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The Road to Residency Part 7: More Waiting

Sometime in May or June, I became eligible to apply for permanent residency. If you’re just joining me at this part of my story, I came to Australia to be with my partner. I applied for a de facto partner visa subclass 820. It grants temporary residency. It lets me travel, get Medicare, study, and work. Although it doesn’t have an expiration date, it is temporary. Two years from the date I applied for temporary residency, I…

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The Road to Residency Part 6: Temp Visa Granted

Nearly two years after I began the application process, my temporary visa has finally been granted. Immigration took so long that my visa medical assessment expired. My migrant agent called and informed me I needed to do it again. His office scheduled it with Bupa. It was bad enough the first time with Medibank and it was downright awful the second time around. At Medibank, I was allowed to wear my clothes throughout most of the…

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The Road to Residency Part 5: Death and Taxes

In my last entry on residency in mid-April, I mentioned that I had all my ducks in a row and my application for a de facto partner visa subclass 820 was being lodged. That went through without a hitch and Immigration issued me a bridging visa. A bridging visa is a temporary visa that allows me to say in Australia in the period of time between when my previous visa expired and my current visa application…

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The Road to Residency Part 4: All the Extras

I set my foot down on the road to residency in June 2013, nearly a year ago. The process is finally coming to an end. Well, sort of. I’m applying onshore (that is, from within Australia, as opposed to offshore) for a de facto partner visa subclass 820, which is a temporary visa. If granted, if the relationship is still intact after two years, I will be granted a permanent visa, subclass 801. Today is…

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The Road to Residency Part 3: The Relationship

The road to obtaining a partner visa granting me two years of residency is long and arduous. When I first read  through the paperwork, I was so overwhelmed that I cried. Then I pulled myself together and began printing documents, making lists, copies, and appointments. The tricky part is that you need different things from different agencies, which have their own requirements, and everything takes its own time. Proving that your relationship is “genuine and…

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The Road to Residency Part 2: Tricky Language

I had a consultation with a migration agent this week and discovered something very, very interesting. I hadn’t planned on meeting with a migration agent. I’d planned to do all the paperwork and lodge the visa myself as many expats do, but the process is complicated and the opportunity to meet with an excellent migration agent presented itself. So, I took it. I went with all my forms in hand, as well as my passport,…

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The Road to Residency Part 1: The Visa Medical

I have officially begun actively moving towards obtaining residency. I’m applying onshore (that is, from within Australia, as opposed to offshore) for a de facto partner visa subclass 820, which is a temporary visa. If granted, after two years, if the relationship is still intact, I would be granted a permanent visa, subclass 801. I have superficially reviewed the application in the past, but when I sat down a couple of weeks ago, read, and…

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2016 in review

I hope you’ve had a wonderful solstice, Christmas, or whatever you celebrate. If you don’t celebrate anything at all, I hope you’re having an enjoyable break from work. I can’t believe how fast 2016 went! I know I say that every year. Politically and socially, it’s been a bumpy year, but personally it was mostly good. I reached many of my goals including completing a PowerPoint course, a basic SEO course, and the second and third Feverbee community…

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Processing the 2016 presidential election results

On Wednesday, I gathered with a large group of American Democrats, their families, and friends at a Richmond pub to watch the 2016 presidential election results live with America. There were about 100 people there and it was jovial at first, but it turned sour quickly. I thought that Hillary Clinton was going to win. Surely the most experienced candidate would beat the least experienced one who also happens to be a vulgar, tax-evading, exploitative racist and…

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On the 2016 US presidential election

It’s not only American expats watching the US presidential election with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Australia is watching too. I imagine that a great portion of the world is watching. And wondering how Trump became a candidate and if he can win. It is mind-boggling how anyone can support Trump. The reasons I’ve heard all fall apart under closer scrutiny. He’s not of or for the people, or self-made. He was born with a silver spoon…

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Hello, 2016

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I had a great year.  In January, I got to go behind the scenes of Strictly Ballroom. In February, I attended the fantastic Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the NGV. In June, I (finally) received my temporary residency visa. In August, I attended the Effective Altruism conference, which changed how I donate money to charity. In October, I had my gallbladder removed. That doesn’t sound like…

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On Private Health Insurance

Last June, shortly after my application for a de facto partner visa subclass 820 was being lodged, I received a bridging visa. That made me eligible for Medicare, which I enrolled in immediately. For my American readers, Medicare is Australia’s publicly funded universal health care scheme. Now that it’s been nearly a year, I received a letter from the Department of Health to inform me that I will soon be affected by Lifetime Health Cover, which involves a…

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