave me a heart attack when you said you got a grant email! LOL. I was sooooo worried I just rained on your parade!

They typically prefer you do it immediately, or at least as soon as possible - they have (unpublished) monthly quotas, and if they grant you they prefer to get you off their desks ASAP. I think asking to wait a couple of weeks would be okay (to get flights) but a month might be a bit much. Just my two cents.
Haha. I should have said 'as good as granted'. But, yes, just sorting out the flights. I did get an email response about that already (ML is very fast and on the ball), and surprisingly she basically said that leaving this month was fine and leaving next month was also fine and it was up to me. *_*

I asked specifically about any required time frame for arranging the flights/leaving and presented my two current options (in mid-Feb during a trip my husband and I have already discussed, or changing my US ticket to end of this month) and I got the 'up to you' response, so it doesn't seem there's any super pressure to get out, but I can imagine they'd like to clear it off their desks. Just FYI to anyone else in this sit. Always best to clarify with the C.O., though, because maybe being in this first group of New Years grants allows more flexibility or something?

At any rate, I might be zooming back to the US in a few weeks. Feels weird.

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Hi College Girl

I don't know if you missed my message or not but was wondering if I could be added to the timeline please.
My fiancee and I applied for PMV yesterday Jan 13th online.

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Haha. I should have said 'as good as granted'. But, yes, just sorting out the flights. I did get an email response about that already (ML is very fast and on the ball), and surprisingly she basically said that leaving this month was fine and leaving next month was also fine and it was up to me. *_*

I asked specifically about any required time frame for arranging the flights/leaving and presented my two current options (in mid-Feb during a trip my husband and I have already discussed, or changing my US ticket to end of this month) and I got the 'up to you' response, so it doesn't seem there's any super pressure to get out, but I can imagine they'd like to clear it off their desks. Just FYI to anyone else in this sit. Always best to clarify with the C.O., though, because maybe being in this first group of New Years grants allows more flexibility or something?

At any rate, I might be zooming back to the US in a few weeks. Feels weird.
That's super great! So happy for you that you get the choice.

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Can I ask what the ball park figure is to ship goods? We kinda figured we wouldn't be bringing much of my husband's things except his clothes as electronics will be no good without converters etc and I already have a house full of furniture but maybe if the cost isn't too much, I might like to do so shopping while I'm there in Spring to take advantage of the cheaper prices and have it shipped. Hubby is in shock over prices and our limited shopping hours every time he visits, lol.
Ok, so we are shipping all of our furniture, by a sea container. We have a 4 bedroom house. We need a 40 ft container and we are looking at a full door to door service: they come here, pack, disassemble, protect, load everything in the container, seal it, ship it, then in Australia once everything has gone through customs and quarantine, they bring it to our place, assemble and put the boxes in the rooms we want them in.
We are looking at $10000 price range. Plus fees on arrival (quarantine and terminal handling fees). I know that's a lot of money. But we figured if we have to sell everything here, it's a lot of work and we won't get much money. And if we have to buy everything in Australia, we'll end up spending more than $10000 anyway (to get the same kind of stuff). So we are totally loading up the container with everything we have.

I did request some quotes to have some of our stuff air shipped (like our kids' toys so they don't have to wait 2-3 months to get them) and it was insanely expensive. About 500 lbs of stuff: $3500. Not doing that. We'll wait until the container arrives!

We contacted the airline and getting some extra luggage is $120/luggage I believe.

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Ok, so we are shipping all of our furniture, by a sea container. We have a 4 bedroom house. We need a 40 ft container and we are looking at a full door to door service: they come here, pack, disassemble, protect, load everything in the container, seal it, ship it, then in Australia once everything has gone through customs and quarantine, they bring it to our place, assemble and put the boxes in the rooms we want them in.
We are looking at $10000 price range. Plus fees on arrival (quarantine and terminal handling fees). I know that's a lot of money. But we figured if we have to sell everything here, it's a lot of work and we won't get much money. And if we have to buy everything in Australia, we'll end up spending more than $10000 anyway (to get the same kind of stuff). So we are totally loading up the container with everything we have.

I did request some quotes to have some of our stuff air shipped (like our kids' toys so they don't have to wait 2-3 months to get them) and it was insanely expensive. About 500 lbs of stuff: $3500. Not doing that. We'll wait until the container arrives!

We contacted the airline and getting some extra luggage is $120/luggage I believe.

Hope this helps!
Thanks! Food for thought. Won't be needing space to fit a 4 bedroom house but I can totally see how that would be the best and cheapest option for you.

All the best with the packing and shipping :-)
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I have a quick query! I am visiting my fiancee in the US in April, are we able to keep uploading evidence of travel and family visits even a few months after we have applied or is that not a good idea? I will be spending time with his parents and sister and thought it would be a good opportunity to get some photos together for the application.


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Yes, you can keep uploading. Nothing wrong with doing that, though they won't count it as strongly as the evidence you had from the time period before you applied.

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It's been a bit over 3 months since I applied. Still no news. I was wondering if the people who are on a similar timeline as me have heard any news...

fireatwill, MamaBear, WendyB?
Nope nothing yet here. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for an April approval tho.

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Yes, you can keep uploading. Nothing wrong with doing that, though they won't count it as strongly as the evidence you had from the time period before you applied.
Question for you CG - I haven't uploaded evidence of either of the visits my partner and I have had since our application. We've already supplied all the requirements for the PMV and I don't want to provide a ton of stuff for them to wade through.
Your thoughts? Should I do more?


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