I’ve held at least 7 different visas to stay in Australia during my time. Through my 6+ years I have come to love the people, the food, the beaches, the good-on-ya cruisey life the sunny country offers. When I received the rejection letter I was beyond gutted. Utterly devastated. Completely at a loss for how I could have been silly enough to mess up a process so critical to maintaining my life as I knew it. I was partially angry with myself but also furious with the Government for having such a prohibitive and antiquated system in the first place. I felt rejected by the country that I had come to love.
My partner being Scottish meant Scotland was a natural option to look into for where to next. The appeal was still running but there was no definitive time for when we would get a hearing or if the decision would be overturned to allow me to stay in Australia. Every other possibility had to be considered because living apart from each other certainly would not be an option.
We Knew We’d Go Somewhere Someday
We always knew we wanted to migrate again we just thought it might be another 2 years away. Maybe learn French then go to a quaint little French village. Perhaps try to backpack around Asia for a few months before landing somewhere. Canada has some beautiful cities we were interested in. We thought we had all the time in the world to save and plan for our next move and our next lavish holiday. Our timeline was shattered by this visa rejection and we were now scrambling to try to stay in the same country as each other.
When we went to visit Scotland and England at Christmas time the previous year I absolutely loved everything I saw. The rich history in every brick and cobble stone oozes out of everywhere you go. I had always dreamed of exploring castles and famous monuments and as a tourist I could only see bits and pieces. As a new immigrant I would have limitless weekends to explore. We thought about all the amazing experiences we could have if we spent more time in Scotland and we threw ourselves into planning this move. Instead of waiting for a decision that may never come, we decided to take our destiny into our own hands and make Scotland the next stop on our journey.